United States > Maine > Portland
SuIIy (53) Burlington, Vermont | November 2, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
nice little bottle shop, very glad I stopped in. Picked up quite a bit of stuff I had never seen before. Staff was very friendly and out and about to help people. good prices as well.
CapFlu (205) Victoria, British Columbia | August 3, 2005
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Friendly staff. The selction is likely as good as it gets in Maine. Oddly found the Allagash Four proudly displayed as "NEW". Most importantly found the Cadillac Mountain Stout.
porterhouse (68) Boothbay , Maine | June 16, 2005| Updated May 22, 2006
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great, plenty of selection. Lots of stuff you see talked about on this website, but I seriously doubt you’d find anywhere else in ME - it’s all there right in front of you. My first visit, wasn’t there real long, but staff were interested in what I was buying, seemed very friendly, were looking for feedback on the beer. Cool place. UPDATE 12/1/05: Recent visit was a great surprise - they are getting all kinds of new stuff in (DFH 120 IPA, Behemoth, Raison D’Extra, Sclenkerla, Aventinus to name just a few) - have an additional distributor working with them. Tim promises that if it is available in Maine they will have it - breaking all kinds of new ground here. UPDATE 5/22/06: Well Downeast Beverage is under new ownership and it looks like they’re scaling back a bit. Although some new beers are coming in it looks like they’re carrying less inventory. There’s just less beer on the shelves and store just has a more trimmed-down feel than before. I still think this has the best selection in ME but will have to see if new stuff continues to show up at same rate as before. I’m taking them down a notch or two in the meantime.
fly (224) austin, Tejas, Alabama | November 14, 2004
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
VERY glad that the law here allows shops to sell on Sunday or I would’ve been screwed. MAde some decent finds, but mostly regionals - Allagash & Smuttynose that I can’t get at home. Despite trying to engage the fellow behind the counter in a friendly beer related conversation, he seemd more inclined to just sit there. Oh well, I found what I wanted.
ross (57) weddington, North Carolina | May 14, 2004
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
this was the first store i hit in my trip to new england. had a good selection of maine beers (no four), and a surprisingly nice supply of belgians. staff was somewhat nice, the main guy- i believe he was the owner- helped me make a six pack of maine beers. aside from him, the staff lacked, but i dont care about the staff, im there for the beer right? they had tons of allagash and shipyard beers, casco bay, etc. had westmalle, chimay, and some smuttynose beers. note- if you want smuttynose- do not go here. while they did stock the big A ipa that i could find nowhere else- i had to pay 3.99 + tax and deposit. in NH a bomber of imperial stout was 2.40 no tax no nothing. aside from that, this was a good store.
Oakes (668) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 8, 2004
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
By beer geek standards, this store isn't really a mind-blower, and the area witht he good beer isn't very big. I was able to score a bunch of Maine micros and that's pretty much what I came for, so it all worked out. Staff weren't tripping over themselves to help me, though.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 8, 2004| Updated May 31, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
See my comments above; hit this and the Great Lost Bear and you’ll get a pretty good idea of the Maine brewery scene. May 2005 update: remodelled, much cleaner and classier now, obviously trying to appeal more to tourists and yuppies with the expensive wine selection...and yet, this place has improved. The single best spot I’ve seen in the state for selection of ME beers and as good as you’ll get (slim pickings) for Belgian/other US micros. Really friendly, somewhat informed service.
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