barber (1) Somerville , Massachusetts | April 9, 2007
Great beer store located in Portland’s Old Port. Went in a few days ago and was blown away by the selection here! Had a few questions about some local breweries and some imported beers. Staff was very knowledgable and knew about all I was asking about. Nice Mix and match section that included craft brews as well as all the local stuff. I have been to a few other stores in Portland, their selection wasn’t even close. If it is in Maine Downeast caries it. Great store nice staff, must stop if you are in Portland......
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.
I love this little store! It is small, but for the size, the beer selection is good. I frequently find beers here I can’t at other local retail stores. Last time i was in I picked up some signed BFM bottles, which was super cool. Their beer guy is quite knowledgeable and friendly. I stop in whenever I’m in the Old Port, and usually leave with a big box of beer!
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.
A very pretty little store in Portland’s downtown by the piers. We found a decent selection of american micros available in ME with a few good imports as well. Prices were reasonable, a bit higher than RSVP but at least they let us buy the beer. The guy there was knowledgeable about his stock and helpful. A good shopping experience.
A good little beer store. A nice selection of all of the Maine breweries, some Belgians and northeast beers. Had Struise Pannepot when I was there, which I thought was awesome.
jercraigs (535) Toronto, Ontario | November 7, 2005| Updated April 21, 2015
Got there bright and early on Saturday. Cool store, wood floors and such. Bit cramped in the back, but has a warmer feeling to it than the supermarket like auras of some other places I have been. Selection is mostly Maine micros which is kind of the point. Big finds for me: Curieux, DFH Raison D’Extra, Midas Touch (they had a couple of other DFH as well that I had already had.) some stuff from Vermont and New Hampshire like Magic Hat and Long Trail. Import selection was weak by beer geek standards - The usual belgians like Orval, Lindemans etc. with some rarities that are not as well rated. I picked up an Old Nick and a Pinkus Hefeweisen.
Staff were super friendly, helping us find stuff and looking over my Ratebeer factored "want list" and recognised us when we came back from lunch for more! We learned that yes you do get parking tickets on a Satuday - BUT the first ticket is automatically waived! Nice! Give yourself time to walk around the old port down there, and don’t be afraid to duck down some back alleys. We got some great photos of fishing gear, and that’s how we found Gritty’s! Staff was honest enough to wave us off of some of the more questionable choices.
Great surprise. Wasn’t expecting the caliber of selection, even if the quantity is relatively small. the latest focus seems to be Italian wacko beers and Cantillon. Good Maine micros, including an Allagash that was not available at the brewery. The store itself is tiny and sells wine too, so considering what they have this is an ideal, friendly beer store in the middle of Portland.
Nice little beer store right on Commerical. The store is small, but has a great selection for the space. Some great imports and American micros. I found a few bottles here I haven’t found anywhere else in the area. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Parking can be a bit of a pain.