This was the ONLY outpost in Portland to find great beer before the first, second and third wave of craft beer. For that reason alone I will continue to value RSVP. Today there are others offering a wide selection of craft and imports but RSVP is still among the best and still has one of the widest selections in the Portland area. Will always be my go-to when in the area.
This place has been around for a dog’s age and I remember visiting it regularly 30+ years ago because they have always had brews that other retailers don’t get. That is still basically the same now although the craft beer revolution is in full swing so many stores carry many hard to find beers. In one sense that makes RSVP obsolete but they make an effort to keep up. The place is a liquor/beer outlet and there is a dry shelf against the wall with crafts broken out by styles/regions. There is a cooler against the back wall. Kind of dusty in there these days but their selection is still better than some stores you will find. It is worth a visit while you are in Portland. Open 7 days.
Good place to get provisions for a week in Maine. Grabbed a 15-pack of All Day IPA, along with 10 bombers/750s of new rates. Not a bunch of new Maine ticks, but then again, I’ve had a lot of them. Seemed reasonably priced, but I’m not local enough to know prevailing rates.
Very decent spot. I asked specifically about the ID situation and they said to use an out-of-state ID you must be at least 25; so no issue there for me. The beer range is quite good. Impressive range of imports, many regional offerings and lots of the national brands you would want to see. Impressive range of meads. I thought the prices were very decent. Easy to find. Worth stopping by.
I stopped in here last week while working out of town. I’m a little surprised about the low ratings from previous reviewers, but then again I had no issues with my out of state ID because I’m a bit older. On forest st a bit out of the center of Portland a bit past the Bear with ample parking. Feels like an open warehouse with a row of cold beer coolers filling the back wall of the store. Macro’s well yea they have them, but a huge focus on craft beer with a focus on Maine as usual. Off to the far right hand side of the store is a long warm isle with an incredible selection of craft beer. Respectable imported selection but more domestic with a focus on ME brews. Employee sent to straighten out the shelves said hi to me but never asked if she could assist me. Nice selection. decent prices, if I were in town again I wouldn’t hesitate to stop in again.
On the outside, I thought well, they could work on that a bit. The inside seemed more of a grocery store as there were a wide amount of food selections as well as liquor. After I was shown where the warm beer aisle was, it impressed upon me that it just seemed odd that an advertised "liquor" store at the size that it was only had one little warm beer aisle. No worries there, the entire back wall made up for that as it was entirely cold beer and I think some of that maltish stuff with hard cider stuffed at the end. No one that worked there offered any help probably because my friend who took me there showed me everything. The cashier was friendly enough but didn’t ask if I found everything. Once again, no worries there, because I did. The selection for the warm beer was pretty good, and I was impressed with the cold beer section as well. I was able to find a bunch of beers that I’ve been wanting that have been on my wants list. I didn’t buy any food even though I saw a fair amount of it. The value seemed about average. I definitely would go back, mainly because of the selection.
This place has a warehouse-like atmosphere and the staff knows virtually nothing about beer. The gentleman who attempted to help me last time professed himself a "Miller man." That being said, they actually have a pretty good selection. I’ve even noticed that they’ve been getting a few more sours lately. Not bad at all. I almost always stop when in the area.
Lukaduke (63) Gray, Maine | March 8, 2012| Updated January 10, 2014
A little dusty a little rough around the edges but the selection is well worth the trip over to this place... unless that is you have an out of state license. It does not matter what you have for ID if it is not a Maine state ID it is not excepted... why I will never get. When I first moved to Maine I swore I would never shop at this place after being rejected several times once even bring a notarized both certificate and US passport ! Yes they are that strict even if you look like your 40. Anyhow, I now have a state ID and shop there when I feel like there is nothing new in the state to try. They usually have something that peaks my interest and I would highly recommend it to other Mainers out there with STATE ID’s !
UPDATED 1/14: It is still a pain if you are from out of state but they do have the best prices around and don’t have a higher mark up for the highly allocated items like some other spots.
Warehouse-like atmosphere. Prices are pretty good for the area, and every now and then they get something that surprises me, like Drie Fonteinen Scharbeekse Kriek. The service is friendly but not very knowledgeable about the product. I stop in fairly regularly to stock up on staples.