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Maine Brewing Supply
$$ - reasonable
[ Homebrew Store ]
542 Forest Ave
phone: (207) 791-2739
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Reviews by berley31:
New Brunswick (Canada)
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Oops, didn't realize I hadn't reviewed this place.
I've made a couple of visits here to pick up some supplies (coming from Fredericton, where there is no LHBS), and I've been very impressed each time. The selection of hops, grains, yeasts, supplies, etc. is pretty fantastic. They also have a very nice selection of excellent craft brews, from all over the world, to pick from while you wait, as well as a seating area with reading material.
Where this place really excels is the service. Both times I was here was on a Sunday, which for a lot of people is brew day, so it was quite busy. However, Robert (I think), the owner, never acted rushed. He patiently answered any questions from me and the other customers, and was very friendly and helpful. He could have used some help when I was there, but everyone waiting was very patient and obviously used to the pace for a Sunday.
I wish I had a store like this in Fredericton... ok, A store, but a store like this would be even better.
04-27-2010 22:32:30 |
More by berley31
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a great homebrew store with a good selection of fresh ingredients. The prices are higher than online suppliers but that's to be expected with business expenses in Portland. Support your local homebrew store so they are there when you need them!
The owner is very nice. You can email him a grain bill in advance to have it ready when you pick up.
The store also has a good selection of commercial beers available for purchase.
For those driving into Portland MBS is located next door to The Great Lost Bear which is a great tap house with good food. It will be well worth your trip for both stops.
03-18-2012 11:51:54 |
More by mattreba
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This supply store is incredible. I've only been to a few, but this one is at least twice the square footage of the others. Everything in the store is laid out in a very orderly fashion, so you can basically walk around in a circle and get everything you need.
The atmosphere is quiet and cozy. Sometimes I'm the only person there, and sometimes there is a line of a few people waiting to be helped. Nobody ever seems bothered by the line, myself included, because there are plenty of things to keep you entertained while waiting.
Rob is awesome. He'll talk to you about anything you want, and he is extremely friendly. He's pretty quick out back getting your grains. I tend to ask a lot of questions, asking for his suggestions and opinions because he is far more experienced than I am with homebrewing, and I have never been disappointed.
There's everything you need from beer brewing equipment and supplies, to wine brewing, even sake brewing. The store is supplied with tons of accessories, from caps and bottles to kegs and mash tuns. I recently went and the hops I needed were not in stock in the freezer, but Rob went out back and got me some loose leaf bags of the variety I needed. There's a great selection of good quality beer, as well. They carry a solid selection of styles and origins.
I have only purchased from LHBS's. Yes, it is a little more expensive for pretty much everything. If you want the cheapest possible prices, then this isn't your place. If you want to support a local small business, have a great conversation with a very knowledgeable brewer and beer drinker, and get pretty much any supply you need, then this is definitely a place you should check out.
As long as I live in the area, I will continue to give my business to Maine Brewing Supply.
10-14-2011 19:24:07 |
More by Doshkin
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Maine Brewing Supply is fantastic, I have never felt more welcome and catered too than I did when buying my supplies for an all grain recipe, which was tweaked a little for me by Rob the owner (much appreciated). I also felt the pricing in the store was very reasonable, and am more than happy to support local businesses, in fact I would be willing to pay a little more in order to insure MBS stays just where they are.
Let me explain my last comment to you, while I was brewing my Belgium Dark, I ran into a problem with my yeast, I phoned the store and even though I could hear customers in the back round, Rob took the time to guide me and more importantly my beer too Gold Medal Status.
Thanks MBS and thank you Rob.
04-09-2011 16:20:33 |
More by CLAUDE007
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I live about hald a mile from this place and being nextdoor to the Great Lost Bear you can't go wrong.
That said however this place is EXPENSIVE nearly $6 per lb for DME I had to scale back the review to reflect. They have an amazing selection of grains hops and yeast, tho their dry yeast selection was small. I don't like the way you have to order grain from a list which he goes in back to grind. That's fine but the shops popularity makes service slow and there isn't pricing anywhere for grains. I felt like an idiot ordering 4 or 5 different grains and asking how much each was then on a few realizing the price and wishing I hadn't ordered them. I calculated the price per batch and I can make it cheaper with northern brewer, which sucks cause I like helping a local guy
02-22-2011 13:36:34 |
More by bishopdc0
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Maine Brewing Supply has been a lifesaver when I have needed yeast, DME or a piece of equipment in a timely manner. Rob's customer service has definitely improved immeasurably since they first opened, and I find him to be a great resource now.
To be honest though if I plan ahead I do most of my purchases from online retailers, because I feel like Maine Brewing Supply's prices are too high on grain and hops, and especially on equipment.
Now, I'm not an idiot, I understand the economies of scale that online retailers get to enjoy, and I definitely throw plenty of dollars the way of Maine Brewing. They servce a purpose for me, for quick, convenient purchases.
On a side note, Rob has a great selection of beer there, again, pretty pricey, but he has some stuff I haven't found anywhere else.
11-12-2010 21:25:44 |
More by gtn80
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for the first time yesterday afternoon. Combined with a trip to RSVP and the Great Lost Bear.
I found a good selection of ingredients. The store was well laid out. Found everything I needed and even a couple that I didn't.
Staff was helpful, when I asked for something, but let me browse when I didn't.
Nice selection of imports, including some Black Albert bottles at a reasonable price -$11.
I found the prices of the brewing supplies I purchased to be in line with what I have purchased elsewhere. Went on line to check.
This will become a regular supplier for me, as I can get good supply and prices (and lunch and a brew nextdoor).
08-08-2010 14:47:49 |
More by lou50rp
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by there last week and was not sure what I would find. I just needed a few things for my next brew.
Parking is on street, not bad just don't park on the other side of Forrest Ave. The store is right next to the Great Lost Bear, next time I'll try to plan on meeting friends there then shop for my brewing supplies.
The store is well set out with just the right amount of stuff so that you can find what you need and don't feel overloaded. I like the fact there is a section of beers that you wouldn't find just anyplace. The type of place were you could spend hours just talking about beers. I'll be back.
11-02-2009 21:27:01 |
More by brewdog12
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
This homebrew store is a very welcome addition to Portland, Maine. For the last 5 years I've been ordering supplies online bc the nearest homebrew store was an hour away. The store's owner is very knowledgeable and very helpful. He will even fill an an order and mill your grain via. an emailed order placed with plenty of notice. He has homebrew equipment you wouldn't expect from hard to find adjuncts to full homebrew sculptures. So I would say very top notch quality and service. On the selction side I gave a 4 bc there is a great selection of everything you need from hoses to clamps to stainless pots to racking canes however on a few occassions I haven't been able to find the yeast or hops I was looking for. My only slight problem with the store is the price. I did a price comparison between my favorite online brewing store (free shipping) and Maine Brewing Supply. For a 10 gallon batch I spent $77 at this store where it would've cost me $57 at the online shop. This is more than a 25% difference or a couple of really nice bottles of beer. I'm definitely an advocate of supporting local business but I think the prices should be looked at.
10-22-2009 00:01:29 |
More by jmstod
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The owner of this store is extremely helpful. I came in as a first timer with no gear and he walked me through everything and didn't try to "up sell." I went back a second time with lots of questions and he even talked me out of buying something i wouldn't need right away.
The store is very well stocked and the prices are fair. Everything from individual hop packets to yeast packets to full kits are available. Of course, everything you need to brew beer that day is also sold here.
He also carries quite a selection of strong ales and big beers.
09-30-2009 21:19:45 |
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Maine Brewing Supply in Portland, ME