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299 Forest Ave
phone: (207) 200-6258
(Place added by: troughnbrew on 06-07-2012)
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| Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I have been going to Bier Cellar since it opened and want to commend them with a review. Greg certianly knows his beer and has a passion to share it. The store is well stocked but you never feel.overwhelmed because they will happily walk you through and answer questions and even pick out an assorted 6 pack for you. They are frequently doing tastings and it is highly recommended to get on the email list so you can get the best descriptions and chance to buy new products. They apologize for sending too many emails, but they consistently get the beat product and I welcome the chance to know when they are coming. And the mix and match is a HUGE plus. Best beer store in Maine that I have found hands down.
08-16-2013 00:16:25 |
More by meehandennis
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Bier Cellar is great in the fact that the owner of the establishment knows his beer through and through, and will have a nice conversation about the brews you purchase, and is more than willing to suggest something with enthusiasm. The experience is really highlighted by the great selection of international brews, great local glassware, and some harder to find domestics.
The one downside is the price. Many of the options you can get here, you can drive a couple of miles down the road to RSVP and pick up the same thing likely a bit cheaper. I won't fault the Bier Cellar too much for this, as this is a boutique establishment catering to craft brew enthusiasts with no BMC to be had (or many of their European counterparts), so you make up for the price with exceptional service, and a hand picked selection. It is up to you, as a consumer, what you want more, and if Bier Cellar is worth the trip.
06-23-2013 19:32:57 |
More by supercodes
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Best beer store in the Portland area. Great selection of basically every craft beer available in the state and no BMC in sight. They also sell cider, mead, wine and have a small selection of homebrew equipment and supplies. The store is well laid out and easy to navigate. Prices are a touch higher then some other stores in the Portland area but that is to be expected due to the lack of the BMC sales foundation most other stores have. The place the Bier Cellar really stands out is the service. The owner, Greg, is usually there and he really knows his stuff and always willing to chat or give a recomendation. A refreshing change from some other more high end stores in Portland where the owners don't know squat about beer (I'm looking at you Downeast). Bier Cellar is definitely a must stop for anyone looking for great beer in Maine.
06-13-2013 19:39:29 |
More by Chowdahead
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Love the Bier Cellar definitely worth a stop if you are hunting for beer in the Portland area. They have a really good selection and carry only craft beer that the owner personally curates. They definitely have a good selection of local Maine beer as well as a wide variety of imports. The layout is pretty cool it tries to group everything by region.
I think where the Bier Cellar really sets itself apart is the service. Greg has been in the store every time I have been there he really knows his stuff and can give you description of just about everything in his shop.
I would definitely recommend stopping in any time you are in the area.
05-31-2013 01:17:52 |
More by Tauroe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am part of a monthly beer subscription with a friend and stopped into the store during my visit to Maine this past weekend. Bier Cellar is one of the best stores i've been to in CT/MA/ME with a good/great selection (domestic/international/local maine), great weekly emails on new/interesting/events and reasonable prices.
--Wish I lived closer to stop in weekly
05-29-2013 16:40:57 |
More by alaimoa
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On our way back from the Allagash tour back to downtown Portland, we stopped here to pick up some beers for the hotel room. Not the easiest place to find tucked in there next to another business. The store itself is laid out by region, which is cool. Local beers, Euro beers, etc. It was fun to just walk around and browse. Great selection all around (they have cider and wine too). The prices all seemed reasonable also. I picked up some Gritty's and Rising Tide bombers. The guy at the cash register struck up a friendly conversation about local craft beer. If you are going to visit, be sure to stop in on the way to Allagash, but heading back to Portland from Allagash, be prepared to make a weird U-Turn to get to the correct side of the street.
05-07-2013 18:23:37 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Not long after this place opened (three months I think if I remember the owner telling me correctly), I decided I needed to check it out.
A: The atmosphere was definitely an alcohol store. I didn't take a look at the wine/mead side, but pretty much stayed to my alcohol of choice side and was thoroughly impressed. I took a good look around and saw a great amount of six packs, bombers and 12 ounce singles. The store was very clean. With mostly a warm section, there was still a decent chilled side as well.
Q/S/S: The quality was really good as beers were laid out by six pack/bomber and 12 ounce singles (I liked the layout of that). The owner was exceptionally friendly, though I didn't introduce myself, I really liked how I got a 10% discount for buying a mix a six pack of whatever 12 ouncer. I would say the service was great because I got to look for what I was looking for without being bothered (but that's just me). The selection had a large New England variety with some other brands such as Mikkeler, Rogue, Sixpoint, Flying Dog and Dogfish Head (there's a bunch of other brands that I'm forgetting to say).
F/V: Yeah, its an liquor store, so there was no food to buy. So with the 10% discount, I would say the value was pretty good.
Despite a tight parking lot that made me turn right, I eventually found my way back to 295. However, I would say at least there is a parking lot (why I haven't gone back to Downeast Beverage), its close to 295 so one doesn't have to go all the way out to RSVP, yet its still within walking distance of Great Lost Bear. I'll be going back there and plan on taking my friends.
05-06-2013 22:11:43 |
More by kangarooAdam59
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I've been shopping at the Bier Cellar since it opened last year so figured it was about time that I reviewed it.
This place is awesome. Very diverse selection of beer, wine, cider and mead. No BMC in sight. Greg really knows his stuff and is happy to just chat about beer when things are slow. They offer a monthly beer club, have some pretty cool glassware, bring in new beers all the time and do a few tasting each month - what more could you ask for? Shit, even the music played in the store is great.
Hard to really knock anything about the store other than prices are slightly higher than other stores in the area, but that is negated by the 5% discount for a mixed 4 or 10% discount for a mixed 6.
In summary, if you haven't been there already, get to Bier Cellar and prepare to forget about all other stores in Southern Maine.
03-06-2013 17:14:20 |
More by Brez07
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is the best beer store in Maine. 100% craft - no junk - with every quality beer that's distributed in the state, as well as ciders, meads and a careful selection of wines. No liquor, no lottery tickets, no Red Bull, minimal (but good & local) snack foods. Everything is organized thoughtfully and displayed cleanly. As all the comments note, Greg, the owner who almost always is working, is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, but respects that most of the clientele are beer geeks who will enjoy browsing without much help. If you want excellent opinions or suggestions he's got them (a home brewer, he knows his stuff). Mixed sixes are a great deal, as are loyalty discounts. Getting on his email list is a great idea, as it gives you advance notice of (and the chance to reserve) every limited release that hits the state. Emails also note other essential beer geek info (e.g., limited brewery-only releases at Allagash). Atmosphere is great, with a turntable and good music.
03-02-2013 19:16:09 |
More by troughnbrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is ridiculously awesome. They clearly mark every bottles price, including singles, and allow for a mix a six with 10% discount.
Very clean, everything is easily accessible and clearly marked. One thing that bothers me is the beers on the outermost aisle facing the open unshaded window which allow the sun to beam directly on them for most of the day. Other than that it seems like they put a lot of care into their business. Very friendly staff, knowledgable but they do allow me to beer hunt without pestering me, which is generally a long process.
Distribution/selection wise they have everything you can find in Maine, for the most part. Ie I was able to get brown shugga there whereas I couldn't find it elsewhere, but I couldn't get BCBS when It first hit Maine, maybe they sold out though. I buy all the beer I can there, I only go elsewhere for convenience (I live in Auburn).
I just can't reiterate how thankful I am for how the product is displayed and clearly priced. I am a beer advocate, and love seeking out new beers and styles and will do it despite the cost. But I am also a father with a wife and mortgage among other responsibilities who needs to budget my beer money so being able to know what I'm paying when I get rung up and not having to ask them to check prices on everything makes me a happy customer.
02-06-2013 04:22:10 |
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