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Downeast Beverage Co.
$$ - reasonable
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79 Commercial St
phone: (207) 828-2337
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Reviews by Slatetank:
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was happy to be able to check out Downeast Bev Co with my friends FooFaa and ffejherb. We strolled in after having a bite at 3 Dollar Deweys and befor heading to Novare Res Bier Cafe.
The place is not huge,but what they lack in size they make up for in selection. They have quality stuff like a whole rack of very reasonably priced Trappist and Lambics and they cover the gamut with locals and Europen choices as well. The coolers are pretty well stocked with craft brews including some Allagash and ffejherb got the last bottle of Spring Peeper they had. I was very happy with the prices in comparison to PA as I saved over 3 dollars after tax on a bottle of Orval.
The quality and selection are both good, but the service was limited to ringing us up when we were done. I don't have a problem with that since everything is well displayed and we were having a good time marvelling at the varity of things we can't get in PA. They have seasonals grouped together but some hoppy beers were displayed in the light -my only gripe. I would not hesitate to recommend them - I left my wallet sit absentmindedly and the cashier picked it up for me -Thanks! If you want to try some out of the ordinary brews like gruit, Zwickel and rauchbier they have them too --nice place and you won't be dissapointed.
03-19-2010 13:56:52 |
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A nice "gourmet food" setup, and a decent number of bottles in the trendy West district. Not as many bottles as Tulley's, by a big margin. More pricey distributed bottles. More Shelton Brothers bottles than anything else. But that was good for me, and passed over bottles of Stillwater and of Dugges enabled me to catch up on his saisons. A little pricey. Still nice street to shop.Smaler bottles only by the six pack and in the cooler. It was the bombers and 500 ml. at a good temperature.
08-16-2012 23:15:52 |
More by northyorksammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I visit this beer store whenever I'm in Portland
After the successful acquisition of blueberry scones @ the standard bakery (located next door) I make my way into downeast for some brews. Liquor and wine take up the front of the store with most of the beer stuffed into the very back. There are coolers full of beer along the left side as well. As I remember their selection consisted of maine locals (Allagash/Maine beer co) as well as some interesting imports (mainly Belgian). In retrospect the selection isn't as good as I remember it being. I question their impressive selection of Stillwater beers over ones from the new england region, or even the northeast. Finally, the icing on the cake is being lied to by staff about Allagash special release beer availability at the brewery (followed by a huge overcharge for a beer produced <10 miles away). Leaving the place has me convinced the only necessary beer stop is Julio's/Portsmouth, but I think I'll continue to get outstanding scones next door.
05-21-2012 23:11:36 |
More by ThePorterSorter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
All of my friends have been telling me to go here, so I decided to check it out and see if I could find some of the stuff I've been looking for. Low and behold I did find a fair amount of what I've been looking for.
A/Q: The atmosphere, well, the beer is cold and on the side close to the cashier and the warm stuff is in the back. I found some good stuff but had to look. The store was pretty small. The quality was pretty good, there were a lot of brews that could be considered obscure and a fair amount of the Maine genres were found as well.
S: The service, well, there was just the girl up front and she didn't bother me until I was ready to pay. I didn't take anything negative on that since I usually know what I'm looking for.
S: The selection was about normal for a small New England beer store or liquor store with beer stashed here and there.
V: The prices were reasonable, about the same as elsewhere. I would go back if I was in the old port again.
04-29-2012 18:16:28 |
More by kangarooAdam59
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This has become my bottle shop.
After living in Portland for >19 months and having tried all the liquor/beer stores in the area, I can honestly say that this one is the best.
I mostly go there for beer so I'll focus on that. They have a great selection--not as much quantity as RSVP, but still very good. Anything you want from Maine is there, plus anything that is distributed here, and a lot of foreign crafts.
Customer service: this is where they win hands-down. The customer is always right at Downeast Beverage. They do not have inane policies such as not accepting passports or not selling to out of state residents who are < 25 y/o. They will get you bottles on request and call when your order arrives, and then save it for you. They don't have bottle limits either. The staff are very friendly and you never feel like they're mocking you, even newbies. I've heard some pretty silly questions about beer while in there, and the staff are always 100% helpful, never annoyed or put off. They are not salesmen and will talk you out of buying something if they know you won't be 100% happy with it.
They also have occasional beer and wine tastings, which are great fun... wish I could attend more often.
I pretty much exclusively go here now because of the above reasons. They have treated me very well and thus I will always buy at Downeast Beverage. I highly recommend them!
01-28-2012 23:30:58 |
More by beerbiatchMD
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My favorite beer store in Portland for a number of reasons. Nice selection which is very well organized and easy to peruse with most beers organized by country or style. Nolan, the beer buyer, knows his stuff, is extremely helpful and great to talk beer with. Great interior with exposed brick walls and old, old wood floors which remind of the floors in my grandparents' old barn where I used to sneak beer at family events. Prices are a little above average but that is to be expected given the location right in the Old Port. Definitely a great place to check out if you are in the Portland area.
09-14-2010 01:06:23 |
More by Chowdahead
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
last stop on the way out of town after a really solid breakfast at the Public Market House
cool old building with creaky wooden floors and old brick walls, especially like the 100+ year old mortar dust that seems to settle on bottles placed close to the wall
as an out of towner I was specifically interested in local and regional beers, of which a pretty nice representation is found here, singles available and breaking six-packs is allowed, probably won't find the entire portfolio of any particular brewery but the selections were quality, solid representation from Belgium and the rest of Europe but those received only a quick glance, I left with a few different selections from Atlantic Brewing but you'll also find stuff from Gritty's, Long Trail, Belfast Bay, Geary's, Sebago, Allagash of course...
not much floor service, but the gentleman working seemed to be restricted to the register by a constant stream of checkouts
07-19-2010 14:33:48 |
More by blackie
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been in here twice now looking for beer that I can't get in VT - so mainly Nogne-O and higher ABV beers. The first time I found a couple 120 Mins, and I couldn't find a WWS which I really wanted, but I asked the beer guy and he went out back and found me one which was awesome! I came back this time but sadly no WWS. I did find Brewdog Tokyo, Mikkeller Black Hole and Beer Geek Breakfast, and the Nogne-O, Jolly Pumpkin, Stone Collaboration that was brewed at Nogne-O which I've never seen before!
The prices seem a bit high, however I was buying higher ABV imported stuff so that's to be expected. Make sure to look around because I found a Dark Horizon in the back of one shelf the first time I was there which was a pretty good find!
07-05-2010 00:44:21 |
More by kingcrowing
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Not a lot of stores in the area featuring a good beer selection, but this one is my "go-to". Most of the beer is in the back, past an also decent selection of wines / spirits. Lots of local flavor, including Allagash, Gritty's, Bar Harbor, etc. They keep the new stuff from Maine Beer Company stocked as much as possible, although it flies out the door quickly, usually straight into my fridge. They get one delivery per week according to the staff. There's also a decent amount of imports / Belgians etc along the back wall. Some Shelton Bros stuff, etc. Occasionally you can find some stuff from De Struisse. The only downside is that a lot of the more interesting stuff doesn't seem like it sells, so the selection doesn't change much week to week. I go in probably twice a week, mostly for Peeper Ale, and am getting a little bored w/ the typical offerings. That being said, they do a good job with what's available in Maine. The folks that work there are always in a jolly mood and willing to chat about beer. They have a great logo w/ a lobster holding a martini glass that is available in shirts, flags, pints, etc. Overall a great place and probably the top in the area in my opinion. Also worth noting, if you are just in the area briefly you should consider stopping by the Standard Bakery right next door, another great local place w/ a bounty of baked goods.
06-06-2010 21:01:29 |
More by twelvsies
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We were checking out of our hotel on a Sunday, so my wife and I walked down here just to check it out and to see what else we could thrown in the car to bring back to MA. We walked in and were greeted with a hello. The beer is in the back of the store. There are a few coolers for cold six packs. Right up front, there is a nice display for Allagash products and next to that, a shelf for other Maine beers. Behind, there are shelves for other US craft beers and imported brews. I was hoping to find some really obscure Maine beers, and while there were some to choose from, it wasn't a large selection. I picked up a bottle of Maine Brewing Company's Peeper Ale for $4.75 to add to the haul from the weekend. We were greeted again at the register. Downeast seemed like the best beer store in the immediate Old Port area.
05-24-2010 19:11:17 |
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Downeast Beverage Co. in Portland, ME