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Downeast Beverage Co.
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
79 Commercial St
phone: (207) 828-2337
(Place added by: Bierman9)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I work upstairs from DBC and go there quite a bit so I thought I'd write a review finally. Downeast Beverage seems to function as three types of liquor store all at one time. It is definitely a wine and liquor store first, a pretty good beer store second and definitely a summertime stop-off for people buying booze before either getting on a boat or leaving town with something from Maine. That being said, if you are there for beer it has as good as a selection as you will find in Portland and is the only place worth going in the Old Port. They are currently shifting things around so hopefully they will accommodate for more beer in the future! They have mix a six if you want random Maine beers, a bunch of bombers and if you are lucky you can find some local growlers in the fridge. They have the usual suspects in the coolers along with some good Belgian and German beers. (I believe you can get all the Trappists available in the States). . Ask for Adam when you are there, he will be able to help you out with stuff and is an all around nice guy and beer lover.
01-15-2008 02:16:21 |
More by indiapaleale
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Very Nice place right near the water in the Old Port. Nice little selection of wine, liquor, and beeer. They don't have everything, but they do lean toward quality. This is more of an upscale beverage shop than a liquor store, o their hours are a little bit limited- they close fairly early, for instance. Nice people here whom I didn't really ask about beer, so I can't comment on their knowledge. They had most everything local including a nice selection of Allagash, Cadillac Mountain Stout, Smuttynose and even some Peche Mortel now. Much is refrigerated, and what is not is nicely displayed and clean. Best place I found to get the local stuff in Portland. I wasn't really interested in Belgians or other imports as I've got very nice availability to those back home.
06-27-2008 17:29:15 |
More by Georgiabeer
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A great place to stop on the way back to the Peaks Island ferry. Went in hoping to grab a sixer to tide me over and ended up purchasing 4 big bottles as well. Got a bunch of local stuff (part of the I won't drink beer that is more than 6 hours away from me mode). The place has a pretty sweet selection of American micros (Victory just became available in Maine), Germans, Belgians, and English as well. Also a good selection of booze and wines if that is your thing. The service was very cordial as well. If you need some really good brews this is definitely a place to pop into.
additional note- all people have different pricing systems in their minds and frankly having a value system on here is pretty odd to me. People spend more for the product they get and that is consumer choice they make. I think $8.50 for a beer is fine. In this day and age we make choices based on what is valuable to us. If quality beer is that choice then paying whatever for it shouldn't be a problem.
03-18-2009 15:42:22 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
All of my friends have been telling me to go here, so I decided to check it out and see if I could find some of the stuff I've been looking for. Low and behold I did find a fair amount of what I've been looking for.
A/Q: The atmosphere, well, the beer is cold and on the side close to the cashier and the warm stuff is in the back. I found some good stuff but had to look. The store was pretty small. The quality was pretty good, there were a lot of brews that could be considered obscure and a fair amount of the Maine genres were found as well.
S: The service, well, there was just the girl up front and she didn't bother me until I was ready to pay. I didn't take anything negative on that since I usually know what I'm looking for.
S: The selection was about normal for a small New England beer store or liquor store with beer stashed here and there.
V: The prices were reasonable, about the same as elsewhere. I would go back if I was in the old port again.
04-29-2012 18:16:28 |
More by kangarooAdam59
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If a beer is distributed in Maine you can find it at Downeast Beverage. Dogfish Head, Cadillac Mountain Stout, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Samuel Smith's, Allagash, Smuttynose, Geary's and so many others are all available. The gamut of Maine beers is presented here. Prices are on par for the area. Parking can be a bit prohibitive at times.
The store also stocks a nice selection of wine, liquor and cigars.
Along with Tully's in Wells, Downeast Beverage represents the best of beer in Maine. It is certainly worth a stop if you're visiting the area. For those Maine BAs it should become a regular destination.
02-17-2005 17:59:47 |
More by mdavis31481
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After reading the reviews, I had pitcured a place much bigger. But while it was a lot smaller than expected, they have done great things with the space they have for beer. I would guess about 40% of their limited space was for beer. Selection was quite good. I have a feeling if a beer is from Maine and available in bottles in Maine, I could get it there. They also had a nice selection of Belgians and other American brews. No dust on anything. Bottles I looked at with a date on them were within a reasonable time. Service was great, one of the guys came over and answered all of my questions. They let me stack my beers on the counter while I continued to look. If ever in the area again I will need to return.
05-07-2005 12:22:56 |
More by MuddyFeet
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Located on Commercial St. near the far end near India St. There is a parking lot adjacent. Very comfortable, old-tyme country store decor.
This a decent sized liquor store, with the beer near the back along one wall. The emphasis of the beer is on Maine with many Maine breweries represented, including many beers in bombers (I picked up a range of Bar Harbor beers, incl. Cadillac Mtn. Stout). Other than Maine beers there is a decent smattering of other micros and Unibroue offerings. Some imports, but not a huge variety of non-Maine beer.
The store also has a large wine selection and various snack and food items. The service was good, and the staff was helpful.
11-07-2003 06:16:19 |
More by UncleJimbo
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Downeast Beverage- Portland (Old Port)
Walked in here while my wife drove the car around the block. Absolutely NO parking. Across from the wharf and just off of Franklin St. which is exit 7 off 295.
Plenty of Local bombers and belgians on tables with a coolers filled with plenty of 6 packs. I picked up 3 Cadillac Mountain Stouts, along with 4 other bombers and payed $29. Good prices, excellent selection of locals and better known regional micros (Weyerbacher, Dogfish Head, Long Trail, etc.)
The best liquor store I've seen in Portland!
12-30-2007 00:27:13 |
More by NJpadreFan
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I really like Downeast Beverage. Their selection may not be as large as RSVP (another beer store in Portland), but it does have plenty of great beer to choose from. There are plenty of local beers, out of state micros, and a good international section separated by country. The atmosphere is really nice, with old wood floors, brick walls, and interesting shelves (which allows the staff to show off the beers in an interesting way). The service has always been helpful. The past two times I've gone in they've been willing to go look out back for a specific beer for me, and if they didn't have it, they could tell me when the next delivery was scheduled to take place. I've also ordered kegs here in the past, and the staff was very accommodating for my needs. Since it is in the Old Port, parking can be difficult at times, btu if you're going to be quick, there are two 15 minute spots nearby that I use when I can.
06-04-2009 20:42:48 |
More by ToasterChef
Downeast Beverage Co. in Portland, ME
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