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887 Forest Ave
phone: (207) 773-8808
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Hmmm...The rating I gave this place may be a bit low..
Heard of this place on my research into Portland. My intel was on the mark about the 25 year old rule at RSVP. Coming from NY I knew they wouldn't accept my ID (and Portland as a whole is a bit strict with the carding). Luckily my friend is a few months older than me and is 25 years old... YAY!
I got a basket for my beer (only realizing afterward that Ishould have gotten a cart instead). Loaded it up with Maine goodies. Bar harbor (small batch and 12oz available), Spring Peeper, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (my GF tried it a few minutes before at Great Lost Bear and wanted some for her self), Clipper City Great Pumpkin (surprised to see it made it this far up), some other NE goodies, and a Rasputing XII. Probably shouldn't have gotten that last one, but who can resist seeing a beer like that for the first time.
My only regret was not getting a Gritty's minikeg
Overall the selection and prices was the best I saw in Portland. They don't compromise on the 25yr old out of state rule so have a backup plan. If you are visiting and are below 25 you may consider visiting Downeast Beverage. Almost all the beers I got at RSVP were here, just a tad more expensive (10% or so).
11-11-2009 02:19:53 |
More by shaebs99
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
A decent store for beer. Really more geared towards wine. Their non-cooler space is pretty well limited to one row. A solid selection of the locals. I was an unlucky soul who wound up buying way out of date beer there. Didn't realize it until I read about it here. Beer was still good, but there is no excuse for beer that old on the shelf. Prices are pretty good.
09-27-2003 00:53:45 |
More by yankeeheel
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I go to RSVP for two reasons; first, it's partnered with a redemption center and I like turning empties into full beers; second, the selection is the best in the area. Today was the first time I wanted a beer that is available in Maine that RSVP didn't have (they were sold out). They have beers that you can't find elsewhere in Portland. The beers are intelligently organized by brewery which makes for easy browsing. The coolers a full of local beers, popular micros (Magic Hat, Harpoon, Sam Adams, etc.) and macros and all of the international beers and other micros are stored upright and warm. There is also a wide selection of wines, liquor, soda and snack food.
Where RSVP is severely lacking is in its customer service. There were two staff members that I interacted with today. One is well known to me as a complete grump and a person to avoid at all costs (more on her later), so the first person I approached was the other employee (I approached her even though her register had a closed sign, I dread the grumpy employee that much). I asked employee #2 if there were any bottles of Cadillac Mtn Stout out back, as there were none of the shelves. She didn't believe me at first and had to go look on the shelves for the beer. While she was scanning the international shelves, I politely showed her where they were supposed to be in the domestic area. She then asked if it was a six pack. I told her it was a 22 oz bottle I was looking for. She then went and looked in the store room, returning a few minutes later empty handed. Her explanation was "I didn't see any," and I had to suggest that I try back later. That was the extent of my interaction with employee #1. She's obviously not the beer person at RSVP. I'll assume that their beer guy was not working that day, but perhaps she just didn't bother offering to put me in touch with him.
Now, the checkout process. The only open register was manned by the grumpy employee. This woman would make the grim reaper look like a fun guy. She never smiles, never says please or thank you, and until today, never suggested I have a nice day. I wasn't to impressed with her lackluster suggestion though. Her delivery is so rote and monotone, it's as if she were reciting the active ingredients of cough medicine. Normally, she just snaps "ID" without looking up at me and informs me of the price of my beers--nothing else. Her demeanor is so off-putting, I dread having to deal with her. But the selection of RSVP is so good, I'll keep going there, and keep hoping that another register is open.
The service at RSVP has gotten much better over the past 6 months. The cashiers are friendlier and there are multiple beer folks who will help you make informed selections. It's vastly improved.
05-12-2009 01:44:19 |
More by ToasterChef
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in looking for a special bottle for Secret Santa BIF. I know it was available in the state of Maine but haven't seen for a while. Sure enough it was there, as well as a great selection of Belgians and other imports. A large selection of American craft brews that was available in the state. They had the new Allagash collaboration as well as most of the other local Maine brews. The place was well laid out and the clerks were knowledgeable. The prices on the bottles were reasonable as well. I most defiantly be back when I get to Portland again
11-09-2008 21:20:26 |
More by joepais
British Columbia (Canada)
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I only just heard about RSVP on Beer Advocate when I was looking for a retail location to get six Maine Brewers Festival tickets. I was not interested in paying $6 per ticket and we were headed that way anyway so I stopped by. From the outside it looks like an everyday liquor store and even inside I was skeptical until I got into the back where the beer is. There warm section was awesome, it looked like they had almost everything that I know of that is distributed to Maine. They even had some Maine brews that I had not seen at Tulley's, my usual beer store.
Price was another big plus, some bombers were significantly cheaper than I was expecting. The service was mostly MIA, I'm sure I could have gotten questions answered if I had any but it seemed like the only person in the store besides us was the cashier. I will definitely be back, especially when I'm on my way to the Great Lost Bear.
09-10-2007 00:13:02 |
More by ericj551
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Just got back from a recent trip to RSVP. STILL like Tully's much better. Now I use to live right down the road and I remembered a better selection.
Price is pretty damn good for maine. 4.50 for an arrogant bastard when i been paying 5 and some change.
I was also pleased to see that had Jolly Pumpkin. I've yet to try one of their brews and yet to see one. Good selection of local brews that I can get any where in maine. Personally I think too much of their cooler space is dedicated to BMC products. More geared for quanity. They do have some gems though. Deffinatly worth a peak
Service wasn't what I'm used to either. Not that friendly kinda rude too
01-04-2009 06:27:52 |
More by cleeze
quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3
I read the reviews about this place and thought it would be a great little dive that I would feel right at home in. I don't love a place that has a stuffy feel and prefer the warehouse feel, especially if the service shines. I sought it out when in Portland and I must say this place was the worst place I visited on my trip, and I visited alot of places, and I work in the retail business, so I am no stranger to the life and goings on. First strike was fatal! Upon entering I said hello to the cashier (mind me this is Maine and I thought the people in this state to be amongst the friendliest I've encountered anywhere) and she just looked at my wife and I!? UHHH!!! The homer Simpson syndrome? The other workers leaned against walls talking to distributers-wishing the customers would go away, but knowing they are the ones who bring in the cash! Other stockers sauntered past and tried to not make eye contact. The place is a friggin liqour store mainly with plenty aof cig adds, crappy wines, and a decent selection of beer, but not much one could not find elsewhere. I grabbed a local brew from the cooler only cause I wanted one to drink at the hotel before dinner. This is a place full of burnt out retailers with shitty attitudes and no manners or even courtesy. You can at least say hello when the customer greets you no? Leave this dump to the old red faced gin drinkers and give your money to some one else. There are plenty of cool places in Portland with great employees.
10-04-2003 00:58:29 |
More by moulefrite
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I drop by RSVP every time I head back to Maine to visit the rents. I usually go in with a 60 dollar budget and walk out with a wine box brimming with bombers and 750s, and maybe a couple 6 packs as well. In my opinion this is the best beer store in maine by leaps and bounds. The local selection is exhaustive (most recent maine additions being the shipyard big beers, stone coast 1260, allagash collaboration, geary's wee heavy, and more) and they have an entire aisle devoted to euro singletons from every country on the continent. It's true the service isn't incredible. They have one older guy who knows beer cold. If you can find him, all your questions will be answered.
One of my favorite parts of this store is the gritty's mini kegs. 20 bucks for a little barrel of best bitter always makes me happy.
Check this place out. I have no idea how someone could be disappointed by what they have to offer.
12-01-2008 18:58:20 |
More by Pamola
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
I was visiting from the Midwest and RSVP was recommended a place to go to if I wanted to bring home some beers that I couldn't get back home.
I came here with three of my friends, two of which have lived in Maine for a couple years, the third was on vacation with me. The service saw me, but didn't greet me and allowed me to browse their selection without asking if I needed help. For some this may have seemed rude, but I actually prefer it that way.
I ended up getting to the checkout with about four bombers of various beer, and they refused to sell them to me because I was only 24 and had an out of state ID. Even though everyone of my friends that were there with me were 25 or older, and two of them were Maine residents with Maine ID's.
They then almost refused to sell anything to my friends because I was in the store with them! So I quickly left and waited in the car outside. I ended up texting my friends from the car so they could buy my beers I had to put back, but that was even hard to do because the employees wouldn't allow them to buy what I had picked out.
In the end they let that slide and I got my beer.
Overall a very annoying experience.
11-13-2011 19:48:28 |
More by JoRado
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$
This place blows. To be honest, it's filthy, it's unorganized, as the staff is beyond rude to their customers. They will not sell to you unless you are over 25 on ID. Even if you are associated with the person under 25, they will not sell to you either. They denied service to us, even though one person from our party had a legitimate 22 year old ID, and restricted everyone else from tr group from making their own purchases. The cashier was ignorant, beyond rude. Don't bother. Go to Beer Cellar down the street instead.
Also, even from Los Angeles, this place had nothing interesting.
06-24-2012 20:42:06 |
More by PlinyTheKid
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