Craft Beverage Store Nirvana
Where to find craft beverages in Maine and New England
We at Maine Brew & Bev Guide have always hoped this day would come. We used to have to wait in long lines, but now you can pop into a craft beer and beverage store and readily pick up popular, freshly released craft offerings from around Maine and New England. As breweries grow and increase their productions, the lines are getting shorter every week.
The choices of quality fresh beers, local wines and specialty spirits are staggering. As the number of Maine breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries, and meaderies continues to grow, the more help we need navigating the expanding landscape and advice to help find that next favorite beverage.
Here we have consolidated information from our craft beer and beverage store partners to present you with 5 reasons you should visit your locally owned craft beer and beverage store:
- The level of help and staff knowledge is outstanding. If you ask the staff which beverages are comparable to styles you currently enjoy, you will get a complete run down of options based on what nuances you like and do not like.
- Massive selection to choose from whether you are into limited local releases or large national brands.
- Try before you buy. Check schedules for a Maine/New England representative who brings several of their latest and freshest beverages to sample and you can ask questions before taking some home.
- Great prices, as well as discount and loyalty programs can save you money.
- Cool merchandise and novelties for gifts or to bring your consumption experience to the next level.
- Now, based on what city or town you are in, visit these outstanding craft beer and beverage store partners to see what makes each one unique. See the store directory below.
CENTRAL MAINE REGION
At Damon’s Beverage and Redemption: The Damon Family has been proudly serving Maine for almost 4 decades. Currently with 4 locations in Bangor, Waterville, Skowhegan and Augusta. With over 2000 labels of beer, 3000+ labels of wine, and 2600 labels of liquor in just the Bangor store alone, they have more than enough for everyone. If you are looking for hard-to-find and limited selections on beer wine and spirits, just ask the loyal staff at any location and they will hunt it down and order it for you. Also, check out their Select Bourbon Barrel program where they choose top of the line bourbons and offer selections never offered before in the state.
Planning a wedding or event? They can help you with beer and wine or specialty cocktails, including how much to order. Take advantage of discount packages on beer and wine for large events and free delivery to a wide footprint around central Maine.
Want samples? Visit Damon’s Beverage websites and Facebook pages to see their schedule of in store tastings for breweries and beverage makers from all over Maine and New England.
Got returnables? Damon’s sparkling clean redemption centers will actually make you look forward to redeeming your empty bottles. Their staff will count your returnables and have you on your way before you can say, “this doesn’t smell like most redemption centers. How do they do that?” See ad on page 1 of the Maine Brew & Bev Guide 2019 Fall/Winter issue.
GREATER LEWISTON-AUBURN REGION
Locally owned and operated, Roopers Beverage and Redemption has been serving up an impressive selection of quality beer, wine, spirits, and tobacco products since 1992. With six locations throughout Lewiston, Auburn, and Oxford, as well as wholesale distribution service, their enthusiastic staff, wide variety of libations, and great prices make restocking your beverages convenient and fun.
Whether you’re looking for an everyday favorite, a hard-to-find mixer or need to place a special order—Roopers can help. Need to restock your bar or expand your drink offerings at your restaurant? They’ve got you covered there, too. Open 365 days a year, the party starts with Roopers. See ad on inside back cover of the Maine Brew & Bev Guide 2019 Fall/Winter issue.
The Umbrella Factory Outlet (U.F.O.) is located in the Shop ‘n Save shopping center on the corner of Routes 302 and 35 in Naples. They offer over 2500 square feet of liquor, wine and craft beer choices. It is an agency liquor store, offering over 1700 liquor, 1800 wine, 800 craft beer, 180 nips/pints and 150 cider selections. From hard apple cider to seasonal brews, you’ll find them here. This remarkable store not only offers discount beverages but also great prices on cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products. Labeled the “Wine Capital of Maine” the store expanded in 2015 to add the Craft Beer Runway, which leads to the Lost Moose Campground tasting center where wine and beer tastings are held. See ad on page 27 of the Maine Brew & Bev Guide 2019 Fall/Winter issue.
R.S.V.P. Discount Beverage, on Forest Avenue in Portland, stocks the latest beers from local Maine and New England breweries, and from as far as Belgium for Belgian ales made by Trappist monks. Featuring hard cider, wine and spirits, RSVP always has the adult beverage you want. See ad page 18 of the Maine Brew & Bev Guide 2019 Fall/Winter issue.
Perk’s Beer and Beverage’s goal is to carry the products that match their customers’ taste and style. From Bissell, Definitive, and Goodfire to traditional imports and domestics, they are sure to carry something to please every customer.
Perk’s also has a wide array of fine wines from across the world, with a selection as beautiful as the wines themselves and is conveniently located off exit 42 in Scarborough, in the Cabela’s plaza. For updates on new arrivals and tasting events, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. As a verified venue on Untappd, you can see their entire beer inventory along with new items that are coming in each week. See ad page 10 of the Maine Brew & Bev Guide 2019 Fall/Winter issue.
JD’s Package Store & Redemption located on Route 5 in East Waterboro, is a family-owned and operated, first-class “package store” offering a fantastic selection of craft beer, hard ciders, wine and liquor. With over 30 cooler doors devoted to craft beer, plus a Beer Cave, your options for local and national brews and spirits are limitless. JD’s takes pride to ensure they carry all the latest, freshest and seasonal beers available. They also take special requests and keg orders. What most people don’t expect when they walk into JD’s, are the unique gift displays that are thoughtfully arranged throughout the store. For information on spirits and specialty food tastings visit and like them on Facebook. JD’s is definitely keeping you in good spirits 365 days a year, seven days a week. See on page 33 of the Maine Brew & Bev Guide 2019 Fall/Winter issue.
Tully’s Beer and Wine’s mission is to expose the world of specialty beer and great wine to the residents and visitors of southern Maine and beyond. Tully’s prides itself on service, selection, and product knowledge. They also sport a mighty fine wine selection, six humidors of premium cigars and a huge selection of home brew supplies.
CRAFT BEVERAGE STORE DIRECTORY
Damon’s Beverage and Redemption (4 locations)
21 Washington St, Bangor
75 Bangor St, Augusta
52 Front St Waterville
Beverage Mart Redemption
JD’s Package Store & Redemption
13 Sokokis Trail, East Waterboro
Perk’s Beer & Beverage
Roopers Beverage & Redemption (6 locations)
545 Minot Ave. Auburn
303 Main St, Auburn
794 Sabattus St. Lewiston
694 Main St. Lewiston
1420 Lisbon St. Lewiston
980 Main Street, Oxford
887 Forest Ave, Portland
Tully’s Beer and Wine
45 Wells Plaza, Wells
The Umbrella Factory Outlet (U.F.O.)
639 Roosevelt Trail,