Maine Beer & Beverage Co. is a (mini) beverage superstore and the only downtown liquor store located in the heart of Portland, Maine.
Maine Beer & Beverage Co. has been a local leader in beverage retailing since 1998 when Andrew Braceras and William Milliken, then practicing attorneys, founded the store as original tenants in the renowned Portland Public Market. The company thrived in the Portland Public Market from 1998 until 2006, when the market was forced to close. Along with three other original market vendors, Maine Beer and Beverage Co. moved to its current location at 28 Monument Square in the old Surplus Store, right next to the historic statue “Our Lady of Victories.” Monument Square is the central civic location in the City of Portland, hosting everything from the famous Wednesday Farmers Market to the City Christmas Tree. At this site this co-op of vendors founded its own small scale indoor public market. They renamed the building the Public Market House, which is currently populated by ten thriving small food vendor businesses.
From its first days in the Portland Public Market, Maine Beer & Beverage Co. has had as its retail mission the promotion and sale of Maine-made beer and other beverage products. Formed in the early days of the craft brew movement, the store has always had a special relationship with Maine brewers and been dedicated to carrying the widest selection possible of Maine beers, later adding wine and other food products. Since branching into wine, Maine Beer & Beverage Co. has developed into one of the top fine wine shops in Greater Portland, with a broad global selection of fine wine of all varieties, including the best selection of Maine-made wines in the State. But the story doesn’t end there. In the winter of 2013-2014, Maine Beer & Beverage Co. won a coveted and rarely available Agency Liquor Store License, becoming the only liquor store in downtown Portland. We are now able to represent the full spectrum of local Maine micro-distilleries; from Maine Craft Distilling to New England Distilling, from Bartlett’s to Infinity, we’ve got you covered!