1828 Vintage House in Boothbay Harbor, ME

Sometimes we happen across these little retail gems, tiny shops that cater directly to you and others like you. One of those shops you can’t wait to tell friends about, though you hope it remains your little secret just a bit longer. For folks who dig craft beer, the 1828 Vintage House is one of those stores.

Vintage House sits alongside the Boothbay Resort, a popular vacation spot near Boothbay Harbor. In addition to the quaint cottages and well-stocked wine and beer shop, the owners recently broke ground on a brewery. Boothbay Craft Brewery is slowly coming to life with progress being fully documented via their @BoothbayBrewery Twitter account.

The “vintage” part of the name is quite apt. On first visit a couple of months back, I was able to score some sweet collectibles: a 2007 Allagash Interlude, early 2000s JW Lees Harvest Ales, and others. Buried on some lower shelves, I found the best supply of Struise Black Albert in the state outside of Chris Lively’s cellar. The cooler was home to a few older bottles of Jolly Pumpkin beers, which I was rather happy to add to my collection.

Focusing solely on the beer isn’t fair to the store itself. There’s a diverse offering of wine from Maine and points beyond. I made sure to grab a bottle of HoneyMaker Dry Hopped Mead from Maine Mead Works from the Maine wine section (more on that in a future post). While I have not checked it out, the store boasts a solid roster of local and import cheeses that I hear are worth trying.

The most recent day I went coincided with a great charity event. A couple from North Carolina have built a perfect replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Called “To The Future“, the project has Terry and Oliver Holler driving all over the country raising money to fight Parkinson’s disease. It was awesome to spend some time checking out the car and watching the Back to the Future movies, all while enjoying some great sunny weather.

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If you find yourself in the midcoast Maine area with a hankering for some quality craft brews (or Maine cheese and wine) make some time for 1828 Vintage House. You’ll be glad you did.

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