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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
44 Allen Rd
phone: (207) 925-3200
(Place added by: DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
One of the best if not the best places I have ever been. Their tap selection ranges from new local beers to hard to find Belgian selections to special one offs from breweries around the world. The bottle selection is awe inspiring and in glass front coolers having to spend that much time looking at those beers was bordering on torture. All jokes aside Chris and his wife run a fine establishment , what it lacks in decorative flare it more than makes up for in food and beer.
Bottom line , if you can go you won't be sorry.
10-23-2011 21:45:21 |
More by mkabull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We ventured over from the mountains of New Hampshire. First time we attempted to visit we were 20 minutes away in Conway, NH on a Wednesday art dinner time and checked the website and saw it was "open year round", although when we pulled up, it was closed and only opened Thursday-Sunday. Conveniently back in Conway the next day after a trip to Mount Washington, we called and checked and visited after confirming they were open.
Small bar and dinning area attached to a house off of a golf course on a small gravel road. Tons of spent bottles of really good brews and brewery logo adorned gear on the walls. great views of the golf course from most angles. Tiny 8 seat bar and maybe room for 30 more inside. Outside deck and its picnic tables seats as much as the inside does. Quite cozy.
The owner wasn't there, so 2 of the rarer bottles advertised on the bottle list were unobtainable at that time. Solid draft list of 25+ options allowed us to order beers rarely seen on this side of the ocean, save for maybe Monks and the newer Farmers Cabinet. The 4 door cooler had bottles, most of which were easily obtainable in these parts, for even slightly better prices. Quite pricey.
Food was adventurous and the main plates were solid to spectacular while the small bites were rather hit or miss. Service was quite friendly and did try to help me out with obtaining some of the rare bottles i sought, even going so far as to call the owner. Its a shame the employees couldn't just access some of the bottles themselves.
Overall, a bit of disappointment in the way the bottle list is managed, but still a good visit to this landmark. Being in Philadelphia, i may be spoiled with the options we have here and may have erred in making the rare bottle selection one of the major points of my visit. When attempting to visit, make sure you check the hours and see if Chris the owner is on the premises.
10-09-2011 22:29:54 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Reviewed on: 08-15-2011 14:54:20
Finally made it out there- booked a camp site nearby, so everything finally fell into place for me to cross this place off my list(and to come back again and again!)
The beer selection was outstanding. I prefer to see all the breweries and pour sizes listed, but the descriptions and quality made up for the fact that not all beers listed the maker and no pour sizes were provided. To other bar owners- if you are gonna be vague about what and how much of it you're serving, you better have a tap list comparable to these guys!
We sat at a table overlooking the golf course, and than moved to the bar, to get a real feel of the place after were done with our meal. I ordered a burger and my wife ordered a turkey reuben- both were outstanding and not ordinary. The waitress did not automatically offer home-made mayo for the frites, but was happy to bring it over once we asked(good thing we remembered to ask- it was goood).
Once we ventured over to the bar, which was tended by the owner and his wife, we got more good recommendations from them and got the world famous tour of the cellar. Overall a great experience.
08-15-2011 14:54:20 |
More by SevaTse
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Made the trip up to Ebenezer's last February and it did not disappoint. The bottle selection is far beyond any other pub, it's borderline ridiculous. There is no printed list of what they have so you just have to ask, and more likely than not they will have it in their cellar. If it's rare expect to pay for it, understandably so. I had a Dark Lord and Westy 12. Crazy! The tap list is was pretty impressive as well. Food was better than average for a pub. Atmosphere is good. Some brewery swag hung about the walls. For any lover of beer this is a place you must visit.
08-05-2011 16:16:43 |
More by s1ckboy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
EDIT 10/11/11: The owner has reached out to directly to address the issues presented below (text below un-edited from original review). This simple act of trying to correct the wrongs says quite about about how much they care about serving the beer geek crowd and is enough to convince me to raise the service from a 2.0 to 3.5. I will reiterate from below: make sure you visit Ebenezer's when one of the owners is around. I'm fully confident that it will be well worth your trip, regardless of how far you have to travel.
Summary: you must visit Ebenzer's, BUT make sure one of the owners is there on the day you go.
Spent a nice Thursday afternoon sitting in the screened in porch and really enjoyed ourselves. Had a couple fantastic brews on tap (Cantillon St gilloise and wild pannepot) and a third that was undrinkable. Beyond that, the draft list was very very good, and they had some impressive vintage taps. However, as a geek, you go there for the bottle cellar.
In general I don't like to "bash" places in reviews, so the example below is simply that, an example. Just something to be aware of so that you ensure that an owner is there for your visit.
<start rant> Before I went, I sent a couple emails to try to set up a time when Chris would be around for a cellar tour and some recommendations, since we had a flexible schedule and I wanted to make sure he was there. Unfortunately, I got no responses so we went anyway. Since the owners weren't there, the servers couldn't get into the cellar. Even if they could, the bottle list is very vague with a number of things, including vintages. We had planned on spending all afternoon there and dropping some $$$ on bottles, but instead, my wife and I split a sandwich and had only one beer each before leaving (after leaving the 3rd beer on the table which was oxidized beyond drinkability). This was a huge disappointment after the ridiculous drive out there and having such high hopes. In addition, the servers were bitching about the other customers behind their backs, right in front of us. Makes me wonder what they said about us when we couldn't hear. <end rant>
All that said, Ebenezer's is still a world class bar. The tap list was easily one of the best I've ever seen. Seemed like correct glassware for our beers and the food was decent. I can only imagine that events like the Belgian dinner are unreal.given how hard this is to get to from the Midwest, it'll be tough for me to ever go back, though I would like to got back again, but only if I can make sure that one of the owners is around.
07-24-2011 00:29:01 |
More by ChrisPro
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been here a few times. Time to review.
The wife and I arrived around 3pm on a Saturday. Pretty quiet. The owner (Chris) and his wife (Jen) were talking to patrons, and allowing them to taste the various beers on tap.
We ordered some food (burger and the lobster roll) and it was pretty outstanding. Quick service, good portions, and fairly priced.
The beer selection is by far the best I have ever seen. About 24 taps, endless bottles, and beers from all over the globe. Tried some stuff I have never heard of, as well as some vintage Cantillon and other gueuze.
Chris, his wife and his staff truly know how to be excellent hosts. Had a great time and I am looking forward to going back in the future.
07-17-2011 03:06:56 |
More by muttyd
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Finally made it over to this legendary spot with my girlfriend in tow. Kind of a typical, rural, golf course side bar on first glance. Closer inspection reveals a wonderful tap lineup and even better bottle selection.
No doubt some great stuff on tap but it was a little frustrating that the bottle list seemed to be pretty out of date. Also a bit annoying that some of the prices aren't listed.
Wait staff was good with prompt, pleasant service. Beers were all in great condition and served very professionally. Food was also tasty. I had the veggie lobster wrap and my girlfriend had a burger and frittes.
Had a conversation with the very enthusiastic talkative owner. Definitely passionate about beer but also pretty full of himself. A bit aggressive in sharing his 'knowledge'. This kind of killed the atmosphere a bit.
In my opinion this place pretty much has fantastic selection going for it but not much else sets it apart in a positive way from so many other places. Worth a visit bit I probably won't return.
06-30-2011 16:14:13 |
More by Cascade77
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was really excited to stop here during Memorial Weekend. On the edge of a golf course which is kind of weird. Small and clean, nothing too special. A little crowded, and there was only a couple people in the place.
Service was good, and very helpful.
The selection was nice but a bit overpriced. Granted, there were some gems on tap but not wowing. There were some high end bottles that were "ask your server".
Had a lobster roll, and I want to say it was $15 or so.
Got the tour from the owner, the guy seemed a little bothered by us. I could understand it if we had asked him to take us to the beer basement.
Overall the place is over hyped. Probably a one time thing for me. Glad I went though.
06-28-2011 03:20:27 |
More by davey
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
One of the greatest beer experiences of my life. Reserved Ebenezer's with about 35 people for a Monday night- had a 5 course Flemish tasting menu paired with beers, as well as 2 additional beers for a fixed price, and then purchased another bottle afterward.
Service was amazing- got to visit Chris's beer cellar, which alone was worth the price of admission.
Beer was also amazing- did a mini vertical of Bigfoot on tap (2002 & 2004), as well as another (out of production for over a year) barleywine and some other bottles (De Struise Tsjeesus, Brooklyn Local 1, Uerige Altbier) & 1 tap beer.
Food was a little less consistent but still generally phenomenal. Incredible Belgian frites, a great soup, and a great salad. The entree and dessert were a little less impressive- the sous vide chicken we were served was extremely overcooked (but still managed to be really tasty in spite of the texture) and the banana + caramel crepe dessert we had didn't really float my boat although it definitely wasn't bad.
Finally, got to taste small amounts of 4 or 5 other beers afterward at the bar for free. All in all, an absolutely phenomenal experience for anyone who even likes beer- GO TO EBENEZER'S!!!!
05-10-2011 04:44:22 |
More by tehzachatak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It was great. Lots and lots of beer on tap, much of it rare or otherwise unobtainable, especially on tap. Lots and lots of bottles. Good food...including the amazing buffalo chicken soup. I tried to get a growler of it, but it was not to be. I visited this place with my lovely wife-to-be on our wedding trip, and Chris Lively, the owner, gave us special treatment. We got a private cellar tour and witnessed some amazing things down there, including bottled beer from the 18th century that apparently was owned by King Edward VII. Also, they have a German Shepherd named "Chimay." Do you love it? Otherwise, the bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and inquisitive. We went during Maine's off season, so the atmosphere was subdued and intimate.
04-29-2011 13:45:02 |
More by Rifugium
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