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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
44 Allen Rd
phone: (207) 925-3200
(Place added by: DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 135 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
We stopped by here last sunday after boarding at Shawnee Peak. I will have to admit that it was easy to find thanks to the little blue sign on the curve pointing where to take a left on Route 5 and right in the middle of the golf course.
From the second you walk though the porch, you are overwelmed with the signs and the the thought that the view of the golf course in the warmer months would be awesome. You walk into the maine establishment and there are more signs in a porched small room and then the small bar to the right. The place was small, but very cozy.
We missed out on the famed Black Albert, but they had over 30 Belgium draft beers to choose from. They also had an extensive and rare bottle selection of all sizes that was mostly geered to Belgium styles.
We were not realy hungry at the time of the day, but the bartender convinced us to try the spinach dip, which was really delicious.
A little later we got the chance to meet the owner Chris after he got done with his Southern Maine Brewers meeting downstairs in the basement of the barn. After talking for us for a few minutes, he asked us if we wantted to take a little history tour of his basement. Before we knew it, we were downstairs in the most diverse Belgium beer selection one could ever have at his fingertips. It was good to see someone very passionate in knowledgeable about his family history and beer.
Overall, I would have to say this is a must visit for anybody that is driving down 302 to Route 5 in Southwestern Maine near Fryeburg/Sebago. Very well worth the slight detour. I will say that the next time I am up in the area, I will visit this establishment again.
04-04-2011 16:53:13 |
More by Flounder57
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I made my first trip up here after many suggestions.
A: The place had a nice small pub vibe to it; cozy, warm, lots of wood, and lots of great Belgian beer decorations.
Q: They have all the proper glassware and a ton of branded Belgian glasses. The beer was all properly poured and served. You could tell they focused on the little things.
S: Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable. They are all eager to chat up about beer. Being quite young my bartender asked me how I knew so much about beer (still a newbie...) and we chatted about what I've tried and liked so far. I later met Chris and boy was he enthusiastic to talk beer.
S: What needs to be said? You couldn't ask for a better selection. 35 taps that are Belgian centered and are all great to world class beers. They have everything you couldn't want in bottles including a lot of vintages. I went with a Pannepot Wild (fantastic!) and Beer Geek Breakfast Stout (great, but tough following Pannepot). I was a little disappointed that they had just run out of Black Albert, but with so many great options, I wasn't disappointed for long.
F: The food was great, most of the menu is gourmet, with a lot of the meat/produce being local.
V: The beers can be a bit pricey, though it is to be expected with world-class Belgian beers and vintage bottles. $14 for a Pannepot Wild was certainly worth it, though it's definitely a special occasion splash.
This is a must visit for anyone in NE. I can't imagine a better beer selection or place to drink a pint.
02-14-2011 01:13:24 |
More by Satchboogie
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Finally made the trip out this weekend. Ebenezer's is on every shortlist of greatest beer bars in the world, and very deservedly so. Chris, Jen, and the staff are great, and we were big fans of the food as well (if they have the buffalo chicken soup as the soup du jour I can't recommend it enough, unique and damn good). If I lived up in Maine I would buy a snowmobile specifically to come here in the wintertime. If it was the summer I would probably abandon the round of golf and head here straight away. Can't imagine regretting it...
To sum up, making a trip here is non-negotiable for beer fans.
02-13-2011 20:31:16 |
More by steeltown71
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ebenezer's Pub sits on the 18th Green of the Kezar Lake Country Club and is a hidden gem in the Western Lakes Region of Maine. I've never played the course, but I would recommend parking on the dirt road, as I've seen a few errant balls come bouncing through the paved lot.
The food is better than good, though probably not the reason you are here. Frittes & aioli are great, and localvores can enjoy the beef tips. The menu is more than adequate with no major surprises, but everything I've ever had has been a great.
With 35 taps, and anything you could ever want in a bottle, the selection is amazing. Ask for Hannah as a server. She knows her beers, and is quick to bring you a sample, or make a recommendation based upon what you ordinarily like. If a request is outside of her wheelhouse, she's not afraid to admit she doesn't know, and defer to a bartender or the owner Chris. I think Chris likes Belgians & IPA's so there are always a plethora of choices for either. This is your best bet for finding rare beers, discovering something you've never had, or finding a deliciously tart sour lambic on tap.
If you're on the fence, go. My advice is to order light, enjoy frittes, bring a driver, and enjoy as many beers as you can. Take risks, maybe you'll be rewarded, and definitely tap into the wealth of knowledge the owner and staff provide. Ask for a peek at the cellar, Chris loves to see the look on first timers faces!
Try the Black Albert, a Royal Belgian Stout that was brewed as a tribute to Ebenezer's by De Struise from Belgium. It's usually available in the bottle but if the Wild Pannepot is available on tap, take the $14 hit and get it!
01-19-2011 00:05:27 |
More by ggilman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I went on a trip to NH over the weekend and on the way out, I said I really wanted to go here, and I'm very happy we did.
It was a lot smaller than I expected once we arrived. The seating probably more than triples if you elect to eat outside in the patio area, but since it was January, we obviously didn't. We went on a Sunday afternoon, so we were one of about three parties there. We walked in the door and there was a small area to sit for dining and then there were a few seats at the bar and a couple of bar tables in the room connected to the dining room. Lots of beer paraphernalia all over the walls and a flat screen TV in the bar and dining area. Big windows all over the dining and you could see the woods and mountains in the distance, a lot of land in front of you, very nice. The bar had 30+ taps and tons of different upside down glasses hanging at the bar tenders disposal. I would have given a higher rating on the atmosphere, but it got kicked down for one major reason, and believe me know it's knit picky on my part. Since it was January and on a Sunday I expected playoff football to be on, but it was only on one of the TV's. From where we were sitting I could see the game though so it didn't really bother me, I was just surprised, not much better than beer and football on a Sunday afternoon in my opinion.
The quality of everything was very good. The place was clean, food and beer were fresh too. I found that the place did a great job on temperature control with the beer on tap. It wasn't too cold, just slightly chilled below room temperature, which was nice because it was mostly dark beer we got. They also took their time pouring the beer, letting the foam settle than brought it to you, very nice. Along with that, there was only one sever/hostess/bartender and she was very nice, friendly and attentive.
Even though it wasn't the biggest beer selection I've ever seen, it was still very good. This bar has discovered the perfect mix of quality and quantity to keep any beer lover very happy. The tap list had a huge variety of imports including Belgians and several from the UK, than some quality stuff from the US as well. Love for Stone, Mikkeller, and Cantillon on this visit, had atleast 2 of each on tap for this visit. I got an Old Engine Oil and Mikkeller Monk's Elixer, my wife got one of the Mikeller IPAs and my buddy got another old engine oil and Stones Imperial Russian Stout. Could have gotten much more, wish I had more time. They were in the middle of printing a new list so I can't remember all of it, but it was certainly quality. The bottle selection was also very good, much of the same breweries just different beers. Good selection from De Doll, Dieu Du Ceil, St Bernardius, and the Trappist Rocheforts. All in all the selection was awesome, just trust me, I have no reason to lie!
Food was outstanding. I got a steak and cheese sandwich, my wife got a lobster roll, my buddy got steamed mussels, and his wife got an onion pizza. We all loved our food. The seafood was really fresh, and (local from what I understand). And I'm not big into french fries as I used to be, but their take on them (Belgian frites), were very very tasty.
Everything overall was absolutely outstanding. The prices were VERY reasonable, especially considering the quality of everything (I think we only dropped $115ish with tax and tip), a wonderful visit and I really hope to go back. You're only cheating yourself if you're in the area and you don't go.
01-13-2011 14:44:20 |
More by AndyAvalanche
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I just got back from Ebenezer's and I just have to say it was worth the wait. I have been coming to Lovell, Maine for a few years now and this was my 1st time there.
It was busy when we got there @ 8:00 but it died down after about an hour. It is New Years day an I didn't expect it to be jam packed but the dining room was full and so was the bar.
The food was great and the Belgian beer selection was the best I have ever seen. I was offered a tour of the cellar and accepted an couldn't belive my eyes. I wanted to take pictures but Chris the owner kept pulling out bottles I have never seen before and was in amazement. I will definitely go back the next time im in the area.
What a way to start off the New Year
01-02-2011 03:28:10 |
More by barturo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made my first trip up to Ebenezer's yesterday. It was reasonably busy for a random Tuesday afternoon. The place itself is pretty small (much bigger in warmer weather as they have a nice big porch area). The bar didn't seat many, but was nicely handcrafted and the beer selection made everything better.
The food was pretty good, both of us got delicious burgers and the frites were actually very, very good. They got the potatoes from a local farm in NH so it makes them that much better.
The only real complaint I had, basically because of the timing, was that there wasn't a bottle list available. I guess the owner took it to redo the list and hadn't brought it back yet. But they were gracious enough to let me go behind the bar and check out the bottles.
All in all this is definitely a must stop for any beer lover. A nice welcome atmosphere, friendly wait staff, great beer selection and the owner could be seen throughout our visit making sure everything was up to their standards and talking to the guests. How often do you see that?
12-29-2010 15:37:04 |
More by mavbrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is the second pilgrimage that my boyfriend and I have made to Ebenezers. And it just keeps getting better.
The beer selection is a fantastic variety. During the very long time we were there, I had a St. Bernardas Abt 12, La Rulles Triple, Cantillon Gueuze, and a St. Louis Framboise. The St. Bernardas was a great complex quad with a rich flavor and a smooth finish (not to heavy). The La Rulles Triple did not have some of classic triple flavor that I enjoy, but it was still a fantastic beer with a hint of pear flavor. The Cantillon Gueze was a sour/tart blissful beer. Finally the St. Louis was a super sweet/super rasberry follow up. And this does not count what we had in the cellar.
Speaking of the cellar, that was an adventure for any beer lover. Chris, the owner, 1) loves beer, and 2) tells a great story. But what is said/shared in the cellar stays in the cellar...
Food was fantastic-the Veggie Pesto Sautee was quite good, and so were the frites and fruits of the forest pie. My boyfriend loved the steak tips. Our waitress was fantastic and very friendly. The prices are a little higher then average, but for the quality of everything, completely worth it. The ambiance was typical pub (albeit a little small).
I also highly recommend staying at the Old Sacco Inn. Beautiful accomodations and very close by.
11-08-2010 13:59:34 |
More by angiesaysgobucks
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
A: Smaller than I expected, at least in terms of the bar. Lots of tables in back and outside, but the bar only seats about 7 or 8. Luckily, my wife and I were able to snag a couple of seats there, next to another BA couple who we ended up talking to quite a bit. Very homey, comfortable place... lots of regulars, everyone seemed very friendly. Soft, old music playing in the background. One TV, I think, sound turned off.
Q + Selection: As good as you've heard. The 35 taps lean heavily towards Belgian beers, of course, and they're great selections. The bottle coolers have a lot of great stuff too.
F: Awesome. We shared a quesdilla appetizer and I had the Chimay burger later... both were fantastic.
Service: What can I say that hasn't already been said? We briefly met Chris, who had to leave early to head to the OTHER awesome place (Lion's Pride), so we barely missed out on a cellar tour... but I wouldn't rate this place based on whether I got a cellar tour or not <cough>. However, the generosity from Chris and Jen, who luckily for us was there most of the evening, was just unbelievable. I'll keep it short: 3F Straffe Winter, Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2008, Russian River Beatification. 'Nuff said.
I don't know how Maine manages to have so many awesome beer bars, but I'm glad they do... and glad I don't live TOO far away. We'll be back. The place is awesome.
10-26-2010 20:11:36 |
More by berley31
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Overlooking a golf course, screened in porch area with plenty of seating. Inside it is decorated with posters, banners and beer bottles of brewery's from all over the world. The bar is copper topped with seating for 8. It overlooks a large 4 door cooler with great selection of beer and a line of taps that has about 30 with 4 or 5 more taps in front.
Everything that we had to drink was top notch.
The service was great, the two bartenders were very attentive and made suggestions for us.
Can't say anything but wow with the selection to choose from on tap and bottle.
Food was well prepared and delicious. Recommend the steak tips.
Value was reasonable to pricey but well worth it.
I was lucky enough to meet Chris Lively, he offered us a tour of his beer cellar and was blown away with his collection that he had. Chris was nice enough to ask what beers I liked and he made some awesome suggestions that we took advantage of. Chris thank you for the great conversation and beers that our group had.
If you are in the area this is the place to go.
10-24-2010 00:53:46 |
More by Burt
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
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