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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
44 Allen Rd
phone: (207) 925-3200
(Place added by: DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
What can be said about Ebenezer's that hasn't been said before? Unlike many places that are overrated, this little establishment is worth the hype! My husband and I planned our entire wedding trip/honeymoon around traveling through New England for a "beercation", and Ebenezer's was a major motivating factor in heading up to Maine (where we got married). Unfortunately we hadn't checked in advance to make sure they were open, and it was the off-season so they were making their own hours at the time. Luckily, they opened the bar just for us. Yes...you heard right. We were the only two people there because they were good enough to open up the place so we could experience what we had traveled so far for. Not only that, but Chris gave us a tour of his AMAZING cellar and gave us some very rare Ebenezer's glassware as a souvenir.
If I could give 10/10 for service, I would. Not only was the service amazing, but the selection was out of this world. I have seen some more expansive selections in terms of number of tap handles/bottles, but in terms of quality Ebenezer's is really unparalleled. As an extra treat, Chris was giving us some free samples of beers that were not supposed to be available for sampling. Really wonderful experience...I only wish we could have stayed longer but we had to run off to make it to get our marriage license. Darn! Food was great...I had some brats and my husband had the buffalo chicken soup which was apparently "the best ever." I look forward to going back to Ebenezer's soon, and trying out The Lion's Pride next time as well!
10-24-2011 18:37:39 |
More by MsRif
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went there this past weekend from souht of Boston for my birthday. Got there first for lunch on Saturday. The place is filled with great beer paraphenalia, and loved that! Small but cozy bar with maybe 10 seats, a few tables in the bar area, and a larger room with more tables for larger parties, looking out on a Donald Ross course!
It was kind of slow, so my wife and I sat at the bar. Had very helpful and attentive service from the waitress/bartender upon arrival; she made us feel right at home. Chris, the owner was also around, and I had told him a week before I was coming, so he guessed correctly and we talked lots about his place, beer, and life. I drank a couple of Belgian ales and ate the Killer Chicken sandwich for lunch. Great sandwich, and great beer. I was extremely fortunate to also get a tour of Chri's cellar, which was a humbling and incredible experience. I can't imagine that there is anywhere in the world quite like it. All I can say is WOW!
Took a few hour break and returned for dinner, and more drinks. Drank a couple of bottles of Schneider Aventinus from 2007 and 2008 that were amazing, along with a couple of Belgians that were very good. I had the Sausage Fest for dinner and was very pleased. It was tasty and huge, a perfect coimbination. Later in the evening as the place thinned out a little and it was just the two waitresses/bartenders running the whole place, frankly it wasn't easy to get their attention at the bar seats, but I would go back in a heartbeat.
We drove 3.5 hours each way basically to go to a pub, and I am very, very happy that I did it. I honestly can't wait to do it again. I loved everything about the place; well the service toward the end could have been better, but it didn't spoil the experience.
I highly suggest getting to Ebenezer's, a must, must journey for any serious beer lover. We also stayed the night at the Old Saco Inn, which was lovely and also very pleasant. Thanks Chris!
04-08-2013 15:08:05 |
More by BeTheBall
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
"Well, I've been in the business my whole life, and coming up here the same amount of time, and they do it right," the bear of a man said sitting two seats away from me with the Tip O'Neil nose. The mini-me version of Sonny Barger sitting between us nodded in agreement, and tipped back his Bud that he had poured into a pilsener glass.
"Yep, we've been coming up here for years, mostly for snowmobiling, and Ann here always takes care of us," he said and winked at the bartender leaning against the back of the bar under a large Guinness mirror. She laughed and noticed that Kumar was in need of another libation.
"I'll have a Scotch Silly, please," and with that we were off.
Lovell, Maine, was in the middle of nowhere. But we happened to be up in the area for a bachelor's party and had heard about this hidden gem and decided to check it out for ourselves. The bachelor, Little John, couldn't join us, but we made our way over from Bridgton and Rt. 302, only a fifteen minute drive. After a spirited round of golf at the Kezar Lake Country Club during which time Jim "lost" his 7-iron in a pond, and Kumar quit on the 14th hole while lining up a shot from a sand trap due to yet another disparaging remark about his heritage from Jim concerning Bedouins, we walked through the covered patio area of the restaurant and went around the corner to the bar. We considered sitting at one of the tables in the covered area with pristine views of the golf course, but I steered us in to the bar knowing that if we set up shop within view of the holes, Jim would have made a new game out of tormenting those still on the course, and this would only grow in direct proportion to the amount of excellent Belgian ale that we would be consuming.
The bar area was made up of a small, copper-topped jagged bar top with seven high stools, two high tables pinioned into the floor space in front of the bar proper. There were a number of other chairs lined up against the wall, likely for use when things got hopping on late evenings. All in all, pretty small, and yet, also decidedly cozy with some metal brewery signs up and about, some interesting empty bottles above the swinging doors into the kitchen, and the pastiche of tap handles alone would have made the place. We sat down next to the two locals up from Smithfield, RI, and surveyed the taps. Never had I seen such a Belgian draught line-up in Vacationland:
Cherish Raspberry Lambic
Duchesse Du Bourgogne
Gritty's Halloween Ale
So, out of sixteen tap lines, only four were not Belgian. And many of the Belgian lines were things I had never seen on draught. And not only that, but everything was being served in proper glassware, a wonderful rack of which hung over us at the bar, a tremendous sight. They even had the Kwak and Leute glasses with stands. To the left of the bar was a cooler on full display with over ninety bottles to choose from, including a good selection of 750ml, as well as magnums of Piraat, Gulden Drak, and Leute Bok at $45/apiece. Truly amazing. Prices were a tad stiff at $6.50 for all of the Belgian pours, but well worth it considering where we were. I mean, this was like finding Shangri-la. We didn't even glance at the food menu, but the guys next to us swore by their meat dishes. As we sat and enjoyed our second or third ales, an elderly couple walked in and, without skipping a beat, the gentleman asked for a Kwak. As Ann was bringing it over to him in its stand, Jim swiveled with ferocity and stared bug-eyed at the contraption.
"What in living hell is that," he stammered. "Jesus, give me one of those," and Ann did not disappoint.
The hours went on and I looked over at Kumar with a huge grin who was starting to dip his nose in to his Karmeliet, a quiet whisper of some tune slipping out of his foam covered lips. Jim pushed back from the bar and stuck his head down between Kumar and I, now holding a Gritty's in almost full tilt.
"So, Kumar, are you going to be next? I mean, the way my sister's been talking about you and that night of our Mass. Ave. crawl, you two are pretty much picking out the silverware pattern, right?"
Kumar turned as if his neck were caught in a vice, and quietly said, "Jim, I don't know what you're talking about," as steely a look in his eyes as he could muster. Jim stared back, his ale coming precipitously close to the edge of his glass, and then like a balloon losing it's air, Jim sloughed backwards and yelled, "Fucking cheers," to which our two compatriots on our right, in Pavlovian response, raised their glasses and gave cheers. Disaster averted, and there was no question we'd be coming back here.
06-01-2008 16:34:50 |
More by Truh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What can I say that hasn't already been said (though I didn't get a cellar tour like the previous reviewer)? Upon entering, we were met with a ton of people, mostly snowmobilers, many of which were not drinking any of the craft beer found on tap or in bottles. That didn't bother us. It seemed like a friendly place and we waited for a table. There were all sorts of signs and posters from Belgian breweries and other bars. We were handed a beer list, which had 4 or 5 pages, the first being the tap list, which is what we wanted. On it we found a handful of Cantillons, a bunch of other Belgians, just a couple of American beers, and Stella Artois (kind of surprised to see that listed). We all ordered a beer while we waited. I had a Forti, which was listed as a hoppy Belgian beer, though it wasn't really that hoppy (Houblon Chouffe would be hoppier). I ordered the combo to try the sausage and the steak tips. The steak tips were out of this world. The sausage was really good, but a bit dry. Our regular waitress didn't seem to know what was going on, but the other one, I think her name was Hannah, was very attentive and once she found out we were into beer brought us a bunch of samples, including Black Albert and a couple Cantillons.
The selection was fantastic, though I would have preferred to see some more American beers listed. They had a 2004 Old Guardian on tap, which was awesome, and a Samichlaus Helles, also awesome. One of the people in our party wasn't overly impressed by her food (there's the hit, along with the dry sausage). Everything tasted very fresh. I was disappointed they had no Earthmonk, but the Black Albert and St. Lamvinus on tap were amazing.
The score hit for atmosphere was because it was extremely cold in the place as they kept the heat down so the snowmobilers wouldn't get too hot in all their gear. IMO, they should let them take off some of their layers and keep everyone else warm. If you go in the winter, dress for the cold.
We stayed at the Olde Saco Inn at the recommendation of Chris, the owner. It was a very nice hotel and pretty reasonable, as it included breakfast. We learned from the innkeeper that if we drank too much, we could get a ride back from Ebenezer's from one of the staff and he'd give us a ride in the morning to get our car. Good to know. We plan on going back up in the summer when there isn't 3 feet of snow on the ground (we were skiing for the week, so it was good for that) and returning to the Olde Saco Inn and will likely take them up on the shuttle service.
02-08-2009 21:08:47 |
More by RunawayJim
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place truly is in the middle of nowhere. Well hidden near the border of Western Maine, Ebenezer's doesn't appear to have much competition in the area.
Atmosphere is almost like a summer shack with tables casually spread out throughout the interior with beer signs covering the walls. Very average atmosphere.
Service was my main issue. Granted, it was the waiters second night on the job, but when I ask what style a certain beer is the waiter should not say "I don't know" and then proceed to stare at me waiting for me to order it. Water should also not need to be asked for 3 times before finally getting it. I am assuming this service was the exception to the rule as other waitstaff appeared competent.
On to the good. Selection, Quality & Food were all fantastic. The beer list, as far as Belgian selection, is truly world-class. I had three beers, all very good, most interesting one being the Wedding Parfait. The steak tips, as others have mentioned, were delicious and very fresh.
Overall, I am glad I was able to experience Ebenezer's. Is it the best beer bar in America? Absolutely not. But if you're vacationing within an hour radius, it's worth stopping by.
10-05-2008 19:23:22 |
More by bkett01
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've never been to a place like this. You drive up and it's part of a house, but once you walk in and look in the cooler behind the bar, you know you're not in a back woods neighborhood watering hole.
The beer selection is incredible. If you're into Belgian ales, you will never want to leave. Get a bottle of Westy 12, or if you want to try something a little old, try a bottle of a 1968 Thomas Hardy Ale.
The service was fantastic. Chris the owner has a real passion for beer and knows what he is talking about. His wife and the other waitresses are also very friendly.
The food is also top-notch. I had a Ceasar Salad with lobster in it. And there was a lot of lobster. Wonderful.
The only negative I can really say about this place is it is too far from where I live to go more than occassionally. There isn't enough good things I can say about this bar.
Just go there.
09-11-2007 16:11:38 |
More by n0rmann
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is impossible to find. We went with a GPS (Allen Rd. wasn't on it) and two sets of directions and still couldn't find it. Allen Road looks more like a backwoods driveway than someplace you'd find America's best beer bar. What we did, and what I recommend you do if you're going there for the first time: get to Lovell and ask some one. There's not a lot going on in Lovell so all the locals know where it is.
Ebenezer's is pretty much a bar added on to a house. That gives it a relaxed, rustic quality and I thoroughly enjoyed looking out over an adjacent golf course from my screen porch vantage point. There is Belgium paraphernalia everywhere and the menu states "Welcome to Belgium."
The service was some of the best I've had. Our server, Hannah, guided us through the both the beer and food menu patiently and knew more about beer than just about anyone I've ever met. It got the the point that I'd name a some aspects of a few beers and how I'd want to combine them for the perfect beer and a few minutes later she'd unearth something from the cellar (over 800 different bottles) that I'd never heard of but was just what I was looking for. Hannah, I love you.
Another member of the staff is Chimay, an affable German Shephard who loves attention.
Beers are pricey, $7-$9 being average, but you get what you pay for. The food is great..I think. I ate a burger topped with marenara and sausages so fast I'm not sure how it tasted at all. I think it was good.
After our meal we got a private tour of the beer cellar and I can't even begin to describe the amazing treasure trove down there...so I won't bother. It's ridiculous.
One downside is that Ebenezer's needs styrofoam cups for coffee to go. I was the designated driver and needed some caffiene to get home so Hannah and I had to McGuyver a to go cup with a plastic soup bowl, lid and a knife. I managed to spill the majority of it on myself before I even left the restaruant--good in theory, bad in practice. Regardless, if you get too drunk to drive it's ok to camp out back if you bring your own tent.
Best bar ever.
07-03-2009 16:15:09 |
More by donkeyrunner
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I just glanced at the last review before submitting this and I have to ask; are you kidding? All things being equal, you would rather visit Novare Res than Ebenezer's for beer? Not as a dig to NR, but they are not even in the same league as Ebenezer's.
Ebenezer's was all that I had expected and more. The "more" being that I had thought that they were (by reputation) an exclusive Belgian bar. Forget that...I was able to mix up my fine Belgians with some rarer domestic releases such as Brooklyn's Intensified Coffee Stout. Everybody there was friendly and accommodating to begin with, but extended that gratitude even further once they recognized how far we had traveled to visit.
If I was local, it would be a sin not to have Ebenezer's as a regular spot. As a beer enthusiast, I would say that it is an essential spot to visit if you are in Maine or the White Mountain area of New Hampshire. This is what being a destination for beer advocacy is all about!
10-09-2009 05:57:15 |
More by opwog
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