The Lion's Pride
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 700
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3/5 rDev -36.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
This place has gone seriously downhill! Such a bummer....used to be my favorite beer restaurant. The Lion’s Pride used to have a fantastic staff. Leigh, Ryan and Katie are greatly missed. I don’t know where the owners found their current staff or what happened with the previous staff, but the new staff is inattentive, doesn’t know much about the product, and clearly has no concept of how to run a restaurant. My wife and I used to go to the Lion’s Pride at least twice a week. We no longer do, after having multiple bad experiences with the new staff. Many of our friends have also stopped going. The last time my wife and I went to the Lion’s Pride, towards the end of February, we were both presented with completely different beers than we ordered! The food seems to have gone downhill as well. We used to love the burgers and fish & chips, but lately everything has been either overly greasy or way overdone. Again, such a bummer.
04-02-2012 20:53:27 | More by Grady546
3.25/5 rDev -31.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have to agree with grady546 here. I am sad to say that since the departure of Ryan and Leigh the "pride" is not the same.
the new staff does not know the product.
They do not seem to WANT to be there and serve the product.
The beer list seemed out dated and stale (some winter beers and even a few holiday beers up!)
the vide is not the same either. when you walk in nobody greets you and seems excited to have you.
the food, service, tap list...ALL have gone down hill.
We need to get the big bosses (Chris?) down here and running things for a bit or I fear the end will be near.
08-02-2009 19:40:19 | More by trukweaz
3.85/5 rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Only 14 taps were pouring when I was there (8/31/13) so the number of selections was not as I had hoped. What was there though was fine, although it was tipped in Allagash's favor on this day (4 taps). I had Alvinne Wild Undressed. Mort Subite White Lambic. Oxbow Original Deluxe.
Service was little slow, but I landed on a day of cooler problems, so this slowed the pours down tremendously. Tim the beeroligist was exceptional though---lots of knowledge and friendly.
I chose a burger for food, with frites. My cohort selected a chicken sandwich. Both were very good. I suspect anything picked food-wise would be good.
Prices were a bit steep (8-9 bucks for the more rare entries, 7-ish for the others). What can you do though? You want good beer. You must pay.
If I were a local this would undoubtedly be my goto place.
09-01-2013 13:46:11 | More by WynnO
4.14/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Been to the Lion's Pride up in Brunswick several times now. Kind of tucked away amidst other random shops on Pleasant St - look for the baby blue house-like building. Cool interior - a couple dining rooms and a nice L shaped bar. As others have mentioned, tap handles are made of blown glass, rather than traditional brewery tap handles, and the beers are listed on the chalkboard above. Looking around, you see lots of emptied bottles up on the wall and as flower vases on tables - many of uberbeergeek caliber, such as J&J, Kate, Darkness, etc.
Unfortunately, I didn't see too much out of the ordinary that was actually for sale. In fact, they didn't have a beer list at all. Don't get me wrong, there's a good selection - just no list. There are two glass coolers behind the bar and "what you see is what you get". Some Cantillon, Fantome, Struise, but nothing outrageous. I asked if there was anything off-menu of interest, but no dice... Maybe you have to be in when the owner is there, or know somebody. They do have some nice draughts though. Nice Belgians, decent selection of American brews and a couple aged things, which is cool. The only problem is I've been in several times in the course of 4-5 months and I see very few changes in the draught list, which kind of surprises me. It's cool that they have Wild Pannepot on tap - but I'm not going to order a $14 beer everytime I go in. Would like to see more variety. I hear they have events - maybe I will try to head up and catch one of those to see what else they have to offer.
The bartenders are great - once they find out you are into beer they are very willing to shoot the shit and give you tastes n such. Actually, I don't know why I said "they", because it's been the same guy every time I'm in. Anyway, looks like they hire people who are way into beer.
Is this a cool beer bar? Most definitely. Some interesting draughts and a good overall vibe. But is it a world class beer bar as advertised? Not really. A great spot for sure, but I can't help but feel a "that's it?" sort of feeling, after having visited several times. Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe it's the fact that they touted this place as "the #2 beer bar in America" and got everyone's hope's up for an on-site Struise brewery, which did not happen. I haven't been to Ebenezer's, and I'm sure it's all that and a bag of chips, but it seems like people are lumping the Lion's Pride in with it by association, and I just don't see it. Nevertheless, great to have another quality beer bar not too far away. I will try to make it up some time when they are having a beer event so I can see the place in it's element.
12-01-2010 15:46:16 | More by twelvsies
4.35/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Decided to break up my week at a lake house in Maine with a visit to the Lions Pride. It was worth it.
At least a half dozen hop vines grow along the otherwise unimpressive exterior of the building. We stepped inside and were seated at a table near the bar with nice views of the 35 tap lines, bottle refrigerators & glassware collection. A quick glance at the ceiling confirms that this was at one time a Chinese restaurant. The walls are painted in bright colors with a nice array of beer art (from paintings to tin signs) and the karaoke stage rotated through 5 or 6 musicians of varied talent taking advantage of open mic night.
Not surprisingly there were many good choices on tap and I enjoyed a Big A IPA & De Ranke XX Bitter. The waitress/bartender was very knowledgeable and helpful in recommending bottles and explaining any questions we had. She was a bit overworked though and could’ve used some help despite the fact that it was only a Tuesday night. Others reviewers have done more justice to the beer selection, but suffice it to say there is plenty of beer menu to be studied.
I had the fish & chips and the wife had moules frites. Both were good (not great).
Prices were in line with what you’d expect for beers of this quality. So the tab added up quickly but we had a great time. If you’re traveling anywhere near the area it is worth a stop. Nice to see a place as successful as Ebenezer’s begin to expand into new beer bars. I hope to see them open even more in the future.
07-20-2011 18:45:11 | More by bkett01
4.5/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I finally decided to review this place after my second visit, because my first visit was so close to the opening. I wanted to see how this place would develop and become. I really like all the posters and beer paraphernalia on the walls. The two hop vines growing outside were also a nice touch. the beer selection was simply amazing, over 30 quality beers on tap and not one let down. The food was great also, we had the cheese plate and some Belgian frites. Our server was awesome she knew the beers and was really cool about explaining the beers and showing us which bottles she had in the case. Definitely a beer destination. can't wait to go back for another visit.
08-21-2011 19:38:01 | More by Cmack15
4.53/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to the Lion's Pride a few times and every time it has been exceptional. On my most recent excursion I along with a few buddies of my spent a good amount of time and money exploring the large and unusual selection. Unlike Ebenezer's and its large Belgium selection the Pride has a variety of beers including a Norwegian IPA, a Japanese Stout and some rares from breweries around the country.
The service was top notch, the two bar tenders were very helpful, at each new round we described a beer we wanted based on taste and we the 4 of us all got 3 rounds, 12 different beers and each was perfectly suited from what we wanted.
The food well not at the same at the beer was very good. A modest selection of food but each item we received was well executed and tasted great.
I would highly suggested this place and I am pleased to see another beer bar in maine with such a high caliber.
01-04-2011 23:32:01 | More by bishopdc0
4.58/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Came in here a couple nights before going to Eb's Belgian Feast for a few beers. I had a Pannepot Wild, Oxbow Farms Pale Ale (I was told it was the first keg of beer from that brewery anywhere!), and a Stillwater Debutante.
All the beers were fantastic and they had a ton of very solid Belgians on the list. They had quite a few good Belgian bottles as well including Cantillon, Drei Fontinen and Fantome.
There was a live band doing classic rock covers, I chatted with Ryan I believe and he was super friendly and knowledgable, the waitstaff had great recommendations and the bar itself had a ton of cool signs, bottles, etc.
Really this was one of the best bars I've been to period - if you're ever in the area be sure to check it out!
08-28-2011 00:03:18 | More by kingcrowing
4.64/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had to stop by the Lion's Pride during the beerventure through Maine
A - Sat down at the nice copper bar right at opening with friends. We were the only people that and were able to take in all the little quirks of the place. Beers were listed up on the chalkboard and then on fresh menu's with a little blurb about each.
Q - Top notch quality of the beer. Everything was served in appropriate glassware.
Svc - Excellent job behind the bar, as the gentleman went into great intricate detail about each and every beer, offer reccomendations to my friends, etc.
S - Very nice selection of beers on the board. Would have liked to see some stouts or porters on the days lineup though. Very nice bottle selection.
This was the place where we all got to try Oxbow beer, which led to an even more insanely epic journey to that brewery. A wonderful time here and would DEFINATELY hit up again when in Maine. Well worth the drive from Portland.
11-07-2011 22:35:55 | More by rudzud
4.68/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
While vacationing in Maine this summer, I decided to make a special trip to this place, after reading all the positive reviews. When I visited, they had 35 beers on draft, mostly belgians, and an extensive bottle list. The draft list had prices, while the bottle list did not. I decided that there was plenty on draft that I was interested in, so I didn't inquire about any of the bottle prices.
Since I was in Maine and hadn't had any Allagash yet, I was pretty much only drinking Maine Beer Company Zoe and Peeper, I decided to have a Victor, Victoria, and Black. For dinner, I ordered one of the chicken dishes, which was incredible and one of the best meals I had on the trip.
The service was great, did I mention the bar tender was wearing a Dissident shirt. The bar tender was very knowledgeable about all the beers and stopped by our table a couple times to talk about beer. The fact that I was wearing a Hop 15 shirt probably indicated that I like beer. By the way, the restaurant has a huge Hop 15 logo behind the bar which is really neat. Their decorations are pretty much all beer related. They have huge pictures of the Stone Gargoyle and Pliny the Elder hanging on the wall, not too mention hundreds of rare beer bottles lining window sills.
Overall, a very cool place that I look forward to going to next summer. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you are in the neighborhood.
09-04-2011 05:30:31 | More by beerfan99
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The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME
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