Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 120 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.85/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Lost reception in eastern New Hampshire coming up on the Maine line but I'm pretty sure Eppi said he was going to meet me at Ebenezer's before the call dropped. And then no reception, no nothing, for quite some time until the sudden ding of a signal again somewhere on rte 5 south of Lowell. A quick redial and he says he's also on rte 5 somewhere, pulled over to make a goodnight call to the kiddies while he still has reception. Came over the next rise and caught him, parked. Followed me up and suddenly started flashing his headlights like a madman. What's he doing, we're still 8 miles out, he's slowing to turn, no, I couldn't have passed it, but yes, I did. Let's just say that it's not where googlemaps says it is, be warned...
Copper topped bar, angled & angled again, seating 7 with a copper foot rail. 31 taps in a row on a bar back slat wood box, plus 3 on a tower off the bar and a single handpump. Wait. There's another tap handle over there, I somehow missed the Delirium pink elephant tower, duh. Box shelving below with booze & more below, and 4 coolers on the end with old tap handles displayed atop. A pair of suspended boxes with bottles displayed within and glassware dangling from slot racks underside; one over the bar seating, the other over the taps.
White walls with wood slat lowers & the trim in pale green, in this light anyway. Lots of brewing signage, but its good stuff, vintage stuff, some stuff I can't get and I've been looking. Magnums in the front windows, and TV's at opposite ends of the bar. 2 hightop tables off the bar, and a side room holding 7 tables below rear view windows, strung lighting above. Far staircase to upstairs; 4 tables in a ski chalet like arched room with a deck for 3rd tee golfer heckling right out back.
35 taps in all; roughly 2/3 of them Belgian, 5 of them alone from Cantillon (Saint Lamvinus, Vigneronne, Rose De Gambrinus, and Kriek & Framboise '06, and not on the heels of a Cantillon event, but just because), and some serious goods in the other dozen and a half Belgian offerings (Eb's crazytown namesake house beer Black Albert, Abbaye De St Bon-Chien '07, Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Oude Beersel Framboise, De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs, Des Geants Goliath Triple, Ichtegem's Grand Cru, t' Smisje Dubbel, Val-Dieu Triple, Verhaeghe Echte Kriekenbier, Bacchus, De Ranke Pere Noel, Het Kapittel Abt, Scaldis Noel, Baladin Nora, Bruegel Amber, Balthazar, Ertvelds Wit, Stella). The other 1/3 a mix of the mostly micro (Allagash Fedelta, Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale, Smutty Real Old Brown Dog & Wheat Wine, DogFishHead 90 Minute & 120 Minute IPA, North Coast Old Rasputin, Rogue Old Crustacean, Stone Double Bastard '05) and an import or two (Samichlaus Helles, Fullers London Pride).
The bottled menu is a riddle of disorganization, unreasonable categories & duplicate entries throughout (fix it, fix it now). They've got the goods but it's really hard for me to detail what's what without lifting a beer menu and I won't. At least 150 Belgian bottles, with very little fucking around. Nearly all the Trappists, but no Westies (for you anyway). A tight collection of Gueuzes & Lambics (Cantillon, Hanssens, Drie Fonteinen), 750's (damn, nearly a dozen offerings from Fantome), and other Belgian fun. A smattering or more of everything else, from light domestic play (Rogue, Southampton, DogFishHead, Anchor, Sierra Nevada), to vintage & obscure (Anchor OSA & Sierra Bigfoot '95-'07, JW Lees '88-'89, Gales Old Prize Ale '97 & Jubilee '02, A Le Coq '99), to magnums, to imports UK & Euro, to various stouts & porters. It's a serious list, and note the note, "If you don't see it on the menu, just ask. We might have it (wink wink)".
Started with the Saint Lamvinus, lovely, and then they cracked a De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva '07 for us. I mentioned the alleged beer cellar, just curious really, wasn't expecting anything, and Frank said, "You wanna see it?" Well, yeah, and holy shit. I was actually giggling in the cellar. I wouldn't tell you that normally but Eppi's going to talk about it tomorrow so I might as well get out in front of it. A whole lot of stuff that you can't get, don't ever see, or have never heard of. We drank a Struiselensis Pale Ale & a Bells Expedition Stout down there and just talked beer. Looked around some, reached into a random box and the beer I pulled was a Bass Queens Ale '27. Yeah, it's like that. Back upstairs again, Frank cracked some '88 Faro for the patrons to share, it did not suck.
I was coerced into having a chicken quesadilla (sans the olives, a known disgustinagin), it was quite tasty. Gracious hosts Frank & Hanna took excellent care of us, as Chris was selfishly away vacationing. The place is just maddening, I could do a whole lot of time here. Whoop, cell phone ding again, I've got a signal. Seems Karl left me 2 messages, wants to know why I'm 3 hours late for dinner, Ebenezer's.
06-12-2009 00:57:48 | More by slander
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