Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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world-class

149 Ratings
Ratings: 149
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, Maine, 04051-3919
United States
phone: (207) 925-3200

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Photo of klc17111
4.98/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My Husband and I, after years of discussing going to Lovell to experience Ebenezer's, finally went in February 2013. We frequented this Pub 3 out of 4 nights...What can I say but we felt like we were visiting family every time we walked in! The last night we walked in the door and the waitress even said -"YEAY! they are here!" How many places make you feel like that? Beer Selection was amazing- I found the owners, Chris and Jen, to be friendly and helpful. We even were invited to the "basement" for a tour of the rare beers- which was in itself amazing. Chris is the most knowledgable beer head i ever met! Food was excellent... never disappointed. We even had "our seats" at the end of the bar. We will definitely be back .. make sure you visit this Pub in the most beautiful setting...Backwoods Maine .. the way Life should be!

Photo of handpullme
4.98/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My wife Karen and I made the pilgrimage from Pennsylvania to Lovell, Maine last week, with the main reason being to visit Ebenezer's obviously. There's not a lot else in Lovell really, other than the typical gorgeous scenery you expect to find in Maine. It was well worth the trip. We went to Ebenezer's 3 of the 4 nights we were there, with one much needed dry night that involved no alcohol. The beer selection is amazing, and even if you're an experienced Belgian drinker, you're likely to find at least a few on tap you've never had. As for the bottles, basically if there's something you'd like to try, just ask Chris or Jen and there's a good chance they'll have it. I was thrilled to finally be able to try Portsmouth's Kate the Great the first night we were there. Chris also gave us a tour of the beer cellar, which was worth the trip by itself. The owner of the #1 beer bar in the world giving us a personal tour...definitely cool. I had an incredible beer on tap called "My Blueberry Nightmare", an Italian blueberry sour stout (more sour than stout) that went down way too easily for something that was 11% and $10/glass. In addition to the beer, the food is absolutely top-notch. The first night, I had by far the best coconut shrimp dish I've ever had, and Karen had an excellent pizza that was obviously hand-tossed. Our second night, she had a cheesesteak she says is the best she's ever had, which is impressive considering we usually make several trips to Philadelphia per year. Overall, just an amazing experience that I hope to repeat someday.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited Ebenezer's pub in the middle of the week during winter (...yeah it's closed week days during winter months). However, Chris, who just happened to be there for a quick photo shoot, shakes my hand and starts pouring free beers for myself and the photographer. After an hour drinking/conversing about beer, Chris's ridiculous draught list, and the bar's incredibly rare bottles (2004 Damon or a Geuze van't kasteel anybody?), I get an invite into his private cellar for the purpose of mule-ing some bottles to VT for Shaun Hill (my next stop - and yes, they were successfully delivered). Even though I only spent an hour at this bar, I got the most fulfilling bar experience I could ever expect. The fridge is packed with insane choices and the draught list is both experimental and well curated. I would have loved to try the food, but that can wait until I return this summer.
Make the trip out to Lovell, it's a different world of beer and I'm certain you'll be a customer for life.

Photo of jderosia603
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had lunch and a few beers here on vacation a few weeks ago. The drive there was definitely worth it. The draft list was incredible and I had the opportunity to try some unbelievable beers you'd never find anywhere else. Our food was really good as well. Overall, a great experience that definitely lived up to the "best beer bar in America" accolades.

Photo of bgfresh
4/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A friend at work showed me an article in Beer Connoisseur Magazine. My wife is from Portland, ME and returns every year. So, I talked her in to making the trip from OOB to Lovell. The place had a very good feel. However, I think our waitress was a manager. She ripped into 3 employees 10 feet from our table for several minutes. I was not impressed as it was inappropriate to treat the girls like that. At the very least, take them in the back where customers cannot see that. Also, their website advertised Black Albert and Chimay Doree. I really wanted to try them as I'm a huge fan of Chimay and Black Albert was brewed specifically for Ebenezer's. I was disappointed that my first two orders were unavailable. In fact, the wait staff manager stated that she had never heard of Chimay Doree. She did suggest the sister beer of Black Albert, Out Black. It was very good and a great recommendation. Next year we are going to the sister pub, Lion's Pride. Overall, I would definitely go back and recommend to anyone. I ate the Chimay Burger and it was incredible.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

There are plenty of great reasons Ebenezer’s is the number 1 beer bar in the world. First is the owners Chris and Jen run the place like a Swiss watch. I was there from a Wednesday to a Sunday during the 8th Annual Belgium Beerfest. Chris is a great guy, full of life, with a passion for great craft beer. Jen is as nice as they come and runs the service staff to perfection. Kudos to Maryanne and the entire staff. The location is part of the allure. A huge seating area and an outdoors that is located right on a golf course makes for the perfect place to have a few beers. Another great reason for Ebenezer’s success is the food. Chris is a world class chef and every dish, meal after meal was solid and top notch. I was made to feel at home and it was obvious I was appreciated and welcomed. Those attributes are important to me and Ebenezer’s does it right. I will be back as it is only short 20 hour drive from Atlanta. Rock on Eb’s!

Photo of jbertsch
4.05/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Drove the 35 minutes from North Conway, NH to go here. Worth the trip, for sure.

The place looks unassuming, located on a golf course. Wasn't even sure if I walked in the correct door. Anyway, my wife and I made our way to the bar area which is very small. I like beer bars to have a significantly sized bar area....it should be the focal point. No big deal though. We were able to get one of the 2 high-top tables in the bar area.

Selection is probably about 40 or so taps...big focus on Belgians and other imports. There were only a few domestics on tap. I had fun trying some of the hard-to-find imports. There was no Black Albert available. But I had Wild Pannepot, Omnipollo Mazarin, and Cuvee Angelique. All were enjoyable. Even though the Wild Pannepot was not what I expected, it was still tasty in it's own way.

Food was good. We had sausages (blood sausage was damn good), chicken that was tender as hell (they sous vide'd it), tasty steak tips, and french onion soup. All good stuff.

We peppered our waitress about some of the beers we were curious about and she was knowledgeable enough to help us. We understand it's hard to keep up and know absolutely everything about every beer on tap.

Didn't dabble in the bottle list but they had plenty of Cantillon for $40+, and lots of other treats.

Definitely recommend going here if you're within relative-easy driving distance. It's just a tad pricey, but for once in a while - it's passable.

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Out of the way drive from Portland, I wouldn't want to do this in bad weather. Amazing tap list, good bottle list. The cellar, I hear its legendary but did not want to chance owner not being there if I returned late afternoon. Services very young and knew something about the beer, this lunchtime shift were not major league however. The place has a small feeling however there are many available tables and a large tentlike area outside. Very rare taps on, and I did what I could to have several higher alcohol ones. Hard to find on GPS. Small bar.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get to Ebenezer's. While staying in Maine with some friends we decided to visit the pub on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. None of us realized reservations are accepted and almost the entire restaurant was reserved tables. Luckily we got 2 separate tables in the back. The restaurant itself isn't anything special. There's lots of Belgian beer paraphernalia on the wall and the glass tap handles were pretty cool. Other than that, it's a typical restaurant setting. I think I was expecting something a little more 'coffee shop' like. A place where you can go and hang out with your friends over some beers.

The service was very slow when we arrived. It was almost a half hour before the waitress came by to take our drink/food order. At the time a lot of tables were clearing out (early dinner crowd) and the late eaters have not arrived yet. So it wasn't really that busy. Overall though, our server was fine once we got into her rotation.

Everything was top notch. We wanted to save room for beer so we only ordered some appetizers. The Frites and quesadilla's were awesome and the Brie ragoons (If I remember correctly) were fantastic. I've had their burgers at Lion's Pride, and must say they are fantastic. Every beer on the menu is world class and most not something you'll typically find at a bar. All six of us ordered something different and passed it around so everyone could enjoy a sip.

The beer prices are on the high side ($8-14 for a draft glass of beer), but the food prices seemed reasonable.

Overall, I enjoyed the food and beer at Ebenezer's and will definitely return again. However, the next time I'm going to be sure to make a reservation.

Photo of bceagles39
3.45/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Ebenezer’s is a good beer bar. The beer list is first class (assuming the brews are in stock). However, I do not believe this is even the best beer bar in Maine, and certainly isn’t the best in New England, let alone with world!

We stopped in for lunch recently and were pleased (though admittedly a little underwhelmed, based on our expectation) with the atmosphere. It was comfortable, inviting and felt like any decent pub you might find. Not world class beer bar atmosphere by any means, it kind of felt like somebody made a pub-themed room in their house. There is an incredible array of Belgian-centric beer memorabilia throughout the place which was awesome to check out.

Service was fine but the woman tending bar was either not particularly knowledgeable in beer or assumed we weren’t – so she really took no interest in discussing any of our selections. After ordering a lambic, I was warned that it was going to be sour. Although I found this to be condescending, I tried to look past it and engage in a discussion about the beer - but apparently that it was “sour” was all she was able or willing to express.

Next I ordered a 't Smisje BBBourgondier (bottle) which was served ICE COLD. I don’t think I’ve ever been served a colder beverage in my life. I don’t expect my beers to generally be kept and served at proper temperatures… but when they are, you win my respect. If Ebenezer's is truly great international beer destination, I would think that some more thought would be given to a detail like this. I realize this brew isn’t from the show-off cellar but still, I did expect more.

They were notably out of several of the beers I attempted to order, including the Black Albert (funny how that brew is kept in stock at Novare Res just an hour away). Maybe if I was the type of beer drinker who knew that lambics can be sour they would have found one for me!

The food was standard pub fare. The frites were, at least, frites, but certainly nothing special.

Ebenezer's is a good beer bar and I am glad I went. I might even go back one day if I am in that area (now that my expectations in the right place). There is no doubt that it is possible to have a world-class experience here, especially if the owners are in and you avail yourself of their cellar selections. But you can have that at any number of places in the world and I disagree with the general notion that this is an elite beer establishment.

EDIT: Selection is rated 4 due to the unavailability of several beers ordered during our visit.

Photo of sespourteille
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If your looking for a place that is guaranteed to have something you have never tried, look no further. With over 30 beers on tap, Ebenezer's offers a beer to fit anyone's taste. A little on the small side, it nonetheless makes up for this in decor and service. Easy to find, located in slightly remote area of Maine that makes the visit more than about beer. Great place, will definitely be returning here.

P.S No take out license so try what looks the best to you while you can because you never know if it will be there next time around.

Photo of MsRif
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of mkabull
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of SevaTse
4.3/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of s1ckboy
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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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.

Photo of muttyd
4.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Cascade77
3.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of davey
4.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
5/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of steeltown71
5/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of ggilman
4.9/5  rDev +4%
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!

Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.