Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 120 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A big thanks goes out to Sean (Truh) and Tiana for guiding us to this place...visited with this fantastic pair and of course my wife and daughter. In the middle of nowhere, but oddly enough, right next to a golf course, so accesible to locals and others looking to unwind after a round of golf.
Enter to a decent sized enclosed patio, with an entranceway into a handful of tables inside and the magnificent bar that is Ebenezer's.
Greeted upon arrival by Chris and escorted promptly to our table...service was very attentive and they certainly knew we were there for the beer first and foremost.
Excellent draft choices...all served in the proper glassware (duh)...a few non-belgian beers, but this was not what we came for.
I enjoyed a Boon Unblended Gueze, a Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic, and a few samples thanks to Chris.
Three huge coolers filled with some expected offerings, but also many of the rarest, and surprisingly affordable bottles available in the US.
The Coconut shrimp I had was top notch...fresh and served with an awesome sweet and sour sauce...my wife was very happy with her burger (mmmm...buttered roll) and the kids menu was typical.
Plenty of room outside for the kids to unwind, especially in the milder months.
Service was (as mentioned) quick and no glass was left unfilled.
A true beer destination for not only the location, but for the top notch selection of both draft, but bottled selection as well.
06-15-2008 23:18:21 | More by warriorsoul
4.94/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
"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
5/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow, that is almost all I can I say. Our time at Ebenezer's was incredible. First off Chris opened the Pub especially for my girlfriend and I, who else would do something like that? As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we were greeted by a barking German Shepherd, I already can tell I will love this place. Chris walks out with a big smile on his face and tells us to go right in. As we walk in Chris comes back and greets us. Within a few moments a glass of Black Albert is in my hand, wow, Kate who? I think as I take my first sip. He starts telling us all about Black Albert and De Struise. He tells about the display bottle he sent out and those that actually evaluated it as though it was the actual brew. This is where Chris' passion truly comes out and I'm blown away. I have never met someone with anywhere near as much passion Chris has. He explains to me his plans for the Pannepot Cafe and his partnership with De Struise. Our next sampled brew is Earthmonk, the fact this was opened just for us blew me away. While enjoying the Black Albert he had hinted we would be trying it, I was left thinking is he mad? Is he really going to open that for us? Sure enough, he pulls a bottle out of the fridge and it is cracked open. Delicious, I have never had a beer like that before and may never again. It was a glass I never wanted to end. Our next brew was Struiselensis, again delicious. After one sip he then blended it with something I cannot remember, maybe you could remind me Chris? After this, I was handed another glass of Black Albert, such a damn fine brew. Then we shared a bottle of Pannepot. How is it that this one brewery could create such amazing beers? After this we try and make our way out, instead Chris declares I'm having another beer, and that if I don't he will go into the forums and call me out on a being a pussy who called him out and then only had three beers with him. Our final bottle for the night? A Founder's Breakfast Stout, out of his personal cellar. Another fine brew. I cannot believe what has just transpired that entire night. I am blown away by the hospitality and generosity of Chris and the pub. I truly wish that all bars could be like this one. Ebenezer's sets the benchmark for all future establishments I enter. I was informed by Chris on my way out to let him know when I come up next so that I can see the cellar and that he and his wife will have a dinner with my girlfriend and I. Where else and who else offers this to a couple of college kids they just met? I am forever in debt to Chris and truly cannot wait to make my next trip up to the pub.
03-20-2008 21:40:13 | More by Cedromar
4.9/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fantastic pub!!! like being at home w/friends...( and several hundred great beers)
selection>...what can I say but incredible. The owners Chris & Jen really know their beer and go out of their way to greet and make everyone feel at home. Belgian beers predominate but there is something for every taste. The "special" events (tastings, belgian fest, local appreciation nights, etc.) are always a fun time.
A highly recomeded pub, as a matter of fact I think I will head there tommorrow!!!!
02-16-2008 16:29:23 | More by negm
4.9/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Holy shit! This place has the best tap list I have seen since Eulogy or Monks in Philly, and it is in the middle of no where Maine! Drove from bethel to try out the black albert and was not disappointed. It is a nice small bar (although the outside seating would help, too cold in January for this) with good pub grub. The folks who won/work there are very knowledgeable about the beverages they serve and super friendly. And I am back to the tap list, of the 34 taps (no hand pump in the winter) they had Cantillon kriek 100% lambic, Boon Geuze and Monk's Flemish Brown on tap at the same time! I was blown away. Did you look where Lovell was? The beer bars in Boston (even though I love them) do not have the selection of hard to find beers on tap that this place does, for a belgian beer experience this place is amazing.
RAD is my overall rating, and in my book this is pretty much the best you can get.
01-30-2008 23:38:31 | More by jscondon
4.9/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is tough review to write, since although I believe that the experiences my sister and I had at Ebenezer's were 100% typical of the proprietors Chris and Jen, I know that those experiences were not typical of a visit to Ebenezer's. I will review what I can of the Pub and put the rest of the story on the forum as more of a trip report
A: The pub looks like an add-on to a house off along a dirt road that runs next to a golf course. You enter through an outdoor porch area with some tables that is probably one of the best places to be in Maine during the summer. Inside, the walls are plastered with vintage signage from premium beers, mostly from Europe. There are a good number of tables and a relatively small bar. The bar was closed when we were there so I don't know much about the normal crowd.
Q: Everything seemed to be of very high quality, especially the beer.
S: We were served by the owner, Chris and he was awesome. Of course we were the only ones in the bar so we had his undivided attention, but I nonetheless believe he would be nearly as friendly and helpful to anyone (especially if you love beer!).
S: Well if I could give higher than a five for selection I would. The selection that Chris has but together is unbelievable. It remained unbelievable even after he took us for a tour of his enormus beer cellar. Vintage beers you wouldn't believe that have been mentioned in previous reviews, and a great selection on tap and in bottles. If you don't see what you are looking for ask especially in the summer when Chris has some cheaper stuff out for the folks walking in off the golf course. While there I had: Black Albert, Pannepot (also the danish version), Double X Bitter, Cantillon Raspberry Lambic, and a danish Double IPA by Norrebro, also tasted the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. And although some of these beers are not the highest rated beers out there they did suit my tastes extremely well.
F: Jen whipped up a fantastic veggie quesadilla that my sister thought was the best she'd ever had.
All in all it was a fantastic visit to an awesome pub and I can't wait to go back.
01-16-2008 03:15:22 | More by kaos14
4.4/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made the trek up to Ebenezer's from Portland on a cold saturday. After getting sent down a snowmobile trail by google maps we got back to main roads and found the pub with ease. Sat in the first floor dining room wich was covered with european, ok mostly belgian beer posters and advertisements. Started off with a delirium Noel since the tremens was out. Girlfriend started with a Weyerbacher Simcoe double IPA wich would actually be her only beer due to being sick with a cold. I ended up having a South hampton triple and Gouden Carolus Tripel as well, all on tap and all great. Food was good although we didnt really choose anything too over the top. Definitely looking forward to heading up again with a healthy girlfriend and spending some more time exploring the extensive beer menu.
01-06-2008 04:00:54 | More by dciBA
4.7/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Even though it's considerably out of the way, it's worth every mile and minute it takes to get there. We were fortunate enough to be hosted for over 3 hours by Chris and Jen themselves and they were more than gracious. They poured complimentary samples of Black Albert almost before we could sit down and when I asked for a bottle of Westy 12, Chris showed up with not one, but two. One was a fresh bottle, the other was a 25 year old vintage. After sampling each separately Chris blended them creating an amazing and delicious flavor that was both crisp and complex. The food was great as well. We had the artichoke dip followed by a reuben and a veggie wrap. Overall it takes a while to get over the seemingly endless selection of beers Chris offers and it's refreshing that he takes pride in providing his customers with a great time and a good price. I can't wait until I'm in Maine again.
12-28-2007 00:51:03 | More by wickedpete
4.88/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Simply put this is the best rare & vintage beer bar anywhere! Beer is treated with the upmost respect, including an extensive collection of stemmed glass ware appropriate for every beer and occasion.I'm looking forward to going back and trying the beer cusine. I could go on and on about the beer selection, but I don't think there would be enough space here, besides most people wouldn't believe me. One trip will have you salivating for your next trip and it will never come soon enough. Make the trip and then make it again.
12-04-2007 02:23:13 | More by MikeRoy
5/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.