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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

140 Ratings
Ratings: 140
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 8.23%
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005)
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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Everything anyone else has said about this unbelievable place is absolutely true. The beer list is just unparalleled, Chris's generosity is unbelievable, and the entire experience bordered on surreal. Some of the highlights of our trip included:

Struiselensis
Russian River Supplication
Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise 2005, St. Lamnivus, and Vingeronne
Fantome La Gourmand
Westmalle Extra
a blend of Boon gueueze and Cantillon lambic (I think) done by Struise
Brooklyn Black Ops

We were planning our next visit on our way out the door that night. Spectacular. Make sure you let Chris know you're coming and ask for him when you get there.

JohnQVegas, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of belhav0322
4.83/5  rDev +1.9%

To say that I had high expectations for this place would be an understatement.

To say that myself and three friends based the location of our annual kayaking/golfing trip on the proximity of Kezar Lake to Ebenezer's is somewhat embarrassing, but true. A lofty reputation indeed.

When all was said and done, we were blown away by everything about this incredible beer oasis in the most random/desolate (if not absolutely beautiful) of locations.

I will leave out the various descriptions of the atmosphere since other reviews have covered that area well. This will also allow me to focus more on my individual experience.

The first words blurted from my mouth when greeted by our amiable waitress on a Sunday afternoon was "Do you have any Black Albert in stock"? She claimed that she was not sure and that she would check. She proceeded to take my back up order (St. Lamvinus, poor me) which was brought to the table along with the other drinks promptly. About 5 minutes later Chris showed up with two bottles of Black Albert in his hand. He then poured a round for our table and explained the wonder that is indeed Black Albert.

Um, it was pretty damn good. We then chatted with him for a while and barraged him with questions. Throughout this time he would disappear and reappear with all sorts of treats that I have not had the honor of trying before (Cantillon Cuvee de Champions, Fantome La Gourmand, and a special west cost DIPA that shall remain nameless to name a few).

In between sips, some sample questions included:

"How in the hell do you get this stuff?"

"Why this location?"

"Do you offer lines of credit?"

I'll let you visit yourself to find out the answers and ask your own.

Needless to say, we were amazed by the great and rare beer we tried and the hospitality of Chris. Here I thought I was a beer geek, but damn, Chris lives and breathes beer. Amongst all this I enjoyed a great lobster roll and a nice piece of blueberry pie. When in Maine...

A few more subsequent visits throughout the week would prove just as amazing. We were treated to some great beers. Chris's love of sour beers is very apparent and we partook in some truly unique ones.

Struiselensis is one of the most amazing and complex beers I have ever had. Sour goodness! Chris is to thank for the recommendation.

We were even treated to having a tour of his beer cellar (along with more amazing samples).

I cannot say enough about Ebenezer's. It was the most unique beer bar and overall bar experience I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

From the rare beers hardly never found in the country, great hospitality by Chris and the rest of the staff, and the food (Chimay burger!) make this place one of a kind and a MUST VISIT for any serious beer drinker who can make it there. Well worth the 7 hour drive from the Hudson Valley.

The only downside: We missed the upcoming Belgian beer fest by a little over a month. Drat!!

It is safe to say my fellow travelers had the same feelings as well. Indeed, we will be back next year.

belhav0322, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of 05Harley
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Recently my wife and I visited Ebenezer's with some friends of ours. Need less to say we had a &^%$#@! blast!! Chris, Jen and the staff were awesome. I was amazed at the beer selection. I was especially pleased with the Black Albert Chris shared with us, very, very good. I'm a big fan of Stout's and think this is one of the best I've ever had at 13%. The food was awesome as well. I've had several dishes during my visits and haven't had a bad one yet. The last dish I had was the prime rib, what a meal. If you ever get a chance to visit Ebenezer's make sure you do. You won't be disappointed. Chris and Jen are about the best Hosts you'll find.

05Harley, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Rode into town in a pouring rainstorm to try this place for the first time.
This place is a bit off the beaten path, but still close enough to North Conway to get your ass up there. Ebenezer's is on a side road off of route 5 right next to a golf course. Coming north on 5 there will be a sign noting where to turn, and then its only 3/10ths of a mile.
The place doesn't look like much from the outside, kind of a bar inside a barn kinda thing. Inside there are 3 seating areas: a patio as you first walk in, seating inside, and a bar tucked off in the right corner. I sat at the bar and studied the tap handles for a bit, there were between 20-30 and not a BMC to be seen. Off to the right side of the bar is a cooler with LOTS of bottles.
There were 2 menus on the bar in front of me a food menu and a beer menu. The beer menu was larger I think. The beer menu is full of rare and vintage brews from all over the world. The food menu had your standard pub fare and also "real" food.
I had a Chimay burger that was great and a couple of beers that were as well.
I can't say enough good things about this place, the food, the beer, the service, everything was awesome. I hope to return soon and sample some more from this fine establishment.

johnnnniee, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Hhawk06
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Notes from a visit in Feb '08:

Had to make a stop by with my wife while we were on vacation in nearby Conway, NH. Upon first viewing of the menu, I quickly scan for Black Albert. Alas, it is not on the menu! I proceed to ask the waitress if Black Albert was available; she asks, "are you a beer advocate?" I'm in luck! Within the next few minutes, Chris comes out with the fresh pour, unbelievable! Not only did Chris intermittently bring out a new offering every 10-15 minutes or so without prompting, he hung out, chatted, and told us many a beer story. Lets just say he is brilliantly running his business. And I don't even need to comment on the selection, just check out the website.
The food was very good and reasonable, a nice complement to the beer menu. Even more amazing was the final bill. The total was nowhere near the amount we imbibed that afternoon, which left my jaw dropped once again. I came in to Ebenezer's wondering how review after review could be an A+. I was completely prepared to rate it lower if I thought it deserved it. Not by a long shot, this place is beer heaven, and beer advocates are treated like God. This place may be in the middle of nowhere, but you would never regret a weekend retreat.

Hhawk06, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of ctrlfreak
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%

Just got back from this place and it was a once in a lifetime experience for me. Great one on one service from Chris (owner?) who can talk beer withthe best of them. He lined up a few tasters as well as a few (true) one of kind beers. It was a great way to spend 2 hours over a meal and world class beer with family and friends.

They went out of the way (way out of they way) to serve my group(8) and let my kids play on the swingset with Chris' daughter. So the service gets better marks than 5 for me.

The beer prices were reasonable considering the lengths they go to get the beer. Shipping is included in the prices of course but a trip to Europe to find these beers is just a bit more expensive.

ctrlfreak, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of cdog3
4.95/5  rDev +4.4%

This place lived up to its reputation. They had 34 beers on tap and not a dud in the group. My wife and I made the trip up on a Saturday from New York. Chris and Jen had a private party on the porch and another upstairs and the rest of the place was hoping yet Chris still took time to come over and talk beer with me. We had dinner as well and everything was wonderful and the staff very attentive. So here is a little taste of what we had to taste. 1st round De Struise Witte and Pannepot. 2nd Round Gouden Corolus Triple and Bier Du Boucaneer. 3rd round Augustijn Triple and De Struise Pannepot Denmark version. 5th De Struise Black Albert. 6th De Struise Struiselensis and finished it off with just a little more Black Albert. Oh yeah it was a great night.

cdog3, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of warriorsoul
4.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

warriorsoul, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Truh
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%

"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:

Maredsous 8
Cherish Raspberry Lambic
Scotch Silly
Duchesse Du Bourgogne
Piraat
Gulden Drak
Bornem Tripel
Petrus Triple
Leute Bok
Tripel Karmeliet
Kwak
Stella Artois
420 IPA
Gritty's Halloween Ale
Murphy's
Boddington's

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.

Truh, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Cedromar
5/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Cedromar, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of negm
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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!!!!

negm, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of jscondon
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

jscondon, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of kaos14
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

kaos14, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of dciBA
4.4/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

dciBA, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of wickedpete
4.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

wickedpete, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of MikeRoy
4.88/5  rDev +3%

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.

MikeRoy, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of n0rmann
5/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

n0rmann, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of tendermorsel
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Words cannot express how truly good this bar is... I'll give it a shot though.

A couple of us drove up to Ebenezer's from Boston for the last two nights of the Belgian Beer fest after reading about it on the beer advocate.

The beer selection was truly unparalleled for Belgian beers. Beers that I had only read about they had and at a very reasonable price too. I had never had anything from De Stusie before and was in awe of the Black Albert, Panepont and the Panepont (danish import). Too bad I missed the brewers that were in earlier in the week. Seemingly every possible Belgian beer I was looking for on tap. Goulden Drak, De Ranke XXX Oerbier, Lou Pepe, Triple Karmalite, vintage Chimey Tripel multiple Fanteome kegs and on and on .... If it wasn't on tap than you could get in a bottle. Often not just a regular bottle or a 750ml but enormous magnums and methuselah were also available. Tons of vintage beers were also available.

The food was great. I had a wonderful fried fish plate one night and the all Belgian menu was interesting and innovative.

The thing that separates this bar from any other bar I've been to are the owners, Chris and Jen. Real down to earth. They were very excited that we had made the trip. From first stepping into the place to when we left on Sunday they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. Both were a wealth of beer knowledge and passion. Chris especially was quick to discuss beers, brewers and the Belgian beer scene.

All in all one of the best weekends I've had in years.

Every true fan of Belgian beers should spend some time at this place. I know I plan on going up again soon. Do what it takes to make it to Lovell. You won't regret it.

tendermorsel, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev -7.2%

The owner, Chris, likes Belgian beer and this is reflected in the decor of the Pub with dozens of memorabilia from Belgian brewers. The main reason to go here is the selection of beers. First time I have found 750ml bottles for sale in a restaurant. Also some rare bottles like JW Lees 1968 for $250 - expensive just like some wines. Most 750s are $15-$25. Numerous Belgians on-taps - seem to be $7-8 for a 10oz pour. Meal prices are reasonable - $7.99 for an excellent Reuben and Belgian frites are $6.95 - much better flavor than their regular fries. $11.99 for decent sized fish and chips.
The ambiance is rustic and during Belgian brewfest week it is crowded with the waitresses moving non-stop but service was still good.

jdhilt, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Recently my wife and I made our first trip up to this bastion of great beer for the annual Belgian Beer Fest, and though our expectations were sky high, they were exceeded in every way. It's safe to say we will be venturing up frequently now that we know that this place does indeed truly exist!

Set in the evergreens on the edge of the Lake Kezar Country Club, Ebenezer's is a beer oasis - only you travel through some stunning scenery that includes the Saco River and White Mountains, rather than cross a desert on a camel to reach your destination.

The first sense you get that you are in for something special and unique in this rural Maine environment is when you notice the Delerium Tremens umbrellas covering the outside tables and the St. Sixtus Banner hanging from the building.

Beer paraphernalia can be found throughout the cozy pub and the 10-12 seat bar is both inviting and a great place to take in all the action when things get hopping, as they did on the first Saturday of the fest when wall-to-wall beer lovers of all ages (ok, not under 21!) were enjoying the phenominal line-up and lively conversations.

Plastic checkered tablecloths cover the tables on the screened in porch and in the main dinning and drinking area, more seating can be found. It is certainly not an upscale joint but it seems perfect for the setting and the friendliness of the staff and owners, Chris and Jeni Lively. You're made to feel like family almost immediately and you can not help but relax and enjoy the fine beers and company.

Since this was the Belgian Beer Fest, the line-up of beers on tap was jaw dropping. Gouden Carolus Cuvee de Emperor, Gulden Draak, Unblended three-year-old Boon Gueuze, Stille Nacht, the only keg of Westmalle Tripel in the world! These were (are) just a few of the beers to be had on the new thirty-plus tap system. The bottle list is just as amazing and contains some truly rare gems including 1968 Thomas Hardy's, 1975 Gales Prized Old Ale and Westvleteren 12.

The food was excellent! Pomme frites were cooked to perfection with rosemary mayonaisse to dip them in. Flemish Carbonade, Witloof with ham, Waterzooi and a killer Belgian cheese plate were all outstanding.

But the thing that really sets Ebenezers apart from every other beer destination that I've been to is the passion of the people who run it on a day-to-day basis. Chris is truly a beer advocate of the highest order and he organized a fest the likes of which has never been seen. The lengths that he went to to bring together the beers and food for the fest is amazing and to top it all off he was busting his ass in the kitchen cooking, along with a belgian chef also brought in for the event, when he wasn't out entertaining his guests. His wife, Jeni, was tending bar for the multitudes and making sure everyone was happy with their beers.

Carlo and Urbain, two of the brewers from Struise (creators of Pannepot) who were in attendence throughout most of the week, were flown in just for the event and brought with them a beer (Black Albert) brewed just for the fest. They are true gentlemen and their knowledge of beer was humbling. I will never forget them blending 1977 George Gales Prized Ale, 27 and 26 year-old Westvleteren 12's along with fresh Westy 12 to make a drink that could only be considered revelatory -- a one-of-a kind treat that left all in attendence in awe.

In conclusion, I can not recommend Ebenezer's enough to anyone with an appreciation for fine beer, food and conversation in a comfortable, inviting setting.

Also, if you make the trip up to Lovell, make sure to stay at the Center Lovell Inn, located about three miles from the pub. It is a quaint old-fashioned B&B with great service and the best breakfast I have ever had. It's been featured in Bon Appetite, the New York Times and the Boston Globe. I also have to recommend golf at the Lake Kezar Country Club, with its Donald Ross designed front nine and new and exciting back layout. It's certainly a bargain at $66 for two with cart on a summer weekend!

Rochefort10nh, Aug 21, 2007
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4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Well, what can I say? Carolyn and I visited Ebenezer's with the intent of having "a few" and then heading off to points west in VT later in the evening...it never happened!

Impressed by the tap selection (~20 taps with plans in the works to double that number!!).... Just about something for everybody, plus some crazy rare Belgians and Domaine Dupont Cider (from France!!--Possibly the BEST cider in the world--IMHO) on tap!! We started off with a few drafts and then got caught up in the whirlwind that is Chris and Jen Lively---owners of the place.

Chris was on to our BA status right off and after that it was all over. With LOTS of chatting and LOTS of, "have you had that one or this one"---Well, by then it was after 5 PM--we arrived around 2:30 PM---we knew that our plans to head off to VT were over.

So, being able to relax we REALLY started to enjoy ourselves. Had a bomber of Thierez X--hop (a SUPER fine, big hopped and dry hopped Belgian style IPA) and then a 750 ml bottle of De Ranke XX Bitter---good but not as good as the Thierez---hopped with Hallertau hops and therefore "peppery" where the Thierez was more citrusy--what I like. Oh, this is a beerfly review not a beer rating!

So, on the night went and we enjoyed it immensely. Talking to locals and more to Jen through the evening. By 1130 PM our ship had come ashore and we could not go any longer. What a night!

I cannot give across the board 5's---No place is perfect, not even beloved Founder's or SelinsGrove! But this place sure comes close. I really enjoyed every aspect of our visit. We will make it a point to visit again for sure!

If you have the time and are anywhere near this place...like within 100 miles...and have the time to spend GO HERE! I assure, you will not be disappointed. Of the hundreds of places I have been to our experience at Ebenezer's ranks near the top!

Deuane, Aug 07, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

Oh My! What a place. On the edge of a golf course in a remote part of Maine lives an establishment that I believed was solely the domain of fairy tales (Okay, maybe not the traditional type, but you can understand, I'm sure). So when you are spending your time around the beautiful White Mountain region of New Hampshire and the Foothills of Maine, make a special trip to this oasis, you won't be disappointed. If there is a beer that is hard to find, Chris will undoubtedly have it on hand. As I could go on forever about Eb's vitrues, I will cut this short and leave you with something to think about. What other beer related place on this whole comprehensive website can boast a rating of 99?

fourohstudent, Jun 10, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

I have lived in the Mt. Washington Valley for about eight years now, and I just recently discovered Ebenezer's thanks to this site. I always new it was there, but I had no idea that it had become such a mecca for incredible beer. I went for the second time last night and was delighted to find both Chris and Jeni working behind the bar (they had been at the Montreal Brewfest the previous week). They shook our hands as they introduced themselves to us when we sat down at the bar, and their enthusiasm, knowledge and service were second to none.
I believe they had about eighteen or so beers on tap. They even had a special Delirium Tremens tap, which is one of only three in existence in the whole world. I started off with a draft of St. Bernadus Apt 12, moved on to the Celebrator Doppelbock, and then sampled a bottle of Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale with Chris. Everything was served in the appropriate glassware, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Words cannot desribe how amazing this experience was. In addition to what's on tap, there is a four door cooler that temps the eyes, and tastebuds, with the most incredible collection of bottles I have ever laid eyes on...Trappist, Belgian, German, English, American..bottles of all styles in various sizes. Too many to count, but I know that there is plenty to keep me satisfied every time I head up to Lovell, which will hopefully be fairly regularly now.

If you are ever in the area, don't hesitate to drive to Lovell to enjoy this truly one of a kind experience. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

MrMonkey, Jun 09, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

The best beer bar in the free world. The selection is unsurpassed and the ambiance is beyond reprouch. Chris and Jen are the best hosts anywhere and their selection of beers is unbelievable. I can't say they are in the middle of nowhere because I live 15 miles from them, but how can anyone this far from anywhere have this kind of selection? I've collected beers for 35 years and this is the most beers i've seen in one place in all those years. We need to add two or three numbers for selection, quality. service and atmosphere. If you can get there, get there. My friends and I went three times this week and each time we were not disappointed. there were 19 beers available on tap and hundrerds more in bottles. We sampled Bernadus abt 12, Petrus triple, Kiezerburg, Bigfoot 2004,Houblen Chouffe, Nostradamus Brown, St Louis framboise, St Louis Peche, Phantome Gourmande, Phantome Noel, Maredsous 8, Ridgeway IPA, Old Engine Oil and more. Each was served in the proper glass and came with a proper discription and presentation.

Chris and Jen are the ultimate hosts. They treat each guest as is if they were the only ones in the bar and spend time with Bud light snowmobilers and belgian snobs equally. I love the place. I've travelled the world and found the best in my own back yard.

stmartinpale, Feb 24, 2007
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4.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Being a regular to this fine establishment(at least once a week)It's pretty bad on my part to have taken up until now to review the place,(sorry Chris!)I'm fortunate enough to live 5 minutes down the road from the pub,but if you love beer great food and atmosphere it's definately worth the trip.over the years I've probably tried just about everything in Chris's beer cooler as well as on tap(at least 300 or more,I stopped counting!)But just about when I thinkI've had everything he has to offer he comes out with a new brew usually with a story to go with it.This is by far my favorite place to dine out the staff is second to none,and I never have a bad time,and with a beer selection like theirs I find it hard to dine elsewhere.So if you ever find yourself passing through Lovell Maine do yourself a favor and find the pub,you won't be disappointed.

kwakhead, Feb 06, 2007
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.