Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
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4.4/5 rDev -7%
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 -0.6%
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 +3.2%
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 +5.7%
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
5/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-27-2007 04:40:05 | More by tendermorsel
4.4/5 rDev -7%
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.
08-24-2007 19:09:54 | More by jdhilt
5/5 rDev +5.7%
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!
08-21-2007 21:50:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
4.9/5 rDev +3.6%
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!
08-07-2007 08:52:49 | More by Deuane
5/5 rDev +5.7%
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?
06-10-2007 19:42:02 | More by fourohstudent
5/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-08-2007 23:59:15 | More by MrMonkey
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.