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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
BA SCORE
100
world-class

141 Ratings
Ratings: 141
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.67%
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 Cedromar
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of negm
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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!!!!

Photo of jscondon
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of kaos14
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of dciBA
4.4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of wickedpete
4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of MikeRoy
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of n0rmann
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of tendermorsel
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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!

Photo of Deuane
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of fourohstudent
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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?

Photo of MrMonkey
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of stmartinpale
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of kwakhead
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of almalkin
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

First of all this place is truly exceptional, in every sense of the word. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to review it (laziness!). Ebenezer's is located in a great spot, right near Kezar Lake in Lovell, ME. Yes, it is off the beaten path but I believe that is one of the aspects about the place that makes it so enticing. When you finally arrive for the first time it's like you have found some sort of secret club that is too good to be true.

There is a screened in porch area that is available for dining in the summer, however the bar is the main attraction. The taps always feature great Belgian options like Val-Dieu, Delirium, St. Bernardus, etc. One of the only places I have seen a green lambic! Only the best from domestic brewers as well, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, Allagash and others in rotation. There seems to always be some vintage of Bigfoot on draft as well.

The cooler behind the bar is just overflowing with goodies. This has to be one of the finest bottle selections in the country. Not only great beers, but different vintages, rarities, and sizes ranging from small to enormous. 9 L St. Feuillien anyone? The menu really only scratches the surface of what is available, so definitely ask what is available.

All this being said, I believe what really sets Ebenezer's apart is the service. Chris and co. are just great hosts with a great passion for what they do. If you want to learn more about beer and sample some of the great examples of various styles, this would be a great place to spend some time. It's worth seeking out!

Photo of nase
4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

important to note: the address found on here if typed in google/mapquest will yield the wrong address so if you are unfamiliar with the area, make sure to type in Road Number 3, Lovell, ME 04051 and it will point you right to Beer Heaven!

now for the review!

The epitome of a Diamond in the Rough. The drive there is so nice. The southern edge of the Appalachians hang over Kezar Lake, an ideal spot in both the summer and winter whether you want to ski, hike, swim, snowmobile, golf, etc. As for the bar itself, just a good, friendly bar atmosphere and located right next to a golf course to boot! Atmosphere is a 5 for sure.

Owner just happened to be in Cali which was unfortunate because I would've loved to talk beer with him. Because I had to drive, I limited myself to one beer and a Belgian sample: Peche Mortel and La Gnomette II, but I will force someone to DD for me on a trip here someday. The Peche Mortel was $8/12 oz. which is great considering it's much more expensive elsewhere. Certainly fine quality and service.

The selection. Un####ing real if you enjoy Belgians. He had them all there. Four cooler doors of Belgians practically but some other interesting stuff there as well. Several aged versions of SN Bigfoot dating back to the late 90s, some aged JW Lees, and aged Thomas Hardy's. Most expensive bottle I saw was the 1975 Thomas Hardy's Ale for $400.

One could certainly spend a nice day/weekend up in Maine and make this a must-stop on the trip.

Photo of ububru
4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My family camped at Kezar Lake years ago, so when I heard about Ebenezer's, I knew right where to go. You could drive right by this typical Maine farmhouse...but don't! A selection of beers( mostly Belgium), that would rival Monks in Philly, are available at this pub.
The owners,Chris and Jeni are approachable and very beer savvy. The hard work they put into the pub is evident,and they should be proud.
Special events are scheduled yearly including a vintage beer tasting! I'd reccomend a visit to the website for dates and for the extensive beer list.
The menu is wonderful as well...the sirloin tips I had were to die for!
Any beer geek heading to Maine/New Hampshire has got to add this to the itinarrary...It's forever on mine!

Photo of lordofthewiens
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

When Beer Advocate listed the top 50 places to drink a beer, there was one glaring omission. Ebenezer's Pub should be in the top 10, if not Number 1.

Ebenezer's is located in tiny Lovell, Maine, on a back road off a golf course. If you weren't looking for it, you'd never find it, which would be a shame, because you'd be missing out on a truly mystical experience.

Out front of a house is a quaint sign of a Dickensian character. A flag announced that the pub was open. You're looking out over the golf course as you enter a screened porch. Nothing too exceptional there. As you enter the bar from the porch, you're transported to an Old World kind of place. Beautiful bar, some tables. Behind the bar are 15 taps, half of which are Belgians. To the right of the taps is a refrigerator with hundreds of different beers. In fact, Chris Lively, the owner, says he has over 500 different beers in bottles!

Since we were there with my sister and her grandkids, we sat on the porch on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and watched golfers take aim at us (the porch is right behind the 2nd green).Chris came out and introduced himself, and I put myself in his hands. I began with Abbaye Val Dieu trippel, which was wonderful. I then went to a sampler of some of the other drafts. Gulden Drak, Duchesse de Bourgnonne, St Bernardus Witte, and Leute Bok. All were served (including the Leute Bok) in the appropriate glassware. I finished the samples with 2004 Bigfoot. The final beer was a bottle of 1998 Bigfoot, a sublime experience. Chris had Bigfoot from 1997 on up, lots of Rogues, Unibroue, a zillion Belgians, and many, many more that I just couldn't take in.

Food was excellent, ranging from appetizers to pub fare to entrees. Fresh ingredients, well-prepared, and reasonably priced. While there's no kids' menu, our waitperson said the kitchen could make anything the kids wanted. Of course, they wanted hot dogs, but they could have had most anything. And, at least during the day, this is a place you could bring kids.

Chris is very knowledgeable and entertaining. He loves beer, and clearly wants his customers to feel at home and comfortable in his establishment. I can't rate Ebenezer's highly enough. It is a must stop if you're in the area, but I would also consider it a destination for any beer lover.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ebenezer's is near Kezar Lake, just off of Rt. 5, about a 35 minute drive from North Conway.
The pub is adjacent to a golf course, with some screened in porch-like areas and a kozy smallish bar area.
Right off the bat, you're taken back that you have stepped into a belgian oasis in where is pretty much, the middle of nowhere.
Chris, the owner, (BA Delerium), has some great credentials, with stints at both the Toronado and Lucky Baldwins.
What we have to gain from this is his connections to great belgian bottles and draught, as well as his experience on how to properly serve them.

A copper clad bar fronts the 14 taps, one beer engine, and a cooler chock full of goodies.
Lots of plackards on the walls, a dead Jeraboom in the window, plenty of authentic glassware hanging atop the bar.
Blues in the background kept things lively, and time passes fast here, especially on a cold, rainy day.
Belgians on draft as of 1/14/06 were:
Maredsous 8
Stella
Piraat
Bier De Buckeneer
Cherish Raspberry lambic
Triple Karmelite
Gulden Drak
Bornem Triple
Petrus Triple
Scotch de Silly
Kwak

Every beer we tried were served in the appropriate glassware including the Kwak (with stand) and the Buckanier boot.
The bottle list is impressive too, with lots of vintage stuff and beers I have never seen in Maine- including:
Multiple years of Bigfoot,Westy 12, '98 Vapeur Cachonne, De Dolles.
For food we shared a sampler platter and onion rings, all were crispy, hot, and tasty. The rest of the menu looked appetizing as well.
Service was quick and friendly, and we were able to meet Chris and catch up on the background on him and Ebenezer's.
Great spot, great beers, and well worth the trip.

Update 3/20/06
Ebenezer's is now open on Fridays and Saturdays only, 4-close.
Update 5/5/06
Recently attended a vintage tasting/ dinner at Ebenezer's and we were able to enjoy first class hospitality and food.
The following is the post of a recap from that night:

A sold out crowd convened upon the beer oasis known as Ebenezer's yesterday, on the outskirts of a Maine hamlet called Lovell.
The drooling mix of locals and long-aways descended upon the sun-drenched hideaway as the hour passed four.
Many were giddy (as myself), and some seemed just anxious, not knowing what exactly was afoot..
First up.... A welcome beer, take your pick from 14 draught belgians. My wife and I settled in with a lemonade and a Bier de Buccaneer.
Chris Lively welcome everyone with a pairing of 2006 Vapeur Cochonne vs. the 1996 version, both from 750ml bottles.
An extreme example of how ten years in a bottle can change a beer.
Hot, crisp, frites accompanied the Vapeurs, with homemade mayonnaise for dipping.
Next up, 750's of 1995 Vapeur Saison de Pipaix. Not too shabby..
Mixing it up a bit, Chris and Jen brought out some 2001 Aventinus Dopplebock, one of 250 cases reserved from that year..Rock on..
A bed of mixed greens with dried cranberries and carmelized onions played off the Aventinus well, dressed with 1999 Oudbitje.
Stepping it up a notch, 2004 JW Lees Harvest (Calvados) was served up with great care, followed by a last minute addition to the tasting... 2002 Gales Jubilee ale.. Wowza. Hard to sip with a permanent grin!
The evening continued with entrees being served and the crowd really warming up at this point.
The 1999 A. Le Coqs paired well with my herb-crusted roast duck with root vegetables.
Next up, a magnum of 2006 of Chimay grand reserve, not old, but from the first batch to arrive this year.
Back to the dark ones again, 1997 Carnegie Porter was complex and vineous.
Flakey, juicy, blueberry pie was to accompany a Jeraboam of 2002 Chimay grand reserve, followed by... Say hello to my little friend, a methesleboam of St. Fullien blonde, personally retrieved that same day by one dedicated father in law. It was extremely fresh, and no date was found on the bottle or cork. 9 liters of heaven.
After the four courses drew to a close, Chris started up the vertical tasting of JW Lees Harvest ale, ranging from 2005 to 1998 (I think.. the notes are real iffy at this point).
The final crescendo of the evening was the lottery portion of the tasting. Different beers were split up to different tables, with some of the lotto beers being: 1999 magnum of Leifmans Goudenband,
1995 Samiclaus, a sixer of vertical bigoot, ranging back to 1997.

An incredible evening and huge beer karma goes out to Chris, Jen, his staff, the distributor he works with, and certainly B. United.
Well done.

Edit 8/23/07
Chris now has in the vicinity of 36 taps flowing and the selection is mind-blowing.
They also continue beer events of which are of the highest order.
Ebenezer's continues to bring it to a "whole nutha level".

Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
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