Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

125 Reviews
Reviews: 125
Visits: 152
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of bceagles39
3.45/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDIT: Selection is rated 4 due to the unavailability of several beers ordered during our visit. (2,547 characters)

Photo of sespourteille
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

P.S No take out license so try what looks the best to you while you can because you never know if it will be there next time around. (542 characters)

Photo of MsRif
4.88/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

What can be said about Ebenezer's that hasn't been said before? Unlike many places that are overrated, this little establishment is worth the hype! My husband and I planned our entire wedding trip/honeymoon around traveling through New England for a "beercation", and Ebenezer's was a major motivating factor in heading up to Maine (where we got married). Unfortunately we hadn't checked in advance to make sure they were open, and it was the off-season so they were making their own hours at the time. Luckily, they opened the bar just for us. Yes...you heard right. We were the only two people there because they were good enough to open up the place so we could experience what we had traveled so far for. Not only that, but Chris gave us a tour of his AMAZING cellar and gave us some very rare Ebenezer's glassware as a souvenir.

If I could give 10/10 for service, I would. Not only was the service amazing, but the selection was out of this world. I have seen some more expansive selections in terms of number of tap handles/bottles, but in terms of quality Ebenezer's is really unparalleled. As an extra treat, Chris was giving us some free samples of beers that were not supposed to be available for sampling. Really wonderful experience...I only wish we could have stayed longer but we had to run off to make it to get our marriage license. Darn! Food was great...I had some brats and my husband had the buffalo chicken soup which was apparently "the best ever." I look forward to going back to Ebenezer's soon, and trying out The Lion's Pride next time as well! (1,572 characters)

Photo of mkabull
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best if not the best places I have ever been. Their tap selection ranges from new local beers to hard to find Belgian selections to special one offs from breweries around the world. The bottle selection is awe inspiring and in glass front coolers having to spend that much time looking at those beers was bordering on torture. All jokes aside Chris and his wife run a fine establishment , what it lacks in decorative flare it more than makes up for in food and beer.
Bottom line , if you can go you won't be sorry. (525 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We ventured over from the mountains of New Hampshire. First time we attempted to visit we were 20 minutes away in Conway, NH on a Wednesday art dinner time and checked the website and saw it was "open year round", although when we pulled up, it was closed and only opened Thursday-Sunday. Conveniently back in Conway the next day after a trip to Mount Washington, we called and checked and visited after confirming they were open.

Small bar and dinning area attached to a house off of a golf course on a small gravel road. Tons of spent bottles of really good brews and brewery logo adorned gear on the walls. great views of the golf course from most angles. Tiny 8 seat bar and maybe room for 30 more inside. Outside deck and its picnic tables seats as much as the inside does. Quite cozy.

The owner wasn't there, so 2 of the rarer bottles advertised on the bottle list were unobtainable at that time. Solid draft list of 25+ options allowed us to order beers rarely seen on this side of the ocean, save for maybe Monks and the newer Farmers Cabinet. The 4 door cooler had bottles, most of which were easily obtainable in these parts, for even slightly better prices. Quite pricey.

Food was adventurous and the main plates were solid to spectacular while the small bites were rather hit or miss. Service was quite friendly and did try to help me out with obtaining some of the rare bottles i sought, even going so far as to call the owner. Its a shame the employees couldn't just access some of the bottles themselves.

Overall, a bit of disappointment in the way the bottle list is managed, but still a good visit to this landmark. Being in Philadelphia, i may be spoiled with the options we have here and may have erred in making the rare bottle selection one of the major points of my visit. When attempting to visit, make sure you check the hours and see if Chris the owner is on the premises. (1,901 characters)

Photo of SevaTse
4.3/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Reviewed on: 08-15-2011 14:54:20
Finally made it out there- booked a camp site nearby, so everything finally fell into place for me to cross this place off my list(and to come back again and again!)

The beer selection was outstanding. I prefer to see all the breweries and pour sizes listed, but the descriptions and quality made up for the fact that not all beers listed the maker and no pour sizes were provided. To other bar owners- if you are gonna be vague about what and how much of it you're serving, you better have a tap list comparable to these guys!
We sat at a table overlooking the golf course, and than moved to the bar, to get a real feel of the place after were done with our meal. I ordered a burger and my wife ordered a turkey reuben- both were outstanding and not ordinary. The waitress did not automatically offer home-made mayo for the frites, but was happy to bring it over once we asked(good thing we remembered to ask- it was goood).
Once we ventured over to the bar, which was tended by the owner and his wife, we got more good recommendations from them and got the world famous tour of the cellar. Overall a great experience. (1,153 characters)

Photo of s1ckboy
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Made the trip up to Ebenezer's last February and it did not disappoint. The bottle selection is far beyond any other pub, it's borderline ridiculous. There is no printed list of what they have so you just have to ask, and more likely than not they will have it in their cellar. If it's rare expect to pay for it, understandably so. I had a Dark Lord and Westy 12. Crazy! The tap list is was pretty impressive as well. Food was better than average for a pub. Atmosphere is good. Some brewery swag hung about the walls. For any lover of beer this is a place you must visit. (571 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.83/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

EDIT 10/11/11: The owner has reached out to directly to address the issues presented below (text below un-edited from original review). This simple act of trying to correct the wrongs says quite about about how much they care about serving the beer geek crowd and is enough to convince me to raise the service from a 2.0 to 3.5. I will reiterate from below: make sure you visit Ebenezer's when one of the owners is around. I'm fully confident that it will be well worth your trip, regardless of how far you have to travel.

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Summary: you must visit Ebenzer's, BUT make sure one of the owners is there on the day you go.

Spent a nice Thursday afternoon sitting in the screened in porch and really enjoyed ourselves. Had a couple fantastic brews on tap (Cantillon St gilloise and wild pannepot) and a third that was undrinkable. Beyond that, the draft list was very very good, and they had some impressive vintage taps. However, as a geek, you go there for the bottle cellar.

In general I don't like to "bash" places in reviews, so the example below is simply that, an example. Just something to be aware of so that you ensure that an owner is there for your visit.

<start rant> Before I went, I sent a couple emails to try to set up a time when Chris would be around for a cellar tour and some recommendations, since we had a flexible schedule and I wanted to make sure he was there. Unfortunately, I got no responses so we went anyway. Since the owners weren't there, the servers couldn't get into the cellar. Even if they could, the bottle list is very vague with a number of things, including vintages. We had planned on spending all afternoon there and dropping some $$$ on bottles, but instead, my wife and I split a sandwich and had only one beer each before leaving (after leaving the 3rd beer on the table which was oxidized beyond drinkability). This was a huge disappointment after the ridiculous drive out there and having such high hopes. In addition, the servers were bitching about the other customers behind their backs, right in front of us. Makes me wonder what they said about us when we couldn't hear. <end rant>

All that said, Ebenezer's is still a world class bar. The tap list was easily one of the best I've ever seen. Seemed like correct glassware for our beers and the food was decent. I can only imagine that events like the Belgian dinner are unreal.given how hard this is to get to from the Midwest, it'll be tough for me to ever go back, though I would like to got back again, but only if I can make sure that one of the owners is around. (2,585 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Been here a few times. Time to review.

The wife and I arrived around 3pm on a Saturday. Pretty quiet. The owner (Chris) and his wife (Jen) were talking to patrons, and allowing them to taste the various beers on tap.

We ordered some food (burger and the lobster roll) and it was pretty outstanding. Quick service, good portions, and fairly priced.

The beer selection is by far the best I have ever seen. About 24 taps, endless bottles, and beers from all over the globe. Tried some stuff I have never heard of, as well as some vintage Cantillon and other gueuze.

Chris, his wife and his staff truly know how to be excellent hosts. Had a great time and I am looking forward to going back in the future. (705 characters)

Photo of Cascade77
3.78/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally made it over to this legendary spot with my girlfriend in tow. Kind of a typical, rural, golf course side bar on first glance. Closer inspection reveals a wonderful tap lineup and even better bottle selection.

No doubt some great stuff on tap but it was a little frustrating that the bottle list seemed to be pretty out of date. Also a bit annoying that some of the prices aren't listed.

Wait staff was good with prompt, pleasant service. Beers were all in great condition and served very professionally. Food was also tasty. I had the veggie lobster wrap and my girlfriend had a burger and frittes.

Had a conversation with the very enthusiastic talkative owner. Definitely passionate about beer but also pretty full of himself. A bit aggressive in sharing his 'knowledge'. This kind of killed the atmosphere a bit.

In my opinion this place pretty much has fantastic selection going for it but not much else sets it apart in a positive way from so many other places. Worth a visit bit I probably won't return. (1,024 characters)

Photo of davey
4.03/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was really excited to stop here during Memorial Weekend. On the edge of a golf course which is kind of weird. Small and clean, nothing too special. A little crowded, and there was only a couple people in the place.
Service was good, and very helpful.
The selection was nice but a bit overpriced. Granted, there were some gems on tap but not wowing. There were some high end bottles that were "ask your server".
Had a lobster roll, and I want to say it was $15 or so.
Got the tour from the owner, the guy seemed a little bothered by us. I could understand it if we had asked him to take us to the beer basement.
Overall the place is over hyped. Probably a one time thing for me. Glad I went though. (699 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.63/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

It was great. Lots and lots of beer on tap, much of it rare or otherwise unobtainable, especially on tap. Lots and lots of bottles. Good food...including the amazing buffalo chicken soup. I tried to get a growler of it, but it was not to be. I visited this place with my lovely wife-to-be on our wedding trip, and Chris Lively, the owner, gave us special treatment. We got a private cellar tour and witnessed some amazing things down there, including bottled beer from the 18th century that apparently was owned by King Edward VII. Also, they have a German Shepherd named "Chimay." Do you love it? Otherwise, the bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and inquisitive. We went during Maine's off season, so the atmosphere was subdued and intimate. (747 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We stopped by here last sunday after boarding at Shawnee Peak. I will have to admit that it was easy to find thanks to the little blue sign on the curve pointing where to take a left on Route 5 and right in the middle of the golf course.

From the second you walk though the porch, you are overwelmed with the signs and the the thought that the view of the golf course in the warmer months would be awesome. You walk into the maine establishment and there are more signs in a porched small room and then the small bar to the right. The place was small, but very cozy.

We missed out on the famed Black Albert, but they had over 30 Belgium draft beers to choose from. They also had an extensive and rare bottle selection of all sizes that was mostly geered to Belgium styles.

We were not realy hungry at the time of the day, but the bartender convinced us to try the spinach dip, which was really delicious.

A little later we got the chance to meet the owner Chris after he got done with his Southern Maine Brewers meeting downstairs in the basement of the barn. After talking for us for a few minutes, he asked us if we wantted to take a little history tour of his basement. Before we knew it, we were downstairs in the most diverse Belgium beer selection one could ever have at his fingertips. It was good to see someone very passionate in knowledgeable about his family history and beer.

Overall, I would have to say this is a must visit for anybody that is driving down 302 to Route 5 in Southwestern Maine near Fryeburg/Sebago. Very well worth the slight detour. I will say that the next time I am up in the area, I will visit this establishment again. (1,660 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I made my first trip up here after many suggestions.

A: The place had a nice small pub vibe to it; cozy, warm, lots of wood, and lots of great Belgian beer decorations.

Q: They have all the proper glassware and a ton of branded Belgian glasses. The beer was all properly poured and served. You could tell they focused on the little things.

S: Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable. They are all eager to chat up about beer. Being quite young my bartender asked me how I knew so much about beer (still a newbie...) and we chatted about what I've tried and liked so far. I later met Chris and boy was he enthusiastic to talk beer.

S: What needs to be said? You couldn't ask for a better selection. 35 taps that are Belgian centered and are all great to world class beers. They have everything you couldn't want in bottles including a lot of vintages. I went with a Pannepot Wild (fantastic!) and Beer Geek Breakfast Stout (great, but tough following Pannepot). I was a little disappointed that they had just run out of Black Albert, but with so many great options, I wasn't disappointed for long.

F: The food was great, most of the menu is gourmet, with a lot of the meat/produce being local.

V: The beers can be a bit pricey, though it is to be expected with world-class Belgian beers and vintage bottles. $14 for a Pannepot Wild was certainly worth it, though it's definitely a special occasion splash.

This is a must visit for anyone in NE. I can't imagine a better beer selection or place to drink a pint. (1,527 characters)

Photo of steeltown71
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Finally made the trip out this weekend. Ebenezer's is on every shortlist of greatest beer bars in the world, and very deservedly so. Chris, Jen, and the staff are great, and we were big fans of the food as well (if they have the buffalo chicken soup as the soup du jour I can't recommend it enough, unique and damn good). If I lived up in Maine I would buy a snowmobile specifically to come here in the wintertime. If it was the summer I would probably abandon the round of golf and head here straight away. Can't imagine regretting it...

To sum up, making a trip here is non-negotiable for beer fans. (602 characters)

Photo of ggilman
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ebenezer's Pub sits on the 18th Green of the Kezar Lake Country Club and is a hidden gem in the Western Lakes Region of Maine. I've never played the course, but I would recommend parking on the dirt road, as I've seen a few errant balls come bouncing through the paved lot.

The food is better than good, though probably not the reason you are here. Frittes & aioli are great, and localvores can enjoy the beef tips. The menu is more than adequate with no major surprises, but everything I've ever had has been a great.

With 35 taps, and anything you could ever want in a bottle, the selection is amazing. Ask for Hannah as a server. She knows her beers, and is quick to bring you a sample, or make a recommendation based upon what you ordinarily like. If a request is outside of her wheelhouse, she's not afraid to admit she doesn't know, and defer to a bartender or the owner Chris. I think Chris likes Belgians & IPA's so there are always a plethora of choices for either. This is your best bet for finding rare beers, discovering something you've never had, or finding a deliciously tart sour lambic on tap.

If you're on the fence, go. My advice is to order light, enjoy frittes, bring a driver, and enjoy as many beers as you can. Take risks, maybe you'll be rewarded, and definitely tap into the wealth of knowledge the owner and staff provide. Ask for a peek at the cellar, Chris loves to see the look on first timers faces!

Try the Black Albert, a Royal Belgian Stout that was brewed as a tribute to Ebenezer's by De Struise from Belgium. It's usually available in the bottle but if the Wild Pannepot is available on tap, take the $14 hit and get it! (1,661 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.78/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I went on a trip to NH over the weekend and on the way out, I said I really wanted to go here, and I'm very happy we did.

It was a lot smaller than I expected once we arrived. The seating probably more than triples if you elect to eat outside in the patio area, but since it was January, we obviously didn't. We went on a Sunday afternoon, so we were one of about three parties there. We walked in the door and there was a small area to sit for dining and then there were a few seats at the bar and a couple of bar tables in the room connected to the dining room. Lots of beer paraphernalia all over the walls and a flat screen TV in the bar and dining area. Big windows all over the dining and you could see the woods and mountains in the distance, a lot of land in front of you, very nice. The bar had 30+ taps and tons of different upside down glasses hanging at the bar tenders disposal. I would have given a higher rating on the atmosphere, but it got kicked down for one major reason, and believe me know it's knit picky on my part. Since it was January and on a Sunday I expected playoff football to be on, but it was only on one of the TV's. From where we were sitting I could see the game though so it didn't really bother me, I was just surprised, not much better than beer and football on a Sunday afternoon in my opinion.

The quality of everything was very good. The place was clean, food and beer were fresh too. I found that the place did a great job on temperature control with the beer on tap. It wasn't too cold, just slightly chilled below room temperature, which was nice because it was mostly dark beer we got. They also took their time pouring the beer, letting the foam settle than brought it to you, very nice. Along with that, there was only one sever/hostess/bartender and she was very nice, friendly and attentive.

Even though it wasn't the biggest beer selection I've ever seen, it was still very good. This bar has discovered the perfect mix of quality and quantity to keep any beer lover very happy. The tap list had a huge variety of imports including Belgians and several from the UK, than some quality stuff from the US as well. Love for Stone, Mikkeller, and Cantillon on this visit, had atleast 2 of each on tap for this visit. I got an Old Engine Oil and Mikkeller Monk's Elixer, my wife got one of the Mikeller IPAs and my buddy got another old engine oil and Stones Imperial Russian Stout. Could have gotten much more, wish I had more time. They were in the middle of printing a new list so I can't remember all of it, but it was certainly quality. The bottle selection was also very good, much of the same breweries just different beers. Good selection from De Doll, Dieu Du Ceil, St Bernardius, and the Trappist Rocheforts. All in all the selection was awesome, just trust me, I have no reason to lie!

Food was outstanding. I got a steak and cheese sandwich, my wife got a lobster roll, my buddy got steamed mussels, and his wife got an onion pizza. We all loved our food. The seafood was really fresh, and (local from what I understand). And I'm not big into french fries as I used to be, but their take on them (Belgian frites), were very very tasty.

Everything overall was absolutely outstanding. The prices were VERY reasonable, especially considering the quality of everything (I think we only dropped $115ish with tax and tip), a wonderful visit and I really hope to go back. You're only cheating yourself if you're in the area and you don't go. (3,509 characters)

Photo of barturo
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I just got back from Ebenezer's and I just have to say it was worth the wait. I have been coming to Lovell, Maine for a few years now and this was my 1st time there.

It was busy when we got there @ 8:00 but it died down after about an hour. It is New Years day an I didn't expect it to be jam packed but the dining room was full and so was the bar.

The food was great and the Belgian beer selection was the best I have ever seen. I was offered a tour of the cellar and accepted an couldn't belive my eyes. I wanted to take pictures but Chris the owner kept pulling out bottles I have never seen before and was in amazement. I will definitely go back the next time im in the area.

What a way to start off the New Year (720 characters)

Photo of mavbrew
4.68/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Made my first trip up to Ebenezer's yesterday. It was reasonably busy for a random Tuesday afternoon. The place itself is pretty small (much bigger in warmer weather as they have a nice big porch area). The bar didn't seat many, but was nicely handcrafted and the beer selection made everything better.

The food was pretty good, both of us got delicious burgers and the frites were actually very, very good. They got the potatoes from a local farm in NH so it makes them that much better.

The only real complaint I had, basically because of the timing, was that there wasn't a bottle list available. I guess the owner took it to redo the list and hadn't brought it back yet. But they were gracious enough to let me go behind the bar and check out the bottles.

All in all this is definitely a must stop for any beer lover. A nice welcome atmosphere, friendly wait staff, great beer selection and the owner could be seen throughout our visit making sure everything was up to their standards and talking to the guests. How often do you see that? (1,046 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A: Smaller than I expected, at least in terms of the bar. Lots of tables in back and outside, but the bar only seats about 7 or 8. Luckily, my wife and I were able to snag a couple of seats there, next to another BA couple who we ended up talking to quite a bit. Very homey, comfortable place... lots of regulars, everyone seemed very friendly. Soft, old music playing in the background. One TV, I think, sound turned off.

Q + Selection: As good as you've heard. The 35 taps lean heavily towards Belgian beers, of course, and they're great selections. The bottle coolers have a lot of great stuff too.

F: Awesome. We shared a quesdilla appetizer and I had the Chimay burger later... both were fantastic.

Service: What can I say that hasn't already been said? We briefly met Chris, who had to leave early to head to the OTHER awesome place (Lion's Pride), so we barely missed out on a cellar tour... but I wouldn't rate this place based on whether I got a cellar tour or not <cough>. However, the generosity from Chris and Jen, who luckily for us was there most of the evening, was just unbelievable. I'll keep it short: 3F Straffe Winter, Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2008, Russian River Beatification. 'Nuff said.

I don't know how Maine manages to have so many awesome beer bars, but I'm glad they do... and glad I don't live TOO far away. We'll be back. The place is awesome. (1,383 characters)

Photo of Burt
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Overlooking a golf course, screened in porch area with plenty of seating. Inside it is decorated with posters, banners and beer bottles of brewery's from all over the world. The bar is copper topped with seating for 8. It overlooks a large 4 door cooler with great selection of beer and a line of taps that has about 30 with 4 or 5 more taps in front.

Everything that we had to drink was top notch.

The service was great, the two bartenders were very attentive and made suggestions for us.

Can't say anything but wow with the selection to choose from on tap and bottle.

Food was well prepared and delicious. Recommend the steak tips.

Value was reasonable to pricey but well worth it.

I was lucky enough to meet Chris Lively, he offered us a tour of his beer cellar and was blown away with his collection that he had. Chris was nice enough to ask what beers I liked and he made some awesome suggestions that we took advantage of. Chris thank you for the great conversation and beers that our group had.

If you are in the area this is the place to go. (1,060 characters)

Photo of wyllder
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The long overdue review.

3 years ago my friends & I visited Eb's on our annual pubcrawl. It just so happened we timed our visit with Eb's annual Belgian festival. Since then, we've opted not to bother looking for new places to visit on our annual pubcrawl. The overwhelming feeling was there was no place else we'd rather be.

Located on the edge of a golf course, with everyone from vacationing families to bikers to beer-pilgrims coming in, the atmosphere is something only someplace remote could offer up.

The beer selection is superb. Rare & unusual is par for the course at Eb's. While they might not boast a selection of 600 different beers (I'm NOT counting the cellar in this statement) the beers they do have always consist of a good amount of things you'll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

The service is solid, barring the occasional slowdowns when large groups of tourists come in and back things up. For the beer pilgrim, though, it's all about Chris Lively. If you find a more passionate beer purveyor, check yourself into the psychiatric ward because you're delusional if you think you found someone more passionate than Chris. Getting to chat with Chris, tour the cellar, and sample rare beers in an convivial atmosphere takes the Eb's experience from good to stratospheric. If you've taken the time to seek Ebs out, then be sure to seek Chris out and say hi.

The food. Steak tips. 'nuff said.

Value is a tricky proposition. What's a fair price for a bottle of Pannepot Reserva or a draught of Black Damnation? The prices are a little on the high side, but not unreasonable at all.

In the end, Eb's has set itself apart in no small part do to the overwhelming enthusiasm of its creator.

Eric (1,716 characters)

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4.72/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have made two visits to Ebenezer's, the first was last fall, and the second was this month. My friend and I plan to make an annual pilgrimage to Lovell to visit Eb's because it's fun to get lost in the woods, on narrow dirt roads, and then GPS your way to the best beer selection in the country.

The food is quite good. I recommend the Chimay burger - gooey and delicious. It is also entertaining to sit on the patio and watch the local golfers hit in to the green adjacent to the parking lot. Oh, right, the beer...

To toss out examples of Chris Lively's killer selection, last year I started with a flight of four Cantillon tasters. Four Cantillons on draft - incredible. Fell in love with Val Dieu Grand Cru, then split my first bottle of Fantome Saison. This year the drafts I sampled included Struise Pannepot Wild, De Ranke XX Bitter, Petrus Aged Pale, Troubadour Magma, and La Rulles Tripel. There are so many tasty Belgian draft options, and the bottle list goes on forever.

This is a destination where the service is great, the surrounding area - in the shadow of the White Mountains - is breathtaking, and there's more great beer available than you can imagine. A must visit for any beer enthusiast.

And maybe one of these years I can sweet-talk Chris into giving me and my buddy a tour of the infamous cellar, although I'm starting to think it's just an urban legend, doctored up in a Portland TV studio. You know, like the Moon landing... (1,456 characters)

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4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Made another visit today and had a much better experience so I decided to re-review. Will leave my old review simply for reference.

My brother and his friend joined me after work today for a trip over. Late afternoon, in between dinner and lunch presented us with a relatively empty dining area. We were quickly seated and given plenty of time to peruse through the selection, which as always, was amazing. We all had burgers, and even though it can be hard to say much about the quality of found based on burgers, we were all more than just satisfied.

Following the meal we were allowed to sit and enjoy our drinks as the waitress could tell that we came to drink good beer. Eventually she asked us if we would want to go into the cellar with Chris, which we obviously said yes to. Down there we had a great conversation with him and came out with a great sampling.

Overall, I find this place to be a bit odd with it's location and atmosphere. Many people walk in there without realizing what they are getting into, so it's not as beer-geek centric as you would expect. However, with the beer-geeks that do show up, they seem more than willing to share and talk with you about beer all day long.

Old Review:
Was living relatively nearby in Pinkham Notch for the summer and finally had the chance to make it over.

Ebenezer's is a great place, no doubt about it, but it wasn't quite what I expected. The beer selection was amazing, and thats what really matters, but bad timing on my part led to a less than ideal visit.

First, a large party of what appeared to be members of the country club, was occupying almost the whole restaurant and all the wait staff, which wasn't very welcoming for other visitors. Additionally, it being a sunny summer weekend afternoon in the White Mountains, I should have known there would have been a lot of bikers. So, while the first large party cleared out, the restaurant was quickly filled again with a bunch of old biker guys and their wives and their Michelob Ultras. Again, not very welcoming for anyone else.

Overall, I'd give the place another try, and hopefully have better timing. (2,134 characters)

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4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Wow! If you drink Belgian beer this place is an absolute must! The passion for Belgian beer is quite evident with the array of memorabilia/signs through out the restaurant and bar. the bar was smaller than expected, but was suitable. The beer list could fix anything! The food was well done and service was great. I will not list the amazing line-up we had, but definitely will take a lifetime to duplicate the experience. This place is spectacular! So the next time your are in the Northeast, include Ebenezer's on your list! (526 characters)

Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.