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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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

142 Ratings
Ratings: 142
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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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Words cannot provide enough justice to this place. I've been to "The Map Room" in Chicago, "Papago Brewery" in Scottsdale but nothing prepared me for the experience I was going to get at Ebenezer's Pub. This is the finest collection of Belgian beer in the world. I had the privilege to get a cellar tour from Chris the owner. I think I left my jaw back in that cellar. Chris has some of the rarest beers in the world and almost definitely some that are no where else in the world. What makes this place great, other than the collection of beer, is this is the friendliest bar I've ever been too, and the most knowledgeable wait staff you will ever find. I definitely rate this place an A+.

Also, I wondered how could a place so remote thrive and once you experience it you no longer question the trip. I'll definitely be back again. Don't change a thing!!!

deadmonkees, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of steeltown71
5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

steeltown71, Feb 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

ladyivory, May 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

We were at Ebenezers on the night of a crazy New England ice storm, so we were one of the only guests there. I suppose we were the only ones lucky enough / stupid enough (chose one) to travel out that night for a beer.

After settling in out of the storm, our extremely friendly waitress chatted it up with us for a while and saw that we were really into the beer. After dinner she brought back Chris to say hello. After some more great beer suggestions up in the pub and a great beer conversation, Chris invited us over to his house to check out his cellar... yes ... we know just how lucky we are!

Anyhow, I think that there is a lot more to their deservedly great reviews. It is not just the great beer selections (of which there were just soooo many), but there are plenty of places out there with great beer. It is the whole package. We had great service at the pub with a staff that really knew their beers. The food was creative and delicious (steak tips - yummy) and the pub was intimate, creating a much more personal experience than a larger pub could offer. To boot Chris and his wife Jenny were totally cool and personable.

We met a regular at the bar there that night (John) that had been coming to Ebenezers for what he described as "forever". For years he and his wife drank only Bud and Bud Light, and like a good barkeep, they served it to them with a smile. By John's own words, the laid back and knowledgeable approach at Ebenezers slowly got him into good beer. That's a sign of a great beer bar.

As small business owners ourselves, we know first hand the difference that the personal touch and attention to detail makes. Chris and his team have really done a great job up there pulling together the whole package.

ImHereForTheBeer, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Avalon68
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Visited on 2/8 during our trip for KtG release.

We arrived at about 2:00 on Sunday afternoon and were immediately made welcome by Frank(Manager). We ordered 2 Black Alberts and discussed beer a bit. Chris came out about 15 minutes later and after discovering we were BAs from Philly he graciously offered us a tour of his legendary cellar.

Our cellar experience was pretty much the same as all I have read. Chris was incredibly down to earth and friendly, encouraging us to take a look around while he popped a 750ml of Beatification for us to enjoy. We spent the next 30 minutes drinking beer, talking beer marvelling at his amazing collection, and making friends with his German shepherd Chimay. We probably would have stayed down there longer but some snowmobilers showed up and Frank couldn't get free to join us. Not one to leave anybody out, I grabbed his glass of Beatification and we headed upstairs to the bar. Chris followed with a bottle of Earthmonk, poured for us all and we continued our discussion.(with Frank this time)

Their tap selection upstairs was incredible. We had to drive back to Portsmouth that evening so unfortunately couldn't partake as much as I wanted to. The selection was mostly Belgians(I vividly remember the 4 Cantillons) with a few very well chosen American Micros thrown in. We didn't really eat anything, so can't speak to the food. This trip was all about the beer!

I can't recommend this place enough regardless of where you are coming from. It is definitely worth the trip. Chris and Frank are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable while at the same time extremely humble. A refreshing change from many beer bar owners I have met. Get here!

I actually ended up meeting up with Frank the next day at the Kate release. We shared a few bottles I managed to trade for while in NH(between glasses of Kate) and had an awesome time.

This place made such an impression on me that I will be heading back next month to do the tap selection justice.

Avalon68, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of opwog
5/5  rDev +5.7%

I just glanced at the last review before submitting this and I have to ask; are you kidding? All things being equal, you would rather visit Novare Res than Ebenezer's for beer? Not as a dig to NR, but they are not even in the same league as Ebenezer's.

Ebenezer's was all that I had expected and more. The "more" being that I had thought that they were (by reputation) an exclusive Belgian bar. Forget that...I was able to mix up my fine Belgians with some rarer domestic releases such as Brooklyn's Intensified Coffee Stout. Everybody there was friendly and accommodating to begin with, but extended that gratitude even further once they recognized how far we had traveled to visit.

If I was local, it would be a sin not to have Ebenezer's as a regular spot. As a beer enthusiast, I would say that it is an essential spot to visit if you are in Maine or the White Mountain area of New Hampshire. This is what being a destination for beer advocacy is all about!

opwog, Oct 09, 2009
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Burt, Oct 24, 2010
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

I haven't been to hundreds of beer bars but I've been a quite a few and Ebenezer's lived up the legendary status I had expected when I went this past weekend. I gave the "atmosphere" a 5.0 because (to steal a phrase from Denny Green) it was what I thought it was!

Look... if you're looking for a super fancy, hoity-toity beer bar that's going to have a guy in a tux standing in the men's room holding out a white glove for a tip after he hands you a hand towel... you're in the WRONG place. BUT.. if you're looking for a down-home, clean, extremely friendly and comfortable place with the best beer selection and most knowledgable owner in the country Ebenezer's is probably in the top two or three. Atmosphere, to me, means "character" not whether or not there are linen towels in the men's room, and I don't know if there are too many places with more character than Ebenezer's.

I had the honor (and I mean that) of hanging out with the owner Chris for about an hour, talking and tasting beers. Black Albert, Earthmonk, Stille Nacht, St. Barnabus Abt, the recent Allagash/De Struise collaboration... the list went on and on (I can't even remember them all).

The waitresses that were there were extremely knowledgible and friendly. I had a "chimay burger" that was fantastic and when the check came I didn't even blink at the total. It was a couple of bucks but given the beers we had, for as long as we had them, I was pleased to say the least.

hossthepatsfan, Nov 18, 2008
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

I am very pleased to say that I was lucky enough to make it to this hidden gem in Lovell, Maine. GarthTaargus, myslef, and another companion made the 1.5 hour or so trek about a month ago. I had heard some hype about this small oasis being one of the best beer bars in the world- and after this first visit, I can truly say, without compromise or doubt, that it isn't hype- it is truthfulness. I was blown away with every aspect of this home away from home. I have never received such gracious hospitality and genuine kindness in any other establishment in the entirety of my life.

I will keep it brief. The food was excellent, the service was second to none, and the owner (Chris) may be one of the most generous and down to earth people I have ever met.

We were given one of the famous private cellar tours where I was blown away and awe-struck. Chris and Frank graciously shared a few prized bottles with us and I was able to taste one of the best beers of my life.

We are making the trip back to Ebenezers this Thursday 4/16 and are even more excited than the first time.

Make the trip...Worth it in every aspect.

Cheers!

straffordmilitia, Apr 13, 2009
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Visited Ebenezer's on 07/19/10 and enjoyed a nice experience. Stopped in for lunch and to sample some of their many offerings. Enjoyed a Brew Dog Punk IPA and a Mikkeller Chinook IPA on draft with our pizza. Dessert for me was a bottle of Black Albert which was fantastic.

Chris Lively came by the table and offered to show me his beer collection and I was happy to do this as he is well known for a fine selection of beer. Very impressed on the collection of beer that Chris has compiled. He also gave me a bottle in his collection to try and I would like to Thank him again for this offering as I enjoyed it on my Anniversary as a way to celebrate.

I would highly recommend anyone visiting Maine or in the North Conway area to make the trek to Ebenezer's and enjoy the exceptional beer selection and quality food.

smauretti, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of tendermorsel
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.

tendermorsel, Aug 27, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

jelpernw, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of wyllder
5/5  rDev +5.7%

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

wyllder, Sep 28, 2010
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

At this point, with nothing but A+ ratings, the only thing I can do is "ding" the bell one more time.

I am happy to write that I spent the time & the money to visit this awesome place. While on vacation last week from Florida, we reached our northern-most point, Portland, on Saturday afternoon. Needing to catch a plane the next morning, my wife sacrificed having to drive the return trip to Boston at 10 PM in order for me to drive another hour from Portland to experience Ebenezer's.

When I walked in the bar area, the lady server grinned and said, "Welcome to Heaven". Well, I must say, if there is such a place, my dream is that my arrival would go exactly like this :-)

I had time to try only six beers, all never before seen by my eyes. They were all great. The price? I found them no more expensive than any other place where beers of this quality are served. I say this for people concerned about price---personally, for me, price is secondary.

fwiw, my GPS (Garmin 765) did find it, however you might try your avoidance settings. Once in Lovell, the device wanted me to turn on a one-lane road filled with large pockets of water (due to a lot of recent rains). I simply kept going, allowing the GPS to recompute a new route, and in 5 minutes, we were there!

Also, we had no cell signal (AT&T, iPhone), so if it's your first time there, you might want to go before it gets dark in case you are forced to ask someone where the place is.

Don't be afraid of this though---GO if you've never been. Once there you will be blown away seeing license plates from all parts of the US, and you will feel at home. I hope to return again & spend two days next time instead of two hours.

Some say that we Americans are living in the best times in our 400 year history for beer in the United States. After visiting this terrific place, I AGREE. Ebenezer's is on the cutting edge of this Renaissance.

WynnO, Jul 15, 2009
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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.

n0rmann, Sep 11, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

What can I add about this place that hasn't been said before?
Well let me tell you my take
This place is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere Maine the "Restaurant at the edge of the universe" kind of way. The atmosphere is like a small New England diner meets gourmet food /Beer bar. I walked into the place and immediately felt like I was home.
The hospitality of Chris, his wife (who recently just delivered a child) and his staff were some of the best I have ever received in any establishment I have been to.
This man has a passion for Beer and you can tell. Not only from his selection at the bar (one of the best I have ever seen in one place) but in his enthusiasm for beer in general.
The food was crazy good I had cheese plate for an appetizer and a Chimay cheese burger along with some incredible Belgian chocolate bread Dessert.
It was the best beer drinking experience I have had in my life. I'd feel like I was bragging if it told you why so I won't but I will tell you to go and check it out yourself

joepais, Oct 22, 2008
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

MattGrimley, Jun 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Ebenezer"s, it's hard to say enough about it. Tucked away in close to no where is this unbelieveible inviteing palace of beer. Some fellow BA's and myself were able to make the trip a few weeks ago and where it's only a mere two hour trip i wish i'd gone sooner! With a menu of sum 800 beers available it cant be topped!
We had dinner and drank while perusing the amazing menu's of beer, roughly six pages worth! Some buddies of mine were recognized by the staff and were told Chris would be joining us at the table. After a drink with him we were invited to tour his personal brew collection in the basement of the house next door.
At first glance you notice rarities and beer gems, some are items you may not have known existed. We were also joined by BJ, one of Chris's future brewers, an intresting and intelligent guy who traveled to Belgium to hone his skills in the art of brewing. Chris graciously opened many styles of beer from smooth barrel aged to ipa's to sour ales, all of which held it's own story and level of rareness, some of which one could not put a price on. We sampled and talked for a while enjoying their great company and insight before retreating back to the bar for 4-6 more rounds of liquid gold.
Over all, Ebenezer's is a great time no matter what your into. The friendly staff, great food, and welcoming hospitality of Chris himself all add up to why it's been declared #1 bar in the world!! You have to experience it for yourself!

jammalamma, Apr 26, 2009
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

garrisonp, Oct 11, 2013
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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.

MrMonkey, Jun 09, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

I just got back from a trip to Ebenezer's with a group of friends. I can firmly state that this place lived up to even my highest expectations. Chris, the owner, is probably the coolest guy I have ever met. He is so generous and knowledgeable. He took us on a personal tour of the cellar, which contained so many rare & exotic beers that I had to take out my camera and take pictures of some of them.

The selection is loaded with great beers. The beer menu has 6 pages, if I remember correctly. Tons of sour ales, barley wines, and imperial stouts. The ONLY negative is that they only had a few IPA's/DIPA's. But, I probably wouldn't order them anyways because there are so many hard to find Belgians on the menu. I had a Cantillon Vigneronne and De Struise Black Albert, both on tap. I also got a bottle of Pannepot.

I can't believe a world-class beer bar like Ebenezer's is located in Lovell, ME. Chris explained to us that having it there is good for Maine and for the local area. It was interesting to look out in the parking lot and see more snow mobiles than cars.

The food (we ordered a garden salad, chicken fingers, french fries, chowder, and chili) was really good. The french fries and chicken fingers were perfectly fried. All of the food complimented the beers that we were drinking.

I am so happy that I made the trip up there and will definitely be going back soon. It's truly worth the trip from any distance.

gameface23, Dec 28, 2008
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

I've been to Ebs twice. The food has been great each time, beer is amazing, atmosphere is great with a very freIndly staff. Chris is the man! I've been in the cellar twice and have been sent home with some amazing beers. I'm three and a half hours a way or I'd go every week or so. The beer selection is amazing, I can't say that enough! I've had Black Albert twice, Stone IRS, Stone Ruination, Stone AB, Stone Oaked AB, my wife had a 04 Stone Old Gardian it was awesome!!!! I'm planning on taking my little bro to Ebs for his 21st birthday!!! We are going to need a DD.

mikeale, Jun 30, 2009
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 07, 2006
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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!

Rochefort10nh, Aug 21, 2007
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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.