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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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

137 Ratings
Ratings: 137
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.25%
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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deadmonkees

Massachusetts

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!!!

07-13-2009 17:30:40 | More by deadmonkees
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steeltown71

Pennsylvania

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.

02-13-2011 20:31:16 | More by steeltown71
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ladyivory

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-01-2014 13:38:49 | More by ladyivory
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ImHereForTheBeer

Vermont

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.

01-14-2009 13:30:35 | More by ImHereForTheBeer
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Avalon68

Pennsylvania

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.

02-16-2009 16:31:51 | More by Avalon68
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opwog

Minnesota

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!

10-09-2009 05:57:15 | More by opwog
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Burt

Rhode Island

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.

10-24-2010 00:53:46 | More by Burt
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hossthepatsfan

Massachusetts

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.

11-18-2008 19:07:28 | More by hossthepatsfan
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straffordmilitia

New Hampshire

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!

04-13-2009 18:43:13 | More by straffordmilitia
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smauretti

Massachusetts

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.

07-29-2010 03:40:29 | More by smauretti
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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.