Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
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5/5 rDev +5.7%
Words cannot express how truly good this bar is... I'll give it a shot though.
A couple of us drove up to Ebenezer's from Boston for the last two nights of the Belgian Beer fest after reading about it on the beer advocate.
The beer selection was truly unparalleled for Belgian beers. Beers that I had only read about they had and at a very reasonable price too. I had never had anything from De Stusie before and was in awe of the Black Albert, Panepont and the Panepont (danish import). Too bad I missed the brewers that were in earlier in the week. Seemingly every possible Belgian beer I was looking for on tap. Goulden Drak, De Ranke XXX Oerbier, Lou Pepe, Triple Karmalite, vintage Chimey Tripel multiple Fanteome kegs and on and on .... If it wasn't on tap than you could get in a bottle. Often not just a regular bottle or a 750ml but enormous magnums and methuselah were also available. Tons of vintage beers were also available.
The food was great. I had a wonderful fried fish plate one night and the all Belgian menu was interesting and innovative.
The thing that separates this bar from any other bar I've been to are the owners, Chris and Jen. Real down to earth. They were very excited that we had made the trip. From first stepping into the place to when we left on Sunday they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. Both were a wealth of beer knowledge and passion. Chris especially was quick to discuss beers, brewers and the Belgian beer scene.
All in all one of the best weekends I've had in years.
Every true fan of Belgian beers should spend some time at this place. I know I plan on going up again soon. Do what it takes to make it to Lovell. You won't regret it.
08-27-2007 04:40:05 | More by tendermorsel
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.
09-28-2010 19:00:16 | More by wyllder
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.
07-15-2009 04:06:58 | More by WynnO
5/5 rDev +5.7%
I've never been to a place like this. You drive up and it's part of a house, but once you walk in and look in the cooler behind the bar, you know you're not in a back woods neighborhood watering hole.
The beer selection is incredible. If you're into Belgian ales, you will never want to leave. Get a bottle of Westy 12, or if you want to try something a little old, try a bottle of a 1968 Thomas Hardy Ale.
The service was fantastic. Chris the owner has a real passion for beer and knows what he is talking about. His wife and the other waitresses are also very friendly.
The food is also top-notch. I had a Ceasar Salad with lobster in it. And there was a lot of lobster. Wonderful.
The only negative I can really say about this place is it is too far from where I live to go more than occassionally. There isn't enough good things I can say about this bar.
Just go there.
09-11-2007 16:11:38 | More by n0rmann
5/5 rDev +5.7%
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
10-22-2008 00:48:13 | More by joepais
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!
04-26-2009 15:14:25 | More by jammalamma
5/5 rDev +5.7%
I have lived in the Mt. Washington Valley for about eight years now, and I just recently discovered Ebenezer's thanks to this site. I always new it was there, but I had no idea that it had become such a mecca for incredible beer. I went for the second time last night and was delighted to find both Chris and Jeni working behind the bar (they had been at the Montreal Brewfest the previous week). They shook our hands as they introduced themselves to us when we sat down at the bar, and their enthusiasm, knowledge and service were second to none.
I believe they had about eighteen or so beers on tap. They even had a special Delirium Tremens tap, which is one of only three in existence in the whole world. I started off with a draft of St. Bernadus Apt 12, moved on to the Celebrator Doppelbock, and then sampled a bottle of Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale with Chris. Everything was served in the appropriate glassware, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Words cannot desribe how amazing this experience was. In addition to what's on tap, there is a four door cooler that temps the eyes, and tastebuds, with the most incredible collection of bottles I have ever laid eyes on...Trappist, Belgian, German, English, American..bottles of all styles in various sizes. Too many to count, but I know that there is plenty to keep me satisfied every time I head up to Lovell, which will hopefully be fairly regularly now.
If you are ever in the area, don't hesitate to drive to Lovell to enjoy this truly one of a kind experience. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
06-08-2007 23:59:15 | More by MrMonkey
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.