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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Recently my wife and I made our first trip up to this bastion of great beer for the annual Belgian Beer Fest, and though our expectations were sky high, they were exceeded in every way. It's safe to say we will be venturing up frequently now that we know that this place does indeed truly exist!

Set in the evergreens on the edge of the Lake Kezar Country Club, Ebenezer's is a beer oasis - only you travel through some stunning scenery that includes the Saco River and White Mountains, rather than cross a desert on a camel to reach your destination.

The first sense you get that you are in for something special and unique in this rural Maine environment is when you notice the Delerium Tremens umbrellas covering the outside tables and the St. Sixtus Banner hanging from the building.

Beer paraphernalia can be found throughout the cozy pub and the 10-12 seat bar is both inviting and a great place to take in all the action when things get hopping, as they did on the first Saturday of the fest when wall-to-wall beer lovers of all ages (ok, not under 21!) were enjoying the phenominal line-up and lively conversations.

Plastic checkered tablecloths cover the tables on the screened in porch and in the main dinning and drinking area, more seating can be found. It is certainly not an upscale joint but it seems perfect for the setting and the friendliness of the staff and owners, Chris and Jeni Lively. You're made to feel like family almost immediately and you can not help but relax and enjoy the fine beers and company.

Since this was the Belgian Beer Fest, the line-up of beers on tap was jaw dropping. Gouden Carolus Cuvee de Emperor, Gulden Draak, Unblended three-year-old Boon Gueuze, Stille Nacht, the only keg of Westmalle Tripel in the world! These were (are) just a few of the beers to be had on the new thirty-plus tap system. The bottle list is just as amazing and contains some truly rare gems including 1968 Thomas Hardy's, 1975 Gales Prized Old Ale and Westvleteren 12.

The food was excellent! Pomme frites were cooked to perfection with rosemary mayonaisse to dip them in. Flemish Carbonade, Witloof with ham, Waterzooi and a killer Belgian cheese plate were all outstanding.

But the thing that really sets Ebenezers apart from every other beer destination that I've been to is the passion of the people who run it on a day-to-day basis. Chris is truly a beer advocate of the highest order and he organized a fest the likes of which has never been seen. The lengths that he went to to bring together the beers and food for the fest is amazing and to top it all off he was busting his ass in the kitchen cooking, along with a belgian chef also brought in for the event, when he wasn't out entertaining his guests. His wife, Jeni, was tending bar for the multitudes and making sure everyone was happy with their beers.

Carlo and Urbain, two of the brewers from Struise (creators of Pannepot) who were in attendence throughout most of the week, were flown in just for the event and brought with them a beer (Black Albert) brewed just for the fest. They are true gentlemen and their knowledge of beer was humbling. I will never forget them blending 1977 George Gales Prized Ale, 27 and 26 year-old Westvleteren 12's along with fresh Westy 12 to make a drink that could only be considered revelatory -- a one-of-a kind treat that left all in attendence in awe.

In conclusion, I can not recommend Ebenezer's enough to anyone with an appreciation for fine beer, food and conversation in a comfortable, inviting setting.

Also, if you make the trip up to Lovell, make sure to stay at the Center Lovell Inn, located about three miles from the pub. It is a quaint old-fashioned B&B with great service and the best breakfast I have ever had. It's been featured in Bon Appetite, the New York Times and the Boston Globe. I also have to recommend golf at the Lake Kezar Country Club, with its Donald Ross designed front nine and new and exciting back layout. It's certainly a bargain at $66 for two with cart on a summer weekend! (4,052 characters)

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

took my second trip a couple weeks ago, and it even better then my first.

The setting is absolutely phenomenal. I love maine to begin with and ebenezer's epitomizes it. I feel at home the second i walk in the door.

The staff is world class. They know their stuff, and didn't hesitate to let us sample anything which is more than i can say for most philly area bars that i grew up with... in fact, with all the bars out there now serving quality brew, it is the setting and staff that put this one over the top.

You never know what's going to be on tap.. i had kate the great, black albert and bacchus my first trip and la rulles, cantillon classic gueuze, and fedelta my last one. But, as you all know, its the bottles and the cellar that make this place so famous. The bar tender sampled an insanity, black ghost, and a cantillon classic (so we could compare to the tap). On a tour of the cellar we sampled tsjeeses reserva, consecration, and a stone oak aged ipa among others. But, catching chris on a good night (the lion's pride had recently opened... ps go visit that one too) paid off as he simply floored us with a beyond generous tasting of kate the great, dark lord, aged rochefort 10, allagash gargamel, horal's og mega blend, earthmonk... need i go on???

The food is also perfect. You can go and eat for less than 10 bucks, or you can spend a little extra and get the steak tips (get them!) made with locally raised beef, or any other of the specials as they all looked good.

i honestly do not know how another bar could possibly top this place... perhaps tie.. maybe... doubtful... just go. (1,607 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Notes from a visit in Feb '08:

Had to make a stop by with my wife while we were on vacation in nearby Conway, NH. Upon first viewing of the menu, I quickly scan for Black Albert. Alas, it is not on the menu! I proceed to ask the waitress if Black Albert was available; she asks, "are you a beer advocate?" I'm in luck! Within the next few minutes, Chris comes out with the fresh pour, unbelievable! Not only did Chris intermittently bring out a new offering every 10-15 minutes or so without prompting, he hung out, chatted, and told us many a beer story. Lets just say he is brilliantly running his business. And I don't even need to comment on the selection, just check out the website.
The food was very good and reasonable, a nice complement to the beer menu. Even more amazing was the final bill. The total was nowhere near the amount we imbibed that afternoon, which left my jaw dropped once again. I came in to Ebenezer's wondering how review after review could be an A+. I was completely prepared to rate it lower if I thought it deserved it. Not by a long shot, this place is beer heaven, and beer advocates are treated like God. This place may be in the middle of nowhere, but you would never regret a weekend retreat. (1,229 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 kernal
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The last review really says it all. Heading to Lovell is a challange depending on the weather. But no matter what the weather is, get to this bar. When you walk through the door and see the copper bar top, you see the cooler filled with beer at the proper temperature, you see the infinite amount of taps pouring beers you never dreamed could be on tap, then you meet and get to know the staff it all adds up to one thing, the best beer bar ever.
Each review is correct, this place is a masterpiece. Not only can you try a number of beers you may never see, you have a staff dedicated to the beers and can share with you details that help you make the right decision.
Chris the owner was one of those guys you can spend hours and days talking to, I learned so much about the pub and his passion for making this place even better.
This review is in a lot of ways stating what many have said before. But it is also a THANKS to Chris and Hannah and the rest of the staff for an unforgettable visit, I will be back! (1,013 characters)

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

Oh My! What a place. On the edge of a golf course in a remote part of Maine lives an establishment that I believed was solely the domain of fairy tales (Okay, maybe not the traditional type, but you can understand, I'm sure). So when you are spending your time around the beautiful White Mountain region of New Hampshire and the Foothills of Maine, make a special trip to this oasis, you won't be disappointed. If there is a beer that is hard to find, Chris will undoubtedly have it on hand. As I could go on forever about Eb's vitrues, I will cut this short and leave you with something to think about. What other beer related place on this whole comprehensive website can boast a rating of 99? (695 characters)

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

The best beer bar in the free world. The selection is unsurpassed and the ambiance is beyond reprouch. Chris and Jen are the best hosts anywhere and their selection of beers is unbelievable. I can't say they are in the middle of nowhere because I live 15 miles from them, but how can anyone this far from anywhere have this kind of selection? I've collected beers for 35 years and this is the most beers i've seen in one place in all those years. We need to add two or three numbers for selection, quality. service and atmosphere. If you can get there, get there. My friends and I went three times this week and each time we were not disappointed. there were 19 beers available on tap and hundrerds more in bottles. We sampled Bernadus abt 12, Petrus triple, Kiezerburg, Bigfoot 2004,Houblen Chouffe, Nostradamus Brown, St Louis framboise, St Louis Peche, Phantome Gourmande, Phantome Noel, Maredsous 8, Ridgeway IPA, Old Engine Oil and more. Each was served in the proper glass and came with a proper discription and presentation.

Chris and Jen are the ultimate hosts. They treat each guest as is if they were the only ones in the bar and spend time with Bud light snowmobilers and belgian snobs equally. I love the place. I've travelled the world and found the best in my own back yard. (1,292 characters)

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

Wow, that is almost all I can I say. Our time at Ebenezer's was incredible. First off Chris opened the Pub especially for my girlfriend and I, who else would do something like that? As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we were greeted by a barking German Shepherd, I already can tell I will love this place. Chris walks out with a big smile on his face and tells us to go right in. As we walk in Chris comes back and greets us. Within a few moments a glass of Black Albert is in my hand, wow, Kate who? I think as I take my first sip. He starts telling us all about Black Albert and De Struise. He tells about the display bottle he sent out and those that actually evaluated it as though it was the actual brew. This is where Chris' passion truly comes out and I'm blown away. I have never met someone with anywhere near as much passion Chris has. He explains to me his plans for the Pannepot Cafe and his partnership with De Struise. Our next sampled brew is Earthmonk, the fact this was opened just for us blew me away. While enjoying the Black Albert he had hinted we would be trying it, I was left thinking is he mad? Is he really going to open that for us? Sure enough, he pulls a bottle out of the fridge and it is cracked open. Delicious, I have never had a beer like that before and may never again. It was a glass I never wanted to end. Our next brew was Struiselensis, again delicious. After one sip he then blended it with something I cannot remember, maybe you could remind me Chris? After this, I was handed another glass of Black Albert, such a damn fine brew. Then we shared a bottle of Pannepot. How is it that this one brewery could create such amazing beers? After this we try and make our way out, instead Chris declares I'm having another beer, and that if I don't he will go into the forums and call me out on a being a pussy who called him out and then only had three beers with him. Our final bottle for the night? A Founder's Breakfast Stout, out of his personal cellar. Another fine brew. I cannot believe what has just transpired that entire night. I am blown away by the hospitality and generosity of Chris and the pub. I truly wish that all bars could be like this one. Ebenezer's sets the benchmark for all future establishments I enter. I was informed by Chris on my way out to let him know when I come up next so that I can see the cellar and that he and his wife will have a dinner with my girlfriend and I. Where else and who else offers this to a couple of college kids they just met? I am forever in debt to Chris and truly cannot wait to make my next trip up to the pub. (2,612 characters)

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

I visited Ebenezer's pub in the middle of the week during winter (...yeah it's closed week days during winter months). However, Chris, who just happened to be there for a quick photo shoot, shakes my hand and starts pouring free beers for myself and the photographer. After an hour drinking/conversing about beer, Chris's ridiculous draught list, and the bar's incredibly rare bottles (2004 Damon or a Geuze van't kasteel anybody?), I get an invite into his private cellar for the purpose of mule-ing some bottles to VT for Shaun Hill (my next stop - and yes, they were successfully delivered). Even though I only spent an hour at this bar, I got the most fulfilling bar experience I could ever expect. The fridge is packed with insane choices and the draught list is both experimental and well curated. I would have loved to try the food, but that can wait until I return this summer.
Make the trip out to Lovell, it's a different world of beer and I'm certain you'll be a customer for life. (993 characters)

Photo of klc17111
4.98/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My Husband and I, after years of discussing going to Lovell to experience Ebenezer's, finally went in February 2013. We frequented this Pub 3 out of 4 nights...What can I say but we felt like we were visiting family every time we walked in! The last night we walked in the door and the waitress even said -"YEAY! they are here!" How many places make you feel like that? Beer Selection was amazing- I found the owners, Chris and Jen, to be friendly and helpful. We even were invited to the "basement" for a tour of the rare beers- which was in itself amazing. Chris is the most knowledgable beer head i ever met! Food was excellent... never disappointed. We even had "our seats" at the end of the bar. We will definitely be back .. make sure you visit this Pub in the most beautiful setting...Backwoods Maine .. the way Life should be! (834 characters)

Photo of handpullme
4.98/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My wife Karen and I made the pilgrimage from Pennsylvania to Lovell, Maine last week, with the main reason being to visit Ebenezer's obviously. There's not a lot else in Lovell really, other than the typical gorgeous scenery you expect to find in Maine. It was well worth the trip. We went to Ebenezer's 3 of the 4 nights we were there, with one much needed dry night that involved no alcohol. The beer selection is amazing, and even if you're an experienced Belgian drinker, you're likely to find at least a few on tap you've never had. As for the bottles, basically if there's something you'd like to try, just ask Chris or Jen and there's a good chance they'll have it. I was thrilled to finally be able to try Portsmouth's Kate the Great the first night we were there. Chris also gave us a tour of the beer cellar, which was worth the trip by itself. The owner of the #1 beer bar in the world giving us a personal tour...definitely cool. I had an incredible beer on tap called "My Blueberry Nightmare", an Italian blueberry sour stout (more sour than stout) that went down way too easily for something that was 11% and $10/glass. In addition to the beer, the food is absolutely top-notch. The first night, I had by far the best coconut shrimp dish I've ever had, and Karen had an excellent pizza that was obviously hand-tossed. Our second night, she had a cheesesteak she says is the best she's ever had, which is impressive considering we usually make several trips to Philadelphia per year. Overall, just an amazing experience that I hope to repeat someday. (1,563 characters)

Photo of dbexpert
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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edit 8/23/07
Chris now has in the vicinity of 36 taps flowing and the selection is mind-blowing.
They also continue beer events of which are of the highest order.
Ebenezer's continues to bring it to a "whole nutha level". (4,770 characters)

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

I always imagined a time when I might be able to visit Ebenezer's and I was fortunate that this place was on the itinerary when fellow Ba's FooFaa and his wife Kristen and ffejherb invited me along on a roadtrip to Kate the great day. We decided to make this the first 'big' destination on the first day of the trip and were able to make the journey from PA even in inclement weather (we saw another vehicle that slid onto the edge of the road hanging with tires not in contact with the road). We found the place after first heading a little bit past the driveway.

We were eagerly anticipating the awesomeness that is Ebenezer's and strolled in to a fairly empty place wondering. We sat down and looked over the truly great tap list and perused the cooler checking out the interesting choices within. When we were seated and had ordered our first beers Foofaa mentioned that he wanted to meet Chris who came to our table in a matter of minutes and shortly after that offered to take him into the cellar. When he returned we were stunned by the fact that a gueuze from 1984 blended by Eylenbosch was going to be opened for us by Chris.

Chris was very much the host of the event that was tasting a beer that was over 25 years old - he explained the tradition of serving lambic in Belgium and carried out their wishes by carrying on the tradition which included 'washing' the glass and explained how you knew what type of bottle you were being treated too. I was captivated by the experience of sampling something put in the bottle and corked while I was only 11 years old - only the second time I have tasted anything with that type of age on it.

That alone was enough to give a 5 for service but later in the evening others gathered and the pub started to become more crowded. Chris explained in Belgium there is a tradtion that if you can't finish a bottle that you open at your table you are expected to share with the rest of the bar. We enjoyed some Cochonne Vapeur as a result and later bottles seemed to be appearing that I did not expect to have the experience of tasting. We were treated to an aged bottle of Three Philosophers, Mirror Mirror, The Dissident, Behemoth and this was in addition to the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and Brother Adam's Braggot I already enjoyed.

I found the place to have the best possible atmospher for enjoying craft beer - like being invited into a bar in someone's house and less like a formal beer bar situation. The quality is high and I was hoping the experience would not have to end. I enjoyed the Burger with Chimay cheese and the other food looked equally delicious. I did not a lot since I was saving room for ...beer.

The value is great- -I could not have asked for a more enjoyable experience. The tastes, the sites and sharing with other craft beer lovers was a real treat, not to mention the hard to come by in PA beers we tried. I can only echo the sentiments of the others before me when I say that you will not be dissapointed at Ebenezer's Pub - it is obvious that craft beer is the passion of this establishment! (3,073 characters)

Photo of cdog3
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place lived up to its reputation. They had 34 beers on tap and not a dud in the group. My wife and I made the trip up on a Saturday from New York. Chris and Jen had a private party on the porch and another upstairs and the rest of the place was hoping yet Chris still took time to come over and talk beer with me. We had dinner as well and everything was wonderful and the staff very attentive. So here is a little taste of what we had to taste. 1st round De Struise Witte and Pannepot. 2nd Round Gouden Corolus Triple and Bier Du Boucaneer. 3rd round Augustijn Triple and De Struise Pannepot Denmark version. 5th De Struise Black Albert. 6th De Struise Struiselensis and finished it off with just a little more Black Albert. Oh yeah it was a great night. (760 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 BlueOkie
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I'm the Oklahoma visitor mentioned in the review by Ideikis just below, and like him, this is my first barfly review. But some experiences demand a response.

I was visiting a friend, who last year had told me about "this great, obscurely located little bar with an outrageous selection of Belgians". I looked Ebenezer's up on BA, and knew that come hell or high water I would visit when I was in Maine again.

Without my friend (who visits Ebenezer's periodically and therefore most graciously served as designated driver...) this would have been a challenge to locate. It was a good omen that just a few miles away, on my third trip to ME, I finally saw not one, but two moose... the stars were aligning.

I can't improve on Ideikis's descriptions of the grounds, the ambience, and the wonderful service Betsy provided. But I will add that Ideikis and his wife were excellent bar companions, and generously shared their Fantome's Printemps with me.

I'm far from an expert on Belgian's. I did avoid the higher ABV (Tripels etc) so that I could maximize the variety. I made it through 8 drafts, and shared 3 bottles, including the Cantillon Cuvee des Champions Chris gave us during the cellar tour. Betsy was an excellent guide, and everything I had was memorable. I'll single out the 2006 Cantillon Kriek, the De Dolle Dulle Teve, the Picobrouwerij Alvinne Oak Aged Balthazar, and the Cantillon Iris. The Cambridge sour porter was also quite unique.

I had been disappointed not to find Black Albert on tap, and when I asked Chris to recommend a stout, he disappeared into the back and emerged a couple minutes later with the Port Santa's Little Helper, which was terrific, and an interesting detour from the Belgian parade.

Chris was an incredibly gracious host (the novelty of an Oklahoma visitor piqued his interest, I think), and the cellar? It beggars description. The food was very good, they kept my friend's coffee mug filled gratis, and Chimay the German Shepherd was most sociable as well.

For the overall experience (ambience, food, beer, and the way-above-and-beyond hospitality of the proprietor and staff) I didn't think any establishment would ever match Joe Short and Short's Brewing in Bellaire MI. But Ebenezer's has scaled the heights. No pretension - just excellence. I doubt anyone reading this will need the further prodding of my review. But just in case: if you are a discriminating fan of great beer, you must do whatever is necessary to find your way to this hidden gem.

I only wish I had remembered to grab the Brasserie de Silly Saison coaster... (2,579 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Well, I hate to be a bandwagon jumper here, but damn, Ebenezer's is awesome. Stopped by on a Monday night in early June, which ended up being good timing since this place apparently gets packed during peak season. This place really is in the middle of nowhere. It's on the edge of a golf course outside a tiny town in the lake region of Maine. If you haven't been to this area, it's worth it even without Ebenezer's. Ebenezer's, though, can be a beer experience unlike any other.

Make sure to get in touch with Chris before you go, and also make sure they won't be closed. Chris is about as interesting of a guy as you'll meet in the beer world. He's got all kinds of stories and opinions about beer and everything else. He's also extremely generous - he shared several awesome and rare beers with my fiance and me free of charge. We sat around for awhile after they closed just shooting the shit and drinking excellent beer. We also got to take a look at his cellar, which is absolutely mind-blowing.

Besides the "VIP treatment" however, the standard tap and bottle selections are excellent. Prices can seem a little high, but they're really not when you consider what you're getting. I had a Pannepot Wild, a Brooklyn Dark Matter, a Cantillon Vigneronne, and a couple others. Like Chris himself said, it may not be the absolute rarest draft list in the world, but if you can't find enough amazing beers to drink here, you need to check yourself into the mental institution. I got the impression that if super-rare is what you're looking for, Chris can definitely hook you up. In general though, it seems that he's not trying to cater to the "ticker" crowd.

Finally, the food is awesome. The lobster roll was one of the best I had in Maine, the Ruger burger, fries, and calamari special were all excellent. Chris also gave us a cheese and beer pairing that was incredible.

At best, Ebenezer's is going to be flat-out one of the greatest beer experiences you've ever had. At worst, you're going to sit in a bar in one of the most scenic parts of the country, eat great food, and drink world class beer. If that doesn't do it for you, just admit it, guy: you probably don't like beer. (2,187 characters)

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

Just got back from a trip here with a few friends and this place is beyond belief. As a native of Maine, I don't know why it took me so long to finally make the trip to Ebenezer's. We walked in shortly after noon so it wasn't exceptionally busy and fortunately we were able to get a table right away. For the first round, two of us ordered a glass of Black Albert, my brother got a two-year old barleywine from Allagash (didn't even know this existed), and another friend got a glass of some grape Cantillon. The Black Albert was great but the Allagash barleywine was phenomenal. Shortly after that I began to ask some questions about different beers and within 2 minutes, Chris is at our table. Chris is probably about the nicest, most genuine dude ever and knows more about beer than anyone I've ever met. As a shot in the dark, I asked him if he happened to have any Russian River brews lying around, and his reply was "I have all of them". He then starts telling us about his cellar, and invites us down to check it out.

I've never seen anything like this in my life. His cellar is like a museum where you can drink the exhibits. I still can't believe the things he had down here...Chimay from 1986, Westvleteren from the late 80s, kegs upon kegs of lambic, cases of Fantome, Bigfoot from every year since 1995...you name it. After talking with Chris for a while, I ask him how much a bottle of Beatification would cost. Rather than charge us for it, he offers one to us for free! So we all go back inside the pub and split a bottle with Chris, needless to say, this beer was fantastic. As a lover of sour beers, this was an experience I won't soon forget. After that, we get some Tsjeeses (a tripel aged w/stone fruits) which was fantastic. My brother had a Koningshoeven quad which was probably the best quad I've ever tasted. As we were getting ready to leave, Chris spotted us across the room and called us over for one last tasting. He produced a bottle of Firestone Twelve and poured us each a small glass. What an amazing beer - huge chocolate and bourbon taste and definitely one of the top imperial stouts (or strong ales?) I've ever had.

This place is amazing and Chris is one of the most generous and friendly people you will ever meet. Plus, the food was great! It is hard to believe such a special place is located in the tiny town of Lovell, but this place definitely lives up to all the hype and far exceeded my expectations.

Go to Ebenezer's! (2,467 characters)

Photo of ph2001
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

In two visits here, i've never left anything short of blown away. each time i was greeted by the staff like a friend. the bar has a nice relaxed atmosphere and the walls are slathered with beer art. it's classy enough you feel like you are in a world class bar, but laid back enough you can feel okay bringing kids along. the beer list is beyond impressive, it is other worldly. rare and special treats cover the pages. there is a lot to be excited about once you see the list, so it's nice that they offer tap half pours to sample. the food has been really good, the chimay burger is awesome. the staff there is amazing. incredibly friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient. chris, jen, frank, and hanna have all been wonderful. even the dog, chimay, is friendly. i'm really looking forward to chris' new project in brunswick.

if you are anywhere near this place you need to stop. ebenezers does not dissapoint, only impress. (933 characters)

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

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

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

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

All this being said, I believe what really sets Ebenezer's apart is the service. Chris and co. are just great hosts with a great passion for what they do. If you want to learn more about beer and sample some of the great examples of various styles, this would be a great place to spend some time. It's worth seeking out! (1,565 characters)

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

"Well, I've been in the business my whole life, and coming up here the same amount of time, and they do it right," the bear of a man said sitting two seats away from me with the Tip O'Neil nose. The mini-me version of Sonny Barger sitting between us nodded in agreement, and tipped back his Bud that he had poured into a pilsener glass.
"Yep, we've been coming up here for years, mostly for snowmobiling, and Ann here always takes care of us," he said and winked at the bartender leaning against the back of the bar under a large Guinness mirror. She laughed and noticed that Kumar was in need of another libation.
"I'll have a Scotch Silly, please," and with that we were off.

Lovell, Maine, was in the middle of nowhere. But we happened to be up in the area for a bachelor's party and had heard about this hidden gem and decided to check it out for ourselves. The bachelor, Little John, couldn't join us, but we made our way over from Bridgton and Rt. 302, only a fifteen minute drive. After a spirited round of golf at the Kezar Lake Country Club during which time Jim "lost" his 7-iron in a pond, and Kumar quit on the 14th hole while lining up a shot from a sand trap due to yet another disparaging remark about his heritage from Jim concerning Bedouins, we walked through the covered patio area of the restaurant and went around the corner to the bar. We considered sitting at one of the tables in the covered area with pristine views of the golf course, but I steered us in to the bar knowing that if we set up shop within view of the holes, Jim would have made a new game out of tormenting those still on the course, and this would only grow in direct proportion to the amount of excellent Belgian ale that we would be consuming.

The bar area was made up of a small, copper-topped jagged bar top with seven high stools, two high tables pinioned into the floor space in front of the bar proper. There were a number of other chairs lined up against the wall, likely for use when things got hopping on late evenings. All in all, pretty small, and yet, also decidedly cozy with some metal brewery signs up and about, some interesting empty bottles above the swinging doors into the kitchen, and the pastiche of tap handles alone would have made the place. We sat down next to the two locals up from Smithfield, RI, and surveyed the taps. Never had I seen such a Belgian draught line-up in Vacationland:

Maredsous 8
Cherish Raspberry Lambic
Scotch Silly
Duchesse Du Bourgogne
Piraat
Gulden Drak
Bornem Tripel
Petrus Triple
Leute Bok
Tripel Karmeliet
Kwak
Stella Artois
420 IPA
Gritty's Halloween Ale
Murphy's
Boddington's

So, out of sixteen tap lines, only four were not Belgian. And many of the Belgian lines were things I had never seen on draught. And not only that, but everything was being served in proper glassware, a wonderful rack of which hung over us at the bar, a tremendous sight. They even had the Kwak and Leute glasses with stands. To the left of the bar was a cooler on full display with over ninety bottles to choose from, including a good selection of 750ml, as well as magnums of Piraat, Gulden Drak, and Leute Bok at $45/apiece. Truly amazing. Prices were a tad stiff at $6.50 for all of the Belgian pours, but well worth it considering where we were. I mean, this was like finding Shangri-la. We didn't even glance at the food menu, but the guys next to us swore by their meat dishes. As we sat and enjoyed our second or third ales, an elderly couple walked in and, without skipping a beat, the gentleman asked for a Kwak. As Ann was bringing it over to him in its stand, Jim swiveled with ferocity and stared bug-eyed at the contraption.
"What in living hell is that," he stammered. "Jesus, give me one of those," and Ann did not disappoint.

The hours went on and I looked over at Kumar with a huge grin who was starting to dip his nose in to his Karmeliet, a quiet whisper of some tune slipping out of his foam covered lips. Jim pushed back from the bar and stuck his head down between Kumar and I, now holding a Gritty's in almost full tilt.
"So, Kumar, are you going to be next? I mean, the way my sister's been talking about you and that night of our Mass. Ave. crawl, you two are pretty much picking out the silverware pattern, right?"
Kumar turned as if his neck were caught in a vice, and quietly said, "Jim, I don't know what you're talking about," as steely a look in his eyes as he could muster. Jim stared back, his ale coming precipitously close to the edge of his glass, and then like a balloon losing it's air, Jim sloughed backwards and yelled, "Fucking cheers," to which our two compatriots on our right, in Pavlovian response, raised their glasses and gave cheers. Disaster averted, and there was no question we'd be coming back here. (4,782 characters)

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

Came in here on Friday 8-30 for the 6th annual Belgian Beer Fest with a few friends. I've wanted to come here for a long time and I'm glad I was able to make it.

First off, I was at the fest and that's the menu I was looking at so I don't know if the prices were normal or higher than normal but this was hands down the most expensive bar I've ever been to. Most of the pours were around $10, some as high as $14. However, the pours were all of an appropriate size and the beers were all amazing. I think that $12 for a glass of beer is expensive, but I can't get Cantillon or Drie Fontenin on tap anywhere else, so it's hard to compare.

I had a Black Albert Batch 0, Cantillon Vigeronne, Cantillon Cuvee des Champions, and I split a bottle of Victor Francenstein. I was blown away by every beer, Chris seemed really nice and our Waitress seemed pretty knowledgeable as well.

This place is very much worth seeking out (I'd say stop if you were close but it's in the middle of nowhere!), just make sure you've got some money. I didn't eat while I was there but the food looked fantastic. Hopefully next time I'm in Maine I'll be able to stop back! (1,150 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)

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