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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%

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
Photo of gameface23
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
Photo of lordofthewiens
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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5/5  rDev +5.7%

parris, Sep 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

mightyatom, Jul 16, 2009
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Hhawk06, Jun 20, 2008
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Flounder57, Apr 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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!

kernal, Jan 22, 2009
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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?

fourohstudent, Jun 10, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

NHbeerguy, Jul 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

stmartinpale, Feb 24, 2007
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Cedromar, Mar 20, 2008
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 07, 2013
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.