Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub
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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!
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
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.
12-28-2008 02:52:20 | More by gameface23
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.
06-30-2009 01:19:39 | More by mikeale
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.
08-07-2006 12:01:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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!
08-21-2007 21:50:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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.
07-16-2009 01:13:40 | More by mightyatom
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.
06-20-2008 21:46:47 | More by Hhawk06
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.