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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub


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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, Maine, 04051-3919
United States

(207) 925-3200 | map

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Added by DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005

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Photo of BlueOkie
4.95/5  rDev +4%
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...

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Photo of phipsi102
3.83/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I finally made it Ebenezer's after a couple of years stalking their website. I happened to be in North Conway NH anyway, so we headed through Lovell on our way to Portland. The atmosphere is extremely casual, big picnic tables, belgian beer posters and paraphernalia everywhere. Our waitress was not very attentive, and the food was mediocre (moules frites, reuben and chili). The big draw, of course, was the beer. The problem is, the beer menu is clearly not updated with any regularity (waitress confirmed this). Therefore, it took a few tries each time i wanted a beer to find something they actually had in stock. They also clearly had many beers available which were not on the menu. This system may work well for a totally open-minded guest who just wants to go on a Belgian beer adventure guided by a knowledgeable owner (waitress didn't know much about beer at all). As for me, I already consider myself quite familiar with the category, and would like to be able to choose my own beers, thank you very much. All that aside, the beers we did have were FANTASTIC (Dupont Saison Anniversary Celebratory Edition, Val Dieu Grand Cru, and De Ranke Noir de Dottignies), and the selection included many rare and obscure bottlings. Being from Southern New England, I plan to just stick with Deep Ellum, Publick House, Moan and Dove, and Novare Res in the future. If I do happen to be in the Lovell area again however, you can count on me coming in for another round!

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Photo of bgfresh
4/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A friend at work showed me an article in Beer Connoisseur Magazine. My wife is from Portland, ME and returns every year. So, I talked her in to making the trip from OOB to Lovell. The place had a very good feel. However, I think our waitress was a manager. She ripped into 3 employees 10 feet from our table for several minutes. I was not impressed as it was inappropriate to treat the girls like that. At the very least, take them in the back where customers cannot see that. Also, their website advertised Black Albert and Chimay Doree. I really wanted to try them as I'm a huge fan of Chimay and Black Albert was brewed specifically for Ebenezer's. I was disappointed that my first two orders were unavailable. In fact, the wait staff manager stated that she had never heard of Chimay Doree. She did suggest the sister beer of Black Albert, Out Black. It was very good and a great recommendation. Next year we are going to the sister pub, Lion's Pride. Overall, I would definitely go back and recommend to anyone. I ate the Chimay Burger and it was incredible.

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Photo of handpullme
4.98/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of mbedard
4.48/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Managed to sneak out to Ebenezer's with my Brother-In-Law and my wife's Stepdad (our DD) last summer while we were vacationing in the area with our families. Once we found the place (no small task, man is it in the middle of nowhere!) we basically had the place to ourselves other than maybe one table having lunch on the deck. The bartender (Maryanne maybe?) was very friendly and helpful and was able to answer most of our questions. She said we really knew our stuff, and its a shame the owner wasn't there, or we could have talked shop and gotten "the tour".

We sampled a bunch of sours and tripels over the afternoon, and also enjoyed several orders of Frites, which were awesome. I really enjoyed the Petrus Aged Pale Ale and was happy to find a stash of it at the local beer store back home (go New England Wine and Spirits, Newburyport, MA!), and have been enjoying it regularly since.

We had a great afternoon, and even though we dropped a good chunk, we knew what we were in for going in -- quality beers that are hard to find anywhere and great pub food -- not to mention the fact that we all got T-Shirts to commemorate our visit.

I hope I can get back up there soon, but its a bit of a hike from here. If only Eb's was closer to the MA/NH/ME border, or opened a sister spot in Portsmouth we'd be all set. Cheers!

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
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