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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub

Taps: 35 / Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

135 Ratings
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 8.23%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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kmilford

New Hampshire

4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Went there last night after reading all the reviews. Only live a half an hour from this gem and had never been there.

Hannah and Frank were hugely knowledgable of the beers. Plenty of samples to make sure you got something you'll love.

Chris wasn't working but made a point to come over to our table and take us on a cellar tour. Never thought I would beer a sour beer fan, but now a convert I will need to be trying some more. Great experience.

I will be back this summer. With a public golf course next door and a huge patio area what else could you need, maybe taxi service.

Thanks!

03-15-2009 21:47:53 | More by kmilford
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straffordmilitia

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I am very pleased to say that I was lucky enough to make it to this hidden gem in Lovell, Maine. GarthTaargus, myslef, and another companion made the 1.5 hour or so trek about a month ago. I had heard some hype about this small oasis being one of the best beer bars in the world- and after this first visit, I can truly say, without compromise or doubt, that it isn't hype- it is truthfulness. I was blown away with every aspect of this home away from home. I have never received such gracious hospitality and genuine kindness in any other establishment in the entirety of my life.

I will keep it brief. The food was excellent, the service was second to none, and the owner (Chris) may be one of the most generous and down to earth people I have ever met.

We were given one of the famous private cellar tours where I was blown away and awe-struck. Chris and Frank graciously shared a few prized bottles with us and I was able to taste one of the best beers of my life.

We are making the trip back to Ebenezers this Thursday 4/16 and are even more excited than the first time.

Make the trip...Worth it in every aspect.

Cheers!

04-13-2009 18:43:13 | More by straffordmilitia
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jammalamma

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

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
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HopfenMalz

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

An utterly unique and absolutely outstanding pub. To say it's off the beaten path would be a gross understatement, since if you're in the vicinity of Lovell, Maine, you are obviously on a pilgrimage to Ebenezer's Pub. Formerly an ordinary backwoods bar, it is currenly just about the best Belgian beer bar I've ever found. On my visit (April, 2009) there were 35 draught beers on tap, and 25 of them were Belgian. Things like Cantillon (5 different beers), Scaldis Noel, Val Dieu Tripel, Oude Beersel Framboise, etc. And the American taps were not that shabby, either: Both 90 and 120 Minute IPA, Old Rasputin, Old Crustacean, etc. Of course, things like London Pride and a few others for the less adventurous were on hand as well.

OK, an incredible tap list, but the bottle collection is far too big to even begin to mention. Not only a truly amazing range of beers, but vintages going back decades! If you've ever been to the Kulminator pub in Antwerp, this is the American counterpart, I guarantee you.

The food is also great. I contented myself with a blackened prime rib that was done to perfection and came with great sides. The service was outstanding -- my bartender was not only beautiful but extremely knowledgeable and friendly. and she took care of a fairly full house with ease.

Prices are somewhat higher than a normal pub, but quite reasonable for the quality and selection offered.

Ebenezer's Pub isn't open much during the winter, due to the snow and the relatively poor roads, but if you are anywhere nearby from April to October, this is definitely not to be missed.

Lovell is about a 1.5 hour drive northwest of Portland, Maine, or two hours north of Portsmouth, NH.

04-26-2009 23:41:07 | More by HopfenMalz
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mikeale

Maine

5/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

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
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deadmonkees

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Words cannot provide enough justice to this place. I've been to "The Map Room" in Chicago, "Papago Brewery" in Scottsdale but nothing prepared me for the experience I was going to get at Ebenezer's Pub. This is the finest collection of Belgian beer in the world. I had the privilege to get a cellar tour from Chris the owner. I think I left my jaw back in that cellar. Chris has some of the rarest beers in the world and almost definitely some that are no where else in the world. What makes this place great, other than the collection of beer, is this is the friendliest bar I've ever been too, and the most knowledgeable wait staff you will ever find. I definitely rate this place an A+.

Also, I wondered how could a place so remote thrive and once you experience it you no longer question the trip. I'll definitely be back again. Don't change a thing!!!

07-13-2009 17:30:40 | More by deadmonkees
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BlueOkie

Oklahoma

4.95/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

09-16-2009 03:11:40 | More by BlueOkie
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phipsi102

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -19.2%
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!

10-08-2009 15:23:01 | More by phipsi102
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barturo

New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +4.4%
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

01-02-2011 03:28:10 | More by barturo
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bgfresh

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

11-10-2012 03:01:28 | More by bgfresh
Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.