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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
BA SCORE
100
world-class

141 Ratings
Ratings: 141
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of stmartinpale
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of negm
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fantastic pub!!! like being at home w/friends...( and several hundred great beers)
selection>...what can I say but incredible. The owners Chris & Jen really know their beer and go out of their way to greet and make everyone feel at home. Belgian beers predominate but there is something for every taste. The "special" events (tastings, belgian fest, local appreciation nights, etc.) are always a fun time.
A highly recomeded pub, as a matter of fact I think I will head there tommorrow!!!!

Photo of ctrlfreak
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Just got back from this place and it was a once in a lifetime experience for me. Great one on one service from Chris (owner?) who can talk beer withthe best of them. He lined up a few tasters as well as a few (true) one of kind beers. It was a great way to spend 2 hours over a meal and world class beer with family and friends.

They went out of the way (way out of they way) to serve my group(8) and let my kids play on the swingset with Chris' daughter. So the service gets better marks than 5 for me.

The beer prices were reasonable considering the lengths they go to get the beer. Shipping is included in the prices of course but a trip to Europe to find these beers is just a bit more expensive.

Photo of Myphoon
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you are anywhere in New England, visit this pub! It is a gorgeous drive and it is well worth the trip.

My wife and I were stunned at the beer selection. The draft list was exceptional which included many from Cantillon, De Dolle, a whole slew of Stone (Stone's "coming out" party was the day prior) and many others. The bottle list was even more impressive. There were all the Belgian favorites plus many hard to find nuggets like Thomas Hardy from the 70's, 6-8 different De Dolle beers and even Westvleteren!

Chris the owner noticed my Toronado shirt and introduced himself. We chatted about San Diego and other California beers. He disappeared and returned with a bottle of Pliny the Elder that was bottled on his birthday. He wanted to remind us of the taste of California.

Don't miss this place!!

Photo of evantwomey
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of Avalon68
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited on 2/8 during our trip for KtG release.

We arrived at about 2:00 on Sunday afternoon and were immediately made welcome by Frank(Manager). We ordered 2 Black Alberts and discussed beer a bit. Chris came out about 15 minutes later and after discovering we were BAs from Philly he graciously offered us a tour of his legendary cellar.

Our cellar experience was pretty much the same as all I have read. Chris was incredibly down to earth and friendly, encouraging us to take a look around while he popped a 750ml of Beatification for us to enjoy. We spent the next 30 minutes drinking beer, talking beer marvelling at his amazing collection, and making friends with his German shepherd Chimay. We probably would have stayed down there longer but some snowmobilers showed up and Frank couldn't get free to join us. Not one to leave anybody out, I grabbed his glass of Beatification and we headed upstairs to the bar. Chris followed with a bottle of Earthmonk, poured for us all and we continued our discussion.(with Frank this time)

Their tap selection upstairs was incredible. We had to drive back to Portsmouth that evening so unfortunately couldn't partake as much as I wanted to. The selection was mostly Belgians(I vividly remember the 4 Cantillons) with a few very well chosen American Micros thrown in. We didn't really eat anything, so can't speak to the food. This trip was all about the beer!

I can't recommend this place enough regardless of where you are coming from. It is definitely worth the trip. Chris and Frank are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable while at the same time extremely humble. A refreshing change from many beer bar owners I have met. Get here!

I actually ended up meeting up with Frank the next day at the Kate release. We shared a few bottles I managed to trade for while in NH(between glasses of Kate) and had an awesome time.

This place made such an impression on me that I will be heading back next month to do the tap selection justice.

Photo of kmilford
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of straffordmilitia
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Photo of jammalamma
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Photo of HopfenMalz
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of mikeale
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of deadmonkees
5/5  rDev +5.7%
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!!!

Photo of BlueOkie
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

Photo of phipsi102
3.83/5  rDev -19%
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!

Photo of barturo
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of bgfresh
4/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of jderosia603
4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had lunch and a few beers here on vacation a few weeks ago. The drive there was definitely worth it. The draft list was incredible and I had the opportunity to try some unbelievable beers you'd never find anywhere else. Our food was really good as well. Overall, a great experience that definitely lived up to the "best beer bar in America" accolades.

Photo of handpullme
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of mbedard
4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Photo of BeerBellyBrew
3.05/5  rDev -35.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great selection of draft Belgium's you won't find too many places, except maybe in Bruges. Lots to choose from, with the true sour Lambics, IPA's, Dubbels, Tripel’s, Strongs and Saisons, you get the picture. The staff is somewhat knowledgeable, well, much better in past visits. The owners were not on site the day we visited and I think they were short staffed. I went with several friends to have some appetizers and some special beer and take in the Patriots game. It turned out to be a complete sh*t show!

Took at least a half hour to get a drink, by that point everyone was annoyed. The last time at Ebenezer’s we experience very slow service, but chalked it up as being in Maine, “can’t get there from here”. This was the straw that broke the camel’s preverbal back, I will not go back to this establishment unless the owner calls me to tell me he has just tapped a new keg of Black Albert and are not serving it until I arrive. Truly the owners need to hire Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue to straighten this place out. The bathroom looked like an old frat house bathroom I may have visited a few times, doesn’t say much for cleanliness. I always check the bathroom in a bar/restaurant, good indicator of what the kitchen will look like, never ordered food in fear it would arrive the day after.

We received a first beer, slugged it down as if we were playing a good game of quarters and paid the bill and left. As I see it, we would have spent all afternoon there enjoying the fine selection of beers and some food. They lost out on a lot of money, but maybe they don’t really care. Sorry Ebenezer’s, I won’t be back and neither will 12 of my friends. This visit took place on Octover 13th 2013.

Photo of jelpernw
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.