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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 WynnO
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

At this point, with nothing but A+ ratings, the only thing I can do is "ding" the bell one more time.

I am happy to write that I spent the time & the money to visit this awesome place. While on vacation last week from Florida, we reached our northern-most point, Portland, on Saturday afternoon. Needing to catch a plane the next morning, my wife sacrificed having to drive the return trip to Boston at 10 PM in order for me to drive another hour from Portland to experience Ebenezer's.

When I walked in the bar area, the lady server grinned and said, "Welcome to Heaven". Well, I must say, if there is such a place, my dream is that my arrival would go exactly like this :-)

I had time to try only six beers, all never before seen by my eyes. They were all great. The price? I found them no more expensive than any other place where beers of this quality are served. I say this for people concerned about price---personally, for me, price is secondary.

fwiw, my GPS (Garmin 765) did find it, however you might try your avoidance settings. Once in Lovell, the device wanted me to turn on a one-lane road filled with large pockets of water (due to a lot of recent rains). I simply kept going, allowing the GPS to recompute a new route, and in 5 minutes, we were there!

Also, we had no cell signal (AT&T, iPhone), so if it's your first time there, you might want to go before it gets dark in case you are forced to ask someone where the place is.

Don't be afraid of this though---GO if you've never been. Once there you will be blown away seeing license plates from all parts of the US, and you will feel at home. I hope to return again & spend two days next time instead of two hours.

Some say that we Americans are living in the best times in our 400 year history for beer in the United States. After visiting this terrific place, I AGREE. Ebenezer's is on the cutting edge of this Renaissance.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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!

Photo of SevaTse
4.3/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Reviewed on: 08-15-2011 14:54:20
Finally made it out there- booked a camp site nearby, so everything finally fell into place for me to cross this place off my list(and to come back again and again!)

The beer selection was outstanding. I prefer to see all the breweries and pour sizes listed, but the descriptions and quality made up for the fact that not all beers listed the maker and no pour sizes were provided. To other bar owners- if you are gonna be vague about what and how much of it you're serving, you better have a tap list comparable to these guys!
We sat at a table overlooking the golf course, and than moved to the bar, to get a real feel of the place after were done with our meal. I ordered a burger and my wife ordered a turkey reuben- both were outstanding and not ordinary. The waitress did not automatically offer home-made mayo for the frites, but was happy to bring it over once we asked(good thing we remembered to ask- it was goood).
Once we ventured over to the bar, which was tended by the owner and his wife, we got more good recommendations from them and got the world famous tour of the cellar. Overall a great experience.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Came in here on Friday 8-30 for the 6th annual Belgian Beer Fest with a few friends. I've wanted to come here for a long time and I'm glad I was able to make it.

First off, I was at the fest and that's the menu I was looking at so I don't know if the prices were normal or higher than normal but this was hands down the most expensive bar I've ever been to. Most of the pours were around $10, some as high as $14. However, the pours were all of an appropriate size and the beers were all amazing. I think that $12 for a glass of beer is expensive, but I can't get Cantillon or Drie Fontenin on tap anywhere else, so it's hard to compare.

I had a Black Albert Batch 0, Cantillon Vigeronne, Cantillon Cuvee des Champions, and I split a bottle of Victor Francenstein. I was blown away by every beer, Chris seemed really nice and our Waitress seemed pretty knowledgeable as well.

This place is very much worth seeking out (I'd say stop if you were close but it's in the middle of nowhere!), just make sure you've got some money. I didn't eat while I was there but the food looked fantastic. Hopefully next time I'm in Maine I'll be able to stop back!

Photo of nickd717
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Well, I hate to be a bandwagon jumper here, but damn, Ebenezer's is awesome. Stopped by on a Monday night in early June, which ended up being good timing since this place apparently gets packed during peak season. This place really is in the middle of nowhere. It's on the edge of a golf course outside a tiny town in the lake region of Maine. If you haven't been to this area, it's worth it even without Ebenezer's. Ebenezer's, though, can be a beer experience unlike any other.

Make sure to get in touch with Chris before you go, and also make sure they won't be closed. Chris is about as interesting of a guy as you'll meet in the beer world. He's got all kinds of stories and opinions about beer and everything else. He's also extremely generous - he shared several awesome and rare beers with my fiance and me free of charge. We sat around for awhile after they closed just shooting the shit and drinking excellent beer. We also got to take a look at his cellar, which is absolutely mind-blowing.

Besides the "VIP treatment" however, the standard tap and bottle selections are excellent. Prices can seem a little high, but they're really not when you consider what you're getting. I had a Pannepot Wild, a Brooklyn Dark Matter, a Cantillon Vigneronne, and a couple others. Like Chris himself said, it may not be the absolute rarest draft list in the world, but if you can't find enough amazing beers to drink here, you need to check yourself into the mental institution. I got the impression that if super-rare is what you're looking for, Chris can definitely hook you up. In general though, it seems that he's not trying to cater to the "ticker" crowd.

Finally, the food is awesome. The lobster roll was one of the best I had in Maine, the Ruger burger, fries, and calamari special were all excellent. Chris also gave us a cheese and beer pairing that was incredible.

At best, Ebenezer's is going to be flat-out one of the greatest beer experiences you've ever had. At worst, you're going to sit in a bar in one of the most scenic parts of the country, eat great food, and drink world class beer. If that doesn't do it for you, just admit it, guy: you probably don't like beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite pubs (if not my favorite!). Tucked away in this small, sleepy town in Maine. Nice atmosphere, very cozy. Small bar though (only like 7 or 8 seats). Lots of quality taps (can't quite remember them all because the last time I was here was in February but off the top of my head: Ayinger Celebrator, Cantillon Kriek, De Ranke, Allagash Black and Curieux, Pizza Port, etc etc.) Not many American beers, this pub specializes in imports, particularly Belgians. A huge Fantome collection, plus some rarities including Chimay Doree and Westvleteren. Lots of Struise too, of course. The owner, Chris, is awesome and very generous, if you get the chance to talk with him. The food is superb too. Truly a must visit, even if you're 7+ hours away. Probably the best pub in America, at least on the East coast.

Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mcintire78
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A big thanks goes out to Sean (Truh) and Tiana for guiding us to this place...visited with this fantastic pair and of course my wife and daughter. In the middle of nowhere, but oddly enough, right next to a golf course, so accesible to locals and others looking to unwind after a round of golf.

Enter to a decent sized enclosed patio, with an entranceway into a handful of tables inside and the magnificent bar that is Ebenezer's.
Greeted upon arrival by Chris and escorted promptly to our table...service was very attentive and they certainly knew we were there for the beer first and foremost.

Excellent draft choices...all served in the proper glassware (duh)...a few non-belgian beers, but this was not what we came for.
I enjoyed a Boon Unblended Gueze, a Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic, and a few samples thanks to Chris.
Three huge coolers filled with some expected offerings, but also many of the rarest, and surprisingly affordable bottles available in the US.

The Coconut shrimp I had was top notch...fresh and served with an awesome sweet and sour sauce...my wife was very happy with her burger (mmmm...buttered roll) and the kids menu was typical.
Plenty of room outside for the kids to unwind, especially in the milder months.

Service was (as mentioned) quick and no glass was left unfilled.
A true beer destination for not only the location, but for the top notch selection of both draft, but bottled selection as well.

Photo of MsRif
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

What can be said about Ebenezer's that hasn't been said before? Unlike many places that are overrated, this little establishment is worth the hype! My husband and I planned our entire wedding trip/honeymoon around traveling through New England for a "beercation", and Ebenezer's was a major motivating factor in heading up to Maine (where we got married). Unfortunately we hadn't checked in advance to make sure they were open, and it was the off-season so they were making their own hours at the time. Luckily, they opened the bar just for us. Yes...you heard right. We were the only two people there because they were good enough to open up the place so we could experience what we had traveled so far for. Not only that, but Chris gave us a tour of his AMAZING cellar and gave us some very rare Ebenezer's glassware as a souvenir.

If I could give 10/10 for service, I would. Not only was the service amazing, but the selection was out of this world. I have seen some more expansive selections in terms of number of tap handles/bottles, but in terms of quality Ebenezer's is really unparalleled. As an extra treat, Chris was giving us some free samples of beers that were not supposed to be available for sampling. Really wonderful experience...I only wish we could have stayed longer but we had to run off to make it to get our marriage license. Darn! Food was great...I had some brats and my husband had the buffalo chicken soup which was apparently "the best ever." I look forward to going back to Ebenezer's soon, and trying out The Lion's Pride next time as well!

Photo of BeTheBall
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went there this past weekend from souht of Boston for my birthday. Got there first for lunch on Saturday. The place is filled with great beer paraphenalia, and loved that! Small but cozy bar with maybe 10 seats, a few tables in the bar area, and a larger room with more tables for larger parties, looking out on a Donald Ross course!
It was kind of slow, so my wife and I sat at the bar. Had very helpful and attentive service from the waitress/bartender upon arrival; she made us feel right at home. Chris, the owner was also around, and I had told him a week before I was coming, so he guessed correctly and we talked lots about his place, beer, and life. I drank a couple of Belgian ales and ate the Killer Chicken sandwich for lunch. Great sandwich, and great beer. I was extremely fortunate to also get a tour of Chri's cellar, which was a humbling and incredible experience. I can't imagine that there is anywhere in the world quite like it. All I can say is WOW!
Took a few hour break and returned for dinner, and more drinks. Drank a couple of bottles of Schneider Aventinus from 2007 and 2008 that were amazing, along with a couple of Belgians that were very good. I had the Sausage Fest for dinner and was very pleased. It was tasty and huge, a perfect coimbination. Later in the evening as the place thinned out a little and it was just the two waitresses/bartenders running the whole place, frankly it wasn't easy to get their attention at the bar seats, but I would go back in a heartbeat.
We drove 3.5 hours each way basically to go to a pub, and I am very, very happy that I did it. I honestly can't wait to do it again. I loved everything about the place; well the service toward the end could have been better, but it didn't spoil the experience.
I highly suggest getting to Ebenezer's, a must, must journey for any serious beer lover. We also stayed the night at the Old Saco Inn, which was lovely and also very pleasant. Thanks Chris!

Photo of berley31
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A: Smaller than I expected, at least in terms of the bar. Lots of tables in back and outside, but the bar only seats about 7 or 8. Luckily, my wife and I were able to snag a couple of seats there, next to another BA couple who we ended up talking to quite a bit. Very homey, comfortable place... lots of regulars, everyone seemed very friendly. Soft, old music playing in the background. One TV, I think, sound turned off.

Q + Selection: As good as you've heard. The 35 taps lean heavily towards Belgian beers, of course, and they're great selections. The bottle coolers have a lot of great stuff too.

F: Awesome. We shared a quesdilla appetizer and I had the Chimay burger later... both were fantastic.

Service: What can I say that hasn't already been said? We briefly met Chris, who had to leave early to head to the OTHER awesome place (Lion's Pride), so we barely missed out on a cellar tour... but I wouldn't rate this place based on whether I got a cellar tour or not <cough>. However, the generosity from Chris and Jen, who luckily for us was there most of the evening, was just unbelievable. I'll keep it short: 3F Straffe Winter, Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2008, Russian River Beatification. 'Nuff said.

I don't know how Maine manages to have so many awesome beer bars, but I'm glad they do... and glad I don't live TOO far away. We'll be back. The place is awesome.

Photo of Truh
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

"Well, I've been in the business my whole life, and coming up here the same amount of time, and they do it right," the bear of a man said sitting two seats away from me with the Tip O'Neil nose. The mini-me version of Sonny Barger sitting between us nodded in agreement, and tipped back his Bud that he had poured into a pilsener glass.
"Yep, we've been coming up here for years, mostly for snowmobiling, and Ann here always takes care of us," he said and winked at the bartender leaning against the back of the bar under a large Guinness mirror. She laughed and noticed that Kumar was in need of another libation.
"I'll have a Scotch Silly, please," and with that we were off.

Lovell, Maine, was in the middle of nowhere. But we happened to be up in the area for a bachelor's party and had heard about this hidden gem and decided to check it out for ourselves. The bachelor, Little John, couldn't join us, but we made our way over from Bridgton and Rt. 302, only a fifteen minute drive. After a spirited round of golf at the Kezar Lake Country Club during which time Jim "lost" his 7-iron in a pond, and Kumar quit on the 14th hole while lining up a shot from a sand trap due to yet another disparaging remark about his heritage from Jim concerning Bedouins, we walked through the covered patio area of the restaurant and went around the corner to the bar. We considered sitting at one of the tables in the covered area with pristine views of the golf course, but I steered us in to the bar knowing that if we set up shop within view of the holes, Jim would have made a new game out of tormenting those still on the course, and this would only grow in direct proportion to the amount of excellent Belgian ale that we would be consuming.

The bar area was made up of a small, copper-topped jagged bar top with seven high stools, two high tables pinioned into the floor space in front of the bar proper. There were a number of other chairs lined up against the wall, likely for use when things got hopping on late evenings. All in all, pretty small, and yet, also decidedly cozy with some metal brewery signs up and about, some interesting empty bottles above the swinging doors into the kitchen, and the pastiche of tap handles alone would have made the place. We sat down next to the two locals up from Smithfield, RI, and surveyed the taps. Never had I seen such a Belgian draught line-up in Vacationland:

Maredsous 8
Cherish Raspberry Lambic
Scotch Silly
Duchesse Du Bourgogne
Piraat
Gulden Drak
Bornem Tripel
Petrus Triple
Leute Bok
Tripel Karmeliet
Kwak
Stella Artois
420 IPA
Gritty's Halloween Ale
Murphy's
Boddington's

So, out of sixteen tap lines, only four were not Belgian. And many of the Belgian lines were things I had never seen on draught. And not only that, but everything was being served in proper glassware, a wonderful rack of which hung over us at the bar, a tremendous sight. They even had the Kwak and Leute glasses with stands. To the left of the bar was a cooler on full display with over ninety bottles to choose from, including a good selection of 750ml, as well as magnums of Piraat, Gulden Drak, and Leute Bok at $45/apiece. Truly amazing. Prices were a tad stiff at $6.50 for all of the Belgian pours, but well worth it considering where we were. I mean, this was like finding Shangri-la. We didn't even glance at the food menu, but the guys next to us swore by their meat dishes. As we sat and enjoyed our second or third ales, an elderly couple walked in and, without skipping a beat, the gentleman asked for a Kwak. As Ann was bringing it over to him in its stand, Jim swiveled with ferocity and stared bug-eyed at the contraption.
"What in living hell is that," he stammered. "Jesus, give me one of those," and Ann did not disappoint.

The hours went on and I looked over at Kumar with a huge grin who was starting to dip his nose in to his Karmeliet, a quiet whisper of some tune slipping out of his foam covered lips. Jim pushed back from the bar and stuck his head down between Kumar and I, now holding a Gritty's in almost full tilt.
"So, Kumar, are you going to be next? I mean, the way my sister's been talking about you and that night of our Mass. Ave. crawl, you two are pretty much picking out the silverware pattern, right?"
Kumar turned as if his neck were caught in a vice, and quietly said, "Jim, I don't know what you're talking about," as steely a look in his eyes as he could muster. Jim stared back, his ale coming precipitously close to the edge of his glass, and then like a balloon losing it's air, Jim sloughed backwards and yelled, "Fucking cheers," to which our two compatriots on our right, in Pavlovian response, raised their glasses and gave cheers. Disaster averted, and there was no question we'd be coming back here.

Photo of bkett01
4.3/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place truly is in the middle of nowhere. Well hidden near the border of Western Maine, Ebenezer's doesn't appear to have much competition in the area.
Atmosphere is almost like a summer shack with tables casually spread out throughout the interior with beer signs covering the walls. Very average atmosphere.
Service was my main issue. Granted, it was the waiters second night on the job, but when I ask what style a certain beer is the waiter should not say "I don't know" and then proceed to stare at me waiting for me to order it. Water should also not need to be asked for 3 times before finally getting it. I am assuming this service was the exception to the rule as other waitstaff appeared competent.
On to the good. Selection, Quality & Food were all fantastic. The beer list, as far as Belgian selection, is truly world-class. I had three beers, all very good, most interesting one being the Wedding Parfait. The steak tips, as others have mentioned, were delicious and very fresh.
Overall, I am glad I was able to experience Ebenezer's. Is it the best beer bar in America? Absolutely not. But if you're vacationing within an hour radius, it's worth stopping by.

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

What can I say that hasn't already been said (though I didn't get a cellar tour like the previous reviewer)? Upon entering, we were met with a ton of people, mostly snowmobilers, many of which were not drinking any of the craft beer found on tap or in bottles. That didn't bother us. It seemed like a friendly place and we waited for a table. There were all sorts of signs and posters from Belgian breweries and other bars. We were handed a beer list, which had 4 or 5 pages, the first being the tap list, which is what we wanted. On it we found a handful of Cantillons, a bunch of other Belgians, just a couple of American beers, and Stella Artois (kind of surprised to see that listed). We all ordered a beer while we waited. I had a Forti, which was listed as a hoppy Belgian beer, though it wasn't really that hoppy (Houblon Chouffe would be hoppier). I ordered the combo to try the sausage and the steak tips. The steak tips were out of this world. The sausage was really good, but a bit dry. Our regular waitress didn't seem to know what was going on, but the other one, I think her name was Hannah, was very attentive and once she found out we were into beer brought us a bunch of samples, including Black Albert and a couple Cantillons.

The selection was fantastic, though I would have preferred to see some more American beers listed. They had a 2004 Old Guardian on tap, which was awesome, and a Samichlaus Helles, also awesome. One of the people in our party wasn't overly impressed by her food (there's the hit, along with the dry sausage). Everything tasted very fresh. I was disappointed they had no Earthmonk, but the Black Albert and St. Lamvinus on tap were amazing.

The score hit for atmosphere was because it was extremely cold in the place as they kept the heat down so the snowmobilers wouldn't get too hot in all their gear. IMO, they should let them take off some of their layers and keep everyone else warm. If you go in the winter, dress for the cold.

We stayed at the Olde Saco Inn at the recommendation of Chris, the owner. It was a very nice hotel and pretty reasonable, as it included breakfast. We learned from the innkeeper that if we drank too much, we could get a ride back from Ebenezer's from one of the staff and he'd give us a ride in the morning to get our car. Good to know. We plan on going back up in the summer when there isn't 3 feet of snow on the ground (we were skiing for the week, so it was good for that) and returning to the Olde Saco Inn and will likely take them up on the shuttle service.

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

I just glanced at the last review before submitting this and I have to ask; are you kidding? All things being equal, you would rather visit Novare Res than Ebenezer's for beer? Not as a dig to NR, but they are not even in the same league as Ebenezer's.

Ebenezer's was all that I had expected and more. The "more" being that I had thought that they were (by reputation) an exclusive Belgian bar. Forget that...I was able to mix up my fine Belgians with some rarer domestic releases such as Brooklyn's Intensified Coffee Stout. Everybody there was friendly and accommodating to begin with, but extended that gratitude even further once they recognized how far we had traveled to visit.

If I was local, it would be a sin not to have Ebenezer's as a regular spot. As a beer enthusiast, I would say that it is an essential spot to visit if you are in Maine or the White Mountain area of New Hampshire. This is what being a destination for beer advocacy is all about!

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is impossible to find. We went with a GPS (Allen Rd. wasn't on it) and two sets of directions and still couldn't find it. Allen Road looks more like a backwoods driveway than someplace you'd find America's best beer bar. What we did, and what I recommend you do if you're going there for the first time: get to Lovell and ask some one. There's not a lot going on in Lovell so all the locals know where it is.

Ebenezer's is pretty much a bar added on to a house. That gives it a relaxed, rustic quality and I thoroughly enjoyed looking out over an adjacent golf course from my screen porch vantage point. There is Belgium paraphernalia everywhere and the menu states "Welcome to Belgium."

The service was some of the best I've had. Our server, Hannah, guided us through the both the beer and food menu patiently and knew more about beer than just about anyone I've ever met. It got the the point that I'd name a some aspects of a few beers and how I'd want to combine them for the perfect beer and a few minutes later she'd unearth something from the cellar (over 800 different bottles) that I'd never heard of but was just what I was looking for. Hannah, I love you.

Another member of the staff is Chimay, an affable German Shephard who loves attention.

Beers are pricey, $7-$9 being average, but you get what you pay for. The food is great..I think. I ate a burger topped with marenara and sausages so fast I'm not sure how it tasted at all. I think it was good.

After our meal we got a private tour of the beer cellar and I can't even begin to describe the amazing treasure trove down there...so I won't bother. It's ridiculous.

One downside is that Ebenezer's needs styrofoam cups for coffee to go. I was the designated driver and needed some caffiene to get home so Hannah and I had to McGuyver a to go cup with a plastic soup bowl, lid and a knife. I managed to spill the majority of it on myself before I even left the restaruant--good in theory, bad in practice. Regardless, if you get too drunk to drive it's ok to camp out back if you bring your own tent.

Best bar ever.

Photo of ElGallo
4.72/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have made two visits to Ebenezer's, the first was last fall, and the second was this month. My friend and I plan to make an annual pilgrimage to Lovell to visit Eb's because it's fun to get lost in the woods, on narrow dirt roads, and then GPS your way to the best beer selection in the country.

The food is quite good. I recommend the Chimay burger - gooey and delicious. It is also entertaining to sit on the patio and watch the local golfers hit in to the green adjacent to the parking lot. Oh, right, the beer...

To toss out examples of Chris Lively's killer selection, last year I started with a flight of four Cantillon tasters. Four Cantillons on draft - incredible. Fell in love with Val Dieu Grand Cru, then split my first bottle of Fantome Saison. This year the drafts I sampled included Struise Pannepot Wild, De Ranke XX Bitter, Petrus Aged Pale, Troubadour Magma, and La Rulles Tripel. There are so many tasty Belgian draft options, and the bottle list goes on forever.

This is a destination where the service is great, the surrounding area - in the shadow of the White Mountains - is breathtaking, and there's more great beer available than you can imagine. A must visit for any beer enthusiast.

And maybe one of these years I can sweet-talk Chris into giving me and my buddy a tour of the infamous cellar, although I'm starting to think it's just an urban legend, doctored up in a Portland TV studio. You know, like the Moon landing...

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4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I went on a trip to NH over the weekend and on the way out, I said I really wanted to go here, and I'm very happy we did.

It was a lot smaller than I expected once we arrived. The seating probably more than triples if you elect to eat outside in the patio area, but since it was January, we obviously didn't. We went on a Sunday afternoon, so we were one of about three parties there. We walked in the door and there was a small area to sit for dining and then there were a few seats at the bar and a couple of bar tables in the room connected to the dining room. Lots of beer paraphernalia all over the walls and a flat screen TV in the bar and dining area. Big windows all over the dining and you could see the woods and mountains in the distance, a lot of land in front of you, very nice. The bar had 30+ taps and tons of different upside down glasses hanging at the bar tenders disposal. I would have given a higher rating on the atmosphere, but it got kicked down for one major reason, and believe me know it's knit picky on my part. Since it was January and on a Sunday I expected playoff football to be on, but it was only on one of the TV's. From where we were sitting I could see the game though so it didn't really bother me, I was just surprised, not much better than beer and football on a Sunday afternoon in my opinion.

The quality of everything was very good. The place was clean, food and beer were fresh too. I found that the place did a great job on temperature control with the beer on tap. It wasn't too cold, just slightly chilled below room temperature, which was nice because it was mostly dark beer we got. They also took their time pouring the beer, letting the foam settle than brought it to you, very nice. Along with that, there was only one sever/hostess/bartender and she was very nice, friendly and attentive.

Even though it wasn't the biggest beer selection I've ever seen, it was still very good. This bar has discovered the perfect mix of quality and quantity to keep any beer lover very happy. The tap list had a huge variety of imports including Belgians and several from the UK, than some quality stuff from the US as well. Love for Stone, Mikkeller, and Cantillon on this visit, had atleast 2 of each on tap for this visit. I got an Old Engine Oil and Mikkeller Monk's Elixer, my wife got one of the Mikeller IPAs and my buddy got another old engine oil and Stones Imperial Russian Stout. Could have gotten much more, wish I had more time. They were in the middle of printing a new list so I can't remember all of it, but it was certainly quality. The bottle selection was also very good, much of the same breweries just different beers. Good selection from De Doll, Dieu Du Ceil, St Bernardius, and the Trappist Rocheforts. All in all the selection was awesome, just trust me, I have no reason to lie!

Food was outstanding. I got a steak and cheese sandwich, my wife got a lobster roll, my buddy got steamed mussels, and his wife got an onion pizza. We all loved our food. The seafood was really fresh, and (local from what I understand). And I'm not big into french fries as I used to be, but their take on them (Belgian frites), were very very tasty.

Everything overall was absolutely outstanding. The prices were VERY reasonable, especially considering the quality of everything (I think we only dropped $115ish with tax and tip), a wonderful visit and I really hope to go back. You're only cheating yourself if you're in the area and you don't go.

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5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've never been to a place like this. You drive up and it's part of a house, but once you walk in and look in the cooler behind the bar, you know you're not in a back woods neighborhood watering hole.

The beer selection is incredible. If you're into Belgian ales, you will never want to leave. Get a bottle of Westy 12, or if you want to try something a little old, try a bottle of a 1968 Thomas Hardy Ale.

The service was fantastic. Chris the owner has a real passion for beer and knows what he is talking about. His wife and the other waitresses are also very friendly.

The food is also top-notch. I had a Ceasar Salad with lobster in it. And there was a lot of lobster. Wonderful.

The only negative I can really say about this place is it is too far from where I live to go more than occassionally. There isn't enough good things I can say about this bar.

Just go there.

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5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Overlooking a golf course, screened in porch area with plenty of seating. Inside it is decorated with posters, banners and beer bottles of brewery's from all over the world. The bar is copper topped with seating for 8. It overlooks a large 4 door cooler with great selection of beer and a line of taps that has about 30 with 4 or 5 more taps in front.

Everything that we had to drink was top notch.

The service was great, the two bartenders were very attentive and made suggestions for us.

Can't say anything but wow with the selection to choose from on tap and bottle.

Food was well prepared and delicious. Recommend the steak tips.

Value was reasonable to pricey but well worth it.

I was lucky enough to meet Chris Lively, he offered us a tour of his beer cellar and was blown away with his collection that he had. Chris was nice enough to ask what beers I liked and he made some awesome suggestions that we took advantage of. Chris thank you for the great conversation and beers that our group had.

If you are in the area this is the place to go.

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5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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

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.

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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