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The Shipyard Brew Pub

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7 Ratings
Ratings: 7
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

28 Levesque Dr
Eliot, Maine, 03903-2078
United States
phone: (207) 686-2026

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(Place added by: lordofthewiens on 07-15-2007)
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Alright, given the options in Eliot, this place is decent. Compared to the flagship Shipyard, don't get your hopes up. The place is small and kind of broken up in the flow of the rooms, but far from a hole in the wall. Good atmosphere, and a nice, clean environment. The food is decent, and there is plenty of pub fare to choose from. They have games stockpiled for kids if you are going with the family, and there is an arcade next door, too, for after with the kids (or grown-ups, in my case). The service is mediocre, at best. We have been there when it was far from busy and had to wait at the bar (that was empty, other than two bartenders) for almost 20 minutes just to get a growler fill. Also, we have been forgotten by a couple of waitresses towards the ends of meals. Too bad, because it could be a nice place. The beer selection is a little limited, especially after seeing the tap list at the flagship in Portland. Usually, there are a bout 6 brews on tap, but sometimes there are less if they run out, which happens. All things considered, the prices aren't bad, and there are worse places you could go. Like I said, there isn't a whole lot in Eliot.

More User Reviews:
Photo of alkchrios
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2

I actually had pretty high hopes for this place. I dont know too too much about shipyard beers, or rather the amount of beers they do in fact brew but I expected a little more than 5 or so beers on tap. The beer itself was the shipyard stout and i wasnt too impressed. Not bad but not great by any means. After finishing our first beer.. we literally sat at the bar stool about 25 minutes and still no server in sight...so we picked up the check and left. Its not a bad place id assume for dinner and drinks but ehh.. ill stick to the downtown portsmouth area.

Photo of Stringth
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Been going to this place for a few years now, since we live around the corner, because the pub food is consistently good-to-excellent. They do not brew anything on the premises. Sorry but Shipyard beer, aka ringworm beer, is almost nasty. Shipyard's big beers, the Pugsley stuff is great but this joint seems to get left out of the distribution loop most of the time. When they do have the XXXX IPA or the Smashed Pumpkin pouring it is THEE place to be! Come on Shipyarders, find some new yeast for your usuals and keep Eliot stocked with the big beers and I'll give you even more of my hard earned $$$.

Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Not sure why they call this a brew pub, doesn't seem to be any brewing happening, though I hear there may be a small token operation in order to qualify.

Smallish space in an otherwise unnoticeable strip mall. Dark bar area as you walk in, with a more roomy dining area adjoining and a game room with pool tables and jukebox asjoining that. Standard Shipyard beer selections, same thing you can buy in a liquor store. Service was friendly and attentive, Bluefin Stout was tasty. The crabcake app was fantastic, but the buffalo chicken wrap was extremely average, full of chopped lettuce, not much chicken or buffalo. Prices were reasonable. Worth dropping in if you're nearby, but no need to seek it out.

Photo of bird18
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Shipyard in Eliot has just undergone a major expansion. My husband and I hadn't been for awhile because of the construction going on in the mini mall where it is located. We were so surprised when we walked in a couple weeks ago and found it to be a completely different place!

The original bar/restaurant is now the bar area. mostly 4 top tables scattered around with one larger table with a comfy looking leather sofa for seating on one side. The bar itself seems about the same. They have expanded into the adjoining space with a good size dining room with a fireplace, wainscotting, and dark blue walls, very warm and inviting. Beyond the dining room is a game room with pool table, pinball etc. Flat screen tvs in all 3 rooms. Beers are the standard lineup of Shipyard - Fuggles IPA, Export, Thumper, Stout. Food is quite good in my opinion. I love the grilled chicken quesadilla on the appetizer menu, by itself it is a meal for me. They usually have a few specials, and a good range of sandwiches and full meals. I have had baked haddock there as well as an excellent Ravioli special one night. Hubby usually does some type of sandwich, pulled pork is quite good. Service is good, and it was very busy the Thursday night we were there. Nice restaurant with pretty decent beer.

Photo of rbowser
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The fact that there is a Shipyard "brewpub" in an mini-mall (Eliot commons) in Eliot, Maine is some what surprising. Even more surprising, it was open for a year before I noticed and I live about 3 miles away in Portsmouth, NH (the big city nearby), as they rarely advertise.

It really is more of a beer bar for Shipyard but they do brew one beer on site, something to do with taxes or licences. There is also some story about the location and why it is there, ownership of the mini-mall, someone wanting to branch out....I forget eneough of the story to get it right. Please ask if you are interested.

In any case, this is a nice small plave with an upscale brewpub atmosphere, maybe 10 tables and a bar with 10 seats. They have most of the Shipyard line-up on tap, good service, and a friendly crowd. Shipyard ales tend to be English style and have a high estery fruity background. They have a standard line-up of Bluefin Stout, IPA, Export, and sometimes Old Thumper (nice). Prelude, usually available in the winter, is a favorite, it is a high alcohol toasty big brown ale perfect for throwing off the chill of winter.

This place is a great bet if you want to go to a "surprise" place with good beer and decent food that you can walk in and get seats at the bar on one of those Portsmouth summer weekends where every place has a line to get in the door. I have done this a couple of times and everyone always says something like "Shipyard has a brewpub in Eliot?"

If you happen to be on route 236 in Maine or driving down route 95 (It is just 2.5 miles from Exit 2 off Rt 95 - just before the bridge into Portsmouth) in traffic coming back from a vacation trip , then there really is not an easier of better place to stop in and get a drink and a snack. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich and if they have it, Old Thumper (a traditional bitter).

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A small brewpub in a small shopping mall, easy to find off Interstate 95. It's cozy, with 8 seats at the bar and 12 tables. Four TVs, so everyone can watch, if they so choose. Eight taps, all Shipyard/Seadog. Fifteen or so bottled beers, mostly the usual suspects.
The food is typical pub food, along with a few entrees. I've eaten there a couple times. The food is good, the service is good. I thought the food was a bit pricey, although the beer prices are reasonable.
Overall, a nice place to watch some sports and drink a beer. Go in the winter when Prelude is on tap.

Several years since I've been to this place. My wife and I went there one Saturday afternoon. Forgetting the mediocre Shipyard offerings, the food was poor and the service was terrible. Won't ever go back again!

The Shipyard Brew Pub in Eliot, ME
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.