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Sunday River Brewing Co.

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87
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Active Beers: 2
Beer Ratings: 30
Beer Avg: 3.47
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

29 Sunday River Rd
Bethel, Maine, 04217-4623
United States
phone: (207) 824-3541

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sundayriverbrew

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Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%

Stopped in with the family on a Friday night during late Spring ski season.

Neat place, tho pretty empty when we visited. Clean, casual place that would be comfortable even during an apres-ski during busy times. Free pool & Foosball.

Greeted immediately upon seating by an extremely friendly waitress. She was great to us during our visit & very helpful with the kiddos.

Maybe because it was late in the season, only 4 beers on tap. Had a maibock that was a bit watery but tasty & an original-tasting porter that had some malt depth & was not overly roasty like many porters nowadays. Could've knocked back a few more but needed to be up skiing in the am.

Had a tasty burger - double quarter pounders of the griddled variety with smoked pulled pork piled on. Hand cut thin fries to go with it. Yum. Wife had a tasty wrap & kiddos gave the thumbs up on their meals. Noticed they had growlers to go but was already stocked up for the trip. Prices were very reasonable...$4.50 for pints & it seemed like nothing on the menu was more than $9.99 (a great value for the quality).

Maybe not a destination itself for the beer, but I really enjoyed my visit & will definitely return my next ski trip to Sunday River.

SunDevilBeer, Apr 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of mbonugli
3/5  rDev -20.4%

mbonugli, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of coombski
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

coombski, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

We recently tried out Sunday River Brewing Company while on a ski trip. The beer selection is quite good, with their own brewed beers, plus others to choose from, for those who would prefer a lesser beer. The food was quite good. They had a nice fire place, and free billiards and foosball for the kids. I would recommend the Sunday River Brewery as a nice stop for anyone going skiing at Sunday River, all the bars have a very similiar vibe there, so at least Sunday River Brewery you can try some locally made beer.

Larrydoherty, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of dbalsock
3/5  rDev -20.4%

A tad pricey for what it actually provides, this ski town brewpub has a nice open atmosphere, a few televisions and some locals dressed in LL Bean attire. There were also 4 flies buzzing around our table while our food was out... detracting both from the meal, but my enjoyment of the Packers Jets game. The quality of it all, the beer and the food was mediocre... the beer didn't even taste all that fresh (which I tend to expect from brewpubs). The food was average, the highlight being the sweet potato fries that were done to perfection. The beer selection mattered too, because after a sampler, I was in the mood for a full pint, unfortunately, I had already tried the 5 house brewed beers on tap, and found none of them to be particularly enticing. Some a tad to loaded with cascade hops, and others a tad too carbonated... if I had to choose one that I liked best, it would be the Red Ale. The porter showed signs of goodness, but tasted a little soapy.

dbalsock, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of juzy
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%

Well, it's like the second or third time we have gone here over a 10 year period. i'm never too impressed. Sorry to say that.

Our service was slow, the beer was not memorable, and the food was average.

Beer-wise we had a sample paddle and about the only thing that stood out was the porter. In my mind it was more akin to an English style brown than a porter. I could see light through it. I don't think you should be able to see through a porter. I tasted and looked allot like Midnight Sun Brewing's Kodiak Brown. In any case, that's what I drank with my Ahi tuna sandwich. it was a decent sandwich with some wasabi that really kicked it up.
Hubby had their lobster blt. He also settled for the porter to go with it, I think he ordered an alt aslo. The only other offering on the beer menu that had flavor. The rest were really bland and non descript.

Oh well, we did discover other places in the Bethel area that had better service, better beer and better food. So chances are we won't ever visit Sunday River Brewing again.

juzy, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Up at Sunday River for the World Cup Snowboarding competition. Saw the Sunday River Brewing restaurant on the way in and knew I'd wind up there... We went there for dinner and sampled their brews. They had the following on tap.

Regular brews
Sr blonde
Sr Alt
Sr IPA
Black Bear porter
Two Seasonal/Special Offerings
Stout - less body and flavor than the porter
Lager - too sweet

Kind of strange but the seasonal offerings were easily the runts of the litter. The porter was much better than the stout in every aspect. Including body. Overall the regulars were a very good line up. I saw the 420 sign and that all the wait staff were wearing 420 t-shirts. After asking I learned that this place was owned by Stone Coast and that they retained the 420 name....

The food was VERY good. We had the Texas Ancho chili and the Bahamian clam chowder. Both were EXCELLENT... I ordered a side order of corn bread which was also excellent.

Service was quick and attentive. A nice spot by the mountain.

Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Reagan1984, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of RunawayJim
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

With their own beers priced at $3.50 a pint, how can you go wrong, especially on Wednesdays during $1.50 drafts? The food and beer were all excellent. Since this is the only place to get fresh Stone Coast (one of my favorite Maine breweries) beer, ti's worth a stop. We spent the week skiing at Sunday River and had to stop in. It was so good the first time, we stopped back a second time for lunch. The Alt and IPA were fantastic. They do an excellent BBQ and have great pastrami. The service was pretty good, nothing special. It was pretty empty when we were there during the week. The atmosphere was a little lacking, but it's still a great place to grab a pint and some food.

RunawayJim, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.1%

In the area for a little golf (do play Sunday River, forget about The Bethel Inn), and stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon for a little refreshment. Only about a dozen or so people in the place. The building is a post and beam construction. As you enter, the brewing equipment is directly in front of you, with bars both right and left. The bar on the left has tables and booths. The one on the right has some tables. There's a deck off the right-hand bar. TVs, Foosball, and video games complete the ski area brewpub picture.
Pretty good selection. On tap were Golden Ale, a lager, 420 and 840, Alt, Porter, and a red. Guest taps included Stella, Hoegaarden, Bass, Guinness, Newcastle, PBR, Bud, and Bud Lite. The IPA was also in cask. My wife had the Golden Ale and I had the Redstone Ale, and we both enjoyed the beers.
Our server took good care of us in the time we were there, and patiently answered my questions.
A couple of nice touches: Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 7, the drafts are $1.50. I also thought the mugs for the mug club members were pretty cool, all hand-made and different.
We had a good time. Will go back.

lordofthewiens, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

I stopped here returning from Sunday River Ski Resort. On the surface, it is like most brew pubs. The atmosphere is traditional bar with a Foosball table, chicken wings, waist high tables.

Unlike most brew pubs, this place offers several beers (both micro and macro) from a variety of places.

I ordered the sampler which featured six 3-ounce beers. These were their entire availability of self-made brew, but the selection was okay: two lighter offerings, two amber (one an excellent IPA), and two dark (A Scottish ale was available as a seasonal).

The food was good and slightly unusual. For example, the French onion soup had garlic bread. Odd but it works. The wings I ordered were hot (Buffalo style) and smoky.

Service is a difficult thing to judge on one trip. My experience here was excellent: attentive without doting, knowledgable without arrogance.

smcolw, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Norica
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

A great place in the Bethel/Newry area. Having been a visitor since the place opened, every visit hasn't always been perfect but the Black Bear porter bbq sauce is well worth the visit. They serve their house brews along with other locals and macros(they have to compete as the off seasons are pretty dead). I usually visit at off peak hours and the service has never been sub par and sometimes the live music is pretty good. The outdoor patio/ fireplace is the nuts. Try the Sunday River Alt and the slider plate..you won't be disappointed.

Norica, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of ronnzio
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

This Bar is the best thing that ever happened to the skiers and riders of Sunday River. With 2 bars and a good sized dining area you can usually get in and out without waiting around for too long. I have found the bar service to be OK at best wish is disappointing, however they do possess a fair amount of knowledge of their beers. They have five beers on tap plus a seasonal. Last years Ping Stout was pretty good...hoping they have it this year again. Their Black Bear Porter has always been one of my favorites, will hopefully be drinking that some time later this week. Food there is pretty good and is the best in the area by far...other restaurants there are much too expensive...which can be expected around a ski resort. If you're up there skiing for the day it is well worth your time to stop in there and enjoy a few pints and possibly some decent food.

ronnzio, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of FoolCircle
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

My wife and I had a great time!

This is a ski-lodge-esque brew-pub that probably has a loyal local following and a HUGE ski-resort crowd. The place felt similar to a beach-resort brew-pub in the sense that they take care of the usual crowd and are more that happy to play the place up to the tourist - if that made sense.

Anyway, I thought the place was way chill to hang out in, I actually didn't want to leave, but still had a 2 hour drive, we all know how that combination doesn't work. Both the beer and the food were really good. May I suggest the Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich, better than the regular Pulled Pork, Nice! Also, the 420 IPA I've heard about did not live up to expectations, but the Black Bear Porter was one nice beer. They also had three seasonals available which is always a good treat.

If you're in the area - Grofton Notch State Park in the summer or skiing in the winter - I'd say stop and hang out, nice place.

FoolCircle, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of slander
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Damn, that was one long bathroomless ride out from Carrabasset to Bethel. Seemed to have taken forever. Late afternoon, dusk, then dark, and crazy narrow windy county roads along lakes and through the woods to nowhere...
It's a large stand alone structure off the access road to the ski mountain. Climbing the stairs to the front entrance, you can see an outdoor seating area down to the right. Dining room off to the left, and the bar area with seating areas to the right. It's a large ski chalet A frame room with black beams, large windows, a stone fireplace at one end, and an elevated rectangular bar island at the other end. About a half dozen booths run the length of the far wall and a few adjacent to them, and roughly another dozen of various sizes and shapes in the vicinity of the fireplace. The bar has seating for about 20 with bar counters on two sides of it. There are nice big ceramic mug club mugs over the bar and wooden canopy above is plastered with stickers for breweries, snowboards, skydiving, radio stations, skiing and god only knows what else. You know those oval stickers that people have on their cars with state abbreviations on them, like showing that they went to "VT"? They have a cool "IPA" sticker that looks like one of them that would look swell on my car. There's a sunken room behind glass beyond the bar with mash tuns. Decor otherwise? Lots of wood, dark green tabletops and booth benches, a moosehead over the fireplace and pumpkins on the mantle, large brewery logos and murals of drinking scenes, a "Moose's Tale Food & Ale" sign, TV's in the corners, and Maine license plates on the walls along with a "draftboard" listing the current tap selections.
8 house taps (IPA, Wheat, Porter, Impy, Pale Ale, Red, Alt & Golden) and Bud & Woodchuck cider. The Wheat was filtered with a light flavor, the Porter was roasty and nicely full bodied, and the Impy was big, and very warmingly al-co-hol. Beers were solid. I've always enjoyed the Porter and could have a second one but there's still many places to go and we're miles and miles from home...

slander, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

My girlfriend and I stopped by this attractive, brewpub for lunch, on July 24, 2004. The place has a very spacious atmosphere, with plenty of windows, as well as an outdoor patio. Brewing equipment is visible near the entrance, behind large, glass windows. The walls are adorned with a variety of odd memorabilia, from breweriana to sports and music themes. The premises were very clean and fresh. Seems like six Stone Coast brews were always on tap, and a chalkboard listed a couple of summer seasonals, including Razzberry Wheat, and a Rapid River Weizenbock. Sampler boards are available at a reasonable price. A few macros are, apparently, available as well. A couple at a nearby table were drinking Bud Lite from the bottle. Service was somewhat slow, but this was a crowded, Saturday afternoon. I had the Vegetable Dip appetizer plate which featured fresh celery, broccoli, and carrots with a hummus dip, and an artichoke dip that was more like a salsa. A generous number of Pita chips accompanied the platter. My girlfriend had a tasty and attractive bowl of French Onion Soup. The entrees looked very inviting, and there were a few family groups in the brewpub who were, obviously, there for the food and not the brew.
A very enjoyable experience, with a nice, attractive atmosphere and a good selection of fresh, Stone Coast brews and very good food. The idyllic, Sunday River flowed along, just across the road.

merlin48, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of far333
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%

Stopped in here after a day of skiing at Sunday River. The layout is strange, with brewing tanks right in the middle of the place, and a bar to one side and a restaurant to the other, both kind of wrapping around the tank room. Bar area is small, with very little room to move around. Service also was a bit slow. Great selection of beers including a Weissbock, Porter, Pale Ale, 420 IPA, Lager, and Irish Red, but each one was a bit watery, lacking body, and a little disappointing. The beers were slighty above average at best. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area, but not worth making an afternoon out of it.

far333, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

The sign says Moose's Tale Food and Ales so make sure you don't miss it, but it's right at the turnoff from Rte 2 to go to Sunday River so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it. With some family in the area, I've visited this brewpub a number of times and it's always a pleasant experience, although in the summer months during the week it's totally dead. If you're lucky this place is bopping on a ski weekend with a live band playing. There's also a half-price pints night or something but I forget exactly which day it is (Wed?) or what the actual deal is. Walk in and the tanks are right in front of you. It's a reasonably large set up. Take a right to hit the bar (I've never been left to the dining room). Food is fine, basic pub fare. Beers are uniformly good (Stone Coast beers, if you're familiar with them) but I've never had a truly excellent beer. Still, lots of seasonals, and a good enough range, from fruit & wheat to IPA to porter to an 11% eisbock which they had last time (although I was too timid to drink it), makes this place worthwhile. Not worth driving from the coast for sure, but if you're anywhere in NW ME (or nearby NH) and looking for a beer, this is your spot.

Thrasher, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of WORT
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

This is a cool Brew Pub. The Sunday River Brewing Co., aka (The Moose's Tail) is located at the beginning of the access road for Sunday River Ski Resort. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted by the fermenters and bewing kettles coming up out of the basement. To the left is the dining area(quiet) and to the right is the bar and you step down and your in the bar seating area(loud). There is a small stage in the corner for bands. The brewpub is decorated with skiing and beer decor. The food menu consists of your typical pub fare with good size portions. The beer is obviously brewed right in front of you and the beer is pumped right to the tap. They have a great sampler to start you off with all of their beers. The beer selection is basically the same that you will find at the Stone Coast Breweries but with different names. This is a great place to unwind after skiing or mt. biking. I have been here 6-7 times in the last few years and have never been disapointed. I often travel here from the North Conway area of New Hampshire. The drive is only an hour and the scenary is oustanding. A definate place to visit.

WORT, Aug 02, 2002
Sunday River Brewing Co. in Bethel, ME
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.