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Sunday River Brewing Co.

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 2
Beer Ratings: 30
Beer Avg: 3.47

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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
87
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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RunawayJim

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $

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.

02-08-2009 20:45:26 | More by RunawayJim
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FoolCircle

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

09-19-2005 23:17:55 | More by FoolCircle
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WORT

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

08-02-2002 07:26:15 | More by WORT
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Norica

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

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.

09-20-2007 06:14:27 | More by Norica
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slander

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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...

12-25-2004 02:42:27 | More by slander
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

06-14-2008 13:37:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

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.

04-15-2013 02:09:29 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $

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.

02-28-2009 21:45:43 | More by Reagan1984
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

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.

02-09-2008 02:18:11 | More by smcolw
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ronnzio

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

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.

01-03-2006 01:56:57 | More by ronnzio
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