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Sunday River Brewing Co.

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

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
88
very good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
$$ - 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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juzy

Alaska

2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

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.

08-14-2010 17:24:01 | More by juzy
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dbalsock

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$

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.

10-31-2010 21:54:09 | More by dbalsock
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far333

Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

03-15-2004 13:10:30 | More by far333
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

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.

01-16-2013 21:59:34 | More by Larrydoherty
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

07-30-2004 11:40:04 | More by merlin48
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

09-04-2003 00:23:28 | More by Thrasher
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ronnzio

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Sunday River Brewing Co. in Bethel, ME
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.