Sunday River Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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...
12-25-2004 02:42:27 | More by slander
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.
06-14-2008 13:37:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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.
03-15-2004 13:10:30 | More by far333
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.
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
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.
04-15-2013 02:09:29 | More by SunDevilBeer
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.
02-09-2008 02:18:11 | More by smcolw
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.
09-04-2003 00:23:28 | More by Thrasher
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.
10-31-2010 21:54:09 | More by dbalsock
Sunday River Brewing Co. in Bethel, ME
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.