The Lion's Pride
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 700
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 51 | Show All Ratings:
3.85/5 rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Only 14 taps were pouring when I was there (8/31/13) so the number of selections was not as I had hoped. What was there though was fine, although it was tipped in Allagash's favor on this day (4 taps). I had Alvinne Wild Undressed. Mort Subite White Lambic. Oxbow Original Deluxe.
Service was little slow, but I landed on a day of cooler problems, so this slowed the pours down tremendously. Tim the beeroligist was exceptional though---lots of knowledge and friendly.
I chose a burger for food, with frites. My cohort selected a chicken sandwich. Both were very good. I suspect anything picked food-wise would be good.
Prices were a bit steep (8-9 bucks for the more rare entries, 7-ish for the others). What can you do though? You want good beer. You must pay.
If I were a local this would undoubtedly be my goto place.
09-01-2013 13:46:11 | More by WynnO
4.83/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I stopped in here last night for supper, I sat near the bar and stared at the tap list for most of the time I was there. 35 taps lots of bottles in a couple of coolers behind the bar. All quality stuff you won't see well almost anywhere else. I had steak tips and also frites to eat and I thought both were done really well and the potato ball thing is different and tasty. The staff was quite attentive to my needs in fact I think all three of them waited on me at one time or another. Great selection service and food. Pricing is a bit on the high side, I think there were only 3 draft lines with pours that were under 9 dollars, and one I paid 14 for. I guess the pricing is keeping in step with the rarity of the selection, just be prepared to drop some coin. I'd gladly go back when in the area.
07-17-2012 21:21:07 | More by johnnnniee
3/5 rDev -36%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
This place has gone seriously downhill! Such a bummer....used to be my favorite beer restaurant. The Lion’s Pride used to have a fantastic staff. Leigh, Ryan and Katie are greatly missed. I don’t know where the owners found their current staff or what happened with the previous staff, but the new staff is inattentive, doesn’t know much about the product, and clearly has no concept of how to run a restaurant. My wife and I used to go to the Lion’s Pride at least twice a week. We no longer do, after having multiple bad experiences with the new staff. Many of our friends have also stopped going. The last time my wife and I went to the Lion’s Pride, towards the end of February, we were both presented with completely different beers than we ordered! The food seems to have gone downhill as well. We used to love the burgers and fish & chips, but lately everything has been either overly greasy or way overdone. Again, such a bummer.
04-02-2012 20:53:27 | More by Grady546
5/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
One of the best, if not the very best, pub-restaurants I've been to. Ranks with the Hopleaf in Chicago (though a friendlier atmosphere--and that is not intended as a slight to the HL).
Ryan and Leigh are superb managers, knowledgeable, welcoming, and they remember their patrons.
The 35 beers on tap are complemented with a large selection of bottled beers. The emphasis is on Belgian and on Maine brews.
Do not be put off by the unassuming exterior of the place. It reeks of mini-mall, but once inside you realize you have entered a beer maven's heaven.
Oh, by the way, the food and service are out of sight as well.
01-12-2012 01:50:23 | More by DocHoliday
4.78/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place, simply put, was awesome.
Service was excpetional. The manager (I am assuming) kept making awesome reccomendations throughout the night. He really took the time to understand what each of us was in the mood for, and then obviosuly knew what he was talking about when he made suggestions. My fiance and I really like the funk and there was some great selections of beer available. They also did not seem to mind that we ended up camping in a corner eating and drinking over about a five hour time span. (Yes our tab was astonomical but worth every penny)
Selection: Defeintly Belgian heavy, but had a nice variety of locals as well as American styles, including the Dogfish 120 on tap. There was also a nice, but limited assortment of other styles in the bottle (definetly check out those refridgerators) I also liked that they had a couple meads on tap as well.
Food: Appetizers were pretty tiny quantity wise, but both of our entrees were appropriatly portioned and very good. My fiance indicated that his steak tips were some of the best that he has ever had. I had a veggie pasta with fresh vegetables.
We stayed on the Knights Inn which was walking distance away...our room, despite being non-smoking, smelled like an ashtray but was otherwise clean and cheap.
12-21-2011 19:53:41 | More by angiesaysgobucks
4.64/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had to stop by the Lion's Pride during the beerventure through Maine
A - Sat down at the nice copper bar right at opening with friends. We were the only people that and were able to take in all the little quirks of the place. Beers were listed up on the chalkboard and then on fresh menu's with a little blurb about each.
Q - Top notch quality of the beer. Everything was served in appropriate glassware.
Svc - Excellent job behind the bar, as the gentleman went into great intricate detail about each and every beer, offer reccomendations to my friends, etc.
S - Very nice selection of beers on the board. Would have liked to see some stouts or porters on the days lineup though. Very nice bottle selection.
This was the place where we all got to try Oxbow beer, which led to an even more insanely epic journey to that brewery. A wonderful time here and would DEFINATELY hit up again when in Maine. Well worth the drive from Portland.
11-07-2011 22:35:55 | More by rudzud
4.71/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Having been to Ebenezers a few times, I decided to give their other establishment a try while in the area.
As usual for me, I was there mid-afternoon mid-week so business was certainly slow. Nothing wrong with that, left plenty of time to chat with Ryan, the bartender. Very knowledgeable bartender and great guy to talk with. Selection was great, as expected. All sorts of unusual imports and a few locals mixed in. Service at such a slow hour of the day was great, as it should be when you're one of 3 people in the place! Skipped the food this time but it looked like they could keep one well fed.
10-05-2011 23:58:41 | More by Kinsman
4.75/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I absolutely loved this place. I went to the Lion's Pride for the first time last month and it was a great experience.
The atmosphere was very laid-back and it was fun to look at all the beer posters on the walls.
Our server was excellent-she explained about all our beer choices and gave some really good selections of beers to try.
We split a Cantillon and I also was able to try samples of several great beers including Wild Pannepot. The beer selection was great.
The Lion's place is great for trying good beers and good food in a relaxing atmosphere.
09-15-2011 10:02:26 | More by Chincino
4.8/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Walking up to the front door they have empty beer bottles on the window sill. Walked straight to the bar that was covered in copper. About 12 seats at the bar and another 20 or so at tables in back of the bar. Big chalkboard with 35 beers that are tap. Awesome selection to choose from. Two coolers that are fill with and assortment of great beers. They separated by shelving, on the bottom with liquor and rack and hanging rack for glasses.
Top notch beer that was served fresh.
Service was top notch, bartender/manager/owner (not sure) was very informative and attentive.
Had the steak tips that were good.
Prices were high but worth it.
Took a 1 hour and half ride up from where we were vacationing and was happy we did. Prices were a little high but worth what we got. Reminds me a little of another great beer bar in Maine. If you are in the area a most visit.
09-11-2011 20:48:00 | More by Burt
4.68/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
While vacationing in Maine this summer, I decided to make a special trip to this place, after reading all the positive reviews. When I visited, they had 35 beers on draft, mostly belgians, and an extensive bottle list. The draft list had prices, while the bottle list did not. I decided that there was plenty on draft that I was interested in, so I didn't inquire about any of the bottle prices.
Since I was in Maine and hadn't had any Allagash yet, I was pretty much only drinking Maine Beer Company Zoe and Peeper, I decided to have a Victor, Victoria, and Black. For dinner, I ordered one of the chicken dishes, which was incredible and one of the best meals I had on the trip.
The service was great, did I mention the bar tender was wearing a Dissident shirt. The bar tender was very knowledgeable about all the beers and stopped by our table a couple times to talk about beer. The fact that I was wearing a Hop 15 shirt probably indicated that I like beer. By the way, the restaurant has a huge Hop 15 logo behind the bar which is really neat. Their decorations are pretty much all beer related. They have huge pictures of the Stone Gargoyle and Pliny the Elder hanging on the wall, not too mention hundreds of rare beer bottles lining window sills.
Overall, a very cool place that I look forward to going to next summer. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you are in the neighborhood.
09-04-2011 05:30:31 | More by beerfan99
The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME
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