Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 26
Beer Avg: 4.31
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 700
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Jwale73:
4.78/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited the Lion's Pride on 10/19/2009 after the Vagabond release. A quick 30 minutes up 295 from Portland. The establishment seems to be right on the main drag. Ample parking and fairly easy on/off the interstate. The building essentially consists of three rooms (four if you count the brewery) - a main dining room as you enter, a three season room to the left and the bar area to the right. Most of the action was in the bar area - a beautiful copper top, L-shaped bar with copper ceiling tiles and enough room to seat approximately 12-15 comfortably. The rest of the bar area consisted of several tables. A beautiful new establishment with great brewery decor - I love the Aardmonnik sign above the bar. Behind the bar a plentiful amount of non-branded, beverage-appropriate glassware (except for the Allagash tulips), a large chalk board listing the tap list hung above the 35 hand-blown glass tap handles and a large bottle cooler was situated in the middle of the adjacent wall. Approximately 6-8 Allagash on draft, including Vagabond, BA Black, Curieux and Odyssey, just to name a few. Also St. Bernardus Xmas, Rose de Gambrinus, Pannepot, Weyerbacher 14 and Double Simcoe, as well as several other Belgians a few Germans (e.g. 1809 & Aventinus) and some additional American varietals. Service was impeccable - waitstaff were very friendly, attentive and beer knowledgeable. Never had a dry glass or an empty water glass for long. Food was great and quite filling. I had the Chimay burger, which was top notch. Chris Lively was present and extremely friendly, welcoming and generous - who opens a Cantillon Crianza Helena and Geuze Cuvée J&J Blauw to share with the patrons. A truly memorable experience. I can't wait to visit Ebenezer's this winter. A must stop if you are in the area (or even if you're not).
10-19-2009 23:46:49 | More by Jwale73
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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 +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I stopped in here last night for supper, I sat near the bar and stared at the tap list for most of the time I was there. 35 taps lots of bottles in a couple of coolers behind the bar. All quality stuff you won't see well almost anywhere else. I had steak tips and also frites to eat and I thought both were done really well and the potato ball thing is different and tasty. The staff was quite attentive to my needs in fact I think all three of them waited on me at one time or another. Great selection service and food. Pricing is a bit on the high side, I think there were only 3 draft lines with pours that were under 9 dollars, and one I paid 14 for. I guess the pricing is keeping in step with the rarity of the selection, just be prepared to drop some coin. I'd gladly go back when in the area.
07-17-2012 21:21:07 | More by johnnnniee
3/5 rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
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
Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co. in Brunswick, ME
100 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.