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The Lion's Pride

The Lion's PrideThe Lion's Pride

Taps: 35 / Bottles: 700
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 12.37%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

112 Pleasant St
Brunswick, Maine, 04011-2207
United States
phone: (207) 373-1840

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(Place added by: ToasterChef on 07-03-2009)
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$

Finally decided to stop by for a night in Brunswick on the way to a weekend trip in Portland... all of the positive things I have read about the Lion's Pride couldn't be ignored any longer.

We arrived at around 8:00 on a Thursday. There were several people at the bar and a few tables taken, but otherwise the place was extremely quiet. Thursday is normally Gank the Goblet night, but not tonight. We sat at the bar... very nice place, beer posters and signs all over, a couple of very well-stocked beer fridges, and probably the nicest set up of taps I've ever seen.

The beer selection was awesome... leaning heavily on Belgian beers, of course, but there were some fantastic American offerings, as well as Norway, Germany, etc. I had no problems at all finding 4-5 beers to try over the night; if anything it was hard to decide b/c the tap list was so great. Probably more than 200 in bottles as well. We also shared a couple of appetizers (Belgian frites and some hummus), which were great... I'd love to try some more of the food on another visit.

The service was just as impressive as the selection and environment. Our main server (for some reason, I never got his name) had to be one of the most enthusiastic beer servers I've ever encountered. Very informative and willing to make recommendations, he also gave us a tour of the place afterwards and even gave us each a glass since the Gank the Goblet night had been cancelled (he and his wife, also a bartender there, had just been married that week).

Any complaints about this place would be extremely minor. The TV, which was very close to us, got turned on about 30 minutes into our visit, but I guess I can understand since it was the final game of the NBA playoffs with Boston vs. L.A. There was also a mix-up with the first beer ordered with the two people I was with, where they received the other person's beer and didn't realize it until a couple hours later when they each ordered the OTHER beer... but this stuff does happen, and I know the servers were pretty fantastic overall.

Definitely worth stopping at if you're in the area. Overall, great food and beer, fantastic staff, really nice atmosphere... maybe it gets a lot busier on the weekend, but it was quite quiet on Thursday and therefore very enjoyable.

06-21-2010 18:06:28 | More by berley31
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Bobarks

Maine

1.5/5  rDev -68%

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jmsedgwick

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tango22

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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

12-02-2013 01:21:51 | More by tango22
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-31-2013 18:51:16 | More by ajcormier
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

10-08-2013 14:06:59 | More by mcintire78
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WynnO

Florida

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
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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
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Grady546


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
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DocHoliday

Ohio

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
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The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME
100 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.