Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 29
Beer Avg: 4.3
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 700
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by berley31:
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.83/5 rDev +4.3%
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
More User Reviews:
2.84/5 rDev -38.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Awful experience. This place has gone downhill over the years. I tried to give it a shot as it converted into a brewpub, but the staff ranges from okay to mediocre to just plain awful. I went in last Monday and ordered a beer from the bar manager. The glass was warm, as was the beer. A new server asked me how everything was and I told her I couldn't drink the beer and maybe something was wrong with the keg? She told me should would have the bar manager check. She came back and asked me if I wanted something else. I was halfway done with my food and said that it was no big deal. She then asked if I wanted ice cubes to cool my beer down. Yikes. Bar manager finally came back. I noticed that no one was actually pouring and tasting the beer up to this point. She asked if I wanted another beer. No. She asked if she could chill a glass. I said fine. She chilled it with ice water and poured another pint. Still warm. She finally took a taste and told me it was fine. Handed one to the other girl who said: I guess it could be colder. She said, "yeah, it's not going to be a bud light." WTF does that even mean? So I guess I don't know what cold beer tastes like. Or I guess some of their beers are warmer than others, and that's okay? Talk about insulting. I drive by this place twice a week in the summer time, but I don't think I'll be stopping in anymore.
07-22-2014 14:14:37 | More by ChaseBoat77
3.85/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Only 14 taps were pouring when I was there (8/31/13) so the number of selections was not as I had hoped. What was there though was fine, although it was tipped in Allagash's favor on this day (4 taps). I had Alvinne Wild Undressed. Mort Subite White Lambic. Oxbow Original Deluxe.
Service was little slow, but I landed on a day of cooler problems, so this slowed the pours down tremendously. Tim the beeroligist was exceptional though---lots of knowledge and friendly.
I chose a burger for food, with frites. My cohort selected a chicken sandwich. Both were very good. I suspect anything picked food-wise would be good.
Prices were a bit steep (8-9 bucks for the more rare entries, 7-ish for the others). What can you do though? You want good beer. You must pay.
If I were a local this would undoubtedly be my goto place.
09-01-2013 13:46:11 | More by WynnO
4.83/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
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
Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co. in Brunswick, ME
100 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.