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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.

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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
4.08/5
Based on:
19 Beers
111 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 13.04%
Taps: 35
Bottles: 700
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, 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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Reviews by sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Lion's Pride is a beer geek fantasy. I could just stop there. Atmosphere is comfortable and attractive, and many others have described it in detail, so I'll just leave it at that.

I rarely give 5's when rating beers or places, but the selection, service and quality are truly deserving. The service is what really sets this place, and Ebenezer's, apart from the pack. It is truly extraordinary. While we didn't get the full blown cellar tour common at Ebenezer's, the server offered quite a few more sample's than I asked for, and ultimately steered me in the direction of what proved to be the perfect choice, and one I probably wouldn't have chosen without his help (thank you, Zach). This was the Smuttynose Oak Aged Maibock, which was glorious. Though the bottle coolers are behind the bar, we were encouraged to go back and inspect the contents, as the bottle menu was reported to be in need of some updates. The bottles were served a bit cold, but I'm not docking the score for that.

The quality and selection match or exceed any place I've ever been. And again, though I'm scoring the selection perfect for the prodigious quantity of rare beers on tap and in bottles, I will offer one bit of constructive criticism of the beer menu. There could be a few more solid but not so rare or pricey beers available for folks who are not full blown beer geeks. There was SNPA, Double Simcoe, and Schneider Edel-Weisse, for example, which partly cover this territory. But for my girlfriend who is not particularly into beer, but occasionally enjoys a porter or stout, there was nothing along the lines of a Cadillac Mountain or Black Butte. She did enjoy the Peche Mortel, which is a truly great brew, but a bit of an investment for someone not crazy about beer.

The food was great and priced reasonably. I score pricing reasonable overall, and it is for what you get. But you will drop some coin there, as most of the offerings are very high quality and or somewhat rare or special. Bottles are priced about twice what you'd pay in a bottle shop, which is pretty much standard for a beer bar. A 10oz pour of Koninghoeven Quad is $8, for reference.

I look forward to visiting again!

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Photo of WynnO
3.85/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.83/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Grady546
3/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of DocHoliday
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of angiesaysgobucks
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Kinsman
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Chincino
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Burt
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co. in Brunswick, ME
100 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.