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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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syrupjoe

Minnesota

4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

Per the recommendations of many awesome BA's, I made this place a high priority on my short visit to Maine. I went with a large group of people - beer geeks and non-beer geeks - and everyone had a blast. Ryan (our server and the manager) gave interesting but brief explanations of brews to the people who didn't know/care about beer and was more than willing to geek out with the geeks. We didn't get any food so I can't comment on that. Not cheap by any means, but there was a "Bowdoin Special" beer for those who wanted to drink for cheaper and didn't necessarily care what they drank. I had never heard of most of the beers on their tap list (apparently they often get keg quantities of one), but really liked a lot of what I tried. Great selection, cool environment, and great service. The most unique beer I tried - the "Silly Saison" - tasted like delicious raisin bread.

04-18-2011 01:24:11 | More by syrupjoe
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Bobarks

Maine

1.5/5  rDev -68%

01-26-2014 02:08:08 | More by Bobarks
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-24-2014 11:09:58 | More by jmsedgwick
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tango22

Maine

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.