The Lion's Pride
Taps: 35 / Bottles: 700
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 51 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by tendermorsel:
4.95/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So I finally got a chance to make it up to Lion's Pride for the Vagabond post release party. I've made many trips to Ebanezer's over the years and I had real high expectations for Chris and Jen's new place. It did not dissapoint.
Upon first entering the place I was greated my Chris and immediately felt right at home.
The place is wonderfully decorated with beer related decorations. The hand painted beer signs were amazing. The hand-blown glass taps were gorgous. Plenty of seats in the restaurant and plenty of room to belly up to the actual bar. The staff was accomidating and extremely knowlegable about the beers. Great service!
Great food. I had a excellent burger that was cooked perfectly. The menu seemed pretty simular to the regular menu at Eb's. Nothing real crazy but great pub fare.
The tap list was insane. I had a Pannepot, Vagagond (2oz) and a very tasty Berliner Weiss (with woodriff!). There were many other things (20+ taps) available on including a large Allagash selection. Every possible Belgian bottle that is distributed to Maine was in the fridge waiting to be poured.
What has always set Chris apart is his amazing hospitality. With in 15 minutes of us sitting down he poured every one at my table a taste of both J & J lambics and Cantillion Helana. WTF!
It was a bit expensive for some of the beers. My Pannapoet was 12$. But it was a FULL pour and where are you ever gonna find that on tap? Definately worth it for me.
I have a feeling that this place is only get better with time. Chris filled me in out some tenative plans for a German fest and a Belgian beer fest in the future. Also appearently the ball is rolling on the brewing at the Lion's Pride. It sounds like they are gonna be brewing some pretty wild stuff. I can't wait for that.
Highly recomended if you are anywhere on the east coast of Maine. Another world class beer establishment for Chris and Jen.
10-29-2009 18:42:55 | More by tendermorsel
More User Reviews:
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
4.83/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I stopped in here last night for supper, I sat near the bar and stared at the tap list for most of the time I was there. 35 taps lots of bottles in a couple of coolers behind the bar. All quality stuff you won't see well almost anywhere else. I had steak tips and also frites to eat and I thought both were done really well and the potato ball thing is different and tasty. The staff was quite attentive to my needs in fact I think all three of them waited on me at one time or another. Great selection service and food. Pricing is a bit on the high side, I think there were only 3 draft lines with pours that were under 9 dollars, and one I paid 14 for. I guess the pricing is keeping in step with the rarity of the selection, just be prepared to drop some coin. I'd gladly go back when in the area.
07-17-2012 21:21:07 | More by johnnnniee
3/5 rDev -36%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
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
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
The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME
100 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.