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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.
Based on:
34 Beers
221 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 57
Visits: 81
Avg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
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: 57 | Visits: 81
Photo of johnny6654
2.13/5  rDev -53.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5

On vacation in maine, have been coming to maine from New York for 30 years
We were very excited with all the great reviews
6 beers on tap
All the rest were not working
I asked why there were so many taps and such a small selection
Not really a good answer
Goofed up our app no apology
Goofed up my meal no apology
No comparison to the black birch the night before
Very disappointed no reason to return

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Photo of LeRose
2.74/5  rDev -39.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

We visited on a weekday for a late lunch/early dinner. The place was empty except for a couple of bar flies, the bartender, and a waitress we obviously disturbed from slumber. Service was far from cordial. We have yet to know what was on tap because nobody answered the question. Menus were tossed on the tables and "specials" briefly mumbled. We finally figured out we could get a flight of four beers, but we found out later that we were charged $5 PER POUR - whether this was a mistake or not, we don't know since we simply wanted to get on with things. The food quality, from what seemed a limited menu, was excellent and tasty but I felt it was quite overpriced for what it was. The decor is very cool with beer memorabilia all over the place. We probably won't be going back. Even if this experience was not representative, the lack of attentiveness from the bartender and the attitude of the waitress were unacceptable. One or two of the beers in the flight were very good, but the waitress mixed up the glasses and couldn't keep four beers straight, so we have no idea what they were.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.99/5  rDev -34.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3.75

Even though they have room for around 30 taps, they only had 10 beers on, 7 of which were lively beers. There was only one decent lively beer and the rest were subpar. The flight I ordered was overpriced at $19.00 for 6 4oz pours. The food was decent. The atmosphere is shitty. No thought put into it at all. The staff seemed clueless and rude. They don't have a bottle list. Place is not what it used to be (see the higher older scores before they changed everything).

Definitely not work the stop in my opinion. Go to Frontier instead.

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Photo of Grady546
3/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

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Photo of trukweaz
3.25/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have to agree with grady546 here. I am sad to say that since the departure of Ryan and Leigh the "pride" is not the same.

the new staff does not know the product.

They do not seem to WANT to be there and serve the product.

The beer list seemed out dated and stale (some winter beers and even a few holiday beers up!)

the vide is not the same either. when you walk in nobody greets you and seems excited to have you.

the food, service, tap list...ALL have gone down hill.

We need to get the big bosses (Chris?) down here and running things for a bit or I fear the end will be near.

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Photo of WynnO
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.98/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

good food. somewhat limited beers for what i was expecting. still solid offerings. we ate in the cozy bar area. trivia night was a lot of fun, the host & crowd were welcoming.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.04/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I only passed by this place when it was the Lions Pride, but on this particular trip to ME, I figured I'd make an effort to go now that it's a brewpub. It's a pretty standard restaurant vibe inside, with a good sized bar and plenty of seating.

There are lots of taps, but when I was there, it seemed they only had Lively beers on...or maybe I just didn't see the full taplist. But I was mainly there for the Lively brews anyway, so I went with a sampler. Mostly pretty standard stuff, but all solid and on point for the style. Several IPAs, and some Belgian styles. The stand out was the incredible Filthy Rich imperial stout, which I had had the night before at Lovell, but needed to sample again. There was also a bottle selection that was essentially comparable to that of the Lovell location.

Service was fine. I got there about at opening time, so it wasn't too busy, but it did start filling up fast. My bartender was friendly and seemed knowledgeable about the beers.

Food was good as well. Mostly general pub grub, burgers and such, with some pricier entrees. Overall a good experience, and worth checking out again.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.14/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Been to the Lion's Pride up in Brunswick several times now. Kind of tucked away amidst other random shops on Pleasant St - look for the baby blue house-like building. Cool interior - a couple dining rooms and a nice L shaped bar. As others have mentioned, tap handles are made of blown glass, rather than traditional brewery tap handles, and the beers are listed on the chalkboard above. Looking around, you see lots of emptied bottles up on the wall and as flower vases on tables - many of uberbeergeek caliber, such as J&J, Kate, Darkness, etc.

Unfortunately, I didn't see too much out of the ordinary that was actually for sale. In fact, they didn't have a beer list at all. Don't get me wrong, there's a good selection - just no list. There are two glass coolers behind the bar and "what you see is what you get". Some Cantillon, Fantome, Struise, but nothing outrageous. I asked if there was anything off-menu of interest, but no dice... Maybe you have to be in when the owner is there, or know somebody. They do have some nice draughts though. Nice Belgians, decent selection of American brews and a couple aged things, which is cool. The only problem is I've been in several times in the course of 4-5 months and I see very few changes in the draught list, which kind of surprises me. It's cool that they have Wild Pannepot on tap - but I'm not going to order a $14 beer everytime I go in. Would like to see more variety. I hear they have events - maybe I will try to head up and catch one of those to see what else they have to offer.

The bartenders are great - once they find out you are into beer they are very willing to shoot the shit and give you tastes n such. Actually, I don't know why I said "they", because it's been the same guy every time I'm in. Anyway, looks like they hire people who are way into beer.

Is this a cool beer bar? Most definitely. Some interesting draughts and a good overall vibe. But is it a world class beer bar as advertised? Not really. A great spot for sure, but I can't help but feel a "that's it?" sort of feeling, after having visited several times. Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe it's the fact that they touted this place as "the #2 beer bar in America" and got everyone's hope's up for an on-site Struise brewery, which did not happen. I haven't been to Ebenezer's, and I'm sure it's all that and a bag of chips, but it seems like people are lumping the Lion's Pride in with it by association, and I just don't see it. Nevertheless, great to have another quality beer bar not too far away. I will try to make it up some time when they are having a beer event so I can see the place in it's element.

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Photo of bkett01
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Decided to break up my week at a lake house in Maine with a visit to the Lions Pride. It was worth it.

At least a half dozen hop vines grow along the otherwise unimpressive exterior of the building. We stepped inside and were seated at a table near the bar with nice views of the 35 tap lines, bottle refrigerators & glassware collection. A quick glance at the ceiling confirms that this was at one time a Chinese restaurant. The walls are painted in bright colors with a nice array of beer art (from paintings to tin signs) and the karaoke stage rotated through 5 or 6 musicians of varied talent taking advantage of open mic night.

Not surprisingly there were many good choices on tap and I enjoyed a Big A IPA & De Ranke XX Bitter. The waitress/bartender was very knowledgeable and helpful in recommending bottles and explaining any questions we had. She was a bit overworked though and could’ve used some help despite the fact that it was only a Tuesday night. Others reviewers have done more justice to the beer selection, but suffice it to say there is plenty of beer menu to be studied.

I had the fish & chips and the wife had moules frites. Both were good (not great).

Prices were in line with what you’d expect for beers of this quality. So the tab added up quickly but we had a great time. If you’re traveling anywhere near the area it is worth a stop. Nice to see a place as successful as Ebenezer’s begin to expand into new beer bars. I hope to see them open even more in the future.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I finally decided to review this place after my second visit, because my first visit was so close to the opening. I wanted to see how this place would develop and become. I really like all the posters and beer paraphernalia on the walls. The two hop vines growing outside were also a nice touch. the beer selection was simply amazing, over 30 quality beers on tap and not one let down. The food was great also, we had the cheese plate and some Belgian frites. Our server was awesome she knew the beers and was really cool about explaining the beers and showing us which bottles she had in the case. Definitely a beer destination. can't wait to go back for another visit.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the Lion's Pride a few times and every time it has been exceptional. On my most recent excursion I along with a few buddies of my spent a good amount of time and money exploring the large and unusual selection. Unlike Ebenezer's and its large Belgium selection the Pride has a variety of beers including a Norwegian IPA, a Japanese Stout and some rares from breweries around the country.

The service was top notch, the two bar tenders were very helpful, at each new round we described a beer we wanted based on taste and we the 4 of us all got 3 rounds, 12 different beers and each was perfectly suited from what we wanted.

The food well not at the same at the beer was very good. A modest selection of food but each item we received was well executed and tasted great.

I would highly suggested this place and I am pleased to see another beer bar in maine with such a high caliber.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.55/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great bottled Belgians . Even greater micro brews.

I find this place on Yelp while I was int eh area for business. I figure why not give it a try since it is close to my hotel. Nice looking place and ask the bar keeper for a taxing flight . First beer I taste is Filthy Rich. Amazing . I toasts the bar tender and he says thank the gentleman over there who just brewed it, he came from stone.

Highly recommended, can't wait to go back

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Came in here a couple nights before going to Eb's Belgian Feast for a few beers. I had a Pannepot Wild, Oxbow Farms Pale Ale (I was told it was the first keg of beer from that brewery anywhere!), and a Stillwater Debutante.

All the beers were fantastic and they had a ton of very solid Belgians on the list. They had quite a few good Belgian bottles as well including Cantillon, Drei Fontinen and Fantome.

There was a live band doing classic rock covers, I chatted with Ryan I believe and he was super friendly and knowledgable, the waitstaff had great recommendations and the bar itself had a ton of cool signs, bottles, etc.

Really this was one of the best bars I've been to period - if you're ever in the area be sure to check it out!

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Photo of rudzud
4.64/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of beerfan99
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

While vacationing in Maine this summer, I decided to make a special trip to this place, after reading all the positive reviews. When I visited, they had 35 beers on draft, mostly belgians, and an extensive bottle list. The draft list had prices, while the bottle list did not. I decided that there was plenty on draft that I was interested in, so I didn't inquire about any of the bottle prices.

Since I was in Maine and hadn't had any Allagash yet, I was pretty much only drinking Maine Beer Company Zoe and Peeper, I decided to have a Victor, Victoria, and Black. For dinner, I ordered one of the chicken dishes, which was incredible and one of the best meals I had on the trip.

The service was great, did I mention the bar tender was wearing a Dissident shirt. The bar tender was very knowledgeable about all the beers and stopped by our table a couple times to talk about beer. The fact that I was wearing a Hop 15 shirt probably indicated that I like beer. By the way, the restaurant has a huge Hop 15 logo behind the bar which is really neat. Their decorations are pretty much all beer related. They have huge pictures of the Stone Gargoyle and Pliny the Elder hanging on the wall, not too mention hundreds of rare beer bottles lining window sills.

Overall, a very cool place that I look forward to going to next summer. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you are in the neighborhood.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of joepais
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I stopped by last Friday on my way north with my 8yr old niece and my 16 yr old son. So I only had one glass but when it's a 2005 Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise it was one hell of a glass

The place is really fantastic the furnishing and décor are the best I have seen in a pub in Maine. From the hand blown glass taps , the gorgeous bar and bar back to the art on the wall this place radiates class and old world charm.

I happen to spy Chris, I went over to say hi and tell him how much I like the place. To my surprise he greeted me by name which was a feat to say the least. Seeing I met him once back in September last year. That is just more proof that this guy is a great proprietor. We talked a little about what was going on and I mentioned splitting a bottle of a rather obscure DFH with a mutual friend. He walks over and produced a first addition chilled bottle of Chateau Jiahu out of the cooler. WOW, that just proves that the selection of brews in this place is off the charts.

Like I said I just stopped in for a quick bite and a brew so I stuck to the pub food section of the menu. I had a burger with mushrooms sautéed with beer and toped with a nice beer cheese. The burger was so good my son was stealing my fries and dipping it in my burger dripping's. He had the wings and I didn't get to sample any, he loved them. The only draw back was the lack of a kids menu (or the lack of one pointed out to me) but my niece really enjoyed her quesadilla.

I will defiantly stop in the next time I am head north hopefully with someone else driving. I saw a couple of bottle I wanted to try
I can't wait for the brew house to get into full swing I might have to book a room in town and stay overnight.

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Photo of SevaTse
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Can't think of anything bad to say about this place. I have wanted to visit Ebenezer's for so long, but I never made concrete plans, however, the accessibility of this place, though it is still a couple hours drive away, made it a no-brainer.
I ordered a schnitzel special, which was good, and the portion was plentiful.
The beer selection was simply amazing, the menu had enough info to make a choice(prices, descriptions), proper glassware was used, so there was nothing in the way of me enjoying some outstanding Belgians.
The staff was knowledgeable and educated. I didn't go into long discussions, but the people at adjacent tables did, and the staffers were able to answer most questions.
Really no excuse to skip this place if you enjoy Belgian beer, good food, and live in the tri-state area.

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Photo of Chincino
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Lion's Pride on 10/19/2009 after the Vagabond release. A quick 30 minutes up 295 from Portland. The establishment seems to be right on the main drag. Ample parking and fairly easy on/off the interstate. The building essentially consists of three rooms (four if you count the brewery) - a main dining room as you enter, a three season room to the left and the bar area to the right. Most of the action was in the bar area - a beautiful copper top, L-shaped bar with copper ceiling tiles and enough room to seat approximately 12-15 comfortably. The rest of the bar area consisted of several tables. A beautiful new establishment with great brewery decor - I love the Aardmonnik sign above the bar. Behind the bar a plentiful amount of non-branded, beverage-appropriate glassware (except for the Allagash tulips), a large chalk board listing the tap list hung above the 35 hand-blown glass tap handles and a large bottle cooler was situated in the middle of the adjacent wall. Approximately 6-8 Allagash on draft, including Vagabond, BA Black, Curieux and Odyssey, just to name a few. Also St. Bernardus Xmas, Rose de Gambrinus, Pannepot, Weyerbacher 14 and Double Simcoe, as well as several other Belgians a few Germans (e.g. 1809 & Aventinus) and some additional American varietals. Service was impeccable - waitstaff were very friendly, attentive and beer knowledgeable. Never had a dry glass or an empty water glass for long. Food was great and quite filling. I had the Chimay burger, which was top notch. Chris Lively was present and extremely friendly, welcoming and generous - who opens a Cantillon Crianza Helena and Geuze Cuvée J&J Blauw to share with the patrons. A truly memorable experience. I can't wait to visit Ebenezer's this winter. A must stop if you are in the area (or even if you're not).

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Photo of 1100
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Read about the place here on B.A. and was up that way over Christmas holiday and gave it a try. The Lion's Pride is in Brunswick Maine, a small town not far above Portland. The building is nice but nothing too fancy. The beer selection is awesome. 35 beers on tap plus 100's of bottles. The bartender, I think her name was Leigh, was very knowledgeable and helpful in guiding a couple of relative newbies into the world of quality Belgian beers. Although we didn't try the food the menu was way above the typical bar offerings, and the offerings we saw looked great. This place is a SERIOUS beer bar that is also a restaurant.

My brother and I had a wonderful time there and will definitely return when possible. The bartender Leigh from Richmond was a bonus.

You will like The Lion's Pride if you like good beer and a good place to enjoy it.

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Photo of angiesaysgobucks
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Berue
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I drove by this place probablly 100 times before I realized it was open - there is a "coming soon" label on the street sign that was only intended to reflect they were not brewing their own beer yet. Regardless, I decided to stop and at least peak at the place and was pleasantly suprised to find they were open for lunch.

The short and sweet is that this place has a fantastic beer selection with decent prices, fantastic food, and great service. Everyone was friendly and seemed enthusiastic about working there; probablly one of the best burgers around as well. I really can't think of anything negative to say about this place and that is hard to find nowadays. I'm anxious to see how their own brews will turn out!

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Photo of sogrady
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

When your only complaint about a venue is the building's exterior, it's doing more than a few things right.

The Lion's Pride is situated on Brunswick's strip just off of 295, in what was formerly a Chinese food restaurant as far as we can remember. The building shoots for something akin to a Tudor style, but ends up nondescript. Which is probably why I drove past it time after time after time. It was only after a trip to the incomparable Ebenezer's, while lamenting the remoteness of that location, that we discovered its sister bar was none other than the building I'd driven by so many times I'd forgotten it was there.

Since then, I've been making up for lost time, because the Lion's Pride is my favorite restaurant, no qualifier. Once you get beyond the exterior, the interior of the space is dark wood accented by a healthy selection of classic beer related posters, bottles and signs. The bar area, off to the right, is spacious and comfortable, and the copper top bar is a classic. While I've never sat in it, the restaurant area is large but open; good news since they regularly host larger groups down from Bowdoin.

The worst thing I can say about the food is that it doesn't live up to the beer. Which means only that it isn't world class. What it is is several notches above your typical pub fare, both in variety and preparation. They have staples like burgers, true, but you'll find a much wider variety on the menu from mussels and frites to Indian eggrolls to a big caesar to brie wontons. Everything that I've had in there has been very good, and I've been there enough to have half a dozen entrees at varying times. So the food is great.

The beer, however, is excellent. As the other reviewers note, the 35 kegs are all mounted into custom glass tap handles below a big board listing the drafts. The selection is tremendous on one visit, but what's more impressive is how dynamic it is. I've been in almost weekly, at times, and I never have to have the same beer twice: the turnover on their kegs is outstanding. The range of styles is apparent; at any given times they'll have on IPAs, Imperial Stouts, Dubbels, Tripels and Quads, strong ales, barleywines, saisons, brown ales and porters. For the less than adventurous in your party, they always have at least one tap with something basic. This week it's Stella, next week it's Anchor Liberty.

In short, then, it's a beer lover's paradise. One of my favorite things to do is to walk in and have the staff pick the beers for me. I've sent wine drinkers in here, and they walked away happy, having been pointed towards beers they didn't know existed.

Like all pubs, though, the Lion's Pride is a reflection of their staff. My first visit, I have to admit, my expectations were low. How could a small college town thirty miles north of Portland realistically expect to attract people who really knew their beer? They managed, as you'll find out if you're lucky enough to visit. They don't just know the beers they carry, they know beer period. They're beer geeks of the highest order, and they're only to happy to educate. Even better, they are to a person fun and friendly, whether you're new to beer or a BA regular.

Most restaurants I've frequented in the past had something wrong. The beer was good, the food not so much. The food was excellent, the service poor. And so on.

I can't find a similar flaw with the Lion's Pride, which is probably why I'm there a lot. Which in turn why I've been able to drink so many of the amazing beers on here.

If you're in or around Brunswick then - anywhere within driving distance, really - you owe it to yourself a visit. I'm just sad it took me so long.

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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co. in Brunswick, ME
99 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.