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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 13.04%
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 81
Beer Avg: 4.1
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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Notes:
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(Place added by: ToasterChef on 07-03-2009)
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Photo of Bobarks
1.5/5  rDev -67.4%

Bobarks, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Grady546
3/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

Grady546, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of trukweaz
3.25/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

trukweaz, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of cufarley
3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

cufarley, May 22, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

hoppymcgee, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of millionsuns
3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

millionsuns, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of davemathews68
3.8/5  rDev -17.4%

davemathews68, Saturday at 12:45 AM
Photo of WynnO
3.85/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

WynnO, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of twelvsies
4.14/5  rDev -10%

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.

twelvsies, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of mcintire78
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

mcintire78, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of bkett01
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

bkett01, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of mrob22278
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mrob22278, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Cmack15
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.
Cheers
Cory

Cmack15, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rjp217, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

bishopdc0, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BierBliss
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%

BierBliss, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%

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!

kingcrowing, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

rudzud, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of beerfan99
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

beerfan99, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Kinsman, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of joepais
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

joepais, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of SevaTse
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

SevaTse, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of tango22
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tango22, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Chincino
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

Chincino, Sep 15, 2011
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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co. in Brunswick, ME
100 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.