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Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
BA SCORE
86
very good

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 1,612
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

211 Fore St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4810
United States
phone: (207) 775-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sebagobrewing

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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%

Still Portland, and old port play today for a while longer anyway; this excursion up north once a year or other. A single allowable record store, check, smokes and double espressos, check and check, crazy chicken sandwich, not yet but coming soon. So Sebago now, a well lit, open place just up the road a bit from where it was we was. I'm not really sure how we're never stumbled across this place before. We've been up on Middle Street and it's not like there ain't a giant blue neon light in the window welcoming...

A long straight wood bar with a copper foot rail seats 14 or so. Lotsa light from the gigantic windows over Middle Street; a fat wood barback counter below, with some wines & booze displayed atop, and coolers & wine 'fridge action under lots of glassware stacked & sunken within. Large 2 man crew boat suspended above the windows, and tap list & merchandise boards above that. Drop spots suspended over the bar from a giant beam suspended from other beams. TV's in the corners and brewing equipment visible behind glass as you enter. 3 rows of raised tables adjacent to the bar and a few booths. Apparently, downstairs, a larger dining room, more quiet, fewer windows, but I didn't get there, and there are tables outside which I'm sure don't suck during the warmer weather.

They had their 4 full time and 3 seasonals on, as well as a handful of guest taps from other Maine breweries (Sunday River, Atlantic Brewing Company, Carabasett) and 2 macros on the end just in case you feel the need to come to a brewpub and drink Bud. The Lake Trout Stout was solid, but I wasn't so hot on the Slick Nick Winter Ale and Jed said "It's a brown ale" of the Boathouse Brown Ale. Didn't try the food as there's a crazy chicken sandwich in my future Gritty's bound, but I suspect we'll get back here.

*** Some 6 years later, up north once a year or other and revisiting haunts ago. I'm blinded this hour sitting at the bar looking into the sunset over Middle & Market Streets, the windows shaded over Middle Street but done poorly over Market. Big windows up front, "overhang to something above the tables eating". I wrote that in my notes, I'm not sure what I meant by it.

They no longer brew here, surprise, the brewing equipment is gone gone gone. I guess it's all done at a central location that feeds this and other Sebago locations. 6 beers on the sampler, the samples themselves being a buck a piece except for the Double IPA, which is $2, so whatever, send 'em, send 'em all. 5 house regulars (Northern Light Ale, light is light; the Boathouse Brown Ale, weak, and not, you know, good; the Frye's Leap IPA, pleasant hoppiness, good bitterness; the Lake Trout Stout, roasty, tasty; the Runabout Red Ale, a bit malty, okay), and a seasonal (Single Barrel Full Throttle Double IPA, crazy hazy & super sweet, way past the point of being hoppy). Frye's Leap IPA & Lake Trout Stout being the best of the lot. And that was that 'cause they wouldn't let me sample the Whiskey Porter; they only deal a 10 oz glass for $5.35 (who came up with that dollar figure?) I am going to forego it, as I don't need a 10 ounce glass of anything here, especially so close to Novare's opening, but I am not happy with their rigidness around letting me get a sample of it. Do I need to actually show you my red pen? It will not bode well for you, I promise. But you get what you get; they're just pouring here, no clue to the beer at hand. And the macro bottles displayed above for all to see. Just not loving it.

slander, Mar 02, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hudsonheat, Thursday at 04:47 PM
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5/5  rDev +33%

Very relaxed vibe, atmospheric lighting, excellent selection of sebago beers as well as some guests. I've yet to try the food but the beer I tried was delicious. And the $3/22 ounce draft special on Wednesday night was a great deal.

Jessay, Thursday at 02:24 AM
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ErinnA, Aug 18, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Went to Portland, Maine for the first time ever and we decided to eat at Sebago Brewery on Fore Street. The restaurant was split between the bar area and a nice and quiet restaurant section. The quiet atmosphere was definitely appealing since we had our infant with us. Service was attentive, even though we felt far away. I liked the overall pub menu and decided to have the seafood bake, which was decently hearty with good sides of potatoes and peas. The beer was pretty good. I had their Simmer Down Summer Ale and then their Fyre's Leap IPA. The Simmer Down was definitely my favorite of the two. The prices were fair for a restaurant in a downtown location and my wife and I, overall, had a good supper here.

fitzy84, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%

not too far off the waterfront, this is a good stop in for lunch in Portland. sort of open feel to it, almost like a chain family restaurant, dennys, but nicer. everything looks new, not sure how long they've beer around. sprawling bar with maybe 20 seats, and at least seven beers on tap. all were decent, the casked bonfire with Chinook hops was world class. bartender was very friendly, helpful, and generous with the samples. we didn't eat here, but the food being run out looked outstanding! vibe was good, a little noisy inside, but that's always a good thing for business. the beers were not all particularly interesting, but they were all well made. i guess they do some limited bottling too, but i liked the cask offering the best. apparently this rotates fairly regularly, and they are always doing new stuff with it. a good place to visit on the maine brewery circuit, bonfire rye is highly recommended as far as the beer goes.

StonedTrippin, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Modern location away from the smell of seafish, and close to the public parking garage. A little noisy and buzy at suppertime, it wasn't too bad. A large bar, a comfortable spot (fortunately) and a moderate sized patio if you want it. Their product line is average, but there is usually something interesting on, this night a cask dry hopped citra IPA. People were happy with the food, and beer was ordered by all but a secondary consideration. Some bombers available if you wanted it, I should have checked for a barleywine - never know.

Sammy, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Jan 3, 2012 (reviewed from notes)
Atmosphere is ok with a clean new interior and ample seating, though seems a bit corporate (like a Cheesecake Factory feels). This is probably what they're going for, however, in their new location underneath the Hampton Inn. It makes a nice place for a large group to meet.

Quality of beers and food is decent. I'm personally not super impressed with their beer, but there are lots of options and it's locally brewed. The Beer is very well priced ($4 for a pint). I feel like appetizers are pretty spendy so be careful there. All food was pretty tasty.

The servers do know about the beer their serving and what's available (which somehow isn't the case everywhere--even in brewpubs). Service time was relatively quick, no major complaints by any means, but nothing special.

It's definitely a place worth going to, and I'd certainly eat/drink there if staying at the Hampton Inn. However, being right in Old Port there are tons of options that locals would consider 'more authentic.'

beerbiatchMD, Feb 08, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

At the end of Old Port, under a bank...or by a bank. Something like that.

Big place, restaurant first it seems. A touch impersonal, but clean and efficient. I sat at the bar across from a nice bartender who was 'calmly enthusiastic' about every order.

About average array of beers, most come in 2 sizes. I went with the Seafood Plate entree....cuz I had to. Beers are solid and worth a stop-by and check-out, more so b/c it's in Old Port (or close to it), so no reason not to. Flat screen TVs above the bar and around the place was expected.

A good place to start off your Old Port touring.

Mebuzzard, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of BrittEBurke
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

I went to Sebago for lunch last Saturday. It wasn't very crowded at all and we were seated right away at a table on the outdoor patio. Our server wasn't very knowledgeable about their beers, but she was very friendly and attentive. We did not have to wait long for anything. We ordered a sampler of all 7 of their beers (all Sebago). I really enjoyed the Frye's Leap IPA and was pleasantly surprised by the Bass Ackwards Berryblue. We split the Alehouse Mussels (chef's choice) and a harvest salad. The mussels and salad were both very fresh (one would hope the mussels would be fresh, as you can see the ocean from the patio). Nothing stood out as being absolutely amazing, but everything tasted good. I wouldn't make a special trip to visit this place, but definitely recommend it if you're in the downtown Portland area and looking for good food and good beer.

BrittEBurke, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Sebago Brewing Company sits on a busy corner in the heart of Portland. Large windows in the bar allow you to watch all the people walk by. Inside on the top floor the area is mainly filled with tall round tables, a couple of corner booths and plenty of seats at the long bar. Several TV's have various sports showing and a convenient co-ed bathroom is nearby. I didn't go to the downstairs restaurant so I have no idea what it's like down there.

The food selection was pretty standard for a brew pub. Burgers, salads, nacho's, a few specials, etc. There were 6 (? maybe 5) beers on tap, all of them Sebago beers. I ordered their seasonal double IPA and was quite pleased. Very tasty. My friends got the pilsner and amber ale, which were also quite delicious.

Prices were fair and reasonable. They have several specials each day, such as $6 burgers after 10:00 pm.

Service was terrific! Empty plates were promptly carried away and when a waitress heard us talking about my wife's upcoming birthday she brought over a slice of cake without us asking.

Overall I had a pleasant experience at Sebago and actually went there twice on a recent weekend trip to Portland. I'd definitely go back the next time I'm in the area.

WanderingFool, Feb 27, 2011
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Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.