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Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
30 Beers
740 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 50
Visits: 74
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
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: 50 | Visits: 74
Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped here for lunch on Saturday while in Portland for the day. It was pleasant weather, so we opted to sit outside. There are a few tables that ring the outside walkway. While the view of the street is nothing great, at least you can enjoy the nice breeze. Ordered some beers and lunch. My wife had a pint of the Hefe and and I had a tulip glass of the Milestone Ale. Both were great. I liked my burger, while my wife was not overly impressed with her chicken sandwich. Our waitress was friendly and the food & drink arrived in decent time. Prices were average, with pints at $4 and specialty beers at $6. This is our second visit to this Sebago location over the years, and we have enjoyed both meals here. (710 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hit here for some dinner and beers with the wife while making a quick trip to Portland during our KTG adventure. This place reminds me more of a chain than small brewpub. Not a bad atmosphere, but not what I really expected. Decent size bar, a couple of booths, and some high top tables upstairs, with a more intimate feeling section downstairs. I didn't quite understand the need for the big TV downstairs, but it's not my place. Our server was friendly and fast. They had the standard offerings available plus two casks. I enjoyed the cask brews with my dinner. Speaking of food...their potato nachos and banging! Very tasty and extremely filling. I barely got half of my Vermonter panini down after having those nachos. My sandwich was very good, but I didn't care for the fries much, but that is a personal thing. My wife ordered the fish and chips which was huge. Overall, not a bad place. I think it would be a good place to hang and watch a game... (955 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in this past Saturday evening to take part in a the Full Moon cask event. I don't come here all that often, but I should, as it is a very enjoyable brew pub. It has a classy atmosphere with plenty of tables upstairs and some comfy booths in the downstairs dining room. I didn't order any food this time around, but the other meals I've had there have always been enjoyable. There are pint glasses full of pretzel sticks on the bar, which I like a lot. It;s a good way to help temper the effects of the tasty beers.

My wife and I got to the bar at 5, when the event was supposed to start, but the casks wouldn't be tapped for another 10 or 15 minutes. There was no pressure from the bartender to order anything though, she just brought us waters and gave us copies of the special beer list once they were printed up. Kai, the owner, came over to say hi to me and thanked me for coming out. He even remembered my name, which I found very impressive, as I think I've spoken to him more on this site than in real life. He also made a point to say goodbye before I left. It's little things like that that make me want to keep coming back. (1,144 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Been here a few times, once in the afternoon and two late-night visits. All three times happened to coincide with happy hour, so the prices were awesome. Beers were only 3$... of course, they have their Sebago beers on tap to offer. I've always liked the Runabout Red in particular. I've also had appetizers during happy hour, which are also quite cheap - the potato nachos (which are excellent, by the way), were only 5 or 6 bucks for a huge plate.

Atmosphere is nice... no problems with the crowd being too noisy or rambunctious when I've been there, and the upstairs bar part is quite nice and generally laid back. Service is fine.

I'd continue to head back there on further trips, at least to get those potato nachos again, and one or two of their beers. (761 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.44/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

A chain-feeling brewpub, with a seeming focus on the cocktail crowd, based on the atmosphere and bar layout. The crowd was a more upscale one, lots of cougars and 40 somethings sipping cocktails at the bar and at talltop tables. We had already eaten, so just swung by on our way to Gritty's down the street, which I would recommend to any BA over Sebago. Wife and I shared a sampler here, which consisted of mediocre and forgettable brews. The food menu didn't look all that great, nothing unique. They also had a dessert list filled with frozen boxed cheesecakes and torts. Bleh. Swing by here for a sampler. If you come in here with high expectations, you'll be dissapointed. (677 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Right near the heart of the Old Port in Portland, this is a must stop. Most of the time I come here, it's late at night and all the other places are packed beyond comfort and way too loud. This Sebago location though is usually just right if you're looking for something more low-key, classy and quiet. Nice looking bar with a fairly open first floor with table, large windows adorn the building so you can always watch what's going outside. Some outside seating is also a plus for the warm summer nights. I haven't been seated downstairs dining area though, so no idea what it's like.

The beers are always good and the waitstaff is usually attentive and kind.

Like I said, if you're looking for a place to chill, have a good beer and be able to talk at a norm voice level in the Old Port, this is it.

Edit: I've eaten at this Sebago many times since my first review of it and it's a rare time when I'm disappointed by it. (925 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to this location a couple of times before but not since last Fall now. Sitting at the bar and having only had a snack or two to judge from, overall I'd have to say this place is perfectly fine. Nothing off the charts, but a fair pub atmosphere with the usual cast of decent Sebago brews and pretty friendly service. You can sit at the bar or at various tables including some outdoor/sidewalk spots. The bar definitely seems most inviting where you can watch a bit of what goes on out on the street behind the bar window. Actually, the rest of the bar, including the outside spots, don't seem all that great, sort of dreary, but the bar area is just fine, perhaps a little cramped. It's convenient to the happenin' part of town and is worth the walk to include in your pub crawl as long as you don't miss Novare Res on account of time spent here at the Sebago Brewpub. I would say that I now prefer the new site in Scarborough near the highway (the former South Portland location). (990 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is really two places in one...if you go and sit in the bar area or outside its one place but if you go for dinner and sit downstairs this is another place altogether. Two very different atmospheres, I like the bar area more!

Food is traditional pub fare, nothing overly crazy...burgers, chicken and some dinner entrees that are decent.

Beer are ALL Sebago and all pretty standard. I recommend whatever the seasonal is or the small batch beer is at the time. I do like the Frye's Leap if nothing else is appealing.

Very convenient and decently priced. Hit this place (or Gritty's) after you go to Novare Res if you need to fill up. (644 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A nice little stop on my trip over the the mainland from Peaks Island. The place is somewhat big, but not overwhelming and I sat near the bar so the feeling was still cozy and comfortable. All the Sebago regulars were on tap as well as their Double IPA. I had that along with a stout. My parents had Frye's Leap and a Brown Ale. All of the beers were tasty and certainly above average. Out waitress was super nice and helpful. Also had some of the pretzels with the house mustard. Good stuff to go with beer. Overall I thought the place was a nice stop and they do good beers. Nothing over the top, but that is exactly what I was looking for. (642 characters)

Photo of 12vman
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Continuing our tour of Portland, had dinner and a few pints with the family around 7pm on a Thursday night. Place was fairly busy for a week night with hipsters, young professionals sporting stylish Blackberrys and other communication devices (holy utility belt, Batman!) and seasoned vets alike.

Beer- Was somewhat disappointed with the minimal selection. Opened the menu, and saw several beers that grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, that was their seasonal list, with the only one available being the Bass Ackwards Blueberry. Not being a huge fruit beer fan, I decided to pass. Instead, opted for the Boathouse Brown ale, and enjoyed it very much. A bit hoppy for a brown, but being that I like hoppy beer, that was fine by me. Next, I had the Frye Pale Ale, which was definitely more hoppy, and a bit light in the mouth. Overall, another good beer, but I preferred the brown, which is unusual for me. Note- the selection score is based on the beer, since this is a "beerfly" review. Food selection was good.

Food was good- chowder had good chunks of seafood, Scallops were tender. Wifey's corn chowder was also very good,as was her Santa Fe wrap. Nothing to write home about- just a solid, sturdy meal that did not disappoint. Total price for our meals, and the two kid's chicken finger, plus 2 pints- $61.00. Not a bad value.

Service was good. Our waiter was friendly and professional, but not as personable as other folks in this fair city.

Atmosphere was nice, clean, designed to impress. This resturant was wearing business casual, while Gritty's (had dinner there last night), was definitely weekend casual. Nothing wrong with either, but that is what came to mind as I sat there soaking up the atmosphere tonight. Wife and kids preferred Sebago, while I think I'd visit Gritty's again. But I would definitely recommend a visit to Sebago to judge for yourself.

Remember, life's too short to drink crappy beer! (1,927 characters)

Photo of tdawgydog
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped by Sebago Brewing company in the old port area of Portland while on a recent trip to Maine. Although this is a "beerfly" report I must say that the food was very very good! The Thai glazed wings are something to remember. We were seated in the downstairs area which has a completely different ambience from the upstairs seating area which has more of a sports bar feel. Downstairs was a nice quiet dining experience, which my wife and I didn't mind one bit because we have a 5 month baby in tow. As far as the beer I tried the Winter Ale which was the special for $2 a pint, it was a little flat and unimpressive but it's sort of the end of the season for a winter ale which is why it was probably only $2 a pint. After I was done with that I ordered a hefeweizen which more than made up for what the winter ale was lacking. It was true to form and one of the more impressive domestic hefeweizens I have enjoyed. I would highly recommend a trip to Sebago Brewing Company if you are in the Portland area. (1,011 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

stopped by this place on a recent weekend visit to portland. the bar was dark by the time we arrived, so i'm not sure what that looked like, bu tthe downstairs was decorated in a unique somewhat trendy manner. the service was prompt and pleasant enough, so nothing negative to report there.
the selction was pretty good for a place such as this with 5 regulars on tap, a seasonal, and a single batch. of the three i had (IPA, stout, barleywine) all we of the B to B+ variety. the food was pretty good and reasonably priced. the stuffed mushrooms were very good and the burger was cooked as ordered.
a great place to grab a fresh pint, and if i'm in portland again i'll be sure to make this one of my stops. (706 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

My favorite brewpub in Portland for sure.

The atmosphere is a little trendier than you would expect for such a historic area, but a relaxing place regardless. Sebago was inviting and an establishment you feel welcome to enjoy a couple of their offerings.

The staff was extremely friendly and very helpful when offering pairing selections and personal beer descriptions. Tables are a little close together, but that is a minor detail here.

The menu is excellent with a great selection of uniquely and well thought out food. If you're looking to watch a game, there always seemed to be a flat screen in site.

I will be visiting here again. (644 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was on a business trip and looked this one up for the visit. It was convenienly located near my hotel.

The place is 2 levels with the bar on top and brewery on the bottom. It is somewhat cramped and not to open. It looks nice and clean inside and well managed/maintained.

I had the sampler flight of all of their brews. It is totally weird, but I actually appreciated their Hefe the best. I am not a wheat beer kinda guy, but that is the one that I liked best. All in all, the beers were just average or a little above.

My waiter was more than helpful with choices of food recommendations and was truly a class act. He hooked me up with coasters and I bought a 22 oz. of the Hefe, a T-Shirt, and a pint glass.

The selection of beer was quite big for a brewpub catering to all walks of life and palates. From a Hefe to a brown, red, stout, and a winter warmer still on tap.

Food was outstanding! I actually had the best spinach/artichoke dip ever! It came with soft bread; not chips and was just to die for. I also had a white chicken chili that was nice and light suiting me well.

It was not expensive at all with samplers at $1 a pop. Food was cheap too.

I enjoyed this place tremendously and hope I can make it back up there one day. (1,246 characters)

Photo of ODBRIP
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Definitely worth a try.

Good brew-pub, nice atmosphere, plenty of places to sit. Didn't try the food. I tried their midnight porter, winter warmer and brown ale. The porter was good, had some nice chocolate notes, but it also tasted kind of thin and overall wasn't very memorable. All were pretty good, but not amazing. I did a brewery tour at Shipyard earlier and thought all the similar Shipyard beers I tried were a slightly better by comparison.

The service was great and it was very cheap by any standard: $2.50 for a pint on a Saturday night. (550 characters)

Photo of spiffysamurai
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The place was cool when we got there. The place is in the middle of the old port with a decent view of the road. The restarant was typical except for the fact that we sat ourselves. The quality of the place with the food and the beers was excellent. They have something for everybody. The service is nice, but it took quite a while for us to get someone to wait on us. I think this may of been because we sat ourselves. The food and beers are out of this world. The portabella ralvoli was amazing with the brown ale. The prices were a little expensive but not the worse ever. (575 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I had been here once before on my honeymoon four years ago Saturday we just stopped in for an appetizer and a few beers.Place was packed around 6:30 when we walked in there was one table left in the bar area so we grabbed it,it was quite loud wich was a little annoying but the service was very good our server was right therewith menus and good descriptions of each beer even though there were descriptions of each one on the table,on tap they had the Single Batch DIPA,seasonal porter,IPA,brown,red,and a stout I had the DIPA,and porter the DIPA was great the porter was decent.They have an extensive menu we just ordered the pesto bread app and it was ok nothing great,a good place we hit happy hour so they may have been a reason for how busy it was but the town was real busy all weekend so I think that had more to do with it,anyways service was great and the beers were pretty good enough reason to go back. (914 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to around 200 brewpubs in North America on business and personal travel. As part of a Portsmouth>Portland brewpub tour in September of '07, my beer buddy and I visited Shipyard Kennebunkport, Gritty's Freeport, and Sebago. If it wasn't for Sebago, the trip to Portland would have been a bust. Shipyard beers were ok and Gritty's beers were awful.

Sebago is in the heart of Portland's downtown shopping and tourist area. We arrived around 5pm on a Saturday and left around 7. We had the delicious IPA, seasonal porter, stout, and single batch IPA. These were far and away the best brewpub beers we had in
Maine. I'm not sure how Sebago has such a low rating compared to Gritty's - It's not even close in my book. The serice was very good. In fact, the manager on duty spent 20 minutes at our table chatting about good beer in New England. It's a very well managed operation and by the time we left it was really hopping. (935 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Had dinner at Sebago this past weekend with a few friends. I've had many, if not all of their offerings in bottles, and after leaving Sebago, I don't think I'll be buying any of their beers on draft again. Not that their bottles are stellar, but they are better imho.

Seating was a bit crowded upstairs, so we were shown to a table in the basement, which had low ceilings and dim lights. Sitting in the corner of the basement, I couldn't help but feel a tad claustrophobic. A nice enough place with leather seats and white table clothes. I think they are looking to be more upscale then the other brewpubs in town. Six packs of their beer were displayed nicely around the room as if brand placement was necessary.

Ordered beers first, of which they had all their normal offerings, except the seasonal hefe. Single batch series included the double ipa, served in 12oz. glasses. I tried the double IPA and I was totally underwhelmed. Up against frye's leap, it was just more buttery. Hop profile was almost non-existent dominated by a caramel maltiness. Stout was good with roasty notes and a nice body.

I started with a seafood chowder, which had generous amounts of seafood. Fish and chips was my dinner. While it was also very good, there was too much fried batter. I like my fish and chips to be lightly breaded, but this was seriously breaded. I only had about half of it as the fried bread really started to get to me. The food was underwhelming considering the menu does have interesting options on it. An okay place, but nothing to go out of your way for--not very interesting. (1,593 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice looking place inside , but it was a nice Aug. evening so we sat outside on the walkway where there was a handful of tables.
Service was fast and the waiter knowledgable. Tried the hefe which was pretty good , but I decided on the DIPA,....super hoppy...minmal malt...mouth puckering....just what I was looking for...my girlfriend had the Blueberry ale...it was a very subtle berry flavor...I'm not into fruit beers at all , but I thought this was good too. We struck up a conversation with a very nice woman seated near us. Nice place.. friendly atmosphere....we did not order food , but as far as a beer stop goes....I would recommend it. (645 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I went there on a weekend evening. It seemed to be a very trendy place full of mid-twenties to mid-thirties Calvin Klein commercial people. The lights were dim and there was lots of noise. I went to the bar and had time for only one beer. The bartender was very friendly. She was also extremely knowledgeable and made some good recommendations. I did not like the fact my whole credit card number was on the receipt. She also informed me of some other drinking wholes if I was back in the area. The prices and selection were both pretty good. I would like to go back and give it another shot some time, maybe at a different time and on a different day. It is nothing against anybody in there. It just wasn’t my type of crowd.

For as busy as it was they kept the place clean. (778 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

* President's Day Weekend 2007 *

Nestled in the Old Port on the corner of Middle & Market Street is Sebago Brewing Company. It's hard to miss the neon blue sign on the front of the brewpub. Grab a seat at the bar where it's an ideal location to watch the foot traffic and drink some craft brews. The main area is divided into a dining area and bar with additional seating on a second level. An open atmosphere, but not the most comfortable.

Selections included their staple line-up of Boathouse Brown, Frye's Leap IPA, Lake Trout Stout, Northern Light Ale & Runabout Red Ale. The seasonal was Slick Nick Winter Ale. While rarities like the Midnight Porter & Smoked Ale (Brewer's Choice) were also on tap. I was able to try all of their beers with the 5 oz sampler that comes on a circular wooden table. I found most of the staple beers to be average overall and quite unimpressive. My favorites were the Slick Nick & Smoked Ale which were pretty good. Beers are served in 16 oz or 22 oz. Prices are reasonable at $3.70 a pint.

As for food, I tried a couple of appetizers. Don't waste your time on the Maine Lobster Quesadilla at $10.99. Taste was bland and the lobster meat was disappointing. On the other hand, the Ale-House Mussels were delicious.

The quality was decent. The glasses were soaking wet from the dishwasher and still warm. Nasty. Service was amicable and fairly attentive, but there were some errors on the bill.

Probably won't return, there are way too many other Portland beer destinations. (1,518 characters)

Photo of JimFalzone
3.1/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Portland is an awesome city for beer. A couple of Irish pubs have great beer and food. Shipyard is located near downtown. And of course, Gritty's is a Maine mecca for beer.

Sebago just did not impress me. The super polished and shiney bar was nice but seemed to lack character. Was it trying to be a euro nightclub? There wasn't enough pizzazz. Was it trying to be ultra modern? The tables /chairs were out of place. It reminded me of an airport bar.

The beer also was not impressive. If it was the only place in town, i would go there. But as previously mentioned there are so many cool bars in this town. I liked the stout, but the pale ale, brown ale, and IPA lacked flavor. It tasted like my first batch of homebrew where I went light on the extract.

It was quiet, the service was good, and you could easily get a table. Which might be a reason to go here after seeing how crowded the other places get on a Friday or Saturday night. (945 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Situated right on the corner of Middle & Market Streets, the bar overlooks Middle Street. Where was I? The BAR!, of course. Traffic drifted by, the trees swayed in the wind, and I ate lunch and drank beer. I have to cop to having been on Wi-Fi at the bar, which I consider poor form, but I was desperate to try and contact a high school classmate, to no avail.

A couple of TVs flanked the bar, plus there was a corner booth to my left. Behind me was the restaurant area with a few booths, but mainly tables and chairs. Again to my left, along Market Street, was a patio with metal chairs and tables with umbrellas attached to them. Sadly, the concept of al fresco dining continues to elude me as a possibility. There was a unisex washroom behind me, to the right, and another set of washrooms downstairs and to the left.

My waitperson told me that they no longer brew on premises, but that the new facility is located in the Gorham Industrial Park. It meant that there was less to look at here, but it has freed up space to allow the brewer to experiment. His latest was a small-batch beer called “Proper Pale”. They routinely offer five (5) standards: Light; Brown; IPA; Red; and Stout as well as three (3) rotating offerings. There was not a clinker in the lot, plus the Proper Pale really did it for me.

Despite the move to Gorham, as you descend the stairs to the downstairs restaurant area, the Fermentation Vessels and Serving Vessels sit like Miss Havisham’s house - reminders of a past. In retrospect, however, it could be that they are using those tanks. I failed to ask and should follow up.

Finally, BlitheringIdiot’s Mom Test: Hell, yeah! Even my mom. The place is clean, friendly, and welcoming. No problem. (1,738 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to this brewpub a couple of years ago but couldn't recall much more than that. Today was a lunch decision due to the nice weather and the proximity to the work building.

the lunch crowd atmosphere was nice and we showed up just after opening. the service was nice and reasonably prompt. For a brewpub, only 5 draft beers was a little less than I would've expected but with time for one beer I selected well.

the cost to have lunch was less by far than other area restaurants with a business crowd. A soda, draft pint, two burgers and tip for under $30 - very nice indeed.

I would gladly come back here again. (627 characters)

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Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.