Sebago Brewing Company
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 1,484
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
02-01-2010 13:36:53 | More by ToasterChef
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-28-2009 19:32:19 | More by berley31
3.44/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
11-04-2009 02:58:51 | More by SurlyDuff
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Right near the heart of the Old Port in Portland, this is a must stop. Most of the time I come here, it's late at night and all the other places are packed beyond comfort and way too loud. This Sebago location though is usually just right if you're looking for something more low-key, classy and quiet. Nice looking bar with a fairly open first floor with table, large windows adorn the building so you can always watch what's going outside. Some outside seating is also a plus for the warm summer nights. I haven't been seated downstairs dining area though, so no idea what it's like.
The beers are always good and the waitstaff is usually attentive and kind.
Like I said, if you're looking for a place to chill, have a good beer and be able to talk at a norm voice level in the Old Port, this is it.
Edit: I've eaten at this Sebago many times since my first review of it and it's a rare time when I'm disappointed by it.
05-30-2009 17:27:42 | More by deltatauhobbit
4/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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).
04-09-2009 05:06:52 | More by Durge
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is really two places in one...if you go and sit in the bar area or outside its one place but if you go for dinner and sit downstairs this is another place altogether. Two very different atmospheres, I like the bar area more!
Food is traditional pub fare, nothing overly crazy...burgers, chicken and some dinner entrees that are decent.
Beer are ALL Sebago and all pretty standard. I recommend whatever the seasonal is or the small batch beer is at the time. I do like the Frye's Leap if nothing else is appealing.
Very convenient and decently priced. Hit this place (or Gritty's) after you go to Novare Res if you need to fill up.
03-21-2009 02:32:58 | More by indiapaleale
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
03-18-2009 21:17:21 | More by GreatPondBrewer
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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!
08-22-2008 01:38:10 | More by 12vman
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
05-17-2008 15:48:08 | More by tdawgydog
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-11-2008 23:31:49 | More by kmo1030
Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.