Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
25 Beers
1,569 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.77
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

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.'

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Photo of BrittEBurke
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

Photo of ToasterChef
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.

Photo of berley31
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
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.

Photo of Durge
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).

Photo of indiapaleale
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.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
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.

Photo of 12vman
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!

Photo of tdawgydog
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.

Photo of kmo1030
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ODBRIP
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of spiffysamurai
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.