Sebago Brewing Company
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-24-2007 11:03:43 | More by Hautacam
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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 wasnt my type of crowd.
For as busy as it was they kept the place clean.
05-08-2007 14:16:20 | More by MTNboy
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
* 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.
02-18-2007 22:05:43 | More by Hibernator
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
12-28-2006 19:36:58 | More by JimFalzone
4.18/5 rDev +11.2%
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 Havishams 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, BlitheringIdiots Mom Test: Hell, yeah! Even my mom. The place is clean, friendly, and welcoming. No problem.
08-19-2006 17:31:01 | More by woodychandler
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
03-29-2006 18:20:40 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
Convenient location downtown. Clean, sleek appearance is perhaps a bit minimalist (with the exception of the TVs) especially compared to today's "let's bolt random stuff to the walls" trend. Upstairs has the bar and some seating, we went downstairs. Flatscreen TV on the wall with Discovery Health on, until everyone got sick of seeing a drunk guy stumble around with blood flowing out of his head. Then we changed the channel.
Anyways, to the beer/food. I sampled what they had - "light", red, brown, IPA, stout, winter, and IIPA. Nothing bad, nothing great. Chico, a bit thin, a bit grainy. The IPA was pretty good and the stout too. I had a burger that was a little overcooked and overall not very good. Decent fries. Luckily my wife did not finish her Buffalo Chicken Tenders, which were easily the food highlight here, so I helped her out instead of finishing my burger. Very tender and a good sauce - yum! Young, pleasant waitress, decent prices.
Overall a very average place with chico beers. I enjoyed my visit, though with other choices around, I cannot see myself choosing this one again.
02-23-2006 18:23:56 | More by waughbrew
3/5 rDev -20.2%
Short walk from the Portland Regency hotel among plenty of little shops. Walking in there is plenty of glass and more of an upscale decor that looks worn. Nice size bar with several stools. The restaurant high top tables were all filled with patrons. There was a downstairs which I did not venture to so nothing to report there. Crowd was younger and slightly toward the yuppie side.
Several beers were available, the IPA, Brown, Wheat, Lite, Stout, and a Red. After waiting for about 10 minutes while sitting at the bar while the waitress was yapping to a another patron, I finally flagged her down for a pint of the brown ale. Beer was decent, but when my glass was empty it took several arms waives to get attention of her again. Not good service in my book for a bar of that size. I also had the IPA which was decent and the special wheat brew which was awful - flat and entirely unbalanced flavors made this an "anti-refreshing" brew.
Food looked all right, but I didn't sample any. This is an OK place, but I prefer Gritty's if I had to choose between the two.
06-23-2005 00:27:04 | More by Gavage
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Visited Portland in March 2005. This city has always been underated in terms of great beer. Understandable, giving the beer mecca that the other Portland (Oregon) has become. I did'nt see a "mall" but SBC is located in an historical building, the original purpose of which, was never made clear. It is located about 2-3 blocks uphill from the Old Port (and the tourists) and gives one the impression of some past association with the sea (Duh). Visited on a Friday night - not crowded at all, though the barstaffer, though perky and cute, was not overly-attentive. The good part: SBC had about every style available; I had and enjoyed: Frye's Leap IPA, an American style IPA; Runabout Red Ale, a rather malty amber ale; Boathouse Brown Ale; Lake Trout Stout, an excellent dry stout with great body and finish; and last yet not least, their seasonal, Slick Nick Winter Ale. Is is me or could Maine beers use more hops?
04-03-2005 19:55:21 | More by jjboesen
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
A great brewpub in downtown Portland. As others have mentioned it is quite near a mall, but don't let that fool you. This place is legit. The atmosphere is nice, light wood, with a long bar and another room with many tables. Nice daytime natural lighting in here as well, as others have also mentioned. The quality of the brews is good, and I love the ringwood-fest on an IPA they have on tap here. All of the 6 beers were good, but the winter ale was not my favorite. Service was good, pretty fast and attentive as well. No complaints. Selection was OK, but just 5 or so taps is lame compared to some other brewpubs. Not bad, but not the best. Food was cheap and very good. My seafood chowder was chunky as all hell and loaded with the good stuff. A superb spot in downtown Portland. I'd like to visit again.
03-16-2005 20:22:21 | More by francisweizen
Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.