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Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.69/5
Based on:
24 Beers
1,559 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 1.86%
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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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.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of JimFalzone
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of waughbrew
3.13/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

Photo of Gavage
3/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of jjboesen
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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?

Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was a welcome stop after a long day of downtown shopping and exploring with my longtime girlfriend, Kathy and her mother, Edie. We were all hungry and very thirsty. We found a corner bar-style table overlooking the street. The waitress was promptly at the table and took our drink orders. Kathy does not drink (we are an odd couple in that regard), but Edie enjoys beer of the lighter, but quality variety. The waitress recommended the Northern Light Lager. It was a brew that she really enjoyed. I enjoyed my Roundabout Red as well as a Frye’s Leap IPA. The clam chowder was thick, rich and loaded with fresh clam flavors. The beer battered fried fish was fresh, tender and enough for two people. Kathy ordered a cheeseburger and rootbeer. Both were well above typical pub quality and quantity. Edie opted for the lobster roll. Again, there was way more food than a normal human could expect. We were too full for dessert, but they allowed me a small sample of the Lake Trout Stout for free. This is a place we would all visit again. Good food, great service, and fine fresh beer!

Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place was a real find and a pleasant stop while checking out Maine. It is located about two blocks from another brewpub (Gritty McDuff's) and about a quarter mile from The Shipyard brewery. It's an upscale rest. with a nice bar attached. Table seating dominates the place, but the bar is where I was.

The service was outstanding. The people went out of their way to make me feel welcome. The beer was also good. They had about eight house drafts to sample, which were all above average quality (the stout was the best).

The atmosphere screamed of class, which was welcome after touring a bunch of college party pubs the day before. They offered a wide variety of native dishes and some for the common person as well. They had lots of lobster dishes to offer so of course being from NY I had to indulge. The food was awesome.

I rather enjoyed this place and would return anytime while staying in the Portland area.

Photo of moulefrite
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

After a weeks travel in Maine, with my wife, who was raised in the area, we both aggreed that the food here at this place was some of the best we tasted on our trip! We both have culinary degrees, and it should be mentioned that whoever is in the kitchen at this place, they are doing the right thing. Good atmosphere with outdoor/indoor seating, friendly service, and super fresh and tasty brews make this a definate place to hit when in Portland. Good Job!

Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Located right in the downtown area, this place is a short walk, assuming you can find parking. It's located right on the corner, with an airy breezeway kind of exterior. Definitely a modern, cosmopolitan kind of feel.
Walking inside, the interior is less like I'm accustomed to in a brewpub. It's very spacious and open, with a cafe kind of feel. We were seating in the bar area, which sported a long, sunlit bar and very contemporary furnishing. Simple metal barstools with a plain wooden back and simple wooden tables. More like a coffehouse than a brewpub. It felt a little cold and too sophisticated, at least to me. The menus and beer list were sort of low budget computer design, which paralleled, yet clashed irregularly with the very modern interior design. I didn't see any brewing tanks, but i didn't get to check the place out much, since we only had an hour before we had to get back.
The sevice was pretty decent. While not especially friendly, our waiter was prompt and courteous. I felt a bit like he was a little too prompt, and was trying to get us out of there. Our beers came out quickly, and they were poured well. The food also arrived promptly, and that was also very tasty. I had fish chowder and a caesar salad, both of which were excellent. It seemed like there was more emphasis on the food than the beer, which was just decent, while the food was very good.
Our bill was a little steep, but that's to be expected at a downtown restaurant. I thought the place was pretty nice, maybe the upscale appearance made me a little uncomfortable. The food is great, and the beer is good. Definitely worth a visit while in downtown Portland.

Photo of Thrasher
2.98/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I have to say I'm not crazy about this place. Both times I've been it's been absolutely dead. Decor is nice, spacious, woody, with a nice broad bar and picture windows looking out on the street (although the blinds were down -- eh?). Still the place bores me. Last time there were about 5 beers on tap, IPA, red, stout, brown, and fruit if I remember correctly. You can get a pint or a 22 oz glass for 5.50. Happy hour specials seem good (2.50 pint, 3.50 22-oz). The pour for the IPA took 6 or 7 minutes, something was wrong with the tap. It didn't taste so hot either, with a rubber element to the flavor. Bartender was nice but you could tell she knew very little about the beer. Anyway I'm not crazy about this place, especially when I'm so fond of Gritty's, but you may have better results than I did, perhaps if you sit outside with good company on a beautiful day.

Photo of bennybrew
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

sebago bay's pub in portland is on the edge of the old port and only a few blocks from gritty's (one way) and brian boru's (in aother direction).

it is not what i think of a pub. it has more of a resturaunt feel about it. it is prettier and cleaner than most brewpubs, which some may find appealing. especially with parents or kids or your parent's kids.

sebago brewing makes some fine ales. i don't believe they brew at this location (i could be wrong) but the beers i've had there were always fresh and of fine quality.

the service is good. knowledgeable and available without being pushy.

they have their beers and a local micro guest (i believe it was a shipyard when i was there) tap. full bar as well.

food is good for a brewpub. some good pub food and some more, say, casual dining type stuff.

definitely worth a trip when in portland.

Photo of Hhawk06
3.43/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped by here before going over to Gritty McDuff's. The place was practically empty, as it was a Sunday night in the dead of winter. That fact probably led to the over-hounding by the waiter. Overbearing as he was, he still provided some good knowledge about the house brews.

Decent selection of beer, although they were all by the book styles. None of them were screaming my name to try. I chose the Presidential Pale which was good, although nothing I would intentionally return for.

The menu was typical brewpub, I decided to go with a simple cup of clam chowder. I'll give credit where it's due and give an "A" grade for the chowdah.

Overall, the place was pretty underwhelming. I'm sure I caught if off guard as it clearly wasn't in-season for pub goers. I'd have to return to appreciate the full ambiance.

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