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Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
BA SCORE
86
very good

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 1,612
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

Yetiman420, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

bjohnson, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
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.

Hautacam, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
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 wasn’t my type of crowd.

For as busy as it was they kept the place clean.

MTNboy, May 08, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of JimFalzone
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.

JimFalzone, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
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 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.

woodychandler, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
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.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
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.

waughbrew, Feb 23, 2006
Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.