Sebago Brewing Company
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
09-23-2007 02:50:36 | More by Yetiman420
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
Nice brewpub in the Portland Old Port area, the pub is split into smaller sections that give each one a more intimate feel. I generally like to sit at the bar on the main level and watch some sports on the TVs at either end of the bar while enjoying a beer and a meal.
Selection of beers is limited to Sebago beers, 4 standards and a couple of seasonals usually, a "guest" tap,( Sierra Celebration this week!) and unfortunately one macro for the masses, usually Bud Light or Coors Light. You can get a sampler of all of the house beers, including the seasonals, for a decent price before deciding on a beer to order in full size, which comes in choices of normal 16 oz. pints or tall 22 oz. pints.
Food is good, a lot of the standard pub fare, with a bit of maine flavor thrown in with lobster rolls and steamed mussels available.
Some nice specials are the "late happy hour" which goes from 10 o clock until the 1 AM close with $2.50 pints and $3.50 talls as well as reduced prices on appetizers.
Mondays during football season offer even better specials, $6 pitchers of house brews, $2 plates of wings and $2 personal size pizzas, I have a bigger screen at home than the 27" that they offer, but if I go there, I don't have to clean up the mess.
All in all this is a great place to have a few brews and grab some food while you are in Portland.
11-15-2002 19:59:34 | More by MaineBeerMan
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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.
11-19-2007 05:16:29 | More by spiffysamurai
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
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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 Fryes 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!
03-22-2004 02:36:39 | More by BeerResearcher
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
10-21-2003 19:19:46 | More by moulefrite
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
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
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
02-27-2011 23:49:09 | More by WanderingFool
Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.