Sebago Brewing Company
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2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
09-08-2003 18:42:42 | More by Thrasher
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
3.1/5 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
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
3.25/5 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.
08-27-2007 14:56:38 | More by bjohnson
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
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
03-05-2003 08:58:59 | More by Hhawk06
3.44/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
11-04-2009 02:58:51 | More by SurlyDuff
Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.