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Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
BA SCORE
86
very good

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
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 Thrasher
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.

Thrasher, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of bakerbill
3/5  rDev -20.2%

bakerbill, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Robjvoorhees
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Robjvoorhees, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jun 23, 2005
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 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
Photo of dunix
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

dunix, Jul 22, 2014
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 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 Hhawk06
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.

Hhawk06, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of SurlyDuff
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.

SurlyDuff, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Went to Portland, Maine for the first time ever and we decided to eat at Sebago Brewery on Fore Street. The restaurant was split between the bar area and a nice and quiet restaurant section. The quiet atmosphere was definitely appealing since we had our infant with us. Service was attentive, even though we felt far away. I liked the overall pub menu and decided to have the seafood bake, which was decently hearty with good sides of potatoes and peas. The beer was pretty good. I had their Simmer Down Summer Ale and then their Fyre's Leap IPA. The Simmer Down was definitely my favorite of the two. The prices were fair for a restaurant in a downtown location and my wife and I, overall, had a good supper here.

fitzy84, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

UnionMade, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Modern location away from the smell of seafish, and close to the public parking garage. A little noisy and buzy at suppertime, it wasn't too bad. A large bar, a comfortable spot (fortunately) and a moderate sized patio if you want it. Their product line is average, but there is usually something interesting on, this night a cask dry hopped citra IPA. People were happy with the food, and beer was ordered by all but a secondary consideration. Some bombers available if you wanted it, I should have checked for a barleywine - never know.

Sammy, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of tdawgydog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Stopped by Sebago Brewing company in the old port area of Portland while on a recent trip to Maine. Although this is a "beerfly" report I must say that the food was very very good! The Thai glazed wings are something to remember. We were seated in the downstairs area which has a completely different ambience from the upstairs seating area which has more of a sports bar feel. Downstairs was a nice quiet dining experience, which my wife and I didn't mind one bit because we have a 5 month baby in tow. As far as the beer I tried the Winter Ale which was the special for $2 a pint, it was a little flat and unimpressive but it's sort of the end of the season for a winter ale which is why it was probably only $2 a pint. After I was done with that I ordered a hefeweizen which more than made up for what the winter ale was lacking. It was true to form and one of the more impressive domestic hefeweizens I have enjoyed. I would highly recommend a trip to Sebago Brewing Company if you are in the Portland area.

tdawgydog, May 17, 2008
Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

whitenads, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hudsonheat, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of 12vman
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Continuing our tour of Portland, had dinner and a few pints with the family around 7pm on a Thursday night. Place was fairly busy for a week night with hipsters, young professionals sporting stylish Blackberrys and other communication devices (holy utility belt, Batman!) and seasoned vets alike.

Beer- Was somewhat disappointed with the minimal selection. Opened the menu, and saw several beers that grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, that was their seasonal list, with the only one available being the Bass Ackwards Blueberry. Not being a huge fruit beer fan, I decided to pass. Instead, opted for the Boathouse Brown ale, and enjoyed it very much. A bit hoppy for a brown, but being that I like hoppy beer, that was fine by me. Next, I had the Frye Pale Ale, which was definitely more hoppy, and a bit light in the mouth. Overall, another good beer, but I preferred the brown, which is unusual for me. Note- the selection score is based on the beer, since this is a "beerfly" review. Food selection was good.

Food was good- chowder had good chunks of seafood, Scallops were tender. Wifey's corn chowder was also very good,as was her Santa Fe wrap. Nothing to write home about- just a solid, sturdy meal that did not disappoint. Total price for our meals, and the two kid's chicken finger, plus 2 pints- $61.00. Not a bad value.

Service was good. Our waiter was friendly and professional, but not as personable as other folks in this fair city.

Atmosphere was nice, clean, designed to impress. This resturant was wearing business casual, while Gritty's (had dinner there last night), was definitely weekend casual. Nothing wrong with either, but that is what came to mind as I sat there soaking up the atmosphere tonight. Wife and kids preferred Sebago, while I think I'd visit Gritty's again. But I would definitely recommend a visit to Sebago to judge for yourself.

Remember, life's too short to drink crappy beer!

12vman, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

This place is really two places in one...if you go and sit in the bar area or outside its one place but if you go for dinner and sit downstairs this is another place altogether. Two very different atmospheres, I like the bar area more!

Food is traditional pub fare, nothing overly crazy...burgers, chicken and some dinner entrees that are decent.

Beer are ALL Sebago and all pretty standard. I recommend whatever the seasonal is or the small batch beer is at the time. I do like the Frye's Leap if nothing else is appealing.

Very convenient and decently priced. Hit this place (or Gritty's) after you go to Novare Res if you need to fill up.

indiapaleale, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of slander
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%

Still Portland, and old port play today for a while longer anyway; this excursion up north once a year or other. A single allowable record store, check, smokes and double espressos, check and check, crazy chicken sandwich, not yet but coming soon. So Sebago now, a well lit, open place just up the road a bit from where it was we was. I'm not really sure how we're never stumbled across this place before. We've been up on Middle Street and it's not like there ain't a giant blue neon light in the window welcoming...

A long straight wood bar with a copper foot rail seats 14 or so. Lotsa light from the gigantic windows over Middle Street; a fat wood barback counter below, with some wines & booze displayed atop, and coolers & wine 'fridge action under lots of glassware stacked & sunken within. Large 2 man crew boat suspended above the windows, and tap list & merchandise boards above that. Drop spots suspended over the bar from a giant beam suspended from other beams. TV's in the corners and brewing equipment visible behind glass as you enter. 3 rows of raised tables adjacent to the bar and a few booths. Apparently, downstairs, a larger dining room, more quiet, fewer windows, but I didn't get there, and there are tables outside which I'm sure don't suck during the warmer weather.

They had their 4 full time and 3 seasonals on, as well as a handful of guest taps from other Maine breweries (Sunday River, Atlantic Brewing Company, Carabasett) and 2 macros on the end just in case you feel the need to come to a brewpub and drink Bud. The Lake Trout Stout was solid, but I wasn't so hot on the Slick Nick Winter Ale and Jed said "It's a brown ale" of the Boathouse Brown Ale. Didn't try the food as there's a crazy chicken sandwich in my future Gritty's bound, but I suspect we'll get back here.

*** Some 6 years later, up north once a year or other and revisiting haunts ago. I'm blinded this hour sitting at the bar looking into the sunset over Middle & Market Streets, the windows shaded over Middle Street but done poorly over Market. Big windows up front, "overhang to something above the tables eating". I wrote that in my notes, I'm not sure what I meant by it.

They no longer brew here, surprise, the brewing equipment is gone gone gone. I guess it's all done at a central location that feeds this and other Sebago locations. 6 beers on the sampler, the samples themselves being a buck a piece except for the Double IPA, which is $2, so whatever, send 'em, send 'em all. 5 house regulars (Northern Light Ale, light is light; the Boathouse Brown Ale, weak, and not, you know, good; the Frye's Leap IPA, pleasant hoppiness, good bitterness; the Lake Trout Stout, roasty, tasty; the Runabout Red Ale, a bit malty, okay), and a seasonal (Single Barrel Full Throttle Double IPA, crazy hazy & super sweet, way past the point of being hoppy). Frye's Leap IPA & Lake Trout Stout being the best of the lot. And that was that 'cause they wouldn't let me sample the Whiskey Porter; they only deal a 10 oz glass for $5.35 (who came up with that dollar figure?) I am going to forego it, as I don't need a 10 ounce glass of anything here, especially so close to Novare's opening, but I am not happy with their rigidness around letting me get a sample of it. Do I need to actually show you my red pen? It will not bode well for you, I promise. But you get what you get; they're just pouring here, no clue to the beer at hand. And the macro bottles displayed above for all to see. Just not loving it.

slander, Mar 02, 2003
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 ODBRIP
3.61/5  rDev -4%

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.

ODBRIP, Mar 17, 2008
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 beerbiatchMD
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Jan 3, 2012 (reviewed from notes)
Atmosphere is ok with a clean new interior and ample seating, though seems a bit corporate (like a Cheesecake Factory feels). This is probably what they're going for, however, in their new location underneath the Hampton Inn. It makes a nice place for a large group to meet.

Quality of beers and food is decent. I'm personally not super impressed with their beer, but there are lots of options and it's locally brewed. The Beer is very well priced ($4 for a pint). I feel like appetizers are pretty spendy so be careful there. All food was pretty tasty.

The servers do know about the beer their serving and what's available (which somehow isn't the case everywhere--even in brewpubs). Service time was relatively quick, no major complaints by any means, but nothing special.

It's definitely a place worth going to, and I'd certainly eat/drink there if staying at the Hampton Inn. However, being right in Old Port there are tons of options that locals would consider 'more authentic.'

beerbiatchMD, Feb 08, 2012
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Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.