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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 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 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 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 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 morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Stopped here for lunch on Saturday while in Portland for the day. It was pleasant weather, so we opted to sit outside. There are a few tables that ring the outside walkway. While the view of the street is nothing great, at least you can enjoy the nice breeze. Ordered some beers and lunch. My wife had a pint of the Hefe and and I had a tulip glass of the Milestone Ale. Both were great. I liked my burger, while my wife was not overly impressed with her chicken sandwich. Our waitress was friendly and the food & drink arrived in decent time. Prices were average, with pints at $4 and specialty beers at $6. This is our second visit to this Sebago location over the years, and we have enjoyed both meals here.

morebeergood, May 24, 2010
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 francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2005
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 jjboesen
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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?

jjboesen, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

At the end of Old Port, under a bank...or by a bank. Something like that.

Big place, restaurant first it seems. A touch impersonal, but clean and efficient. I sat at the bar across from a nice bartender who was 'calmly enthusiastic' about every order.

About average array of beers, most come in 2 sizes. I went with the Seafood Plate entree....cuz I had to. Beers are solid and worth a stop-by and check-out, more so b/c it's in Old Port (or close to it), so no reason not to. Flat screen TVs above the bar and around the place was expected.

A good place to start off your Old Port touring.

Mebuzzard, Aug 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A brewpub trio that started with just a single location next to a mall. Didn't bode well, I thought. Come to find out, the Sebago owners' take on "brewpub" is precisely what some people in Maine and tourists were looking for.

The food is really well thought out. Menu features a generous appetizers section that gets half-pricing during happy hours. Not just wings either, bruschetta, mussels, potato nachoes, shrimp all at about $4 at 5 p.m. Sandwiches, dinners all uniformly of good quality. The fact that all this food is served until after midnight is also a big bonus to people in Maine who thought Denny's was the only place for late night eats.

Beer: Nothing outstanding, but all good, and made with an eye on consistency. They never have a bad batch. Their IPA is a good choice, and unlike some places, the stout is actually stronger than the other choices. Only five on tap at any one time, with a couple of guest taps.

Overall: the kind of place you could take mom and dad, a date or a business contact. And don't let the mallside location fool you.

ecoboy, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
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 StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%

not too far off the waterfront, this is a good stop in for lunch in Portland. sort of open feel to it, almost like a chain family restaurant, dennys, but nicer. everything looks new, not sure how long they've beer around. sprawling bar with maybe 20 seats, and at least seven beers on tap. all were decent, the casked bonfire with Chinook hops was world class. bartender was very friendly, helpful, and generous with the samples. we didn't eat here, but the food being run out looked outstanding! vibe was good, a little noisy inside, but that's always a good thing for business. the beers were not all particularly interesting, but they were all well made. i guess they do some limited bottling too, but i liked the cask offering the best. apparently this rotates fairly regularly, and they are always doing new stuff with it. a good place to visit on the maine brewery circuit, bonfire rye is highly recommended as far as the beer goes.

StonedTrippin, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +6.4%

I've been to this location a couple of times before but not since last Fall now. Sitting at the bar and having only had a snack or two to judge from, overall I'd have to say this place is perfectly fine. Nothing off the charts, but a fair pub atmosphere with the usual cast of decent Sebago brews and pretty friendly service. You can sit at the bar or at various tables including some outdoor/sidewalk spots. The bar definitely seems most inviting where you can watch a bit of what goes on out on the street behind the bar window. Actually, the rest of the bar, including the outside spots, don't seem all that great, sort of dreary, but the bar area is just fine, perhaps a little cramped. It's convenient to the happenin' part of town and is worth the walk to include in your pub crawl as long as you don't miss Novare Res on account of time spent here at the Sebago Brewpub. I would say that I now prefer the new site in Scarborough near the highway (the former South Portland location).

Durge, Apr 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dicers, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Hit here for some dinner and beers with the wife while making a quick trip to Portland during our KTG adventure. This place reminds me more of a chain than small brewpub. Not a bad atmosphere, but not what I really expected. Decent size bar, a couple of booths, and some high top tables upstairs, with a more intimate feeling section downstairs. I didn't quite understand the need for the big TV downstairs, but it's not my place. Our server was friendly and fast. They had the standard offerings available plus two casks. I enjoyed the cask brews with my dinner. Speaking of food...their potato nachos and banging! Very tasty and extremely filling. I barely got half of my Vermonter panini down after having those nachos. My sandwich was very good, but I didn't care for the fries much, but that is a personal thing. My wife ordered the fish and chips which was huge. Overall, not a bad place. I think it would be a good place to hang and watch a game...

Imstillthegman, Mar 09, 2010
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
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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 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
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Cool brewpub in the Old Port section of Portland. Bar and resturaunt seemed somewhat newish with plenty of windows to let the light in. And it looked like there could be outdoor seating on the patio when the whether is nicer. Impressed by the quality of their beers and each one is right on style. And the big 22oz. pint glasses for $3.50 were a real bargin. Definitely a place to visit if you are in Maine.

Visited again on 7/4/2003 and this place is seems to be very consistent, great fresh ales, never too crowded, and smoke free. The guest beer was Allagash White - very nice, but I noticed that they have 2 macros on tap now, Bud Light, and Miller Light - why they would have two of the same macro beers with different labels at a brewpub is beyond my comprehension. Looks like the almighty $ speaks louder than fresh local beer.

Longstaff, Nov 05, 2002
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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
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

A nice little stop on my trip over the the mainland from Peaks Island. The place is somewhat big, but not overwhelming and I sat near the bar so the feeling was still cozy and comfortable. All the Sebago regulars were on tap as well as their Double IPA. I had that along with a stout. My parents had Frye's Leap and a Brown Ale. All of the beers were tasty and certainly above average. Out waitress was super nice and helpful. Also had some of the pretzels with the house mustard. Good stuff to go with beer. Overall I thought the place was a nice stop and they do good beers. Nothing over the top, but that is exactly what I was looking for.

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 18, 2009
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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
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Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.