Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
160 Ratings
Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, Maine, 04051-3919
United States

(207) 925-3200 | map

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4.85/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Lost reception in eastern New Hampshire coming up on the Maine line but I'm pretty sure Eppi said he was going to meet me at Ebenezer's before the call dropped. And then no reception, no nothing, for quite some time until the sudden ding of a signal again somewhere on rte 5 south of Lowell. A quick redial and he says he's also on rte 5 somewhere, pulled over to make a goodnight call to the kiddies while he still has reception. Came over the next rise and caught him, parked. Followed me up and suddenly started flashing his headlights like a madman. What's he doing, we're still 8 miles out, he's slowing to turn, no, I couldn't have passed it, but yes, I did. Let's just say that it's not where googlemaps says it is, be warned...

Copper topped bar, angled & angled again, seating 7 with a copper foot rail. 31 taps in a row on a bar back slat wood box, plus 3 on a tower off the bar and a single handpump. Wait. There's another tap handle over there, I somehow missed the Delirium pink elephant tower, duh. Box shelving below with booze & more below, and 4 coolers on the end with old tap handles displayed atop. A pair of suspended boxes with bottles displayed within and glassware dangling from slot racks underside; one over the bar seating, the other over the taps.

White walls with wood slat lowers & the trim in pale green, in this light anyway. Lots of brewing signage, but its good stuff, vintage stuff, some stuff I can't get and I've been looking. Magnums in the front windows, and TV's at opposite ends of the bar. 2 hightop tables off the bar, and a side room holding 7 tables below rear view windows, strung lighting above. Far staircase to upstairs; 4 tables in a ski chalet like arched room with a deck for 3rd tee golfer heckling right out back.

35 taps in all; roughly 2/3 of them Belgian, 5 of them alone from Cantillon (Saint Lamvinus, Vigneronne, Rose De Gambrinus, and Kriek & Framboise '06, and not on the heels of a Cantillon event, but just because), and some serious goods in the other dozen and a half Belgian offerings (Eb's crazytown namesake house beer Black Albert, Abbaye De St Bon-Chien '07, Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Oude Beersel Framboise, De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs, Des Geants Goliath Triple, Ichtegem's Grand Cru, t' Smisje Dubbel, Val-Dieu Triple, Verhaeghe Echte Kriekenbier, Bacchus, De Ranke Pere Noel, Het Kapittel Abt, Scaldis Noel, Baladin Nora, Bruegel Amber, Balthazar, Ertvelds Wit, Stella). The other 1/3 a mix of the mostly micro (Allagash Fedelta, Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale, Smutty Real Old Brown Dog & Wheat Wine, DogFishHead 90 Minute & 120 Minute IPA, North Coast Old Rasputin, Rogue Old Crustacean, Stone Double Bastard '05) and an import or two (Samichlaus Helles, Fullers London Pride).

The bottled menu is a riddle of disorganization, unreasonable categories & duplicate entries throughout (fix it, fix it now). They've got the goods but it's really hard for me to detail what's what without lifting a beer menu and I won't. At least 150 Belgian bottles, with very little fucking around. Nearly all the Trappists, but no Westies (for you anyway). A tight collection of Gueuzes & Lambics (Cantillon, Hanssens, Drie Fonteinen), 750's (damn, nearly a dozen offerings from Fantome), and other Belgian fun. A smattering or more of everything else, from light domestic play (Rogue, Southampton, DogFishHead, Anchor, Sierra Nevada), to vintage & obscure (Anchor OSA & Sierra Bigfoot '95-'07, JW Lees '88-'89, Gales Old Prize Ale '97 & Jubilee '02, A Le Coq '99), to magnums, to imports UK & Euro, to various stouts & porters. It's a serious list, and note the note, "If you don't see it on the menu, just ask. We might have it (wink wink)".

Started with the Saint Lamvinus, lovely, and then they cracked a De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva '07 for us. I mentioned the alleged beer cellar, just curious really, wasn't expecting anything, and Frank said, "You wanna see it?" Well, yeah, and holy shit. I was actually giggling in the cellar. I wouldn't tell you that normally but Eppi's going to talk about it tomorrow so I might as well get out in front of it. A whole lot of stuff that you can't get, don't ever see, or have never heard of. We drank a Struiselensis Pale Ale & a Bells Expedition Stout down there and just talked beer. Looked around some, reached into a random box and the beer I pulled was a Bass Queens Ale '27. Yeah, it's like that. Back upstairs again, Frank cracked some '88 Faro for the patrons to share, it did not suck.

I was coerced into having a chicken quesadilla (sans the olives, a known disgustinagin), it was quite tasty. Gracious hosts Frank & Hanna took excellent care of us, as Chris was selfishly away vacationing. The place is just maddening, I could do a whole lot of time here. Whoop, cell phone ding again, I've got a signal. Seems Karl left me 2 messages, wants to know why I'm 3 hours late for dinner, Ebenezer's.

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Photo of ph2001
4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

In two visits here, i've never left anything short of blown away. each time i was greeted by the staff like a friend. the bar has a nice relaxed atmosphere and the walls are slathered with beer art. it's classy enough you feel like you are in a world class bar, but laid back enough you can feel okay bringing kids along. the beer list is beyond impressive, it is other worldly. rare and special treats cover the pages. there is a lot to be excited about once you see the list, so it's nice that they offer tap half pours to sample. the food has been really good, the chimay burger is awesome. the staff there is amazing. incredibly friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient. chris, jen, frank, and hanna have all been wonderful. even the dog, chimay, is friendly. i'm really looking forward to chris' new project in brunswick.

if you are anywhere near this place you need to stop. ebenezers does not dissapoint, only impress.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm reviewing Ebenezer's after my second visit. It is a little difficult to find this place (don't trust Google Maps' directions), but it is worth searching for. The sign over the door proclaims you are entering the #1 Beer Destination in the World, and it is most likely correct.

There is a large screened in porch for outdoor seating protected from the mosquitoes, as well as a few tables outside right on the end of neighboring golf course. Inside, there is a dining room with many windows looking out onto the golf course, as well as a smaller taproom with a pair of tables, the bar seating a television. On all of the walls there are signs, flags, mirrors, beer trays and advertisements for beers from around the world. It doesn't look tacky, it is more of a shrine to the great beverages the customers are seeking.

About the service, the only area that I docked half a point. Almost everyone there is exceptional, remembering us from the previous visit and asking us questions about what we talked about previously. Jim, the bartender the night we were there, is extremely knowledgeable about the beers he serves, and we spent a while discussing the various beers we were trying. The only people who weren't perfect were the ones who you could tell had just started working there for the summer season. I imagine that when we go back in another month or so, they will be just as perfect as their coworkers.

The food here is almost as great as the beer. They use locally raised beef, and it tastes exceptional! I've had two different dinners and two different appetizers at Ebenezer's and both we completely delicious. I imagine everything on the menu is tasty. Also, the menu is diverse enough that you should find something you like (and if you can't, they'll probably tell you that the kitchen will make anything you'd like, which we overheard a waitress tell another table).

Now onto the beers. The top of the tap list welcomes you to Belgium and introduces you to the greatest tap list on Earth. This is a rather large claim, but one that is backed up as you look at the 20 or selections. Beers that you would have a hard time tracking down in bottles are here in kegs. There is also an extensive bottle list full of stuff you can't believe that Chris, the owner, is selling. You'll find yourself wishing you had brought more money--not because the prices are too high, but because there is so much you want to try. Your wallet will always run out before you've had everything you want to try.

I feel that I could spent every afternoon here, and even though I've only been twice, I'm treated as though I am a regular. Every beer fan who has the opportunity should make the trip to Ebenezer's, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jim102864
4.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I managed to convince my wife that driving 5 1/2 hours north to a small town in the woods of Maine to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary at a Belgian beer bar last weekend was a great idea. Based upon what I'd read about Ebenezer's, it was a sure bet. We were not to be dissapointed. I'll leave the physical layout for others who've already covered that. As we walked in through the outdoor seating area, the first thing we noticed was the Pannepot sign that was obviously being hand painted. Absolutely beautiful. Upon entering the bar which was half full, there were two older bikers wearing their colors which suprised the both of us. They left shortly after arriving and we took their seats. Hanna was our waitress. she was hands-down the best server I can remember in any restaurant. Attractive, pleasant with a good sense of humor, and extremely well versed in everything served at Ebenezer's. She treated us like we were the only customers there that evening. She recommened a sampler, so we picked five Belgians to start the evening, all of course on tap: Echt Kreikenbier; Black Albert; Avec les Bon Veux; Cantillon Rose Grambinus and our mutual favorite, Oude Beersel Framboise. The Framboise had an almost meady constistency to it, slightly sweet but not cloying. A spectacular brew. Black Albert, suprisingly enough, came in second. The evening ended about five hours later, but not before we enjoyed additional brews such as Ichtegem Grand Cru, an Allagash and De Preof blend served by Chris himself who also stopped by to say hello. What a great guy. Het Kappitel Abt was buttery and delish and enjoyed by both of us. Brasserie De Blaugies La Moneuse Special Winter Ale (750ML bottle). Before I forget, Hanna went out of her way to question us about flavors we sought, then brought us three bottles and described each before we selected the Special Winter Ale. After Chris stopped by (we now had four glasses on the table for the two of us), a short while later, the De Streusse brewers also stopped by and popped open a bottle of what else? Pannepot Reserva, 2005. What a thrill to meet the guys behind the beer. As I think about it, we finished with a saison from The Breury served by Chris. The food was also excellent. We enjoyed the blueberry glazed shrimp on the barbie along with some artichoke dip and chips. My wife had steak tips that were sweet and delicious. I loved the seafood plate over pasta which was chock full of lobster, shrimp, scallops and mussels. Hanna clandestinely brought the doggie bag to our table just prior to leaving (a bottle of Black Albert within). We stayed at the Old Saco Inn whic was about 3 miles down the road, which we also recommend. A great time, a great restaurant and an evening to remember because of Hanna, Chris and the boys from Desteuesse.

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Photo of John_M
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

After a few driving miscues in the area, finally came to Ebenezer's. If ever there was a place well worth the trouble....

As one walks in from the smallish parking lot, one notices an enclosed "outdoor" dining area, which from there one walks into the small interior dining area and bar that is Ebenezer's.

Much like the Toronado in SF, the first thing you tend to notice is just how small the bar area is. I think there were maybe 5 or 6 small tables and chairs, with no more then 9 or 10 bar stools for bellying up to the bar. As luck would have it, I missed out on meeting Chris this day, who was in Brunswick, working on the Pannepot cafe. However, we were instead served by Hanna, who was more then capable. Hanna mentioned that she has a background in wine, which she noted has helped her working at Ebenezer's. In any event, she was extremely knowledgable, friendly and efficient, easily one of the best servers/bar tenders I've ever encountered in a beer bar.

As for the selection, it pretty much goes without saying that it was excellent. I started off with a glass of Brooklynn intensified coffee stout, which I quickly followed with a glass of Black Albert. The draft list had 32 different beers this day, not one of which was anything other then exceptional. There were three different Cantillion beers, 120 minute IPA and Palo Santo Marron, Samichlaus, and so on and so forth. The bottle selection was nearly as good, with an impressive selection of Belgian beers. Along with my Black Albert, I also cracked open a bottle of Pannepot (delicious as always, but also extremely fresh, from what I could tell).

As for the food.... meh. We got the frites, house salad and spinach artichoke dip, all of which were fine. There was nothing memorable about any of the food we ordered, and I suppose it probably paled (understandably) in comparison to the beer. Prices were a bit on the high side I thought, with the beers (coffee stout, 2 black alberts and bottle of pannepot) and food coming to around $70 with tax. One thing I will say about the Black Albert. Yes, they charge $12 for a glass here, but they give you a pretty substantial 12 ounce pour. I had seen this beer on tap at Novare Res Bier Café, where the price was $10 for an 8 ounce pour. So while prices are certainly on the high side at Ebenezer's, at least I felt as if I was getting my money's worth there.

In any event, this is an outstanding place that is well deserving of all the accolades. Certainly a must visit for anyone in the area who happens to enjoy good beer.

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Photo of HopfenMalz
4.85/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

An utterly unique and absolutely outstanding pub. To say it's off the beaten path would be a gross understatement, since if you're in the vicinity of Lovell, Maine, you are obviously on a pilgrimage to Ebenezer's Pub. Formerly an ordinary backwoods bar, it is currenly just about the best Belgian beer bar I've ever found. On my visit (April, 2009) there were 35 draught beers on tap, and 25 of them were Belgian. Things like Cantillon (5 different beers), Scaldis Noel, Val Dieu Tripel, Oude Beersel Framboise, etc. And the American taps were not that shabby, either: Both 90 and 120 Minute IPA, Old Rasputin, Old Crustacean, etc. Of course, things like London Pride and a few others for the less adventurous were on hand as well.

OK, an incredible tap list, but the bottle collection is far too big to even begin to mention. Not only a truly amazing range of beers, but vintages going back decades! If you've ever been to the Kulminator pub in Antwerp, this is the American counterpart, I guarantee you.

The food is also great. I contented myself with a blackened prime rib that was done to perfection and came with great sides. The service was outstanding -- my bartender was not only beautiful but extremely knowledgeable and friendly. and she took care of a fairly full house with ease.

Prices are somewhat higher than a normal pub, but quite reasonable for the quality and selection offered.

Ebenezer's Pub isn't open much during the winter, due to the snow and the relatively poor roads, but if you are anywhere nearby from April to October, this is definitely not to be missed.

Lovell is about a 1.5 hour drive northwest of Portland, Maine, or two hours north of Portsmouth, NH.

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Photo of jammalamma
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ebenezer"s, it's hard to say enough about it. Tucked away in close to no where is this unbelieveible inviteing palace of beer. Some fellow BA's and myself were able to make the trip a few weeks ago and where it's only a mere two hour trip i wish i'd gone sooner! With a menu of sum 800 beers available it cant be topped!
We had dinner and drank while perusing the amazing menu's of beer, roughly six pages worth! Some buddies of mine were recognized by the staff and were told Chris would be joining us at the table. After a drink with him we were invited to tour his personal brew collection in the basement of the house next door.
At first glance you notice rarities and beer gems, some are items you may not have known existed. We were also joined by BJ, one of Chris's future brewers, an intresting and intelligent guy who traveled to Belgium to hone his skills in the art of brewing. Chris graciously opened many styles of beer from smooth barrel aged to ipa's to sour ales, all of which held it's own story and level of rareness, some of which one could not put a price on. We sampled and talked for a while enjoying their great company and insight before retreating back to the bar for 4-6 more rounds of liquid gold.
Over all, Ebenezer's is a great time no matter what your into. The friendly staff, great food, and welcoming hospitality of Chris himself all add up to why it's been declared #1 bar in the world!! You have to experience it for yourself!

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Photo of straffordmilitia
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am very pleased to say that I was lucky enough to make it to this hidden gem in Lovell, Maine. GarthTaargus, myslef, and another companion made the 1.5 hour or so trek about a month ago. I had heard some hype about this small oasis being one of the best beer bars in the world- and after this first visit, I can truly say, without compromise or doubt, that it isn't hype- it is truthfulness. I was blown away with every aspect of this home away from home. I have never received such gracious hospitality and genuine kindness in any other establishment in the entirety of my life.

I will keep it brief. The food was excellent, the service was second to none, and the owner (Chris) may be one of the most generous and down to earth people I have ever met.

We were given one of the famous private cellar tours where I was blown away and awe-struck. Chris and Frank graciously shared a few prized bottles with us and I was able to taste one of the best beers of my life.

We are making the trip back to Ebenezers this Thursday 4/16 and are even more excited than the first time.

Make the trip...Worth it in every aspect.


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Photo of stowehop
4.85/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It's everything you would expect, and more. Traveled there 4 times in the last couple of months, but haven't met Chris yet. Still the best bar you can find.

What makes this bar really special is the staff. Not only do they really know there beers, they are the friendliest group you will ever meet. Like drinking beer in your living room with family. Never been anywhere where they make you feel more comfortable. And go out of their way to make sure your beer experience is more than you hoped for. Thanks Hannah/Frank/Jen

And the food is surprisingly good.

Glad it is a 4 hour drive away or I would be broke!

Only problem I have is the German soccer flag above the bar! A sin. Have a proper Diable Rouges flag on the way for Frank/Chris as a proper replacement, and hopefully an Anderlecht scarf.

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Photo of kmilford
4.85/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went there last night after reading all the reviews. Only live a half an hour from this gem and had never been there.

Hannah and Frank were hugely knowledgable of the beers. Plenty of samples to make sure you got something you'll love.

Chris wasn't working but made a point to come over to our table and take us on a cellar tour. Never thought I would beer a sour beer fan, but now a convert I will need to be trying some more. Great experience.

I will be back this summer. With a public golf course next door and a huge patio area what else could you need, maybe taxi service.


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Photo of hga2009
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife, daughter and I recently visited this great beer bar on my birthday, March 13th. I knew it had a great reputation, but didn't know what to expect really. All I can say is it is the best beer experience I have ever had in the US.

I have been to some of the best beer bars in Boston on a regular basis, and some of the best beer bars in Belgium multiple times and Ebenezer's stands out for its over-the-top selection of the best of the best. All I can compare this experience to is being in Belgium. There are no middle of the road beers here, only the best. They are also fairly priced.

Our server Hanna was a real nice person and knew the beers front to back. She was very helpful as we had our 6 month old daughter there too.

Chris Lively, the owner of Ebenezer's, really made a great experience legendary as he give me a private tour of his beer cellar. The stuff dreams are made of. What an experience!

He also was serving up some beer on the house as we were about to leave, 1978 Kreik & Lambic Geuze from 1983(?) I can say I had 30 year old beer!

This place lives up to the hype and then some.

Just think of it as a beer bar & restaurant run by an obsessive beer purist, who offers up his world class beer to the customer.

This place is unbelievable! Thank you again Chris, you were a great host for my 33rd birthday!

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Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Let me pile on and say Ebenezer's is a completely amazing and awesome place! Worth every minute of the 2 hour each way detour on our trek to KtG day!

What a great vibe! We were instantly welcomed by Hanna and Frank as the legendary Chris was out on family business. Throughout the evening we were treated like long time regulars. I can not say enough good things about the service, which was amazingly attentive even at the height of the dinner rush. We had some nice conversations with other patrons as well.

A look at the tap list and we were in heaven. Among other things, we had Abby St. Bon Chien (as good as advertised), Bacchus, Fedelta, Avec Les Bon Voeux, Les Deux Brasseurs, Cantillon Kriek and Framboise '06, Really Old Brown Dog and Brooklyn Blunderbuss. And of course Black Albert, which was the closest thing to a disappointment all night. It was not as good as we remembered from the bottle we had from Belgium last summer but still really tasty.

The chili and steak tips I had for dinner were quite good.

The highlight of the evening was the famous cellar tour, which exceeded any expectations. The first thing the 8 of us saw on entering the cellar was a wire rack with 48 bombers of Beatification. We got to share one, courtesy of Chris's wife Jen, as well as a bottle of the Mikkeller Striuse DIPA and some LaChouffe coffee liqueur. All while taking in the amazing sights (a bunch of 6L bottles of St. Bernie 12, Earthmonk bottles in various sizes, a bunch of Firestone Walker 12, what appeared to be a case (!) of Cherry Adam from the Wood, a lone bottle of HotD Dave reserve sitting in a milk crate...a beer geek's dream shrine!

We were still in good condition to drive the 2 miles back to our B&B but the staff, in a final flourish of awesomeness, will even drive you back to your hotel if you need a ride at the end of the night.

Update: On a recent visit, staff changes made the place a bit less warm and welcoming. Food was also not as good as it has been. Cellar tour still rocks my world, and the tap list is still pretty amazing.


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Photo of Avalon68
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited on 2/8 during our trip for KtG release.

We arrived at about 2:00 on Sunday afternoon and were immediately made welcome by Frank(Manager). We ordered 2 Black Alberts and discussed beer a bit. Chris came out about 15 minutes later and after discovering we were BAs from Philly he graciously offered us a tour of his legendary cellar.

Our cellar experience was pretty much the same as all I have read. Chris was incredibly down to earth and friendly, encouraging us to take a look around while he popped a 750ml of Beatification for us to enjoy. We spent the next 30 minutes drinking beer, talking beer marvelling at his amazing collection, and making friends with his German shepherd Chimay. We probably would have stayed down there longer but some snowmobilers showed up and Frank couldn't get free to join us. Not one to leave anybody out, I grabbed his glass of Beatification and we headed upstairs to the bar. Chris followed with a bottle of Earthmonk, poured for us all and we continued our discussion.(with Frank this time)

Their tap selection upstairs was incredible. We had to drive back to Portsmouth that evening so unfortunately couldn't partake as much as I wanted to. The selection was mostly Belgians(I vividly remember the 4 Cantillons) with a few very well chosen American Micros thrown in. We didn't really eat anything, so can't speak to the food. This trip was all about the beer!

I can't recommend this place enough regardless of where you are coming from. It is definitely worth the trip. Chris and Frank are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable while at the same time extremely humble. A refreshing change from many beer bar owners I have met. Get here!

I actually ended up meeting up with Frank the next day at the Kate release. We shared a few bottles I managed to trade for while in NH(between glasses of Kate) and had an awesome time.

This place made such an impression on me that I will be heading back next month to do the tap selection justice.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't already been said (though I didn't get a cellar tour like the previous reviewer)? Upon entering, we were met with a ton of people, mostly snowmobilers, many of which were not drinking any of the craft beer found on tap or in bottles. That didn't bother us. It seemed like a friendly place and we waited for a table. There were all sorts of signs and posters from Belgian breweries and other bars. We were handed a beer list, which had 4 or 5 pages, the first being the tap list, which is what we wanted. On it we found a handful of Cantillons, a bunch of other Belgians, just a couple of American beers, and Stella Artois (kind of surprised to see that listed). We all ordered a beer while we waited. I had a Forti, which was listed as a hoppy Belgian beer, though it wasn't really that hoppy (Houblon Chouffe would be hoppier). I ordered the combo to try the sausage and the steak tips. The steak tips were out of this world. The sausage was really good, but a bit dry. Our regular waitress didn't seem to know what was going on, but the other one, I think her name was Hannah, was very attentive and once she found out we were into beer brought us a bunch of samples, including Black Albert and a couple Cantillons.

The selection was fantastic, though I would have preferred to see some more American beers listed. They had a 2004 Old Guardian on tap, which was awesome, and a Samichlaus Helles, also awesome. One of the people in our party wasn't overly impressed by her food (there's the hit, along with the dry sausage). Everything tasted very fresh. I was disappointed they had no Earthmonk, but the Black Albert and St. Lamvinus on tap were amazing.

The score hit for atmosphere was because it was extremely cold in the place as they kept the heat down so the snowmobilers wouldn't get too hot in all their gear. IMO, they should let them take off some of their layers and keep everyone else warm. If you go in the winter, dress for the cold.

We stayed at the Olde Saco Inn at the recommendation of Chris, the owner. It was a very nice hotel and pretty reasonable, as it included breakfast. We learned from the innkeeper that if we drank too much, we could get a ride back from Ebenezer's from one of the staff and he'd give us a ride in the morning to get our car. Good to know. We plan on going back up in the summer when there isn't 3 feet of snow on the ground (we were skiing for the week, so it was good for that) and returning to the Olde Saco Inn and will likely take them up on the shuttle service.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What else can I add? The place and its people are amazingly welcoming. Though Chris is out of town, and Jen taking the night off, we were extremely well taken care of. The food was excellent and the service and hospitality outstanding. There were about 30 taps, mostly Belgian, and many I was unfamiliar with. I had a Het Kapittel Abt first, called a quad on the menu. It was wonderful. Hannah and Frank brought us samples of various beers unprovoked. They both seem to have some passion for sours, which I don't, but tha's fine. A sign inside says they have 800 beers. I don't think there were that many on the menu, but who cares? They've got alot of beer. Though I give a deserved 5 for selection, the American craft section is modest. But it is made up for with Belgians. Frank, the cook and apparently Chris' protege, lead our cellar tour, which included samples of Sturise/Mikkeller double IPA and Struise Pannepot unspiced version. Yum. The Black Albert was especially tasty as well, and on tap.

A big thank you to Frank and Hannah and all the crew at Ebenezer's. I look forward to a return visit sometime. It may be helpful to know that they have a relationship with an Inn nearby where Ebenezer's will give you a ride home, and the Inn will bring you back for your car in the morning. The Inn is very nice, but maybe a bit pricey for college student type budget. But being so far out in rural Maine, you likely have to stay somewhere.

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Photo of kernal
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The last review really says it all. Heading to Lovell is a challange depending on the weather. But no matter what the weather is, get to this bar. When you walk through the door and see the copper bar top, you see the cooler filled with beer at the proper temperature, you see the infinite amount of taps pouring beers you never dreamed could be on tap, then you meet and get to know the staff it all adds up to one thing, the best beer bar ever.
Each review is correct, this place is a masterpiece. Not only can you try a number of beers you may never see, you have a staff dedicated to the beers and can share with you details that help you make the right decision.
Chris the owner was one of those guys you can spend hours and days talking to, I learned so much about the pub and his passion for making this place even better.
This review is in a lot of ways stating what many have said before. But it is also a THANKS to Chris and Hannah and the rest of the staff for an unforgettable visit, I will be back!

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4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My good friend and I made a trip up there as part of what we called the New England Pub Crawl. We did all New England states by car and stopped in at least one pub/bar in three days. Maine was the one state we actually did three stops. Allagash, Gritty Mc Duffs and the main reason to do this trip Ebenezer's. We stopped in on the 16th of Jan. We actually got there early and waited in our car in freezing temps for the place to open. At 3pm on the dot we made our way to the bar and were immediately greeted by one friendliest bartenders, Hannah. Man, she was great. She only had been there since Sept of last year and had a good grasp of the great beers served. She could tell you what you should taste and what to look for in your beer. Now I am going to knock them in beer selection score because they didn't have Black Albert. Yea I ordered it and sure enough the night before the last keg had just been tapped out. Ok, I know that's just being petty. But hey!! where else would you expect to find Black Albert????

We ordered some food which was great. I loved the fries and belgian mayonnaise. My friend ordered beef tip salad and he was not disappointed. So I am not going to go into the beer selection. Come on, we all know how great it is already.

I will say this, we did get to meet Chris and wow was I blow away by his passion. He did take us down to his cellar and he told us about his place. What all of this means to him and how all he wants to do is enjoy the great beer and share it. I did ask him one question: "You have the #1 beer bar in America, what do you look for in a restaurant or bar when you go out?" His response was simply great food, great service and a clean place. That's it. Nothing about the beer selection or someone knowing what to drink with what, nope. Chris' point to us was he wanted his place to be a family restaurant. A place where anyone can bring their family and have a great food with great service and be able to enjoy a great beer. He did say he was humbled that we would make this long journey in the middle of winter to be at his place. Chris, if you read this I believe you accomplished that task. Your staff was great, the food was awesome and your generosity was most gracious. My friend and I were blown away. Nothing else on our journey could compare to what we experienced there.

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5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We were at Ebenezers on the night of a crazy New England ice storm, so we were one of the only guests there. I suppose we were the only ones lucky enough / stupid enough (chose one) to travel out that night for a beer.

After settling in out of the storm, our extremely friendly waitress chatted it up with us for a while and saw that we were really into the beer. After dinner she brought back Chris to say hello. After some more great beer suggestions up in the pub and a great beer conversation, Chris invited us over to his house to check out his cellar... yes ... we know just how lucky we are!

Anyhow, I think that there is a lot more to their deservedly great reviews. It is not just the great beer selections (of which there were just soooo many), but there are plenty of places out there with great beer. It is the whole package. We had great service at the pub with a staff that really knew their beers. The food was creative and delicious (steak tips - yummy) and the pub was intimate, creating a much more personal experience than a larger pub could offer. To boot Chris and his wife Jenny were totally cool and personable.

We met a regular at the bar there that night (John) that had been coming to Ebenezers for what he described as "forever". For years he and his wife drank only Bud and Bud Light, and like a good barkeep, they served it to them with a smile. By John's own words, the laid back and knowledgeable approach at Ebenezers slowly got him into good beer. That's a sign of a great beer bar.

As small business owners ourselves, we know first hand the difference that the personal touch and attention to detail makes. Chris and his team have really done a great job up there pulling together the whole package.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite pubs (if not my favorite!). Tucked away in this small, sleepy town in Maine. Nice atmosphere, very cozy. Small bar though (only like 7 or 8 seats). Lots of quality taps (can't quite remember them all because the last time I was here was in February but off the top of my head: Ayinger Celebrator, Cantillon Kriek, De Ranke, Allagash Black and Curieux, Pizza Port, etc etc.) Not many American beers, this pub specializes in imports, particularly Belgians. A huge Fantome collection, plus some rarities including Chimay Doree and Westvleteren. Lots of Struise too, of course. The owner, Chris, is awesome and very generous, if you get the chance to talk with him. The food is superb too. Truly a must visit, even if you're 7+ hours away. Probably the best pub in America, at least on the East coast.

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5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I just got back from a trip to Ebenezer's with a group of friends. I can firmly state that this place lived up to even my highest expectations. Chris, the owner, is probably the coolest guy I have ever met. He is so generous and knowledgeable. He took us on a personal tour of the cellar, which contained so many rare & exotic beers that I had to take out my camera and take pictures of some of them.

The selection is loaded with great beers. The beer menu has 6 pages, if I remember correctly. Tons of sour ales, barley wines, and imperial stouts. The ONLY negative is that they only had a few IPA's/DIPA's. But, I probably wouldn't order them anyways because there are so many hard to find Belgians on the menu. I had a Cantillon Vigneronne and De Struise Black Albert, both on tap. I also got a bottle of Pannepot.

I can't believe a world-class beer bar like Ebenezer's is located in Lovell, ME. Chris explained to us that having it there is good for Maine and for the local area. It was interesting to look out in the parking lot and see more snow mobiles than cars.

The food (we ordered a garden salad, chicken fingers, french fries, chowder, and chili) was really good. The french fries and chicken fingers were perfectly fried. All of the food complimented the beers that we were drinking.

I am so happy that I made the trip up there and will definitely be going back soon. It's truly worth the trip from any distance.

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4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Just got back from a trip here with a few friends and this place is beyond belief. As a native of Maine, I don't know why it took me so long to finally make the trip to Ebenezer's. We walked in shortly after noon so it wasn't exceptionally busy and fortunately we were able to get a table right away. For the first round, two of us ordered a glass of Black Albert, my brother got a two-year old barleywine from Allagash (didn't even know this existed), and another friend got a glass of some grape Cantillon. The Black Albert was great but the Allagash barleywine was phenomenal. Shortly after that I began to ask some questions about different beers and within 2 minutes, Chris is at our table. Chris is probably about the nicest, most genuine dude ever and knows more about beer than anyone I've ever met. As a shot in the dark, I asked him if he happened to have any Russian River brews lying around, and his reply was "I have all of them". He then starts telling us about his cellar, and invites us down to check it out.

I've never seen anything like this in my life. His cellar is like a museum where you can drink the exhibits. I still can't believe the things he had down here...Chimay from 1986, Westvleteren from the late 80s, kegs upon kegs of lambic, cases of Fantome, Bigfoot from every year since 1995...you name it. After talking with Chris for a while, I ask him how much a bottle of Beatification would cost. Rather than charge us for it, he offers one to us for free! So we all go back inside the pub and split a bottle with Chris, needless to say, this beer was fantastic. As a lover of sour beers, this was an experience I won't soon forget. After that, we get some Tsjeeses (a tripel aged w/stone fruits) which was fantastic. My brother had a Koningshoeven quad which was probably the best quad I've ever tasted. As we were getting ready to leave, Chris spotted us across the room and called us over for one last tasting. He produced a bottle of Firestone Twelve and poured us each a small glass. What an amazing beer - huge chocolate and bourbon taste and definitely one of the top imperial stouts (or strong ales?) I've ever had.

This place is amazing and Chris is one of the most generous and friendly people you will ever meet. Plus, the food was great! It is hard to believe such a special place is located in the tiny town of Lovell, but this place definitely lives up to all the hype and far exceeded my expectations.

Go to Ebenezer's!

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5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I haven't been to hundreds of beer bars but I've been a quite a few and Ebenezer's lived up the legendary status I had expected when I went this past weekend. I gave the "atmosphere" a 5.0 because (to steal a phrase from Denny Green) it was what I thought it was!

Look... if you're looking for a super fancy, hoity-toity beer bar that's going to have a guy in a tux standing in the men's room holding out a white glove for a tip after he hands you a hand towel... you're in the WRONG place. BUT.. if you're looking for a down-home, clean, extremely friendly and comfortable place with the best beer selection and most knowledgable owner in the country Ebenezer's is probably in the top two or three. Atmosphere, to me, means "character" not whether or not there are linen towels in the men's room, and I don't know if there are too many places with more character than Ebenezer's.

I had the honor (and I mean that) of hanging out with the owner Chris for about an hour, talking and tasting beers. Black Albert, Earthmonk, Stille Nacht, St. Barnabus Abt, the recent Allagash/De Struise collaboration... the list went on and on (I can't even remember them all).

The waitresses that were there were extremely knowledgible and friendly. I had a "chimay burger" that was fantastic and when the check came I didn't even blink at the total. It was a couple of bucks but given the beers we had, for as long as we had them, I was pleased to say the least.

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4.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I found this place through BA when I was looking for something to do with a couple friends over the Columbus Day weekend. This is Saturday October 11 2008, which is the day that Stone Brewing Co. began distributing in Maine. Stone is available here in Mass but the idea of a wall of taps pouring a dozen different Stone products was too appealing to pass up. Off we went... First of all, I felt like I was going to one of those bars in Swingers where you get to brag just because you found the place. Talk about a hidden gem.

Upon arriving we were treated like regulars for the next 10 hours, thats right 10 hours. Chris, the owner, offered us a spot to set up a tent out behind the bar within 15 minutes of meeting us. His generosity was natural and immediate. Thank you Chris. Set up camp and then helped build a campfire and proceeded to play two-on-two touch football with the fire at the 50 yard line.

Now, they had a different beer line-up and menu for this particular night but the food, drink and prices were beyond all expectations and based on this one experience I'm sure we'll make more than one return trip. Thank You for a great night. Woohoo

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Photo of joepais
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What can I add about this place that hasn't been said before?
Well let me tell you my take
This place is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere Maine the "Restaurant at the edge of the universe" kind of way. The atmosphere is like a small New England diner meets gourmet food /Beer bar. I walked into the place and immediately felt like I was home.
The hospitality of Chris, his wife (who recently just delivered a child) and his staff were some of the best I have ever received in any establishment I have been to.
This man has a passion for Beer and you can tell. Not only from his selection at the bar (one of the best I have ever seen in one place) but in his enthusiasm for beer in general.
The food was crazy good I had cheese plate for an appetizer and a Chimay cheese burger along with some incredible Belgian chocolate bread Dessert.
It was the best beer drinking experience I have had in my life. I'd feel like I was bragging if it told you why so I won't but I will tell you to go and check it out yourself

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4.85/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I recently attended the BA "Return of the Belgiums" festival then spent a few days touring the Northeast. Among my desired destinations was Ebenezer's. After a few wrong turns I found the establishment tucked on the edge of a golf course at the edge of town. I got there after the lunch rush but was pleased to see that the bar was occupied by several patron who were all enjoying beers from the bar amazing selection.

I sat in the sun room and was promptly served by an attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. They were friendly and accommodating to my whims and fancies. I began with a Balck Albert (on tap) then progressed to a Het Kappitel Abt (also on tap and one of the ~20 fine brews available from a keg). The latter I enjoyed with a reasonably priced Ruben sandwich which was light on sauerkraut, was loaded with corned beef, and heavy on a tasty "special" sauce.

Following lunch I surveyed the extensive beer menu and was pleased to find so many of my favorite Belgium's, as well as prime North American craft brews (~200 so so based on a fast count). My eye was attracted to a "market priced" Westmalle Extra which I ordered. The beer was served with reverence and while enjoying I was treated by a visit at my table by Chris, the owner of Ebenezer's. In addition to the fine conversation with Chris I was treated to samples including a Val-Dieu Grand Cru and a De Dolle Oerbier.

My only regret is that I was forced to leave the bar far earlier than I wanted to. I was staying the evening in Portland and then traveling on to Boston and home. I highly recommend Ebenezer's...it's a destination bar that all lovers of Belgium beers should experience.

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
Place rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 160 ratings
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