Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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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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Photo of evantwomey
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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Photo of hossthepatsfan
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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Photo of yossarian14
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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Photo of dnichols
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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Photo of Myphoon
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you are anywhere in New England, visit this pub! It is a gorgeous drive and it is well worth the trip.

My wife and I were stunned at the beer selection. The draft list was exceptional which included many from Cantillon, De Dolle, a whole slew of Stone (Stone's "coming out" party was the day prior) and many others. The bottle list was even more impressive. There were all the Belgian favorites plus many hard to find nuggets like Thomas Hardy from the 70's, 6-8 different De Dolle beers and even Westvleteren!

Chris the owner noticed my Toronado shirt and introduced himself. We chatted about San Diego and other California beers. He disappeared and returned with a bottle of Pliny the Elder that was bottled on his birthday. He wanted to remind us of the taste of California.

Don't miss this place!!

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Photo of bkett01
4.3/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place truly is in the middle of nowhere. Well hidden near the border of Western Maine, Ebenezer's doesn't appear to have much competition in the area.
Atmosphere is almost like a summer shack with tables casually spread out throughout the interior with beer signs covering the walls. Very average atmosphere.
Service was my main issue. Granted, it was the waiters second night on the job, but when I ask what style a certain beer is the waiter should not say "I don't know" and then proceed to stare at me waiting for me to order it. Water should also not need to be asked for 3 times before finally getting it. I am assuming this service was the exception to the rule as other waitstaff appeared competent.
On to the good. Selection, Quality & Food were all fantastic. The beer list, as far as Belgian selection, is truly world-class. I had three beers, all very good, most interesting one being the Wedding Parfait. The steak tips, as others have mentioned, were delicious and very fresh.
Overall, I am glad I was able to experience Ebenezer's. Is it the best beer bar in America? Absolutely not. But if you're vacationing within an hour radius, it's worth stopping by.

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Photo of sarita
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What can I say about Ebenezers that hasn't already been said? As Snafui mentioned in his review below, he experienced Ebe's at a unique time during the Belgian fest and w/ a large party of 13. I was among that party and concur with everything he already stated below. In addition to that though, I'd just like to reiterate how very special it is to drive out in the middle of nowhere Maine and be able to experience one of the best selections of beer on the planet from a person who is so incredibly passionate about beer, food and sharing his passion with others. It was well worth the long drive to experience what Ebe's has to offer, especially during the Belgian fest. Chris and the guys from De Struise made it a truly memorable experience. I only wish we could have stayed longer for the entire fest and the beer dinner.
I also want to mention that Chris' wife Jen was incredibly helpful when we were making our plans for the trip. She spent time with me on the phone telling me about the area, hooking me up with a discount at the inn down the street, and offering us a place to camp if necessary. She was wicked friendly and she seemed genuinely excited about introducing some new folks to the fest.

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Photo of snafui
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It's going to be hard to write this review since I experienced Ebe's with a large party during a festival, but I'll do my best.

My first impression of the atmosphere was "hmm we traveled a long way for this, is this it?" To put this in context though, we arrived with a party of 13 late on a Saturday night after driving around lost and without cell coverage to find the place, including traveling 2 miles on a dirt road (which Google thought was a good idea). We got to Ebe's and it was in full swing, Somehow we found a table large enough but it was mostly SRO near the bar. The beer selection was great, but we were all very tired, I had a headache, and the table we were at had someone else's old food plates which started to smell not so good. 2-3 beers later we all left for some sleep. The next day was a WHOLE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE!

We arrived at Ebe's before noon on Sunday. The place was clean, quiet, inviting. We had some amazing beers, mouthwatering food, chatted with the other patrons and staff, and genuinely enjoyed ourselves. We came back later for dinner and I'm still stunned by the experience. Again the food is amazing, the beers were just fantastic. Then the fun started.
The owner, Chris Lively, treated us to an amazing selection of rare beers including some Westmalle extra, some Chimay grand reserve 1999, a russian river bottle line-up, and some innovative blended beers made up on the spot by Urbain of De Struise. From what I understand, Chris is known for his passion, generosity, and amazing beer blending skills and we were not disappointed!
I understand now that the Saturday session, late at night, in the midst of a belgian fest, was probably very taxing on the facilities and wait staff and likely not indicative of a normal night of operation - coupled with the long trip - I'm not judging Ebe's on our Saturday experience.

I guess there are some atmosphere improvements I'd like to see. More comfortable chairs in the dining and porch areas. I think the carpeting should be replaced with something easier to clean, it felt kinda sticky at the end of the night. And I know the mosquitoes were unusually active due to the rain and you're doing your best, but perhaps the screen doors could be improved a bit or something.

My only other complaint is that with the De Struise guys (who are really nice and a lot of fun) around, I really wanted to try their beers but I didn't see any on tap and didn't notice any bottles for sale(though perhaps I missed them). Our crew got psyched up for their beer, most had never had it, and we left a little unsatisfied in that respect. But as I understand it their beer will be served with a special dinner later in the week so I understand holding off on serving until then. Just wish we had some. And you know what? It could just be that we never asked! How embarrassing for us.

Complaining/feedback aside, I am still in awe at what a wonderful time we had there. I'm aching to go back. Earlier in the day while seated in the bar area I felt perfectly at home and didn't ever want to leave. Then later Sunday night we experienced what makes Ebe's truly unique. To top it all off we were back at Ebe's around 10 AM Monday morning tasting lambics and blending beer with Chris and the Struise guys.

Chris thank you for a wonderful time and for being so generous!

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.72/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Well- I don't know where to start. Vacationed in Maine, about 15 minutes from here a week ago. It was on my radar from the get-go and I made the most of it. My wife and I went 5 times during the week. It is that good. We went with the kids for lunch and dinner and we also got to go out and hang at the bar a few nites because we had a sitter.
First of all- the selection is that good! The number of draft beers that I had never seen on draft before was amazing! Not to mention the coolers full of amazing bottles (no beer list available to me as they were re-doing it- kind of a pain in the ass, but the waitresses and bartender (Dianne) were great.)
I tried - (and forgive me but I cant remember all)
Cantillion St. Lamvinus, vigeronne, and lou pepe
St bernardus dubbel and tripel
Saison dupont
de glazen saison
De Ranke XX
Troubador obscura
and that was just draft
Also had Kreik de Ranke, Struiselensis, Fantome printemps and more.
We even got my wife to drink some funky stuff!! (although she loved the St Bernardus Witte on draft)
The food was good, as well. The steak tips are amazing and everything else was very good. The kids liked their food, too, and it was great for my son who has a peanut allergy. Pizza was great to pick on at night.
All and all, a really cool place- a bit small in the bar area, and when it gets crowded you may have to wait a bit. But those are hardly worth complaining about. I can not wait to get back up there again. Hoping to return for the Belgian fest at the end of the month!!

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

Everything anyone else has said about this unbelievable place is absolutely true. The beer list is just unparalleled, Chris's generosity is unbelievable, and the entire experience bordered on surreal. Some of the highlights of our trip included:

Russian River Supplication
Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise 2005, St. Lamnivus, and Vingeronne
Fantome La Gourmand
Westmalle Extra
a blend of Boon gueueze and Cantillon lambic (I think) done by Struise
Brooklyn Black Ops

We were planning our next visit on our way out the door that night. Spectacular. Make sure you let Chris know you're coming and ask for him when you get there.

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Photo of belhav0322
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

To say that I had high expectations for this place would be an understatement.

To say that myself and three friends based the location of our annual kayaking/golfing trip on the proximity of Kezar Lake to Ebenezer's is somewhat embarrassing, but true. A lofty reputation indeed.

When all was said and done, we were blown away by everything about this incredible beer oasis in the most random/desolate (if not absolutely beautiful) of locations.

I will leave out the various descriptions of the atmosphere since other reviews have covered that area well. This will also allow me to focus more on my individual experience.

The first words blurted from my mouth when greeted by our amiable waitress on a Sunday afternoon was "Do you have any Black Albert in stock"? She claimed that she was not sure and that she would check. She proceeded to take my back up order (St. Lamvinus, poor me) which was brought to the table along with the other drinks promptly. About 5 minutes later Chris showed up with two bottles of Black Albert in his hand. He then poured a round for our table and explained the wonder that is indeed Black Albert.

Um, it was pretty damn good. We then chatted with him for a while and barraged him with questions. Throughout this time he would disappear and reappear with all sorts of treats that I have not had the honor of trying before (Cantillon Cuvee de Champions, Fantome La Gourmand, and a special west cost DIPA that shall remain nameless to name a few).

In between sips, some sample questions included:

"How in the hell do you get this stuff?"

"Why this location?"

"Do you offer lines of credit?"

I'll let you visit yourself to find out the answers and ask your own.

Needless to say, we were amazed by the great and rare beer we tried and the hospitality of Chris. Here I thought I was a beer geek, but damn, Chris lives and breathes beer. Amongst all this I enjoyed a great lobster roll and a nice piece of blueberry pie. When in Maine...

A few more subsequent visits throughout the week would prove just as amazing. We were treated to some great beers. Chris's love of sour beers is very apparent and we partook in some truly unique ones.

Struiselensis is one of the most amazing and complex beers I have ever had. Sour goodness! Chris is to thank for the recommendation.

We were even treated to having a tour of his beer cellar (along with more amazing samples).

I cannot say enough about Ebenezer's. It was the most unique beer bar and overall bar experience I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

From the rare beers hardly never found in the country, great hospitality by Chris and the rest of the staff, and the food (Chimay burger!) make this place one of a kind and a MUST VISIT for any serious beer drinker who can make it there. Well worth the 7 hour drive from the Hudson Valley.

The only downside: We missed the upcoming Belgian beer fest by a little over a month. Drat!!

It is safe to say my fellow travelers had the same feelings as well. Indeed, we will be back next year.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Recently my wife and I visited Ebenezer's with some friends of ours. Need less to say we had a &^%$#@! blast!! Chris, Jen and the staff were awesome. I was amazed at the beer selection. I was especially pleased with the Black Albert Chris shared with us, very, very good. I'm a big fan of Stout's and think this is one of the best I've ever had at 13%. The food was awesome as well. I've had several dishes during my visits and haven't had a bad one yet. The last dish I had was the prime rib, what a meal. If you ever get a chance to visit Ebenezer's make sure you do. You won't be disappointed. Chris and Jen are about the best Hosts you'll find.

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

Rode into town in a pouring rainstorm to try this place for the first time.
This place is a bit off the beaten path, but still close enough to North Conway to get your ass up there. Ebenezer's is on a side road off of route 5 right next to a golf course. Coming north on 5 there will be a sign noting where to turn, and then its only 3/10ths of a mile.
The place doesn't look like much from the outside, kind of a bar inside a barn kinda thing. Inside there are 3 seating areas: a patio as you first walk in, seating inside, and a bar tucked off in the right corner. I sat at the bar and studied the tap handles for a bit, there were between 20-30 and not a BMC to be seen. Off to the right side of the bar is a cooler with LOTS of bottles.
There were 2 menus on the bar in front of me a food menu and a beer menu. The beer menu was larger I think. The beer menu is full of rare and vintage brews from all over the world. The food menu had your standard pub fare and also "real" food.
I had a Chimay burger that was great and a couple of beers that were as well.
I can't say enough good things about this place, the food, the beer, the service, everything was awesome. I hope to return soon and sample some more from this fine establishment.

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Photo of Hhawk06
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Notes from a visit in Feb '08:

Had to make a stop by with my wife while we were on vacation in nearby Conway, NH. Upon first viewing of the menu, I quickly scan for Black Albert. Alas, it is not on the menu! I proceed to ask the waitress if Black Albert was available; she asks, "are you a beer advocate?" I'm in luck! Within the next few minutes, Chris comes out with the fresh pour, unbelievable! Not only did Chris intermittently bring out a new offering every 10-15 minutes or so without prompting, he hung out, chatted, and told us many a beer story. Lets just say he is brilliantly running his business. And I don't even need to comment on the selection, just check out the website.
The food was very good and reasonable, a nice complement to the beer menu. Even more amazing was the final bill. The total was nowhere near the amount we imbibed that afternoon, which left my jaw dropped once again. I came in to Ebenezer's wondering how review after review could be an A+. I was completely prepared to rate it lower if I thought it deserved it. Not by a long shot, this place is beer heaven, and beer advocates are treated like God. This place may be in the middle of nowhere, but you would never regret a weekend retreat.

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

Just got back from this place and it was a once in a lifetime experience for me. Great one on one service from Chris (owner?) who can talk beer withthe best of them. He lined up a few tasters as well as a few (true) one of kind beers. It was a great way to spend 2 hours over a meal and world class beer with family and friends.

They went out of the way (way out of they way) to serve my group(8) and let my kids play on the swingset with Chris' daughter. So the service gets better marks than 5 for me.

The beer prices were reasonable considering the lengths they go to get the beer. Shipping is included in the prices of course but a trip to Europe to find these beers is just a bit more expensive.

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Photo of cdog3
4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place lived up to its reputation. They had 34 beers on tap and not a dud in the group. My wife and I made the trip up on a Saturday from New York. Chris and Jen had a private party on the porch and another upstairs and the rest of the place was hoping yet Chris still took time to come over and talk beer with me. We had dinner as well and everything was wonderful and the staff very attentive. So here is a little taste of what we had to taste. 1st round De Struise Witte and Pannepot. 2nd Round Gouden Corolus Triple and Bier Du Boucaneer. 3rd round Augustijn Triple and De Struise Pannepot Denmark version. 5th De Struise Black Albert. 6th De Struise Struiselensis and finished it off with just a little more Black Albert. Oh yeah it was a great night.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.68/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A big thanks goes out to Sean (Truh) and Tiana for guiding us to this place...visited with this fantastic pair and of course my wife and daughter. In the middle of nowhere, but oddly enough, right next to a golf course, so accesible to locals and others looking to unwind after a round of golf.

Enter to a decent sized enclosed patio, with an entranceway into a handful of tables inside and the magnificent bar that is Ebenezer's.
Greeted upon arrival by Chris and escorted promptly to our table...service was very attentive and they certainly knew we were there for the beer first and foremost.

Excellent draft choices...all served in the proper glassware (duh)...a few non-belgian beers, but this was not what we came for.
I enjoyed a Boon Unblended Gueze, a Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic, and a few samples thanks to Chris.
Three huge coolers filled with some expected offerings, but also many of the rarest, and surprisingly affordable bottles available in the US.

The Coconut shrimp I had was top notch...fresh and served with an awesome sweet and sour sauce...my wife was very happy with her burger (mmmm...buttered roll) and the kids menu was typical.
Plenty of room outside for the kids to unwind, especially in the milder months.

Service was (as mentioned) quick and no glass was left unfilled.
A true beer destination for not only the location, but for the top notch selection of both draft, but bottled selection as well.

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Photo of Truh
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

"Well, I've been in the business my whole life, and coming up here the same amount of time, and they do it right," the bear of a man said sitting two seats away from me with the Tip O'Neil nose. The mini-me version of Sonny Barger sitting between us nodded in agreement, and tipped back his Bud that he had poured into a pilsener glass.
"Yep, we've been coming up here for years, mostly for snowmobiling, and Ann here always takes care of us," he said and winked at the bartender leaning against the back of the bar under a large Guinness mirror. She laughed and noticed that Kumar was in need of another libation.
"I'll have a Scotch Silly, please," and with that we were off.

Lovell, Maine, was in the middle of nowhere. But we happened to be up in the area for a bachelor's party and had heard about this hidden gem and decided to check it out for ourselves. The bachelor, Little John, couldn't join us, but we made our way over from Bridgton and Rt. 302, only a fifteen minute drive. After a spirited round of golf at the Kezar Lake Country Club during which time Jim "lost" his 7-iron in a pond, and Kumar quit on the 14th hole while lining up a shot from a sand trap due to yet another disparaging remark about his heritage from Jim concerning Bedouins, we walked through the covered patio area of the restaurant and went around the corner to the bar. We considered sitting at one of the tables in the covered area with pristine views of the golf course, but I steered us in to the bar knowing that if we set up shop within view of the holes, Jim would have made a new game out of tormenting those still on the course, and this would only grow in direct proportion to the amount of excellent Belgian ale that we would be consuming.

The bar area was made up of a small, copper-topped jagged bar top with seven high stools, two high tables pinioned into the floor space in front of the bar proper. There were a number of other chairs lined up against the wall, likely for use when things got hopping on late evenings. All in all, pretty small, and yet, also decidedly cozy with some metal brewery signs up and about, some interesting empty bottles above the swinging doors into the kitchen, and the pastiche of tap handles alone would have made the place. We sat down next to the two locals up from Smithfield, RI, and surveyed the taps. Never had I seen such a Belgian draught line-up in Vacationland:

Maredsous 8
Cherish Raspberry Lambic
Scotch Silly
Duchesse Du Bourgogne
Gulden Drak
Bornem Tripel
Petrus Triple
Leute Bok
Tripel Karmeliet
Stella Artois
420 IPA
Gritty's Halloween Ale

So, out of sixteen tap lines, only four were not Belgian. And many of the Belgian lines were things I had never seen on draught. And not only that, but everything was being served in proper glassware, a wonderful rack of which hung over us at the bar, a tremendous sight. They even had the Kwak and Leute glasses with stands. To the left of the bar was a cooler on full display with over ninety bottles to choose from, including a good selection of 750ml, as well as magnums of Piraat, Gulden Drak, and Leute Bok at $45/apiece. Truly amazing. Prices were a tad stiff at $6.50 for all of the Belgian pours, but well worth it considering where we were. I mean, this was like finding Shangri-la. We didn't even glance at the food menu, but the guys next to us swore by their meat dishes. As we sat and enjoyed our second or third ales, an elderly couple walked in and, without skipping a beat, the gentleman asked for a Kwak. As Ann was bringing it over to him in its stand, Jim swiveled with ferocity and stared bug-eyed at the contraption.
"What in living hell is that," he stammered. "Jesus, give me one of those," and Ann did not disappoint.

The hours went on and I looked over at Kumar with a huge grin who was starting to dip his nose in to his Karmeliet, a quiet whisper of some tune slipping out of his foam covered lips. Jim pushed back from the bar and stuck his head down between Kumar and I, now holding a Gritty's in almost full tilt.
"So, Kumar, are you going to be next? I mean, the way my sister's been talking about you and that night of our Mass. Ave. crawl, you two are pretty much picking out the silverware pattern, right?"
Kumar turned as if his neck were caught in a vice, and quietly said, "Jim, I don't know what you're talking about," as steely a look in his eyes as he could muster. Jim stared back, his ale coming precipitously close to the edge of his glass, and then like a balloon losing it's air, Jim sloughed backwards and yelled, "Fucking cheers," to which our two compatriots on our right, in Pavlovian response, raised their glasses and gave cheers. Disaster averted, and there was no question we'd be coming back here.

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

Wow, that is almost all I can I say. Our time at Ebenezer's was incredible. First off Chris opened the Pub especially for my girlfriend and I, who else would do something like that? As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we were greeted by a barking German Shepherd, I already can tell I will love this place. Chris walks out with a big smile on his face and tells us to go right in. As we walk in Chris comes back and greets us. Within a few moments a glass of Black Albert is in my hand, wow, Kate who? I think as I take my first sip. He starts telling us all about Black Albert and De Struise. He tells about the display bottle he sent out and those that actually evaluated it as though it was the actual brew. This is where Chris' passion truly comes out and I'm blown away. I have never met someone with anywhere near as much passion Chris has. He explains to me his plans for the Pannepot Cafe and his partnership with De Struise. Our next sampled brew is Earthmonk, the fact this was opened just for us blew me away. While enjoying the Black Albert he had hinted we would be trying it, I was left thinking is he mad? Is he really going to open that for us? Sure enough, he pulls a bottle out of the fridge and it is cracked open. Delicious, I have never had a beer like that before and may never again. It was a glass I never wanted to end. Our next brew was Struiselensis, again delicious. After one sip he then blended it with something I cannot remember, maybe you could remind me Chris? After this, I was handed another glass of Black Albert, such a damn fine brew. Then we shared a bottle of Pannepot. How is it that this one brewery could create such amazing beers? After this we try and make our way out, instead Chris declares I'm having another beer, and that if I don't he will go into the forums and call me out on a being a pussy who called him out and then only had three beers with him. Our final bottle for the night? A Founder's Breakfast Stout, out of his personal cellar. Another fine brew. I cannot believe what has just transpired that entire night. I am blown away by the hospitality and generosity of Chris and the pub. I truly wish that all bars could be like this one. Ebenezer's sets the benchmark for all future establishments I enter. I was informed by Chris on my way out to let him know when I come up next so that I can see the cellar and that he and his wife will have a dinner with my girlfriend and I. Where else and who else offers this to a couple of college kids they just met? I am forever in debt to Chris and truly cannot wait to make my next trip up to the pub.

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

Fantastic pub!!! like being at home w/friends...( and several hundred great beers)
selection>...what can I say but incredible. The owners Chris & Jen really know their beer and go out of their way to greet and make everyone feel at home. Belgian beers predominate but there is something for every taste. The "special" events (tastings, belgian fest, local appreciation nights, etc.) are always a fun time.
A highly recomeded pub, as a matter of fact I think I will head there tommorrow!!!!

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

Holy shit! This place has the best tap list I have seen since Eulogy or Monks in Philly, and it is in the middle of no where Maine! Drove from bethel to try out the black albert and was not disappointed. It is a nice small bar (although the outside seating would help, too cold in January for this) with good pub grub. The folks who won/work there are very knowledgeable about the beverages they serve and super friendly. And I am back to the tap list, of the 34 taps (no hand pump in the winter) they had Cantillon kriek 100% lambic, Boon Geuze and Monk's Flemish Brown on tap at the same time! I was blown away. Did you look where Lovell was? The beer bars in Boston (even though I love them) do not have the selection of hard to find beers on tap that this place does, for a belgian beer experience this place is amazing.

RAD is my overall rating, and in my book this is pretty much the best you can get.

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

This is tough review to write, since although I believe that the experiences my sister and I had at Ebenezer's were 100% typical of the proprietors Chris and Jen, I know that those experiences were not typical of a visit to Ebenezer's. I will review what I can of the Pub and put the rest of the story on the forum as more of a trip report

A: The pub looks like an add-on to a house off along a dirt road that runs next to a golf course. You enter through an outdoor porch area with some tables that is probably one of the best places to be in Maine during the summer. Inside, the walls are plastered with vintage signage from premium beers, mostly from Europe. There are a good number of tables and a relatively small bar. The bar was closed when we were there so I don't know much about the normal crowd.

Q: Everything seemed to be of very high quality, especially the beer.

S: We were served by the owner, Chris and he was awesome. Of course we were the only ones in the bar so we had his undivided attention, but I nonetheless believe he would be nearly as friendly and helpful to anyone (especially if you love beer!).

S: Well if I could give higher than a five for selection I would. The selection that Chris has but together is unbelievable. It remained unbelievable even after he took us for a tour of his enormus beer cellar. Vintage beers you wouldn't believe that have been mentioned in previous reviews, and a great selection on tap and in bottles. If you don't see what you are looking for ask especially in the summer when Chris has some cheaper stuff out for the folks walking in off the golf course. While there I had: Black Albert, Pannepot (also the danish version), Double X Bitter, Cantillon Raspberry Lambic, and a danish Double IPA by Norrebro, also tasted the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. And although some of these beers are not the highest rated beers out there they did suit my tastes extremely well.

F: Jen whipped up a fantastic veggie quesadilla that my sister thought was the best she'd ever had.

All in all it was a fantastic visit to an awesome pub and I can't wait to go back.

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4.4/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Made the trek up to Ebenezer's from Portland on a cold saturday. After getting sent down a snowmobile trail by google maps we got back to main roads and found the pub with ease. Sat in the first floor dining room wich was covered with european, ok mostly belgian beer posters and advertisements. Started off with a delirium Noel since the tremens was out. Girlfriend started with a Weyerbacher Simcoe double IPA wich would actually be her only beer due to being sick with a cold. I ended up having a South hampton triple and Gouden Carolus Tripel as well, all on tap and all great. Food was good although we didnt really choose anything too over the top. Definitely looking forward to heading up again with a healthy girlfriend and spending some more time exploring the extensive beer menu.

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4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Even though it's considerably out of the way, it's worth every mile and minute it takes to get there. We were fortunate enough to be hosted for over 3 hours by Chris and Jen themselves and they were more than gracious. They poured complimentary samples of Black Albert almost before we could sit down and when I asked for a bottle of Westy 12, Chris showed up with not one, but two. One was a fresh bottle, the other was a 25 year old vintage. After sampling each separately Chris blended them creating an amazing and delicious flavor that was both crisp and complex. The food was great as well. We had the artichoke dip followed by a reuben and a veggie wrap. Overall it takes a while to get over the seemingly endless selection of beers Chris offers and it's refreshing that he takes pride in providing his customers with a great time and a good price. I can't wait until I'm in Maine again.

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