Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(207) 925-3200 | map
ebenezerspub.net

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Added by DarkStar2222 on 08-16-2005

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
160
Liked:
155
Avg:
4.71/5
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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Photo of tigg924
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

A lot has been said about Ebenezers and I will echo it. This is a world class bar. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. We sat in what appeared to be a screened in porch with an excellent view of a golf course. The sounds of birds and the fresh air provided a pleasant atmosphere. The food was amazing. I had a Philly cheese steak with frites. Despite having this dish hundreds of times, Ebenezers put a twist on it and it felt as though I had not had it before. Excellent food. My wife had a farm fresh chicken sandwich that was also excellent. We had two waitresses during our visit with the second one being a lot more helpful and knowledgeable. Outside of that our experience was fantastic. Beer variety and tap list was amazing. This place deserves its reputation as being one of the best beer bars in America. Certainly will go back if I am in the area again.

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Photo of koopa
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I just got back from my first pilgrimage of many to Ebenezer's. I spent about 5 hours here this past Friday night and stayed a few miles away at the Olde Saco Inn which was fantastic btw.

The atmosphere here was excellent. A nice mixture of locals, beer geeks, and tourist beer geeks like me. I got the feeling that while everybody knew they were in a great place, only some knew how great. It seemed that the more local you were, the more likely you were to not know how great. The location of this place itself combines with everything else to make it a full fledged mecca.

I walked up towards the screen porch and see a small blackboard that says something about this place being "Beer Heaven" and I open the door to the farmhouse screen porch. As I enter I see owner Chris Lively sitting with friends and wearing that Cheshire Cat smile he is known to adorn. He immediately takes notice of my Russian River Damnation button down workshirt and greets me by saying

"Hey man, great shirt. We just got up from a tour of the basement but we will be going back down again soon and you should join us to share some beers later!"

I'm not a presumptuous person so while I was humbly hopeful to see the famous basement, I had in no way felt entitled to or expecting of a tour. But here is this nice person offering the opportunity to me straight out of the starting gate....from the moment we say hello. What an introduction to a fantastic night to follow!

The outside screen porch probably had about 10 tables while I also saw 2 outdoor tables. Walking inside the establishment, you find about 6 tables inside with a great view of a golf course in addition to a bar area with 12 stools and 2 tables. It seemed as if there might have been a second floor area but if so I couldn't tell you about it.

Our waitress, while not beer knowledgeable and very forgetful, was very polite and pleasant. The food menu was excellent. The sirloin tips from a local farm were above average. The brie wonton appetizer served with honey, and a mixture of wild maine blueberries plus cheese was ridiculously good.

The beer menu was second to none. 30+ tap lines and hundreds of great bottles. Some items on the menu simply didn't exist on any other beer list I've seen in my entire life. Not at Kulminator, not at De Heeren Van Leiderkercke, nowhere else. The manager Chris was knowledgeable, approachable, funny, and accommodating.

I had the pleasure of meeting jleblanc and sharing a basement tour as well as some FWII with him while visiting.

What an 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 diverite
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

If you like Belgian Beer, this place is one of the best in the North East, it is definitely the best spot in Maine and New Hampshire. The volume and rarity of what is offered on tap is amazing. In some cases, I would be surprised if another place had a keg of the same stuff. Their bottle selection is also amazing. They will amost surely have something you have not seen before.

The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. They can recommend something on draft tailored to what you are looking for.

The food is good and portions are generous. Since the beer selectionis is outstanding, the one thing you will notice is that the food is not quite as up to par as compared to the beer. It is the one thing that could be improved upon to get to the next highest level. But again, the food is good.

Another thing that would help the bar out is to have a list of bottled beers offered when the draft list is offered. A lot of the beer is so obscure, you may not recognize the bottle even though the bottles are clearly visible behind the bar.

Atmosphere is good and the custom tap handles are a really cool feature. It appears the draft system is not well balanced for certain styles as many brews seem to be over carbonated during the pour...requiring a pause in the delivery of libations. This a nitpick on my part.

Overall, an outstanding place with good food and excellent beer. When you get this close to perfection, its easy to nitpick, which is what I probably have done in this review, but trust me when I say nitpick, because this place is a rare gem.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

It was great. Lots and lots of beer on tap, much of it rare or otherwise unobtainable, especially on tap. Lots and lots of bottles. Good food...including the amazing buffalo chicken soup. I tried to get a growler of it, but it was not to be. I visited this place with my lovely wife-to-be on our wedding trip, and Chris Lively, the owner, gave us special treatment. We got a private cellar tour and witnessed some amazing things down there, including bottled beer from the 18th century that apparently was owned by King Edward VII. Also, they have a German Shepherd named "Chimay." Do you love it? Otherwise, the bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and inquisitive. We went during Maine's off season, so the atmosphere was subdued and intimate.

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Photo of ububru
4.58/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My family camped at Kezar Lake years ago, so when I heard about Ebenezer's, I knew right where to go. You could drive right by this typical Maine farmhouse...but don't! A selection of beers( mostly Belgium), that would rival Monks in Philly, are available at this pub.
The owners,Chris and Jeni are approachable and very beer savvy. The hard work they put into the pub is evident,and they should be proud.
Special events are scheduled yearly including a vintage beer tasting! I'd reccomend a visit to the website for dates and for the extensive beer list.
The menu is wonderful as well...the sirloin tips I had were to die for!
Any beer geek heading to Maine/New Hampshire has got to add this to the itinarrary...It's forever on mine!

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Photo of blisscent
4.57/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of slasich
4.56/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of far333
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally made it to this beer geek mecca. Such a remote area for such a gem of an establishment. Luckily was on a ski trip about 45 minutes away. Looks unassuming from the outside, but the inside is friendly and warmly decorated with a smallish bar/taproom area. We bellied up to the bar directly in front of the bottle fridge to behold all that was available.

Selection was amazing, good mix of domestic and imports and we were able to sample many interesting selections while enjoying a great meal. The server Mike was very knowledgeable and helpful and attentive.

The only criticism is that the selection on the web site is a sample, and not exactly what is available at any point in time, and there was no bottle list at the bar (apparently being updated?), so it was not easy to browse all that was available. Also there was no Black Albert available, which was a disappointment. Luckily I had had it before, but imagine how disappointing that could be for someone who came very far just seeking out that beer. I would think that there could be a plan to better manage the inventory on such a rare beer that people seek out, but admittedly I don't know all the details of production, distribution, access to ingredients, etc. that may influence something like that.

Overall a great experience with great people and great beer and great food, a must-see/must-do for any craft beer fan.

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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.

HV

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Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Went here on Memorial Day weekend as I am fortunate enough to have a camp only about an hour from Ebenezer's. This place is pretty awesome. It's off the beaten bath, hanging on the side of a municipal golf course, so random. You could easily drive by the place and never even know it existed. You walk in and there's a screened in porch area with plenty of seating with heaters and cool beer signs and pictures. It was a little cool out so we grabbed a table inside. We ended up making reservations because we went on Saturday night so I would recommend doing the same. The selection is the reason to come here. Amazing. Obviously catered more to the belgium fans but they have a pretty good variety of imports and domestics. The menu had about 25 drafts and then maybe 15 bottle selections, varying in age and size. I also noticed that the coolers behind the bar had a bunch of stuff not on the menu with prices attached. I am not sure how that works but I would assume you could get mostly anything if you asked nicely. The 40 or so available was more than enough for me and things I wanted to try. The service was really good. We had a new waitress but she was really going out of her way to be attentive. The food was the big surprise here. I had one of the better fish and chips that i've ever had. Huge portions. We racked up quite a tab for 4 people but for the quality of beers we were having, I can't complain. The owner, Chris, was circulating amongst the crowd and it just seems like a really cool overall atmosphere. Being less than an hour from here, I really need to take advantage of a midweek visit and sit at the bar, maybe get lucky enough for a cellar tour. Super enjoyable and just awesome that someone appreciates beer as much as I do in this area. Will go back repeatedly.

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Photo of mbedard
4.48/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Managed to sneak out to Ebenezer's with my Brother-In-Law and my wife's Stepdad (our DD) last summer while we were vacationing in the area with our families. Once we found the place (no small task, man is it in the middle of nowhere!) we basically had the place to ourselves other than maybe one table having lunch on the deck. The bartender (Maryanne maybe?) was very friendly and helpful and was able to answer most of our questions. She said we really knew our stuff, and its a shame the owner wasn't there, or we could have talked shop and gotten "the tour".

We sampled a bunch of sours and tripels over the afternoon, and also enjoyed several orders of Frites, which were awesome. I really enjoyed the Petrus Aged Pale Ale and was happy to find a stash of it at the local beer store back home (go New England Wine and Spirits, Newburyport, MA!), and have been enjoying it regularly since.

We had a great afternoon, and even though we dropped a good chunk, we knew what we were in for going in -- quality beers that are hard to find anywhere and great pub food -- not to mention the fact that we all got T-Shirts to commemorate our visit.

I hope I can get back up there soon, but its a bit of a hike from here. If only Eb's was closer to the MA/NH/ME border, or opened a sister spot in Portsmouth we'd be all set. Cheers!

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Photo of Kinsman
4.47/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Made another visit today and had a much better experience so I decided to re-review. Will leave my old review simply for reference.

My brother and his friend joined me after work today for a trip over. Late afternoon, in between dinner and lunch presented us with a relatively empty dining area. We were quickly seated and given plenty of time to peruse through the selection, which as always, was amazing. We all had burgers, and even though it can be hard to say much about the quality of found based on burgers, we were all more than just satisfied.

Following the meal we were allowed to sit and enjoy our drinks as the waitress could tell that we came to drink good beer. Eventually she asked us if we would want to go into the cellar with Chris, which we obviously said yes to. Down there we had a great conversation with him and came out with a great sampling.

Overall, I find this place to be a bit odd with it's location and atmosphere. Many people walk in there without realizing what they are getting into, so it's not as beer-geek centric as you would expect. However, with the beer-geeks that do show up, they seem more than willing to share and talk with you about beer all day long.

Old Review:
Was living relatively nearby in Pinkham Notch for the summer and finally had the chance to make it over.

Ebenezer's is a great place, no doubt about it, but it wasn't quite what I expected. The beer selection was amazing, and thats what really matters, but bad timing on my part led to a less than ideal visit.

First, a large party of what appeared to be members of the country club, was occupying almost the whole restaurant and all the wait staff, which wasn't very welcoming for other visitors. Additionally, it being a sunny summer weekend afternoon in the White Mountains, I should have known there would have been a lot of bikers. So, while the first large party cleared out, the restaurant was quickly filled again with a bunch of old biker guys and their wives and their Michelob Ultras. Again, not very welcoming for anyone else.

Overall, I'd give the place another try, and hopefully have better timing.

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Photo of ladyivory
4.43/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

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

The owner, Chris, likes Belgian beer and this is reflected in the decor of the Pub with dozens of memorabilia from Belgian brewers. The main reason to go here is the selection of beers. First time I have found 750ml bottles for sale in a restaurant. Also some rare bottles like JW Lees 1968 for $250 - expensive just like some wines. Most 750s are $15-$25. Numerous Belgians on-taps - seem to be $7-8 for a 10oz pour. Meal prices are reasonable - $7.99 for an excellent Reuben and Belgian frites are $6.95 - much better flavor than their regular fries. $11.99 for decent sized fish and chips.
The ambiance is rustic and during Belgian brewfest week it is crowded with the waitresses moving non-stop but service was still good.

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Photo of dciBA
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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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 SevaTse
4.3/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Reviewed on: 08-15-2011 14:54:20
Finally made it out there- booked a camp site nearby, so everything finally fell into place for me to cross this place off my list(and to come back again and again!)

The beer selection was outstanding. I prefer to see all the breweries and pour sizes listed, but the descriptions and quality made up for the fact that not all beers listed the maker and no pour sizes were provided. To other bar owners- if you are gonna be vague about what and how much of it you're serving, you better have a tap list comparable to these guys!
We sat at a table overlooking the golf course, and than moved to the bar, to get a real feel of the place after were done with our meal. I ordered a burger and my wife ordered a turkey reuben- both were outstanding and not ordinary. The waitress did not automatically offer home-made mayo for the frites, but was happy to bring it over once we asked(good thing we remembered to ask- it was goood).
Once we ventured over to the bar, which was tended by the owner and his wife, we got more good recommendations from them and got the world famous tour of the cellar. Overall a great experience.

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Photo of dmmichaud
4.29/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get to Ebenezer's. While staying in Maine with some friends we decided to visit the pub on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. None of us realized reservations are accepted and almost the entire restaurant was reserved tables. Luckily we got 2 separate tables in the back. The restaurant itself isn't anything special. There's lots of Belgian beer paraphernalia on the wall and the glass tap handles were pretty cool. Other than that, it's a typical restaurant setting. I think I was expecting something a little more 'coffee shop' like. A place where you can go and hang out with your friends over some beers.

The service was very slow when we arrived. It was almost a half hour before the waitress came by to take our drink/food order. At the time a lot of tables were clearing out (early dinner crowd) and the late eaters have not arrived yet. So it wasn't really that busy. Overall though, our server was fine once we got into her rotation.

Everything was top notch. We wanted to save room for beer so we only ordered some appetizers. The Frites and quesadilla's were awesome and the Brie ragoons (If I remember correctly) were fantastic. I've had their burgers at Lion's Pride, and must say they are fantastic. Every beer on the menu is world class and most not something you'll typically find at a bar. All six of us ordered something different and passed it around so everyone could enjoy a sip.

The beer prices are on the high side ($8-14 for a draft glass of beer), but the food prices seemed reasonable.

Overall, I enjoyed the food and beer at Ebenezer's and will definitely return again. However, the next time I'm going to be sure to make a reservation.

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