Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

BA SCORE
100
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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
Score:
100
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
125
Avg:
4.75
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
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4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Out of the way drive from Portland, I wouldn't want to do this in bad weather. Amazing tap list, good bottle list. The cellar, I hear its legendary but did not want to chance owner not being there if I returned late afternoon. Services very young and knew something about the beer, this lunchtime shift were not major league however. The place has a small feeling however there are many available tables and a large tentlike area outside. Very rare taps on, and I did what I could to have several higher alcohol ones. Hard to find on GPS. Small bar.

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Photo of John_M
4.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Rifugium
4.63/5  rDev -2.5%
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 sholland119
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Slatetank
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I always imagined a time when I might be able to visit Ebenezer's and I was fortunate that this place was on the itinerary when fellow Ba's FooFaa and his wife Kristen and ffejherb invited me along on a roadtrip to Kate the great day. We decided to make this the first 'big' destination on the first day of the trip and were able to make the journey from PA even in inclement weather (we saw another vehicle that slid onto the edge of the road hanging with tires not in contact with the road). We found the place after first heading a little bit past the driveway.

We were eagerly anticipating the awesomeness that is Ebenezer's and strolled in to a fairly empty place wondering. We sat down and looked over the truly great tap list and perused the cooler checking out the interesting choices within. When we were seated and had ordered our first beers Foofaa mentioned that he wanted to meet Chris who came to our table in a matter of minutes and shortly after that offered to take him into the cellar. When he returned we were stunned by the fact that a gueuze from 1984 blended by Eylenbosch was going to be opened for us by Chris.

Chris was very much the host of the event that was tasting a beer that was over 25 years old - he explained the tradition of serving lambic in Belgium and carried out their wishes by carrying on the tradition which included 'washing' the glass and explained how you knew what type of bottle you were being treated too. I was captivated by the experience of sampling something put in the bottle and corked while I was only 11 years old - only the second time I have tasted anything with that type of age on it.

That alone was enough to give a 5 for service but later in the evening others gathered and the pub started to become more crowded. Chris explained in Belgium there is a tradtion that if you can't finish a bottle that you open at your table you are expected to share with the rest of the bar. We enjoyed some Cochonne Vapeur as a result and later bottles seemed to be appearing that I did not expect to have the experience of tasting. We were treated to an aged bottle of Three Philosophers, Mirror Mirror, The Dissident, Behemoth and this was in addition to the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and Brother Adam's Braggot I already enjoyed.

I found the place to have the best possible atmospher for enjoying craft beer - like being invited into a bar in someone's house and less like a formal beer bar situation. The quality is high and I was hoping the experience would not have to end. I enjoyed the Burger with Chimay cheese and the other food looked equally delicious. I did not a lot since I was saving room for ...beer.

The value is great- -I could not have asked for a more enjoyable experience. The tastes, the sites and sharing with other craft beer lovers was a real treat, not to mention the hard to come by in PA beers we tried. I can only echo the sentiments of the others before me when I say that you will not be dissapointed at Ebenezer's Pub - it is obvious that craft beer is the passion of this establishment!

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Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of mklisz
4.11/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Took a long overdue trip to Ebenzer's this past Saturday. Arrived around 12:30pm and sat at the bar. The place wasn't too crowded, several parties sitting out in the screened-in entrance area and two others at the bar. Things picked up around 1:30 then died back down about an hour later.

Selection was good, lots of Lively drafts with a good mix of European brews. Cooler was impressively stocked with trappists, 3F, Fantome, Italian and German selections. Shared a 750mL of 3F Oude Geuze with my buddy, served in a lambic basket.

Food was decent. I ordered the fried cod sandwich which was a bit mushy. My friend was raving about his sous-vide chicken, however. Frites were average.

My major issue was the amount of horse flies buzzing around the place. You'd expect to see maybe a few in the hot summer months, but they were EVERYWHERE.

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Photo of Deuane
4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Well, what can I say? Carolyn and I visited Ebenezer's with the intent of having "a few" and then heading off to points west in VT later in the evening...it never happened!

Impressed by the tap selection (~20 taps with plans in the works to double that number!!).... Just about something for everybody, plus some crazy rare Belgians and Domaine Dupont Cider (from France!!--Possibly the BEST cider in the world--IMHO) on tap!! We started off with a few drafts and then got caught up in the whirlwind that is Chris and Jen Lively---owners of the place.

Chris was on to our BA status right off and after that it was all over. With LOTS of chatting and LOTS of, "have you had that one or this one"---Well, by then it was after 5 PM--we arrived around 2:30 PM---we knew that our plans to head off to VT were over.

So, being able to relax we REALLY started to enjoy ourselves. Had a bomber of Thierez X--hop (a SUPER fine, big hopped and dry hopped Belgian style IPA) and then a 750 ml bottle of De Ranke XX Bitter---good but not as good as the Thierez---hopped with Hallertau hops and therefore "peppery" where the Thierez was more citrusy--what I like. Oh, this is a beerfly review not a beer rating!

So, on the night went and we enjoyed it immensely. Talking to locals and more to Jen through the evening. By 1130 PM our ship had come ashore and we could not go any longer. What a night!

I cannot give across the board 5's---No place is perfect, not even beloved Founder's or SelinsGrove! But this place sure comes close. I really enjoyed every aspect of our visit. We will make it a point to visit again for sure!

If you have the time and are anywhere near this place...like within 100 miles...and have the time to spend GO HERE! I assure, you will not be disappointed. Of the hundreds of places I have been to our experience at Ebenezer's ranks near the top!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We ventured over from the mountains of New Hampshire. First time we attempted to visit we were 20 minutes away in Conway, NH on a Wednesday art dinner time and checked the website and saw it was "open year round", although when we pulled up, it was closed and only opened Thursday-Sunday. Conveniently back in Conway the next day after a trip to Mount Washington, we called and checked and visited after confirming they were open.

Small bar and dinning area attached to a house off of a golf course on a small gravel road. Tons of spent bottles of really good brews and brewery logo adorned gear on the walls. great views of the golf course from most angles. Tiny 8 seat bar and maybe room for 30 more inside. Outside deck and its picnic tables seats as much as the inside does. Quite cozy.

The owner wasn't there, so 2 of the rarer bottles advertised on the bottle list were unobtainable at that time. Solid draft list of 25+ options allowed us to order beers rarely seen on this side of the ocean, save for maybe Monks and the newer Farmers Cabinet. The 4 door cooler had bottles, most of which were easily obtainable in these parts, for even slightly better prices. Quite pricey.

Food was adventurous and the main plates were solid to spectacular while the small bites were rather hit or miss. Service was quite friendly and did try to help me out with obtaining some of the rare bottles i sought, even going so far as to call the owner. Its a shame the employees couldn't just access some of the bottles themselves.

Overall, a bit of disappointment in the way the bottle list is managed, but still a good visit to this landmark. Being in Philadelphia, i may be spoiled with the options we have here and may have erred in making the rare bottle selection one of the major points of my visit. When attempting to visit, make sure you check the hours and see if Chris the owner is on the premises.

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4.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tigg924
4.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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 lordofthewiens
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

When Beer Advocate listed the top 50 places to drink a beer, there was one glaring omission. Ebenezer's Pub should be in the top 10, if not Number 1.

Ebenezer's is located in tiny Lovell, Maine, on a back road off a golf course. If you weren't looking for it, you'd never find it, which would be a shame, because you'd be missing out on a truly mystical experience.

Out front of a house is a quaint sign of a Dickensian character. A flag announced that the pub was open. You're looking out over the golf course as you enter a screened porch. Nothing too exceptional there. As you enter the bar from the porch, you're transported to an Old World kind of place. Beautiful bar, some tables. Behind the bar are 15 taps, half of which are Belgians. To the right of the taps is a refrigerator with hundreds of different beers. In fact, Chris Lively, the owner, says he has over 500 different beers in bottles!

Since we were there with my sister and her grandkids, we sat on the porch on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and watched golfers take aim at us (the porch is right behind the 2nd green).Chris came out and introduced himself, and I put myself in his hands. I began with Abbaye Val Dieu trippel, which was wonderful. I then went to a sampler of some of the other drafts. Gulden Drak, Duchesse de Bourgnonne, St Bernardus Witte, and Leute Bok. All were served (including the Leute Bok) in the appropriate glassware. I finished the samples with 2004 Bigfoot. The final beer was a bottle of 1998 Bigfoot, a sublime experience. Chris had Bigfoot from 1997 on up, lots of Rogues, Unibroue, a zillion Belgians, and many, many more that I just couldn't take in.

Food was excellent, ranging from appetizers to pub fare to entrees. Fresh ingredients, well-prepared, and reasonably priced. While there's no kids' menu, our waitperson said the kitchen could make anything the kids wanted. Of course, they wanted hot dogs, but they could have had most anything. And, at least during the day, this is a place you could bring kids.

Chris is very knowledgeable and entertaining. He loves beer, and clearly wants his customers to feel at home and comfortable in his establishment. I can't rate Ebenezer's highly enough. It is a must stop if you're in the area, but I would also consider it a destination for any beer lover.

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4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.56/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of psweendogg
4.92/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of brewandbbq
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ebenezer's is near Kezar Lake, just off of Rt. 5, about a 35 minute drive from North Conway.
The pub is adjacent to a golf course, with some screened in porch-like areas and a kozy smallish bar area.
Right off the bat, you're taken back that you have stepped into a belgian oasis in where is pretty much, the middle of nowhere.
Chris, the owner, (BA Delerium), has some great credentials, with stints at both the Toronado and Lucky Baldwins.
What we have to gain from this is his connections to great belgian bottles and draught, as well as his experience on how to properly serve them.

A copper clad bar fronts the 14 taps, one beer engine, and a cooler chock full of goodies.
Lots of plackards on the walls, a dead Jeraboom in the window, plenty of authentic glassware hanging atop the bar.
Blues in the background kept things lively, and time passes fast here, especially on a cold, rainy day.
Belgians on draft as of 1/14/06 were:
Maredsous 8
Stella
Piraat
Bier De Buckeneer
Cherish Raspberry lambic
Triple Karmelite
Gulden Drak
Bornem Triple
Petrus Triple
Scotch de Silly
Kwak

Every beer we tried were served in the appropriate glassware including the Kwak (with stand) and the Buckanier boot.
The bottle list is impressive too, with lots of vintage stuff and beers I have never seen in Maine- including:
Multiple years of Bigfoot,Westy 12, '98 Vapeur Cachonne, De Dolles.
For food we shared a sampler platter and onion rings, all were crispy, hot, and tasty. The rest of the menu looked appetizing as well.
Service was quick and friendly, and we were able to meet Chris and catch up on the background on him and Ebenezer's.
Great spot, great beers, and well worth the trip.

Update 3/20/06
Ebenezer's is now open on Fridays and Saturdays only, 4-close.
Update 5/5/06
Recently attended a vintage tasting/ dinner at Ebenezer's and we were able to enjoy first class hospitality and food.
The following is the post of a recap from that night:

A sold out crowd convened upon the beer oasis known as Ebenezer's yesterday, on the outskirts of a Maine hamlet called Lovell.
The drooling mix of locals and long-aways descended upon the sun-drenched hideaway as the hour passed four.
Many were giddy (as myself), and some seemed just anxious, not knowing what exactly was afoot..
First up.... A welcome beer, take your pick from 14 draught belgians. My wife and I settled in with a lemonade and a Bier de Buccaneer.
Chris Lively welcome everyone with a pairing of 2006 Vapeur Cochonne vs. the 1996 version, both from 750ml bottles.
An extreme example of how ten years in a bottle can change a beer.
Hot, crisp, frites accompanied the Vapeurs, with homemade mayonnaise for dipping.
Next up, 750's of 1995 Vapeur Saison de Pipaix. Not too shabby..
Mixing it up a bit, Chris and Jen brought out some 2001 Aventinus Dopplebock, one of 250 cases reserved from that year..Rock on..
A bed of mixed greens with dried cranberries and carmelized onions played off the Aventinus well, dressed with 1999 Oudbitje.
Stepping it up a notch, 2004 JW Lees Harvest (Calvados) was served up with great care, followed by a last minute addition to the tasting... 2002 Gales Jubilee ale.. Wowza. Hard to sip with a permanent grin!
The evening continued with entrees being served and the crowd really warming up at this point.
The 1999 A. Le Coqs paired well with my herb-crusted roast duck with root vegetables.
Next up, a magnum of 2006 of Chimay grand reserve, not old, but from the first batch to arrive this year.
Back to the dark ones again, 1997 Carnegie Porter was complex and vineous.
Flakey, juicy, blueberry pie was to accompany a Jeraboam of 2002 Chimay grand reserve, followed by... Say hello to my little friend, a methesleboam of St. Fullien blonde, personally retrieved that same day by one dedicated father in law. It was extremely fresh, and no date was found on the bottle or cork. 9 liters of heaven.
After the four courses drew to a close, Chris started up the vertical tasting of JW Lees Harvest ale, ranging from 2005 to 1998 (I think.. the notes are real iffy at this point).
The final crescendo of the evening was the lottery portion of the tasting. Different beers were split up to different tables, with some of the lotto beers being: 1999 magnum of Leifmans Goudenband,
1995 Samiclaus, a sixer of vertical bigoot, ranging back to 1997.

An incredible evening and huge beer karma goes out to Chris, Jen, his staff, the distributor he works with, and certainly B. United.
Well done.

Edit 8/23/07
Chris now has in the vicinity of 36 taps flowing and the selection is mind-blowing.
They also continue beer events of which are of the highest order.
Ebenezer's continues to bring it to a "whole nutha level".

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4.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev 0%

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