Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

BA SCORE
100
world-class

160 Ratings
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%
 
 
Taps:
35
Bottles/Cans:
1,000
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Photo of klc17111
4.98/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My Husband and I, after years of discussing going to Lovell to experience Ebenezer's, finally went in February 2013. We frequented this Pub 3 out of 4 nights...What can I say but we felt like we were visiting family every time we walked in! The last night we walked in the door and the waitress even said -"YEAY! they are here!" How many places make you feel like that? Beer Selection was amazing- I found the owners, Chris and Jen, to be friendly and helpful. We even were invited to the "basement" for a tour of the rare beers- which was in itself amazing. Chris is the most knowledgable beer head i ever met! Food was excellent... never disappointed. We even had "our seats" at the end of the bar. We will definitely be back .. make sure you visit this Pub in the most beautiful setting...Backwoods Maine .. the way Life should be!

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Photo of beyah
4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went there last night with my daughter, (early Fathers day gift) this place is in the middle of nowhere. Enjoyed a nice salad and a couple of dark Belgian beers. The draft list was amazing. If you have the chance go there, it's said to be the best beer pub in the world....only way to judge it is go there.

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Photo of MrMonkey
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have lived in the Mt. Washington Valley for about eight years now, and I just recently discovered Ebenezer's thanks to this site. I always new it was there, but I had no idea that it had become such a mecca for incredible beer. I went for the second time last night and was delighted to find both Chris and Jeni working behind the bar (they had been at the Montreal Brewfest the previous week). They shook our hands as they introduced themselves to us when we sat down at the bar, and their enthusiasm, knowledge and service were second to none.
I believe they had about eighteen or so beers on tap. They even had a special Delirium Tremens tap, which is one of only three in existence in the whole world. I started off with a draft of St. Bernadus Apt 12, moved on to the Celebrator Doppelbock, and then sampled a bottle of Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale with Chris. Everything was served in the appropriate glassware, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Words cannot desribe how amazing this experience was. In addition to what's on tap, there is a four door cooler that temps the eyes, and tastebuds, with the most incredible collection of bottles I have ever laid eyes on...Trappist, Belgian, German, English, American..bottles of all styles in various sizes. Too many to count, but I know that there is plenty to keep me satisfied every time I head up to Lovell, which will hopefully be fairly regularly now.

If you are ever in the area, don't hesitate to drive to Lovell to enjoy this truly one of a kind experience. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of yossarian14
4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 mightyatom
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

took my second trip a couple weeks ago, and it even better then my first.

The setting is absolutely phenomenal. I love maine to begin with and ebenezer's epitomizes it. I feel at home the second i walk in the door.

The staff is world class. They know their stuff, and didn't hesitate to let us sample anything which is more than i can say for most philly area bars that i grew up with... in fact, with all the bars out there now serving quality brew, it is the setting and staff that put this one over the top.

You never know what's going to be on tap.. i had kate the great, black albert and bacchus my first trip and la rulles, cantillon classic gueuze, and fedelta my last one. But, as you all know, its the bottles and the cellar that make this place so famous. The bar tender sampled an insanity, black ghost, and a cantillon classic (so we could compare to the tap). On a tour of the cellar we sampled tsjeeses reserva, consecration, and a stone oak aged ipa among others. But, catching chris on a good night (the lion's pride had recently opened... ps go visit that one too) paid off as he simply floored us with a beyond generous tasting of kate the great, dark lord, aged rochefort 10, allagash gargamel, horal's og mega blend, earthmonk... need i go on???

The food is also perfect. You can go and eat for less than 10 bucks, or you can spend a little extra and get the steak tips (get them!) made with locally raised beef, or any other of the specials as they all looked good.

i honestly do not know how another bar could possibly top this place... perhaps tie.. maybe... doubtful... just go.

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Photo of smauretti
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited Ebenezer's on 07/19/10 and enjoyed a nice experience. Stopped in for lunch and to sample some of their many offerings. Enjoyed a Brew Dog Punk IPA and a Mikkeller Chinook IPA on draft with our pizza. Dessert for me was a bottle of Black Albert which was fantastic.

Chris Lively came by the table and offered to show me his beer collection and I was happy to do this as he is well known for a fine selection of beer. Very impressed on the collection of beer that Chris has compiled. He also gave me a bottle in his collection to try and I would like to Thank him again for this offering as I enjoyed it on my Anniversary as a way to celebrate.

I would highly recommend anyone visiting Maine or in the North Conway area to make the trek to Ebenezer's and enjoy the exceptional beer selection and quality food.

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

Been here a few times. Time to review.

The wife and I arrived around 3pm on a Saturday. Pretty quiet. The owner (Chris) and his wife (Jen) were talking to patrons, and allowing them to taste the various beers on tap.

We ordered some food (burger and the lobster roll) and it was pretty outstanding. Quick service, good portions, and fairly priced.

The beer selection is by far the best I have ever seen. About 24 taps, endless bottles, and beers from all over the globe. Tried some stuff I have never heard of, as well as some vintage Cantillon and other gueuze.

Chris, his wife and his staff truly know how to be excellent hosts. Had a great time and I am looking forward to going back in the future.

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Photo of diverite
4.63/5  rDev -2.5%
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 dmmichaud
4.29/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jscondon
4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of cdog3
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 puttyman
4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Holy crap.

My girlfriend and I were on vacation in NH running in the Mt Washington Road Race and to reward ourselves we crossed the border into ME to visit Ebenezer's based on it's reputation. Needless to say, it didn't disappoint. We spent about 5 hours there and got the around-the-world treatment and tried some beers I probably won't even see again unless we go back there. So, sure its out of the way, but its well worth the trip. In fact, I would say its a necessary trip for anyone that truly loves beer, especially Belgians.

The beer list is just ridiculous. They have every Fantome available plus one that is made specifically for them. I've been to bars that offer more beers on the menu, but I've never been to a place that has such a thoughtful list and offers such a high percentage of rare and/or just incredible beers. I mean, seriously, we got a flight of different Cantillons, on TAP!! That was prior to being taken downstairs for a tour of the cellar where Chris showed us around and then picked out something from his personal stash that barely exists (<300 bottles made) and cracked it for us without hesitating.

We obviously weren't there for the food, but we were very surprised at how good it was. The service though really was incredible. We sat at the bar and were taken care of by two bartenders that really knew the beers and obviously had a passion for craft beer and loved to talk about it. They took their time with us while our heads were spinning wondering what to drink next and patiently helped us pick out some real winners. Even when things in the bar started to get busy they found time to talk to us and never made us feel rushed or left alone. The owner Chris was a wealth of information too and chatted with us for over an hour while service was winding down for the night.

That night ranks up there with Kate the Great day as one of the best beer experiences I've ever had. Needless to say, we'll definitely be heading back as soon as humanly possible.

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Photo of ldeikis
4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been on BA for 4 years and have never felt moved to post my opinion of a place--call me a luker, call me lazy, I don't know. I went to Ebenezer's last night and I'd be doing a disservice to the drinking world to not join the A+ chorus.

My girlfriend and I are on a week vacation, during which we were headed from northern VT to coastal ME. I BeerFly'd the whole state and Ebenezers seemed like a must-visit. It's outside a tiny town in the middle of nowhere in western ME. It exceeded my wildest expectations.

Aside from the Belgian brewery banners outside, the place looks like it could be out of caddy shack--unremarkable wood exterior, screened porch, literally sitting on the green of a golf course. As we entered, we heard an elderly couple telling their waitress they don't really like beer, and ask about cocktails... so it's not all beer nerds. Inside, same story--totally unremarkable except the beer paraphenalia on the walls is from places you can't pronounce. Our bartender, Betsy, was an attractive late 20-something girl who had an accurate description of the taste of each of the 30-odd taps and totally blew my mind. She may not have been an expert, but she did more or less accurately describe everything I tasted, and she knew about the breweries and different beers from them. I don't remember *ever* having a bartender as informed as she was--and she kept apologizing that the other guy, who knew more, wasn't there, too. The menu had descriptions of the bottles and taps, but not super wordy ones so it was very helpful to have someone knowledgable and articulate to talk with, and without the snobby attitude... plus she pours tastes. We were there on the tail of their annual Belgian Fest, so nearly everything on was Belgian... the most "normal" beer was a Cambridge Sour Porter. They had maybe a half dozen different Cantillions on tap... and the bottle selection is just nuts. The cask, though, was empty. Not that it mattered.

While we were there (it was about 7 hours), we befriended an Oklahoman visiting a local friend. Eventually we met the owner, Chris, who'd been cooking in the kitchen the whole time--he came out sweaty in ChefWear (we had the mussels, which were also top notch). Chris chatted with us for a minute, then let us come down to the cellar and gave us a tour, asking us what we'd most like to try. I was floored, it was like Willy Wonka but a thousand more options. The place is nuts.

I'm not going to waste space describing beers you can search out, but we had: A Kasteel triple and a Witterkerke, then a Carolus Hopsinjoor and a Dolle Dulle Teve (both great). Then we tried a bottle of the Fantome Saison, which was just excellent... Then we turned back to the taps for a Cantillion Iris (I've always scoffed at people who have a "favorite" beer, but this may be it for me... it was like every sip took me aback again, left me sitting there blank eyed) and a Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe (a rich, weird take on a Flemish red). We'd been really wanting to try the Cantillion Cuvee des Champions, but the tap was kicked... so Chris pulled a bottle from the cellar for us to taste... Finally we shared a bottle of Port Brewings Santa's Little Helper that our friend from OK bought (a complex bourbony, anise-y cellared brew, that I don't remember the year of... sorry) and a bottle of Fantome's Printemps (a fruitier, slightly sweeter, less bold sibling of their standard Saison) that finished the night nicely... accompanied by some leftover black cherries marinated in something or other (it was late, sorry) that were from their beer-and-food tasting the previous week.

At the end of it all, Chris let us throw up a tent in the grass behind the building, even offering us fire wood for the fire pit back there.

This is, hands down, the best drinking experience I've had. Period. Amazing selection, informed articulate service, fair prices. I will be back, and you're missing out if you haven't been. I don't know how sour the usual tap selection is, but I'm already making plans to go back for the Belgian fest next year. I don't care if I have to drive all the way to Maine.

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Photo of PlinyMinor
4.8/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A - Very local place out in the middle of rolling Maine countryside. Patrons coming in from a local sporting event were greeted with hellos and questions of "The usual?" Sat at the bar, which was busy on a Thursday, and admired the taps. There were two large seating areas for dinner customers, one of them 'outside' on a large porch.

Q - Everyone there was very friendly, and my brief visit was very enjoyable. Ebenezer's lived up to its reputation.

Serv. - The bartender was very knowledgeable and responsive. Tip well.

Sel. - Exceptional selection on their tap and bottle lists. Everyone in my party was able to try new beers or enjoy hard-to-find favorites. I enjoyed my Brooklyn Dark Matter (visited mid-July, 2010), which I thought had vanished from the market in March, but there were many other tempting choices.

F - They have a full menu, and as we entered we saw a number of people dining. I didn't try the food, so can't review it, but Ebenezer's certainly has it.

V - The selection is great, and they charge for what they've got. I happily paid the bill, but I thought their prices were a bit on the higher side.

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

I just got back from Ebenezer's and I just have to say it was worth the wait. I have been coming to Lovell, Maine for a few years now and this was my 1st time there.

It was busy when we got there @ 8:00 but it died down after about an hour. It is New Years day an I didn't expect it to be jam packed but the dining room was full and so was the bar.

The food was great and the Belgian beer selection was the best I have ever seen. I was offered a tour of the cellar and accepted an couldn't belive my eyes. I wanted to take pictures but Chris the owner kept pulling out bottles I have never seen before and was in amazement. I will definitely go back the next time im in the area.

What a way to start off the New Year

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Photo of steeltown71
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Finally made the trip out this weekend. Ebenezer's is on every shortlist of greatest beer bars in the world, and very deservedly so. Chris, Jen, and the staff are great, and we were big fans of the food as well (if they have the buffalo chicken soup as the soup du jour I can't recommend it enough, unique and damn good). If I lived up in Maine I would buy a snowmobile specifically to come here in the wintertime. If it was the summer I would probably abandon the round of golf and head here straight away. Can't imagine regretting it...

To sum up, making a trip here is non-negotiable for beer fans.

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Photo of BeerBellyBrew
3.05/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great selection of draft Belgium's you won't find too many places, except maybe in Bruges. Lots to choose from, with the true sour Lambics, IPA's, Dubbels, Tripel’s, Strongs and Saisons, you get the picture. The staff is somewhat knowledgeable, well, much better in past visits. The owners were not on site the day we visited and I think they were short staffed. I went with several friends to have some appetizers and some special beer and take in the Patriots game. It turned out to be a complete sh*t show!

Took at least a half hour to get a drink, by that point everyone was annoyed. The last time at Ebenezer’s we experience very slow service, but chalked it up as being in Maine, “can’t get there from here”. This was the straw that broke the camel’s preverbal back, I will not go back to this establishment unless the owner calls me to tell me he has just tapped a new keg of Black Albert and are not serving it until I arrive. Truly the owners need to hire Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue to straighten this place out. The bathroom looked like an old frat house bathroom I may have visited a few times, doesn’t say much for cleanliness. I always check the bathroom in a bar/restaurant, good indicator of what the kitchen will look like, never ordered food in fear it would arrive the day after.

We received a first beer, slugged it down as if we were playing a good game of quarters and paid the bill and left. As I see it, we would have spent all afternoon there enjoying the fine selection of beers and some food. They lost out on a lot of money, but maybe they don’t really care. Sorry Ebenezer’s, I won’t be back and neither will 12 of my friends. This visit took place on Octover 13th 2013.

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Photo of johnbion22
4.89/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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

Being a regular to this fine establishment(at least once a week)It's pretty bad on my part to have taken up until now to review the place,(sorry Chris!)I'm fortunate enough to live 5 minutes down the road from the pub,but if you love beer great food and atmosphere it's definately worth the trip.over the years I've probably tried just about everything in Chris's beer cooler as well as on tap(at least 300 or more,I stopped counting!)But just about when I thinkI've had everything he has to offer he comes out with a new brew usually with a story to go with it.This is by far my favorite place to dine out the staff is second to none,and I never have a bad time,and with a beer selection like theirs I find it hard to dine elsewhere.So if you ever find yourself passing through Lovell Maine do yourself a favor and find the pub,you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of stmartinpale
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The best beer bar in the free world. The selection is unsurpassed and the ambiance is beyond reprouch. Chris and Jen are the best hosts anywhere and their selection of beers is unbelievable. I can't say they are in the middle of nowhere because I live 15 miles from them, but how can anyone this far from anywhere have this kind of selection? I've collected beers for 35 years and this is the most beers i've seen in one place in all those years. We need to add two or three numbers for selection, quality. service and atmosphere. If you can get there, get there. My friends and I went three times this week and each time we were not disappointed. there were 19 beers available on tap and hundrerds more in bottles. We sampled Bernadus abt 12, Petrus triple, Kiezerburg, Bigfoot 2004,Houblen Chouffe, Nostradamus Brown, St Louis framboise, St Louis Peche, Phantome Gourmande, Phantome Noel, Maredsous 8, Ridgeway IPA, Old Engine Oil and more. Each was served in the proper glass and came with a proper discription and presentation.

Chris and Jen are the ultimate hosts. They treat each guest as is if they were the only ones in the bar and spend time with Bud light snowmobilers and belgian snobs equally. I love the place. I've travelled the world and found the best in my own back yard.

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Photo of negm
4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of ctrlfreak
4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Myphoon
4.63/5  rDev -2.5%
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 evantwomey
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Avalon68
5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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