Sea Dog Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

26 Front St
Bangor, Maine, 04401-6418
United States

(207) 947-8004 | map

Notes: Beers are brewed at / by another brewery. 
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brewnme from Maine

4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Sat on the outer deck overlooking the Penobscot River. The service staff was right there when needed and able to answer questions pertaining to the brewery. Food was made to order but also very prompt to the table. My wife had sea food which is easy to screw up but her's was done to perfection. I had the Pub Burger which was definitely not from pre-prepared patties. It was cooked as ordered and when they say a slab of bacon on it they aren't kidding. Although they were crowded due to an event in the area we were not rushed at all. Can't wait to get back and sample more of their fine fare and brews. For those interested and not beer fans (leaves more for me) they have a full service bar and wine list.

Aug 04, 2018
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Funny, for me at least, that I go more for the food and the view than I do the beers. Although they have good beers, as a craft beer enthusiast, I like them just OK. The restaurant/brewery and location are fine and I always enjoy myself there with friends and food and some brews.

Jan 24, 2017
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Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Good food, better beer. Had a sampler that consisted of 13 different flavours of beer. In a nice location on the water, and the restaurant itself is huge. Looks newly renovated, really nice atmosphere. A good spot for a beer and/or a meal if you're in Bangor. Sea Dog beer is generally pretty good, average as far as flavours and styles, but downeast Maine isn't really ready for russian imperials and dipa's.

Apr 08, 2013
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vomfoss from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I Have been going to the sea dog in bangor for over 13 yrs and every year it becomes a bigger disappointment from the year before. The quality of their beers on tap has declined to the point I can no longer drink them. They are currently re vamping their brewing, in house for a few select beers and my hope is that the beer quality will come back around ( stop having shipyard brew your beer). Food is okay and the staff has always been friendly .. the location you cant beat in the summer, along the river

Jan 26, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to college in Bangor, and this was a frequent stop for most of those years. We recently stopped in while visiting friends and family. The place hasn't changed a bit. It's a very well lit building, with a lot of open space that gets jam-packed come weekend time. The bar is a horseshoe, and it usually packs in tightly there on weekends, also. A couple of pool tables and arcade games, with a plethora of flat-screens for all the Boston sports games. Also, when the weather permits, there is a good-sized deck overlooking the river, which can be absolutley amazing in the middle of fall. The service is hit-or-miss...sometimes the staff is great, prompt, and friendly, and other times it seems like a group of first-day trainees that hate life. The bar is usually the safest bet in terms of service. The food is decent, and there is a fairly wide selection to choose from. I recommend the clam personal favorite. Also, fried pickles (not on the menu) which are damn tasty. The beers aren't bad, but at the same time are nothing to rave about. The Blue Paw tends to be the crowd favorite. Not terribly expensive, you can usually eat and have a few brews without killing your bank account.

Sep 02, 2011
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Stopping in Bangor on the way to Bar Harbor, this was an easy stop after seeing Paul Bunyan and stalking Stephen King's house for a facebook pic. Had a few bottles of Sea Dog before, so wasn't expecting a lot but hoped the food was good with the view on the patio.

The view of the river from the back patio was relaxing and nice. Our waitress was evidently having a very bad day because the service was awful and even the trainee following looking sympathetic to us. Everything was slow and took forever. Sampler tray was a bit warm and flat by the time in showed up, and the DYI pizza didn't turn out well either. Adequate.

We we drove by another Sea Dog-we kept on driving.

Jul 08, 2011
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Katahdin from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A truly neat adaptation of an old shipbuilding factory on the shores of the Penobscot. I have enjoyed dining inside and outside on the deck overlooking the beautiful waterfront. Open and spacious you never feel crowded here. Always a good selection of beers on tap and the wait staff is about as friendly as you can get.

Personal note to any Wings fans, do not try the Suicide. I did (I had never had wings too hot before) and nearly ended up needing to go to the hospital. What a great way to sell more beer though!!!

Nov 12, 2009
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Yeastcakes from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere - Great location on the Bangor waterfront. Near the downtown. Inside nice open sports bar in the center with nice seating on the side areas and great seating on the deck overlooking the waterfront. Island bar in the middle had the rows of mug club mugs on the rafters.
Quality - The beers were good. I was particularly happy to see another pub with cask ales. I had the porter on cask and the brown. The porter came across beautifully on cask with nuttiness and a smooth and subtle chocolate. The brown had a nice complex malt flavor with some forward sweetness but enough hops to balance it out.
Service - Service was pretty good. The waiter passed by enough that we could get his attention easily enough. Did let the first beer get dry though - a sad moment.
Selection - They had ten beers plus two on cask.
Food - Got the artichoke & spinach dip appetizer. It came in a bread bowl with some nice thick nachos. This was a great start. Got the meatball stroganoff. Nice presentation with chives and orange. Taste was great to match and very filling. Friend got the pulled pork tacos and was also very pleased.
Overall Impression

Apr 18, 2009
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Stunner97 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been here several times while on vacation and its always an enjoyable experience. The food is excellent there and its great place to be during the summer. Always crowded but with good efficient service. Not a nicer place to be during the summer on a warm evening and watch a Yankees vs. Red Sox game while enjoying some good food and good beer. On a nice nite they even have some outdoor seating with a great view. Worth the visit for sure I go there at least once every summer. (try the sampler to get a taste of all the varieties they are currently offering),

Feb 04, 2009
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mtstatebeer from West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited Sunday evening. It was a typical dead sunday night, so service was readily available. Very nice place, decent sized bar, it appeared to have a nice porch seating area, but it was too cold for that. Service was decent. Our waitress was nice and helpful recommending food, but was no help with the beer. I asked what styles the thumpr and the bangor were. She replied, I don't know, it's just their names. After tasting, I had a good guess but talked to the bartender on the way out. The food was good. I had the crab cakes, lobster bisque, and the haddock soft taco. All were very good. The beers were nice, of course, had to have the sampler. I liked the IPA and the porter, they had IPA on cask. Overall, it was a very good evening at a nice brewpub.

Nov 18, 2008
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Shaw from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Visited here on a Sunday afternoon in September.

It's a big place, with lots of seating. It's all smoke-free, which is great. They even have additional space for meetings, banquets, etc.

I had their IPA on cask. It was fine, made better by being cask.

The service was OK, though we thought a big reason was our poor waiter had too many tables.

The food was a bit disappointing. We could only recommend the crab cakes. Their reuben needed more sauerkraut. Their caprese salad only had one piece of lettuce.

Sep 09, 2008
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wickedpete from Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Great location, great atmosphere, spotty service, and a constantly deteriorating quality of beers. The Sea Dog used to be my favorite bar but the quality of their beers has gotten to the point where there's almost no point in going anymore. The service can vary depending on when you go and who serves you. They employ some veteran bar tenders who learn your name and what you like, and some very good servers, but also have a steady stream of high schoolers and disinterested folks who couldn't care less about their job. In the summer it's a nice place to get lunch on a sunny day and enjoy a beer on their patio overlooking the river. Stay away around Thanksgiving when all of the college kids are back in town (myself included) and pack the place to capacity.

Jan 07, 2008
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joepais from Maine

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I have been here twice both times the service was not that great I purchased a 13 glass sampler that only had two ales that stood out .One of them was the blueberry and its Maine so the better get that right The food portions were small and average in taste. I had a cheese steak when I went for lunch and it was on a hotdog roll. Oh well live and learn. The restaurant is along the riverfront and you defiantly pay for the view. Please note the Root beer is bought by the bottle too, I found out the hard way with my kids but it was better than some of their ales I sampled.

Dec 28, 2007
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

The best thing about Sea Dog is their beer. Their beer is very delicious, but I'll leave that up to the individual beer reviews.

The Sea Dog though lacks in the food area in my opinion. The price doesn't seem to justify the quality. While they aim to be an upscale restaurant and exceed in most areas (beer and atmosphere), the food leaves something to be desired even though they have an inspired menu.

The atmosphere is great though, located right on the river, underneath a bridge, the location is pretty sweet. Especially during 4th of July where you can make out the fireworks or during the folk festival in August, the Sea Dog is the place to be. During the summer, their large deck is always a nice option too. This tends to be Sea Dogs appeal, even their location in Topsham is located on a river next to a beautiful (though small) waterfall with a deck to enjoy it from.

But first and foremost, go for the beer, that's what I do.

Dec 03, 2007
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barleywinebrewer from New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It had been 2 years since my last trip to / through bangor and the sea dog. Decided to hit the restaurant for dinner with the family and have a couple of pints.

The food - both portion sizes and prices were outstanding. We were happy with the dinners and appetizers and they even had a solid kids menu for those in my situation.

The service - last time it was a college waitress that was not knowledgeable about the beers but good at her job. This time was again a college waiter but he was either having an off day or didn't want to wait on a family.

That I could've reasonably lived with, having worked in restaurants during college I know kids can be an adventure. What really turned us off on this waiter is although quick to walk over as we sat down and ask if we wanted drinks, when asked what was on draft he said "it's on the back of the menu (which we hadn't even picked up)" and then slouched and waited to see us flip the menu over. Wow. What a lost opportunity to chat up the customer and the beer lineup.

Suffice to say it's a great stop while in Bangor and this waiter aside definitely pay a visit. If I recall right, the pub beer is brewed by them unlike the bottled beers which are via shipyard.

Sep 30, 2007
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GreatPondBrewer from California

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

An absoultely enormous place for me. Far bigger than most of the places I frequent so I have to say that takes a bit away from the atmosphere. There is a nice deck area though with views out onto the river and beyond which makes up as well as the fact that just about everything is wood.

The beer is pretty good. Nothing to get overly excited about. There isn't a lot of wild experimentation going on in Down East as far as beers go, but I can't complain. Good consistent beer is cool with me especially if it is on cask. Had some porter, ipa, blueberry. All were serviceable and the porter went well with my burger.

Waitress was very nice and wasn't too pesky. Always a good thing. The lobster bisque was the bright spot to the night though. Definitely order a large one if you can.

Aug 19, 2006
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Can't believe I never reviewed this place before...

Used to visit quite regularly (this location and the now closed location in Camden) for a pint or two. Had the chance to stop by again during a business trip this week.

There are always 8 taps of their regulars on draft (brown, porter, IPA, golden ale, blueberry ale, apricot wheat, light ale, pale ale) as well as a tap or two of seasonals and an offering or two on cask. Personal favorites are the porter, IPA, the brown and the Winter Stock Ale (seasonal). None of their beers are going to knock you socks off; these are all very "sessionable" beers. No beefy barleywines or imperial stouts. But they are consistent and tasty. This past trip I had the IPA on cask (wonderful) and the Gollywobbler Brown.

I can't say that my service has always been top notch here but on my most recent visit, it was outstanding. She not only was an attentive and prompt waitress, she knew the tap list and what was on cask without having to go check.

Food is always solid. A bit pricey for the fare IMO but not too bad.

Nice deck outside for the warmer months. Lots of wood inside, very "pubby" but spacious.

Not a reason to visit Bangor on its own (ala "The Liberal Cup" in Hallowell) but a must stop if you are in town anyway.

Aug 18, 2006
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francisweizen from Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place was much better than I had assumed after reading the previous reviews. Maybe they have kicked it up a notch or maybe I am just in a good mood?!?! Anyways, located on front street off of Broad near pickering square in downtown Bangor this location is quite nice next to a little park and an old railway bridge with nice scenery during the foliage. Atmosphere itself is not the best, a bit open and contrived for my liking but with a nice big ole' stuffed moose and some other Mainer-related maritime knick knacks. A few of the tables and windows overlook the P river as well. Nice. Quality of brews was very good with the selection nice as well with about 6 or 7 year rounds 2 hand pumps and 2 or 3 seasonal in rotation. I had pints of the nitro stout and the ipa and both were clean butter, maine/shipyard ringwood goodness. If you like these kinds of brew you will love this place, if not stay away!!! Anyway, service was good and the pints and food was under $25 for 3 beers and one of the best lobster rolls I have ever had (and I have had pleny in much more authentic spots than Bangor, FCS!!!! I was quite suprised and delighted to say the least). A decent atmosphere, good maine styled butter beer, and kick ass lobster. It just begs for repeat visiting if you are a local...but if you are from away at least give this place an afternoon of your just may suprise you...

May 20, 2006
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

This place was average. We had gone up to meet Bennybrew and Co, so we had high hopes. Anyway, the place is huge, when you walk in there's a gigantic wooden bar, with plenty of seating. We could see a few TVs, and even some video games from our perch. Service at the bar was quick and courteous, we both had casks. The had 11 regular beers, 2 seasonals, and two casks on. This is where the average comes in: the beers were basically ok, not awesome at all. It was like huh? They were blah and ordinary. Anyway, we left the bar and sat down at a table when Bennybrew and his family came in. The best part of course was just taking it easy with them, my food was again, only ok (clam chowder/chicken caesar salad). Another round of brews, and it turns out a few of us had floaties in ours...I don't think I would bother to come here again. The place was dead on a Friday after Thanksgiving and I think I know why. Pat

Dec 02, 2003
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bennybrew from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

the NEW sea dog. the shipyard owned sea dog. the first thing i notice is the new double doors. then no smoking. then a pool table. then the bar.

the bar used to have a draft tower at one end and on the island in the middle were several shelves of booze. a nice selection of booze but not nice to look at. now there are 2 small islands with one level of bottle and there are 2 draft towers in addition to the one at the end.

also the stand for the band was moved.

the atmosphere is the same as it ever was: good. large open pub with nice wooden tables and a large bar. many nautical type thingies about.

the beer is brought to the pub from shipyard and they are using the original recipes. fine ales. also only $3 a pint at 3pm on sat. i didn't ask if this was a special.

service was good but we had the bar manager as our server and it wasn't busy at all while we were there.

they had about 11 of thier beers on draft and 2 cask lines. which is better than most brewpubs. also bud lite in bottles and full bar.

the menu is a bit scaled back from before but i think it was better and prices weren't bad.

if you have to be in bangor you have to go here.

May 31, 2003
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