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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

678 Roosevelt Trl
Naples, Maine, 04055-5335
United States

(207) 693-6806 | map

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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located across the street from a huge (barn) antique store on Highway 302. Bray's sits by itself in a large, older wooden building with an adjoining building where the brewery is located.

The inside is very rustic looking with a sunken eating room adjacent to the bar, but separated. They had about 6 beers on tap, which I sampled, and an exceptional double IPA. They had a Sebago stout on tap as well. There was a refrigerator of some regional beers for purchase.

The service was very friendly and the crabcakes were outstanding. It's the kind of place you want to spend time and enjoy the atmosphere. I was so impressed with this place I bought a pint glass and a t-shirt to remember it.

Maine is a beautiful state, and Naples is a beautuful town. This brewpub is well worth your trip.

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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Photo of Doppelmax
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by the other day for lunch. The waitress gladly brought beer samples at no charge. Their beers were good but they had some unusual bock beers to that was the direction I headed.

The food was great. I has a sausage platter with 3 large sections of different types of sausage. Definitely the most generous serving I've ever had and they were all good. Others in the party had twin lobster rolls that were also full of fine lobster meat.

It is certainly worth stopping in if your in Naples or nearby.

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Photo of bszern
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I am in Naples frequently, and go to Bray's a few times a year. Everyone has talked about the good points of Bray's, but I want to share the negative points (in hopes that they get fixed!)

Some of the bartenders can't handle crowds/understaffed. I waited 10 minuted to get looked at because there was 1 bartender for the entire restaurant and serving at the bar...on LABOR DAY WEEKEND. Poor planning.

The beers are never at a proper carbonation level. I had one of the guest taps, and the bartender was able to set the glass on the bar 6 inches under the nozzle, and there was zero foam. I have had that particular beer at other establishments before, and there was a notable difference. This happens a lot. I like cask beer, so I personally don't care, but the carbonation levels are inconsistent between kegs of the same beer depending on when I go.

I like Bray's, and recommend it to anyone going to the Bridgton/Naples/Casco area, but those are the only things I wish they would address.

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Photo of MsRif
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We made our way to bumblefuck, Maine to pursue a stop at Ebenezer's before our wedding, only to learn that it was closed. Luckily, they opened the bar just for us the next day...but for the day prior, we were stuck with seemingly no options. When it seemed hopeless that we would find a place with good craft beer, our inn keepers recommended this place to us. Thankfully, it turned out to be a great experience. The atmosphere was excellent...very laid back. They were having some kind of 70's party later on, so it was pretty awesome seeing all of the costumes. Service was amazing...our bartender was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about beer. While there wasn't actually a huge selection of beer, all of the Bray's brews were pretty tasty. Definitely worth a try. The food was really excellent but...and maybe this isn't a bad thing...HUGE portions. I ordered the mussels appetizer which ended up being a LARGE pot. Prices were very, very fair. If we stay in this area again (we're thinking April), Bray's will definitely be one of our stops. Recommended!

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Photo of SevaTse
4.25/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice bar near the touristy lakeshore area in Naples(not lakefront, mind you) located in an old farmhouse- they have a cool story about a coincidence with the owner's name and the original tenant, but I will not spoil the story that is on the back of their menu.
There's sitting around the bar area, some adjacent dining rooms, as well as outdoors.
The food was decent- I got a sausage sampler dish and ended up chowing on some mean brats with great condiments and sides.
For beer they have a great mix of awesome imports, like Delirium and such, and the other half of the taps were the beers made on site.
An essential place to visit when in area.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When we learned Ebenezer's was closed on the day we meant to go, our hotel hosts recommended Bray's to us, and it was great. Five microbrews made on the premises, and a few other nice selections on tap including Guinness and Sierra. Food was very tasty and served in extremely generous portions. Good selection of general pub fare and seafood. Not a great collection of regular patrons, and the atmosphere wasn't tremendous, but it's the beer and food that matters most I suppose. Bartenders were friendly and helpful.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I forgot to review this place back so long ago.

I've been a few times mostly when visiting relatives, and this place never disappoints. Has good simple food, the chowder and seafood is great. For me the prices here are cheap.

The beer brewed is fantastic. I wish I reviewed it more in depth at the time, but unfortunatly that was some time ago. Everything that is brewed there is soild. They made a cream ale here that was absolutley killer that I had once.

The place is filled with locals and has good spirits among everyone. It seems rowdy at times but never threatning, actually a lot of fun.

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Photo of qcbeerguy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stopped there for lunch on June 30th and we were quite please with the beer and the food. We had a sampler of 6 beers: Brandy Pond Blonde, Bald Pate Celebration Rye, Irish Red Ale, Muddy River Bog Brown, Hoppycock IPA and "M". My favorites were the Rye and "M", "M" is their 1000 batch and it is a wonderful smoky, malty Scotch Ale the best beer I had on this 10 day odyssey of upper New England.

They had a very good menu with various food items. They have from vegetarian to carnivore food items. Included a nice Italian sausage with marinara and fettuccine dish.

If you are in Naples this is a must stop!

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Photo of unbalancedbuds
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

found bray's by accident on a fishing trip with my buddy pete(he too has an appreciation for fermented things). and within my 5 days in the sebago area, we visited bray's three times in the fall of 2007.
while we were on the path of finding lost lakes in the backwoods of maine, saw bray's and just wanted to get a beer and sandwich. but it was much more than that. first time there we grabbed a seat at the bar and we were impressed with their 3 or 4 beers they had on tap and enjoyed the fact that it was definitely a step up from the regular dirty water brew pub beer.
the second time there the taps were all totally different and the bartender instantly remembered us from the time prior, appreciative of our patronage and said "i guess you guys like the place?" then b.s.ed with us for the few hours we spent there.
the food was solid and the beer was good too. while we were there, their oktoberfest was on, it was pretty good. also i think i remember having an american styled red ale which was nice too (but i dont see it on their website).
personally i enjoy this type of atmosphere. from the outside to the inside you could instantly could tell its a mom and pop operation. its real cool how they set up this place. the living rooms the bar, the dining rooms still the dining room, and they they have a deck out back.
if your on the road fishing in the sebago area, i recommend bray's.

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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here with my wife, child, and in-laws while vacationing for the weekend. I've been here a few times in past visits to Naples, and all previous visits were pleasant. The food has always been good, and the beer acceptable. This latest visit however was not impressive. The food was good, but the service was slow, and there was something seriously wrong with the beer. The first one she brought me was their Octoberfest, which was flat, warm and tasted salty (unpleasant thoughts rushed through my head). I sent it back, and she brought me the Andrews Pale Ale, which was also flat and warm. I didn't send it back, but didn't drink it either. I will be back, because I have faith that this was a one-time problem. Hopefully my next visit will be better.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here during their One Night Stand, so that may have skewed things a bit, such as their selection, but even for my girlfriend who doesn't like beer, they had Woodchuck that she could find solace in.

The atmosphere is basically a really old house, because that's what it is, we hung out mostly at the inside bar which was a bit dark yet still cozy. Nice woodwork and brick, you can also go outside where they even have horseshoes.

Service was a bit hectic but our waitress held up regardless of annoying customers, watery floors and just a slew of people ordering.

The beers were amazing, I'm not sure what they typically have on-tap on a regular day, but virtually everything I tried during One Night Stand was amazing or unique (or both!).

We split a lunch together and went with the fried seafood platter which was very good. We've had their pulled pork at a beer festival before and I can attest to how delicious that is too.

Overall, a great place to go to, especially during their once a year event One Night Stand, but still go any day you're nearby.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Vacationed in Maine and stopped here for dinner with friends and then for lunch with family.
Came here about 5 years ago with some buddies and remember loving it. This time around it was a bit different. When we went in for dinner the place was not too crowded and we got a shaky table in a side room. The waitress did not know what styles of beer they had, but they only had 4 of their own on tap and 2 others, which she could not tell us about. We ended up with their California Uncommon ale ( which the waitress thought was their IPA??) Good beer. The food was also good that night.
We went in a few days later after a morning at the lake for lunch. we had the kids with us, so we tried to make it a quicky. Different waitress, same problem. New beer on tap, but she had no Idea what it was... I tried it anyways. Not bad- I think it was an octoberfest. Kids lunches came out and after waiting 45 minutes or more(with no check ups for more beer, drink refills, etc.) we found our waitress who then told us she forgot to put in our order. Pitiful.
I know mistakes happen, as I bartended for almost 10 years, but she should have at least checked on us. Needless to say we left and wont be back.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

my wife and i travelled to bray's last night to sample their wares. about a thirty-five minute drive from portland without traffic.

The bartender was incredibly quick with service and the atmosphere was great. cozy interior with a lot of wood, a few tv's and some really great looking food. We only had nacho's (which were great) and the beer that we went searching for.

all in all, there was a bitter which i found a bit awkward, dark and earthy, slightly roasty, with some english hop character, but somehow metallic. drinkable but not my fave.
their porter was a fantastic rendition. lot's of body but not thick, plenty of roasted malt, but not astringent or harsh. very subtle hopping, just delish!
then tried the oatmeal stout, which was also fantastic. with a finger of whipped cream on top, copious creamy oatmeal in the nose, slight roasty character and a heavenly texture, it's well worth the drive. one of the best i've had.. go to brays

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I'm not sure what it is with the lake's region of Maine. Between Bray's & Ebeneezer's you have 2 small beauts to enjoy great beer in.

Bray's Brewpub is a small establishment right on the lake at the only "year-round" traffic light in Naples. That alone should set the stage. A quaint setting inside a Victorian era farmhouse, the dining/drinking area is completely wooden, much of its wainscoting. A bar juts out & occupies the interior, with 5 tap handles in the main, 3 back up & a cask pull. There is a walk down dining area, and an outdoor deck for warmer weather. If you choose they have a "Mug Club" to join.

The staff were all very friendly & personable, and I was impressed that one of the servers referred to Brewmaster Rob Prindall's Oatmeal Pale Ale as a "transitional beer", displaying an obvious training (either formal or by elbow bends I don't know!) in how to promote, describe & serve craft beer.

Ahh, yes, the beers. Homebrewers take note - Bray's set-up is basically a large scale (by owner Mike's design) version of a gravity based homebrew set-up. The beers have a wonderful freshness and "rawness" to them which is quite enjoyable. Don't get me wrong - these are just not a couple of homebrewers gone big time (well, actually they are, but sssshhh), the beers at Bray's are damn good, and have me wishing they were either much closer or (hint hint) bottling!

The Epicurean IPA was the pineiest IPA I've ever had, and the Muddy River Bog Brown is a fantastic earthy, silty, muddy, bitter chocolate...just awesome. I had a sampler of 3 Bray's offering plus some Murphy's & even Bigfoot on draft. I choose a pint of the Brown to go with my stand-by Reuben. The sandwich was not skimpy on corned beef or the mountain of onion rings that came with it.

On a later trip I sampled a great, easy to drink English style Porter and a FANTASTIC, exceptionally well crafted Wee Heavy (note - the ABV is well hidden under that kilt - be warned). Also, you may, if you are lucky, nice and show a BA's love of good beer, chance across any of some "secret beers" so be extra nice and keep your eyes & ears open.

They host quarterly beer dinners, an annual Blues Fest in June, and the "Brewer's Last Stand" (one of EVERY beer Rob brews on tap for one night) in August is legendary. Its an oasis and a diamond in the rough, but it wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable or good it it was flawless. I highly recommend an afternoon or evening there, especially if you enjoy really good, down to earth beer.

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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I first encountered Mike Bray at the first annual beerfest in the Sebago (there used to be only two major beer festivals in Maine, but they managed get a third going a few years ago). I had the pulled pork sandwich and a Mt. Olympus. The beer was good, the sandwich was phenomenal. Bray is the proprietor, but he also has a long-time master brewer out back.

The sandwich was even bigger when I went to the pub after a long day of skiing. Still couldn't eat the whole thing and it was delicious. As far as the beer goes, stick with Mt. Olympus, it's great, or try to catch their seasonal beer, Yamityville Horror (yes, it is what you think). This beer is worth it for the novelty alone, but it's also a surprisingly tasty and drinkable brew. By far the best bar/brewpub on Route 26.

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Photo of jslot38
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just a short drive from my summer home in Maine. Having turned of age a few months back it was nice to finally make it over to this place with a few friends. Now, granted, the people I went with were long time customers there so they were known by the staff, I truly enjoyed my experience there. Walking in you are greeted by a touch of the old and a touch of the new. The classic looking bar is shadowed by a big screen T.V. on the other side of the room. There were two chalkboards that displayed the beer offerings. They had all your usual BMC and whatnot and then as the boards displayed, their own brews and a few other things from abroad that I didn't expect to see offered in bottle form. I had their Oatmeal Pale and the Pleasant Mountain Porter. I enjoyed both of them, and thought the porter was very well done. They also had a few other local beers on tap. The service was very nice, as the servers were busy (this was at night and there was a pretty solid crowd there) they still made time to deal with my first request (Something with hops). All my friends had mixed drinks or BMC and had no problems.

Jumping outside one finds a great scene. Park benches, some under a canvas, some not. A few horse shoe pits. A nice outdoor bar. Had a few more chalkboards showing the beers available. (Visiting beer was Allagash White).

All in all I really enjoyed this place. We missed out on the food but I know many people who have been there and say that the food is some of the best around. This place has a great and friendly atmosphere and a place that I will certainly return to. The beers were good as well and I look forward to trying a few more of them. A nice oasis in an area surrounded by mostly your usual bars.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Up in the area for a weekend wedding, stopped in around 11pm for a couple beers. This place is easy to find, right on the main drag (Rt302) at a stoplight. The place was still pretty busy, probably because they had live entertainment (some guy doing a crappy Buffett impersonation). The atmosphere seemed pretty nice. Selection on tap was 7 beers, 4 Bray's and 3 others. Also a lot in bottles. There was a cask selection, although the bartender said they were all out, so I don't know what it was. Besides the singer, the place was pretty noisy. Service was average, maybe because the bar was busy, maybe because of the noise.
I got the impression, in the hour or so we were there, that this was more of a place to hook up, rather than a place to drink beer. I have relatives in the area, so I'll probably try it again, only next time in the afternoon.

Went back to Bray's on a Wednesday afternoon in early October. Totally different from my previous experience. Turned out to be a quiet, homey kind of place. Maybe a dozen people in the bar, friendly, relaxed. The bartender let me switch TV channels to a baseball game. Besides their beers, Bray's had 16 bottled beers, including Duvel, Chimay, Trappistes 8, Samuel Smith, et al. Nice selection. Spent an enjoyable hour there. Try it.

Another trip to Bray's, this time on a Sunday for lunch. Service was great and the food was quite good. They passed my Reuben test, and I will look forward to eating (and drinking) there again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place was easy to find during a visit to ME. Look for a stop lite and it is located just after that. There is ample parking to the side of the brewpub and the building has a large sign right in front so you shouldnt miss it. There is a bar area on the first floor with a rectangular bar and about 15 stools and some table chair action to the side. There is a stage area and a guy was playing guitar the nite we visited. There is also seating for dinner on the 2nd floor up some stairs of the old house. several rooms connected by hallways are set with various amounts of table chair configurations.
The menu is seafood and typical pub grub, and the prices are very good. I had a pulled pork and beef brisket platter which was a ton of food and cost like $12. I actually had leftovers for the next day! And it was all outstanding flavor wise.
My wife had some seafood and raved about it the entire meal. There is a lineup of 5-8 house beers and they were out of cask for the day. I had an IPA, porter and pale ale (see my reviews) and one companion had a brown ale which was smooth and sweet.
Prices for beers were $2.75 for a 12 oz glass and 3.25 for a pint. I think they did growlers but I had so much beer back at the cabin already I didnt buy any. Service was very friendly and helpful, although not sure of beer knowledge as she explained a steam beer as done the old fashioned way with steam??? Not sure what she meant by that.
This place is a little off the beaten path but the food was well worth it and the beers are pretty tasty too. For three dinners and several beers and mixed drinks our total tab was VERY REASONABLE.
If in Southern ME definitely worth a swing by!

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Photo of FoolCircle
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

All I have to say is get the Pulled Pork Sandwich or BBQ Beef Brisket - both of these sandwiches are RIDICULOUS (and cheap).

The main reason why I poo-poo on the selection they offer is this, on the back of their menu were six house beers and only three were available - no bueno! Out of the three were an IPA, a Porter, and something called the MT. Olypus Special Ale (hopped like an IPA but with darker malts.) The IPA was soured almost undrinkable, and the Porter and the Mt. Olymus were pretty good, I would have really loved to try the rest

We were there on a Friday & Saturday night - packed with ablout a 30 minute wait, but still able to get beers at the bar. Music both nights was cool too. The wait staff was a little brash, but were fast and knew there stuff, so all in all it was almost worth not getting a joke, or smile.

The other thing was that the bar felt very "local" in the sense that I felt a little out of place the first night, almost as if I was being sized up by the regular patrons. But by the second night, I no longer had that feeling. Could have been me, but I felt it worth including.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

David and I stopped here on the way back from the relatives house. It's right near an intersection, so we found it all right. It was during the week around lunchtime, so not too much foot traffic, just a few folks at the bar, where we sat. Service was quick, easy and freindly, so no problems there. Selection was 5 of their own brews, so I will only have reviews for three. These three brews were pretty eclectic though. I did order one brew, which I thought tasted off, and the waitress immediately dumped it out for me and poured another offering, which was nice. Although in my experience at brewpubs, I don't recall when I've been served something off. Anyway...food was good, I had a salmon sandwich which was fresh and tasty. Would stop again, although for me, my Maine 'local' would have to be the Liberal Cup.

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Bray's Brewing Company in Naples, ME
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