Pepperland Cafe

7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

279 Main St
South Berwick, Maine, 03908-1543
United States

(207) 384-5535

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Added by lordofthewiens on 07-16-2008

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Photo of rbowser
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Please note that the Pepperland cafe closed in August of 2014.

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Photo of spence3208
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had Lunch here the other day, menu was pretty stellar. most everything is made right there at the restaurant. with and emphasis on local products. the beer selection although only 4 taps was fantastic. server let me sample them all and then enjoyed a barrel aged stout, followed by a Maine beer co Peeper. server seemed into the craft beer world and was very nice. would recommend you to stop by if in the area. I know ill be back!

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Photo of SevaTse
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Really doesn't get a whole lot better than this for a non brew pub in this area. If you live in New Hampshire, this is the closest place in Maine (till Portland, really) that takes advantage of the fact that they can carry a wider selection of beer, particularly Belgian gems. They have four taps in the place, which usually pour an amazing Belgian, a rare German, something quality from far away, but in America, and more often than not one Smuttynose or Alagash offering. The food menu is quite good, too. I understand that local farm produce/meats are used on majority, if not all of the items. My favorites are gazpacho, the pulled pork sandwich, and the chicken salad. They also sometimes have a very delicious schnitzel. Be aware that they are only open for delicious brunch on Sundays(yes, you can still order beer). Make sure to ask for their world famous home made ketchup, if your items don't come with it- it's really one of a kind!

They also have a good selection of Belgian bottles in fridge, a lot of which are also unavailable in NH, so to all of the beginner beer geeks from state wishing to expand their horizons- this is a place to visit a couple of items.

I should point out that every time I have visited the staff has been super nice, friendly, and professional. The owner is a very chill guy, as well. On occasion you can see local beer celebrity Tod Mott, head brewer from Portsmouth Brewery, enjoying a glass of beeah on his day off.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to Pepperland this past weekend when all my friends were busy. I've been several times before but this time I went it alone. The atmosphere is more like an independently owned coffee house rather than a small beer bar/restaurant. But that really is bad. It's a nice change from your standard. With four rotating taps and a good selection of bottle ranging from locals to Belgians, there is always something to try. The selection is a bit limited with a small food menu and not a huge beer least, but needless to say, I never struggle to pick what I want. The wait staff is friendly and every time I go I end up talking about beer to someone, be it a patron, the owner, or an employee. They genuinely make you feel welcome. The food is great, I had corn chowder over the weekend that was great, and the hog wings are simply a knockout. The food is top notch and the beer selection always has something interesting. I tip my hat to any place I get some sours on tap! All at a price I can stomach. Overall, it's a safe bet that you can find me here at least once or twice month on a Saturday night.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Let me just start by saying that I have been trying to add this place to the BA data base for three years and that this is what I hope every quality locally owned and operated restaurant would eventually strive for in regard to the pairing of beer and food.

A small but extremely well chosen tap and bottle list is expertly matched by owner Lindsey Altshul to what can only be described as gourmet comfort food.

Without question, I have had the best pairing of food and beer in my life at this place and it is the hand made crab cakes and Girardin 1882 Black Label Gueuze. I have also had the crab cakes with Westmalle Tripel and Orval and each time the beer has been a great match for the outstanding offering. Lately I've heard that Lindeman's Cuvee Rene Gueuze has been the beer offered with the crab cakes and I could see this as an excellent match as well.

The scoop on the crab cakes is that it takes several hours to properly form them so that the tenderness and tastiness are consistent from batch to batch. I have had crab cakes up and down the eastern seaboard (here's looking at you Maryland) and I can say that unequivocally these are the best I've ever had! The succotash they are served with marries perfectly with the sweet crab meat and and the acidity or sweetness of the beers I've had paired with the dish.

Other excellent food choices include homemade high class meatloaf, Gourmet burgers, Hawg wings (pork buffalo portions) and monkfish - an eclectic but well chosen menu.

Five excellent taps are kept at all times with a heavy emphasis on Belgian stalwarts such as St, Bernadous Abt. 12 and Kwak. At least one tap is seemingly dedicated to Smuttynose's Big Beer series and the brewers of said beers can be found at the small bar area on many an occasion.

Other beers found on tap have been Brooklyn's collaboration with La Chouffe, Allagash Interlude and British beers such as J.W. Lee's Moonraker. Bottles have included Westmalle Tripel, Orval, Houblen Doublen Choufe Triple IPA, Girardin Black Label and Chimay White Label.

Overall I couldn't recommend this restaurant more to any lover of fine beer and fine food.

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Photo of joepais
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I love this place. They always have a few quality brews on tap and a good bottle selection. The owner Lindsey knows his beer and always interesting to talk to. The food is fabulous along with good size portions. There are two menus so you can order from the one your wallet can afford. I have never had a bad experience there and I have gone quite a few times. The Sunday brunch an experience not to be missed
The only draw backs are South Berwick is a little off the beaten path and the parking is on street. Give it a try if you are in the area you will be impressed.

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

This is a very fine restaurant that happens to serve beer. The owner appears to be a beer lover, and he has taken pains to have a small but excellent selection of beer.
The restaurant is located on South Berwick's Main Street. Pretty nondescript from the outside, but nicely appointed on the inside. There are two connected rooms, with the bar and some tables on the left, and a dozen or so tables on the right. A coffee table also in the bar area, with some magazines (including copies of Beer Advocate). The walls are red. There is a TV in the dining area, which when we were there was showing pictures of paintings, with the sound off.
The bottled beers are all pretty much local micros such as Geary's, Smuttynose, etc. I think of the 25 bottled beers, 8 were Belgians. The three taps rotate. On our visit the beers on tap were Allagash White, DFH 90 minute IPA, and Kwak. My Kwak came in a stand.
The food was excellent. They have both a dinner menu, and more of a pub food menu. My wife had Buffalo Hawg Wings for an appetizer, which was two pieces of pork, done Buffalo-style, with chipotle slaw. I had a good caesar salad. My wife's entree was seafood risotto, and mine was a grilled salmon.
Our server was efficient. She appeared to be the only waitperson in the dining room (albeit with some help), and she was attentive and timely (with no feeling of being rushed).
A little off the beaten path, but a great place to go.

12/4/08: Have been here a half dozen times since summer, and never fail to be impressed. The beers on tap change frequently, and are always (at least to me) high-quality brews. Tonight on tap were Victory Prima Pils, Allagash Musette, Smutty Porter, and Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. The food is consistently good. You need to get over there and give this place a try.

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Pepperland Cafe in South Berwick, ME
Place rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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