Sebago Brewing Company

Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
1,979 Ratings
Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

201 Southborough Dr
Scarborough, Maine, 04074-5908
United States

(207) 874-2337 | map

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Added by kaia on 03-10-2009

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Sebago is a nice, safe, clean, generic feeling operation in Scarborough. There was an a fairly big size crowd for lunch and the dining area was very open if but really did not have much that distinguished it from several other chain breweries I have stepped into. If one changed the sign and put up Gordon Biersch, I would not have known the difference. Sebago had about eight in house brews. They are all very solid but nothing mindblowing. I had the blonde on tap and it was tasty. I felt the same way about the food. I had pulled pork and my buddy had steak, also above average. The service this day was horrible. The waitress brought me both the wrong beer, then proceeded to bring me the wrong entree. She did not appear to be all there. When we had first gotten to Sebago, I was excited because of their beer and because there was a hotel right next to it. I was thinking, on the way back from our road trip, we could stop and just stay here. When I got through, my sentiments where why bother. Sebago brewing is not a bad bar or restaurant. It makes for an above average lunch. However, it just does not do enough to distinguish itself from the countless other options in Maine.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of littlestevie14
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Devman171
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

V: Typical modern restaurant with a few TVs and long bar.

Q: I found the beers to all be on point here.

S: Some of the staff seemed interested and others were out to their own lunch.

S: A nice selection of beers and food.

F: Did not try the food.

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Photo of TTripp725
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

What an awesome place. The service was awesome and the food.... Well I can't even begin to say how good the food was. Prices were very reasonable and the beer was so much better then I have tasted of theirs before!!!

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Photo of slasich
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of cwhidd10
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of NickTinyRace
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Reds76
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jlechner33
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of andrew_thrall
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of obi_wan_knope
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of youbrewidrink
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Beautiful new brewpub. There must be money in craft beer cause this place is about as nice as them make em'. From the brewing side of things all you can see are the fermenters in a glassed in area

The beer menu was pretty ho, hum as were the beers. If Sebago could offer more variety in their beers I would enjoy it better.

The food menu was extensive and the food was quite tasty.The soups were the best part, well made and plenty hot.

Service was adequate, but not overly attentive.

I guess all in all it was equal to a Chili's or Applebees. Nothing bad, nothing great

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

If you're stuck in SoPo near the mall, Sebago is your best option. You'll only find their beers on tap, as far as I know. I've never tried to order outside of those, but this isn't a problem. Sebago is brewing some of the best beers Maine has to offer, from the hop fix satisfaction of Frye's Leap to their more interesting single batches like the Hell Awaits Imperial Porter, Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout, or last year's Milestone American Strong Ale. If the timing is right, check out the Local Harvest, a pale amber beer made from local hops & grains.

The relatively new Scarborough location, is just a short drive from the Mall, across the street from The Christmas Tree Shop. A word of advice, make sure to hit the left hand turning lane before you come to the location, as there is no way to turn into the parking lot from the main street, and you'll end up having to make a lengthy detour turnaround.

The atmosphere is very comfortable, the staff is friendly, and the new building is beautiful. Cool drop lighting, ample size booths. You'll just have to check out the place for yourself.

The menu is huge, lots of selections. Local options for Localvores like the Imperial Burger served w. bacon and a fried egg. Tons of sandwiches, vegetarian options, good pub food, and a nice selection of fresh seafood as well.

Make sure to ask what they have on cask, or if there are any special beers on tap. Ask if owner Kai Adams is in the house. Great guy, very knowledgeable, and LOVES to talk beer.

I give any of the Sebago locations my highest recommendation, but this one is a welcome refuge for beer geeks in a land of fast food, chain restaurants & mall food court fare.

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Photo of slander
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A little time in Maine. See some friends, sleep on some couches, see some brewpubs, that kind of thing. Now this one; I've been referring to it as "Sebago not at the mall" for a little while now. Yep, they moved down the road a bit to some swanky, okay, not really, but polished and new anyway, stand alone location un-chain restaurant in a mall parking lot, like...

"L" shaped new slat wood laminate topped bar with seating for 21. Center barback wall is brick piece riding up the wall, with a mirror inlayed and some specialty booze displayed there. Wall mounted wine rack twins in a row with a 10th Anniversary Sebago brew rake, window in the wall to somewhere with shelved brewerania Schmidt's cans, and some Sebago pint glasses & 22's below. Flat screens to both sides of center. 8 tap tower row on the barback, with glassware stacked to both sides & tiered booze tucked behind, and stainless steel coolers below, shiny.

Cream, blush & burgundy painted walls; a flatscreen here, framed maps there. Black drop ceiling with random spots on winding mounted pieces & drop ice cream cone lighting over the bar & seating. Wood slat piece over the bar and the half a dozen adjacent step up booths in a row behind me with views of the brewroom behind glass. 3 hightops at the end of the bar, leading around the bend to a rear corner room with 9 tables. Flatscreens & brewerania cans pieces here, as well. Main dining room forward there holds 2 dozen booths & tables sectioned, plants potted on the sills and a center fireplace. And back around again to the bar side, a front corner silo shaped room holding raised ceilings & vertical windows & potted plants.

I asked "What's on?" and Megantender shows me the book listing 5 regular full timers & a seasonal. Shocker, I know, but I opted for the sampler, which arrived sans seasonal. Sebago Portland flashbacks come ring-a-dinging but we'll get to that. So, 5 beers on sampler (Northern Light Ale, 3.8%, crisp & easy enough; Boathouse Brown Ale, 4.8%, lacks the maltiness I want in a brown; Lake Trout Stout, 5.8%, on nitro, oaty goodness with sufficient body; Fryes Leap IPA, 6.2%, there's just nothing IPAlike there; Runabout Red Ale, 5.0%, yes, some caramel pleasantness).

Okay, you see, I caught a short sampler at Sebago in Portland last year but those douchebags wouldn't give you or even let you buy non sampler samples, no. They make you purchase a full sizer outright which is shit business (I want a sample so I know if it's going to suck before I buy a full glass and find out that it does, duh). So I was expecting the same when I asked for a sample glass of the (seasonal) Sebago Hefeweizen. I was pleasantly surprised to receive one without incident for the cost of a dollar. It's a good Hefe, 3.8%, banananana clovey, you know the drill. And now looking at the tap handles, I notice one not even mentioned in the book. "Hey, what's the Milestone Ale?" "Oh, it's our strong ale. It's like really strong. It has its own glass", and I'm thinking "She didn't even mention it when I asked what was on tap. WTF?" and the red pen comes out. So I pushed my luck asking for a sample there and got one for $2. Oooooh, big beer coming in at 9.2%, it did not suck. All in all, the Lake Trout Stout, Runabout Red Ale & Sebago Hefeweizen were the best of the lot.

And I think I will now engage in seafood chowder activity; shrimp, haddock, clams, scallops & crabmeat (I'm going to chowder everywhere in Maine like I pork green chili in Denver). I had a bowl, it was okay in its overall chowderness but I was expecting more somehow.

Comfortable enough, I suppose. Decent crowd for an otherwise unproductive Tuesday afternoon, although (don't look!) I swear to god there's a guy at the end of the bar who looks like a garden gnome or I'm drunk. Or maybe it's not an "or" but an "and" (I'm drunk). Too much TV happening but I did get good tunes, so that's something. First, that cool Eddie Vedder song off Into the Wild (Rise up), then some David Byrne, oh, the Sundays, now Beck, oh man, old Lemonheads with Juliana Hatfield (sunshine!) Beers were okayish for the most part, food, too. Who let them out of the mall parking lot?

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have to say that I like this new location and building much more than the older location near the mall parking lot. A much more interesting design, on the outside as well as the inside. I've already found myself coming here more often as it's more inviting, especially the bar area.

The waitstaff is (usually) quick, aside from one time, but always nice.

Still haven't had the chance to sit out on the deck, but at the moment they're doing some construction so it isn't exactly inviting yet.

The beers are always excellent as usual. My first time going there during opening week I was able to try a limited draft only barrel aged Slick Nick only available at the new location.

Haven't had too much of their food yet, but the Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of the better ones in the area.

If you're near or visiting the Maine Mall, this is a must stop, it's conveniently located across the street from the Christmas Tree Shop so you'll always be able to find it (although finding parking is another issue).

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Time for a fresh review to pay tribute to the new location for this long standing brew pub at 201 Southborough Drive, Scarborough, ME. Not to be confused with the downtown Portland location, this one just moved less than a mile away from their former somewhat unspectacular place near the Maine Mall, to a sparkling jewel of a facility just across from the Christmas Tree Shop on the main road (whatever it's called). This is a vast improvement from the old digs, completely new and attractive, bright and inviting, modern, clean and apparently a bit bigger as well. I spent one evening having the delicious Oatmeal Stout and the Full Throttle DIPA in the bar and found the service and beer to be very, very good. Plenty of TV access, roomy, friendly crowd, a very enjoyable stop-in. The next day I had lunch where most seating is in a separate dining room. This area is similar to the bar in simple clean but warm decor. Not the old school beer bar charm I might prefer but it has some nice modern day character with numerous comfortable booths as well as table chair sets all within a bright area with large windows to the outside. Service was very attentive but on this Thursday afternoon we had quite a long wait for our food due to an apparent kitchen backup. It was pretty busy. Obviously the new location has given a shot in the arm to the patronage for Sebago. I wonder if this one is now more popular than their downtown site in Portland. So forget my previous review from the old digs, this place is even better now, go there soon and enjoy the good brews in a nice new setting. A happy upgrade!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I hate going to malls, and this includes The Maine Mall. On the occasions that I've been shanghaied to the mall, I've taken solace in the Sebago Brewing Company nearby. They've had consistently good beers and good food.
This new place is literally around the corner from the old place. It is bright and spacious. My wife and I were there on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, and the place was packed. Enter into the bar area, with restaurant seating off to the left and brewing equipment behind windows on the right. The bar is c-shaped, seats at least 20. Some booths and tables off the bar. TVs on the walls. Earth tones color scheme. A bright, vibrant place.
Sebago beers on tap. Had a couple of the new double IPA, enjoyed it tremendously.
Full menu of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees. Good food, reasonably priced.
Attentive service, even on a busy day.
So, if it's off to the mall you must go, stop in here.

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Sebago Brewing Company in Scarborough, ME
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,979 ratings
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