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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

112 Pleasant St
Brunswick, Maine, 04011-2207
United States

(207) 373-1840 | map

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Reviews by Durge:
Photo of Durge
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First of all, when rating some of these items for the BA, I think it has to be said that this is, in some ways, a bit upscale in the scheme of things, such as price and atmosphere. While it is not, from what I saw on my one visit two nights ago, a social Mecca or a classic place to bring your party pals, it is in it's own fairly unique way, a one-of-a-kind, awesome beer landmark in the northeast. Inside and out it appears clean and presentable. Inside it is very welcoming with shiny wooden tables and chairs, set pretty decoratively with walls full of what I found to be highly enjoyable beer art, weighted heavily toward the Chimay side of Belgian legends. It is nearly an art museum of colorful, entertaining tin signs and posters and framed advertisements, etc. Very enjoyable to my eye and sensibilities and all presented tastefully with obvious class. The bar area to the right of the entryway is fair size but generally more intimate with smallish tables and a medium sized bar presented all with a flair for the artistic, pretty classy while retaining a warm and welcoming appearance. The tap knobs were hand crafted multi-colored works of beauty, apparently made personally by one of the head guys for Stone Brewing (hope I remembered that right). They were stunning with lighting set to accent the unique design and colors of each of the 20-ish+ taps. I would have liked to have just sat at the bar to enjoy this scene up close, along with the great beer, but this night was to dine with my family so we took a table in the barroom. The other areas of the restaurant presented neat little tables with similar general beer decor. But then let's get to the great beer. Awesome selection and an impressive range of imports and domestics, hoppy goodies, Belgians, Saisons, Barleywines, Sours, stouts, most everything. Sadly I could only have a couple. The Mikkeller Amarillo (ipa) and the Cuvee des Jacobins (sour red). Both were outstanding, presented in the appropriate tulip glasses, at the optimal temperatures, and fresh as you could ever hope. Delicious and nicely complemented by a great buffalo chicken wrap (very spicey!), and as others have attested, great "frites" served in a fancy vertical cornucopia with scrumptious sauces for dipping. Everyone was pleased with their meals. But, of course, it's about the beer and this place is to be unbeaten, although you have to accept that the level of beer quality here does demand, understandably, a high price tag. I won't bother to list all the beers they had on tap, or the similarly heroic collection of bottled beauties. Suffice to say it was one of the best selections I've seen. The staff was also unbelievably knowledgeable, and attentive. They knew their stuff and most all of them stopped by to chat beer during our visit. They seemed legitimately energized to have a fellow enthusiast on hand. And the icing on the cake, as I was signing my credit card receipt, I was given a free, near full glass of Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin IPA (not even listed on the chalkboard this night) which was one of the best beers I've ever had, seriously. What can I say but I have to come back here as soon as possible. Just set aside some money and have yourself an experience. And eventually they will add their own brewing on premises to the mix! These guys seem to have special connections with the likes of Stone & Mikkeller among others, so I can only imagine that it's going to be the most incredible beer place for many a night's travel! Don't miss this place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of coombski
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.13/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of khoff5
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Excellent craft beer selection, great food and service, dogs welcome at outdoor seating (6 large picnic tables with large umbrellas, plus few smaller) plenty of parking.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of iduper
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Enjoyed everything about this brewpub, the knowledge of the staff, the service, the food and of course the beers about 30 on tap. Really liked all the beer posters on the walls, the dragon on the ceiling and the earth monk, which I nicknamed the Moose-Monkey,1 too many beers I'd guess. Went on a Tuesday night for a Bob Dylan birthday(75) tribute listened to 12 different musicians play Dylan songs and also songs by other artists. Had a Great time.

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Photo of jhavs
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I am not sure why there are recent negative reviews. I have been multiple times, never have had anything but great service, great food, and a nearly unmatched beer list. Always a ton of nearly impossible to find in the US drafts and great bottle list. Maybe I have always been lucky with the taplist, but no matter what, worth a stop for food and beer.

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Photo of Finley020
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

Legendary for beer, forgettable for food. I don't need to leave a run down of their beer program, it's top notch. The bottle selection alone...few places could you do a 5 or even 10 year vertical with Orval or la chouffe. The food however is mediocre are best. Pretty dead on weeknights, but all the better.

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Photo of smanson56
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped here while on vacation this fall. Nice selection of house brewed beers and some really great ones too. The service was fast and the food was good. Perhaps the best onion rings I have ever had. Can't wait for a return trip.

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Photo of blisscent
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of LeRose
2.74/5  rDev -39.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

We visited on a weekday for a late lunch/early dinner. The place was empty except for a couple of bar flies, the bartender, and a waitress we obviously disturbed from slumber. Service was far from cordial. We have yet to know what was on tap because nobody answered the question. Menus were tossed on the tables and "specials" briefly mumbled. We finally figured out we could get a flight of four beers, but we found out later that we were charged $5 PER POUR - whether this was a mistake or not, we don't know since we simply wanted to get on with things. The food quality, from what seemed a limited menu, was excellent and tasty but I felt it was quite overpriced for what it was. The decor is very cool with beer memorabilia all over the place. We probably won't be going back. Even if this experience was not representative, the lack of attentiveness from the bartender and the attitude of the waitress were unacceptable. One or two of the beers in the flight were very good, but the waitress mixed up the glasses and couldn't keep four beers straight, so we have no idea what they were.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.54/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
2.99/5  rDev -34.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3.75

Even though they have room for around 30 taps, they only had 10 beers on, 7 of which were lively beers. There was only one decent lively beer and the rest were subpar. The flight I ordered was overpriced at $19.00 for 6 4oz pours. The food was decent. The atmosphere is shitty. No thought put into it at all. The staff seemed clueless and rude. They don't have a bottle list. Place is not what it used to be (see the higher older scores before they changed everything).

Definitely not work the stop in my opinion. Go to Frontier instead.

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Photo of johnny6654
2.13/5  rDev -53.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5

On vacation in maine, have been coming to maine from New York for 30 years
We were very excited with all the great reviews
6 beers on tap
All the rest were not working
I asked why there were so many taps and such a small selection
Not really a good answer
Goofed up our app no apology
Goofed up my meal no apology
No comparison to the black birch the night before
Very disappointed no reason to return

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Photo of fastestmanalive
3.91/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of parris
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of LXIXME
3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.73/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of cnwillis31
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great bottled Belgians . Even greater micro brews.

I find this place on Yelp while I was int eh area for business. I figure why not give it a try since it is close to my hotel. Nice looking place and ask the bar keeper for a taxing flight . First beer I taste is Filthy Rich. Amazing . I toasts the bar tender and he says thank the gentleman over there who just brewed it, he came from stone.

Highly recommended, can't wait to go back

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Photo of Rifugium
4.04/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I only passed by this place when it was the Lions Pride, but on this particular trip to ME, I figured I'd make an effort to go now that it's a brewpub. It's a pretty standard restaurant vibe inside, with a good sized bar and plenty of seating.

There are lots of taps, but when I was there, it seemed they only had Lively beers on...or maybe I just didn't see the full taplist. But I was mainly there for the Lively brews anyway, so I went with a sampler. Mostly pretty standard stuff, but all solid and on point for the style. Several IPAs, and some Belgian styles. The stand out was the incredible Filthy Rich imperial stout, which I had had the night before at Lovell, but needed to sample again. There was also a bottle selection that was essentially comparable to that of the Lovell location.

Service was fine. I got there about at opening time, so it wasn't too busy, but it did start filling up fast. My bartender was friendly and seemed knowledgeable about the beers.

Food was good as well. Mostly general pub grub, burgers and such, with some pricier entrees. Overall a good experience, and worth checking out again.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of jebrew
3.91/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of craft_shannie
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

good food. somewhat limited beers for what i was expecting. still solid offerings. we ate in the cozy bar area. trivia night was a lot of fun, the host & crowd were welcoming.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -11.9%

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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co. in Brunswick, ME
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