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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
4.09/5
Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(207) 373-1840 | map
lionspridepub.com

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Added by ToasterChef on 07-03-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
41
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
255
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
89
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
11.01%
 
 
Taps:
35
Bottles/Cans:
700
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by ToasterChef:
Photo of ToasterChef
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This review was written on July 1, as soon as I got home from the Lion's Pride. I think I may have just had the best beer experience of my life. I walked into the empty restaurant and was asked by a server if I wanted I table. I told him I wanted to sit at the bar and he said I was welcome to. As I walked to the beautiful copper topped bar, the woman behind the bar said "You're Nissa's [my wife] significant other...Josh..or something with a J." I told her it was Jim and sat down, amazed that I'm already known by name at a place I've never been to before. [I've been to Ebenezer's, so Jess already knew me]

This initial experience showed me that this place is just as inviting and friendly as Ebenezer's is. Every patron is a friend and is always welcome. Within ten minutes of sitting down I was introduced to Chris Lively (the owner) as a Beer Advocate, and he handed me a $600 bottle of 3 Fonteinen J & J Oude Gueuze that he was planning on uncorking for the official opening of the bar on July 3. You don't get an experience like that at just any bar.

The Lion's Pride is laid out in three sections. As you walk in the front door you enter the dining room. It's full of comfortable looking tables. To your left is a former sun room that provides the closest thing to outdoor seating you'll find here with its glass walls. To your right is the bar area, where I spent all of my time and which I will cover in my review.

As I mentioned, there is an L-shaped copper topped bar. Behind one side of it are the 35 taps, each topped with a custom made blown glass tap handle. There are no brewery labels on the taps, all you have to go by is the wall-length chalkboard listing all 35 draft selections. Continuing the no labels theme is the glassware section behind the other side of the bar. Here you'll find wine, pilsner, tulip and snifter glasses, all unadorned with any markings [No pint glasses! This is a bar with no pint glasses!]. Later on in the evening, they put up a selection of Allagash glasses; it was the only labeled barware in sight, save one random St. Bernadus chalice that looked out of place on it's shelf. I doubt that the Allagash glasses will last much longer than the kegs of Fedelta and White that are currently on offer, unless another Allagash keg is tapped.

Surrounding the glassware are the bottle coolers, although you could easily call them a beer museum. In my quick perusal I spied a bottle of Gargamel, numerous vintages of Cantillons, a selection of De Rankes, and some 3 Fonteinens (including the aforementioned 03 J & J Oude Gueuze), and that was jsut the labmic cooler. At the other end of the bar are a number of Trappist selections, abbey ales and other Belgian goodies.

Elsewhere in the barroom you'll find a flat screen television, a long upholstered bench on one wall, a number of tables with upholstered chairs that match the bench, and satellite blues music on the loudspeakers. On the walls are an assortment of bar signs. Even better than the bar signs are the large murals representing a number of different beer labels form around the country. The walls are either dark red, yellow or black, representing the three colors on the Belgian flag. There is a tin ceiling. I don't recall what the lighting was like, but it was bright enough to feel comfortable. There are a few windows that look onto Pleasant street. It was very cozy and comfortable without feeling forced.

The service was excellent, with everyone eager and willing to discuss beer. They were also quick to ask you if you wanted a refill once your glass got empty (for both beer and water). I forget all the names of the people I met, but each of them would be a perfect server; to have a team this prepared and competent on opening day is amazing.

I didn't try the food, but it looked great. The beef and pork come from the same farm that provides the meat for Ebenezer's Pub, and those selections are to die for. All of the fruit and vegetables are purchased fresh at the local farmer's market. I imagine the seafood is local as well. The cheeses are all artisanal, including some Trappist selections.

One aspect of the bar I cannot review yet is the brewery side. All of the brewing equipment is visible through large windows in the dining room. It will be a few months before anything drinkable is produced, but if it is even half the quality of the rest of this bar, then the beers will be something to go far out of your way for.

In summary, I can't say enough good things about the Lion's Pride. Previously, any beer fan would need to go to any of three places in Maine: Ebenezer's, Novare Res or the Great Lost Bear. We can now safely add a fourth location to that list, and it may very well enter the list at number 1. If God were a craft beer drinker, he's be a regular here. Do whatever you can to get to the Lion's Pride. You will not be disappointed. For me, it is brewpub perfection.

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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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