Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
4.04/5
Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

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

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:
38
Ratings:
260
Reviews:
40
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
62
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Bobarks
1.5/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of johnny6654
2.13/5  rDev -52.9%
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 LeRose
2.74/5  rDev -39.4%
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 mendvicdog
2.99/5  rDev -33.8%
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 Grady546
3/5  rDev -33.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place has gone seriously downhill! Such a bummer....used to be my favorite beer restaurant. The Lion’s Pride used to have a fantastic staff. Leigh, Ryan and Katie are greatly missed. I don’t know where the owners found their current staff or what happened with the previous staff, but the new staff is inattentive, doesn’t know much about the product, and clearly has no concept of how to run a restaurant. My wife and I used to go to the Lion’s Pride at least twice a week. We no longer do, after having multiple bad experiences with the new staff. Many of our friends have also stopped going. The last time my wife and I went to the Lion’s Pride, towards the end of February, we were both presented with completely different beers than we ordered! The food seems to have gone downhill as well. We used to love the burgers and fish & chips, but lately everything has been either overly greasy or way overdone. Again, such a bummer.

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Photo of trukweaz
3.25/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have to agree with grady546 here. I am sad to say that since the departure of Ryan and Leigh the "pride" is not the same.

the new staff does not know the product.

They do not seem to WANT to be there and serve the product.

The beer list seemed out dated and stale (some winter beers and even a few holiday beers up!)

the vide is not the same either. when you walk in nobody greets you and seems excited to have you.

the food, service, tap list...ALL have gone down hill.

We need to get the big bosses (Chris?) down here and running things for a bit or I fear the end will be near.

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Photo of rderedin
3.35/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of cufarley
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.73/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of millionsuns
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of davemathews68
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of WynnO
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Only 14 taps were pouring when I was there (8/31/13) so the number of selections was not as I had hoped. What was there though was fine, although it was tipped in Allagash's favor on this day (4 taps). I had Alvinne Wild Undressed. Mort Subite White Lambic. Oxbow Original Deluxe.

Service was little slow, but I landed on a day of cooler problems, so this slowed the pours down tremendously. Tim the beeroligist was exceptional though---lots of knowledge and friendly.

I chose a burger for food, with frites. My cohort selected a chicken sandwich. Both were very good. I suspect anything picked food-wise would be good.

Prices were a bit steep (8-9 bucks for the more rare entries, 7-ish for the others). What can you do though? You want good beer. You must pay.

If I were a local this would undoubtedly be my goto place.

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Photo of fastestmanalive
3.91/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jebrew
3.91/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of craft_shannie
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
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 -11.5%

Photo of Rifugium
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Newbeergeek1
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This was a destination spot for me after doing some research for my beer trail. I'd heard amazing things about it, especially the brew list. Glad I did. One thing that kinda got to me was that all the bottled and canned beers were behind the bar and not very well lit so I couldn't see beers that I might want to have purchased. I didn't get to the "other" Ebenezer's but will. I'd definitely go here again.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Kurzman
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of twelvsies
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Been to the Lion's Pride up in Brunswick several times now. Kind of tucked away amidst other random shops on Pleasant St - look for the baby blue house-like building. Cool interior - a couple dining rooms and a nice L shaped bar. As others have mentioned, tap handles are made of blown glass, rather than traditional brewery tap handles, and the beers are listed on the chalkboard above. Looking around, you see lots of emptied bottles up on the wall and as flower vases on tables - many of uberbeergeek caliber, such as J&J, Kate, Darkness, etc.

Unfortunately, I didn't see too much out of the ordinary that was actually for sale. In fact, they didn't have a beer list at all. Don't get me wrong, there's a good selection - just no list. There are two glass coolers behind the bar and "what you see is what you get". Some Cantillon, Fantome, Struise, but nothing outrageous. I asked if there was anything off-menu of interest, but no dice... Maybe you have to be in when the owner is there, or know somebody. They do have some nice draughts though. Nice Belgians, decent selection of American brews and a couple aged things, which is cool. The only problem is I've been in several times in the course of 4-5 months and I see very few changes in the draught list, which kind of surprises me. It's cool that they have Wild Pannepot on tap - but I'm not going to order a $14 beer everytime I go in. Would like to see more variety. I hear they have events - maybe I will try to head up and catch one of those to see what else they have to offer.

The bartenders are great - once they find out you are into beer they are very willing to shoot the shit and give you tastes n such. Actually, I don't know why I said "they", because it's been the same guy every time I'm in. Anyway, looks like they hire people who are way into beer.

Is this a cool beer bar? Most definitely. Some interesting draughts and a good overall vibe. But is it a world class beer bar as advertised? Not really. A great spot for sure, but I can't help but feel a "that's it?" sort of feeling, after having visited several times. Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe it's the fact that they touted this place as "the #2 beer bar in America" and got everyone's hope's up for an on-site Struise brewery, which did not happen. I haven't been to Ebenezer's, and I'm sure it's all that and a bag of chips, but it seems like people are lumping the Lion's Pride in with it by association, and I just don't see it. Nevertheless, great to have another quality beer bar not too far away. I will try to make it up some time when they are having a beer event so I can see the place in it's element.

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Photo of smanson56
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co. in Brunswick, ME
4.04 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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