Sebago Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.73/5
Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

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

211 Fore St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4810
United States

(207) 775-2337 | map
sebagobrewing.com

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Score:
85
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87
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
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Reviews by slander:
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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Still Portland, and old port play today for a while longer anyway; this excursion up north once a year or other. A single allowable record store, check, smokes and double espressos, check and check, crazy chicken sandwich, not yet but coming soon. So Sebago now, a well lit, open place just up the road a bit from where it was we was. I'm not really sure how we're never stumbled across this place before. We've been up on Middle Street and it's not like there ain't a giant blue neon light in the window welcoming...

A long straight wood bar with a copper foot rail seats 14 or so. Lotsa light from the gigantic windows over Middle Street; a fat wood barback counter below, with some wines & booze displayed atop, and coolers & wine 'fridge action under lots of glassware stacked & sunken within. Large 2 man crew boat suspended above the windows, and tap list & merchandise boards above that. Drop spots suspended over the bar from a giant beam suspended from other beams. TV's in the corners and brewing equipment visible behind glass as you enter. 3 rows of raised tables adjacent to the bar and a few booths. Apparently, downstairs, a larger dining room, more quiet, fewer windows, but I didn't get there, and there are tables outside which I'm sure don't suck during the warmer weather.

They had their 4 full time and 3 seasonals on, as well as a handful of guest taps from other Maine breweries (Sunday River, Atlantic Brewing Company, Carabasett) and 2 macros on the end just in case you feel the need to come to a brewpub and drink Bud. The Lake Trout Stout was solid, but I wasn't so hot on the Slick Nick Winter Ale and Jed said "It's a brown ale" of the Boathouse Brown Ale. Didn't try the food as there's a crazy chicken sandwich in my future Gritty's bound, but I suspect we'll get back here.

*** Some 6 years later, up north once a year or other and revisiting haunts ago. I'm blinded this hour sitting at the bar looking into the sunset over Middle & Market Streets, the windows shaded over Middle Street but done poorly over Market. Big windows up front, "overhang to something above the tables eating". I wrote that in my notes, I'm not sure what I meant by it.

They no longer brew here, surprise, the brewing equipment is gone gone gone. I guess it's all done at a central location that feeds this and other Sebago locations. 6 beers on the sampler, the samples themselves being a buck a piece except for the Double IPA, which is $2, so whatever, send 'em, send 'em all. 5 house regulars (Northern Light Ale, light is light; the Boathouse Brown Ale, weak, and not, you know, good; the Frye's Leap IPA, pleasant hoppiness, good bitterness; the Lake Trout Stout, roasty, tasty; the Runabout Red Ale, a bit malty, okay), and a seasonal (Single Barrel Full Throttle Double IPA, crazy hazy & super sweet, way past the point of being hoppy). Frye's Leap IPA & Lake Trout Stout being the best of the lot. And that was that 'cause they wouldn't let me sample the Whiskey Porter; they only deal a 10 oz glass for $5.35 (who came up with that dollar figure?) I am going to forego it, as I don't need a 10 ounce glass of anything here, especially so close to Novare's opening, but I am not happy with their rigidness around letting me get a sample of it. Do I need to actually show you my red pen? It will not bode well for you, I promise. But you get what you get; they're just pouring here, no clue to the beer at hand. And the macro bottles displayed above for all to see. Just not loving it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sbuchert
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of coombski
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in a hotel, this has a typical hotel bar feel. Low lighting, lots of tables. Brew pub. A large selection of just ok beer.

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Photo of TTripp725
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of scxcrunner
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of xtonytx
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of MachIPA
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mpsmooth31
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DrStiffington
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in here for a late dinner on a weeknight when little else was still open. In a lot of ways it reminded me of eating at a "brewpub" location in an airport. At least part of this was due to its location in a hotel lobby, but it was also due to a somewhat sterile atmosphere, not particularly beer savvy staff, and disappointing beer selection and quality.

The only aspect where they didn't fit into that mold was the food, which ended up being the high point of the visit. The food was genuinely pretty good, I had a salmon and soba dish that was well prepared and enjoyable. Unfortunately that is more than I can say for the beer. Not being from the area we didn't really know what to expect, but the beers were mediocre to bad and mostly very uninspired. Add to this that they were out of at least three of the maybe 8 beers they had on the menu and it made for a quite underwhelming experience. Not someplace I would recommend for the beer or for a stop overall, but if you were staying in the hotel and were hungry the food was pretty good.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Excellent vibe, felt comfortable bringing the whole family. Nice selection of beers, could have been bigger. The service was very good and friendly. The food was fair priced and very good. I recomend this and will definetly be back.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I stopped in here for a drink during our 5-year Anniversary trip to Portland. The beers that we tried weren't particularly good. My wife's beer was downright awful. The smell and taste made me nearly gag. The bar looked nice. The setup was kind of basic and simple and it seemed to be more about the food, restaurant than the beer. we drank about 3/4 of our pints and then left. One and done.

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Photo of mmellow12
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Brandonparrent
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

i wasn't impressed with the beer or section.

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Photo of Ironstutz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Good eats and good drinks! they had a cask IPA on tap when we went, was very tasty

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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,953 ratings.
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