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Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(207) 775-2337 | map

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 86
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was a welcome stop after a long day of downtown shopping and exploring with my longtime girlfriend, Kathy and her mother, Edie. We were all hungry and very thirsty. We found a corner bar-style table overlooking the street. The waitress was promptly at the table and took our drink orders. Kathy does not drink (we are an odd couple in that regard), but Edie enjoys beer of the lighter, but quality variety. The waitress recommended the Northern Light Lager. It was a brew that she really enjoyed. I enjoyed my Roundabout Red as well as a Frye’s Leap IPA. The clam chowder was thick, rich and loaded with fresh clam flavors. The beer battered fried fish was fresh, tender and enough for two people. Kathy ordered a cheeseburger and rootbeer. Both were well above typical pub quality and quantity. Edie opted for the lobster roll. Again, there was way more food than a normal human could expect. We were too full for dessert, but they allowed me a small sample of the Lake Trout Stout for free. This is a place we would all visit again. Good food, great service, and fine fresh beer!

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place was a real find and a pleasant stop while checking out Maine. It is located about two blocks from another brewpub (Gritty McDuff's) and about a quarter mile from The Shipyard brewery. It's an upscale rest. with a nice bar attached. Table seating dominates the place, but the bar is where I was.

The service was outstanding. The people went out of their way to make me feel welcome. The beer was also good. They had about eight house drafts to sample, which were all above average quality (the stout was the best).

The atmosphere screamed of class, which was welcome after touring a bunch of college party pubs the day before. They offered a wide variety of native dishes and some for the common person as well. They had lots of lobster dishes to offer so of course being from NY I had to indulge. The food was awesome.

I rather enjoyed this place and would return anytime while staying in the Portland area.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

After a weeks travel in Maine, with my wife, who was raised in the area, we both aggreed that the food here at this place was some of the best we tasted on our trip! We both have culinary degrees, and it should be mentioned that whoever is in the kitchen at this place, they are doing the right thing. Good atmosphere with outdoor/indoor seating, friendly service, and super fresh and tasty brews make this a definate place to hit when in Portland. Good Job!

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Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Located right in the downtown area, this place is a short walk, assuming you can find parking. It's located right on the corner, with an airy breezeway kind of exterior. Definitely a modern, cosmopolitan kind of feel.
Walking inside, the interior is less like I'm accustomed to in a brewpub. It's very spacious and open, with a cafe kind of feel. We were seating in the bar area, which sported a long, sunlit bar and very contemporary furnishing. Simple metal barstools with a plain wooden back and simple wooden tables. More like a coffehouse than a brewpub. It felt a little cold and too sophisticated, at least to me. The menus and beer list were sort of low budget computer design, which paralleled, yet clashed irregularly with the very modern interior design. I didn't see any brewing tanks, but i didn't get to check the place out much, since we only had an hour before we had to get back.
The sevice was pretty decent. While not especially friendly, our waiter was prompt and courteous. I felt a bit like he was a little too prompt, and was trying to get us out of there. Our beers came out quickly, and they were poured well. The food also arrived promptly, and that was also very tasty. I had fish chowder and a caesar salad, both of which were excellent. It seemed like there was more emphasis on the food than the beer, which was just decent, while the food was very good.
Our bill was a little steep, but that's to be expected at a downtown restaurant. I thought the place was pretty nice, maybe the upscale appearance made me a little uncomfortable. The food is great, and the beer is good. Definitely worth a visit while in downtown Portland.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I have to say I'm not crazy about this place. Both times I've been it's been absolutely dead. Decor is nice, spacious, woody, with a nice broad bar and picture windows looking out on the street (although the blinds were down -- eh?). Still the place bores me. Last time there were about 5 beers on tap, IPA, red, stout, brown, and fruit if I remember correctly. You can get a pint or a 22 oz glass for 5.50. Happy hour specials seem good (2.50 pint, 3.50 22-oz). The pour for the IPA took 6 or 7 minutes, something was wrong with the tap. It didn't taste so hot either, with a rubber element to the flavor. Bartender was nice but you could tell she knew very little about the beer. Anyway I'm not crazy about this place, especially when I'm so fond of Gritty's, but you may have better results than I did, perhaps if you sit outside with good company on a beautiful day.

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Photo of bennybrew
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

sebago bay's pub in portland is on the edge of the old port and only a few blocks from gritty's (one way) and brian boru's (in aother direction).

it is not what i think of a pub. it has more of a resturaunt feel about it. it is prettier and cleaner than most brewpubs, which some may find appealing. especially with parents or kids or your parent's kids.

sebago brewing makes some fine ales. i don't believe they brew at this location (i could be wrong) but the beers i've had there were always fresh and of fine quality.

the service is good. knowledgeable and available without being pushy.

they have their beers and a local micro guest (i believe it was a shipyard when i was there) tap. full bar as well.

food is good for a brewpub. some good pub food and some more, say, casual dining type stuff.

definitely worth a trip when in portland.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped by here before going over to Gritty McDuff's. The place was practically empty, as it was a Sunday night in the dead of winter. That fact probably led to the over-hounding by the waiter. Overbearing as he was, he still provided some good knowledge about the house brews.

Decent selection of beer, although they were all by the book styles. None of them were screaming my name to try. I chose the Presidential Pale which was good, although nothing I would intentionally return for.

The menu was typical brewpub, I decided to go with a simple cup of clam chowder. I'll give credit where it's due and give an "A" grade for the chowdah.

Overall, the place was pretty underwhelming. I'm sure I caught if off guard as it clearly wasn't in-season for pub goers. I'd have to return to appreciate the full ambiance.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

A brewpub trio that started with just a single location next to a mall. Didn't bode well, I thought. Come to find out, the Sebago owners' take on "brewpub" is precisely what some people in Maine and tourists were looking for.

The food is really well thought out. Menu features a generous appetizers section that gets half-pricing during happy hours. Not just wings either, bruschetta, mussels, potato nachoes, shrimp all at about $4 at 5 p.m. Sandwiches, dinners all uniformly of good quality. The fact that all this food is served until after midnight is also a big bonus to people in Maine who thought Denny's was the only place for late night eats.

Beer: Nothing outstanding, but all good, and made with an eye on consistency. They never have a bad batch. Their IPA is a good choice, and unlike some places, the stout is actually stronger than the other choices. Only five on tap at any one time, with a couple of guest taps.

Overall: the kind of place you could take mom and dad, a date or a business contact. And don't let the mallside location fool you.

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Photo of slander
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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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Nice brewpub in the Portland Old Port area, the pub is split into smaller sections that give each one a more intimate feel. I generally like to sit at the bar on the main level and watch some sports on the TVs at either end of the bar while enjoying a beer and a meal.
Selection of beers is limited to Sebago beers, 4 standards and a couple of seasonals usually, a "guest" tap,( Sierra Celebration this week!) and unfortunately one macro for the masses, usually Bud Light or Coors Light. You can get a sampler of all of the house beers, including the seasonals, for a decent price before deciding on a beer to order in full size, which comes in choices of normal 16 oz. pints or tall 22 oz. pints.
Food is good, a lot of the standard pub fare, with a bit of maine flavor thrown in with lobster rolls and steamed mussels available.
Some nice specials are the "late happy hour" which goes from 10 o clock until the 1 AM close with $2.50 pints and $3.50 talls as well as reduced prices on appetizers.
Mondays during football season offer even better specials, $6 pitchers of house brews, $2 plates of wings and $2 personal size pizzas, I have a bigger screen at home than the 27" that they offer, but if I go there, I don't have to clean up the mess.
All in all this is a great place to have a few brews and grab some food while you are in Portland.

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Photo of Longstaff
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cool brewpub in the Old Port section of Portland. Bar and resturaunt seemed somewhat newish with plenty of windows to let the light in. And it looked like there could be outdoor seating on the patio when the whether is nicer. Impressed by the quality of their beers and each one is right on style. And the big 22oz. pint glasses for $3.50 were a real bargin. Definitely a place to visit if you are in Maine.

Visited again on 7/4/2003 and this place is seems to be very consistent, great fresh ales, never too crowded, and smoke free. The guest beer was Allagash White - very nice, but I noticed that they have 2 macros on tap now, Bud Light, and Miller Light - why they would have two of the same macro beers with different labels at a brewpub is beyond my comprehension. Looks like the almighty $ speaks louder than fresh local beer.

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Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
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