Sebago Brewing Company

Sebago Brewing CompanySebago Brewing Company
BA SCORE
3.75/5
1,979 Ratings
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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BA Score:
3.79/5
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
88
pDev:
7.39%
 
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Photo of Jessay
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Very relaxed vibe, atmospheric lighting, excellent selection of sebago beers as well as some guests. I've yet to try the food but the beer I tried was delicious. And the $3/22 ounce draft special on Wednesday night was a great deal.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to around 200 brewpubs in North America on business and personal travel. As part of a Portsmouth>Portland brewpub tour in September of '07, my beer buddy and I visited Shipyard Kennebunkport, Gritty's Freeport, and Sebago. If it wasn't for Sebago, the trip to Portland would have been a bust. Shipyard beers were ok and Gritty's beers were awful.

Sebago is in the heart of Portland's downtown shopping and tourist area. We arrived around 5pm on a Saturday and left around 7. We had the delicious IPA, seasonal porter, stout, and single batch IPA. These were far and away the best brewpub beers we had in
Maine. I'm not sure how Sebago has such a low rating compared to Gritty's - It's not even close in my book. The serice was very good. In fact, the manager on duty spent 20 minutes at our table chatting about good beer in New England. It's a very well managed operation and by the time we left it was really hopping.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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 sbuchert
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Pir_oz
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Mpsmooth31
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of spiffysamurai
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The place was cool when we got there. The place is in the middle of the old port with a decent view of the road. The restarant was typical except for the fact that we sat ourselves. The quality of the place with the food and the beers was excellent. They have something for everybody. The service is nice, but it took quite a while for us to get someone to wait on us. I think this may of been because we sat ourselves. The food and beers are out of this world. The portabella ralvoli was amazing with the brown ale. The prices were a little expensive but not the worse ever.

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Photo of j_hollings13
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DrJGR629
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Situated right on the corner of Middle & Market Streets, the bar overlooks Middle Street. Where was I? The BAR!, of course. Traffic drifted by, the trees swayed in the wind, and I ate lunch and drank beer. I have to cop to having been on Wi-Fi at the bar, which I consider poor form, but I was desperate to try and contact a high school classmate, to no avail.

A couple of TVs flanked the bar, plus there was a corner booth to my left. Behind me was the restaurant area with a few booths, but mainly tables and chairs. Again to my left, along Market Street, was a patio with metal chairs and tables with umbrellas attached to them. Sadly, the concept of al fresco dining continues to elude me as a possibility. There was a unisex washroom behind me, to the right, and another set of washrooms downstairs and to the left.

My waitperson told me that they no longer brew on premises, but that the new facility is located in the Gorham Industrial Park. It meant that there was less to look at here, but it has freed up space to allow the brewer to experiment. His latest was a small-batch beer called “Proper Pale”. They routinely offer five (5) standards: Light; Brown; IPA; Red; and Stout as well as three (3) rotating offerings. There was not a clinker in the lot, plus the Proper Pale really did it for me.

Despite the move to Gorham, as you descend the stairs to the downstairs restaurant area, the Fermentation Vessels and Serving Vessels sit like Miss Havisham’s house - reminders of a past. In retrospect, however, it could be that they are using those tanks. I failed to ask and should follow up.

Finally, BlitheringIdiot’s Mom Test: Hell, yeah! Even my mom. The place is clean, friendly, and welcoming. No problem.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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 TTripp725
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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 ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in this past Saturday evening to take part in a the Full Moon cask event. I don't come here all that often, but I should, as it is a very enjoyable brew pub. It has a classy atmosphere with plenty of tables upstairs and some comfy booths in the downstairs dining room. I didn't order any food this time around, but the other meals I've had there have always been enjoyable. There are pint glasses full of pretzel sticks on the bar, which I like a lot. It;s a good way to help temper the effects of the tasty beers.

My wife and I got to the bar at 5, when the event was supposed to start, but the casks wouldn't be tapped for another 10 or 15 minutes. There was no pressure from the bartender to order anything though, she just brought us waters and gave us copies of the special beer list once they were printed up. Kai, the owner, came over to say hi to me and thanked me for coming out. He even remembered my name, which I found very impressive, as I think I've spoken to him more on this site than in real life. He also made a point to say goodbye before I left. It's little things like that that make me want to keep coming back.

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Photo of xtonytx
4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of moulefrite
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Right near the heart of the Old Port in Portland, this is a must stop. Most of the time I come here, it's late at night and all the other places are packed beyond comfort and way too loud. This Sebago location though is usually just right if you're looking for something more low-key, classy and quiet. Nice looking bar with a fairly open first floor with table, large windows adorn the building so you can always watch what's going outside. Some outside seating is also a plus for the warm summer nights. I haven't been seated downstairs dining area though, so no idea what it's like.

The beers are always good and the waitstaff is usually attentive and kind.

Like I said, if you're looking for a place to chill, have a good beer and be able to talk at a norm voice level in the Old Port, this is it.

Edit: I've eaten at this Sebago many times since my first review of it and it's a rare time when I'm disappointed by it.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Sebago Brewing Company sits on a busy corner in the heart of Portland. Large windows in the bar allow you to watch all the people walk by. Inside on the top floor the area is mainly filled with tall round tables, a couple of corner booths and plenty of seats at the long bar. Several TV's have various sports showing and a convenient co-ed bathroom is nearby. I didn't go to the downstairs restaurant so I have no idea what it's like down there.

The food selection was pretty standard for a brew pub. Burgers, salads, nacho's, a few specials, etc. There were 6 (? maybe 5) beers on tap, all of them Sebago beers. I ordered their seasonal double IPA and was quite pleased. Very tasty. My friends got the pilsner and amber ale, which were also quite delicious.

Prices were fair and reasonable. They have several specials each day, such as $6 burgers after 10:00 pm.

Service was terrific! Empty plates were promptly carried away and when a waitress heard us talking about my wife's upcoming birthday she brought over a slice of cake without us asking.

Overall I had a pleasant experience at Sebago and actually went there twice on a recent weekend trip to Portland. I'd definitely go back the next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I had been here once before on my honeymoon four years ago Saturday we just stopped in for an appetizer and a few beers.Place was packed around 6:30 when we walked in there was one table left in the bar area so we grabbed it,it was quite loud wich was a little annoying but the service was very good our server was right therewith menus and good descriptions of each beer even though there were descriptions of each one on the table,on tap they had the Single Batch DIPA,seasonal porter,IPA,brown,red,and a stout I had the DIPA,and porter the DIPA was great the porter was decent.They have an extensive menu we just ordered the pesto bread app and it was ok nothing great,a good place we hit happy hour so they may have been a reason for how busy it was but the town was real busy all weekend so I think that had more to do with it,anyways service was great and the beers were pretty good enough reason to go back.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A great brewpub in downtown Portland. As others have mentioned it is quite near a mall, but don't let that fool you. This place is legit. The atmosphere is nice, light wood, with a long bar and another room with many tables. Nice daytime natural lighting in here as well, as others have also mentioned. The quality of the brews is good, and I love the ringwood-fest on an IPA they have on tap here. All of the 6 beers were good, but the winter ale was not my favorite. Service was good, pretty fast and attentive as well. No complaints. Selection was OK, but just 5 or so taps is lame compared to some other brewpubs. Not bad, but not the best. Food was cheap and very good. My seafood chowder was chunky as all hell and loaded with the good stuff. A superb spot in downtown Portland. I'd like to visit again.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Longstaff
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to this location a couple of times before but not since last Fall now. Sitting at the bar and having only had a snack or two to judge from, overall I'd have to say this place is perfectly fine. Nothing off the charts, but a fair pub atmosphere with the usual cast of decent Sebago brews and pretty friendly service. You can sit at the bar or at various tables including some outdoor/sidewalk spots. The bar definitely seems most inviting where you can watch a bit of what goes on out on the street behind the bar window. Actually, the rest of the bar, including the outside spots, don't seem all that great, sort of dreary, but the bar area is just fine, perhaps a little cramped. It's convenient to the happenin' part of town and is worth the walk to include in your pub crawl as long as you don't miss Novare Res on account of time spent here at the Sebago Brewpub. I would say that I now prefer the new site in Scarborough near the highway (the former South Portland location).

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Sebago Brewing Company in Portland, ME
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,979 ratings
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