Ebenezer Kezars Restaurant and Pub

44 Allen Road
Lovell, Maine United States 04051
restaurant  4.95/5.0 100 reviews
CALL FIRST! You are about to drive far, far out of your way. Be sure you call - there is a recording that says what their hours are. Google is wrong, oh so very wrong. <cry>

Mayor: Drake (1) | Taps: 35 | Bottles: 1000+
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
LilBeerDoctor  (349) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | July 2, 2008| Updated August 3, 2008
One of my favorite pubs (if not my favorite!). Tucked away in this small, sleepy town in Maine. Lots of quality taps (can’t quite remember them all because the last time I was here was in February but off the top of my head: Ayinger Celebrator, Cantillon Kriek, De Ranke, Allagash Black and Curieux, Pizza Port, etc etc. Not many American beers, this pub specializes in imports, particularly Belgians. A huge Fantome collection, plus some rarities including Chimay Doree and Westvleteren. Lots of Struise too, of course. The owner, Chris, is awesome and very generous, if you get the chance to talk with him. The food is superb too. Truly a must visit, even if you’re 7+ hours away. Probably the best pub in America, at least on the East coast.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones  (312) Buffalo, New York | September 7, 2011
big expectations to fill here. Very toigh to find & get to & throw in a torrential down pour on top of it. Bar looks great, tons of tins, beer ads etc. 30+ taps all top notch besides Stella. Alvinne Cuvvee Freddy, 4+ sours/flanders on tap at once!!! Food was very good & quick. Earhmonk bottle at $20 was worth it. I wish i hadnt beat myself up so bad the night before at Lion’s Pride. A must stop. It’s not even that far out of the way. Neighborhood of one hour from Allagash
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
solidfunk  (309) Washington D.C., Washington DC | September 16, 2013
Amazing place in the middle of nowhere. Ordered a Struise Ypres on tap after walking in and Chris proceeds to lay out a whole pannepot taster flight in front of me with 4 different pannepot titles. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, he lays out an Italian Toccalmatto flight to taste his newest exclusive import. Gave an extended tour of the incredible cellar down below as well. The other bartenders were great as well - I was the last one out the door. Also, the hamburger and fries were great.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau  (307) Ithaca, New York | July 7, 2012
Such an oddball out of the way location. I’m not sure there’s much I can add to this experience. Chris gave us a mindblowing tour of his cellar, including the brand-spanking-new Lambic room, which made me drool and cry. The draft list is probably the best deal here, with the bottles being rather pricey. The tour was awesome, but it was a bit of tease to see mindboggling beers and then not have a shot at them, not that I could afford it. The waitstaff was super attentive and kept tabs on me frequently. BEST MOTHERFUCKING FRITES EVER!!!! A wonderful summer afternoon experience, with great hosts and great beer in fitting glassware.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 1/15
  • FOOD 1/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 1/20
Mathieu87  (297) Brussels, Belgium | November 6, 2015| Updated November 12, 2015
First, let me state, I TRIED visiting this place, but it wasn’t open. The communication on how we made the trip all the way up there, to be faced with a closed bar, is however shameful/disgraceful. Let me explain. I already met Chris 3 times in Belgium. Twice on the Great Belgian Beer Dinner and once at Cantillon. Both times, we had a nice chat, and he suggested I should come visit his place, that we would love it. So, when I started planning our trip to the US, of which Ebenezer was an "high on the list" stop, I immediatly contacted him with the news, and asking him about opening hours. He replied me with a "thumbs up". Ok, no harm done, I figured I’d contact him as our trip approached. When I did, a few days before our visit, letting him know when we could be dropping by, he texted me a reason he exceptionnaly couldn’t be there that day, and that he felt too bad about it. When I replied him, to ask when it would be possible, or if the bar was even open without him being present, I never got a reply. Even after sending him two more messages asking him for more info. In the nearby B&B we booked, the owner said that they were never open on the days we could visit (during winter time). Wow, nice that you let us know about that in advance, Crhis. So as far as communication towards its custumors, I’d give this place a 0/10, but that’s unfortunatly not possible. Anyways, don’t ever plan a trip around visiting this place. This was the biggest let down on a 10 day trip trough the US. I’ll probably never take the effort again to visit. My score: A: don’t know. S: don’t know. S: don’t know, can’t find it on the internet either. F: don’t know. V: didn’t lose any money, but it costed me quite a bit to visit. O: bleh.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
tom10101  (281) Quebec | June 27, 2013
First time at the mythical Ebenezer’s Pub. Comfortable place in a small town. Ambiance is ok, but we went there on a Friday afternoon so it may explain the lack of ambiance. At your arrival, we were served a free small glass of an unidentified (but pretty damn good) lambic. After that service was average to good, but the owner took the time to let us visit is impressive cellar. Food was good, but not great. The draft selection was ok, but not more and it was really pricey. The bottle selection (what was available, not what was in the cellar) was good, but didn’t lived up to the reputation of the place. Overall, it’s a nice place and I think I would return, especially for the special event. But, on a normal day, I prefer Lion’s Pride and Novare Res (this place rocks!) in the area!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
TaktikMTL  (263) Montréal, Quebec | May 20, 2008
Établissement visité le dimanche 18 mai vers 17h30, j’ai passé 4 heures là. Ambiance: Petit pub siitué presque sur un parcours de golf. Plein d’affiche belge sur les murs. Grande terrasse couverte. Service: J’ai jamais eu un meilleur service ailleurs. Le personnel est attentionnée et que dire du propriétaire Chris est tout un numéro. Toujours prêt a vous conter l’histoire qui se cache derrière chacune de ses bières. De plus la femme de Chris est venu nous rapporter à notre auberge. à 10 km de là, après notre soirée. Sélection: Je ne crois pas qu’on peut trouver plus vaste sélection en Amérique du Nord. Sur le menu vous avez seulement le tier de ce que Chris a à vous offrir. Son cellier est peut-être bordélique mais il contient d’innombrable trésor. Nourriture: Chaudrée de palourdes et roulé de homard correct. Le menu va complètement changé au cours du mois de juin. (96e rating d’établissement)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
argo0  (253) Washington DC | July 20, 2014
I was staying within an hour of Lovell, so of course had to check out the famous Ebenezer’s. And truly, it’s well worth the drive, given the paucity of decent places in the area. Chris and Jan were on their way back from Brunswick, so I missed seeing them and the famous cellar, but no complaints here. My brother-in-law and I sat at the bar, got great service, and relaxed over several tasty beers. I’d definitely return if I were back in the area, but it wouldn’t be worth coming up from Portland or further unless it was during a festival.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose  (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | September 3, 2012
happened to stroll in for 8th annual belgium beer fest. rediculously good tap list. all kinds of neat crazy stuff i had never had. 1983 dirtied horse for instance. nice outdoor seating. on a golf course. cozy bar inside. can’t wait to return.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
50belair  (222) Florida | September 5, 2013
Long drive to a secluded spot. Nice tap and bottle selection for the commoners. If you knew Chris or if he was there, I hear the cellar is legendary. Unfortunately he’s not in much.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | August 23, 2009
One of the first stops on our road trip down the east coast and it did not disappoint in the least. The Draught list had about 85% stuff I had never had and included 4-5 Cantillons and a couple of other sours. Very well structured and well put together, totally worth the trip to Lovell. The food was also very tasty. Not much else to be said, but the service was definitely top notch as well and the locals were interesting. Awesome.

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