United States > Maine > Brunswick
CaribouBill (9) caribou, Maine | August 8, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Very nice tap selection, Not as many sour bottles as Ebenezerís, but way more than any other bar in the Northeast. This is not on my way to anywhere I go, but the extra few hours are worth the trip every time.
Sean9689 (12) Chicago, Illinois | July 18, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Another one of our visits during our east coast vacation with the fiance. A couple of days after Ebenezerís.
The exterior is nothing much to look at the but the inside is awesome with tons of Breweriana, paintings, bottles, and the like.
Ryan and his wife (her name skips my memory) are over-the-top nice and very very knowledgeable about their tap list. They really blew me out of the water with how much they know.
The food is just as good (or better) then Ebenezerís. I call it high-end bar food. I went with the burger (cantillon burger or lambic burger, I forgot) and frites and my fiance ordered the chicken salad. Both wonderful!
As for the beers, not quite as good as a selection on-tap as Ebenezerís, but hey, still damn nice. I had a lot more Pannepot Wild and my fiance went with a Stillwater Saison. We also ordered a bottle of Cantillon Mamouche...might as well go all-out!
Overall, another wonderful stop and we left full and very satisfied. Cannot wait to go back again and visit Ryan or hopes he hits me up when theyíre back in Chicago! Cheers!
sogrady (21) Maine | July 3, 2011| Updated July 4, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Forget the exterior of the Lionís Pride, which is unassuming. The interior of the space is dark wood accented by a healthy selection of classic beer related posters, bottles and signs. The bar area is spacious and comfortable, and the copper top bar is a classic. Restaurant side is large, but open.
The worst thing I can say about the food is that itís not quite a match for the beer, which means only that is just this side of world class. What it is is way above your typical pub fare, both in variety and preparation. They have staples like burgers, but youíll find a much wider variety on the menu from mussels and frites to Indian eggrolls to seared tuna. Everything that Iíve had has been very good, and Iíve been enough to have half a dozen entrees at one time or another. So the food is great.
Youíre there, however, for the beer, and it is transcendent. As the other reviewers note, the 35 kegs are all lined into custom glass tap handles below a big board listing the drafts. The selection is tremendous on one visit, but never gets stale. Iíve been in almost weekly at times, and I donít drink the same beer twice: the churn on their kegs is that good. The range of styles is apparent; at any given time theyíll have on IPAs, Stouts, Tripels and Quads, barleywines, saisons, porters and - of course - sours.
Like all pubs the Lionís Pride is a reflection of their staff. My first visit, Iíll admit, my expectations were low. How could a small college town realistically expect to attract people who really knew their beer? All I can say is: boy did they manage. These people donít just know the beers they carry, they are savants. Savants that love to educate. Even better, they are to a person fun and friendly, whether youíre new to beer or a RateBeer regular. I generally let the staff pick for me.
I travel regularly to Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and finally made it to Brussels this winter. In all my travels, I have yet to come across a place thatís competitive. If youíre in or around Brunswick - anywhere within driving or flying distance, really - you owe it to yourself a visit. Iím just sad it took me so long.
PeterísFather (1) Ontario | June 16, 2011
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
As the old Guide Michelin used to say: This place is definitely worth a detour. Very enjoyable. What a range of beers!
kreid27 (11) Maine | June 6, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Hands down, one of the absolute best beer bars I have ever been to. I recommend sitting at a bar table or at the bar itself if you want the full experience. The bartenders here are crazy knowledgeable, and the restaurant boasts a veritable plethora of rare belgium and artisnal beers. Lionís Pride has an ever rotating list of 35 draught beers and coolers stocked with the best of the best.
higgsmax (1) , | March 8, 2011
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
I live in the New York City area, so my standards for beer bars are pretty high, and I have to say, this might be one of the most exceptional beer bars Iíve ever been to.
Letís start with the selection: Itís truly amazing. At least half (or more) of the taps are beers that you will have a hard time finding anywhere else - rare Belgians, an amazing selection of sours, and really special small batch American craft brews. While they have a handful of standbyís that are nearly always on tap, thereís plenty of variety to keep things interesting. Thereís never been a time when Iíve been to the pub and not had at least a handful of beers that I regretted not being able to try.
Second of all, the service: The couple that runs this place donít just know beer, they are truly educated and passionate about it. They handpick all the drafts, and have good reasons for each of their choices (which theyíll tell you about). If you want to really learn something, ask them about sours sometime! Everyone that works there is efficient and pleasant without being saccharine.
The environment is pretty great for the most part. The music is usually good - at the very least, they never play terrible cheesy pop songs. The food is excellent, and the bartenders/waitstaff can suggest pairings. Try the mussels and frites. Itís a great place for a nice dinner date, but also functions fine as a casual hang-out. Itís not super cheap, but you pay for what you get. Youíre going to pay a little more for some of the really exceptional beers.
This place has elevated my whole experience and appreciation for beer in ways Iíll always be thankful for. In short, Brunswick is seriously lucky to have this place: Lionís Pride ROCKS!
tracycope1 (1) Fort Fairfield, | October 8, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
What a wonderful place. Definately worth a visit for anyone driving anywhere near Portland.
The selection of bottled beer and beer on tap is phenomenal. I actually got to try Black Albert, and it lived up to its reputation as one the worldís finest beers.
The food is amazing as well. The menu is based on Belgian food but is varied.
The service is simply outstanding. The bartender and waitress were extremely friendly and quite knowledgable about the many brews they have.
The decor inside the restaurant/bar is classy and inviting, and the location on route 1 just off I-295 is ideal.
I just wish that they had a bottle shop attached to the restaurant. I live 5 hours away (north, if you can believe it), so I really canít sample much.
All in all, a simply wonderful place. Do not miss it.
malrubius (29) Springfield, Vermont | August 13, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
Very nice place (in the middle fo freaking nowhere again). Lots of beer paraphernalia and stuff. Incredible selection on tap. I had Wild Pannepot (but it was $14) and Mikkeler Simcoe. Very nice staff. Knowledgeable about beer and they seem to love it. Everyone is very friendly. I had the advantage of being there when it was not crowded but Iím sure it is great any time. I did not eat, but the food menu looked great and not as pricey as expected. Go!
jmm635 (89) Havertown, Pennsylvania | July 16, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this place is really in the middle of nowhere. Not at all impressive from the outside but the interior bar and restaurant is decorated with countless beer signs and posters. Excellent tap list. So excellent that I donít even recall picking up the bottle list. The food was equally as impressive. I had a burger which was quite tasty, and there were about 20 other things on the menu that had me licking my lips. Try the lamb lollipops!
JulienHuxley (280) Hilversum, Netherlands | July 15, 2010
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This restaurant has a very nice beer-centered ambiance. It is decorated with all sorts of beer stuff, some very cool. We had supper there, the food was very good and reasonably priced. The staff is uber-knowledgeable and friendly too. We spent the entire evening chatting beer with the people there. The selection is great, they have a wide variety on tap and an amazing bottle selection. A very cool spot.
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