Chris Lively has created Beer Geek Paradise in the middle of freakin’ nowhere, Maine. The 35 taps are extremely alluring and the expansive bottle selection as much so, but if Chris is around you might not even get the chance to get drink from this mouthwatering menu. You see, there are many, many more bottles hiding in his cellar which he can break out if you are interested. The selection down there is almost absurd. From 25-year-old Westveleteren, to a plethora of Lost Abbeys, the entire vintage lineup of Thomas Hardy’s and SN Bigfoot, Struise Earthmonk, and on, and on, and on...We had the pleasure of sitting with Chris the entire evening (we were there on a Sunday evening, so during a pretty quiet period) and let’s just say I’m almost shy to tell you what he brought out for us. I see from other ratings that Chris does this quite often for the travelling craft beer lover, so if you plan on visiting, do make it a point to contact him and Jen beforehand and you might just be treated to an early piece of heaven. They gave us a ride back to our hotel after the evening, which was highly appreciated. Such quality and generosity have rarely been put together on this beery planet. And all this in a most unpretentious and casual house in the middle of the forest...
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.
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.
Marheb (383) San Diego, California | November 13, 2013| Updated April 24, 2015
Visite un vendredi soir, assez tranquille, ambiance confortable qui s’est métamorphosé en frat boys night un peu plus tard. La sélection de fût était très solide, beaucoup d’Italienne et belge rares. Chris a été particulièrement disponible et la visite du cellier a été particulièrement animée. Une fois le temps de manger, la bouffe était plus qu’adéquate et les assiettes qui circulaient avait de la gueule. J’ai déjà hâte d’y retourner pour traverser la tap list.
Ah, the rating of all ratings on my trip. The reason we came here, and the place where we hang out for about 4 days. We visited for Belgian Beer Dinner + Night of the great thirst. Let me tell you about the actual bar first ( in between those events ) since that better reflects the experience you will find usefull in a place rating. The bar is rather small, but they have biigger seating area in the back and on the side, as well as outside. Service is done by some amazingly friendly girls, who aren't as much of beer experts as Chris and his spaus, but still quite enjoyable to have as staff ! the beers on tap were a mixture between mostly BE beers, as well as some US beers I found interesting to try ! The bottle list was indeed a bit more limited than what you would expect. They had some great beers though, so you will find something you like. prices are very honest ! The food here is absurtly good. this is for sure one of the best places I ever ate. I don't like steak, but i LOVE their stake. I crave their lobster roll every day since I left. literally anything can be picked, you will love it. Next up, the events. Belgian beer dinner is probably the best dinner i have ever been to. it showcases Chris' passion and talents. Might be expensive, and far away, but do come here once ! you will not regret it and instantly get what Ebenezers is al about. As for the Night of the great thirst, thats just plain crazy. it is basically a full day of rare-lambic whale shooting, and a few days of crazy bottleshares around it.
Absolutely keep in mind though, DO NOT come here unless you KNOW they're open ( how rediculous is it to come down, downrate the place cause they weren't open, when they never even stated anywhere they would be open at the given time ??? ) since it really IS the middle of nowhere... A place called nature ! Second, if you are one of the Lucky ones that gets to see the cellar, it is really amazing to see. However, do not come here and instantly expect for you to be welcomed in their personal house ( and cellar ) as it is a given right... it is an extra you could hope for, but never demand...
Mathieu87 (328) 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.
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
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.
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!
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.