First off lets say this place has lived up to the hype and then some. I stopped in hoping for a tour of the cellar and I got it. The cellar was no let down. Chris and the rest of the staff were awesome. What a very nice place right on the edge of a golf course surrounded by trees. The food was very tasty and the beers were even better. Chris hooked me up with a couple very nice samples and even sent me home with a special treat. If you don’t make it to Ebenezer’s some time in your life you are missing out!!!!
Well, I hate to be a bandwagon jumper here, but damn, Ebenezer’s is awesome. Stopped by on a Monday night in early June, which ended up being good timing since this place apparently gets packed during peak season. This place really is in the middle of nowhere. It’s on the edge of a golf course outside a tiny town in the lake region of Maine. If you haven’t been to this area, it’s worth it even without Ebenezer’s. Ebenezer’s, though, can be a beer experience unlike any other. Make sure to get in touch with Chris before you go, and also make sure they won’t be closed. Chris is about as interesting of a guy as you’ll meet in the beer world. He’s got all kinds of stories and opinions about beer and everything else. He’s also extremely generous - he shared several awesome and rare beers with my fiance and me free of charge. We sat around for awhile after they closed just shooting the shit and drinking excellent beer. We also got to take a look at his cellar, which is absolutely mind-blowing. Besides the "VIP treatment" however, the standard tap and bottle selections are excellent. Prices can seem a little high, but they’re really not when you consider what you’re getting. I had a Pannepot Wild, a Brooklyn Dark Matter, a Cantillon Vigneronne, and a couple others. Like Chris himself said, it may not be the absolute rarest draft list in the world, but if you can’t find enough amazing beers to drink here, you need to check yourself into the mental institution. I got the impression that if super-rare is what you’re looking for, Chris can definitely hook you up. In general though, it seems that he’s not trying to cater to the "ticker" crowd. Finally, the food is awesome. The lobster roll was one of the best I had in Maine, the Ruger burger, fries, and calamari special were all excellent. At best, Ebenezer’s is going to be flat-out one of the greatest beer experiences you’ve ever had. At worst, you’re going to sit in a bar in one of the most scenic parts of the country, eat great food, and drink world class beer. If that doesn’t do it for you, just admit it, guy: you probably don’t like beer.
My friends and I where up in new hampshire for the weekend and had to come here. It was a Saturday night in march 2010. The place was empty. I don’t know if they have a more hopin time to go. They where redoing there beer list so I never saw what they had. The owner wasn’t there so we couldn’t go in to the basement for a tour. Had no t-shirts. But we made the best of it and had some great beer. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I am not saying this place was bad but with all the hype I was disappointed. I will try again next time I am up.
This place totally deserves the hype it gets as one of the beer meccas on this planet. Unbelievable selection, both on tap and especially in bottles. Various Cantillons, Hanssens, Nognes, and De Dolles in bottle, among many others. Awesome brews like Brooklyn Black Chocolate and Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux on tap as well. Food is excellent; had one of the better reubens I’ve had in recent memory. Staff is incredibly knowledgable, and the owner Chris went out of his way to make sure my friend and I had the most memorable night of beer tasting ever. Can’t say enough. Every beer connoisseur should make a pilgrimage to this place before they die.
Hit the last day of the 5th Belgian Festival. The location of this stellar bar is suprisingly remote. Belgian beer banners and tin signs annul any doubts that you have found the right place.
Immediately were greeted and given a table and menu - including Festival specials.
Extensive draft list with many offerings unavailable anywhere else. Bottle list includes rarities and aged specialties. All beers were served in correct glassware.
We only got appetizers, but they were excellent - Frittes and wonton-wrapped brie.
Prices were a little high, but considering the relative rarity of the beer, quite in-line with expectations.
I wish there was a nearby hotel to allow for full enjoyment of the selection.
Incredible selection of Belgians on tap. Good service. Nice place. Good food. The owner shared a Red Poppy with me and the missus and the next night walked around giving everybody a taste of Temptation. Incredible. Great bottle prices too. Too bad it’s so far away from civilization. We are considering buying the beat up old house across the street that’s for sale just so we have a place to stay when we visit this place. One of my favorite beer bars in the world, and I’ve been to a quite a few in the US and Belgium.
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.
Fantastic place. Food was great, beer list is absurd, service is great, tour in the cellar and free samples of amazing beer. Haven’t been to a lot of really good pubs, but I can’t imagine it can get much better than this.
oteyj (14) New Hampshire | July 26, 2009| Updated July 28, 2010
This should be a destination for any beer geek within a days drive. The draught menu is comprehensive and other worldly. The bottle selection is even more so. Just ask and chances are they have it. Upon arrival we ordered burgers, which despite they’re lackluster status as a high society dish, were amazing. Perhaps the bust burger I’ve ever had, in fact. Upon seeing us plunging our noses into snifters, Jim approached us and we started to carry on about beer, their cellar, and huge menu. Half way through our burgers, Jim brought out complementary glasses of Pannepot- amazing! After a couple delicious brews, we explained our desire to meet a friend later, but were reluctant to do so due to driving home too late. Jim got a backpack filled with camping gear and showed us behind the pub. I would have never expected such accommodation, but there you have it. The best pub I’ve been to hands down.
Round 2. Well I didn’t think an Ebenezers experience could get any better, but it seems as though that’s the case. After an epic night of Hommage and Dark Horizon 1st among other excellent pours, Chris hooked us up big time with a cellar tour and the opening of some ridiculous rarities which I wont list here.
Round 3 involved copious amounts of lambic and sour beer (pannepot wild, cantillon gueuze, vigneronne, coolship #9, Cantillon Kriek, free fou foune, etc...), Batch 1 Black Albert, more Dark Horizon 1st, and more cellar adventures. A complementary Kabert hookup was also part of epicness. Everything is just perfect...
This is the best pub I have ever been to in my life. The beer selection is nothing less than epic. The service is exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable (or if they don’t know they will find it out for you!). The food is superb. The generosity, hospitality, and love of fine beers radiate from this location, it’s proprietors and employees, bathing visitors in it’s glow.