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.
This place has grown into quite a phenomenon in the beer rating community and I must say it is mightily deserved. Chris displays that kind of passion that has put places like Kulminator on the map. Its inconceivable location perhaps only add to the reputation as people need nothing less than a pilgrimage to reach Lovell. Once there, only a blatant ignorant could deny the unbelievable draught beer list. Out of the 30 or so beers on tap, I felt like drinking at least 15. They carry the exceptional. And if Chris catches a glimpse of you smelling your glass, be ready because he’ll tell you you’re the reason he built this place up. Passionate beer lovers are his fuel and once he brings you downstairs and starts opening up numerous rarities to thank you for coming, you’ll think that maybe this is how life should be. Going back to your normal life will not be the pleasant perspective it can sometimes be after long trips...
My second visit was slightly less interesting. It occured during the Belgian week and the service was less stellar, nor attentive. Separate checks should be a must for tables of 10+. Also, we did not really fall into the grace of Chris, it seems we would have needed to buy very expensive bottles to be. The nighttime party we expected was apparently held off-site. The selection is still extraordinary, but prices seem to have climbed a fair bit. Still an extraordinary place, but I’m lowering my score from 94 to 88 and recommend avoiding special events where you’ll likely miss the special attentions of quieter evenings.
A local place in the middle of no where Maine that has been on the radar for a while. Needless to say it was worth the trip. Its got a homey feel to it, with locals on snowmobiles coming in for a pint before heading home. The service was incredible (Hanah and Frank were unbelievable attentive) and the selection on tap and in bottles was beyond expectations (especially with what we got to sample from the cellar towards the end of the evening). The food was quick, delicious and perfectly portioned. Some of the beer was a little pricey but considering what we were drinking that it to be expected (don’t know too many places where you can get 2006 Cantillon on tap). These people know their beer and the passion shows in everything they do. Will be back whenever we can justify the trip.
20080729 Friendly, open porch area, screened in, on a golf course. Pretty standard pub menu. Frites were so-so tasting but mostly a bucket of half inch french fry scraps. Mayo was good. The beers were 50-50 in shape. Lambics on tap were not in good shape, mostly watery. Uncomfortable plastic patio chairs didn’t suit the many hours we were there. Told by the servers that bottles were not for sale. lots of misunderstanding. But eventually we got things straightened out thanks to Jen and later Chris. And then the benevolence began and the sun shined through the Maine darkness. Honestly, I would have panned this place except for their selection had it not been for the great hospitality of Chris and Jen.
We were at Ebenezers on the night of a crazy New England ice storm, so we were one of the only guests there. I suppose we were the only ones lucky enough / stupid enough (chose one) to travel out that night for a beer.
After settling in out of the storm, our extremely friendly waitress chatted it up with us for a while and saw that we were really into the beer. After dinner she brought back Chris to say hello. After some more great beer suggestions up in the pub and a great beer conversation, Chris invited us over to his house to check out his cellar... yes ... we know just how lucky we are!
Anyhow, I think that there is a lot more to their deservedly great reviews. It is not just the great beer selections (of which there were just soooo many), but there are plenty of places out there with great beer. It is the whole package. We had great service at the pub with a staff that really knew their beers. The food was creative and delicious (steak tips - yummy) and the pub was int
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This place is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere Maine the Restaurant at the edge of the universe kind of way. The atmosphere is like a small New England diner meets gourmet food /Beer bar. I walked into the place and immediately felt like I was home.
The hospitality of Chris, his wife (who recently just delivered a child) and his staff were some of the best I have ever received in any establishment I have been to.
This man has a passion for Beer and you can tell. Not only from his selection at the bar (one of the best I have ever seen in one place) but in his enthusiasm for beer in general.
The food was crazy good I had cheese plate for an appetizer and a Chimay cheese burger along with some incredible Belgian chocolate bread Dessert.
It was the best beer drinking experience I have had in my life. I’d feel like I was bragging if it told you why so I won’t but I will tell you to go and check it out yourself
Goddamn. Showed up at noon on a day when Ebenezer’s opened at three, and this happened to be the only bit of time I’d be able to visit for who knows how long. After figuring no one was around, we called, Chris opened the door and invited us in, and we were transported somewhere else entirely. Got to try one of the very first bottles of Pannepot (Danish version) without spices, Tjeeses Reserva, Boon Batch #59, Bacchus, Cantillon Kriek vintage 1994 (goddamn, thanks, Chris!), and various other goodies. We show up early, unannounced, for a pint or two, and Chris and Hannah (sp?) treat us like royalty. Ended up with a bottle of Black Albert and countless other hospitaties. Unlike any beer bar I’ve ever been to. Thanks so much, Chris.
Went with group of 12 friends for the Belgian Fest. Chris is an amazing host- brought us some phenomenal stuff from his personal collection. We had a bonfire on the lake with the De Stroise brewers and had a bunch of Lost Abbey Ale while chatting and enjoying each other’s company around the fire.
I WILL be back as soon as I can.
Fantastic. I was there last night with my girlfriend, and we had a blast. We drove accross the state to get there, got in a car accident down the road and it was well worth all of that. Chris and Jeni are both wonderful people, it was great, the evening had a slow start as they were very busy on a Saturday night, as things wound down Chris came out and greeted us and we gave him some beers we brought, he blended something amazing for us, and by the end of the night we were drinking beers from his personal cellar, they really know how to treat beer geeks and have a damn good time. Killer brews on tap and a killer bottle list, I’m astonished and look forward to going back many times.
This is Mecca for any beer lover. Over two nights there on vacation, my wife and I experienced first hand the unbelievable experience that is this pub. The waitstaff was cordial, prompt, and very knowledgeable considering how esoteric the draught list is - always nice when you get solid commentary on the flavor differences between Cantillon St. Lamnivus and Vigneronne. Selection is stunning, food is solid and local. But beyond this is the incredible generosity of the owner, Chris. We let him know we had made the trip just to visit him, and not only did he make it a point to repeatedly come and say thank for coming, but time after time, he brought unbelievable and rare beers to try unbidden over and over again, the highlight of which was a bottle of Brooklyn Black Ops. We had incredibly high expectations of our visit to Ebenezar’s, and incredibly, Chris blew those out of the water. When we left we were already asking ourselves how soon we could possibly return.
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.