Ebenezer Kezars Restaurant and Pub

44 Allen Road
Lovell, Maine United States 04051
restaurant  4.95/5.0 103 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: Arcanor (1) | Taps: 35 | Bottles: 1000+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones  (313) 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
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt  (9) Bow, New Hampshire | August 24, 2007
The owner, Chris, likes Belgian beer and this is reflected in the decor of the Pub with dozens of memorabilia from Belgian brewers. The main reason to go here is the selection of beers. First time I have found 750ml bottles for sale in a restaurant. Also some rare bottles like JW Lees 1968 for $250 - expensive just like some wines. Most 750s are $15-$25. Numerous Belgians on-taps - seem to be $7-8 for a 10oz pour. Meal prices are reasonable - $7.99 for an excellent Reuben and Belgian frites are $6.95 - much better flavor than their regular fries. $11.99 for decent sized fish and chips. The ambiance is rustic and during Belgian brewfest week it is crowded with the waitresses moving non-stop but service was still good.
90
  • 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
lakamoso  (2) Dartmouth, Massachusetts | July 13, 2010
Best bar I’ve ever been too. Only stayed 1 hour w/ a friend, dropped $60 including tip, and it was worth every penny. They are sure to have something you’ve never tried before. Bartenders/Waitress know thier stuff, tell them the style of beer you like and they will guide you from there. Be prepared to spend some cash, beers on tap, run anywhere from $5-$10 but you’ll have a blast. Awesome place!
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
JugOPunch  (1) Nashua, New Hampshire | June 8, 2008
This was our holy grail destination for bmartin08’s bachelor party. We got there and Chris let the ten of us use the private room upstairs where he played poker with us all night and served us gem after gem into the wee hours. The highlight for me was when he tapped a keg of 06 Peche Mortel. Absolutely delicious! But beyond that we had the Black Albert, Russian River Beatification, Oer Bier reserva and one of Chris’ special blends among many others. The night ended with a tour of his basement which included a 1968 Thomas Hardy and pretty much every Bigfoot from 95 on. This place will not disappoint if you seek rare beer treasures and an incredibly welcoming atmosphere and host. If he knows you are a ratebeerian you will get the best treatment so don’t be shy and call ahead.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
willblake  (81) Bel Air, Maryland | January 24, 2009
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis  (1010) Sunnyvale, California | July 21, 2017
Aaand here it is. Place rating #1000, and it is the highest rated place in America. I spent the previous night in Portland and drove up here for lunch on my way back to Burlington, so it was only a half hour out of my way or so. Agreed with Borken that that is about the best you can do for most of humanity. I had a bit of a scare about opening; the phone number listed above no longer plays a message when they are closed and the times I called I just got nothing. My emails were never answered. Fortunately they did respond on my last resort (facebook) after a day or so confirming they would be open. When I arrived the placard out front advertised new 7 days per week opening hours of 11:30AM-9PM (bar open later) You are really out in the boonies here; barely cell phone service (nothing at all inside actually), surrounded by trees and a country club golf course. Loads of deer flies and mosquitos to keep you company though. Plenty of parking - the lot itself is not large but there is parking on the approach. When I pulled in it looked like the gravel lot was full of broken glass, but its just Mica - no worries.

The sign has been updated from the one on the picture; its black and white; an old man in a rumpled tophat holding a lantern. Presumably Ebenezer Scrooge?? It is also called just Ebenezers now, but I am not going to be the one to change it here, given the iconic nature of this place!

Walk up an it seems a bit like you are coming up on somebodies house. Find the correct entrance and step in to the covered patio, which is nice and offers views of the golf course. Step inside from there and there is a seating area and a fairly small bar. The place certainly had customers, but was not busy on a Friday at lunchtime. Most folks seemed like locals to me with the exception of one neckbeard and his wife who were clearly here because of the place’s iconic status in beer nerddom. Lots of people came and picked up to go orders. Two sided tap list was pretty interesting indeed, fairly IPA focused which seemed strange. About 2/3 of the beers were New England in origin, but there were a smattering of other things ranging from the obvious (St Bernardus 12) to the unusual (a 2012 keg of Makers Mark Riporter). Lively brewing was well represented on the list, but was not explicitly advertised as the owners brewery. Tap beers were available in full or half pours, no taster glass sizes, although they will give you a Danish pour of anything you want to try, literally in a small shot glass. I asked about the bottle list and was directed to the coolers, which held an interesting, but not mind-blowing, set of Belgian and others. Nowhere near 1000+ bottles; perhaps 100? Cantillon and De Cam were well represented, along with vintages of things like Pannepot. Nothing shot out as a must try so I did not ask about prices. I did not ask and was not offered a glimpse at the rumored private cellar. I have no idea whether there is some secret handshake into the Ebenezar Kezar private cellar, but just being able to visit the place was a lot of fun, even without being read in to the full monte experience.

Service was cheerful and helpful. I did not get the feel that my server had any deep understanding of beer, but she recognized that I was a beer dork quickly and let me do my thing. Food (I had a Cobb Salad) was amazingly fresh and tasty. I would not be surprised if everything on my place was sourced from within 30 minutes. Carrot slices were cut into butterflies, which my kids would have loved. All in all an outstanding beer destination, and well worth the (likely one time) visit in celebration of my 1000th place review on RateBeer. Given that I have already been to Grote Dorst, I am not sure what I could do for #2000, but I have a while to think about it I guess. Sante!
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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 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Marheb  (375) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere  (702) Montreal, Quebec | April 23, 2009| Updated August 24, 2010
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jkwood04  (66) Connecticut | September 3, 2012
A really cool place in the middle of nowhere in Maine. A lot of Belgian beers, plus some random foreign beers. The service was pretty fast even though we were there late. The food was good, especially the fries. The prices were a little expensive, but for this selection and atmosphere it was worth it. Did not get to tour the cellar, but I’ll try to go back to see it.

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