Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 21, 2008
A long way to go but it is a temple of beer to be sure. One misgiving - if you don’t talk to Chris the owner, you won’t get poured Black Albert. I’d like to know, personally, that I can just walk in off the street and get a good beer, not play the is the owner in lottery. Especially true because the waitress at first didn’t know so much about beer. The tap list is stellar, and the bottle list is rock solid. There is a cellar, which you have to figure is a nice little bonus, again if you’ve announced yourself as a wandering beer geek. I like the place. It drips beer, and in a location where it has no earthly right to. It’s an expression of the owner’s passion and you really should plan to stay the night. Overall, it’s one of the best beer bars I’ve seen in the US.
This place lived up to its reputation. They had 34 beers on tap and not a dud in the group. My wife and I made the trip up on a Saturday from New York. Chris and Jen had a private party on the porch and another upstairs and the rest of the place was hoping yet Chris still took time to come over and talk beer with me. We had dinner as well and everything was wonderful and the staff very attentive. So here is a little taste of what we had to taste. 1st round De Struise Witte and Pannepot. 2nd Round Gouden Corolus Triple and Bier Du Boucaneer. 3rd round Augustijn Triple and De Struise Pannepot Denmark version. 5th De Struise Black Albert. 6th De Struise Struiselensis and finishit off with just a little more Black Albert. Oh yeah it was a great night.
miketd (125) Cleveland, Ohio | June 16, 2008| Updated July 26, 2008
Well, I never am sure these places are going to live up to my expectations, but this joint did! We walked in and the staff basically made us feel like regulars. The tap list and bottle list is rediculous and the food solid. Chris was an amazing host with generosity to spare. I pretty much determined that day when I’m coming back...unreal!
IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | June 9, 2008| Updated August 20, 2008
Visited on Thursday, June 5, 2008. What an incredible experience! I showed up with my girlfriend pretty much as they were unlocking the doors at 3. Chris introduced himself when we walked in and was stoked when I said we came all the way from Buffalo to go there. I can’t even begin to say how genuinely enthusiastic Chris and Jen and really the rest of the staff were. The beers I had being thrown at me were totally insane. At one point I had five beers in front of me, one was the Cantillon Vignerrone draught that Chris told me to use as a palate cleanser! The others included an 06 Peche Mortel and Struise Black Albert. They do have a great number of beers available that aren’t on the beer menu, even though the beer list would warrant a top score for selection anyway. Hell, there were 3 Cantillons on tap including St. Lamvinus. The place has a great view, being next to a golf course, and it is tastefully decorated with tons of primarily Belgian beer signs, flags, posters, etc. The food was great. The food menu was a little unassuming, but it was all top notch. The prime rib and reuben sandwich were both great. My girfriend and I loved every minute of our 7 hours there, and she doesn’t even really like beer (although she loves the Peche Mortel now). If you’re gonna go there, you know it won’t be by accident and you won’t be disappointed. One of the best beer drinking experiences of my life by far
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.
This place really does live up to the hype. My girlfriend and I flew from Chicago to Maine for the weekend just to come here, and it was worth it. Chris and Jen are great hosts, and Chris is an amazing wealth of knowledge and recommendations. The food is great, much better than ordinary pub food, and of course, a better beer selection than you’ll find anywhere else. Plus, everyone there is friendly and helpful. If you like good beer and are anywhere near the area, or if you really like god beer and aren’t anywhere near the area, you need to go.
airforce1 (9) Atascosa, Texas | May 24, 2008| Updated October 29, 2008
Simply put, the greatest beer bar on the planet. Chris and jens hospitality is unmatched, and I ould love to know if there is a better selection of beer on Earth. Black Albert, Earthmonk, Struiselensis, Russian River, and the ultimate cellar tour makes this place worth the visit. YOU MUST CONTACT CHRIS TO GET HE FULL EXPERIENCE. This was the beer vacation of a lifetime.
To describe Ebenezer in one word : impressive. The place looks and feels like a family restaurant, friendly and ward, but the walls are covered with belgian beer paraphernalia. The food was quite good but most people go there for the beer. First of all, the beer menu is quite extensive, a lot of beers available on tap and in bottles, the fun part is that we didn’t get to try what was on the menu since Chris treated us with very rare stuff from Russian River and De Struise to name a few. Chris spent the evening with us opening beer after beer after beer. He was even kind enough to offer us a ride to our hotel. If you go to Ebenezer, contacting Chris beforehand is mandatory.
Établissement visité le dimanche 18 mai vers 17h30, j’ai passé 4 heures là. Ambiance: Petit pub siitué presque sur un parcours de golf. Plein d’affiche belge sur les murs. Grande terrasse couverte. Service: J’ai jamais eu un meilleur service ailleurs. Le personnel est attentionnée et que dire du propriétaire Chris est tout un numéro. Toujours prêt a vous conter l’histoire qui se cache derrière chacune de ses bières. De plus la femme de Chris est venu nous rapporter à notre auberge. à 10 km de là, après notre soirée. Sélection: Je ne crois pas qu’on peut trouver plus vaste sélection en Amérique du Nord. Sur le menu vous avez seulement le tier de ce que Chris a à vous offrir. Son cellier est peut-être bordélique mais il contient d’innombrable trésor. Nourriture: Chaudrée de palourdes et roulé de homard correct. Le menu va complètement changé au cours du mois de juin. (96e rating d’établissement)
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...
Address difficult but is also ’road 3’on old GPS machines, but easy to find - drive past the golf course heading away from NH, turn left onto a dirt road and hey presto you’re there.
The owner has such a passion for beer I have never seen such enthusiasm, which shows up in every facet of his bar resto. He sometimes does not have the correct glasses, but the closest to the original is always used - you have to raise your hat, for a bar so far outside usual BB stamping grounds, his glassware is just about perfect, and his beers are perfect. He not only has BB’s, he has a permanent exhibition of the best of the handcrafted bees that the USA has to offer - He had some of Thomme Arthurs beers, well....... stunning for a poor old Luxembourger.
My advice, find it, try the beer selection, get to know Chris, Jenny.... - sleep on the porch- ME smokies see in the dark! and come down hard.