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 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.
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.
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.
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.
So, we "only" drove a half hour each way out of the way to get here. Considering we’re from California, that is probably about as good as a tourist/traveler can do. We came from Moat Mountain after hiking in Crawford Notch. The very odd backroad way the GPS advised us to take actually paid off as we saw some black bears ambling across the road. Neat!
Anyway, yeah, this place is kind of in the middle of nowhere. Sort of a bucket list beer place for me as well, since it was one of those mystical places when I first started getting really into beer. Small parking lot and pretty modest sized outdoor dining room and bar as well. Very cozy and homely. Seems the Belgian beer festival had ended just a few days prior, so a lot of Belgian beers still on draft and bottles in the cooler.
The draft list was pretty eclectic and actually had a handful of beers from Lively Brewing (the owners’ brewery). Now, I’m sure that the cellar here is insane and if you know the right people, you can get just about anything you might want. I would say the draft list and bottles available during our visit were certainly very much above average and had some nice finds. But I guess considering the unreasonable hype that surrounds this place, it was impossible to meet those expectations.
The women working the bar were incredibly friendly and helpful. Happy to let us, and other patrons, try any beers before committing to a purchase. I appreciated that as some of the beers were quite expensive (many at $10 or $12 for maybe 8 to 10 ounce pours).
I really enjoyed my visit here, but I would caution those that come here expecting to be able to just order every rare beer they can imagine on a whim and have it appear in front of them. If you want that, you probably should try to make some sort of arrangement ahead of time. Otherwise, just show up and drink some good beers.
Fan’s of Belgian ? That’s the place !!! Even in Belgium you will not see as much Belgian draft then this place ! 42 draft of the fine beer. Food is pub ok. Beer are a bit pricey but one’s a year, why not !!!
Long drive to a secluded spot. Nice tap and bottle selection for the commoners. If you knew Chris or if he was there, I hear the cellar is legendary. Unfortunately he’s not in much.
mathieuc (5) Québec, Quebec | June 23, 2013| Updated June 27, 2013
Nice little place with a farmhouse feel to it if you disregard the golfers just outside the window. Ambiance was good enough, service was OK. We got the mythical cellar tour with a friendly Chris (which was quite busy that day but still managed to guide us to the lambic room for us to choose or next and final libation). Taplist was good although some products on there could be priced a little better. Food was more than decent and the mysterious bottle that Chris pulled out to share with everyone was a nice touch. I still don’t know what it was to this time but my guess would be some unknown and rare fruit lambic if it is not "only" a vintage Fou’foune. I’ll most likely be back for some special events and I would most likely be a regular if I was a local but I would not plan my trip around it for now since there is so much other things to see and taste in the area.
Visited February 2016. Interesting location and I am not really sure what is the business plan. Visit was very short and I only had coffee and one of their own beers. Taplist was full of interesting Belgian beers.
Out of the way drive from Portland, I wouldn’t want to do this in bad weather. Amazing tap list, good bottle list. The cellar, I hear its legendary but did not want to chance owner not being there if I returned late afternoon. Serviers very young and knew something about the beer, The place has a small feeling however there are many available tables and a large tentlike area outside. Very rare taps on, and I did what I could to have several higher alcohol ones. Hard to find on GPS. Small bar.