Two rooms, one with an L-shaped bar, Belgian kitsch on the walls. 34 interesting taps, heavy on the Belgian stuff, with only a few local choices. No bottle list, but you can check the fridge for what’s there. Server was pleasant, but knew nothing about the beers. Food was OK. Ample parking. More of a restaurant than a beer bar. Decent enough, but not worth going too far out of your way to try.
I was thoroughly unimpressed with The Lion’s Pride. The location is essentially a strip mall, and the decor some random Belgian beer paintings and breweriana. The beer selection is good but not great, nor anything not available regionally. The food was good but not cooked entirely to order (burger was medium-well not medium, for instance). Our server did not know anything about the beer, and I had to point out the Oerbier Reserva for her in the fridge following the "what beer is that" question.
Quick drive outside of Portland, a beautiful one at that. Unassuming building, awesome vintage decor everywhere. Friday lunch crowd, but stunningly only had one server, leading to chaotic running around and slow service, but the guy was knowledgeable and personable. Great draft list with the ability to get half pours, but no bottles. I was told not to worry, check out Ebenezer’s and you’ll see more bottles than you know what to do with. Draft list was really solid, great local area beers along with lots of rare Euro’s. Regular bar far, plain but decent.
Cool place to visit, go here over Ebenzer’s 10 out of 10 times. Solid place.
The Lion’s Pride is along the super busy Highway 1 just outside of the center of Brunswick. The outside has a couple neat signs with old lions but otherwise is a modest building among other modest establishments. The inside is warm and inviting, with lots of beer signs and paintings on the walls. My wife and I sat at the L-shaped bar in the room on the right. The tap list of 35 was on a chalkboard above 35 custom glass-blown tap handles with the little labels underneath. Fridges behind the bar show a few hundred bottles with a lot of range. Belgians are more the specialty here than in most other American beer bars, but this place seems to have great relationships with the local Maine brewers and a few others, like Stillwater. The bartender was one of the friendliest guys I’ve ever had at a bar, and knew his stuff and was more than happy to share his passion. We had a great time sitting here, drinking, eating, and talking to him (in spurts) over the course of 3-4 hours. The food is excellent, and we both went with Pliny the Burger with fries. Really nice. Racked up quite a bill but the prices were fair, just a little on the high side, but maybe that’s the Midwesterner in me. We had stuff from t’Smisje, Urban Farm Fermentory, Stillwater, Oxbow, Haandbryggeriet, BFM, Gaverhopke, and B.Nektar. Amazing night at an outstanding place. I’ll find a way to get back- and a way to get over to Ebenezer’s, too.
Stopped here with my wife on the way from Portland to Bar Harbor for a few days. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and we had the place mostly to ourselves. The taplist is impressive and the bartender was more than happy to chat about anything up there and did seem quite knowledgeable. We also ordered lunch and it was good stuff, elevated pub fare, well priced. Certainly worth a stop. And yes, the tap handles are rather beautiful.
What a wonder full place. This most likeyly used to be a famlily restaurant or pub, with a nice verriere, which became a haven of high quality beer, from the folk at Ebenezer’s. A beautiful and exquisitely chosen tap selection is available, with half portions available for raters. Yje food there is also quite good with huge portions. My sister loved her fish and chips. A brewery will eventually be opened there and is already visible from the pub. A must in Maine.
This restaurant has a very nice beer-centered ambiance. It is decorated with all sorts of beer stuff, some very cool. We had supper there, the food was very good and reasonably priced. The staff is uber-knowledgeable and friendly too. We spent the entire evening chatting beer with the people there. The selection is great, they have a wide variety on tap and an amazing bottle selection. A very cool spot.
Not quite as amazing as Ebenezer Kezar’s but this place is fixing up to be much better as they are currently in the process of installing brewing equipment. Tap list much like Ebenezer’s but only half of them were working when I was in because they were rerouting them for their soon-to-come house brews. Bottle list is stunning, like Ebenezer’s. Ambiance isn’t quite as homey but then I was in on a Sunday night so there were few people there.
actually liked this better than Ebenezers. Ryan the manager is a encyclopedia of beer knowledge. extremely informative. cozy bar area with additional seating in dining room, sit at the bar area. Extremely impressive draft list. Belgians galore, 3-4 allagash, rare Maine micros. Food was very good (Sausage platter). A bit more action than ebenezers, probably due to the location. a great beer destination