This place is absolutely fantastic. The food is excellent, the beers are wonderful, and the employees couldn’t be friendlier or more helpful. This is definitely a place you want to go to!
Chaseman (18) Massachusetts | March 23, 2010| Updated August 26, 2011
Had to review this place again as I now come into this place on average, once a week. Truly an amazing place with awesome, hard to find beer on tap and two very educated, passionate beer enthusiasts behind the bar who can speak at great lengths about the beer on tap as well as beer in general. I usually go during off hours to ensure a place at the bar and spend my time trying crazy good beer, eating tasty food, and just talking shop. It has truly become my all time favorite beer destination and I make a point to go out of my way to visit.
Very nice tap selection, Not as many sour bottles as Ebenezer’s, but way more than any other bar in the Northeast. This is not on my way to anywhere I go, but the extra few hours are worth the trip every time.
World class all around. The entire staff was welcoming, there was no "singular" service as all the staff members took care of us. Perfect ambiance for a relaxing time with my friends or a date with someone special. Every type of beer imaginable was available and the staff was enthusiastic enough to make me aware of the specialties on draft and give ample background information on the beer. The food was no slouch either. Each plate was fresh, hot and carefully constructed. I had a Barley Toccadibo, a refreshing Green Flash IPA, both were delicious. I will certainly be back and the manager Margret was absolutely wonderful as well.
Hands down, one of the absolute best beer bars I have ever been to. I recommend sitting at a bar table or at the bar itself if you want the full experience. The bartenders here are crazy knowledgeable, and the restaurant boasts a veritable plethora of rare belgium and artisnal beers. Lion’s Pride has an ever rotating list of 35 draught beers and coolers stocked with the best of the best.
Forget the exterior of the Lion’s Pride, which is unassuming. The interior of the space is dark wood accented by a healthy selection of classic beer related posters, bottles and signs. The bar area is spacious and comfortable, and the copper top bar is a classic. Restaurant side is large, but open.
The worst thing I can say about the food is that it’s not quite a match for the beer, which means only that is just this side of world class. What it is is way above your typical pub fare, both in variety and preparation. They have staples like burgers, but you’ll find a much wider variety on the menu from mussels and frites to Indian eggrolls to seared tuna. Everything that I’ve had has been very good, and I’ve been enough to have half a dozen entrees at one time or another. So the food is great.
You’re there, however, for the beer, and it is transcendent. As the other reviewers note, the 35 kegs are all lined into custom glass tap handles below a big board listing the drafts. The selection is tremendous on one visit, but never gets stale. I’ve been in almost weekly at times, and I don’t drink the same beer twice: the churn on their kegs is that good. The range of styles is apparent; at any given time they’ll have on IPAs, Stouts, Tripels and Quads, barleywines, saisons, porters and - of course - sours.
Like all pubs the Lion’s Pride is a reflection of their staff. My first visit, I’ll admit, my expectations were low. How could a small college town realistically expect to attract people who really knew their beer? All I can say is: boy did they manage. These people don’t just know the beers they carry, they are savants. Savants that love to educate. Even better, they are to a person fun and friendly, whether you’re new to beer or a RateBeer regular. I generally let the staff pick for me.
I travel regularly to Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and finally made it to Brussels this winter. In all my travels, I have yet to come across a place that’s competitive. If you’re in or around Brunswick - anywhere within driving or flying distance, really - you owe it to yourself a visit. I’m just sad it took me so long.
Very nice place (in the middle fo freaking nowhere again). Lots of beer paraphernalia and stuff. Incredible selection on tap. I had Wild Pannepot (but it was $14) and Mikkeler Simcoe. Very nice staff. Knowledgeable about beer and they seem to love it. Everyone is very friendly. I had the advantage of being there when it was not crowded but I’m sure it is great any time. I did not eat, but the food menu looked great and not as pricey as expected. Go!
Everything any beer lover could want in a beer bar. Awesome trappist and abbey beers, seasonal brews all served in the proper glasses. Beautiful copper bar, a brewery coming soon and awesome food to boot. A must stop.