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Blackback Pub & Flyshop
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1 Stowe St
phone: (802) 505-5115
(Place added by: mariano42 on 05-20-2010)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
My friend and I Stopped in and was surprised that the pub was dead on a Saturday night, the selection was horrible, very limited craft beers, nothing that could not be had at the corner bar, our beer was served in Brandy glasses the Barmaid was rude and very terse and we spent almost forty dollars for three beers. I had heard very good things about this pub but was very let down...the kicker was the rude comments about our accents as we were leaving, didn't think I would see that kind of small mindedness in Waterbury.
11-12-2012 01:29:45 |
More by billfaulkner73
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
For such a small place they certainly are expensive. I saw what looked like a good pizza special on the wall (apples, balsamic reduction, carmelized onions, cheddar cheese, and bacon). Didn't see a price until I looked at the menu on the other side of the restaurant where a price was listed there. $16?! Wow, it better be good. Pizza was maybe 10"-12" and served to me on a big awkward wooden pizza peel. WTF?! Not sure where they found the inspiration for that presentation. Toppings were sparse and pizza was overcooked so I'm not really sure what I was paying for.
Pours aren't cheap. The upside is that there are usually at least 5 Hill Farmstead taps on. Even though I don't mind having the selection, it seems like a slap in the face of all the other Vermont craft brewers. Downside is the good chance of getting it through a dirty tap line. I had an Ephraim that I'm pretty sure had about half a glass of Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale in it. I got to try another sample (given to me by the bartender after hearing it didn't taste right) after a bunch more glasses had been poured and the difference between what I got earlier and that was not even arguable, but it still didn't taste right. I just had that batch of Ephraim at the brewery the week before. Edward also seemed a little off. Earl and Abner tasted right.
Service otherwise was good. Atmosphere was the best thing about this place. Probably won't go here again.
11-02-2011 19:57:13 |
More by Bueuze
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$$
Stopped in after the expansion with some friends. Prices for both beer and food have gone through the roof. Really dissappointing.
Paid $8 for a 8oz pour of Petrus Aged Pale. Mahrs Pils was $7 for a 10oz pour in a wine glass. Really?? A 10oz pilsner in a wine glass? Didn't see anything bigger than a 12oz pour.
Service was slow and pours were often foamy.
At lesat have one or two reasonably priced beers that come in a pint so locals can enjoy it. Might as well go to the wine bar upstairs.
Stopped in last week for a couple beers with friends.
Small, dark, underground bar with just a few bar stools. Lots of fishing paraphernalia and beer trays on the walls. There should be more to cover the ugly green paint.
Beer list is small but very good. All quality. A few Hill Farmstead and some Belgian imports. Service was good. Talkative owner.
Prices are steep with small pours. A 10oz pour of a double IPA came to I think $6.50. I don't think anything came in a pint, not even the Edward.
Not a bad place to hang out and a nice addition to the Waterbury beer scene. Will definitely stop in for a beer from time to time.
06-10-2011 17:12:04 |
More by Cascade77
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place is a little different then your normal pub. Very very small. The decor is pretty bad in my opinion. They advertise what beers they had by ripping a piece of the box it came in an writing the price on it with a sharpie. Did I mention how small this place is? The beer selection is very small but very very good. If you don't mind a dingy small atmosphere and are just looking for great beer or scoth this is the place for you.
For the fisherman among us. There was some fishing stuff around but not a ton. The owner was not there and I understand he is the fisherman, but if your going to have a fishing themed pub the bartender should know something about fishing.
Overall I would go back if in the area just to see what they hvae to offer on the draft menu other then that really no reason to visit.
08-16-2011 18:57:22 |
More by nopucophop
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A great selection of about 30 taps. Locals were featured prominently, including 3 from Lawson and 5 from Hill. However, the Hill Galaxy was last brewed 3 months ago, so I am not sure how (or if) they manage to keep the stock fresh. There were a lot of imports - many of which I was not familiar with. I would love to try a lot of them. I tried a few of the Lawson's selections, which were quite tasty but served very cold for the style of beer that they were.
Unfortunately the blackboards were situated where there were only a few seats in the house where you didn't have to get up to read all the choices. Beers were listed by name, style, abv and price. The brewery or state/country of origin was mostly not listed; nor was the pour size.
Service was a little stand-offish. Questions about the offerings were referred to the blackboards. Further information or samples were not offered. It was difficult to get the barkeep's attention. Food choices were limited to calzones, sushi and a cheese plate. Other offerings were not delivered or had sold out (as I overheard from other patrons requesting food options). We showed up fairly hungry for a late lunch, which turned out to be a mistake!
Prices are a little steep, especially for the pour sizes. Overall, a pleasant and unusual pub (local craft brew and fishing - what could be more Vermont than that?). I would visit again, but I would probably prioritize on one of the other great craft pubs in northern Vermont if I had a choice.
01-15-2012 15:33:08 |
More by CliffBrake
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Hit this place up after the suggestion of bobv.
It took a little bit to find this place .. based on my GPS, they essentially have the same address as the wine bar that on the same corner but upstairs. Finally found it..what an odd little set up. Extended bar and almost nothing but bar that's square (though the back is against the wall). You can definitely tell where the extension was put in - it almost seems like two seperate places. All wooden bar, roughly three crammed tables that are underneath a blackboard at the far end listing their food and beer offerings. Nice selection of local beers - plenty of Lawson and Hill Farmstead which is exactly what I was looking for!
We went in hungry and ready to eat and drink... however, not a great food selection. Pizza, calzone and sushi. I don't like sushi, and the size of the bar..wasn't all that condusive to grabbing a pizza and such.
Bartender was pretty on top of things and seemed pleasant enough. We didn't spend much time interacting but our order was taken and served promptly.
The prices here are extremely high and based on the food selection, not worth it for the food. The beer is steep in price based on the pour size, however what they offering somewhat makes up for it.
My partner and I stayed for a drink, and then walked across the street to grab food. This is a place for sitting and drinking - so hit somewhere else first for food, but get there relatively early as there isn't much space and seems like it could fill up quickly.
01-18-2012 15:36:36 |
More by Jayli
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great bar in Waterbury, and part of an easy 3-part pub-crawl, also including the Reservoir and Prohibition Pig. The Blackback is in the basement of a building, rafters in plain sight, and gives off the vibe of, well, pretty much drinking in your best friend's basement, assuming your best friend keeps a bunch of great local VT beers on tap. The bar is on the smaller side, and split between two small rooms, with seats for about 15 people or so, and tables lining the walls. Not a lot of room, but that just means more intimacy. Decor includes breweriana, lots of beer trays, with somewhat of a hunter-fisher lodge feel going on. Again, 9 beers on tap, mostly good local selections (including Lawson's and Hill Farmstead), with a small but decent bottle selection as well. Food looked tasty, but I didn't get to sample it. [*Edit: as of my last visit, it looks like the food menu has disappeared. Little cheese pizzas only. What happened?] The bartender was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable; 3 for 3 there. Prices were quite reasonable.
Definitely worth a stop-in if you find yourself in town. And if you're staying in Burlington or any nearby area, you should eventually make the 30-45 minute trip to Waterbury, for this little cluster of pubs as well as the nearby Alchemist.
04-24-2012 06:52:48 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Went here looking for what everybody is looking for: Alchemist, Hill-Farmstead, and Lawson's. Found all were recently here but gone. If I lived in town I'd be here every day checking for the latest. Good fresh-Mex food options, and plenty of decent VT taps. Of the 3 or 4 destination pubs in Waterbury this one is the diveiest in the best sense -- nice staff, good folks hanging around. A classic beer destination in one of America's best beer states.
10-12-2013 21:00:35 |
More by easong
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Place is tiny, in a BA quality beer rich little town. Fishing stuff all over the ceiling and scattered around the place. When you go to the Alchemist, this spot is just about a block away and well worth stopping in for a visit.
We were treated to several quality tap selections from places like Trapp, Hill Farmstead, DFH and high quality others. Quality is the operative word here. Boutigue beers in a tiny bar setting. Toss in an outgoing and entertaining, bartender/owner and you have a highly enjoyable and worthy place for a beer or two, either before or after the Alchemist.
01-13-2011 01:28:59 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here around 6 or 7 after eating early at the Alchemist. As others have mentioned, this place is very small but that gives it a very friendly vibe. I counted exactly eight barstools as the only places to sit. There is one large TV behind the bar. Lots of fishing apparati mixed in with whiskey boxes attached to the ceiling beams.
We didn't eat, but there isn't much to choose from. I did notice a panini press behind the bar and the website says they have a cheese plate. Tap list included Earl, Edward and Anna from Hill Farmstead. Also Old Stock North Coast, SN 30th anniversary barleywine, DFH My Antonia (a rare find), Rogue Wet Hop and a lambic. I saw something on the whiteboard about a "flight of barleywines" that had recently been offered; never seen that before. Everything was served in proper glassware.
We had good conversation with the bartender and owner, who stopped in for a few minutes with his wife and son. (As an aside, I liked the fact that the owner of this place was having dinner at the Alchemist. Theoretically the two bars are competitors but it's nice to see they're not only friendly but patronize each other's places.) The size of Blackback is such that it's hard not to strike up conversation with any other customers, so don't go here if you're looking to drink alone. There was a rustic feel to the place despite being on Main Street, and I would definitely stop by again before and/or after the Alchemist.
01-19-2011 12:58:44 |
More by coachdonovan
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