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Blackback Pub & Flyshop
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1 Stowe St
phone: (802) 505-5115
(Place added by: mariano42 on 05-20-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Exceptional place to have a beer. Smallish in size, but big in quality, with top notch HF and Lawson Liquid offerings. People were friendly and relaxed, its a go-to place for knowledgeable beer drinkers from the region and from Montreal. Knowledgeable includes staff. Monday nights are the new arrivals. Prices reasonable, but not cheap for HF. Only high quality offerings here.Worth going out of your way for, i.e. if you re only planning to visit Burlington.Up there as a destination, so don't miss it.
08-16-2012 18:51:51 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on 1/20/11.
9 bar stools, 9 beer taps. What could be more perfect?
We stopped in here for a couple of beers after dinner and beers across the street at the Alchemist. Blackback is located in the basement of the building at the corner of Stowe and Main. Bright paint (green!) and lots of flyfishing paraphernalia (and taxidermied fish) give the place a unique look among bars I have been to.
All taps were high quality stuff, with about 6 Hill Farmstead beers, Hoptimum and 2 old ales (Old Stock and Bigfoot, which were also being presented side by side in a mini-flight; nice touch). The bartender/owner was companionable and easy to hang out with. Like you were in a friend's basement, shooting the breeze and drinking good beer.
We did not eat, though there was a rumor that paninis were available. Loved this place.
02-21-2011 15:24:30 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great bar in Waterbury, and part of an easy 3-part pub-crawl, also including the Reservoir and Prohibition Pig. The Blackback is in the basement of a building, rafters in plain sight, and gives off the vibe of, well, pretty much drinking in your best friend's basement, assuming your best friend keeps a bunch of great local VT beers on tap. The bar is on the smaller side, and split between two small rooms, with seats for about 15 people or so, and tables lining the walls. Not a lot of room, but that just means more intimacy. Decor includes breweriana, lots of beer trays, with somewhat of a hunter-fisher lodge feel going on. Again, 9 beers on tap, mostly good local selections (including Lawson's and Hill Farmstead), with a small but decent bottle selection as well. Food looked tasty, but I didn't get to sample it. [*Edit: as of my last visit, it looks like the food menu has disappeared. Little cheese pizzas only. What happened?] The bartender was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable; 3 for 3 there. Prices were quite reasonable.
Definitely worth a stop-in if you find yourself in town. And if you're staying in Burlington or any nearby area, you should eventually make the 30-45 minute trip to Waterbury, for this little cluster of pubs as well as the nearby Alchemist.
04-24-2012 06:52:48 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Even though I've had a stellar time during my weekend in Vermont, I can't help but be a little pissed that a town as small as Waterbury not only has a world-class brewpub, but now they have a killer Beer bar as well.
So after an incredible meal and Beers at the Alchemist, where I got to meet YouBrewIDrink, we hopped across the street at the Blackback. Tiny place, as in less than a dozen seats, all bellied up to the Bar. What makes this place out of the ordinary is the fact that they also sell fly fishing equipment. Kick ass.
Selection was small, but very well picked. Bavik Pils, a single hop IPA from Mikkeler, three (!) from Hill Farmstead, something from Belgium, etc. I think the only thing missing to make it the perfect Beer bar tap list would have been a sour ale.
Service was great, both Dana and Ricky were super nice, were really knowlegable about Beer, never hesitated to hand over tasters, and made you feel right at home the moment you walked in.
This place is the perfect compliment to the Alchemist, and I liked it a lot. Damn you Waterbury!!
07-27-2010 00:32:28 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As previous reviews have indicated, this place is WAY into flyfishing; however, it is also into providing patrons with a hearty supply of Vermont craft beer.
The Blackback Pub and Flyshop is one of several excellent venues along the Main Street of Waterbury – see my review for Prohibition Pig, which is across the street. The décor is that your grandfather’s country lodge: heather green walls and vey heavy on the fishing paraphernalia, which is scattered throughout this small bar. What I liked was the availability of several Farmstead beers; this in itself makes for a worthy trip. The service was friendly and efficient. No food is served, but then you’ll probably pig out at the aforementioned Prohibition Pig prior to your visit here.
A leisurely quaff at the Blackback Pub brings to mind an old, and appropriate, adage:
“Give a Man a fish and he’ll eat for the day; teach him to fish and he’ll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.” Wise.
12-27-2012 20:08:51 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I headed over hear after a day at the Alchemist upon the recommendation of several Alchemist patrons. Small bar...maybe 8 seats total, solid tap lines, and Rick the bartender/owner was a very nice guy to talk to as well as being quite generous with samples. He just kept pouring samples and bringing them over to me randomly throughout the visit! I recall seeing the following on tap: At least 3 Hill Farmestead brews like Edward IPA, Citra, Harlan IPA, plus other goodies like Old Rasputin, Bavik Pils, Mikkeller Warrior Single Hop, Cisco Dark Woods, etc. Super nice locals and a great place for a nightcap before stumbling back to my room at the Stagecoach Inn!
08-06-2010 13:03:24 |
More by koopa
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here after my dinner at the Pig. Atmosphere was nice, it is not the biggest place in the world but I easily got a seat at the bar and was greeted by a very nice bartender. She ran me through the tap list and offered a few thoughts on some of the ones I had not tried yet which was awesome. They had a bunch of Hill Farmsteads on as well as a few Lawson's so I stuck with those. I went with the HF Simcoe single hop and the Lawson's Hunger Mountain 40th and they were both excellent and sever in the correct glasses.
My food score is not indicative of how it tasted, rather how much they offer. Food was sparse upon my visit but I hear they are upgrading the kitchen very soon so I look forward to seeing what they come up with in the future. I got the cheese plate and it was very good and totally worth the money. Overall a really awesome beer bar that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.
10-23-2012 20:47:05 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Thanks to some great BA's, my wife and I stopped in here on our travels through VT. Let me say, I love this place!!
Rick, bartender/owner is absolutely awesome. He enjoys great beer and loves talking about it, which I think is great because I love talking about beer. He was extremely knowledgable about beer and extremely friendly to my wife and I. He was more than willing to supply us with some samples.
Although there is only a small bar with several seats, I thoroughly enjoy this atmosphere. We were 2 of 8 in the place and we were the only tourists. The people inside were extremely friendly and fun to chat with.
The bar had some wonderful beers on tap. There were 3 Hill Farmstand Beers, a Trapp Family Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, Stoudts Pils and a very rare Dogfish Sah'tea.
The price is quite reasonable in my opinion seeing how Rick is very willing to pour samples and I do not mean 1 ounce samples, they are 3-4 ounce samples.
Overall, this place is fantastic and a true highlight of our trip!
10-04-2010 22:15:07 |
More by IronCitySteve
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My friend and I stopped in here after having dinner and a couple beers at the Prohibition Pig this past weekend. It's a place I've been meaning to visit for a long time.
Years ago when I was living on Mission Hill in Boston and doing my laundry in the creaky basement laundromat of a nearby triple-decker, I had a dream of a laid-back, basement bar. It was a literal dream I had in my sleep, but the idea of a hidden, dark, but welcoming bar in the basement of one of the sleepy buildings in the neighborhood was very appealing. I'm not sure what they had on-tap in the bar of that dream, but since I was 19 or so, it was probably Pilsner Urquell or something of considerably lesser quality.
Well, the Blackback seems to have been that dream come true, except that instead of pouring yellow beer, the Blackback offered six Hill Farmstead taps, a couple (I believe) Lawson's and a handful of other wonderful beers.
The prices were reasonable, the service friendly and attentive, the beers fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere was, dare I say it, dreamlike.
05-31-2012 18:51:29 |
More by FrankLloydMike
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