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Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
23 S Main St
phone: (802) 244-4120
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Reviews by jjboesen:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Housed in what was once the great - and much lamented - Alchemist, the Prohibition Pig is another venue to visit when in the charming (and beercentric) town of Waterbury, Vermont.
Located on the main street – and across from the Flyback Pub (See Review), the Pig combines savory local craft beer with succulent pig flesh – also local. While Alchemist was bright and airy, the Pig is dark and intimate, decorated with cranberry brick walls; it is, to say the least, very atmospheric. The bar is roomy enough, with enough veneer and polished wood to furnish several establishments.
Oh yes, they had Heady Topper on tap … nuff said.
12-26-2012 19:19:25 |
More by jjboesen
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went there on a Sat. night around 7:30 with a group of 2 people. The wait for larger groups was >1 hr but somehow we were immediately seated. The beer and drink selection is phenomenal. I had the Hill Farmstead Abner and it was out of this world. The smoked brisket with the bacon BBQ sauce left me wanting more and they served up a huge portion. They had 4 at the table sauces to choose from none of which were labeled so I quickly sampled them all and found my favorite. They should definitely label them. They had a description of the 4 but it was impossible to tell which was which. I wanted to stay there all night and keep trying all the delicious beers but they are pricey $7 avg. If you want a sampling of the best beer in VT and some great smokehouse food then go here and you will not be sad.
01-27-2013 23:19:41 |
More by Lakemonster
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I love the pig and stop whenever I'm in the area. The servers are very knowledgeable and their list is always loaded with my favorites from Hill Farmstead, Lawson's and Heady Topper. They also have one of the most extensive bottle list I have seen anywhere. The food is some of the best I have had at a any craft beer bar. The burgers and brisket are to amazing and their duck fat fries and donuts are to die for.
I miss the Alchemist but what a great replacement.
01-15-2013 14:08:37 |
More by liquidlife
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
OK, here we go... I absolutely love the location, decor, beer selection and employees. They have offerings from my favs Hill Farmstead, Lawson's Finest and Alchemist. The food is dreadful. Let me preface this by saying how much I enjoy BBQ and have eaten it often at many locations. You look at the place and think you are going to get something special, it's not. The ingredients are clearly fresh and of good quality, its just so bland. The BBQ sauces they offer have little flavor and are marginally palatable. Baked beans have been the highlight of my 5-6 meals there. It's like they try to innovate food wise and it just doesn't work well.
That being said, they have super nice and cool employees, fun decor and great beer. I'll go back there many times and will inevitably eat the food again.
01-03-2013 21:50:49 |
More by NHbeerfishing
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I decided to go to the Pig for dinner on my first night in Waterbury. I will never turn down BBQ and they have an amazing tap list so it was a no brainer for me.
Upon entering the ambiance it pretty nice. Lots of people all over the place eating and chatting amongst themselves. I snagged the last seat at the bar and looked over the tap list, that is when I knew it was going to be a good night. They have some amazing things on tap and I was happy to see they offered half pours so I could try more of them. The quality was pretty high. My beers were good, as was my food.
Service was good. I never had to wait for a refill or to place my food order and the bartenders certainly knew there stuff. The selection of beers, as I said, was top notch. 4-5 Hill Farmsteads, 2 Lawson's and Heady Topper on tap. I would kill to have that selection at my neighborhood BBQ spot. As far as the food goes, I decided to go with the pulled brisket with a side of fries and baked beans. Beans and brisket were ok, I used some of their bacon BBQ sauce to make it better, and the fries were excellent with their smoked ketchup. Prices were a little high across the board. If they tried to charge what they do down here they would be out of business quick.
Overall a really nice beer bar with above average food, albeit a little overpriced. I will return when I am in the area.
10-23-2012 20:20:27 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
If you haven't gone, GO!!
Chad and the gang are all wonderful folks, and what a way to keep a iconic location .
Food - eastern Carolina bbq = Homerun! Great quality meat and local veggies. So, bring the wife or who ever, they'll still love the food even if beer isn't they're "thing."
24 taps of pure gold. This place must have a licence to print $$$.
Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper and Lawson's all in one location.
Why are you still reading this post? Reread, the last line above, and then smack
for not being there already!
10-07-2012 13:16:48 |
More by Vermont-the-Trader
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The wife and I stopped at Prohibition Pig after drinking some Heady Topper on tap at The Alchemist Cannery (they were out of cans, sadly).
Waterbury is a beautiful small town filled with quality bars and restaurants, and also a big flea market with lots of junk. The Pig is classy, reminds me of Armsby Abbey in Woosta, MA. A little small, though- a couple of big parties coming in for brunch and the place was getting crowded.
The regular menu is rather simple and porky. Lots of bbq plates, smoked-meat sandwiches, burgers and pork-based apps, plus some salads. We were there for brunch and they have a big chalkboard with lots of specials, all very brunch-y (eggs, sandwiches, sausage). The wife got a big breakfast sandwich with a fried egg on top that was realicious.
You're here for the beer anyways, and that's where it's at. 24 draughts with plenty of Vermont brews. Yes, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's are here. Hill Nor, Harlan, Edward and Abner plus Lawson's Knockout Blonde and Double Sunshine. Plus Heady!
Also Founders Porter, Arrogant Bastard, Stillwater Cellar Door, Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider, Sierra Torpedo, Lagunitas WTF....
Prices a bit high for small-town Vermont ($6.50-$7.50 for the goodies) but I like the half-glass option at half price plus 25 cents.
Service was slow because they were understaffed and the poor bartender just couldn't keep up. But the manager was apologetic, and we were understanding.
Try the cocktails, too. They are top notch. The Bloody Mary is gigantic and comes stabbed with a big celery plus a draft of Schlitz's.
A quality joint, but next time I'll be curious to try the Blackback Pub and The Reservoir instead.
08-21-2012 18:59:54 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Kitty corner to two other bars featuring several up and coming Vermont beers. The largest and most bar like of the three. I also have a soft place in my heart to the former site of L'Alchemist. The bar and layout retains some of that flavour. More than enough taps for me here, and the HF and Lawson Liquid offerings were great. A few other good taps. One of my favourites on the trip was the dry hopped Ruination. Service was mixed, its new, and staff may be calmer on a different shift or after the summer buzy period. Still a must stop even if you are in Burlington.
08-16-2012 18:33:09 |
More by northyorksammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have seriously considered retiring in Waterbury. Reason being the Alchemist and Blackback. With the Alchemist gone, I thought my retirement town was gone. Prohibition Pig is a good fill-in.
Went last night. It is all new with clean bar and new tables/chairs. The bathrooms are a huge improvement. Makes you quickly forget about the sketchy bathrooms at the Alchemist. I do miss the pool table. I met a ton of friendly local folks while hanging there over the years. Selling hats/shirts. The bartender was friendly and attentive. Let me taste a few different options and talked to us about the local pubs and breweries in the area.
Let's get to the reason you are reading this review on BeerAdvocate. Beer. The beer list is really good. Heady Topper, four offerings from Hill Farmstead, three from Lawson's, etc. The beer is pricey. Boston prices at $7 a 12-oz. and they offer a half beer at more than half the price, but the glass is tiny. Little juice glass (3-4 oz). Not a good deal.
08-15-2012 01:19:37 |
More by SUjunkie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was a little uncertain about how I would feel visiting the Pig for the first time after so many fond memories of The Alchemist brew pub. But as soon as I walked in I felt right at home. The interior has changed a lot, but the great service, beer, and patrons remain. I was impressed with the menu and thought the food complimented the beers well. Great draft selection, including Heady Topper and several Hill Farmstead and Lawson's Finest options. Half pours are available, which I love. If you love the old Alchemist frites, the current fries may dissapoint you, but the house-made sauces taste good on everything. The Pig is popular, so plan on waiting a bit for a table, but the staff is cool about taking your name and letting you walk over to the Blakcback Pub or The Reservoir for a quick drink. I just wish they would take your number too and just call your cell when your table is ready. Just sayin'. Overall, this is a must visit if you're in the area.
08-09-2012 16:43:26 |
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