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Willimantic Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 65
Beer Ratings: 450
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
967 Main St
phone: (860) 423-6777
AKA - Main Street Café
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 97 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Have been here a couple of times now and can't wait to go back again. The building itself is really pretty cool - and old post office with all of the "windows' behind the bar. Lots of wood and well kept. Bar area is quite large, and there's a dining area as well. It's casual and comfortable.
Beer selection is impressive, with 9 or 10 house offerings plus twice as many non-house beers, which is really something. Many brewpubs don't pay much attention at all to guest taps, but at Willimantic they do as good a job in that regard as they do with their own beer. And their own beer is excellent. They've had many hoppy offerings each time I have been there, and they really do seem to do pilseners well, as well. Their India Pils stands out on my most recent visit, and Czech is in the Mail was memorable from a previous visit.
The menu is pretty broad and what I have eaten is good, but not great. Above average for pub-fare, however. I don't rate service terribly high for a couple of reasons. One, while it has been attentive enough, I've definitely noticed a preference to chat with and take care of regulars. Two, on my most recent visit I ordered a cask beer that was kicked, which the server did not find out until she started to pump it; when she told me it was out and I asked for another beer instead, she simply shook out the glass and then poured the new request instead of getting a clean glass. That really is unacceptable at a brewpub.
All in all, however, the beer at Willimantic is excellent and it's well worth seeking out and going out of your way for. I was hooked after one visit and look forward to many more.
05-20-2011 03:09:52 |
More by number1bum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
There isn't that much in Willimantic so this place definitely fills a void. There are unfortunately too many empty storefronts and check cashing type places. There are a few restaurants on main street. WBC and bar are located in an old bank building with lots of period design and sufficient parking. The beers that they brew on the premises are not all that great, but they do have "visiting" beers that should fill the void. I had a salad and sandwich and I wasn't disappointed. When I'm in Willimantic on business, I will stop in here again and try some of their other specialty beers, and hopefully I'll find something I like.
05-15-2011 01:02:33 |
More by albern
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
After trading for a many a growler from Willimantic, I finally visited the brewpub on my way up to the Cambridge Brewing 22nd Anniversary Party in MA.
Atmosphere: Large building (former post office) with extremely high ceilings and plenty of table seating. The outdoor beer garden / front dining area looked really nice too.
Quality was decent...both food and drink. Nothing that wowed me too much but nothing that disappointed either (well the S.A.S.E. was terrible actually).
Service was decent...attentive, polite, and a bit flirty :0
Prices were decent and I wouldn't mind stopping back some time.
05-08-2011 19:17:18 |
More by koopa
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Never been before and had high hopes based on BA reviews. I was NOT disappointed. Started with a sampler just to get an over-all feel. Spent the rest of the night with the Coffee Stout. Purchased a growler. Fair price but not great. Kicking myself for not getting a growler of the unfiltered ale. (Euromerica)
Recomend the Euromerica Unfilterd Ale and the Coffee Stout without any hesitation!
They had 40 beers on tap. 14 were Willi-Brews and the rest were guests.
Food was above average for brew bar food but you go for the beer, right?
On a side note, I went on a Friday evening before a concert and very glad I made reservations. I ate and drank in the main dining room, so I can not comment on the pub room.
04-11-2011 18:29:28 |
More by spydo99
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Willimantic is a great place to eat and drink, I just wish I lived closer. Im always looking for an excuse to drive up that way.
The bar is tall and long, the ceilings are super high in both the pub and the regular dining area. Somehow, Willimantic still feels warm and inviting. The vibe is local and friendly.
The beer menu is excellent. Not only does Willimantic feature its own brews but also some other guest brews on tap. I have never had a bad Willimantic brewed beer, period. Last time I was there I had an incredibly balanced and tasty IPA, although the name of it slips my mind. Additionally, they sometimes feature cask and vintage selections.
The grub is also good, from my experience. The menu is a little expansive, but the above average pub food here is fresh and will satisfy. The menu features full entres as well. Oh, the BLT is awesome.
03-30-2011 20:48:36 |
More by zoolzoo
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I go to UCONN, about a 10 minute drive away, and can't believe I have waited this long to get out to Willibrew. Great looking venue from the outside; it's in the old post office and is very accessible.
There is a great feel about this place as soon as you walk in. Everyone seems to be in a good mood, its loud but not overwhelming. Just has a great energy.
Service was great. I didn't sit in the restaurant, I stayed at the bar but the bar staff was fast and reliable with great insight into their homebrews. Beer selection was really great. They have several homebrews on tap with a nice rotating selection of local crafts.
Food and beer all tasted great and were very reasonably priced. This is absolutely going to be a new favorite spot for me.
03-09-2011 00:54:52 |
More by whisperjet
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited the Willimantic Brewing Co. because my girlfriend is from CT and she had heard amazing things and once I had researched it I found that it's an AHA member, so I knew it had to be good.
I was not dissapointed...I had 3 beers and they were fantastic. The Most Wanted IPA was most notable since employee were wearing the Most Wanted shirts. It was a very good and extremely hoppy IPA. I also had the S.W.A.K Stout and it was exceptional. Very good if you're in the mood for a sweeter stout. The Black Eye IPA was probably the best Black IPA I've ever had.
I had the Aeropostale Flatbread Pizza and it was great as well...really paired nicely with the IPAs. My girlfriend had the Gurlyville garlic walnut chicken and that was great as well.
Overall one of the best brewpubs I've ever been to.
02-14-2011 12:47:47 |
More by BeerMaverick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
En route to the wedding, Willibrew is only a slight detour (slight is a relative term). We visited on a Tuesday night, two days removed from the most recent snowfall. The area still hasn't recovered.
Atmosphere: We entered through the bar, a long, spacious wooden one that has televisions on both ends. At least 15 guest taps, by my estimate, joined the 7 tap and 1 cask in-house offerings. Winding our way around to the dining area, we were seating in a large, breweriana-adorned room.
Quality: Service, food and beers were all good. We were even seated at a hoity-toity table reserved for large parties (thank you, Lizzie).
Service: Sarah was friendly and helpful, visiting us regularly, even as the dining area got busier. I returned later that night for a nightcap and the bartender (didn't catch a name) was also prompt.
Selection: This is where Willibrew comes through. In addition to its 8 offerings, the guest line-up includes locals and heavy hitters. I stayed with the in-house line and slowly worked my way through 7 of the 8 in some form or another. Even took a growler of Rail Mail Rye home with me.
Food: Food was also good, the menu punctuated with zip codes for each offering, a nod to the postal origins of the building. My Bulk Mail burrito was good (lighten up on the beans and add more chicken, please). Finger food for shorties is available too.
12-29-2010 03:13:00 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I can't tell you the number of times that I have been to Willibrew over the past year.
Sure it's packed most of the time, that's because everyone there knows they make some great brews and awesome food. I have yet to be dissapointed by either their food or beer.
The atmosphere is really nice, quaint, a modern day pub. You enter and immediately feel welcomed.
The service is top notch, every waiter is very knowledgeable about their beers. They make sure that you're not left with an empty glass at any point during your time there.
Selection - Wide selection of mouth watering pub food that has a post office theme to it, very fun. I have yet to have a beer of theirs that is disappointing, I wish that they would bottle and sell some. They always have fresh beer on tap that they have brewed themselves, whether it be IPA's, Stouts, pales, etc..you name it. Their selection is always changing so it's awesome to see what they have that's new.
Food - their food matches their beer, delicious. They make sure that you're not going home hungry.
Value - Priced just right...I believe their beers are only a couple of bucks, food is priced normally, nothing too high...awesome place to go with your friends and enjoy an evening out!
12-01-2010 21:35:15 |
More by Genuine
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I went to ECSU (which is a stone throw away) for four years and very rarely came here. This was before I was big into craft beer and it's a good thing because I would have spent all of my money on the beer and food. It's one of my favorite places. We try to go once a month because they have about 5-7 different beers that come out each month. They usually have over 10 of their own brews on tap, along with 30 guest brews (mostly new england) on tap. Food is excellent! Nachos are well worth the price, you get a pile of chips loaded with meat, cheese, and all your favorite toppings. Yes, it is $13 but it is very filling. Better make reservations because they are always busy for dinner time! Bar area tables are first come, first serve.
10-15-2010 23:55:39 |
More by hearmerawrrr
Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
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