Willimantic Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 453
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I was glad to see a brewpub listed on this site that was right down the road from me at school. First I was impressed with how original this place was by not only being ina renovated post office, but also with having a mail-themed....everything!!! The service was awesome, the food was affordable and delicious, the specials were inviting, it was easy to find, and, oh ya, the beers were awesome. Imagine your favorite beers, and then twist 'em up a bit - this is the Main Street Cafe. I ordered a sampler which came with five different 4 oz servings of their brews. If you are ever in the farmlands of Connecticut, near UConn, go here. You should regret it if you don't.
08-01-2003 06:52:01 | More by nixhecks
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Since this is the closest brewpub to my home, I come here fairly often.
First of all, it's situated right on Main Street in Willimantic, CT, in the old post office. Very easy to find. Walking inside, the ceilings are very high, with a serious quality to it. They succeeded in making it look inviting, but the building feels like it has some history. There's a rather narrow gap between the door/wall and the actual bar, so when this place gets crowded, it's very difficult to move around. Tables line the wall, with the smoking on the right of the main bar entrance, and non smoking occupying the other side (well, I guess until Oct, when there's no smoking period.) It's kind of cramped. They have little frames filled with old coasters and the like on the walls, and the unused tap handles crown the top of the bar, which is a long line of taps against a wall that barricades the kitchen area.
The brewpub is almost two seperate areas, with the dining area being completely segregated from the bar. Each table features an up to date beer list (and wine and all that other crap), with one side being house brews, and the other guest beers. Selection is pretty good, with emphasis on the house beers, which range from usually great, sometimes exceptional, and seldomly mediocre. They change the list a lot, with only one or two beers being constantly on tap. Something is always on cask. The food, while not a massive selection, is very good. My favorites being the return to tenders, the late night pizzas, and they make a mean rueben sandwich. Prices are very reasonable, both beer and food. Service has been terrific every time I've been here, both in the dining area and at the bar. I've never finished a pint without another one waiting on the table. They've also never screwed up an order for dinner in my experience, even the 9 person party we had last new years.
Willibrew does a stein night every Sunday, where you bring in your own vessel. It's $3.00 for anything up to 16oz, and $3.50 for anything over that. Their size limit is supposedly 22oz, which is still a bargain, but my vessel is a 32oz Treasure Island skull mug, and it has been filled to the brim here and there. That's approximately 11 cents an ounce! Now that's what I call rock and roll, brothers and sisters.
07-26-2003 05:00:13 | More by UnionMade
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
After going here only for beer the last couple of years i decided to finally make it to one of their brew dinners and i left extremely impressed. The chefs outdid themselves with matching the cuisine with the featured Troutbrook brews. Besides the fantastic brews, the people and the food make it worth going out of your way to get here, so those in the area get off your butts and make it to one of their events, i know i will be going back.
06-17-2003 19:48:52 | More by paceyourself
4.58/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Another oasis (see My Place Restaurant in Newtown) in a beer -parched part of the state, this time in the eastern hinterland. Dave Wollner, head brewer, and his wife Cyndi, run a quality operation with an obvious commitment to good beer, good food and customer satisfaction. Dave brews a great selection of ales, usually 6 to 9 on tap at one time, along with a cask version of one of the current offerings. Agree with VENOM, he is an IPA master with several rotating recipes. His alt bier is also outstanding (and also currently on cask). Also, an additional dozen or so taps for a wide variety of guest brews, ranging from local and regional micros to quality imports. If you can't find something here to please your palate, well there's a shot-and-a-beer joint next door. You must've got lost.
A comfortable place popular with locals and beer geeks alike, good music, NTN trivia, good food and friendly and knowledgeable service, this is one of the best brewpubs you'll find anywhere.
Definitely worth the trip.
05-02-2003 18:54:38 | More by greybeerd
4.53/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Sat at the bar on a snowy night that had much of the state slowed to a crawl. Place was crawling with people who appreciated NTN, warm food and great beer. Bartender from Canada laughed that a snowstorm would scare so many off the streets.
But he also scored big points by pointing me to non-house beers that were worthy (Old Burnside Ten Penny Ale was a nice surprise.) You got it right guy, if I love beer, I'll be back even if Willamantic is so far off the interstates. You don't have to try to get me to drink Willamantic beers exclusively. On another trip through, the brewer himself was puttering behind the bar and when he heard the distance we had travelled, he offered an impromptu tour of his glassed-in brewery in the other room. I bet folks from Willamantic think every town tavern is this nice to strangers.
Their Red Letter IPA is another that shows restraint in the adding of hops, which I appreciate if my food isn't going to keep up with massive hops infusion. I also felt fortunate to try their "Willywhammer" barleywine sampler of '99, '01 and '02. '01 was my favorite.
04-10-2003 12:12:19 | More by ecoboy
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
WooHoo! (in Homer Simpson voice) I am glad I found this place. After moving to CT from Philly, I was afraid I left good beer behind me!
It's a rarity that every beer I taste in a brewpub is above average. Not much on atmosphere, but the beers are outstanding.
02-27-2003 13:49:15 | More by blgianbeer
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by yesterday (11MAR10) for lunch. Still a super place. About 6-7 house biers, and closer to 20 guest taps. The Buffalo Chicken Wrap was real nice, and the service is still quite good.
Wish it were closer to home... Same scores, and Prosit!!
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31MAR02 - Willimantic is a very interesting place....situated in an old Post Office building that was abandoned in 1967. They had 5 of their own biers on tap...and it was a good range...golden ale...IPA...stout... Their Veg IPA was top-notch! Also had 15 or so guest biers...mostly local micros, but also Victory Storm King and Golden Monkey! The woman behind the bar was very attentive and helpful. Had appetizers to chow, and they were pretty good. Will definitely stop by again if I'm in the area! Zum Wohl!!!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
03-31-2002 11:32:08 | More by Bierman9
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Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
95 out of 100 based on 100 user ratings.