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Willimantic Brewing Co.
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
967 Main St
phone: (860) 423-6777
AKA - Main Street Café
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 97 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Ahh Willibrew, god I love this place.I come here about two or three times a month.It's located in the old post office on Main St. They always have about 8 or so of their house brews on tap along with about 20 guest brews.The food is always good and the service is fantastic.The owner/brewer David Wollner is a genius, I never had a beer I didn't like in this place.His IPA's and Barleywines are top notch.He even helps out with the waitstaff from time to time and is never too busy to talk with a fellow beer lover.I long for the day the growler is passed in CT so others outside the area can have the priviledge of tasting his beautiful creations.
01-06-2005 18:22:23 |
More by cooperrip
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: 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 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
This place is awesome. Erica and I went here two weeks in a row, once on a Sunday afternoon and once on a Saturday night. Although the first visit was marred by me being a bit sick, the second visit more than made up for the first. The atmosphere here is great. As you may or may no know this place is located in the old post office building of Willimantic. Having a brewpub/restaurant in this big, ornate 1910 structure was just an awesome idea as the atmosphere is great with the long bar in the pub room, and the many nice tables in the restaurant section. Although the SUPER high celings are a bit distracting as noise carries very easily and there is almost a school cafeteria vibe going on. Never-the-less I like the atmosphere here. The selection and quality of brews is excellent. Between two trips there were 14 house-brewed beers on-tap as well as 20+ other New England micros with a good spread from all of the NE states (CT, NH, MA, ME, VT, no RI brews though ;-). The quality of all of the beers sampled was excellent. I got a 5 beer sampler (with 5 5 oz glasses of brew for $4.75) both times I was here, and several glasses as well. Between both visits I tried 8 brews. Of these 8 I would say that 2 we're good, but not great, 1 was very good, 1 was very strange, but awesome, and the other 4 were just amazingly well crafted and world-class. Some of the best beers that I have ever had, were had on-tap here. Service was very good both times with quick service, and polite manners. On the second visit I thought our waiters did an excellent job. The food here is 5 star quality as well. The biggest/best? nachos we have ever had were had here, and the ale-onion soup I had was one of the best i've had as well. All in all this is an awesome, cool-looking place with excellent service, selection, quality, and food. Although it is so out of the way for me I may never be back, I urge all beer and food lovers to at least make the pilgrimage out here once. This is probably the best brewpub in CT, and perhaps the best in all of New England. Oh, and say hi for the frog bridge for me too!
03-13-2005 18:29:21 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was in Stamford, CT for a friends birthday party. Willimantic is about a two hour drive from Stamford and we had already been in the car for eight hours. I had looked at BA for a nice place to go out on a Friday and at the advice of Venom decided to make the extra trip. Boy was I glad we did. After twisting and turning through back roads, passing a sign that read school bus stop/cow crossing, and thoughts that we had completely left civilization, we finally arrived at the converted stone post office that is the Main Street Café. The building itself is impressive and makes for great ambiance while dining and enjoying a pint.
We arrived at 9:56- 4 minutes before the kitchen closed. We were instantly seated and no one gave us a hard time about ordering food so close to the kitchen closing. The server was knowledgeable of the beers (and even a bit of the ingredients and brewing process). I had a burger and a bowl of crab chowder. Great chowder. An average burger, but toped with grilled portabella mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Very nice. My wife went for the NY strip. When it arrived, after a nice salad, all the driving seemed to melt away from her. It was cooked to perfection and a marvelous cut of meat. Everything we had was great, and the other meals we saw looked equally delicious. Price was affordable and much better than Stamford in price and taste.
But the real reason why we came was the beer. The beer list had a wide selection of house brews (complete with tapped dates and future releases) and a great regional selection and world brews on tap as well. A well priced sampler of five beers was available. Highlights of their brews included the Most Wanted IPA (the other house IPAs listed were sold out) and AmBEERlicious (an amber ale made for a special brewing event). I also enjoyed a young barleywine, the 2005 Willi Whammer. All the others that I sampled were at the very least average to above average- which is much more than I can say for many brew pubs I have been to. I also loved the Thomas Hooker barleywine and Munich Lager- one of the best and most interesting lagers I have tasted to date. The Southern Tier IPA was also enjoyable in a lemonhead candy kind of way. My wife enjoyed the samplers as well and ended the evening with a Lindemans Framboise also on tap. I wish I could have gone back on Sunday. They have a movie theatre screen set up in the dining room and were going to show The Bad News Bears. Sounded fun.
Great ambiance, great food, a wide selection of great beers What more could you want? If you are in the NE area you will not be disappointed with a stop at the Main Street Café. Well worth the two hour drive.
06-29-2005 16:42:24 |
More by sacfly
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Checked this place out on my way to Mass. I sat at the long bar instead on the main dining room. I had their BLT which was perfect (crisp lettuce, great beacon, and nicely toasted bread). I also enjoyed 3 beers with the BLT and the brews were so good I couldn't get them fast enough. Finally, it sinks in that Ct. needs growlers. Still, one of the best detours for beer that I've ever made and better then Town Hall. While the resturant showcased the basic brewing equipment, the beer was fantastic! I loved the V.E.G. IPA. I need to go back.
01-07-2005 03:41:54 |
More by Starchild
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Willibrew for the first time yesterday and it was a fantastic experience. There were 18 of us meeting up so we called ahead and were able to secure a smallish room w/ 4 tables in the back corner, which ended up being the perfect size for our little beer geek gathering. The place was easy to find and easy to find our way around. Lots of parking, tables outside for the nice weather, high ceilings inside, and a beautiful, long bar. It got noisy at times in the pub area, but nothing too crazy for a saturday night. Located in the old post office building, it's a huge rectangle with a lot of open space in the dining area and the brew room is behind glass doors so folks can see the fermatation tanks and what not. We were actually lucky enough to grab Jake, the assistant brewer, and get a quick tour of the brewing area. Even though he was out serving food at the bar, he took a quick break to show us around.. he was friendly with our group and able to answer our tons of questions.
I don't think any of us had a beer that we did not like. Most of us stuck to the house brews. My personal fave was the india dark ale, but i really enjoyed the rye and the alt bier as well. They had a decent selection of their own brews on tap, and an impressive selection of guest brews and bottles. My only complaint would be that they did not have an updated tap list so our waitress had to constantly remind everybody about the 5 or 6 beers that they were out of and the other 4 that were not listed but were on tap. We ended up writing it all down on a napkin that we passed around the room when folks were about to order another beer.
The food selection was varied and reasonably priced. Good pub food. The sliders were yummy and the rare tuna steak i ordered was fresh and barely cooked, which is perfect and exactly what I asked for. Other folks ordered a bunch of different apps and meals and everything looked good.. I didn't hear anyone complaining.
Our waitress was awesome, especially since she had a few other tables out in the dining area to worry about besides our huge group. She did a great job keeping up with us, and she was friendly and knowledgeable to boot.
I love that they fill growlers.. I made sure to get a fill of the ida to bring home and will be enjoying that today!
It's about an hour drive from my house but well worth it. I'll definitely be going back.
06-01-2008 14:03:38 |
More by sarita
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
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