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The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
23 S Main St
phone: (802) 244-7744
// CLOSED //
The brewpub at 23 S Main St has closed permanently. All beers are now brewed at the cannery, now called "The Alchemist."
(Place added by: scottum)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 108
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Final stop in the Hill Farmstead, Warren Store (Lawsons), and Alchemist trip, and definitely a great way to end it. Aside from waiting much longer than initially quoted (we think they forgot about us), the rest of the experience was excellent.
The atmosphere was way cool, with tons of interesting local artwork surrounding the place, cool lighting, and cool color scheme.
The overall quality of everything was excellent. The waitstaff was pretty knowledgeable of specials and the origin of where all of the local ingredients came from. Everything on the menu is sourced from local farms so its as fresh as you could possibly ask for.
The beer selection was great, covering most bases you may want including a wild, several reds, an ipa, pale, wit, and a porter. Aside from the much anticipated hoppy brews, the Petit Mutant was phenomenal, and a much appreciated surprise. The food menu was fairly simple, but what we ordered was excellent. The burger on foccacia with spicy ketchup was cooked perfectly (with local beef), and my girlfriend got the pulled pork sandwich which was also very nice, tender and spicy.
To top it all off, most pints were $4, which you cant beat. The only one that topped that was the Petit @ $5, which i didnt argue about at all.
Overall the experience was great, and couldnt have asked for much more. Great job guys!
04-30-2011 19:16:00 |
More by Kkottonmouthkngz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to The Alchemist three times and have thoroughly enjoyed every experience. The bartenders are friendly, funny, knowledgeable, and sometimes run for political office :)
The food is excellent for a brewpub, with lots of local, organic flavor in every dish. I highly recommend whatever the daily special is, because I've had great luck with them.
While John has become famous for Heady Topper, his overall beer portfolio is very good, with faves like Farmer's Daughter Saison, Petit Mutant (an American wild ale with cherries) and Holy Cow IPA keeping me satisfied. Lots of solid, safe options for noobs, but always one high-end offering for the geeks, which is a great model.
Overall, it's the people that make this place great. Locals and tourists who come here are chill, smart, friendly, and make the experience memorable. There's often a wait for a dinner table, but you've got great beer to drink while waiting, so there's no hassle. Can't wait for Heady Topper in cans - a brilliant business move in my opinion.
04-30-2011 02:13:12 |
More by ElGallo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
What a treat. Decided to take a day trip to Waterbury to visit the pub and taste the glory of Heady Topper. It was well worth it. And on top of that, I got to try the also-brilliant Beelzebub and a very tasty cask-conditioned Farmer's Daughter Saison. What an exceptional selection of beers. In addition to the awesome beer there was some really delicious food. Pretzel fondue that was devoured in seconds by the table. Then of course I had my customary burger, which was amazing. My second favorite brew-pub burger, second only to the Deschutes Elk burger. The pub is in a cute little building on the main drag in the tiny Waterbury town center. We arrived about 10 minutes before open, only to find a line was forming outside, which was surprising to see (but less so when you consider the HT was tapped just a few days before and was very fresh). Heading inside we found the building to be pretty darn cool inside. A pool table is present in one corner. The pub filled up within 15 minutes, and every table was taken within 5. Skiers from nearby mountains were coming in, still partially decked out in their gear. Service was good, and the server was friendly. Overall one of the best brewery restaurants around, and a real can't miss.
04-25-2011 15:39:56 |
More by greenmonstah
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited here as part of recent ski trip. Truth be told, the ski trip was partly built around the greater Waterbury beer scene!
Was very impressed with all aspects of The Alchemist, but first and foremost with the beer. All of the sampled styles were well executed. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic bartender was a wonderful guide to the beers (as well as the food).
As a hophead I was more than impressed that there were 3 different IPAs available. Holy Cow, the closest to a session beer of the 3, was my favorite. The others, Focal Banger and Heady Topper were close behind but didn't have the aggressive floral nose of the Holy Cow. That said, I eagerly await the arrival of the HT in cans.
As one hopes and often expects with a good brewpub the food was excellent. The sausage plate, the pickle plate, and a roasted red pepper soup were standouts.
I do want to comment on the decor: It was refreshing to be in a place that is tv-free. Instead there is a large selection of works by local artists on display.
03-29-2011 16:20:01 |
More by hoponit
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Ate dinner and had some beers here on Saturday night, March 26.
We planned on eating dinner at the Alchemist because I really wanted to try Heady Topper. Upon arriving at seven pm we checked in with the hostess who told us it would be an hour and a half for a table. While longer than we wanted to wait, it is a small place, and very busy, so we put our name on the list and took a spot at the bar.
The beer list was around eight or nine beers deep that night. We tried all but two (the porter and the light) and each was exceptional. The breadth of the brewer's ability is ridiculous, from a world class IPA to a world class Wit to a world class Saison. He even had a sour made with local cherries that was incredible. Not something you see at the average brewpub.
The food was great, and alot of it was local. Our table was ready at 8:25, an hour and twenty five minutes. Apparently the hostess really knows her restaurant.
The service was tremendous, very knowledgeable, and almost excited to serve the beer. The beers were almost all $4 for a 12oz pour, which is incredibly reasonable for a pub with such a reputation.
The decor is pretty crazy, but really cool. Just a great experience all around.
03-28-2011 20:12:16 |
More by gtn80
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by yesterday (after hitting up Hill Farmstead). It was about 5pm and the place was already jam packed but by being at the right place at the right time we were able to snag 2 bar seats.
The bartenders were very friendly and prompt, the atmosphere is great, good music placing constantly and of course the beer was delicious.
I found the prices to be very reasonable, the beer wasn't more than $5 for whatever you got (even cask) and the food was good and on the cheaper side as well. If you're in the area, definitely make a stop, it's worth it.
03-27-2011 14:36:57 |
More by mavbrew
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Dropped in on an early Friday afternoon on a recent trip to Vermont. The place was already starting to get busy, but luckily we snagged a couple of seats at the bar.
Dark, high-ceilinged place. Fairly good number of tables aside from bar-seating, with a pool table near the back. Very nice spot. Ten of their beers on tap, 5 that are staples, and 5 that rotate. I had the Sterk Wit, Revitilization Rye, and the acclaimed Heady Topper. All were excellent. My wife and I split an order of frites and a sandwich, which were both very tasty.
Our bartender was friendly and prompt, without being especially engaging. He seemed to have more of a rapport with the regulars, but I guess that's to be expected. I probably just got a bit spoiled with the friendliness of the guys at the Three Penny in Montpelier.
Either way, a great spot with fantastic beers and tasty food. Definitely a must-stop if you're in the area.
03-17-2011 17:35:46 |
More by berley31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had been looking forward to visiting this place for a long time, and a weekend ski trip to Sugarbush finally put me in the area.
Came in around 5 on a Friday afternoon and the place was already buzzing. Tables were full, bar seats were occupied, but there were a few spots on the rail that ran parallel to the bar. Mix of locals, skiers, hippies, and some middle-aged beer tourists like me. Great vibe.
Didn't take long for one of the 'keeps to spot my thirsty wife and I. Fortunately, my visit coincided with the much-hyped Heady Topper being available, and it didn't disappoint. IMO, it belongs in the same league as world-class DIPA's like Pliny the Elder and FFF Dreadnaught. Amazing beer. My wife is a marginal craft drinker and even she thought it was amazing. Also had a solid porter and their "regular" IPA which is terrific in its own right.
Managed to snag a few seats at the bar in a few minutes after arriving. Amazed with the friendliness & high level of service from the staff...or maybe I've just gotten too used to the shitty service at Boston-area beer bars?
We split a few pizzettes and brushetta - top notch and obviously used fresh ingredients. Pricing for everything was very reasonable...all beers were $4, food was comparable to other places in the Valley.
I really can't level enough compliments on this place. A destination in itself for any beer lover in the northeast.
03-07-2011 01:33:22 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
We were very excited to make this our first stop in Vermont. we have long looked forward to our visit here.
We arrived promptly at the 4om opening and got three seats at the end of the ling spacious bar. There was a good sized dining room to the left of the bar. Good thing we got here early as by 6pm the place was jam packed. The vibe was very nice except for the one very drunk couple who took up residence next to and behind us toward the end. The staff was very friendly and made us comfortable from the get go.
There were about 9 beers on tap on our visit. Regrettably, Heady Topper was not one of them. But the Crusher was a nice consolation prize, as were Pappy's Porter and Secret Stash. We tried samplers of everything else, without a dud in the bunch.
Food was very nice. We enjoyed a nice local cheese plate and an andouille panini that was quite good. Looking forward to our next visit.
02-21-2011 15:12:41 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I was fortunate enough to visit the Alchemist during a trip for Valentine's Day weekend with my girlfriend, so we made it there twice during that weekend. I found myself saying "Damn, I wish we had a place like this locally!" more than once.
Standing outside of the Alchemist, you can already get a feel for how cool it is. Their logo sits in the window, with what seems to be a hand painted fermentation tank behind it, a British pub inspired sign hangs above the door, and an ice sculpture of the Heady Topper logo is acting as the bouncer out front.
Inside, it was a bit crowded but not so much as to be a detriment. Can you really blame a lot of people from going to the Alchemist? I can't. You can sit at the bar or wait a good deal of time for a table, or do what we did and put your name in for a table and drink the time away at the bar. There is art from local artists all over the walls and it is all very interesting to look at. There are sculptures of all kinds around too. I particularly loved this big glass piece, that might've been a light of some kind, that looked like a group of mushrooms.
At times I felt I had stumbled down the rabbit hole and ended up in Wonderland.
The music is fairly low and just seemed to be beats. My girlfriend didn't like that but I kind of did. It seemed to be less intrusive into your conversations than music would've been and still provided the effect of dampening out the noise of the bar.
The place is fairly dimly lit and the reddish brown walls add to that effect. I really liked it. I mean, who wants a brightly lit bar? Not me.
The service is also quite good. The bartenders are quite attentive despite how busy they were. They also had no issue remembering my name once we started a tab. They also receive extra points because they seemed quite proud of the beer they were pouring. Once we were sitting, it was a little slow... but that was fine by me. It gave you plenty of time to sit and enjoy your meal and beer and not feel rushed. The hostess was also very nice.
For selection, I'm not going to judge this against other beer bars since its a brew pub and so they just have what they have. They did hit a good number of different styles with their menu and that's to be applauded. Their menu is also quite good. You can check out their menu online, but it hits the basic bar food needs and also is a bit creative in places.
The food was very good. I had a side of fries while waiting at the bar and they have a unique taste to them that I really enjoyed. Once we were sitting, I had a special for the night, which was a beef tenderloin and a loaded baked potato. My girlfriend got sweet potato fries and a salad of some kind. We both loved our food. Its making me hungry just thinking about it. My recommendation is to go with the sweet potato fries... they are so much better than the regular fries!
As for the beer, what else can you say? Amazing! I had at least a sample of everything on the menu and pints of 7 of the beers. Each one is a great example of the style. Heady Topper was being poured but not listed on the menu and you should've seen how excited the bartender was when I asked for it. The Imperial Stout is amazing, the porters were both incredible (especially Pappy's Secret Stash... its unfair this isn't bottled or canned), the saisons were solid. Everything was great. It was great to see that a place's beer lived up and exceeded the hype. The Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup awards hanging behind the bar were all well deserved!
Really, what more can you ask for than that? World class beer with excellent food and a cool atmosphere? The Alchemist is an amazing place and locals who get to come here at will do not know how lucky they are. As someone who one day hopes to open a brew pub, this is pretty much exactly what I've always dreamed of opening. This place is great and I highly recommend it. If you live locally, what are you waiting for? If you dont, it is definitely worth a trip. I wish I had a week to spend drinking at the Alchemist! Cheers!
02-15-2011 13:38:26 |
More by SkunkWorks
The Alchemist Pub & Brewery in Waterbury, VT
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