United States > Vermont > Waterbury
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | October 16, 2005| Updated August 4, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Looking like nothing from the outside, but actually extremely comfortable, yet calm and friendly from the inside. All the beer are top quality, and that includes the light even more than the red. WIll come back yearly probably and Iím looking forward to trying their various experimentals. Nice service too and cheap prices.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 10, 2005| Updated December 25, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great little bar/restaurant in downtown Waterbury (main street anyway), where John Kimmich brews some of the most solid and flavorful beers in the New England brewpub scene. I mean, even the Light Weight (american light beer with plenty of pils malt) is good. Outstanding quality all the way through, with one masterpiece, Heady Topper, their double IPA. The salad I had was full of carefully chosen ingredients, and the sweet potato fries were absolutely delicious. The bartender was very friendly and quite beer savvy, promoting the best beers with enthusiasm, which is great to see. Overall, a fantastic brewpub experience.
JoeMcPhee (501) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 21, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a small, but attractive place on a short downtown stretch of Waterbury. The room is sort of divided into three areas, a short bar area that is separated from the dining area by a short 3-4í divider. At the back of the room is a games area with a pool table and a few arcade/pinball machines. High ceilings and local artistís work covering the walls. My only complaint is the acoustics of the place which make it extremely loud, even when there arenít all that many people there.
They had a good selection of beers with a small regular lineup of about five and a few seasonals as well. The beers were all very high quality with the IPAs being (unsurprisingly) the standouts. Intensely hoppy, aromatic and dry... just like I like them.
The food was also very high quality. A pretty broad selection. The menu is pretty diverse with something for everyone. There is a nice selection of very tasty burgers and 3-4 different salads as well. I had a sausage platter that was awesome. A house smoked
Sammy (497) Toronto, Ontario | November 9, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I was given a special tour and time with the owner ond brewmaster John. The location is about 25 minutes due south from Burlington, accessible also by ferry from New York State North section. Georgious area, as is the state. Came here before the snow crowd and after the summer crowd. John is formerly a bremaster at Vermont Pub among other things. Being the neighborhood bar, he has devekloped a community clientale. He does his own thing and thatís good, with refreshing clearn beers. The wild ale was worth the 8.5 hour trip from Toronto. The porter, stout, Belgians were excellent. All out of his special (double?) IPA. You want a sweet beverage, he has got local craft soda. Pleasing appearance, god size, local artwork with a studio planned for upstairs.
Lubiere (442) Ottawa, Ontario | March 5, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm...I never rated this place? Then here we go. This is my fourth visit (Jan 11 2010). This place is always packed so arrive early or reserve if you come during the dinner rush hour. Food is always first class, simple yet good, locavore fare. Beers are outstanding, with a true artist brewer behind them!
notalush (308) Denver, Colorado | August 5, 2007
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This is a great place! - classy, wood and tile interior, yet comfortable and unpretentious - about 8 beers on tap when I was here - 3 IPAs on at once was a bit of overkill, but the other beers were varied enough to make things interesting - all the beers were exceptional - the menu is quite creative, with lots of interesting choices for vegetarians as well as carnivores (their sweet potato fries are some of the best Iíve ever had) - the staff is friendly and knowledgeable - as far as brewpubs go, this is one of the best Iíve ever been to - if these guys donít get the same popularity and reputation of Southampton then there is no justice in this world.
LilBeerDoctor (293) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | May 14, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A great small brewpub in the small town of Waterbury. Stopped by on a Wednesday night and it was rather crowded, although we still managed to find 2 seats at the bar. Everyone knows that Alchemistís beer is awesome - their IPAs and porter were particularly excellent, but all the beers I tried there were great. Also split a sausage plate which was very good. Definitely worth a stop, I canít wait to go back when I get a chance.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | September 22, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Came to The Alchemist en route to Hill Farmstead for the 5th BWBD. Arrived in the mid afternoon on a Friday and there was a decent crowd already. With a few of them being other RB people I was meeting up with later, but they were on their way out. Went through all of the beers on tap as the small pour samples they sell, since they donít have a sampler. Itís actually kind of nice that they donít as you are limited to three samples at a time, which means that unlike places with huge 8 or more samplers, youíre not letting most of your beers sit while you work through them. There is a disclaimer on the menu asking you not to review their beers off of small servings I think, so I took notes on my phone instead of my notebook. The beers were fantastic. Really solid stuff that made me a bit sad that they donít offer growler fills and donít bottle. But itís certainly worth a stop, and probably even worth a trip. Also went with the house pickles which Iíd heard raved about, and a pizza. Pizza was great, pickles were good, but I wasnít blown away. I have a feeling Iíll be trying to figure ways to include this place as a stop on more trips in the future.
Nate (264) Indiana, Pennsylvania | May 10, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Definitely a great place to stop if youíre anywhere near. Tonight we were going to hit the Flatbread place in Burlington, but when told there was an hour long wait, we decided to drive the 25 minutes south and try out the Alchemist. Worth the drive!
You canít go wrong when thereís a Steelers pennant above the bar! Food was very nice, those dry rubbed fries with homemade garlic mayo kicked. Had the reuben panini and my wife a pizza. Delicious. All the beers were very good, and I particularly enjoyed the Tweiss and Pappyís Porter. The others were just as quality, and I was really surprised to find such as place in this small town. Took home a t-shirt, which I never do. Only wish I could take home some bottles.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 9, 2004| Updated December 6, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
(Early 2004) see my description above. Try the fries -- served Belgian-style in a conical glass, and the homemade pickles. Very new, Iíd expect lots of changes over the next few months, but what Iíve seen so far Iíve really liked. Apart from the hopped-up porter mentioned above (El Jefe), their regular, sweeter porter and rye stand out. Really great service. (Oct 2004): New beers continue to stand out, with an absolutely phenomenal black beer just out. Iím bumping up the rating a bit; a must if youíre anywhere in N Vermont. (Dec 2006): this place continues to improve: they got a liquor license a couple of years ago and have a nice little single malt and bourbon selection; John continues to experiment with (mostly) success with wild yeasts, usually having 1-2 "wild ales" on; and the IPAís heís been doing have been absolutely phenomenal. Tied with American Flatbread as the #1 beer destination in Vermont at the moment, an absolute must.
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