United States > Vermont > Waterbury
Beer Available At Black Back Pub and Flyshop (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead What Is Enlightenment? 100, Lawson’s Finest Toast Black IPA 95, Hill Farmstead Harlan 99, 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA 95, Hill Farmstead Mary 99, Hill Farmstead Foster 99, Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5 100, Hill Farmstead/Kissmeyer Holger Danske 99, Hill Farmstead James 99, Freigeist Abraxxxas 94, Lawsons Finest Hopzilla Double IPA 99, Lawson’s Finest Hunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale , Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4 99, Lawsons Finest Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 98, Mikkeller Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills 95
Rastacouere (606) Montreal, Quebec | November 3, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
We had an extraordinary evening in this tiny basement pub that, before expanding, used to sit barely 10 people. We came in around 9 pm with our 2 months baby and left past midnight, having gone through the whole 10 or so beers on tap. Every one of these were interesting. The reasonable servings may come across as a bit expensive at $6-7 for a glass, but it makes sense when you want to try everything. Superb large chalices used for Saison. Excellent connections with the outstanding Hill Farmstead ales. Almost a perfect experience, the owner throwing Monty Python’s quotes to a conquered crowd of locals, the baby sleeping all throughout, the beers being stunning. We did not even cross the street to go to the Alchemist and that would have been heresy not so long ago.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 11, 2010| Updated March 31, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This tiny bar has as many stools as it has taps. Neat, eh? The bartender/owner is absolutely passionate and is willing to let you try anything you’re interested in, as well as discussing the intricacies of all styles being served, places he’s been to, etc. Knowledgeable, friendly, never arrogant. Perfect service for a craft beer bar, imho. He always has quite a few Hill Farmstead brews, which is an obvious draw for me since Shaun’s brews are world-class AND hard to find. Same goes for Lawson’s Finest. Other taps were filled with hoppy goodies, strong ales and a few quenchers (Stoudt’s amazing Kölsch, for example). A room at the Old Stagecoach Inn a few steps away is a must, needless to say...
Sammy (462) Toronto, Ontario | August 16, 2012| Updated March 31, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Exceptional place to have a beer. Smallish in size, but big in quality, with top notch HF and Lawson Liquid offerings. People were friendly and relaxed, its a go-to place for knowledgeable beer drinkers from the region and from Montreal. Knowledgeable includes staff.
j12601 (262) Poughkeepsie, New York | October 29, 2012| Updated March 31, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Watch your step when you walk in. Seriously, it’s on the door I read it, and still nearly bit it. As did others on the way in. Anyhow, I came up here with Max on our way to Hill Farmstead for the weekend. Came in the early afternoon on a Friday and while it was not crowded, as the bar is not overly large and probably sits maybe 8-10 people comfortably. The taps here are great, nice variety of Hill Farmstead, Lawson’s, and a good amount of other tougher to come by offerings from the rest of the world. Must have been 5-6 Hill beers on tap, and 3-4 Lawson’s. Worth coming in just for that, and the rest of the tap list certainly didn’t hurt. There’s not a food menu, but they have cheese plates, and pizzas. We went with a pizza (and then we went with one more). Not what I would expect from a pizza, the crust was something more of a flaky bread thing, and the whole thing came across a little bit like an upstate NY tomato pie with cheese on it than pizza, but it was quite good and I know I’ll get one the next time I’m here as well. This place plus Prohibition Pig have me wanting to take a weekend trip to Waterbury just to sit around their bars all weekend long. Absolutely worth a visit, and probably worth a multi-hour drive just to make that visit.
jercraigs (234) Toronto, Ontario | May 5, 2013| Updated March 31, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
2013-04-26. Pretty small, but actually a bit bigger than I had pictured based on descriptions elsewhere. We went twice while in Waterbury. Quick drinks Friday night, when it was PACKED. We were lucky to get seats at the bar when we did. Enjoyed some Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest on tap. Lunch the next day was pretty quiet with only a handful of other people there. Had a Citizen Cider and Zero Gravity today which impressed less than those last night but were new to us. I tried the carnitas and chicken tacos which were excellent, but simpler than what I was expecting. I think I probably just havent had "real" tacos before. Would definitely come back.
lushawn (227) Massachusetts | February 10, 2013| Updated March 31, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
awesome place. mad taco tacoes are a little too good. whole bunch of hill farmstead brews on tap. some lawson’s as well. nice building. laid back joint. tight place.
adamjackson (112) Canaan, New Hampshire | December 14, 2012| Updated March 31, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is an awesome shop. Cantillon Kriek on tap and a great selection of local beers. It feels like a pub and you almost always make friends.
AirForceHops (77) Epping, New Hampshire | May 7, 2011| Updated March 31, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Small bar just a short walk from the Alchemist. The staff is knowledgeable of the brews. Very friendly and talkative. A small menu of Panini’s and cheese trays but who cares, your going for the beer! A very nice selection for the size of the place. The owner is also a connoisseur of whiskey as well. Well worth a stop if you are in town.
Stine (74) Minneapolis, Minnesota | August 9, 2011| Updated March 31, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A very cool hole in the wall bar with excellent selection and a beer-passionate owner who can keep up with geek speak. Fantastic array of Vermont microbrews that the bartender said was soon expanding. In a state seemingly filled with quality-over-quantity operations, this one puts itself right near the top.
orangesol (73) Pennsylvania | October 23, 2012| Updated March 31, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped in here after my dinner at the Pig. Atmosphere was nice, it is not the biggest place in the world but I easily got a seat at the bar and was greeted by a very nice bartender. She ran me through the tap list and offered a few thoughts on some of the ones I had not tried yet which was awesome. They had a bunch of Hill Farmsteads on as well as a few Lawson’s so I stuck with those. I went with the HF Simcoe single hop and the Lawson’s Hunger Mountain 40th and they were both excellent and sever in the correct glasses.
My food score is not indicative of how it tasted, rather how much they offer. Food was sparse upon my visit but I hear they are upgrading the kitchen very soon so I look forward to seeing what they come up with in the future. I got the cheese plate and it was very good and totally worth the money. Overall a really awesome beer bar that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.
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