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Beer Available At Black Back Pub and Flyshop (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead George 98, Früh Kölsch 40, Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops IPA 97, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 97, Hill Farmstead/Kissmeyer Holger Danske 99, Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols 100, Allagash Confluence Ale 98, Zero Gravity Gose the Destroyer 48, Zero Gravity Narconaut 91, Hill Farmstead Abner 100, Lawson’s Finest Big Hapi Black IPA 98, Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle #3 97, 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA 96, Jack’s Abby / Lawson’s Finest Liquids Smoked Maple Lager 93, Rodenbach Grand Cru 99, Zero Gravity Spring Session , Lost Nation Gose 83, Grassroots Song of Spring Ale 93, Lawson’s Finest Maple Nipple 50, Grassroots Legitimacy 100
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Rastacouere (651) 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 (517) Toronto, Ontario | August 16, 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.
jrallen34 (377) Chicago, Illinois | August 11, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I hit this up late Friday so my visit is a bit skewed. As we walked in the bar tender ran off 6 beers that were all out, and the only reason that I was there. The rest of the list wasn’t anything I needed to try. I would have like to see some solid kegs on back up, I need to come back when they have a full line up and spend a few hours there. From the atmosphere I would have liked to stay and drink there over a Pro Pig.
swoopjones (296) Buffalo, New York | December 22, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
sort of divey, amazing draft list (6-7 Hill farmsteads, Dieu de ciel, zero gravity to name a few) bartender rocked. very comfortable, zero uppityness. Great palce to hang out & drink amazing beer
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | October 29, 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 (259) Toronto, Ontario | May 5, 2013
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.
SrSilligoose (250) pouring bus, New Brunswick | February 10, 2013
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.
TaktikMTL (241) Montréal-Nord, Quebec | March 14, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Établissement visité le vendredi 28 février vers 20h00. Ambiance: Petit pub situé dans un demi sous-sol. L’endroit était plein, une chance qu’ils ont doublé la superficie car j’ose pas imaginé ce que ça devait être avant. Service: Comme l’endroit était plein on devait aller se faire servir au bar donc service rapide et impersonnel. Sélection: Autour d’une vingtaine de bière en fût. Américaine et européenne. Nourriture: Rien mangé mais semble avoir un menu de taco intéressant. (234e rating d’établissement)
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
We watched game 5 of the cup finals here. The owner is a Chicago native that moved out here and now owns this place. Their kitchen is really bizarre. On one hand, it looks like they are putting out microwave food. But on the other hand, the food is really good and seems to be freshly made. Where, I don’t know. Anyway, the beer is really solid and well curated. Hill, other locals and some not so locals. We seemed to be there on a bit of a slow day as they tapped cooler stuff after we left. That being said, I’m not complaining about any of the beers. Great place.
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