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Beer Available At Black Back Pub and Flyshop (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead Mary 99, Grassroots Legitimacy 100, Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1 99, Frost Beer Works Another IPA 85, Hill Farmstead Excursions #1 99, Hill Farmstead Excursions #3 97, Hill Farmstead Harlan 99, Brown’s Foley Taconic Double IPA , 14th Star Valor Ale 77, Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA 100, Crop Oatmeal Milk Stout
nate2g (1046) Boomtown!, Australia | May 14, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Yet another great pub in Waterbury. Like elsewhere expect to find an impressive range of VT beer on tap and in bottle/cans. It’s a nice and relaxed ambiance and the owner introduced himself and chatted away to make you feel even more at home here. Unfortunately I did not have time to stay for a meal but I’ve heard the food is very good. Next time! Another must visit when in town.
Rastacouere (664) 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.
Sammy (611) 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.
bytemesis (585) Sunnyvale, California | May 21, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Literally across the street and a couple doors down from Prohibition Pig. Silly not to stop there. Pretty good taplist with a mix of locals and international fare. Seem to have a think for Denmark, with taps from Mikkeller and Amager. Space is pretty small and oddly divided, but the place was not busy on a Wednesday evening. Service was very friendly. Beers were served in HF stemware, which was kind of cool. They do serve food, but we did not try anything.
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...
jrallen34 (485) Chicago, Illinois | August 11, 2013| Updated July 10, 2015
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
jercraigs (409) 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.
swoopjones (312) 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.
jredmond (268) New York, New York | July 11, 2014| Updated July 2, 2015
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Stopped in a few times over July 4th weekend 2014 with Vinny and Keith. What a cool little pub. Two small rooms are divided by the bar space with limited tables elsewhere (3-4 tables). Chalk boards line the perimeter which detail the draft and bottle menus. Expect Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper (draft and cans), Lawsons, Jacks Abbey on draft and probably some lambic / gueuze available in bottles. Super friendly bartenders and the owner is cool as heck. Sad to hear that their relationship with Mad Taco had ended shortly before our visit, but will make sure to try their own kitchen next time.
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