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Beer Available At Black Back Pub and Flyshop (arranged by most recent)
Zero Gravity Conehead Wheat IPA 96, Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA 99, Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale 95, Hill Farmstead Everett 100, Alchemist Heady Topper 100, Hill Farmstead George 98, Siren / Cigar City / Grassroots Neither 98, Hill Farmstead Mary 99, Rodenbach Grand Cru 99, Hill Farmstead Edward 100, Früh Kölsch 39, Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops IPA 97, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 98, Hill Farmstead / Kissmeyer Holger Danske 99, Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols 99, 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
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mariano42 (7) St. Johnsbury, Vermont | May 5, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is a small beer bar. There is no bad beer, no average beer, no switchback sam adams long trail or the like. They had Allagash Curieux Dogfishead Immort Aventinus Hill Farmstead Edward IPA the new Vermont brewery from Greensboro VT Sierra’s Fritz and Ken Anniversary Stout Stoudt’s Karnival Kolsch Stone IPA and other awesome beers on tap. The place is small but is loaded with cool atmosphere, old stone foundation walls and old ceiling beams. The owner bartends and guides flyfishermen on the side. The food is charcuterie and Vermont cheeses, he does an outstanding ripe camembert and prosciutto sandwich on local bread. Great little beer bar with wonderful atmosphere
Pivoyager (83) Gaithersburg, Maryland | February 13, 2013
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
The Blackback Pub and Flyshop is one of several excellent venues along the Main Street of Waterbury – see my review for Prohibition Pig, which is across the street. The décor is that your grandfather’s country lodge: heather green walls and vey heavy on the fishing paraphernalia, which is scattered throughout this small bar. What I liked was the availability of several Farmstead beers; this in itself makes for a worthy trip. The service was friendly and efficient. No food is served, but then you’ll probably pig out at the aforementioned Prohibition Pig prior to your visit here.
A leisurely quaff at the Blackback Pub brings to mind an old, and appropriate, adage:
“Give a Man a fish and he’ll eat for the day; teach him to fish and he’ll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.” Wise.
orangesol (157) Pennsylvania | October 23, 2012| Updated August 12, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
ThirstyBird (27) Düsseldorf, Germany | March 30, 2013| Updated July 28, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
They had 17 beer on tap and one on cask the last time I visited. They have expanded since my last visit a couple of years ago and it is helpful in finding room to settle in to try all the tasty brew. Friendly service and friendly folks drinking on all sides of me. I ordered a couple of very tasty tacos - chatted with the cook who was a cool guy. Overall a really fun experience on a Sunday afternoon.
jredmond (199) Manhattan, New York | July 11, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
mcox90 (48) Wilton, New Hampshire | April 24, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I had read about this place and it’s amazing tap list in this forum so I had to check it out while I was in town. It’s right across the street, diagonally, from the Alchemist. It’s in the basement of an old downtown building so the walls are all stone and brick. The bar is made from bamboo flooring according to the owner/barkeep. The place is tiny. About 12 or so stools. Thats it. The beer was impressive. Several Hill Farmstead selections, Allagash and Petrus. No Bud Light here.The owner was friendly and obviously knew his beer.
SrSilliGose (252) 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.
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.
Huhzubendah (34) Washington DC | July 26, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped here on my recent trip to Vermont. I’m so glad I did.
Available on draft were pretty much all the beers on my Vermont beer wish list. Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, and nine Hill Farmstead brews, including Abner, Society and Solitude #3 and #4, Everett, Florence, Edward, What is Enlightenment?, and Harlan. Wow.
Service was excellent, as was the vibe. A small, cozy place with only a few regulars chatting and watching the Red Sox game. The bartender offered half pours, allowing me the opportunity to enjoy a few more rounds.
Overall, this was a fabulous little place. I will absolutely return here first on my next trip to the lovely state of Vermont.
VTHopHead (67) Barre, Vermont | June 9, 2010| Updated March 12, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Updated 2011 - I usually can only get to this place on the weekends, but it is usually packed when I go. Not that big of a place, but the atmosphere and the beer are excellent.
Ricky has not been open that long, but his place has already begun to develop a reputation among local craft beeries and craft beer seeking tourist as a very worthwhile place to find. Though small, his selection is always top notch. I stop in whenever I get a chance, just to see if he has anything new.
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