Black Back Pub and Flyshop | Waterbury, Vermont
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Black Back Pub and Flyshop
World Class based on 39 ratings
Type: Bar

1 stowe st
Waterbury, Vermont United States 05676 [ print map ]
802 505 5115

Hours: 4-late Sunday through Thursday 3- late Fri Sat

Mayor: jredmond (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 10

Black Back Pub and Flyshop

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Beer Available At Black Back Pub and Flyshop (arranged by most recent)
Brown’s Foley Taconic Double IPA , 14th Star Valor 61, Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA 100, Crop Oatmeal Milk Stout , Zero Gravity Berliner Weisse , Crop Idletyme Double IPA 93, Zero Gravity Conehead Wheat IPA 97, Crop Idletyme IPA 89, The Bruery Humulus Lager 99, Jack’s Abby Leisure Time Lager 77, 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
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39 reviews for Black Back Pub and Flyshop
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  88%
 Selection  86%
 Food  75%
 Value  76%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (202) Washington D.C., Washington DC | September 12, 2013
The best of the three beer bars I visited in Waterbury. Has the most character and the bartenders and regulars are much friendlier than Prohibition Pig, even if the selection is a little lower. Didn’t check the bottle list here though. They pour pints or half pints and give samples to taste before ordering. Cool decor here as well. Would recommend.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34  (457) Chicago, Illinois | August 11, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Johnsense  (71) , | August 4, 2013| Updated September 7, 2013
Been here s few times. A dozen or so taps with several hill farmstead and lawsons at any given time. Guest taps are always top quality. Mad Taco food is available here and always great. Space is far bigger than it was a couple years ago. Do yourself a favour and visit at least a few times.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl  (138) New York, New York | June 18, 2013
This place is smaller than practically anything we have in NYC, which is saying something. Hardly any room to move. Beer selection is fanastic, if you want to be drinking a lot of Hill, which you do, and Lawsons, which you maybe do, maybe don’t, depending on the dice roll that is that brewery. 5 or 6, you are drinking world class beer, 1 through 4 you are drinking lightly carbonated maple syrup. I like this place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke  (62) Portland, Maine | May 27, 2013
Stopped in here multiple times while staying in Stowe for the week. Great atmosphere with a friendly bar staff that is knowledgable and attentive. Great food from Mad Taco that is filling and perfect for sharing ! The draft list was top notch with some focus on VT brews but no shabby mainstream selections. Good music on the soundsystem and HFS stemware ! Wish this was my local bar because this place is chill and not pretentious !
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs  (333) Toronto, Ontario | May 5, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101  (228) Quebec | April 29, 2013
Small pub, nice ambiance. The guy who served us the beer know what he’s talking about. Decent selection, but they were out of Lawson’s when I went there. Didn’t try the food. Price were ok. Nice place. Worth the visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
ThirstyBird  (32) Düsseldorf, Germany | March 30, 2013| Updated July 28, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Pivoyager  (86) Gaithersburg, Maryland | February 13, 2013
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.

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