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Beer Available At Black Back Pub and Flyshop (arranged by most recent)
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, Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle #3 97, 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA 95
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.
puzzl (138) New York, New York | June 18, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Lukaduke (58) Portland, Maine | May 27, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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 !
jercraigs (303) 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.
tom10101 (172) Quebec | April 29, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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.
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.
SrSilligoose (251) 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.
AdamJackson (181) Enfield, New Hampshire | December 14, 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.
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.
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