United States > Vermont > Waterbury
Beer Available At Black Back Pub and Flyshop (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead Abner 100, Lawsons Finest Big Hapi Black IPA 98, Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle #3 95, 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA 95, Allagash Confluence Ale 98, Jack’s Abby / Lawson’s Finest Liquids Smoked Maple Lager 93, Rodenbach Grand Cru 99, Zero Gravity Spring Session , Lost Nation Gose 79, Grassroots Song of Spring Ale 93, Lawsons Finest Maple Nipple 50, Grassroots Legitimacy 100, Hill Farmstead What Is Enlightenment? 100, Lawson’s Finest Toast Black IPA 96, Hill Farmstead Harlan 99, Hill Farmstead Mary 98, Hill Farmstead Foster 99
Loineshawn (237) Massachusetts | 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 (153) Lyme, 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.
orangesol (94) 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.
Sammy (497) 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.
Huhzubendah (33) 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.
eriendeau22 (7) Taunton, Massachusetts | February 25, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Cool little spot in Waterbury VT. Can’t go wrong with a place that has Hill Farmstead beers on tap. Food was only ok. Had a pizza which was a little burnt. Easy going atmosphere.
Reynolds314 (26) Connecticut | February 20, 2012| Updated December 27, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Another cool stop in Waterbury. They had 12? taps of really well selected beer including 4 offers from Hill Farmstead and 2 from Lawsons. The sole employee that was there was very nice and ran the bar efficiently despite it being packed. Cool atmoshphere and nice place. Someone even came in to by some of the flys, which I thought was just a gimmik. Now serving delicious MAD TACO
Ernesto987 (89) Connecticut | February 19, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Greatplace and has Vermonts finest on tap. One of bartenders was a large obnoxious fat guy that threw stuff at customers. Really a vibe kill.
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.
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