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Beer Available At Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Willimantic Scarlet Letter Red , Willimantic Just Stout , Willimantic Snow Wheat Ale , Willimantic Rail Mail Rye 91, Willimantic Eclipse In the Night , Willimantic Winterfest , Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) 100, Back East Porter 47, Willimantic Poor Richardís Olde Ale , Willimantic E-Mail IPA 86, Sierra Nevada Porter 95, Otter Creek Kind Ryed IPA 96, Long Trail Limbo IPA 97, Back East Winterfest Ale , Two Roads Route of All Evil 78, Willimantic Return to Sender , Willimantic Simply Citra Pale , Smuttynose Short Batch #21 Straw-Barb Short Weisse 64, Willimantic 3/4 Nelson IPA , Southern Tier Warlock 97
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Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | August 26, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
What a great building for a brewpub! The bar is massive, and the building is so large that the restaurant portion feels separate. They had more than ten of their own brews on, and then a dozen or so from other regionals. Food was good. Wow, I could live here and make this place my local very easily.
DiarmaidBHK (716) Pennsylvania | April 19, 2011| Updated August 8, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Located in an old post office and yet feels surprisingly intimate. They have 10 different things on tap of their own stuff plus 12+ guest taps. The ubiquitous pizza was flavorful and properly cooked. The bar staff was professional and attentive. They had a lot of IPAís on tap some great others not so much. Still well worth the trip.
Braudog (697) Hampton, Virginia | January 15, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
I got in a mid-week dinner time visit here based on positive reviews here. It is an amazing building, but I think theyíve couldíve done better with it. I sampled 5 brews, all OK. The menu was fairly expansive, and my steak wrap was tasty enough. Service was spot on. Decent, but maybe a tad overrated here. (Brewery #596)
Dogbrick (658) Columbus, Ohio | July 11, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 06/2013): Willimantic Brewing is east of Hartford, located downtown on Main Street. Street parking is fairly abundant on the surrounding streets.
The brewpub is housed in a former US Post Office building built in 1909. There is a patio on the front of the building. The inside opens immediately to a long bar along the rear wall, and features a large chalkboard listing the beers available, as well as offering a view of the taps. A separate room is devoted to restaurant seating.
Willimantic has around 8 house beers on tap plus a cask. Five-beer samplers are available. On my visit this included a Golden Ale, Ambeerlicious, Summer Solstice IPA, Marinerís Scotch and the cask Strawberry Basil Saison. The beers were pretty good for the most part. Guest breweries on draught include regional selections like Hooker, Back East, Wachusett and Blue Point.
Service on a busy weekday evening at the bar was good. The bartenders were familiar with the beers and attentive throughout my visit.
The menu at Willimantic is pretty robust. I ordered the parmesan-crusted tuna and despite me not being a fan of sea-food I enjoyed it (when in Rome...).
Overall this is a great brewpub and I would definitely visit again if in the area.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | April 11, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The place was surprisingly empty (well not empty, but considering the size of the building), so we fell at ease and aerated, but my guess is that Iíd love the atmosphere when itís crowded. Very high ceiling, very large rooms. Excellent feel to the place, beautiful from the outside. Food was very good. The beer range is excellent, they had 10 different beers, almost all of them very good, of course you must be aware that theyíre an IPA specialised brewpub before heading there, but for what they try to be, itís a success all the way + there are 20 mostly local brewerys guest taps. Loved the place.
BeerandBlues2 (576) Hanover, Maryland | June 24, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Well, I like the old Post Office building, but the interior seems cluttered, particularly around the bar. They seem to cater to the craft drinker and macro drinker alike, though the beers are average. There is plenty of cheap alcohol if craft beers are not your thing. Judging from the tap handle collection throughout the building, they do get some pretty good taps occasionally.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | March 30, 2005| Updated December 19, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The huge rooms and gorgeous high ceilings of this old post office make for a very comfortable atmosphere. Food is pretty good, healthy portions (the Eastford Eggplant on fettucine is particularly good) and done with taste, not tons of batter. The beer selection is why youíre here though! They have many of their own taps (including 2 to 4 heavily unfiltered IPAs most of the time), and a decent selection of micros in case you want to try something else from the region. A very nice touch I thought! The barley wine and raisin old ale are both superb strong ales, and most of the IPAs Iíve had there are full of personality, never boring, and absolutely scrumptious. Most weeks, this can be one of the best brewpubs in northeastern America, but sometimes the house beer board gets relatively thin, so you should check out their website and plan your visit with one of their upcoming releases.
Sammy (513) Toronto, Ontario | August 20, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I travelled and stayed far from home to see this brewpub, and did come away disapointed. No heavy abvs here in the summer, I was pleased to find three saisons on tap. Near a Best Western, a half hour from Hartford. A very decent and very generous guest tap selection.Roomy inside, with a small but nice patio outside. Good mix of people, ages, decorum. A few rooms filled with tables in this historical building. Parking lot. Near an unusual bridge with big frogs. Bartenderess was a little annoyed at the end of what looked like a hot fussy day,but did not bother me.
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 21, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
My second time visiting here, but I donít know why I hadnít rated it before. Beautiful space in an old post office, a theme that makes itself known in many of the beers postal-inspired names. Food is okay, a fairly large menu with a lot of the typical brewpub standards. There is also a largish selection of sandwiches and wraps if youíre trying to avoid the fried stuff.
Beers were uniformly good with a broad selection of styles represented but none were really standouts on this occasion. Itís a bit annoying that they only serve full pours though, as I would have liked to try a few more, but couldnít since I was driving. Also annoying that they charge through the nose for their growlers. 6.50 for the glass and another 12-14 for the beer itself makes every growler come close to 20 bucks for the ones I asked about.
This is a very good place and one Iíd love to visit again with a designated driver so that I could more fully enjoy the beers without spending a fortune on growler fills.
Drake (449) Free Union, Virginia | September 9, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Located in an old school post office building, so the interior is huge and stately. This place is big. One side is bar/pub and one side is restaurant. I sat at the bar. They are a hybrid brewpub/beer bar so they have lots of guest taps and bottles of high quality. Their house beers were all good with a couple standouts. Samplers are 5 beers from either the house brews or guest taps, and I THINK are 5.95 for 4 ounce samples. The menu is expansive and affordable. I had some decent sliders and the nachos the guy next to me ordered were excellent. The bartenders managed to be attentive and very friendly despite being very busy. They were working hard. There is a large parking lot that is not sufficient but there is parking on the side street. Nice brewpub.
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