Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe | Willimantic, Connecticut
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Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe
Excellent based on 64 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

967 Main St
Willimantic, Connecticut United States 06226 [ print map ]
860 423 6777

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Hours: Sun,Tue - Thu 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM; Mon 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM; Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM


Mayor: bellco33 (16) | Taps: 35-40 | Bottles: 10


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New England Locust Reign , Willimantic Fire Engine Red 48, Willimantic Dastardly Dark , Willimantic Hopportunity Knocks , Willimantic Anonymous IPA , Willimantic Simply Saison , Black Hog Granola Brown , Hartford Better Beer Co. Praying Mantis Porter 48, Back East Misty Mountain IPA 49, Willimantic Dyvyl Hopyard IPA 69, Willimantic Certified Gold 44, Willimantic Nitro Independence Day Dark , Willimantic Ghost Train Pale Ale , Willimantic Local Table Beer , Willimantic Six Shooter Oyster Oatmeal Stout , Willimantic Autobahn Mail Alt 61, Willimantic Jewel in the Sky IPA , Willimantic Overseas Mail Oktoberfest 50, Willimantic Sirius Rysing , Willimantic Blanche de Willi
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64 reviews for Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  81%
 Selection  85%
 Food  79%
 Value  78%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  95%
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92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1651) Washington, Washington DC | August 26, 2012
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.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog  (758) Traveling the USA, Missouri | January 15, 2013
I got in a mid-week dinner time visit here based on positive reviews here. It is an amazing building, but I think they’ve could’ve 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)
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (744) Columbus, Ohio | July 11, 2013
(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, Mariner’s 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (737) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | April 19, 2011| Updated August 8, 2011
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 IPA’s on tap some great others not so much. Still well worth the trip.
72
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2  (702) Hanover, Maryland | June 24, 2013
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | April 11, 2005
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 I’d love the atmosphere when it’s 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 they’re an IPA specialised brewpub before heading there, but for what they try to be, it’s a success all the way + there are 20 mostly local brewerys guest taps. Loved the place.
56
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
GT2  (613) San Diego County , California | June 5, 2014
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Outdated Old-Style Brewpub/Applebee’s
Level. . . . . . . . . . .Low
Location. . . . . . . .Good, Main Drag
Prices. . . . . . . . . .Higher
Tap Selection. . . .Large, 50 taps with 20 local taps
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, Sampler Flights of 5 at a time
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Poor
Food. . . . . . . . . . .Yes
Food Level. . . . ...Poor
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Decent, Nice Enough
Growlers. . . . . . ..No
Noise Level. . . . ..Loud
Décor. . . . . . . . . .Outdated Applebee’s, Awkward Huge Open Space, Trash stuck to walls
Good for Kids. . ..Yes
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
WiFi. . . . . . . . . . ..Unknown
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..No
Comments: Yes it is a brewpub and yes it is the highest rated place in CT, but the food sucks and the beers suck. Plain and simple. Outdated menu has 200 food options with everything from French, American, Italian, hell probably there’s a Thai salad in there. Food portions were so big, that one pasta dish for $17 could feed four people. One pasta dish was very poorly seasoned. Could lower the prices of the dishes and lower the portions. House beers were papery, buttery, uncarbonated. Other tap pours from guest taps were similarly bad hinting at a tap system problem from incorrect tap cleaning. Servers were nice, but unaware of how bad the food and beer is that they are serving.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (559) Toronto, Ontario | August 20, 2010
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.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | March 30, 2005| Updated December 19, 2007
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 you’re 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 I’ve 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.
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee  (510) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 21, 2009
My second time visiting here, but I don’t know why I hadn’t 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 you’re 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. It’s a bit annoying that they only serve full pours though, as I would have liked to try a few more, but couldn’t 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 I’d love to visit again with a designated driver so that I could more fully enjoy the beers without spending a fortune on growler fills.

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