Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe

4.75/5.0 64 reviews
brewpub (Willimantic)
967 Main St
Willimantic, Connecticut United States 06226

860 423 6777
  willibrew.com
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 (2) | Taps: 35-40 | Bottles: 10
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987  (104) Arizona | August 8, 2011| Updated October 18, 2013
Decent brewery especially for the area. Itís ipa are itís stars but I really like their porters too. Plenty of guest brews on Tap. Average craft beer quality. Food is slightly under average but itís fine. Beautiful building, the old post office in willimantic.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
j12601  (311) Poughkeepsie, New York | July 13, 2011
Stopped in on the way home from Boston, coming down a different route so we could check out this place. Quite glad we did. The building itself is just beautiful, a big reclaimed post office turned into a brewpub. As much of the original interior that could be worked into the brewpub as been left intact. Service was quick and friendly, food was good as well. The beers were all well made (and the postal theme of many of their names is excellent) and my only let down was that there were a couple on the chalkboard that were no longer available. So it was really just the promise of more tasty beers from them that I couldnít actually have. Wouldnít have been a problem if theyíd just been erased from the board and I didnít know that a day earlier I could have had it. Alas, ignorance is bliss sometimes. Certainly will be stopping back in here again.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (785) 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 IPAís on tap some great others not so much. Still well worth the trip.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange  (82) hobe sound, Florida | March 6, 2011
An old US Post Office building with excellent pub-type atmosphere and friendly people inside. The stuff brewed on the premises was excellent and our waitress was top notch. The calamari was fried extra crispy without excessive batter. They have at least twenty guest taps ranging from DFH to Rogue, but nothing foreign, Iím fine with that. I didnít spend any time in the town itself, but I think this place is the only reason I would come back. It does deserve itís "world class" rating.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic  (95) Portland, Oregon | December 1, 2010
I love it here. A must visit. The beers are on a constant rotation including some of the harder to find guest stuff, and a never-ending selection of their own inventive stuff. The staff are great the food is delicious and in huge portions. Go there.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau  (307) Ithaca, New York | November 22, 2010
Having recently visited for my first time for dinner and a few pints, Iím reluctant to give a full review, because I donít feel like I have a grip for this place overall. The beers were good, reasonably priced, and well-poured. Our waitress was accomodaitng and friendly. The ambiance was unique and fun. We ate on the less formal bar side. Iíd like to go back and visit the fancier side - I donít know if it has a different menu. On the bar side, the food was hit or miss. A turkey reuben with steak fries came on toasted white bread and the fires were limp and soggy. A veggie burger was underwhelming, while veggie chili was solid. I look forward to returning for some more good brews and a second look at the food, but my first impression did not blow me away.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
ChickBeer  (2) | October 20, 2010
I absolutely love going here! They are always friendly and willing to give suggestions.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (637) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
chriso  (521) London, England | July 15, 2010
Visited in April 2010. Rather out of the way location - Willimantic isnít really a town you are likely to be just passing by and, for most people, it will take a special journey. But itís worth it. Too many US brewpubs donít quite hit the spot for me. Either the beers are sub-par. Or the building lacks character and distinction. Or itís in a crappy mall location. This place ticks all the boxes. The beers are rock solid and often adventurous, if not all world beaters. The location is right in the centre of town. The building used to be the post office and a pretty grand one at that. The monumental scale and soaring ceilings mean it isnít the most cosy or intimate place but thatís just a minor point. Quite opulent surroundings - put me in mind of one of those ornate Victorian gin palace pubs albeit the original use was very different. Food was pretty decent. Not only do they have their own beers but they also have quite a few guest taps, mainly supporting other local breweries. A nice touch, and rare for a brewpub to welcome the "opposition". Would have liked to stay longer here but, as there didnít seem to be any other compelling reason to visit the town or stay overnight (not sure there are any facilities) we had to hit the road.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Elwood  (108) Leesburg, Virginia | June 26, 2010
This place certainly takes some driving to get to, but the stop is well worth it. Aside from the 5-10 in house beers on tap ranging from a non-descript lager to some really funky beers, they have about 30 guest beers on tap of all different styles. Their beers are good to excellent (I highly recommend the IPA and the IDA) and the food is pretty tasty too. The setting makes for a nice experience as it is inside an large, old post office. They have outdoor seating as well where you can sit next to the hop vines they have growing. The staff were very knowledgeable and more than happy to offer suggestions. Prices werenít out of line and they have several specials Monday through Thursday. Definitely a must visit if you happen to be in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04  (66) Connecticut | June 24, 2010
A really cool building. Great service, great food, and a pretty good value (Especially the beer sampler). However, the selection is lacking. They do have a lot of their beers, but not all of the ones listed on their menu. And there is a small selection of non-Willimantic beers too. Itís definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

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