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 (2) | Taps: 35-40 | Bottles: 10

Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe

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Beer Available At Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Willimantic Red Tide Rye Ale , Willimantic Derailed Mail IPA , Willimantic Hop Justice IPA , Willimantic Scotch Tapped , Willimantic Mail Carrier Maybock 76, Green Flash Jibe Session IPA 79, Willimantic Whatís Hoppening? , Willimantic Rye, Thank You! , Willimantic Station A Porter , Willimantic Bohemian HOPsidy , Willimantic Spam Mail Ale , New England Locust Reign
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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%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel  (113) North Shore, Massachusetts | March 20, 2006
This is my local bar. The beers are always well made, including an endless supply of IPAs. Knowledge of the waitstaff varies. Generally they arenít clueless, but arenít beer geeks either. The food is good enough that I would still eat here even if they werenít a brewpub, which is nice since there are few decent restaurants in the area. The best part is the building. The super high celings and stone architecture makes this a neat place to eat and drink.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
scottmartin  (1) Alabama | February 17, 2006
This is a place where you can drink beer brewed on premise and other diverse selections. What a brew-pub should be. The outdoor patio open seasonally is great on a summer night and now the smokers can puff away outside.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover  (32) DC Metro Area, | January 24, 2006
Brewpubs are great because, most have great local beers, and great food to match. I have been to quite a few brewpubs and breweries. The Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe of Willimantic, CT, may not be one of the most famous brewpubs in America, but in my experience it is a fantastic brewpub, one of my favorites in New England, if not the entire United States. What makes Willimantic such a great place is they offer such quality and variety. Willimantic brewes a vast number of beer styles, and youíll always find six to eight taps of Willi brews on, but that will be flanked with 20-30 New England/East Coast/and beyond beers as well. See, Willimantic does a great thing, not only are they a brewpub, but they are a beer bar as well. Located in a 90 year old Post Office in downtown Willimantic, this place has it all. Its a great restaurant with a menu that goes from wings and burgers to the fanciest of entrees. There is a fully stocked bar, an impressive bottle beer selection, and a huge wine list as well. Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe does it all. I have come away pleased on each and every visit, and that is why they make my all time top 10 lists of brewpubs in the US. For more information about this fantastic CT brewpub/beer bar/restaurant visit their site at: www.willibrew.com
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
Tomluvsbeer  (4) East Haven, Connecticut | December 4, 2005
Some very good beers made here. Mail Order Raisin Old Ale great. Vanilla Stout was different but delightful. Food great with any of the many beers on tap. Bar friendly,even got to talk with brewer and enjoy free sample of what was still in the tank. Thanks Dave, Iíll be back!!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
tuba78ac  (2) Connecticut | August 19, 2005
I frequent Willibrew fairly often during the winter, usually on Monday or Tuesday nights. Like others have said, they always have 1-3 inhouse IPAís that are excellent. Aggressive use of hops on most of their brews. I would avoid the S.W.A.K. (sealed with a kiss) Stout in the future - mediciney vanilla flavor muddled with a chunky dark roasted, almost charry base. It was their only inhouse beer I havenít appreciated. The wait staff is hit or miss on their beer knowledge; granted their menu is constantly changing, but I think they could improve. Food is great, Iíve enjoyed their wings, quesadillas, nachos, and ribs. Willibrew is well worth any beer aficionadoís visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
Cottrell  (6) Connecticut | June 15, 2005
During the weekday, itís usually pretty quiet. Things pick up closer to dinner time, but you can almost always find a stool at the bar. As you walk into to the pub side, you are greeted by a 60 foot mahogany bar, a couple TVs, and plenty of taps to keep you busy. Half the TVs run NTN Trivia, and the others run sports games. The opposite side of the building is a dining area. Highlighting this side of the restaraunt is the open view to the brewery. The beers on tap are fresh brewed right there, along with 20-30 guest taps. There is almost always a house beer on cask. Among guest taps, Iíve seen Brooklyn Abbey, Harpoon Smoked Porter, Troutbrook Imperial Porter, Troutbrook Old Marley, and lots of other rotating and obscure beers. Among house taps, theyíve always got an IPA on, and lots of other rotating styles, like their barleywine (often a couple vintages are on at a time), porters, stouts, and mostly American and British styles. The IPAs are usually the highlight, he creates incredibly creative IPAs, and lots of íem. Itíd be a huge mistake to visit this place and never sample a Willibrew IPA. Iíve never had an issue with service, whether Iím eating dinner at a table or sittiní at the bar. Food is an added bonus to the outstanding beer selection. All of Willibrewís steaks are pretty damned good, my favorite being the Mansfield flank steak, couples nicely with an IPA.
  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 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl  (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 1, 2005
Beautiful old post office building is especially attractive in the bar area though it leaves the restaurant section feeling perhaps slightly cavernous. Friendly staff though perhaps a bit more efficient than friendly. Many different styles availbale including multiple versions of some of their own and some guest taps. Food was enjoyable if not quite spectacular. Iíd be happy to have this as my local...
  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 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.
DYCSoccer17  (326) Woodland, California | August 19, 2004
I was here a Thurday night during the summer. Was rather empty filled with many regulars. College wasnít in session, so I imagine that has something to do with it. Muzzlehatch hit the nail on the head with the varietal description of beers. The atmosphere is really cool. I like the whole look of the 100 year old building with high ceilings. Bartenders were pretty dumb. One guy told a customer that their IPAs taste like aspirin, while the other gave a guy a Stella Artois when he asked for a German Beer (note: they had a dort/helles on tap from a local NE brewery). The chips they put at the bar were stale, but hey...its free bar food...

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