Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe | Willimantic, Connecticut
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Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe
Excellent based on 61 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

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

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Hours: Su,Tu-Th 11:30am-1am, M 4pm-1am, Fr-Sa 11:30am-2am

Mayor: bellco33 (7) | Taps: 35-40 | Bottles: 10

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Beer Available At Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Willimantic Saison Noir 75, 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 48, 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 82, Willimantic Return to Sender , Willimantic Simply Citra Pale , Smuttynose Short Batch #21 Straw-Barb Short Weisse 60, Willimantic 3/4 Nelson IPA
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61 reviews for Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  80%
 Selection  85%
 Food  79%
 Value  78%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  95%
Rating Distribution

  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  (651) 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  (297) 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...
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield  (106) Roseville, Minnesota | July 29, 2004
This place gets the job done. It wasnít that noisy on a summerís weekday dinner hour--perhaps because the university was out of term. Nice building conversion, though it still felt cramped on the bar side. Decent food--I had a burger. I really enjoyed having a combination of their beers plus New England beers available. Their beers were typical brewpub fare--some highpoints, some lowpoints, lots of middle points.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie  (8) Paxton, Massachusetts | April 4, 2004
Nice selection of home-made beers and other microbrews. The food is also great. Parking and seating can be kind of though on the weekends and evenings.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 27, 2004
See my comments above. Just visited for a 2nd time this weekend. 11 of their own on tap, 24 from elsewhere, and not a bad selection amongst them. Menu strong on seafood; skip the salad (boring iceberg and wilted greens) if you're getting dinner and go for a soup. I had some nice scallops. The beer is very good for the most part, though it's one of those places where I think, jeez you're trying too hard with the dozen different seasonal IPAs and whatnot. My faves thus far have been the Mail Order Old, First Class Festive, and Int'l Mail IPA. This place is pretty much always busy, if crowds on a Monday night are any indication.

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