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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 Richard’s 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 Backwater Series: Warlock 97
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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 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.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | July 13, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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 couldn’t actually have. Wouldn’t have been a problem if they’d just been erased from the board and I didn’t know that a day earlier I could have had it. Alas, ignorance is bliss sometimes. Certainly will be stopping back in here again.
Nuffield (106) Roseville, Minnesota | July 29, 2004
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
This place gets the job done. It wasn’t that noisy on a summer’s 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.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | February 27, 2004
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
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.
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 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)
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.
tiggmtl (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 1, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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. I’d be happy to have this as my local...
Rand_ale_Thor (9) , | October 6, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
I was there a while ago...maybe within a year, but I do not remember it being as good as everyone else is posting. The ambiance is their best attribute, and they have quality beer. I could see being a regular if I lived in the area, but I was not excessively impressed being an outsider.
DYCSoccer17 (297) Woodland, California | August 19, 2004
52 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
I was here a Thurday night during the summer. Was rather empty filled with many regulars. College wasn’t 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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