Damnit, I love this place. The food is pretty good, but let’s be serious, the real reason to go there is for the beer. They always have a great selection of "guest brews", and usually about 10 house brews on tap at any given time. Plus they provide a schedule so you know when their new beers are coming out. The "certified gold" is supposedly their flagship beer, but what they really do well is big beers: IPA’s, stouts, and barleywines (namely their signature "Whilly Whammer" barleywine). If you come here, be prepared for a long session of delicious, high-ABV beers.
Incredible building. Beautiful interior and great outdoor area. Some games for the kids. Wonderful 20-30 person bar with a couple dozen taps. Good selection of their own and guest taps. Food as great. Service was good and guests were friendly.
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Outdated Old-Style Brewpub/Applebee’s Level.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Outdated Applebee’s, Awkward Huge Open Space, Trash stuck to walls Good for Kids.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 Outdated menu has 200 food options with everything from French, American, Italian, hell probably there’s a Thai salad in there.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.
Great brewpub in what used to be a post office - at least it looks like it used to be a post office. House beers are above average for the most part and some pretty nifty guest taps. A few beers I never heard of. Food was decent enough. Worth checking out if you are nearby.
Stopped in after a trip back from Philadelphia on 25 January, 2014. I really wish I could have seen this building in the day light because it really is awesome. I love that the owner turned this historical Post Office into his brewery! The bartender we had was an older gentleman that was friendly and talkative. He enjoyed chatting beer with us on a slower Saturday night because of the snow storm we had just finished driving in. Our food was about average and normal for a pub. The house beers seem very average with only one scoring above a 3.4. They do however; have a great guest tap list of about 20 different taps with a variety of styles and local CT and New York breweries. I would consider returning here.
I’m a regular here. I love the place. They have a great rotating tap list of their own (awesome) beers and guest brews. The food is excellent, the service is friendly and quick (but never make you feel rushed to get out). It’s not the cheapest place around, but it’s worth the price of admission. Go there, you’ll love it.
Great find on the main street in a small town. Old US Post Office which still shows in places. Great service, very nice beer selection with a mix of own brews as well as drafts and bottles from friends. Local and area breweries. Everything on tap can be had in a 5 glass sampler. Total bill for lunch, glass of wine and total of 10 samplers which were 4 oz each was $40 before tip. You can’t beat that. Awesome place.
(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.
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.
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)