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


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Beer Available At Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Willimantic Certified Gold 45, Willimantic Nitro Independence Day Dark , Willimantic Ghost Train Pale Ale , Willimantic Local Table Beer , Willimantic Six Shooter Oyster Oatmeal Stout , Willimantic Autobahn Mail Alt 61, Willimantic Simply Saison , Willimantic Jewel in the Sky IPA , Willimantic Overseas Mail Oktoberfest 50, Willimantic Sirius Rysing , Willimantic Blanche de Willi , Jack’s Abby Hopstitution XPL #4 Aussie Rules 89, Willimantic Express Mail IPA , Willimantic Independence Day Dark , Willimantic S.A.S.E. Summer Ale cask with Oranges , Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA 93, Dogfish Head Victory Stone Saison du BUFF 95, Willimantic Simon Saaz-on 88, Willimantic Love Letter , Willimantic Evil EY-PA
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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%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood  (107) 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 weren’t out of line and they have several specials Monday through Thursday. Definitely a must visit if you happen to be in the area.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68  (65) Louisville, Kentucky | June 21, 2014
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.
56
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
GT2  (600) San Diego County , California | June 5, 2014
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.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork  (175) , New Jersey | May 18, 2014
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.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops  (125) Epping, New Hampshire | January 31, 2014
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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
bellco33  (22) Willington, Connecticut | October 16, 2013
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322  (87) Chesapeake, Virginia | October 11, 2013
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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
BVery  (438) Burnsville, Minnesota | July 16, 2013
Visited on 7.16.2013. Awesome pub and restaurant - great vibe, dozen house beers and 20 more guest beers, all can be flighted. Service rocks. Good food. Great spot!
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (724) Columbus, Ohio | July 11, 2013
(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.
72
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2  (662) Hanover, Maryland | June 24, 2013
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.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog  (721) Hampton, Virginia | January 15, 2013
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)

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