I was given a special tour and time with the owner ond brewmaster John. The location is about 25 minutes due south from Burlington, accessible also by ferry from New York State North section. Georgious area, as is the state. Came here before the snow crowd and after the summer crowd. John is formerly a bremaster at Vermont Pub among other things. Being the neighborhood bar, he has devekloped a community clientale. He does his own thing and that’s good, with refreshing clearn beers. The wild ale was worth the 8.5 hour trip from Toronto. The porter, stout, Belgians were excellent. All out of his special (double?) IPA. You want a sweet beverage, he has got local craft soda. Pleasing appearance, god size, local artwork with a studio planned for upstairs.
Old review for my own records from before it got washed away (obviously). This was a top place with excellent beers. Plenty of them on tap too. The number of beers available did not fit neatly with the number offered in their standard sampler trays but (unlike some places) this did not phase the barman at all. He just went through the lot bringing them out two at a time and I never had to wait for the next batch even though he was very busy. A sad loss.
Looking like nothing from the outside, but actually extremely comfortable, yet calm and friendly from the inside. All the beer are top quality, and that includes the light even more than the red. WIll come back yearly probably and I’m looking forward to trying their various experimentals. Nice service too and cheap prices.
Came to The Alchemist en route to Hill Farmstead for the 5th BWBD. Arrived in the mid afternoon on a Friday and there was a decent crowd already. With a few of them being other RB people I was meeting up with later, but they were on their way out. Went through all of the beers on tap as the small pour samples they sell, since they don’t have a sampler. It’s actually kind of nice that they don’t as you are limited to three samples at a time, which means that unlike places with huge 8 or more samplers, you’re not letting most of your beers sit while you work through them. There is a disclaimer on the menu asking you not to review their beers off of small servings I think, so I took notes on my phone instead of my notebook. The beers were fantastic. Really solid stuff that made me a bit sad that they don’t offer growler fills and don’t bottle. But it’s certainly worth a stop, and probably even worth a trip. Also went with the house pickles which I’d heard raved about, and a pizza. Pizza was great, pickles were good, but I wasn’t blown away. I have a feeling I’ll be trying to figure ways to include this place as a stop on more trips in the future.
Mmmm...I never rated this place? Then here we go. This is my fourth visit (Jan 11 2010). This place is always packed so arrive early or reserve if you come during the dinner rush hour. Food is always first class, simple yet good, locavore fare. Beers are outstanding, with a true artist brewer behind them!
Quite a small, but attractive place on a short downtown stretch of Waterbury. The room is sort of divided into three areas, a short bar area that is separated from the dining area by a short 3-4’ divider. At the back of the room is a games area with a pool table and a few arcade/pinball machines. High ceilings and local artist’s work covering the walls. My only complaint is the acoustics of the place which make it extremely loud, even when there aren’t all that many people there.
They had a good selection of beers with a small regular lineup of about five and a few seasonals as well. The beers were all very high quality with the IPAs being (unsurprisingly) the standouts. Intensely hoppy, aromatic and dry... just like I like them.
The food was also very high quality. A pretty broad selection. The menu is pretty diverse with something for everyone. There is a nice selection of very tasty burgers and 3-4 different salads as well. I had a sausage platter that was awesome. A house smoked
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 10, 2005| Updated December 25, 2006
Great little bar/restaurant in downtown Waterbury (main street anyway), where John Kimmich brews some of the most solid and flavorful beers in the New England brewpub scene. I mean, even the Light Weight (american light beer with plenty of pils malt) is good. Outstanding quality all the way through, with one masterpiece, Heady Topper, their double IPA. The salad I had was full of carefully chosen ingredients, and the sweet potato fries were absolutely delicious. The bartender was very friendly and quite beer savvy, promoting the best beers with enthusiasm, which is great to see. Overall, a fantastic brewpub experience.
This is a great place! - classy, wood and tile interior, yet comfortable and unpretentious - about 8 beers on tap when I was here - 3 IPAs on at once was a bit of overkill, but the other beers were varied enough to make things interesting - all the beers were exceptional - the menu is quite creative, with lots of interesting choices for vegetarians as well as carnivores (their sweet potato fries are some of the best I’ve ever had) - the staff is friendly and knowledgeable - as far as brewpubs go, this is one of the best I’ve ever been to - if these guys don’t get the same popularity and reputation of Southampton then there is no justice in this world.
A great small brewpub in the small town of Waterbury. Stopped by on a Wednesday night and it was rather crowded, although we still managed to find 2 seats at the bar. Everyone knows that Alchemist’s beer is awesome - their IPAs and porter were particularly excellent, but all the beers I tried there were great. Also split a sausage plate which was very good. Definitely worth a stop, I can’t wait to go back when I get a chance.
Definitely a great place to stop if you’re anywhere near. Tonight we were going to hit the Flatbread place in Burlington, but when told there was an hour long wait, we decided to drive the 25 minutes south and try out the Alchemist. Worth the drive!
You can’t go wrong when there’s a Steelers pennant above the bar! Food was very nice, those dry rubbed fries with homemade garlic mayo kicked. Had the reuben panini and my wife a pizza. Delicious. All the beers were very good, and I particularly enjoyed the Tweiss and Pappy’s Porter. The others were just as quality, and I was really surprised to find such as place in this small town. Took home a t-shirt, which I never do. Only wish I could take home some bottles.