With a rotating selection of beer, paninis, beer/cheese dip to die for, this place is simply the best. The art work, dim lighting, and pool table...not to mention the limited amount of tables, allow for an intimate night out either for a dinner and drink or a casual bar get together. The staff is unbelievably responsive and truly knows their beer.
josarah (123) Hinesburg, Vermont | March 15, 2007| Updated June 14, 2010
Great beer is the norm here, served by attentive bartenders & waitresses(I’ve never seen the bottom of my glass). The dining menu is creative and diverse. Don’t let the simple store front fool you, this place is worth the trip.
lalu (39) Laval, Quebec | May 6, 2009| Updated September 30, 2011
Wow! This was my second stop at this gem of a brewpub.Ambiance is super laidback and the staff is friendly,attentive and knowledgeable about what they serve.Service is top notch for sure.All the beers i tasted were crafted close to perfection for my tastebuds.Even the lower alcohol beers were full of flavor.The Holy Cow IPA is one of my favorite beer anywhere.The food is amazing and very inspired.If this place was in my neighborhood
i would go all the time.Worth making a special trip to visit.Wow again!
This bar was great. The walls had some local art that was amazing and the place was decorated really well. Staff was fast and friendly. I didn’t get any food. Beers were a little price but worth it. There is a good selection at this place, something for everyone. Had some great conversation with the other patrons.
I have only ever been to this spot in the early evening, and by 5pm on a busy Friday it can already be s.r.o. in there, so I cant imagine how they can accomodate large numbers of people - must be a long wait on a line outside the building? Anyway, I wish they opened up at say 1:30 sometimes, and I hope that they can coexist harmoniusly w/ the great little bar across the street (I dont see why not!). The food + beer are perfect apres ski treats that will keep me coming back forever!
TAR (34) Blue Ridge Mountains , North Carolina | July 16, 2005
Nestled between Montpelier and Burlington off I-89, Waterbury possesses a quaint small-town feel. Picturesque mountains and streams shape the community, which, not surprisingly, boasts a number of locally owned establishments (Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Green Mountain Coffee, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery - to name a few). The brewery is a small, brick constructed building on the corner. Upon entry, you’re greeted by immediate warmth. The walls are adorned with a dizzying array of art, and the wall paint is comforting. On tap you’ll find 6-7 tap handles along with a handpump. Wild Child was on cask during my visit. The beers range from ridiculously hoppy to sessionably smooth and malty. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. And the food, oh the food! Plenty to choose from, many of which incorporate locally harvested fresh, organic products. ClarkVV ordered an all-cheese flatbread pizza and sweet potato fries as an appetizer; cquiroga enjoyed an open-faced meatloaf sandwich and a side of potato cakes; I had a cheese, tomato, basil sandwich on crispy bread. The cheese plate was to die for, as well, which featured locally crafted cheeses and fresh figs. This place is worth visiting for the wonderful ambiance, alone, not to mention the mesmerizing scenery and beer...all of which will leave you with the warmest memories you can possibly imagine. What an experience.
One of the earlier stops on BQ 2010. Nice brewpub with a GREAT selection of beer. The IPAs really blew us away. To match the great beers, was the bartender - who was one of the most friendly and knowledgable beer guys I have come across ever. He was able to recommend a great beer bar in one of the neighboring towns which we ended up later that night. I hope they can relocate this place when it’s all said and done, because these guys deserve their beers to be showcased to the fullest extent.
(Early 2004) see my description above. Try the fries -- served Belgian-style in a conical glass, and the homemade pickles. Very new, I’d expect lots of changes over the next few months, but what I’ve seen so far I’ve really liked. Apart from the hopped-up porter mentioned above (El Jefe), their regular, sweeter porter and rye stand out. Really great service. (Oct 2004): New beers continue to stand out, with an absolutely phenomenal black beer just out. I’m bumping up the rating a bit; a must if you’re anywhere in N Vermont. (Dec 2006): this place continues to improve: they got a liquor license a couple of years ago and have a nice little single malt and bourbon selection; John continues to experiment with (mostly) success with wild yeasts, usually having 1-2 "wild ales" on; and the IPA’s he’s been doing have been absolutely phenomenal. Tied with American Flatbread as the #1 beer destination in Vermont at the moment, an absolute must.
Went here the Friday after Thanksgiving. First, get here before 7 PM if you want a table and if not, expect a wait. Had dinner which was pretty good. The beers are the star here though - as they should be at a brewpub. I tried 5-6 different beers with my wife and everyone of them were top quality, some excellent and I didn’t even get to try the Heady Topper as it wasn’t due out for another week. Most definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. Needless to say Ben & Jerry’s is also worth a stop while in Waterbury as is the Cabot Creamery Annex (tons of free samples and wine tastings available).
Visited The Alchemist this past friday evening with Vthophead & his wife. What a great little brewpub. Food was delicious with many, better than pub grub, offerings. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Of coarse, the real stars here are the beer. Several to choose from and the ones I had were all great. This place is a bit small & I understand it can get quite crowded. Fortunately we went a bit early and it’s past ski season, so it wasn’t to bad. A must stop if you’re in the Stowe/Waterbury area.