Établissement visité le 3 janvier 2006 vers 16h lors d’une journée de ski à Bolton Valley. Ambiance: Intérieur très bien décoré. Lors de ma visite la musique était de style jazz et funk. On y trouve aussi une table de pool. Service: Le service est excellent et les serveurs connaissent bien leurs produits. Sélection: Normalement 8 bières au menu dont certaines saisonnières. On y retrouve de tout les styles. Nourriture: J’ai essayé le panini au jambon fumé, pomme et cheddar fort. Il était excellent. Les frites par contre était trop salées. (11e rating d’établissement)
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.
The Heady Topper is unbelievable; if you like big IPA’s , this is the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. Unbelievably fresh and perfect, even at 140ibu. (Food a slight disappointment; sweet potato fries somewhat burned and vege-burger dry and cool; probably just ordered the wrong thing)
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.
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.
Sregnar35 (13) Rotterdam, New York | July 19, 2005| Updated December 10, 2005
This place is pretty amazing. My first impression was that it was going to be too trendy for me and my wife, but we pulled up to the bar anyways. The bartenders spoke to you like you were an old friend, and the beer is incredible. We each had burgers, on homemade bread, steak fries, spiced ketchup, the place didn’t stop impressing me, awesome place to stop in for a few.
TAR (30) Marshall (Asheville area), 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.
(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.