Across the street from Blackback pub. Our next spot on the one block pub crawl.
Pretty sizable bar and restaurant with a small patio area in the back. Nice old brick building with wooden interior. They have a pretty big draft list here as well as plenty of bottles. They have a good selection of Vermont breweries as well as some house beers (Big Tree). Flights are available for all the Vermont stuff, which is kind of neat. Prices are pretty typical.
Staff was really friendly and so were the other patrons at the bar. Had a good time drinking some beers and chatting with the locals here. A fun place to check out and drink a few beers at.
Another good pub in Waterbury. Extensive tap selection with mostly VT options. Bartender was busy serving between the back and front bars so it would go a awhile without seeing him. Food looked pretty darn good. Comfortable pub with plenty of wood and pleasant lighting. A fun spot for a beer.
The density of quality beer spots in this town is kind of incredible. As many times as I have been here I had not stopped in before, so I took care of that on a Friday evening. Not overly busy, unlike Prohibition Pig and Black Back which were jam packed. I was the only one sitting at the small bar in back when I ordered, but a few people did trickle in. They have a pretty nice taplist with a real Vermont focus; I would say 30 of the 36 taps were Vermont and 2 or 3 of the others were NH/ME beers. They had five Hill Farmstead beers on tap; the same ones that were around at other places as well though. They offer a sample flight of four Vermont beers (HF excluded unless you pay a hefty premium) for just $7, which is a good deal. I did that and enjoyed a couple of new breweries. Service was a bit spotty. Plenty of staff but at times they seemed more interested in chatting with each other or the local customers than waiting on folks. Zero Big Tree beers on tap.
Had some lunch and sampled some beers from their very fine taplist, which includes a few beers by Hill Farmstead and Founder’s, and many other local Vermont brewers. One of the several worthwhile pubs to hit if passing through Waterbury.
An excellent bar and restaurant. One section of the place is more restaurant-like, while the back area is the bar, including pool table. The beer range is awesome, with loads of stuff from Vermont. Prices are highly competitive and they offer flights for Vermont beers. The staff is attentive and friendly. The food is also very good. There are several great food/beer options in Waterbury, and this is one of them. Certainly worth a visit.
This was more restaurant than bar. Smaller bar upping the ante for the eatery. Yes, some very good local selections including just the one HF that day. Cannot compare to the Blackfly or the Probition P. within a two-minute walk, but if they have something left that the other places ran out of, then why not.
I visited twice and in any other town than Waterbury I would have visited many more times. It just so happens that Blackback pub across the street is one of my very favourite in the US and I need a very good reason to get out of there. Still, Reservoir has a very nice tap selection, the largest in town and the food menu seemed more than decent, but then again, I’ve always found it Worth waiting for 30+ minutes to have a seat at the Prohibition Pig perhaps mostly for nostalgic reasons. All in all though, I just never fell onto Reservoir with an atmosphere I identified myself to and the competition is so strong that in spite of its almost 40 taps, it felt like the weakest link. I’d like it a lot anywhere else, really for they carry a nice range of ales and seem to have Prima very frequently.
We visited The Reservoir on the search for new Hill Farmstead beers on an Autumnal Sunday afternoon. The front room is a restaurant, but we sat at the bar in the backroom. They had 30+ taps on offer with 6 or so from Hill Farmstead, including a few I did not see elsewhere on our trip. The fridges behind the bar were crammed full with fresh Heady, which isn’t bad. Has a local bar vibe to it. Ambiance and service was pretty standard overall. Not the best bar in town, but the beer selection is exception. Well worth a visit.
Nice place to eat (decent if not great food), hangout, and choose from a solid list of Vermont breweries. Not as good a choice as Prohibition Pig, Black Back Pub, and the Pro Pig Brewery...but if you are in the area for a second day...or just live in northern Vermont...you should definitely check this place out.