What a great building for a brewpub! The bar is massive, and the building is so large that the restaurant portion feels separate. They had more than ten of their own brews on, and then a dozen or so from other regionals. Food was good. Wow, I could live here and make this place my local very easily.
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.
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)
(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.
Located in an old post office and yet feels surprisingly intimate. They have 10 different things on tap of their own stuff plus 12+ guest taps. The ubiquitous pizza was flavorful and properly cooked. The bar staff was professional and attentive. They had a lot of IPA’s on tap some great others not so much. Still well worth the trip.
Located in an old school post office building, so the interior is huge and stately. This place is big. One side is bar/pub and one side is restaurant. I sat at the bar. They are a hybrid brewpub/beer bar so they have lots of guest taps and bottles of high quality. Their house beers were all good with a couple standouts. Samplers are 5 beers from either the house brews or guest taps, and I THINK are 5.95 for 4 ounce samples. The menu is expansive and affordable. I had some decent sliders and the nachos the guy next to me ordered were excellent. The bartenders managed to be attentive and very friendly despite being very busy. They were working hard. There is a large parking lot that is not sufficient but there is parking on the side street. Nice brewpub.
Visited in April 2010. Rather out of the way location - Willimantic isn’t really a town you are likely to be just passing by and, for most people, it will take a special journey. But it’s worth it. Too many US brewpubs don’t quite hit the spot for me. Either the beers are sub-par. Or the building lacks character and distinction. Or it’s in a crappy mall location. This place ticks all the boxes. The beers are rock solid and often adventurous, if not all world beaters. The location is right in the centre of town. The building used to be the post office and a pretty grand one at that. The monumental scale and soaring ceilings mean it isn’t the most cosy or intimate place but that’s just a minor point. Quite opulent surroundings - put me in mind of one of those ornate Victorian gin palace pubs albeit the original use was very different. Food was pretty decent. Not only do they have their own beers but they also have quite a few guest taps, mainly supporting other local breweries. A nice touch, and rare for a brewpub to welcome the "opposition". Would have liked to stay longer here but, as there didn’t seem to be any other compelling reason to visit the town or stay overnight (not sure there are any facilities) we had to hit the road.
The place was surprisingly empty (well not empty, but considering the size of the building), so we fell at ease and aerated, but my guess is that I’d love the atmosphere when it’s crowded. Very high ceiling, very large rooms. Excellent feel to the place, beautiful from the outside. Food was very good. The beer range is excellent, they had 10 different beers, almost all of them very good, of course you must be aware that they’re an IPA specialised brewpub before heading there, but for what they try to be, it’s a success all the way + there are 20 mostly local brewerys guest taps. Loved the place.
I travelled and stayed far from home to see this brewpub, and did come away disapointed. No heavy abvs here in the summer, I was pleased to find three saisons on tap. Near a Best Western, a half hour from Hartford. A very decent and very generous guest tap selection.Roomy inside, with a small but nice patio outside. Good mix of people, ages, decorum. A few rooms filled with tables in this historical building. Parking lot. Near an unusual bridge with big frogs. Bartenderess was a little annoyed at the end of what looked like a hot fussy day,but did not bother me.
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.