Immy (110) Virginia Beach, | May 4, 2006| Updated June 7, 2008
It was tough for me to find, but well worth the trip. Beautiful old postal office, high ceilings, an overall historic feel. Good food, pleasant staff. They DO get pretty busy, but the staff does pretty well keeping your glass full. Excellent in-house beers, plus an array of guest taps that will not disappoint - when I visited, the guests included Allagash, Harpoon, Hooker and many others. I travel to CT on business quite a bit, and this will become a regular stop.
Update: I have visited too many times to count. This place is clearly #1 for me - great beer, great place, great food, great owner. There is, IMO, none better. Thank you, David Wollner!
Cletus (233) Connecticut | May 14, 2006| Updated February 8, 2009
My wife surprised my for my birthday by taking me to this awesome place last night. The beers from Willimantic were awesome and most of the better regional beers were also being hosted on tap. The atmosphere is what you’d expect from this part of CT. The food was above average and the service was excellent. The only complaint here is that two of the beers listed as on tap and available were unavailable while there: Sea Dog Blueberry, their Cask. I liked how they have a small gameroom complete with Simpsons pinballby Stern. Great place. I’ll definitely be back.
Brewpubs are great because, most have great local beers, and great food to match. I have been to quite a few brewpubs and breweries. The Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe of Willimantic, CT, may not be one of the most famous brewpubs in America, but in my experience it is a fantastic brewpub, one of my favorites in New England, if not the entire United States.
What makes Willimantic such a great place is they offer such quality and variety. Willimantic brewes a vast number of beer styles, and you’ll always find six to eight taps of Willi brews on, but that will be flanked with 20-30 New England/East Coast/and beyond beers as well. See, Willimantic does a great thing, not only are they a brewpub, but they are a beer bar as well. Located in a 90 year old Post Office in downtown Willimantic, this place has it all. Its a great restaurant with a menu that goes from wings and burgers to the fanciest of entrees. There is a fully stocked bar, an impressive bottle beer selection, and a huge wine list as well.
Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe does it all. I have come away pleased on each and every visit, and that is why they make my all time top 10 lists of brewpubs in the US. For more information about this fantastic CT brewpub/beer bar/restaurant visit their site at: www.willibrew.com
Thr brewer/owner here makes great beers and also has many excellent guest beers on draft and in bottles. This place is unique as it is an old post office turned into a brewery/restaurant/bar. High cielings, nice atmosphere and always a good time. Highly recommended and is one of the best (if not the best) bars in CT for those who love craft beers - especially the house made IPA chioces..
Great brewpub in what used to be a post office - at least it looks like it used to be a post office. House beers are above average for the most part and some pretty nifty guest taps. A few beers I never heard of. Food was decent enough. Worth checking out if you are nearby.
Craft brewery and restaurant in a 1918-build post office. The food and beer are both outstanding. This place keeps Willimantic on the map. It’s worth a drive up if you’re at Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, about a half hour or a little more.
Some very good beers made here. Mail Order Raisin Old Ale great. Vanilla Stout was different but delightful. Food great with any of the many beers on tap. Bar friendly,even got to talk with brewer and enjoy free sample of what was still in the tank. Thanks Dave, I’ll be back!!
During the weekday, it’s usually pretty quiet. Things pick up closer to dinner time, but you can almost always find a stool at the bar. As you walk into to the pub side, you are greeted by a 60 foot mahogany bar, a couple TVs, and plenty of taps to keep you busy. Half the TVs run NTN Trivia, and the others run sports games. The opposite side of the building is a dining area. Highlighting this side of the restaraunt is the open view to the brewery. The beers on tap are fresh brewed right there, along with 20-30 guest taps. There is almost always a house beer on cask. Among guest taps, I’ve seen Brooklyn Abbey, Harpoon Smoked Porter, Troutbrook Imperial Porter, Troutbrook Old Marley, and lots of other rotating and obscure beers. Among house taps, they’ve always got an IPA on, and lots of other rotating styles, like their barleywine (often a couple vintages are on at a time), porters, stouts, and mostly American and British styles. The IPAs are usually the highlight, he creates incredibly creative IPAs, and lots of ’em. It’d be a huge mistake to visit this place and never sample a Willibrew IPA. I’ve never had an issue with service, whether I’m eating dinner at a table or sittin’ at the bar. Food is an added bonus to the outstanding beer selection. All of Willibrew’s steaks are pretty damned good, my favorite being the Mansfield flank steak, couples nicely with an IPA.