Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe

967 Main St
Willimantic, Connecticut United States 06226
brewpub (Willimantic)  4.75/5.0 66 reviews
Sun,Tue - Thu 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM; Mon 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM; Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM

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Beers At Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe

NameABVEntered
Willimantic Poor Richardís Olde Ale7.7%2/7/2017
New England Fat Ten-Er #86.8%1/20/2017
New England Supernaut IPA5.8%1/20/2017
New England Double Fuzzy Baby Ducks8.2%1/20/2017
Willimantic Brown Ryed Girl5.7%11/30/2016
Willimantic First Class Festive Ale8%11/30/2016
Stubborn Beauty Happy Treez6.2%11/17/2016
Willimantic Six Shooter Oyster Oatmeal Stout5.9%11/16/2016
Willimantic Commemorative IPA6.9%11/16/2016
Beeríd Elihue Wheat6%10/20/2016
Stony Creek Crum6.2%10/20/2016
Outer Light Lonesome Boatman5.7%10/20/2016
Thimble Island Lager5.2%10/20/2016
Willimantic Willi Wonder #710%10/20/2016
Willimantic Certified Gold4.7%10/20/2016
Willimantic Blanche de Willi8.2%10/20/2016
Willimantic Itís Bikini Saison5.5%7/22/2016
Willimantic Hopportunity Knocks6.6%7/22/2016
Willimantic Flying Cigar Ale5.6%6/23/2016
Willimantic Bohemian HOPsidy6.8%6/23/2016
Willimantic #Biggestsmallbeerever Porter6.2%6/23/2016
Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils5.3%6/17/2016
Thimble Island Gosaic5.3%6/17/2016
Willimantic Willi Wonder! Series #5 (2016) 10%6/17/2016
Willimantic Victorian Neighbor Ale5.4%6/17/2016
Willimantic Hoppopotam.I.P.A.8.4%6/16/2016
Willimantic S.W.A.K. Stout5.9%3/9/2016
Willimantic Goodbye Rye5%3/9/2016
Willimantic Cupidís Elixer5%3/9/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (857) Columbus, Ohio | July 11, 2013
(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, Marinerís 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2  (983) Escondido, California | June 24, 2013
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.
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Braudog  (863) Yorktown, Virginia | January 15, 2013
I got in a mid-week dinner time visit here based on positive reviews here. It is an amazing building, but I think theyíve couldíve 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)
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
argo0  (274) Washington DC | December 29, 2012
Iíve been coming here for years, as itís the closest brewpub to my in-laws. Weíve always found it to be a kid-friendly establishment with decent food and solid (sometimes great) beers. And you canít beat the postal vibe.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Eric89  (2) Massachusetts | November 8, 2012
Craft brewery and restaurant in a 1918-build post office. The food and beer are both outstanding. This place keeps Willimantic on the map. Itís worth a drive up if youíre at Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, about a half hour or a little more.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jaiden0  (1) Massachusetts | October 11, 2012
Great variety with new beers coming out almost daily. Iím an IPA guy and am in heaven generally. If they donít have a house brew that suits my taste thereís always a great guest brew on tap.
66
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Rand_ale_Thor  (9) , | October 6, 2012
I was there a while ago...maybe within a year, but I do not remember it being as good as everyone else is posting. The ambiance is their best attribute, and they have quality beer. I could see being a regular if I lived in the area, but I was not excessively impressed being an outsider.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Drake  (752) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | September 9, 2012
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Capa  (412) Kitsap, Washington | August 28, 2012
Stopped in only to pick up a growler and left wishing Iíd had more time to grab a few at the bar. Awesome use of the old bank building. Service was pretty quick, even on a packed Friday evening. A bunch of house beers on tap plus a pretty extensive guest lineup. I wanted to try so many but opted for the summer saison- for which my taste buds were handsomely rewarded. Will definitely budget more time for this place next time I come through the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2701) Charlotte , North Carolina | August 26, 2012
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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
TheJester  (72) Cavan Monaghan, Ontario | August 14, 2012
Great use of space in this old post office. Extensive and diverse food menu, and the food was quite good. Canít give it a 5 for ambiance because of the washroom. Not dirty, but old and kinda cheap looking. An afterthought. The selection of their beers was fairly limited, and the guest taps were not particularly inspiring. Lot of local stuff though, which is good. Nice selection of bottles. Nice patio. Iíd go back any time.

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