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.
Stopped in after a trip back from Philadelphia on 25 January, 2014. I really wish I could have seen this building in the day light because it really is awesome. I love that the owner turned this historical Post Office into his brewery! The bartender we had was an older gentleman that was friendly and talkative. He enjoyed chatting beer with us on a slower Saturday night because of the snow storm we had just finished driving in. Our food was about average and normal for a pub. The house beers seem very average with only one scoring above a 3.4. They do however; have a great guest tap list of about 20 different taps with a variety of styles and local CT and New York breweries. I would consider returning here.
Visited in April 2010. Rather out of the way location - Willimantic isnít really a town you are likely to be just passing by and, for most people, it will take a special journey. But itís worth it. Too many US brewpubs donít quite hit the spot for me. Either the beers are sub-par. Or the building lacks character and distinction. Or itís 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 isnít the most cosy or intimate place but thatís 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 didnít 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.
My second time visiting here, but I donít know why I hadnít rated it before. Beautiful space in an old post office, a theme that makes itself known in many of the beers postal-inspired names. Food is okay, a fairly large menu with a lot of the typical brewpub standards. There is also a largish selection of sandwiches and wraps if youíre trying to avoid the fried stuff.
Beers were uniformly good with a broad selection of styles represented but none were really standouts on this occasion. Itís a bit annoying that they only serve full pours though, as I would have liked to try a few more, but couldnít since I was driving. Also annoying that they charge through the nose for their growlers. 6.50 for the glass and another 12-14 for the beer itself makes every growler come close to 20 bucks for the ones I asked about.
This is a very good place and one Iíd love to visit again with a designated driver so that I could more fully enjoy the beers without spending a fortune on growler fills.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | March 30, 2005| Updated December 19, 2007
The huge rooms and gorgeous high ceilings of this old post office make for a very comfortable atmosphere. Food is pretty good, healthy portions (the Eastford Eggplant on fettucine is particularly good) and done with taste, not tons of batter. The beer selection is why youíre here though! They have many of their own taps (including 2 to 4 heavily unfiltered IPAs most of the time), and a decent selection of micros in case you want to try something else from the region. A very nice touch I thought! The barley wine and raisin old ale are both superb strong ales, and most of the IPAs Iíve had there are full of personality, never boring, and absolutely scrumptious. Most weeks, this can be one of the best brewpubs in northeastern America, but sometimes the house beer board gets relatively thin, so you should check out their website and plan your visit with one of their upcoming releases.
Stopped in on the way home from Boston, coming down a different route so we could check out this place. Quite glad we did. The building itself is just beautiful, a big reclaimed post office turned into a brewpub. As much of the original interior that could be worked into the brewpub as been left intact. Service was quick and friendly, food was good as well. The beers were all well made (and the postal theme of many of their names is excellent) and my only let down was that there were a couple on the chalkboard that were no longer available. So it was really just the promise of more tasty beers from them that I couldnít actually have. Wouldnít have been a problem if theyíd just been erased from the board and I didnít know that a day earlier I could have had it. Alas, ignorance is bliss sometimes. Certainly will be stopping back in here again.
See my comments above. Just visited for a 2nd time this weekend. 11 of their own on tap, 24 from elsewhere, and not a bad selection amongst them. Menu strong on seafood; skip the salad (boring iceberg and wilted greens) if you're getting dinner and go for a soup. I had some nice scallops. The beer is very good for the most part, though it's one of those places where I think, jeez you're trying too hard with the dozen different seasonal IPAs and whatnot. My faves thus far have been the Mail Order Old, First Class Festive, and Int'l Mail IPA. This place is pretty much always busy, if crowds on a Monday night are any indication.
This place gets the job done. It wasnít that noisy on a summerís weekday dinner hour--perhaps because the university was out of term. Nice building conversion, though it still felt cramped on the bar side. Decent food--I had a burger. I really enjoyed having a combination of their beers plus New England beers available. Their beers were typical brewpub fare--some highpoints, some lowpoints, lots of middle points.
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.
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)