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

Mayor: bellco33 (4) | Affiliated user(s) here willibrew | Taps: 35-40 | Bottles: 10
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Beers At Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe

NameABVEntered
Willimantic Brown Ryed Girl5.7%11/30/2016
Willimantic First Class Festive Ale7.7%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
Beer’d 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 It’s 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 Cupid’s Elixer5%3/9/2016
Willimantic Dopple Alt6.6%12/31/2015
Willimantic Dyvyl Hopyard IPA8.4%12/31/2015


78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan  (343) McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia | November 16, 2016
Located in a cool old post office building. Extensive draft list of own and guest taps -- leaning toward CT brews. Service was good, food was fair.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JStax  (457) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | October 26, 2016
Visited on a Friday night for dinner. There was an oktoberfest happening in the street in front of the building, so that might have influenced my visit. Parking was difficult, but we found a lot a few blocks away with an open spot. Inside, on the bar side, we had no trouble finding a table for 2. The rest of the place was pretty busy and got more so as the evening went on. Despite how busy they were, our server was great. He kept beer in front of us, our food came out quickly, and he was super friendly. The only knock is that we had to ask several times to get water every time we needed a refill. That should just be automatic. The beer selection was great. They had 8 of their own beers on tap, about 8 other CT beers, and a few others from outside of the state. Flights are allowed, as well as half pours. The food we had was very good, the beers were good to great, and the atmosphere was welcoming. Outside of the water thing, I couldn’t have asked for a better visit. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the state.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68  (74) Louisville, Kentucky | June 21, 2014
Incredible building. Beautiful interior and great outdoor area. Some games for the kids. Wonderful 20-30 person bar with a couple dozen taps. Good selection of their own and guest taps. Food as great. Service was good and guests were friendly.
56
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | June 5, 2014
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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork  (470) , New Jersey | May 18, 2014
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops  (191) Epping, New Hampshire | January 31, 2014
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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bellco33  (22) Willington, Connecticut | October 16, 2013
I’m a regular here. I love the place. They have a great rotating tap list of their own (awesome) beers and guest brews. The food is excellent, the service is friendly and quick (but never make you feel rushed to get out). It’s not the cheapest place around, but it’s worth the price of admission. Go there, you’ll love it.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322  (144) Chester, Virginia | October 11, 2013
Great find on the main street in a small town. Old US Post Office which still shows in places. Great service, very nice beer selection with a mix of own brews as well as drafts and bottles from friends. Local and area breweries. Everything on tap can be had in a 5 glass sampler. Total bill for lunch, glass of wine and total of 10 samplers which were 4 oz each was $40 before tip. You can’t beat that. Awesome place.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BVery  (628) Plymouth, Minnesota | July 16, 2013
Visited on 7.16.2013. Awesome pub and restaurant - great vibe, dozen house beers and 20 more guest beers, all can be flighted. Service rocks. Good food. Great spot!
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (837) 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, 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.

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