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Blackback Pub & Flyshop

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Blackback Pub & FlyshopBlackback Pub & Flyshop
BA SCORE
98
world-class

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 11.74%
Taps: 9
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1 Stowe St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1820
United States
phone: (802) 505-5115

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(Place added by: mariano42 on 05-20-2010)
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Photo of sapvt
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

I heard a lot of positive things about this place and none of them did it justice.

Great beer selection. Rick is a big fan of Hill Farmstead (with very good reason) and it shows. He was pouring Edward, Florence, Earl, and Nelson Sauvin last night and had a couple kegs (including Edith) lined up next. Also a Trapp Dunkel, Cisco Darkwoods, Petrus Pale and one or two more I'm forgetting. Outstanding. There are some great bottles available too (Orval, Westmalle, etc.) but I can't stray from the amazing local taps.

Rick is very accommodating and a great guy to talk to. I could sit for hours at this bar and talk fishing and beer.

We need more places like this, totally intimate settings run by good folks who have a real passion for beer. Thanks Rick!

sapvt, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%

I headed over hear after a day at the Alchemist upon the recommendation of several Alchemist patrons. Small bar...maybe 8 seats total, solid tap lines, and Rick the bartender/owner was a very nice guy to talk to as well as being quite generous with samples. He just kept pouring samples and bringing them over to me randomly throughout the visit! I recall seeing the following on tap: At least 3 Hill Farmestead brews like Edward IPA, Citra, Harlan IPA, plus other goodies like Old Rasputin, Bavik Pils, Mikkeller Warrior Single Hop, Cisco Dark Woods, etc. Super nice locals and a great place for a nightcap before stumbling back to my room at the Stagecoach Inn!

koopa, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Goldorak
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

Even though I've had a stellar time during my weekend in Vermont, I can't help but be a little pissed that a town as small as Waterbury not only has a world-class brewpub, but now they have a killer Beer bar as well.

So after an incredible meal and Beers at the Alchemist, where I got to meet YouBrewIDrink, we hopped across the street at the Blackback. Tiny place, as in less than a dozen seats, all bellied up to the Bar. What makes this place out of the ordinary is the fact that they also sell fly fishing equipment. Kick ass.

Selection was small, but very well picked. Bavik Pils, a single hop IPA from Mikkeler, three (!) from Hill Farmstead, something from Belgium, etc. I think the only thing missing to make it the perfect Beer bar tap list would have been a sour ale.

Service was great, both Dana and Ricky were super nice, were really knowlegable about Beer, never hesitated to hand over tasters, and made you feel right at home the moment you walked in.

This place is the perfect compliment to the Alchemist, and I liked it a lot. Damn you Waterbury!!

Goldorak, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of youbrewidrink
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Our visit to the Blackback Pub was an unexpected and pleasant suprise.

We had been at the Alchemist for dinner with friends from Canada and were jonesing for a saison. We heard that Blackback had Shaun Hill's new Saison, so off we went.

This has got to be the smallest (I mean most intimate) pub I has ever been to. This is not a knock, it's is just small. I think there were 9 seats at the bar, that's it.

The beer selection was stellar, 3 different taps from Hill's Farmstead and some great imports. The ladies all switched to wine and the white he poured was great (an a generous pour I might add).

We did not eat, but the cappicola & brie panni was $4, how can you beat that.

There was a television over the bar playing a soccer match of local interest and most of the patrons were watching.

The Blackback in a great place to sit and enjoy a beverage. I highly recomend a visit.

youbrewidrink, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of monkeybutler
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%

I live about a mile's walk from the Blackback Pub and Flyshop, which - if you don't know - is directly across the street from both The Alchemist (a world-class brewpub, as far as I'm concerned) and the Reservoir (a great sports bar/restaurant with a solid beer selection).

You could spend a week in these three places and never run out of different types of beer to try.

If the Alchemist is the crown of Waterbury, VT (it is) then Blackback is the jewels in that crown.

I'll concern myself chiefly with the selection of beer - because that's the point, isn't it.

I've been to Monk's, and I've been to Toronado, and many places in between, and I have to say that Blackback punches above its weight. I mean, we're at least 200 miles from anything resembling a city, but Blackback manages to draw in some really great stuff, week in and month out.

Vermont itself punches above its weight when it comes to beer, but Rick (the proprietor) gets stuff from all over. I've had some very hard-to-find belgians both in bottle and on tap. I've had some obscure west coast beers. I've had stuff that you wouldn't think would make it to the east coast let alone some ski-resort cross roads in Vermont.

You'll just have to trust me that there's always something special on tap.

But the most surprising part of the Blackback is how small it is. There's room for no more than 10 people sitting, maybe 20 standing. That's it. 20 people packs this place. It's basically a down-under closet with a bar in it.

It's super-cozy by default. You might consider the cramped quarters a downside, but it lets Rick really excel at customer service...

Rick is a great guy - very generous with the sample pours, very beer-knowledgeable, and very engaging as a bartender. He knows how to pour a beer, and he knows what to pour it in, and he knows how to describe it to you.

He's also super-accommodating to women - and if the ladies don't like the beer he has, there's a really stellar wine selection. I could go on about the wine, but suffice to say that it would disappoint no oenophiles.

Full disclosure: I went into the Blackback on my birthday, and - not advertising it or anything, he saw my birthday when he carded me, and before I left he gave me a really nice long-stemmed Petrus glass as a gift (yeah, he had it on tap that day).

Any other downsides?

None that you wouldn't expect. Rick gets some very good beer on tap, so it's a bit pricey. But it's exactly as pricey as you'd expect.

Rick will serve food- I think he has some meat and cheese plates and maybe a panini sandwich press - but it's not a food destination by any means.

It's all about the beer.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention, he does sell fishing tackle there, and he does dispense fishing advice. Still, that's a side-gig from the main attraction.

monkeybutler, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of billfaulkner73
2.31/5  rDev -47.9%

My friend and I Stopped in and was surprised that the pub was dead on a Saturday night, the selection was horrible, very limited craft beers, nothing that could not be had at the corner bar, our beer was served in Brandy glasses the Barmaid was rude and very terse and we spent almost forty dollars for three beers. I had heard very good things about this pub but was very let down...the kicker was the rude comments about our accents as we were leaving, didn't think I would see that kind of small mindedness in Waterbury.

billfaulkner73, Nov 12, 2012
Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.