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Blackback Pub & Flyshop

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98
world-class

162 Ratings
Ratings: 162
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Great bar in Waterbury, and part of an easy 3-part pub-crawl, also including the Reservoir and Prohibition Pig. The Blackback is in the basement of a building, rafters in plain sight, and gives off the vibe of, well, pretty much drinking in your best friend's basement, assuming your best friend keeps a bunch of great local VT beers on tap. The bar is on the smaller side, and split between two small rooms, with seats for about 15 people or so, and tables lining the walls. Not a lot of room, but that just means more intimacy. Decor includes breweriana, lots of beer trays, with somewhat of a hunter-fisher lodge feel going on.

Again, 9 beers on tap (this has increased lately), mostly good local selections (including Lawson's and Hill Farmstead), with a small but decent bottle selection as well, and you might find a viciously priced HF bottle on the list at any given time. The bartenders are typically friendly, attentive and knowledgeable; 3 for 3 there. Prices were quite reasonable...if you consider a 10-12oz. HF pour for $7-8 reasonable.

There is now a small food menu, with south-of-the-border type offerings supplied by Mad Taco. I've had three different things from them at this point, and so far...they've all been pretty lousy. Like really bad. Like Taco Bell is much better.

Definitely worth a stop-in if you find yourself in town. And if you're staying in Burlington or any nearby area, you should eventually make the 30-45 minute trip to Waterbury, for this little cluster of pubs. Highly recommended for the taplist, not so much for the food.

Photo of DWolf
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was recommended by the good folks at The Alchemist for a good selection of locally brewed brews. (What? No Heady Topper???) Despite the obvious omission of Heady Topper, the selection was great. The bar maid was very helpful and knowledgeable. Although they did not offer any sort of taster rack, she was very accommodating with providing tastes of anything I inquired about. The Hill Farmstead APA's and IPA's really stood out to me, as being the most enjoyable. But, there is something here for any beer enthusiast (advocate). I didn't try the food (limited selection), but I highly recommend Blackback for some beers and casual conversation. The atmosphere can best be described as cozy - so arrive early if you want to get a spot.

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

took a trip to vt this past week and stopped in the first night to Blackback Pub. Great place, awesome service, really good sushi and calzones, and the beer selection was amazing. My girlfriend and I were in the Stowe and Waterbury area for 4 days, and 3 of the days we spent time at the Blackback. With 5-6 HF beers, Lawsons, Stillwater, Maine Beer Co, and many more this beer selection was perfect. The staff and Locals are all super nice and accomadating. For someone in the area this in my oppinion is a Must stop. You will not be disappointed.

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hit this place up after the suggestion of bobv.

It took a little bit to find this place .. based on my GPS, they essentially have the same address as the wine bar that on the same corner but upstairs. Finally found it..what an odd little set up. Extended bar and almost nothing but bar that's square (though the back is against the wall). You can definitely tell where the extension was put in - it almost seems like two seperate places. All wooden bar, roughly three crammed tables that are underneath a blackboard at the far end listing their food and beer offerings. Nice selection of local beers - plenty of Lawson and Hill Farmstead which is exactly what I was looking for!
We went in hungry and ready to eat and drink... however, not a great food selection. Pizza, calzone and sushi. I don't like sushi, and the size of the bar..wasn't all that condusive to grabbing a pizza and such.
Bartender was pretty on top of things and seemed pleasant enough. We didn't spend much time interacting but our order was taken and served promptly.
The prices here are extremely high and based on the food selection, not worth it for the food. The beer is steep in price based on the pour size, however what they offering somewhat makes up for it.
My partner and I stayed for a drink, and then walked across the street to grab food. This is a place for sitting and drinking - so hit somewhere else first for food, but get there relatively early as there isn't much space and seems like it could fill up quickly.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great selection of about 30 taps. Locals were featured prominently, including 3 from Lawson and 5 from Hill. However, the Hill Galaxy was last brewed 3 months ago, so I am not sure how (or if) they manage to keep the stock fresh. There were a lot of imports - many of which I was not familiar with. I would love to try a lot of them. I tried a few of the Lawson's selections, which were quite tasty but served very cold for the style of beer that they were.

Unfortunately the blackboards were situated where there were only a few seats in the house where you didn't have to get up to read all the choices. Beers were listed by name, style, abv and price. The brewery or state/country of origin was mostly not listed; nor was the pour size.

Service was a little stand-offish. Questions about the offerings were referred to the blackboards. Further information or samples were not offered. It was difficult to get the barkeep's attention. Food choices were limited to calzones, sushi and a cheese plate. Other offerings were not delivered or had sold out (as I overheard from other patrons requesting food options). We showed up fairly hungry for a late lunch, which turned out to be a mistake!

Prices are a little steep, especially for the pour sizes. Overall, a pleasant and unusual pub (local craft brew and fishing - what could be more Vermont than that?). I would visit again, but I would probably prioritize on one of the other great craft pubs in northern Vermont if I had a choice.

Photo of Takeanotherswing
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Luckily the guys at the Alchemist sent us here, before we were going to leave town. There are a lot of cool things to do in Waterbury and we thought we were done, but we ended up spending another 2 hrs before our 6-7 hr trip back to NY. Those 2 hrs were spent feasting on HF taps (7 on tap). We had found the spot to get all the HF we wanted even going to the brewery the day before. They had other good locals and a great tap selection otherwise. Seemed like more of a locals hangout and a very friendly bartender. Glad we were pointed in this direction. Reservoir was awesome with a great local selection as well which is what we were looking for, but if you want to have some glasses of HF without the growler nonsense, come here. Only weird thing was a guy with a Bears jersey and Yankees hat on in the middle of New England [who may have been the owner/manager]

Photo of cbeer88
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I love this little bar. It's a little out of the way for non-locals, particularly with the Alchemist no longer in town. But, the drive to Waterbury is still well worth it to drown yourself in Hill Farmstead taps.

The beer: Like I said, you go here for HF beers if you are an out of towner. He tries to keep 6 on tap. The selection closely mirrors what they have on for growlers at the brewery, but not precisely the same. He aso has a couple of other high-end/rare locals like Lawson's Double Sunshine and Lawson's Maple Imperial Stout. A few non-local but interesting taps round out the list (Dogfish Head Jiahu, Life and Limb, Starrapoman, Leipzeiger Gose, etc)

Atmosphere: The place is small and the bar takes up the majority of it. There are probably 20 bar seats, and then another 8-10 against the wall. That's about it. Very little standing room. Nice wooden look, breweriana and fishing "stuff" dot the walls. Very earth smelling bathroom, which I liked.

Service: Owner/bartender is very friendly, welcoming, and chatty. Happy to throw samples at you and very attentive to an empty glass.

Food: Didn't try anything - had dinner across the street, as the menu here is very minimal.

Value: Coming from Boston I didn't really blink at the prices, but it was a smidge on the high side for the area. Beers were a bit cheaper elsewhere, and the food looked pricey.

It's definitely a locals pub, but the bartender and a few of the patrons that were there did their best to make us feel welcome. If you're in Waterbury picking up some Heady Topper, stop by here for a beer.

Photo of Bueuze
2.83/5  rDev -36%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

For such a small place they certainly are expensive. I saw what looked like a good pizza special on the wall (apples, balsamic reduction, carmelized onions, cheddar cheese, and bacon). Didn't see a price until I looked at the menu on the other side of the restaurant where a price was listed there. $16?! Wow, it better be good. Pizza was maybe 10"-12" and served to me on a big awkward wooden pizza peel. WTF?! Not sure where they found the inspiration for that presentation. Toppings were sparse and pizza was overcooked so I'm not really sure what I was paying for.

Pours aren't cheap. The upside is that there are usually at least 5 Hill Farmstead taps on. Even though I don't mind having the selection, it seems like a slap in the face of all the other Vermont craft brewers. Downside is the good chance of getting it through a dirty tap line. I had an Ephraim that I'm pretty sure had about half a glass of Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale in it. I got to try another sample (given to me by the bartender after hearing it didn't taste right) after a bunch more glasses had been poured and the difference between what I got earlier and that was not even arguable, but it still didn't taste right. I just had that batch of Ephraim at the brewery the week before. Edward also seemed a little off. Earl and Abner tasted right.

Service otherwise was good. Atmosphere was the best thing about this place. Probably won't go here again.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here back in mid-July 2011 while we were exploring central Vermont. I believe we showed up shortly after it opened in the early afternoon (we were quite eager to quench our thirst).

Real interesting cozy (incredibly small but in a good way) brick-walled pub with a fly-fishing theme. This is honestly the tiniest pub I've ever been in, with the pub immediately in front of you as you enter, but it's a wonderfully curious place.

The atmosphere was definitely small-town-pub-feel, with just the two of us talking with the owner (who was very friendly and easy-going) while a Rob Schneider masterpiece played on the flatscreen. A small town moment occurred when the kegs arrived and the owner had to run to the bank so asked us to watch the place for a minute. Eventually, a couple more people started to trickle in, and everyone was sharing in the casual conversation. Real cool vibe and incredible atmosphere- and this was at 3pm on a weekday- can only imagine what this place is like at night.

As most have mentioned, one of the best qualities of Blackback is the availability and variety of Hill Farmstead. Also had on-tap a couple of Allagash offerings, one or two Belgians, and a collaboration sour ale that was delicious (can't remember name). Quality over quantity- I loved it.

This place is a must-visit if you're in the area, and the town of Waterbury is certainly worth the drive from Burlington considering the quality establishments this small town offers.

Photo of Double06
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

In town for work and made it a point to come to Blackback after not being able to make it out to Hill Farmstead. To be completely honest, I LOVE this place.

General: Stopped by on a Monday night and they still had a decent little crowd. Service was friendly and concientious but not overbearing. Don't remember her name, but bartender was great.

Beer: Wow... Just missed the Ephraim but a day but still worth the trip. Five Hill Farmstead on draft - all better than the last. Several Allagash taps and many others including other lesser known Belgians.

Food: Limited menu but what I had was great - Portabella and 3 cheese panini sandwich with fresh marinara. Wish they would have had more options - the only reason they're not getting a 5 here - but otherwise great.

Beers - great.
Service - great.
Prices - reasonable.
Food - quality.

Even the bathrooms reminded me of my dad's old hunting cabin in northern PA - all damp and musty, it smelled EXACTLY the same as I remember my dad's cabin.

Love this place and wished it was in my neighborhood.

Photo of Chincino
4.33/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place was a great spot for us to visit on a rainy evening in Waterbury. The atmosphere was great, very homey and relaxing.

We sat at the bar and the bartender provided good service and was knowledgable about the beers. I tried a couple of Hill Farmstead beers including my favorite of the night which was the Everett Porter.

The beer selection was great and the food was good as well. We split an all root pizza which had beets, squash, etc on it which was good. It was a rare place that offers both sushi and pizza in the same spot. They had cards to play so we had a relaxing time playing cards and drinking great Hill Farmstead beers.

I would definitely check this place out if you're in the Waterbury area.

Cheers!

Photo of Gushue3
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped here with my girlfriend before we hit The Alchemist. We got in and there was a bartender and 1 patron sitting at the bar wearing shades and looked like one of my friends. Off the bat i saw 5 Hill Farmstead brews on tap Abner, Double Galaxy, Earl are all i can remember along with DFH Burton Baton. Small selection but very nice. We watched some Mel Gibson movie and all laughed at the recent mishaps he has had. Excellent time talking to them about the HF Farmhouse Ale event along with other beer and random things. Beer was fresh and delicious along with the fun atmosphere. Great place with great beers, perfect beofre or after the Alchemist.

Photo of nopucophop
3.43/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is a little different then your normal pub. Very very small. The decor is pretty bad in my opinion. They advertise what beers they had by ripping a piece of the box it came in an writing the price on it with a sharpie. Did I mention how small this place is? The beer selection is very small but very very good. If you don't mind a dingy small atmosphere and are just looking for great beer or scoth this is the place for you.

For the fisherman among us. There was some fishing stuff around but not a ton. The owner was not there and I understand he is the fisherman, but if your going to have a fishing themed pub the bartender should know something about fishing.

Overall I would go back if in the area just to see what they hvae to offer on the draft menu other then that really no reason to visit.

Photo of twelvsies
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place, in a word, awesome. Actually make that fucking awesome, so two words. If you like random bars, pubs, watering-holes and the like, this place is surely worth a visit in that it is one of the oddest establishments I have been to. On top of that, if you like great beer, this place is a must visit at some point in your life.

Upon entering down a couple steps, you see that the entire place is merely the bar (10 seats or so), a few benches just set back from the bar stools, a little corridor where the bathrooms are and a few walls. Pretty simple. I actually overheard the bartender mentioning to some other folks that they plan to knock out a wall and expand the place, and combine it with the sushi place next door, which sounds cool in theory, but honestly I like the charm of this little hole in the wall. The decor is of course fly-fishing themed, featuring river maps, pictures of fish and such, and handmade fly lures that are apparently available for purchase (?).

Anyway, I loved the quirkiness of this place, and would go there even to drink crappy beer. Luckily, though, they have delicious beer. About 8-10 draughts maybe, mostly VT locals. Plenty of Hill Farmstead on tap - when we were there I think they had the Edward, Galaxy, Abner, and the Everett. So, if you are in VT but can't quite make the haul up to Hill, try this place. They also had some other classic craft beers on tap such as Anchor Liberty, some Dogfish, and I think a random Allagash - the standbys. I do not remember if they had bottles - they might have a few, because I remember seeing an impressive array of rare and interesting empties lining the walls, but I only drank the draughts. Fine wines, scotch / whiskey, and meats / cheese / sandwiches also available, made right behind the bar (didn't try but looked good).

Bartender was friendly as were the rest of the patrons, pretty much all of whom we got to know due to the size of the place. There was an awesome old guy who was clearly there for the whiskey and fly-fishing aspect of the bar - gotta love it. This was all at like 4pm on a Wednesday or something. Would love to see this place on a hoppin' night.

Definitely well worth the visit - perhaps the coolest bar on our awesome trip through VT, NH, and ME, and we stopped at a lot of places. A true original, and plenty of great beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here for the first time with my wife this past Wednesday. Curious little hole in the wall this place is. We were staying in Waterbury and had a little time to kill before supper so since this place opens at 3pm we gave it a shot. You walk in a door take two step down and you are standing in front of a bar that has maybe 10 stools in front of it. There are a couple of long benches off to the left and that's really the extent of the place. It's tiny, but they are expanding into the storefront to their left which will more than double the size of the place. So the reason we were here, the beer. They have quite a tap list really. Three Hill Farmstead beers, two Sierra Nevada, two DFH, one Allagash. And probably something I'm forgetting. We had a cheese plate and that was really good and they have some sandwiches as well. We were the only ones in the bar and the guy behind the bar was knowledgeable and friendly. I'd definitely go back when in the area.

Photo of Cascade77
2.98/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

EDIT
Stopped in after the expansion with some friends. Prices for both beer and food have gone through the roof. Really dissappointing.
Paid $8 for a 8oz pour of Petrus Aged Pale. Mahrs Pils was $7 for a 10oz pour in a wine glass. Really?? A 10oz pilsner in a wine glass? Didn't see anything bigger than a 12oz pour.

Service was slow and pours were often foamy.

At lesat have one or two reasonably priced beers that come in a pint so locals can enjoy it. Might as well go to the wine bar upstairs.

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Stopped in last week for a couple beers with friends.

Small, dark, underground bar with just a few bar stools. Lots of fishing paraphernalia and beer trays on the walls. There should be more to cover the ugly green paint.

Beer list is small but very good. All quality. A few Hill Farmstead and some Belgian imports. Service was good. Talkative owner.

Prices are steep with small pours. A 10oz pour of a double IPA came to I think $6.50. I don't think anything came in a pint, not even the Edward.

Not a bad place to hang out and a nice addition to the Waterbury beer scene. Will definitely stop in for a beer from time to time.

Photo of ElGallo
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This has to be the coolest storefront/basement beer bar I've ever been to. Oh, right, it's the only storefront/basement beer bar I've ever been to.

Met a couple friends here for a few pours before walking over to The Alchemist for dinner. The place is tiny: you could easily bump someone's bar stool just by opening the door. Bar seats 8-10 people, maybe eight taps, but all high-quality. I thought there would be a fly shop in back, but there are just some random fly boxes in the window and other gear hung in the old ceiling timbers. A very nice selection of single malts, some bourbon, and wine also are available. Our bartender Jenny took good care of us.

But the beer is the clincher: two Hill Farmstead offerings on draft (Edward & Galaxy), which were excellent, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil and Bitter & Twisted, Allagash Curieux, Petrus Aged Pale, Old Rasputin, and Stout's Pils were the draft offerings that day. Not too shabby for such a small, nondiscript place, but maybe that's the point. All you need is a bar and some good kegs, and the beer lovers will come. Cool place and a very cool concept for a beer bar. A must see and a great place for a starter (or nightcap) when hitting up The Alchemist for dinner.

Photo of hoponit
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Good things truly do come in small packages.
With seating for approximately 10 and as many taps, this is about as concentrated a good-beer experience as one can find.

Prepping for a recent ski trip to Mad River Glen I discovered this bar, right across the street from The Alchemist brewpub. That's a lot of good beer in a very small town. What was particularly enticing about Blackback was the fact that they had 4 taps of Hill Farmstead, a brewery not normally seen at any of my local haunts. That alone made this a must visit, but what would make me return in a heartbeat was the atmosphere. Stepping through the front door was like entering a friend's lovingly decorated basement bar. And to reinforce the feeling of visiting a friend, the owner/bartender was extremely gracious with both the beer and his enthusiasm for it.

The only thing I missed trying was the food.
Next time....

Photo of mavbrew
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We were in town yesterday on our VT beer trip and saw they had some DFH, Hill Farmstead and Allagash on tap, so we decided to stop in. This is my kind of place, there are 9 bar stools and about 10 beers on tap, a hidden gem by my standards. They offered nothing but great beer, and the owner was behind the bar chatting it up with all of us about beer and everything else. Hell, he showed me some Maine Beer Co. Peeper and said to stop by a local liquor store where I could pick it up cheaper, he said it was a must try but expensive in his bar.

I must say this is a must visit bar in Waterbury, the atmosphere is great, the beer selection is small but excellent and the owner seems like a great guy. If I lived in the area I would be certain this would be my regular bar. I will be stopping in whenever I'm even close to Waterbury, that's for sure.

Photo of sholland119
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited on 1/20/11.

9 bar stools, 9 beer taps. What could be more perfect?

We stopped in here for a couple of beers after dinner and beers across the street at the Alchemist. Blackback is located in the basement of the building at the corner of Stowe and Main. Bright paint (green!) and lots of flyfishing paraphernalia (and taxidermied fish) give the place a unique look among bars I have been to.

All taps were high quality stuff, with about 6 Hill Farmstead beers, Hoptimum and 2 old ales (Old Stock and Bigfoot, which were also being presented side by side in a mini-flight; nice touch). The bartender/owner was companionable and easy to hang out with. Like you were in a friend's basement, shooting the breeze and drinking good beer.

We did not eat, though there was a rumor that paninis were available. Loved this place.

HV

Photo of coachdonovan
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here around 6 or 7 after eating early at the Alchemist. As others have mentioned, this place is very small but that gives it a very friendly vibe. I counted exactly eight barstools as the only places to sit. There is one large TV behind the bar. Lots of fishing apparati mixed in with whiskey boxes attached to the ceiling beams.

We didn't eat, but there isn't much to choose from. I did notice a panini press behind the bar and the website says they have a cheese plate. Tap list included Earl, Edward and Anna from Hill Farmstead. Also Old Stock North Coast, SN 30th anniversary barleywine, DFH My Antonia (a rare find), Rogue Wet Hop and a lambic. I saw something on the whiteboard about a "flight of barleywines" that had recently been offered; never seen that before. Everything was served in proper glassware.

We had good conversation with the bartender and owner, who stopped in for a few minutes with his wife and son. (As an aside, I liked the fact that the owner of this place was having dinner at the Alchemist. Theoretically the two bars are competitors but it's nice to see they're not only friendly but patronize each other's places.) The size of Blackback is such that it's hard not to strike up conversation with any other customers, so don't go here if you're looking to drink alone. There was a rustic feel to the place despite being on Main Street, and I would definitely stop by again before and/or after the Alchemist.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Place is tiny, in a BA quality beer rich little town. Fishing stuff all over the ceiling and scattered around the place. When you go to the Alchemist, this spot is just about a block away and well worth stopping in for a visit.

We were treated to several quality tap selections from places like Trapp, Hill Farmstead, DFH and high quality others. Quality is the operative word here. Boutigue beers in a tiny bar setting. Toss in an outgoing and entertaining, bartender/owner and you have a highly enjoyable and worthy place for a beer or two, either before or after the Alchemist.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

We stopped by this place after visiting the alchemist early on a Thursday night. The bar is quite small and there is really no other place to stand or sit. However, it is more intimate than it is small, and promoted a great atmosphere. I believe I talked to just about every person that was in the place while we were here. Very nice atmosphere. The atmosphere was also supported by the bartender, who owned the place with his wife. He was quite friendly and attentive, and was very knowledgeable.

The beer was served in appropriate glassware and was fresh. The selection was small, but well though out. I do wish they had more selection, though. A small complaint to a great place, but this place would be world class if their selection was a bit better.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A great new addition to Waterbury, and only about 100 yards from the Alchemist, which is why I don't go here as often as I would otherwise. This bar is TINY and can be a bit cramped at times but the small size also means that it's always reasonably quiet. Rick is an entertaining bartender, always ready to BS about beer and a lot of other things. The small tap selection is nothing short of world class, and always includes at least 1 or 2 Hill Farmstead beers. The bottle list could be a little larger but is carefully chosen, nothing but worthy entries. Prices might seem a tad high at first glance, but look what you're getting... you won't find many of these beers cheaper anywhere else, and usually they are more costly elsewhere. Food is limited to picnic style snack plates, given the lack of a kitchen, but is tasty. The one thing I'd like to see is a cooler so the bottle selection could expand but there is no room for that. Some very good scotch here too.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Thanks to some great BA's, my wife and I stopped in here on our travels through VT. Let me say, I love this place!!

Rick, bartender/owner is absolutely awesome. He enjoys great beer and loves talking about it, which I think is great because I love talking about beer. He was extremely knowledgable about beer and extremely friendly to my wife and I. He was more than willing to supply us with some samples.

Although there is only a small bar with several seats, I thoroughly enjoy this atmosphere. We were 2 of 8 in the place and we were the only tourists. The people inside were extremely friendly and fun to chat with.

The bar had some wonderful beers on tap. There were 3 Hill Farmstand Beers, a Trapp Family Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, Stoudts Pils and a very rare Dogfish Sah'tea.

The price is quite reasonable in my opinion seeing how Rick is very willing to pour samples and I do not mean 1 ounce samples, they are 3-4 ounce samples.

Overall, this place is fantastic and a true highlight of our trip!

Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.