Blackback Pub

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

69 Reviews
Reviews: 69
Visits: 187
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of slander
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Let’s see. Drove a few hundred miles on up, and then started with growler fills and bottles well out, and worked my way back in for necessary Heady procurement. That’ll see you to mid to late afternoon with no foreseeable plan. So then you Waterbury, ‘cause you’re there, and that’s what you do. Start by parking the corner. ‘The’ corner...

I parked just out front, shocker. Step down step down step down! If you didn’t step down, you fell down. If you fell down, then get up; seriously, you’re embarrassing yourself. Small room with a wide plank laminated topped ‘L’ shaped bar with a ‘step on it’ break, dark wide wood plank base, and brass foot rail; seating for a half dozen +. Shiny brass copper bar tower on the bar holds 8 taps (half of them on nondescript handles), a handpump on the end, unused, and a vintage cash register in between.

The outer wall is stone & brick, not surprisingly for this ground floor, and swirly, a shade of green painted pieces in white trim; the sills of which hold empty bottles of beer, bourbon, & wine. More green painted inners with a single flat on the back barback wall, over a shelf of bourbon and sinkage. The décor of plates, trays, fish prints, & mounted pieces. Worn plank floors and creeky rafter ceilings holding a pair of glassware racks full of Hill Farm stemware, and whiskey boxes & tubes, license plates, and keg collars on the beams above. Bottles clustered on both ends of the bar and riddled about. Some track spots, and good light through the panel door & windows over Main Street. Drafts printed on corner black board pieces.

And through to the side room with some more bar space; a ‘U’ seating nearly a dozen, mostly on hightop wooden chairs, but some on squared stools. The bar top here is old bowling lane action, I do dig it. Another tower of 8 back there and a pair of threesies. Plank back wall and blackboard end wall; the taps listed in alt colored chalk with pricing. Coasters plastered to the ceiling back there, and a gaggle of Cantillon bottles (hey, you want to hear a crazy story?) Another flat back here for the looking at, and seating on church pew bench and stadium seating attached.

Looks like space for 22 taps in all, but a few are off, only a dozen and a half up just now; nearly ½ are Vermont offerings (Lost Nation Gose, Hill Farmstead Edward & What Is Enlightenment?, Jacks Abby/Lawson’s Smoked Maple Lager, Lawson’s Spring Fever Session IPA & Paradise Pale Ale, Zero Gravity R. Prime IPA & Conehead), and the remainder a mix of craft beyond borders (Stoudts Kolsch, Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial, Bear Republic Racer 5, Ten Barrel Apocalypse IPA), imports (Djaevlebryg Gudelos, Mikkeller Black Hole Stout, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Hofbrau Hefe), and a pair of ciders (Citizen Cider Unified Press & Witness). I drank the Lawson’s Spring Fever Session IPA (comes in at 3.8%, was really goddamn nice), Lawson’s Paradise Pale Ale (the goods), and Zero Gravity Conehead (solid wheat IPA). And as Mad Tacos happen here, I went with a pair of the Carnitas (onion, cilantro, dealt with mole sauce sided, tasty, with a bit of heat), they were mad excellent.

Revisited a few months later with Dev & Adisa on the heels of a day like every other one I do in Vermont. Started with the Lawson’s Big Hoppy Black IPA (awesomesauce), and followed up with Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle (a 2 hop blend with hibiscus, Did. Not. Suck). And there will be tacos, yo. I split my pair between the Chile Colorado (avocado, onion, & cilantro in a mole sauce), and the Al Pastor (onion & cilantro in a verdi sauce). Both very good but the latter of the two was champion, true. Adisa disrespected our local Brooklyn taco joint by stating that these were the best tacos he’s ever had. I have suggested doing more tacos here and bagging the work dinner, but there’ll surely be trouble for it.

They do have a small bottle list, notables including Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze Golden Blend, Rodenbach Vintage Oak Aged Ale 2009, Mikkeller It’s Alive). Tunes have been excellent (Stones, Pink Floyd, Kinks, Pearl Jam, Santana, Van Morrison, Talking Heads, Beatles); soundtrack of my life. Servicewise, both times out the Mattender started on and passed things off to Lauren, all good. A fine group of locals, here. We’re talking mead and Weihenstephaner, and all sorts of stuff. Great rotating tap list Vermont local goods heavy and mad, mad tacos. (4,458 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a great little pub for any good craft beer fan. Their draft beer selection is not the most expansive, but it is good quality product. Quality over quantity. Good ambiance inside and a good bar tender. Had a pulled pork burrito that was really good.

Beers tried at bar: Hill Farmstead - Albert, Zero Gravity - Conehead. (327 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Great tap list, with tons of local selections, including Hill Farmstead, Zero Gravity, and others. I had a ZG Conehead Wheat IPA, which was excellent. While they didn't have Heady Topper on tap, plenty of other local places did; that actually freed up a tap for something different, so I had no complaints. They also had two different years of SN Bigfoot - 2010 and 2009, if I recall correctly.

Food is mostly tacos and burritos. I enjoyed a Cuban sandwich that was enjoyable if not particularly remarkable. I hear the rest of the food is quite good, as well.

Pub itself has a nice enough look, with a couple of connected bar areas. (634 characters)

Photo of easong
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Went here looking for what everybody is looking for: Alchemist, Hill-Farmstead, and Lawson's. Found all were recently here but gone. If I lived in town I'd be here every day checking for the latest. Good fresh-Mex food options, and plenty of decent VT taps. Of the 3 or 4 destination pubs in Waterbury this one is the diveiest in the best sense -- nice staff, good folks hanging around. A classic beer destination in one of America's best beer states. (451 characters)

Photo of sirsteve42
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Another one of the must do's when in the waterbury area. I've been to blackback a dozen times or so and the draft selection never lets you down. All the best Vt craft at this small watering hole. I went with an hf abner followed by a lawsons chinookered and double dose....need I say more!
Its a small bar and tough to get a spot at the bar on a weekend but worth the wait once you do. Once you do get that spot you can order some mad taco which is simply awesome stuff.
Blackback is an absolute must when in the area. Cheers (527 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in at Blackback twice (one day, one night) during a weekend in Waterbury.

The atmosphere in this place is great. Really small and welcoming. Their website gives you the impression that this is more of a fishing spot than a bar, which seems incorrect. One long bar split into two rooms with two tvs showing hockey in the day and odd movies at night. There was a bit of a fight when we went at night, apparently about ice cream, but the ones involved seemed like the type to start that sort of thing. Blackback can definitely be described as cozy.

Lot's of the heavy hitters from Vermont on tap and pouring nice. Nothing was off.

Nice enough bartenders that were chatty when it was welcomed and left us alone when we were talking. They seemed to know enough about the beers they were serving, but we pretty much knew what we were getting before ordering. Glassware had lipstick on it and the problem was fixed quickly. Put on the hockey games we wanted to see.

Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, etc. Gooood stuff. Some of the more interesting brews from these guys were available and quite a few interesting taps alongside those. My only complaint is that they could have more taps, but they seem to be going for quality instead of quantity.

The food is pretty awesome here. I had two tacos which were amazing. One was kimchi and pork which blew my mind. Probably the best tacos I've ever had, and quite cheap if I remember correctly. There is also a selection of about 6-8 home made hot sauces which were all cleverly named and tasted great.

Just go to Blackback. (1,570 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

They had 17 beer on tap and one on cask the last time I visited. A lot of great locals available as well as some beers from afar. They have expanded since my last visit a couple of years ago and it is helpful in finding room to settle in to try all the tasty brew. Friendly service and friendly folks drinking on all sides of me. I ordered a couple of very tasty tacos - chatted with the cook who was a cool guy. Overall a really fun experience on a Sunday afternoon. (467 characters)

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I live in New Hampshire and travel up to Waterbury for cases of Heady Topper. The best thing about the trip is the ability to drive 2 miles from the Alchemist brewery and be in the middle of three bars stocked with the absolute best VT microbrews available. Blackback is the small place, but always(usually) has the some of the most interesting offerings from Lawson's and Hill Farmstead. If you are in the downtown area and don't stop in to see what they are offering on tap, poo on you. The bartenders are super nice and its just a really chill place to stop for a great beer. Highly recommended, not sure about food quality because it seems like an afterthought for them.
UPDATE: Mad Taco is there and it's great. The pork taco with kimchi was delicious. Great pairings to absorb some of the high abv DIPAs you are sure to swill. (832 characters)

Photo of MThiele360
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you're visiting the area, this is where you come for your Hill Farmstead and Lawson's fix. There is nowhere in the state where you'll find more taps from those two breweries.

The Blackback is a dive bar. It's a dark, slightly below ground space haphazardly decorated with fishing gear. There are about 20 seats at the bar which wraps through two rooms, as well as a few tables under the chalkboard and some seats along the windowsill. There are a couple of TVs, usually with something random on. You'll usually find a mix of locals and beer tourists enjoying their world-class brews and good conversation. It can get busy, especially during peak tourist times.

Despite its outward appearance, this place is a world-class beer bar. The owner cares about craft beer, only serves the best, and a proper pour of each offering comes in the appropriate glassware.

Service is excellent. There is typically only one bartender working, but I've never had to wait too long for a beer. If the owner, Ricky, is in he loves to talk beer. I've had great experiences with any of the other bartenders as well. They're attentive and friendly.

Selection is obviously why you come to the Blackback. At any given time there will be up to 6 Hill Farmstead drafts and up to 4 Lawson's drafts. It's a rare day when there's a bar anywhere serving more from those two breweries. In addition, there could be other locals like Zero Gravity, other domestic crafts like Bear Republic or Cigar City, and some interesting imports.

Food is excellent now that the Mad Taco has moved in. For a while, you'd stop into Blackback for beers and eat across the street at Reservoir or the Pig. Now you can settle in for the night at Blackback. Between the excellent Mad Taco food and the beer selection, there's no need to go anywhere else. (1,808 characters)

Photo of dougfur
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Nice underground pub. Not huge, but comfortable; definitely more of a bar vibe than a restaurant, but they make outstanding tacos and other Mexican food. The on-tap lineup is world-&^%ing- class! The first thing I noticed when I walked in was 4 Hill Farmstead taps all lined up, next to a Lawsons, next to a Ballast Point, next to a Bear Republic, next to a... While the atmosphere isn't perfect, it's just fine and the food is great, beer is simply spectacular! (462 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As previous reviews have indicated, this place is WAY into flyfishing; however, it is also into providing patrons with a hearty supply of Vermont craft beer.

The Blackback Pub and Flyshop is one of several excellent venues along the Main Street of Waterbury – see my review for Prohibition Pig, which is across the street. The décor is that your grandfather’s country lodge: heather green walls and vey heavy on the fishing paraphernalia, which is scattered throughout this small bar. What I liked was the availability of several Farmstead beers; this in itself makes for a worthy trip. The service was friendly and efficient. No food is served, but then you’ll probably pig out at the aforementioned Prohibition Pig prior to your visit here.

A leisurely quaff at the Blackback Pub brings to mind an old, and appropriate, adage:

“Give a Man a fish and he’ll eat for the day; teach him to fish and he’ll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.” Wise. (966 characters)

Photo of billfaulkner73
2.31/5  rDev -47.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

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. (523 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here after my dinner at the Pig. Atmosphere was nice, it is not the biggest place in the world but I easily got a seat at the bar and was greeted by a very nice bartender. She ran me through the tap list and offered a few thoughts on some of the ones I had not tried yet which was awesome. They had a bunch of Hill Farmsteads on as well as a few Lawson's so I stuck with those. I went with the HF Simcoe single hop and the Lawson's Hunger Mountain 40th and they were both excellent and sever in the correct glasses.

My food score is not indicative of how it tasted, rather how much they offer. Food was sparse upon my visit but I hear they are upgrading the kitchen very soon so I look forward to seeing what they come up with in the future. I got the cheese plate and it was very good and totally worth the money. Overall a really awesome beer bar that I will definitely return to when I am in the area. (916 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Exceptional place to have a beer. Smallish in size, but big in quality, with top notch HF and Lawson Liquid offerings. People were friendly and relaxed, its a go-to place for knowledgeable beer drinkers from the region and from Montreal. Knowledgeable includes staff. Monday nights are the new arrivals. Prices reasonable, but not cheap for HF. Only high quality offerings here.Worth going out of your way for, i.e. if you re only planning to visit Burlington.Up there as a destination, so don't miss it. (504 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here on my recent trip to Vermont. I'm so glad I did.

Available on draft were pretty much all the beers on my Vermont beer wish list. Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, and nine Hill Farmstead brews, including Abner, Society and Solitude #3 and #4, Everett, Florence, Edward, What is Enlightenment?, and Harlan. Wow.

Service was excellent, as was the vibe. A small, cozy place with only a few regulars chatting and watching the Red Sox game. The bartender offered half pours, allowing me the opportunity to enjoy a few more rounds.

Overall, this was a fabulous little place. I will absolutely return here first on my next trip to the lovely state of Vermont. (667 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow, what a selection. Hit all three of the nearby watering holes on the main drag of Waterbury, and I'd give Blackback the beer nod. They had five Hill-Farmstead taps (Abner, Society and Solitude 3, Florence, Edward, and Everett) and four Lawson's taps (including Double Sunshine, Knockout Blonde, Big Hapi, and Permagrin) when I stopped in today, with a bit of something for everyone. The bartender was also incredibly nice and friendly. Very much worth making your first stop if you're in the area, although it's a bummer they don't have more food. (551 characters)

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My friend and I stopped in here after having dinner and a couple beers at the Prohibition Pig this past weekend. It's a place I've been meaning to visit for a long time.

Years ago when I was living on Mission Hill in Boston and doing my laundry in the creaky basement laundromat of a nearby triple-decker, I had a dream of a laid-back, basement bar. It was a literal dream I had in my sleep, but the idea of a hidden, dark, but welcoming bar in the basement of one of the sleepy buildings in the neighborhood was very appealing. I'm not sure what they had on-tap in the bar of that dream, but since I was 19 or so, it was probably Pilsner Urquell or something of considerably lesser quality.

Well, the Blackback seems to have been that dream come true, except that instead of pouring yellow beer, the Blackback offered six Hill Farmstead taps, a couple (I believe) Lawson's and a handful of other wonderful beers.

The prices were reasonable, the service friendly and attentive, the beers fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere was, dare I say it, dreamlike. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,569 characters)

Photo of DWolf
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.75/5  rDev +8%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (1,506 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (1,493 characters)

Photo of Takeanotherswing
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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] (866 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,581 characters)

Photo of Bueuze
2.83/5  rDev -35.7%
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. (1,430 characters)

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Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
97 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.