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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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

World class pub serving world class beers. Horrible selection for fly fishing supplies.

But seriously, there's always something from each of the breweries you visited Vermont to drink. Bar tenders are just as fantastic as the beer.

They have a chalkboard where they write the current selection.

parris, May 24, 2014
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ThatsThatDude, Feb 06, 2014
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4.94/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

whartontallboy, Jun 08, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +10.2%

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]

Takeanotherswing, Dec 09, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

Double06, Oct 18, 2011
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4.84/5  rDev +9.3%

My favorite bar on my Vermont trip. Just, wow.

The bar is nestled a little bit below street level. Two rooms, with a very long bar. Not much table space. The combination of a fishing/tackle shop along with a premier craft beer bar always makes me smile. They've got all the Vermont goodies you could want on tap- Lawson's, Zero Gravity, and HF abound. They unfortunately had no Lawson's on when I went, seems like the stuff kicks pretty quickly whenever it's tapped. Like flies to a light.

They had some interesting other stuff too that I'd never heard of. About 15 taps, and all interesting. The one bartender deftly served everybody, and was able to talk beer with us at the same time. The beers were a bit expensive, but not unreasonable for the quality. Got some Hill Farmstead James, a S&S #1, and a Zero Gravity Narconaut.

The food is provided by a taco place called Mad Taco- I guess they have a full restaurant elsewhere, but operate out of this bar as well. Seriously killer tacos- they gave me a ton of sauces to put on it, with "heat ratings" on them. The #10 sauce was nuclear. Some of the best bar food I've ever eaten.

Simply one of the best.

GreesyFizeek, Jan 24, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

IronCitySteve, Oct 04, 2010
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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
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4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

I've been hearing about this place for quite a while, last time I was in town I actually couldn't find it when looking for it. It's literally right across the street and up one or two buildings from The Alchemist.

Came in, this place is very cozy as others have said it's fairly small, maybe 12 seats. But he's got about 10 taps of awesome stuff as well, when I was there on 9/9/10 he had:
Aged Petrus
Cisco Darkwoods
Burton Baton
Youngs Chocolate Stout
Hill farmstead Earl, Edward, Florence, and the Nelson single hop IPA.
Allagash Dubbel

Basically he's got a somewhat small selection but everything he's got is fantastic. He had some sandwiches and knockwust, also a cheese plate. All pretty reasonably priced. His beers were all in the $6-8 range for decent pours in the proper glassware. I think that's a bit pricey however everything is really good so it's worth it.

Next time you're in the area check this place out, the owner is an awesome guy. Very personable and nice and right as I can in he told me about all the beers and gave me a sample before I bought it.

kingcrowing, Sep 10, 2010
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Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.