Madison Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 85
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
3.51/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Bennington was kind of a weird experience for me. Travelling back from the likes of Waterbury and Burlington--both of which I've been to many times by now--this town is really on the southern cusp of the state, and it barely feels like the same scene. But I was up for checking out a place I hadn't been to yet, so I figured I'd visit Madison BC on the way back home to PA.
Atmosphere was decent here. Kind of a weird quasi-hybrid between British pub and American sportsbar, with brewing processes in viewing range. Nothing flashy going on, and the building itself seemed on the older side. I didn't really check the place out in too much detail, rather just bellied up at the bar right by the entrance.
There was a good selection of beer to choose from, so I went with a sampler of eight. It was all pretty standard stuff, and nothing really mind-blowing. You know, they have a stout, a pale ale, an IPA, a red ale...that kind of thing. If it ain't broke don't fix it, I suppose. These guys seem to have been around for a while, and they're apparently satisfied with keeping it simple.
Service was fine. It wasn't too busy, and overall I had no complaints. The menu consisted mostly of pub grub and comfort foods, but there was quite a lot to choose from. I went with the bangers and mash, and it was damn tasty, I must say.
Would I revisited MBC? Ehhh...yeah, sure, why not. It makes for a good mid-journey lunch stop either going up to or coming back from the more northern VT destinations. Would I go out of my way to go back? Nah.
11-01-2013 18:07:19 | More by Rifugium
3.79/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Only brewery in Bennington at the moment, this place has a decent pub feel when you first walk in. Plenty of beer nicnacs and whatnot all over the place, with some cool murals on one wall in the main seating area. Long L-shaped bar when you first walk in. Generally 6-8 beers on-tap, with rotating seasonals. Beer to go in growlers available, and I think it was $12 for a 1L fill and $32 for a "German style" 2L swing-top growler. Food was decent, but typical pub fare. Our bartender was very friendly, but not overly knowledgeable about the beers made there. Nice vibe and decently priced, which goes along with it being the only show in town to make it worth a stop if you find yourself in Bennington looking for some beer and food.
09-06-2013 02:26:40 | More by GarthDanielson
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I guess I shouldn't gripe too much, as I just moved to the area from the big city. This is still probably the best pub I have found so far in the area. The house brews are good, but I am the type that hates to get the same thing every time I drop in, so I wish the selection was a little greater. Still, Vermonters are cool and I always find someone fun to chat with while I down a couple of the local beers and enjoy their reasonably good eats. It's a great bar the first time, but maybe lacks a little in repeatability, so if you are a visitor to Bennington and have to pick just one place to visit, this is probably the one I would recommend. Better than Carmody's (across the street).
07-16-2013 00:58:41 | More by recoveringmormon
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Had to make this a pitstop during a long drive back up Rte 7. Place was very busy but nothing was out of hand and everyone was having a great time. Was surprised to see other beers besides their own available. Sat at the bar with my dad, service was great. One guy was running the bar for the entire place and he kept his cool and was very good at what he did. Sampled a couple beers before deciding on the Belgian Wheat made with Orange Peel and Coriander. Dad got the Honey Wheat. We both ordered the Fish & Chips. Really enjoyed the beer, really enjoyed the food, and even as busy as the bartender was he checked out back to see if I could get some coffee for the drive home. The owner was there too interacting with staff and customers. If you're in the area, make this a stop.
06-25-2013 13:50:03 | More by KingdomBobcat
3.91/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
This was our second brewery on our VT brewery tour. We went in as the doors opened at 11:30. We split a sampler with Sucker Pond Blonde, Buck's Honey Wheat, Willoughby's Scottish Ale, Crown Town Pal Ale, Old 76 Strong Ale, Wassicks White Wall, and Whiskey Porter. The staff was super friendly and as soon as we told them that we had six more breweries to visit that day they brought us the check so that we could head out as soon as we needed to. Everyone was really friendly but the beers did not blow me away. My favorite was the Wassicks White Wall, the other two people in my group prefered the Honey What. Really cute brewing area.
12-16-2012 20:34:17 | More by laurastradford
2.29/5 rDev -38.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
I've gone to this restaurant 3 times now and I will never go back. The first time I was the only person sitting at the bar and was completely ignored by the bartender.
The second time I went it was 8:30 on a Thursday night (it happened to be college night in Bennington). Myself and three friends walked in expecting to spend plenty of money. We were told when we walked in we would not be served because everyone was "just trying to get out of there" for the night. There were several people sitting at the bar still, and they had a musician playing music. I told them we were planning on spending money and ordering several drinks, but they didn't seem to care.
The last time I went, again, at 8:30 pm I was refused service. Again, there were several people in the bar, the doors were unlocked, the specials menu was still outside. No indication they were in the process of 'closing'. When I told the server that this was the third bad experience I had I was told "well, then you need to come out earlier" in an incredibly sarcastic tone as I was practically shoved out the door. It was only 8:30.
Clearly customers are not a priority for them. I will never go back.
11-27-2012 23:45:03 | More by Cadence
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
I stopped by today with my wife and daughter while taking the scenic route back to Connecticut from Vermont and I am glad we stopped. The atmosphere was excellent and I thought the food was very good. I had the Brewmaster's Steak Sandwich, which was very good and my wife enjoyed the Fish-n-Chips. My wife commented that they have one of the best kid's menus she has seen with 9 choices ranging from $4.99-$9.99 with a drink and a dessert. My daughter really liked the $4.99 chicken fingers with fries. I had the 7 - 4oz sampler of their beers. I thought they were all good and thought the Buck's Honey Wheat and the Old 76 Strong Ale were very good. I took home a growler of the Old 76. This is among the better small brew pubs I have tried and will take the one hour detour on the way home to stop by again in the future.
06-18-2012 01:47:32 | More by strengthdoc
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited here this week while on vacation with the family.
This brewpub is located in a great space on the main drag in downtown Bennington. Bar is to your right as you walk in the door, restaurant seating to the left and also upstairs. Smallish but varied menu satisfied all the hungers in our party. Service was prompt and available. Seemed a bit pricy, my daughter had a 10 dollar kids meal. The beer here is average, with some having issues. I wouldn't make a special trip to come here, but might stop in if I was in town.
08-06-2011 23:50:00 | More by johnnnniee
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
April 23 2011. I've actually been going to the Madison since 1999 so this review is long overdo. The atmosphere is very accommodating and inviting. Unlike some other VT brewpubs i have never had to wait more than a few minutes for seat or table. The food is always good (great meatloaf) and usually great service at a min is very good. And the beer spot on. Love the Scottish Ale (standing favorite) and the coffee stout i just had on the 23 was pretty dam good two. I am normally a malt guy and malt isn't the big thing at the Madison but i still love there beer anyway. I will be coming back in the future yet again.
05-01-2011 22:11:27 | More by woolybear
3.25/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Arrived shortly before the lunch crowd on a Friday afternoon. The place is pretty much as the other reviewers have described. I noticed that there was heavy metal (hair band) music playing on the sound system. Not used to hearing Ratt unless I'm at a strip club.
Seated rather quickly, and before the crowds arrived, which were ten to twelve people deep waiting for tables by the time we finished lunch and went on our way.
After there was some initial confusion with who was going to serve us, we were happily enjoying the sampler. The host took our beer order and never returned. The waiter came by with water, and then took our beer order again.
Seems there were a few beers that they didn't have on the menu, but being limited to seven beers, we found something to enjoy. all of the beers aside from he Old 76 were light bodied, and seemed to all be about the same abv.
I ordered the cod which was one of the items included in the specials of the day. They were also offering a pork bbq as well. My lovely wife enjoyed the cranberry turkey melt. We both enjoyed our lunches. My cod was reminiscent of a po-boy sandwich. While the coleslaw was slightly overdressed it did hit the spot.
Beers on hand at the time of our visit:
Bucks Honey wheat
Nut Brown- Which was a very good beer, and I'm not a nut brown fan.
08-24-2009 15:50:43 | More by deanhead
Madison Brewing Co. in Bennington, VT
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.