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Madison Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.55/5
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17 Beers
102 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

428 Main St
Bennington, Vermont, 05201-2109
United States
phone: (802) 442-7397

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of deanhead
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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:
Old 76
Sucker Blonde
Willowughby's scottish
Wassick White
Bucks Honey wheat
Belgian White
Nut Brown- Which was a very good beer, and I'm not a nut brown fan.

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Photo of Hop-Up
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1.75

Hemp and hoppy very good!

Photo of Flashy
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Located downtown in a hard to park area, big lot out back though but even it gets full. Nice space, needs a little updating as it has not changed since opening. Bar in the front soon as you walk in. Staff is always nice. Food is expensive, twelve bucks for a cheese burger in Bennington Vermont is out of the question and that was the cheapest hamburger on the menu, though it was good. They are trying at least to keep up with the craft beer world by having a cocoanut porter (good, not great) and a RIS which I did not try (after dropping twenty bucks for a cheeseburger and ONE beer) because I ran out of money. Sucker Pond Blonde and Old 97 have always been decent, but the craft beer world has changed a bit since this place opened and after having a cheeseburger and a beer, I had no money left for anything else. Worth a stop if you are in the immediate area, but that is it. A much better place can be found ten minutes down the road, The Man Of Kent Tavern in Hoosick, NY. Better beer, better food and more reasonable.

Photo of KingCobra686
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Best part of this place is the tasting flights. You get a large laminated sheet with about ten of their beers pictured and it makes it easy to try most of their lineup in one sitting. They have a bar that you can visit but the experience is better if you stay for a meal. Food is pretty decent. Lots of merchandise available but much of it was for seasonal beers that they were not producing at the moment, so i didnt really want to buy stuff for something that i wasnt able to try.

Photo of Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of recoveringmormon
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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).

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of laurastradford
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Cadence
2.29/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Photo of strengthdoc
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of woolybear
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of tcbl1007
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The Madison Brewing Company was our 4th stop on our New England brewpub tour, and we were not disappointed at all!

First of all, the staff was very friendly and efficient. The definately made us feel comfortable.

We had an assortment of beers here, and they were all fantastic. They all had great texture and mouthfeel, and exceptional flavor. These were undoubtedly some of the best brews on our brewpub tour.

For food we only had appetizers, but the chicken wings were exceptional! They were very large and meaty, and the BBQ dry rub on them was fantastic! Those were some of the best chicken wings we've ever had.

This is one place we'll always try to make it to when we're near the area. This was an exceptional experience at all levels. I highly recommend the Madison Brewing Company. You will be very happy you stopped by.

Photo of iceball585
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We were on our way back from southern Vermont and decided to stop here for lunch. And we were definatly glad that we did.

This place appears to be your slightly better than average bar and grill. Although I was kind of suprised that it really isn't that big inside. They have a small bar when you first walk in the door. The main room had both regular tables and taller tables w/ stools. They also have stairs leading up to a second floor that has a few more tables. There are a few brew tanks in plain view of the main room but if you walk down the hallway where the bathrooms are located you can see the rest of the operation.

The food was definatly really good for lunch. I had the brat and bird which is a bratwurst and chicken in a roll w/ sauerkraut (very tasty). My friends had other sandwichs and the chili which also seemed to be very good as well. I had to get one of the beer samplers which came w/ 5 samples of their normal beers and 1 seasonal (I choose the Witte). I especially like the Pale and their Blonde ales. This bar also offers growlers to go which is a nice feature that more brewpubs really need to consider.

Anyways if you are ever rolling through Bennington Vermont then stop at this place, I bet that you'll be satisfied w/ your decision.

Photo of wobblymailman
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here on a long winter drive to no where. The food and service were very good and reasonably priced. Had the old 76 and it was very good also tried thier Rootbeer which was also very good. I wish I did not have to get back behind the wheel for another hour. The bar area is set up with 10 chairs at the bar and the some couches also in the same bar area. We didn't make it upstairs to the other dining room, but from where we sat it looked like a decent area. Only note on the food is to avoid the homemade chips they serve with sandwiches and pick another side dish.
Definetely looks like it would be a fun place to hang out on a busy Friday night.

Photo of fitzy84
3.43/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

After a long way trip down from Lake George, NY, we stopped by in this Vermont college town and ate at the brewing company.

I enjoyed its cabin-like structuring: wooded floors and huge ceiling space. The bar area was kinda small, but there were plenty of tables during normal hours. I, of course, got the sample which had the usual suspects of the brewery. I enjoyed its staples, especially its Willoughbys Scottish Ale and Old 76 Strong Ale. I thought our service that evening was kinda impersonal and distanced. Our waitress seemed nice but she lacked an interactive personality, or even a want to discuss the brewery. The food was good: I had some fish and chips dish that was heavy and supplemented the drinking quite well. The entrée prices were not too bad and the beer selection was pretty good. However, the overall menu seemed small, especially for dinner time.

The brewery's location is a nice college town (Bennington College and Southern Vermont College). But with so many great breweries in Vermont, it is definitely a good thing to pass and try, but nothing that is too infamous on the map.

Photo of Fugazme
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in while travelling the great American northeast... was excited to see a brewpub in a small town. Got in right about noon and we were seated promptly. The staff was very, very friendly and prompt...

Good sized bar upfront with seating in a somewhat seperated room to the left... which includes a very strange mural with eagles carrying grain to kettles... Nice copper kettles behind a bar in the back...

Menu was very good and reasonable... a number of tasty sounding sandwhiches. My wife found a variety of items (and she's picky!).

I had a 76 Old Ale which was decent... only had one beer as it was lunch and we had some driving to do that afternoon.

Overall... a good place to stop and I would definitely hang here if I lived here.

Photo of sraimondi
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped here for lunch on the way to Burlington/Montreal last week. Nice NE tavern feel to the place. Copper clad bar with good-sized dining area. Seven house beers running: Red Seasonal, Willoughby's Scottish Ale, Old 76 Strong Ale, Crowtown Pale Ale, Buck's Honey Wheat, Starkhose Raspberry and Sucker Pond Blonde.

I had a Red and the Willoughby's. The Red seemed off to me. It had a salty aftertaste so I only had a few sips. Next I opted for the Willoughby's, and it was much better (see separate review). I also had a good turkey sandwich with homemade potato chips. Service was ok.

If you are driving through Bennington and you are looking for some food and beer, this is a pretty good place to stop. I don't consider it a destination though, especially since beer mecca, Burlington is only 2.5 hours away.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This brewpub is located right downtown in Bennington. Cant miss it on the main drag. Walking in there is a small foyer and then the bar is directly in front of you. 8-11 stools on a diagonal bar. there are a few arcade games to the right of the bar. Classic Ms. Pacman, Galaga and something else.
Walking past the bar there are several table chair setups. There is a riser in the middle back of the room and maybe bands set up there I dont know. A flight of stairs leads to more dining seating area.
The brewing equipment is behind the bar.
A large mural covers one wall which shows the brewing process in picture form but no descriptors. Was cool to have crows flying in bags of grain from the UK.
The beers were 6 house regulars and a rotating seasonal. I had the scottish ale which was fairly mild, the seasonal was an IPA and I bought a growler of the old 76. $10 new, $8 refill, $25 new swingtop. The food was quite yummy. Typical pub grub although pulled pork and reubens were missing, which are two staples for a brewpub IMO.
I had a bison burger which was pretty tasty and my wife went with a veggie burger that she liked except for the tabouli which was not very balanced and was slathered on covering all other flavors. She scraped most of it off and enjoyed her sandwich much more. The service was very friendly, but never asked if I wanted a 2nd beer, and didnt take away our appetizer plate/bowl very promptly. Overall a good place to hit up, just dont expect mind blowing beers.

Photo of lehows
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Passed this place a couple times and finally got in here last week. Looks like a fairly typical brew pub but nice nonetheless. Bar is immediately on your right when you walk out of the foyer. Big windows to people watch if you sit at a table. I wasn't impressed with any of beer offerings here. The blonde ale was so bland it tasted like seltzer with a funky flavor. The honey wheat had lime in it (?) and was also pretty bland tasting. The pale, scottish, and strong ales were the best but still tasted as though someone filled up a pint glass 3/4 of the way with beer and then poured in tap water for the other 1/4. The raspberry wheat was ok. The seasonal was some sort of hazelnut porter and it was interesting, mild hints of chocolate and coffee, but still had almost no aromas and just wasn't very drinkable. Ultimately I was bummed with the beer but the food was very good and I couldn't give it an overall bad score because I would still drink their pale ale and scottish ale over the macro selection they also carried. If you're passing through here and youre hungry, stop in, the food is definitely tasty and try some of the beers out for yourself.

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As we were driving to New Hampshire, I remarked to my wife "Shit, this is Vermont, there's gotta be a brewpub in every town." Not more that 5 minutes later we spotted Madison and had our lunch destination.

Atmosphere: The place is a wide open 1st and 2nd floor. There is bar seating as well as table seating on the first floor. The brewing equipment is also located there.

Quality: No complaints here. I had an opportunity to chat with the Brewmaster and discuss his current work-in-process, a saison. We chatted on the ingredients, brewing in VT and the industry in general. Very nice intro the brewery.

Service: Service was scarce at times, but all waitstaff seemed to be working together.

Selection: 6 house beers on tap (3 of which I had) made for a very nice selection.

Food: I settled on fish & chips which were good. The cod was flaky and oily but the chips were for shit. My wife had a salad and had no complaints.

Growlers are cheap here! $9 for a new one (although the German swing-top growlers were $25).

Photo of dbalsock
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After spending three days hiking the Long Trail, I was already thirsty for some beer and stopped in Bennington for a treat. This place was indeed a treat. For starters, the beer I had was really good. I've run into a problem finding decent brown ales at brewpubs, but Madison Brewing really has a good recipe. The service was ok, but kinda slow... which was especially important when a thunderstorm started rolling in and I had to run back to the trail to get my stuff in the tent. They seemed to have a decent selection, with multiple drinks involving honey, but I was alarmed at their decision to serve macro drinks as well as their own fine brews. However, the food made up for any problems I had with the place. The veggie sandwich most notably stood out, as it was loaded with avocado. I hope to go back soon.

Photo of bjohnson
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in downtown Bennington. Visited on my recent trip to Mt. Snow. Reivew from notes:

The Madison Brewing Company Pub. and Rest. is a two floored establishment with restaurant seating up top and the bar and more restaurant seating on the first floor. Very open as the seating on the second floor is on balcony's with the staircase right in the middle of the place.

When you enter, a huge Madison Brew. Co. logo is painted on the exposed brick wall to the right with the bar directly in front of you. The rest of the restaurant has wood paneling and an old looking floor as if people had once been able to throw peanuts on it while waiting for a table or just drinking at the bar. Dark wood bar lined with copper has 7 or 8 taps located directly in the middle of the bar. The bar also has two couches, a checkers table, couple of tvs. If you are seated at the bar, behind you or to the left is the downstairs restaurant area. The restaurant area is broken into two sections: One with high tables and chairs and one with regular tables and chairs. You can see into the Brew room which is typical with brewpubs. On the walls are old photos and other historic stuff. Above the bar and all around the bar area are old style cans of many different brews

There were 5 beers on tap when I visited. These included a strong ale, honey brown, honey wheat, pale ale, and a blonde. They also have your typical bud, budlight, coors, miller lite, and corona in bottles with a huge selection of booze also. i couldn't figure out why their selection of booze was so big, especially at a brew pub that serves on their beers on tap.

Sat down at the bar, ordered nachos, and a Crowtown Pale Ale.
The food seemed reasonably priced and the staff was very nice and talkative. Quality of the food and beer was good to very good. Nachos were awesome and the beers I had were tasty. I will definately stop here next time I'm at Mt. Snow as it seemed like a good place to enjoy a brew and some grub. I bet this place gets overrun by Bennington College kids (hence the booze), however there were none on the Sunday evening I was there, which was nice.

Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This review is based on my 8/14 visit. Have been many times to this place over the years, but none recently. Food has been good in the past and the menu looks good now, but maybe for another time.

Big place on main street in Bennington, with two floors of seating. Small bar in the front only seats a few. Lots of room for dining and bands. Brewing equipment in back. I believe they have open fermentors....

Beers are OK. I do notice a Sulfur component to their beers which does detract. Nothing special worth mentioning.

Bartender talked constantly and was very friendly and attentive, so no complaints, although few people were around.

Selection is rather basic, with the Old 76 strong ale being the most interesting on tap. The others included a Pale, Honey Blond, and Fruit Wheat of some sort. They were out of the Scottish.

Prices are reasonable. Will keep an eye on this place. It is a favorite of locals, and they have made very good beer in the past.

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Madison Brewing Co. in Bennington, VT
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.