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Madison Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Madison Brewing Co.Madison Brewing Co.
Based on:
19 Beers
118 Hads
Place Score: 85
Reviews: 28
Visits: 47
Avg: 3.69
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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Reviews: 28 | Visits: 47
Reviews by deanhead:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of DLS168
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Lindsey_DuquetteBrown
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great time when we took a detour from Mt. Snow - nice surprise!

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Photo of pharris192
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

I've spent a lot of time here and I can say that Madison's is a middle of the road brewpub. Focusing on beer that generally satisfies but not going any further. Its totally British and the menu reflects that. If your in Bennington, go. If you have a large party opt for the nachos and get the 8 buck sampler.

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Photo of Hop-Up
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1.75

Hemp and hoppy very good!

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Photo of Dicers
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kettleandcask
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Flashy
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KingCobra686
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Madison Brewing Co. in Bennington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.