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Prohibition Pig

Prohibition PigProhibition Pig

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 3
Beer Avg: 3.58

Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

101 Ratings
Ratings: 101
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 10.61%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

23 S Main St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1863
United States
phone: (802) 244-4120

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @@prohibitionpig

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(Place added by: Jason on 03-13-2012)
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

What can I say about the Pig that hasn't already been covered?

Small place, but I love the atmosphere. Well-decorated and appointed. Music plays in the background, but it's low enough to easily support conversation.

The quality of the beer is nonpareil. I've been twice, both on a weekend, and Heady Topper was on tap each time. Other VT breweries (HF, Lost Nation, et al) are featured as well. Schlitz seems to be a mainstay. Other US craft breweries make an appearance, as well (Stone, Ommegang, Stillwater, etc.).

Service is not particularly great, but it's not bad, either (at the bar; I can't speak for the tables). The bartenders are very knowledgeable about the local VT breweries, which is awesome.

Selection is not huge, but what they have is fantastic. It's not a small tap lineup, for the record; just not mind-bogglingly large. You will find something you like. My most recent trip, they had several IPAs/DIPAs, a DIPL, multiple sours/wilds, Belgians, at least two stouts, and more. Basically, all your bases were covered.

Food at the Pig is excellent, period. If you enjoy good barbecue (which is about the meat, not the sauce), you will probably not be disappointed. My only compliant is that portions are very, very small, and sides are typically extra. The food was enough at the time, but I found myself hungry again within an hour.

Prices are solid. Again, food portions are small, so the food is too pricey, but beer prices are very solid for the quality, and they offer half-pours of everything, which is absolutely awesome, especially if you're in the mood to try a bunch of beer without breaking the bank (or liver).

I was amazed to find that this establishment is actually quite new. It has the reputation and feel of an old veteran on the scene, and if you visit, you'll undoubtedly feel the same way. Can't recommend it highly enough.

02-25-2014 00:33:08 | More by Roguer
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

This place looks just like the old Alchemist, before they got flooded out. Kind of a long, narrow room. The bar and high tops are on the right, the dining area is on the left. Lots of wood, a black ceiling.

A huge beer selection. Over twenty beers on tap, and over one hundred bottles. It was difficult to choose. I stayed with the Vermont scene and had HF Citra pale ale and HF Everett (a phenomenal porter). My wife had a couple sour beers.

Not that much on the menu for vegans. If I was a carnivore, there seemed to be plenty of selections with a lot of BBQ. We had a veggie burger made from rice with arugula and a tomato confit, which was excellent.

We ate lunch there on a Saturday, and the place filled up fast. Still, we had excellent service.

Definitely worth a stop.

02-23-2014 16:46:03 | More by lordofthewiens
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

One of the trifecta of great beer bars in Waterbury. A must stop.

They do beer well here, but it's not the only thing. They have a killer cocktail menu, as well as some good down home BBQ. The food is a bit expensive, but not crazy.

The tap list is very nice- not quite as big as The Reservoir, but about the same size as Blackback. They always have Heady on tap, as well as some choice HF and other Vermont goodies. They had a 2011 Stone IRS on tap when I went, had to try that.

A good, almost industrial atmosphere. Service was good, but not great- they didn't really stop to chat with us much, unlike the Blackback.

Worth a stop for sure.

01-24-2014 21:01:19 | More by GreesyFizeek
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maltman24

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$$

What can I say about the Pro-Pig that hasn't already been said here! Amazing beers paired with simply amazing food. This place is a freakin' gem. Very small but packed with so much goodness. If amazing food, drink and atmosphere were to a restaurant as gravity is to a star, this place would implode! It's the neutron star of restaurants! (That's a good thing)!!!
For the food... three words: duck fat fries
For the beer...three words: Hill Farmstead Everett

01-22-2014 02:08:22 | More by maltman24
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Ski Pilgrimage to Vermont on the beer trail. Had to visit the prohibition pig.

Place was crowded at 7pm on a Friday night but managed to find two seats at the bar. First serving, heady topper. Delicious , citrus and pine hops, very smooth. Rest of the trip is icing on the cake. Ordered the duck fat fries and Pro Pig sandwich ground porK patty , shredded pork BBQ and cole slaw on a bun! Exceptional and recommended. Great BBQ sauces: vinegar, mild and. Habanero. My son had the Vermont crAft macaroni and cheese , excellent. Hill farmstead James, Everett and Edward. All very, very , very good. Everett my new favorite. Great food and beer, must visit

01-11-2014 03:41:25 | More by WunderLlama
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slander

New York

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

And as the rain had let up, I walked on over, is all. It’s jammin’ this Monday evening, and I can see there’s only one seat left at the bar. It’s next to a girl who although she’s facing the other direction, can be only be Jen Schwertman. And she’s got a better road story than me, again (fucker!) Oh, you’re up here brewing, sure, yeah, nice...

You know, it looks surprisingly like the brewpub past. Telephone shaped bar, light laminated wood topped with a black trim, panel base, and foot box; seating for a baker’s dozen on highback chairs. The barback holds a pair of stainless steel bar towers side by side below a center window; each with a dozen taps on non-descript handles, although their actual handles are curiously mounted directly behind. Phat wood shelving on steel frame uprights to both sides, running up where the ladder slides for the high reachables. Booze, books, old bottles, jarred presumingly pickled things, barrels, the quintessential Westy case crate, drinking vessels, figurines.

Large logo piggy prohibition done up in the windows, brownie slat wood walls, 1” tile floorings along the bar, slat wood to the rear, and a black slat ceiling. Front vestibule split, and the dining side separated from the bar side by a bar counter on a solid divider. A pair of square hightop tables angled in the front corner, and twice that to the rear of the bar. On the dining side, 10 rectangular tables in 2 rows; 5 & 5, and a larger bowling lane table to the rear. A 4x6 ‘keep calm and drink whiskey’ blackboard piece up front with shirts displayed, cow, chicken, & pig drawings on the far wall, and light prints otherwise. Stained glass pint of crazy piece over the rear exit, barrels and crates above the bathroom ledgings. Wide cylinder lamps over the bar and some small drop spots. Glass candles on the bar, the tables, and the dividing sill.

2 dozen taps; a handful of local Vermont heroes (Zero Gravity Conehead IPA, Hill Farmstead Edward, Lawson’s Paradise Pale Ale, Lost Nation Gose), regional New England play (Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger, Hoponius Union India Pale Lager, Leisure Time Lager, & Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Smoked Maple Lager, Mystic Table Beer, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Allagash White), craft beyond (Victory Swing Session Saison, Sixpoint Resin, DogFishHead Noble Rot & Festina Peche, Founders all Day IPA & Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas WTF, Sierra Nevada Summerfest & Torpedo), and then a single import (Hofbrau Original), retro (Schlitz 60’s Formula), root beer (Rookies Root Beer), and draft coffee (Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee). Drafts are served in ‘full’ (12 or 16oz, depending), or ‘half’ (of whatever full is). I did halves of Lost Nation Gose (does not suck), Mystic Table Beer (easy drinking saisoniness, wants to be Avril when it grows up), Jack’s Abbey Leisure Time Lager & Hoponius Union (where awesome is at), Lawson’s Paradise Pale Ale, & Zero Gravity Conehead IPA.

When I saw the chicken & biscuits go by, I knew they would be mine (oh, yes, they will be mine). A trio of little fried chickeny things on baby buttermilk biscuits with raw honey. They were made of good, I gone ‘et them. And this last time I had a kickin’ chicken pot pie, served with a killer biscuit.

Over 3 subsequent visits this year, I’ve taken in shortys of Alchemist Heady Topper (Yes, Heady Topper happens here on draft sometimes. It was the house, after all) & Ouroboros, Lawson’s Big Hoppy, Trapp Lodge Dunkel Lager & Trosten Bier, Zero Gravity Narconaut, Grassroots Legitimacy & Artic Saison, Lost Nation Petit Ardennes & Rustic Ale, Hill Farmstead Abner & Edward, Fiddlehead IPA, Mystic Lazy Jane, & Allagash Confluence.

Greeeat taps, plus 9 wines, and cocktails too. Jeff behind the bar. Where could I know him from? Zero Gravity, back in the day? Maybe, think so, don’t know. And the other server people know their game and deal it well. Still an excellent house, good eats, excellent drink, but makes me sad for the Wild Child days. Burlington or sleep? And where’s that damn hotel, anyway?

12-26-2013 02:49:30 | More by slander
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Cold and snowy Monday night in the village of Waterbury. Plenty of seating available. Atmosphere is a mix of classic British pub and modern beer-bar chic. I can see a turn-of-the (19th) century drug store inhabiting this space in the past. You can seat yourself in the bar area or be seated in the more formal dining area, which was set off to the left.

Nice, eclectic tap list that is obviously well chosen; featuring the Siren/Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller collaboration, other Hill Farmstead delights, some Lawson's (no Double Sunshine) and top-notch regionals as well as a concise choice of Imports and Nationals. The girlfriend had the chicken pot pie which was filling, yummy and hit the spot right on for the weather. Being a wanna-be foodie I had the foie gras, and felt a bit guilty; an emotion that was quickly cured by a few more good beers.

Prices seemed fairly reasonably if not a bit high, but nothing to gripe about. The service was decent as far as timeliness, but if you're looking for congeniality, go somewhere else. The bar tender was arrogant, if not downright condescending to me. I may not be the most sophisticated of beer drinkers, but I know what I want, and I have a good idea of what I'm getting. I welcome suggestions, and enjoy chatting about the brew, but don't talk down to me, and don't try and short-change me on a cash transaction. All that being said, the waitress was nice and helpful.

Towns this small aren't supposed to have beer bars this good.

12-06-2013 01:27:45 | More by stephens101
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

By far the best location in Waterbury.

Great atmosphere. We were able to get a table quickly by the bar, and were taken care of very well by the bartender. I greatly enjoyed my food (pulled pork platter), but other in my party were a little less enthusiastic.

Most important part... had Hill Farmstead Edward, Harlan, and Susan on tap. Susan was not available at Hill Farmstead brewery during th same time time, so I had the opportunity to try it there. They also offered half-pours which allowed me to try several different beers. We apparently just missed it Lawson's Hopzilla (keg was tapped), and Heady was not on tap at the time.

Highly recommended.

11-05-2013 14:33:17 | More by Duane_Opfer
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easong

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Three days in Waterbury on my beercation and I went here twice. Pro Pig is where you can allegedly sometimes find Heady Topper on draft, or maybe Lawson's Double Sunshine, or one of the Hill-Farmstead gems. None of these were available on my visits, but other VT brews were plentiful and pleasing to my Norcal hopaholic palate. 25-ish taps obviously changing day by day. Really personable staff, conversant in craft beers, nice bottled liquor bar as well, and best comfort food I had in Waterbury.

10-12-2013 21:15:43 | More by easong
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sirsteve42

New York

4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This was probably my tenth time to the pig and it gets better every time. While spending a week in waitsfield on a family vacation we stopped by for lunch. I started off lunch with a lost nation oktoberfest which was probably the best I have had of the style. Another great brewery out of Vermont kicking out some great beers. Back to lunch...I had the brisket sandwich which was excellent and the service couldn't have been better. My family and I worked our way through the taps for the remainder of the afternoon and had a blast. The pig is a must if you are in the waterbury area.

10-07-2013 02:43:51 | More by sirsteve42
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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.