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Prohibition Pig

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Prohibition PigProhibition Pig
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
23 Beers
242 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 257
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

Review is for back of the house brewpub.

Visited on a beautiful spring day. Log cabin/shed vibe inside, but it was too nice a day to sit inside. Fair amount of outside seating. About 12 or so taps with a mix of in house and guest. Only disappointment was the food. Ordered some of the snack items (pretzel knots and guac/chips) and it was well below average (funky pretzels, overly sweet mustard, bland guac, and chips that tasted like cardboard). I'll chalk that up to not ordering from the main menu.

Worth a return trip.

Photo of byronic
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited twice, once the front of house and once the brewpub. Both were great experiences. Much nicer food selection in the front of house but the athmosphere is more enjoyable in the brewpub. Had a few of their drinks and two meals. Great service and very good brew on draft.

Photo of Macsimus
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The original Alchemist brewery location is a very nice place. Large draft selection with high quality Vermont beers and fantastic food. A must stop while in Waterbury!!!

Photo of parris
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Place is 5/5 except they don't serve ribs.. It's a bbq joint.

Photo of woodchip
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Dig the vibe, the food, but mostly overall, the taplist. Gets packed quickly. Gotta hit this place when in the area.

Photo of droogs
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Enough can't be said for this establishment, great staff, great food and a deep selection of some local beers...I didn't want to leave!!! Their brisket was delicious and they also put out a killer burger too! Did I mention Lawson's and Hill Farmstead offerings on tap, as well as cans of Heady Topper? I shall return! !

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Stopped in here during a short Vermont beer road trip. The food was excellent, fried pimento cheese balls are great, very good burger and spectacular brisket. Reasonable prices too. Great tap list, they serve half pours, which really helps if you are looking to try everything you can. They only had two house beers on tap, but they were both quite good, in fact their session ipa was as good or better than anything I had from the much more famous breweries I visited earlier that day.

Photo of JGLittle
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Great food and great tap list. I like that you can order half pints to maximize trying a variety of the selection they have. Will recommend to friend and will happily go there again.

Photo of yarnbomb
2.64/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

After the multiple visits with consistently dismissive service and seriously lacking food, I won't be coming back. No thanks. Everyone else buying into the hype can have my empty seat.

Photo of dexterk1
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%

It has some of the best beers in the US. They have them all the time! They also make some really good beer. Food is very good and service is too. All this makes it perhaps the best beer bar I have been to.

Photo of Robo123
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Really diverse OT list here all the time. Food is great but portions are a bit on the small side.

Photo of indianabeerman
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

nice selection on tap with great service and awesome food

Photo of hudsonheat
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

My favorite restaurant in Vermont. Always an amazing beer list (including half pours). Their food is ridiculous - try the chopped pork with their north Carolina vinegar sauce.

Had pork rinds for the first time ever here - how did I not know about these?

Photo of polloenfuego
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited both the front restaurant/bar and the back brewery/pub. Both are great, with the front having the fuller menu and bar. Great food and drinks at the front. Service was excellent and everyone was super friendly. The brewery was far more laid back, much slower speed and quieter. The menu is limited and the beer is just their brews. No problem, still all great. When we were there the food prep guy was in the zone...madly making tacos and pork sandwiches. The staff were friendly and laid back, chatting with folks and making sure everyone was happy.

If you go...make sure to check out both the front and the back if you can.

Photo of VTLocal420
5/5  rDev +10.1%

I love it, work here and couldn't ask for more.

Photo of medic25
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Stopped in for a late lunch after the Cabot/B&J tour double with the kids. Really nice atmosphere; ceiling-high stocked bar, rich dark interior without being dingy.
The food was simply outstanding; I had the GLT (Guinciale, lettuce and tomato) with a side of duck fat French fries. One of the most delicious sandwiches I can ever remember eating; my only complaint was that it was a little small, and I would have been happy eating two! My wife was similarly happy with a burger.
There's nothing else that can be said about the beer selection. My huge disappointment was that they were sold out of Heady Topper. The Hill Farmstead Citra that I had to settle for was outstanding; I only hope that I eventually get
to see what the fuss is all about with HT!

Photo of richobrien
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

We beat the rush on a Friday night and were seated right away.

Great vibe in this place with a fantastic beer menu and great food as well.

Our server was awesome. Knew the food and the beer inside and out. Made some great recommendations and was very attentive.

If this place was 20 minutes from my house I'd be there three times a week.

Definitely worth the visit!

Photo of beerjunky413
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Beer lovers mecca. Expect 2-4 Hill Farmstead beers, 3-5 Lawsons beers and most times Heady on tap plus a bunch of amazing stuff from across the country and a few international beers on tap. Weekends can get a bit crazy with the wait but the food is really good. Great bbq, appetizers and burgers. Hit up the craft beer cellar across the street after to bring home a few bottles.

Photo of amano_h
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

For beer enthusiasts that make their way to Waterbury due to its proximity to and convenient location as the center of the "IPA Highway," it doesn't get much better than the Prohibition Pig, given its long history with John Kimmich (if you call here after hours, the answering machine still courteously provides you with the number to the Alchemist Cannery) and the fact that you can find all three brews of the VT IPA trifecta here almost every day of the week, given that the day of the week is close to a Lawson's distribution day.

But for those of us that are IPA-impaired, much like my friends who didn't want to make the 400-mile ride up here with me; Prohibition Pig is probably "the spot" in Waterbury, VT -- come here on a weeknight and you will find yourself amazed with all the people that have all seemingly come out of nowhere, given the size of Waterbury, VT.

The people, however, show up for good reason -- as you may have surmised from the many reviews before this one, ProPig serves up some awesome barbecue, has a great selection of smoked meats, which includes a rotating charcuterie menu, and of course, everything and anything conducive as food worthy of pairing with some of the best beer to have graces this earth, all made and cooked up with ingredients from the Green Mountain State.

I came to ProPig for both dinner and Friday lunch, and it was easily the best meals I've had all week (at least on the American side of the border); my only regret is that not every town in the world has a Prohibition Pig of its own -- it could very well be the solution for world peace.

For those of you that are tl;dr:

-Heady Topper / Numerous Hill Farmstead / Whatever Sean Lawson brews and puts out that week is served here
-Great American fare with fresh Vermont ingredients
-Awesome barbecue

Do yourself a favor and make this a pit-stop after you're done standing in line at Hill Farmstead and are just irritated, tired, and hungry enough that you're willing to eat just about anything. You'll feel like a god among men for having eaten here.

Photo of ari32
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The food here is pretty damn good. Everything I had was delicious. Seriously, I think this is some of the best BBQ I've had. Atlanta needs to step its game up.
The beer selection was phenomenal, but I was there during the weekend of the HF anniversary tap takeover. Still, the tap selection beforehand was solid. It's hard to have a crappy tap selection when you have access to Alchemist, Lawson's, and HF on the regular.
The staff was hit or miss; some of them were great while others... not so much.
Overall, this was the only place I visited multiple times during my stay in Waterbury and I will definitely be back again the next time in the area. The food and beer selection are the best in the area, in my honest opinion.

Photo of JratBones
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I gave this a 3.50 for service because it wasn't exactly the staffs fault,its gonna be pretty busy when Hill farmstead is doing a tap takeover. Place had a great feel to it despite being ridiculously busy. Almost all of Hill Farmstead's beers on draught. Also 3 beers from Alchemist and a few from Lawson's. Heard they had great food also(it smelled amazing). Next time I'm in Waterbury I will def go back in there for a Pint and a bite to eat.

Photo of Jodi215
3.89/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had dinner here while visiting VT. on vacation. Love the location, Waterbury is a cute little town. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is upscale rustic and comfortable except for the noise. The noise from the bar which isn't separate from the dining room was horrible. Quality of experience was great except for the noise. Service was friendly and reasonably fast. Beer selection was a solid 4. My son had a list of four beers he wanted to try while in VT. and he found two of them at this brewery. My husband had a Prohibition Pale Ale and he loved it. The food was exceptionally good, I had the chopped pork sandwich and it was delicious as was the brisket sandwich. Both could have been a little bigger. My son had a special lamb dish that he really enjoyed. I also ordered a side of Maple baked beans and they were fantastic. My only complaint was the lack of a sweet BBQ sauce. They had three sauces and all were very spicy and not sweet. The maple sauce in the beans would make a great sweet bbq sauce. We would return here.

Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
100 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.