Prohibition Pig

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Prohibition PigProhibition Pig
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
26 Beers
272 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 268
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.53
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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Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 72
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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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?

More User Reviews:
Photo of sierratwohearted
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The beer is good, but the tacos are better.

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Had my first visit here last weekend. Great place! Not many places where you can get Zombie Dust, Heady Topper, Double Citra and an array of other Hill Farmstead choices. Our food was excellent, too. We will be going back.

Photo of captainkrad
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome! Everything about this place is first rate! Amazing food, insane beer list, and cool atmosphere. If I lived in Waterbury I would be really overweight...

Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +0.7%
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 -1.1%
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 +4.9%
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 -2.2%
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 +10.4%

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 -0.7%

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 +10.4%

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 -41.7%
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 +1.5%

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 -6.2%

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 -0.7%

nice selection on tap with great service and awesome food

Photo of hudsonheat
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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 +0.7%
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 Flashy
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place, great food, great beer. But bartenders are so slow they are working backwards.

Photo of VTLocal420
5/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Photo of medic25
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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 +1.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +7.7%
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%
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.

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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
100 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.