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Prohibition Pig

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BEER AVG
3.88/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
39
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
506
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
357
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
5.99%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
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Prohibition PigProhibition Pig
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

23 S Main St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1863
United States

(802) 244-4120 | map
prohibitionpig.com

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

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Photo of Blaze5445
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of nl5xsk1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of PHBoiler
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Really nice bar with high quality accessible food service that appeals to a wide range of clientele. The taplist is impressive. It includes nearly anything you'd want to try from Vermont with a range of styles as well. The beer brewed on-site also ranges in style. A must stop in Waterbury. Crowlers are a steal of a deal here.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Solid little place, plenty of their own beers on tap (quite good) as well as some heavier hitters from the area. Vibe is rustic and relaxed, people working there all nice.
Worth a drop in IMO.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of lochraneg
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of reds2harleys
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

A must stop when in VT on a beercation - which I usually take twice a year. Within walking distance of several other great craft beer bars as well as the craft beer cellar. Superb BBQ - the sides are excellent as well. Amazing beer list with many options as well as their own brews - which are very tasty. I highly recommend their Vanilla Porter. Stop, grab a bite and a brew, then walk around to the other side - fill some crowlers to take home. I'm headed up next week and you can be sure I will spend some time here and across the street at the Blackback pub.

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Photo of SveNss0N
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of MilaMila
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of smanson56
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Hammerhead79
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of tbeaton
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JAEvans
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great atmosphere food n service beer is top notch

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Photo of mkyer
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of SweetChicken
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I've visited Pro Pig numerous times in my life living in Vermont, and have always enjoyed myself. I mainly go for the cocktails at this point, because A. They are amazing, and B. The selection of booze is absurd. The draft list has seemed to really shift towards featuring their in-house brews, which is totally understandable. They make a pretty decent beer, some are outstanding. However, sometimes you just want some other local Vermont beers. I feel like this review may sound harsh, but it is certainly not intended that way. This bar is superb. The selection is on point. It has turned into a destination spot for tourists and VT'ers alike, and for good reason!

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Photo of QCHopper
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Having been all around town looking for the best spot to grab a beer I would say the Pro Pig is my number one stop. It is a smaller venue so if you want to eat you have to get there early. The food is fantastic and they also have vegetarian and gluten free options along with some nice cuts of meat. The draft list is always packed with local favourites and they have a few lines with their own brews. The brewery is just out back and you can walk in and grab some growlers/crowlers.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped in on Friday afternoon on the way up to Stowe, and after a visit to the Craft Beer Cellar across the street. Decent lunch crowd, looked like a wait for tables and the space is a cool old renovated building. Sat down at the bar and had great service from the bartenders. Tried both Sip of Sunshine on tap and Heady as well as some of the Pro Pig brews, a nice local selection....and 60s Schlitz. Ordered some apps which were delish. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
96 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.