Prohibition Pig

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Prohibition PigProhibition Pig
BEER AVG
3.99/5
Based on:
31 Beers
18 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 73
Visits: 290
rAvg: 4.35
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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Place added by: Jason on 03-13-2012

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Reviews: 73 | Visits: 290
Reviews by slander:
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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? (4,080 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mattmarka1
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of TedStrosser
4.48/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of JArt
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Pretty renowned Vermont landmark. The food is absolutely outstanding and the tap list is pretty impressive. The brewery is attached to the restaurant in a separate space. Great staff, quick service. Growler and crowler fills available. (235 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

this place is awesome, a longstanding local favorite and in the building that used to house the alchemist. it looks like they have upped their game from an epic tap list to a brewery, located in the building behind the restaurant right there in Waterbury. making something like ten barrels at a time, and doing it well. the brewery has a cool old farm house feel to it, with a big bar and some outdoor seating, and you can order the amazing food from the restaurant in there. the restaurant is an awesome building too, with a library ladder behind the bar, one of the best tap lists in the state, and some really great Vermont food, barbeque focused, but not exclusively. I had three of their beers while I was in, and all were very good. they are always busy, so its hard to get very personalized service, but everyone was nice and working hard. they had as many as eight of their own beers on, some creative and some straight forward. the vanilla bean porter was great, as was the brown ale. for the food and the guest taps alone I will be back, but their own brewery should not be overlooked, a great building with some very solid ales. make a point to check it out next time you are there. (1,193 characters)

Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Liked the dips very much. Only had appetizers so food rating should be ignored.
Nice folks, very comfortable setting. (117 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of cherche
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

enjoyed the visit. food was good, pretty solid selection on tap and a nice place but the service (at the bar) was poor. had a bartender that was a little rude...i get that she probably gets annoyed of tourists coming to the bar and asking about heady, HF, Lawsons, etc. but my wife and i generally get along swimmingly with just about every server/bartender we meet and had just left the Rez where the bartender was super friendly and we loved chatting with her... (466 characters)

Photo of abridgedatx
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.53/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2

This might be the most over-hyped restaurant in the beer community.

The food is expensive and disappointing, as is their beer.

It takes a long time to order and an even longer time to get your food. (201 characters)

Photo of psweendogg
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ricknelson
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Close by to the Alchemist brewery (Heady Topper) in Waterbury VT and Trapp Family Lodge brewery in Stowe VT. The Prohibition Pig is probably equal to Max's Taphouse in Baltimore and Falling Rock in Denver as far as the quality of micro brews it offers, and the food is out of this world. Just looking at their food pictures will make you drool. You also have a couple of other pubs right near by if you want to bar hop. In addition you have a new Craft Beer Cellar right next door where you can buy all the really hard to find brews. (534 characters)

Photo of seanchai
4.48/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jhavs
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great food and great beer menu. Have had HT and Focal Banger in cans and a great draft list the last 4 or 5 times I have visited. Their house brews are also tasty.

The food is high quality. There version of a BLT is excellent. Called the GLT. Uses guanciale that is made in house (cured pork jowl, fancy bacon!!) with fried green tomato and arugula. Dry rubber wings are great and come with fantastic house made pickled carrots.

Draft list is global typically. Options from local, the US, and some of the best from Europe are usually available. Also have a half dozen or so of their own brews.

Bottled beer list is very well selected and has options from every country/region that one would desire (IMO).

They also pay special attention to their spirit offerings. Lots of great quality scotch options at reasonable prices.

Overall a place worth hitting while in Waterbury, VT. There are many, pace yourself. (924 characters)

Photo of NJB145
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Hands down the best spot for food and amazing beer in Waterbury. Love spending time drinking all the Hill and Lawson's you can imagine as well as Pro Pig beers and all sorts of other great VT and North East offerings. Amazing cocktails and super friendly staff also make this a great spot to spend your entire day. (314 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

A must stop, especially because you're probably stopping at Craft Beer Cellar across the street anyway. Had the carnitas tacos and they were off the hook. Really friendly service. Both beer brewed in house, as well as others on tap (including Lawsons and Hill Farmstead). Need to stop in here if you're doing a VT beer visit for sure (or even if you're not). (358 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The beer is good, but the tacos are better. (43 characters)

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.61/5  rDev +6%
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. (222 characters)

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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
96 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.