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Prohibition Pig

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Based on:
30 Beers
383 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 77
Visits: 322
Avg: 4.33
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: 77 | Visits: 322
Photo of rodmanfor3
2.53/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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Photo of yarnbomb
2.64/5  rDev -39%
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.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place was a bit of a let down on my visit. The tap list was OK but not as good as the other two places in town and of course the Heady was kicked. They had 23 taps but couldn’t find anything that was particularly special so I grabbed an Edward to go with my Brisket sandwich and fries (pretty decent). I used the restroom before I left and when I came back (jacket still on my bar stool my beer was already taken away off the bar. Pretty lame service as the bar was quite empty...I took it as a sign though and decided that I really wasn’t up for reprimanding someone over my last few of ounces of Edward. Next time I will drop in though to give Prohibition Pig a second chance and I hope that it turns out better than this visit though the Blackback is really the place to be I think.

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Photo of Father_Raybob
3.31/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My wife, nine month old son and I walked in and were greeted and seated promptly. There was water on the table immediately as the the server asked if we would like to have a drink. The bottle menu is incredible; to the point where I wonder how "aged" the beers were that I could order.

The BBQ pork butt sandwich was perfect and messy. My wife enjoyed the veggie burger and was quite surprised to find that it had been made in-house. The duck fat fries are perfect.

I ordered the Allagash White along with my wife as it was on tap. For a second beer I ordered a bottle of Petrus Oud Bruin. It was brought to the table and I was expected to pour; not a problem but it took away from the service aspect.

Service was swift but lacking finesse. This is not a major issue just something to address as the years progress.

Incredible liquor bar available. HUGE selection there as well.

Just down the street is the Green Mountain Coffee visitor center and one of their roasting plants that gives tours. Awesome coffee. Manager is from Knoxville, TN and very nice to talk with about coffee.

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Photo of xanok
3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75

Went here after stopping at The Alchemist. Anyways, this place was a bit disappointing. Tap selection was good. Food was a bit of a bust.
The Mrs. and I got duck fat fries for an appetizer which were certainly nothing special. I got the Sliced Beef Brisket, which was solid, but again, nothing special. The Mrs got the Chopped Pork BBQ. This was somewhere between bad and terrible. It was much too spicey, and spicey wasn't even noted on the menu for this item. The sides were "meh", but to be fair, I'm not sure how much you can do with hush puppies and potato salad to make them stand out.
For dessert, we got the Pain Perdu, which sort of saved the meal. This was the only standout part of the food.
Beer-wise, the selection is good and since I don't live in Vermont, many were new to me. I went with two Hill Farmstead beers which were both excellent. The taps really had a good variety of styles among them, which is nice to see.
Service was fine. Waitress was attentive but not overly so. Had our beers and food in a timely manner.
Anyways, I wouldn't bother with dinner here. Good for a snack and a few beers. Nothing more.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

In the space that once housed the Alchemist Pub, is the Prohibition Pig, less than a stone's throw away from the Reservoir and the Blackback, and with a logo that I know I've seen on a bar elsewhere.

The place seems nice enough, with a medium-sized bar that seats about 15 people, and a dining section to accommodate a decent crowd. Speaking of which, the crowd seems typically pretty terrible here on a busy night, and this is seemingly the hot spot in town. Considering the beer list it's easy to understand, but it also majorly detracts from the atmosphere and accessibility. I usually have the patience to wait for a bar seat (though the wife doesn't :P), but when we visited on a busy night, bars seats really weren't happening for us, and with no one to greet us at the entrance, it was left ambiguous if it was possible to get on the list for a table or if we were supposed to seat ourselves. It's definitely much nicer here during less busy hours. Other than that, at least the bartenders are friendly and generally knowledgeable. As for atmosphere, the place is pretty polished, an indication of the prices, which were a bit on the high side, though nothing overly extraordinary. Beer selection was the high point, with good local selections, Heady Topper noticeably on tap in true tribute to the previous owner. Half-pour options are always a plus.

Food menu is largely unimpressive. First time visiting, I sampled two items: the wings were skimpy and bland, and the hushpuppies were dry and...bland. Other meals I've had since have been average to awful. I've actually--on more than one occasion now--seen patrons reject the food they were given, or walk out without eating it. To put it simply: the food here is just consistently bad.

My final word: call me cynical, but this place reeks of being the tourist trap of beer bars.

Worth a stop-in if you find yourself in town, I suppose, though this was easily my least favorite of the Waterbury trio, behind the Reservoir and Blackback. I'll take the laid back atmosphere of the Blackback over the hyperactive Pig any day of the week, and pound for pound, BB's selection is better. However, my preference is the Reservoir, because at least you can get a decent meal there. Essentially, everything I need I can get between the three bars.

*They now have a second bar in the brewery space, with some outside seating.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Similar set up to the Alchemist, with not quite enough seating combined with a lengthy bar. Everyone was quite jovial and excited for the food, as they should be. It was friendly, not too noisy and comfortable.

The quality of the food and the beer was great. Wonderful beer choices from around the world with healthy doses of Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, and of course Heady Topper on tap.

The service takes a dive specifically because of how the menu is set up. They're pricey to begin with as far as the beer goes, but they do offer a "half" for a little more than half price. Be warned though, when ordering "a half" of a 12oz beer, you are actually served your "half" in a 3-4 oz glass. It ends up being an exorbitant price for so little beer... $4 for 3oz of Berliner Weisse... not ok.

Again, the selection is great... the barbecue is great and varied, with wonderful sauces on the table.

Oh, and if you were hoping for a return of the alchemist ketchup and fries, you will be disappointed, but not greatly disappointed.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

prohibition pig was highly recommended by some locals in waterbury, so we decided to give it a chance. The beer menu is stellar. i was thrilled to find Founders' KBS on tap and had to have it. the food on the other hand was lacking. The meat was severely undercooked in my opinion. having enjoyed some fallin-off-the-bone bbq, i was disappointed to find that that was hardly the case here. the mac and cheese had no macaroni, so it wasnt actually mac and cheese. the only good thing were the sweet potato fries.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.81/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

After buying some bottles from Craft Beer Cellar, I stopped over in here and grabbed myself a burger. It was really good and with the variety of sauces that was quite impressive as I had to try them all. I had two of their beers and was quite impressed. When in Waterbury, make sure you stop here.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Kitty corner to two other bars featuring several up and coming Vermont beers. The largest and most bar like of the three. I also have a soft place in my heart to the former site of L'Alchemist. The bar and layout retains some of that flavour. More than enough taps for me here, and the HF and Lawson Liquid offerings were great. A few other good taps. One of my favourites on the trip was the dry hopped Ruination. Service was mixed, its new, and staff may be calmer on a different shift or after the summer buzy period. Still a must stop even if you are in Burlington.

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Photo of cherche
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
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...

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was excited to try the Prohibition Pig, and I'm glad I did, but I left missing the old Alchemist, as I had expected to.

The Alchemist exuded a homey, laid-back, neighborhood vibe. Dim and packed, it was a great place to spend an evening on the (sadly only) two occasions I visited. The Prohibition Pig is considerably more refined. The space is more open and sparser. It's not quite airy, an adjective I reserve for sparse spaces that I enjoy, but feels a bit empty and over-lighted. It's not bad, but compared to the old space, it's a let down. I especially disliked the new light fixtures, which reminded me a bit of the new ones that replaced the old lights I loved so well at the CBC. The blasting music didn't help the vibe, either.

Beer selection was good, and I was glad to see all beers offered in full or half-pints. They had recently had some Hopfenstark takeover, so more than half the menu consisted of their beers. Visiting the Green Mountain State, though, I was looking for some Vermont beers, of which there were plenty of solid options.

The food was excellent, though the portions were fairly small for the price. My pork burger--a special on the board--was unbelievably good, but for $9 I'd like it to come with a side. Oh well, my friend and I split an order of sweet potato fries. While similarly undersized, they were quite good.

Where the Prohibition Pig falters, though, is on the service. We sat at the bar and had a server who I recalled from the Alchemist. He spent most of his time trying to impress the woman sitting next to us, was very slow to get our drinks or food or offer us the check, and seemed to think he was very funny despite being a jackass. He referred to another server as Kenny, whose name I recognize from some of the Alchemist/Prohibition Pig threads. When our server was too busy being full of himself to help us, Kenny came over and was extremely helpful and friendly. Next time I'm in, I'll make sure to sit at his end of the bar.

The Prohibition Pig is a nice enough place, and I have no doubt that I'll be back, but unlike the Alchemist, it's not a place I'd go out of my way for. Something special seems to have been lost.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon around 5pm. Was able to quickly grab a few seats at the bar. nice, dimly lit bar area with a decent amount of tables behind the bar patrons. Quick and attentive service. Very nice selection with a bunch of VT beers on tap. Half servings available which is always a plus. Shared some wings, pretzel knots and hush puppies. All were very good though the wings were a tad dry. Still all in all a very positive experience. FYI-the flooding after Hurricane Irene left the water in the place up to the taps we were informed....amazing to think when you sit there. Well worth the trip, especially since you went to Alchemist and there was no Heddy Topper!! ;-)

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Photo of Jodi215
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The wife and I stopped at Prohibition Pig after drinking some Heady Topper on tap at The Alchemist Cannery (they were out of cans, sadly).

Waterbury is a beautiful small town filled with quality bars and restaurants, and also a big flea market with lots of junk. The Pig is classy, reminds me of Armsby Abbey in Woosta, MA. A little small, though- a couple of big parties coming in for brunch and the place was getting crowded.

The regular menu is rather simple and porky. Lots of bbq plates, smoked-meat sandwiches, burgers and pork-based apps, plus some salads. We were there for brunch and they have a big chalkboard with lots of specials, all very brunch-y (eggs, sandwiches, sausage). The wife got a big breakfast sandwich with a fried egg on top that was realicious.

You're here for the beer anyways, and that's where it's at. 24 draughts with plenty of Vermont brews. Yes, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's are here. Hill Nor, Harlan, Edward and Abner plus Lawson's Knockout Blonde and Double Sunshine. Plus Heady!

Also Founders Porter, Arrogant Bastard, Stillwater Cellar Door, Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider, Sierra Torpedo, Lagunitas WTF....

Prices a bit high for small-town Vermont ($6.50-$7.50 for the goodies) but I like the half-glass option at half price plus 25 cents.

Service was slow because they were understaffed and the poor bartender just couldn't keep up. But the manager was apologetic, and we were understanding.

Try the cocktails, too. They are top notch. The Bloody Mary is gigantic and comes stabbed with a big celery plus a draft of Schlitz's.

A quality joint, but next time I'll be curious to try the Blackback Pub and The Reservoir instead.

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Photo of stephens101
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Housed in what was once the great - and much lamented - Alchemist, the Prohibition Pig is another venue to visit when in the charming (and beercentric) town of Waterbury, Vermont.

Located on the main street – and across from the Flyback Pub (See Review), the Pig combines savory local craft beer with succulent pig flesh – also local. While Alchemist was bright and airy, the Pig is dark and intimate, decorated with cranberry brick walls; it is, to say the least, very atmospheric. The bar is roomy enough, with enough veneer and polished wood to furnish several establishments.

Oh yes, they had Heady Topper on tap … nuff said.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Came in solo on a Wednesday evening for dinner and burs...

Lucked out on seat at the bar, as the place was still jumpin at 8pm.

Wait staff was busy, but not stressed. Good recommendations to me and others.

Food - dry rub wings were truly dry... But good and smoky. Had with a HF Edward. Got the Carolina BBQ sammy and it was phenomenal! I've been to Hickory, NC (and all over the Carolinas for that matter) and this ranks at/near the top - I believe it had a pickled-cabbage mixed in. Washed it down with an Allagash Confluence which was the absolute perfect pairing.

Unfortunately, the draft section this evening had no Lawson's, no Heady, and only 1 HF (Edward)... Which I personally didn't care that much about since I stopped at HF and Alchemist on the way here. (Heading to other places to find Lawson's later)

This place has something for everyone. Great (looking) house cocktails, awesome craft beer, terrific (and reasonably priced) food, solid service, and a top notch atmosphere.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was a little uncertain about how I would feel visiting the Pig for the first time after so many fond memories of The Alchemist brew pub. But as soon as I walked in I felt right at home. The interior has changed a lot, but the great service, beer, and patrons remain. I was impressed with the menu and thought the food complimented the beers well. Great draft selection, including Heady Topper and several Hill Farmstead and Lawson's Finest options. Half pours are available, which I love. If you love the old Alchemist frites, the current fries may dissapoint you, but the house-made sauces taste good on everything. The Pig is popular, so plan on waiting a bit for a table, but the staff is cool about taking your name and letting you walk over to the Blakcback Pub or The Reservoir for a quick drink. I just wish they would take your number too and just call your cell when your table is ready. Just sayin'. Overall, this is a must visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of garyloveman
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Loved this place. Pretty busy, managed to get a couple seats at the bar. Took a few for the bartender to get over to us, but got our drinks quickly there after. Ordered and appetizer of hush puppies that came out super fast, and really delicious. I got a barbecue pork sandwich that was great. My gf had a burger that was incredible...had some pimento cheese and fried green tomato on it that rocked.

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Photo of easong
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

OK, here we go... I absolutely love the location, decor, beer selection and employees. They have offerings from my favs Hill Farmstead, Lawson's Finest and Alchemist. The food is dreadful. Let me preface this by saying how much I enjoy BBQ and have eaten it often at many locations. You look at the place and think you are going to get something special, it's not. The ingredients are clearly fresh and of good quality, its just so bland. The BBQ sauces they offer have little flavor and are marginally palatable. Baked beans have been the highlight of my 5-6 meals there. It's like they try to innovate food wise and it just doesn't work well.

That being said, they have super nice and cool employees, fun decor and great beer. I'll go back there many times and will inevitably eat the food again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

This is a must-stop location when visiting Waterbury if you love BBQ. The beer selection is excellent and the food is even better.

Atmosphere is great - upscale and clean, a little different than the other spots in town. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The number of beers on tap isn't going to blow you away but the quality is excellent. When I was there, the taps featured the likes of Lawson's, Heady Topper, HF, Allagash and more. They also had good representation across different types of styles and some beers that paired well with the food, especially the smoked lager. Will definitely return here on my next trip to Waterbury.

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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
96 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.