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Prohibition Pig

Not Rated.
Prohibition PigProhibition Pig
BA SCORE
100
world-class

180 Ratings
Ratings: 180
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.07%
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 78
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 24
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @@prohibitionpig

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(Place added by: Jason on 03-13-2012)
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Photo of rowingbrewer
2/5  rDev -55.8%

rowingbrewer, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Cascade77
3/5  rDev -33.6%

Cascade77, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.15/5  rDev -30.3%

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.

ThirstyBird, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Father_Raybob
3.31/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

Father_Raybob, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of xanok
3.51/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

xanok, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%

In the space that I'm told 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 10-15 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. I sampled two items: the wings were skimpy and bland, and the hushpuppies were dry and...bland. I've actually on more than one occasion now, seen patrons reject the food they were given, or walk out without eating it.

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.

Rifugium, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of dbalsock
3.73/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

dbalsock, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Kelp, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of negroobserver
3.75/5  rDev -17%

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.

negroobserver, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

Sammy, Aug 16, 2012
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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
100 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.