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Prohibition Pig

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Prohibition PigProhibition Pig
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17 Beers
176 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 242
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.54
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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Photo of slander
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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?

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -15.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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. 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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Came here after dropping the family @ Ben & Jerry's factory.

Very nice rustic ambiance, cozy, a little small. Lots of breweriana including a Westy tray. Draft list is expansive, spanning different genres: Schlitz, He'brew, Evil Twin, Hopfenstark, etc... with loads of locals like Hill Farmstead, Fiddelhead, Von Trapp, and more. Prices are very reasonable for half and full pours. Didn't have any food but it did look delicious. Bartenders were very nice and attentive. Will be coming back here for sure and will probably bring the family next time!

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I decided to go to the Pig for dinner on my first night in Waterbury. I will never turn down BBQ and they have an amazing tap list so it was a no brainer for me.

Upon entering the ambiance it pretty nice. Lots of people all over the place eating and chatting amongst themselves. I snagged the last seat at the bar and looked over the tap list, that is when I knew it was going to be a good night. They have some amazing things on tap and I was happy to see they offered half pours so I could try more of them. The quality was pretty high. My beers were good, as was my food.

Service was good. I never had to wait for a refill or to place my food order and the bartenders certainly knew there stuff. The selection of beers, as I said, was top notch. 4-5 Hill Farmsteads, 2 Lawson's and Heady Topper on tap. I would kill to have that selection at my neighborhood BBQ spot. As far as the food goes, I decided to go with the pulled brisket with a side of fries and baked beans. Beans and brisket were ok, I used some of their bacon BBQ sauce to make it better, and the fries were excellent with their smoked ketchup. Prices were a little high across the board. If they tried to charge what they do down here they would be out of business quick.

Overall a really nice beer bar with above average food, albeit a little overpriced. I will return when I am in the area.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place looks just like the old Alchemist, before they got flooded out. Kind of a long, narrow room. The bar and high tops are on the right, the dining area is on the left. Lots of wood, a black ceiling.

A huge beer selection. Over twenty beers on tap, and over one hundred bottles. It was difficult to choose. I stayed with the Vermont scene and had HF Citra pale ale and HF Everett (a phenomenal porter). My wife had a couple sour beers.

Not that much on the menu for vegans. If I was a carnivore, there seemed to be plenty of selections with a lot of BBQ. We had a veggie burger made from rice with arugula and a tomato confit, which was excellent.

We ate lunch there on a Saturday, and the place filled up fast. Still, we had excellent service.

Definitely worth a stop.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.89/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
100 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.