Maple Leaf Tavern
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by deanhead:
3.78/5 rDev +3%
I met up with a couple of friends of mine for lunch on Sunday. After my last visit, I swore I'd never return unless the beer, food, and service improved. This was my first visit to the brewery since the Winter X-games in 2000. Over the years friends of mine have been telling me how the beer, food, and service have improved. I also hear they had Stone on tap now, so at any rate if all of the above truly still sucked, I knew if I could just get the bartenders attention, I would at least get to enjoy a Stone product.
Parking in downtown Wilmington is always suspect, so I opted for the easy out and parked at the Willington Historical Society which is located just North of the brewery on Lisle Hill Rd. It makes for a very short walk to the brewery.
With all the motorcycles parked out front it has clearly become a destination spot for the Harley crowd.
The inside of the place is still the same, a small bar with 8-10 chairs, and a quaint dining area with seating for about 25-30 people. The brewing tanks are behind the glass, and in full view. This is always nice to see all the brewing equipment out in the open.
I sat down with my friends who had already ordered up some nachos, and we all checked out the menu. The waitress was friendly, but unfortunately did not have the knowledge to answer anything more then the most basic beer related questions. Disappointingly so, she could not tell me about the Californication Ale and what was so uncommon about their California Common? At least that is how the beer was described and uncommon California Common. WTF?
My friend ordered up the sampler which also oddly enough included some of guest beers. At 4.50 a pint I had to jump at the Stone Ruination.
The food offered was pricey for your basic run of the mill pub grub. I had the turkey burger with cheddar, and sweet potato fries for 10.00. The entrees were all around 15.00 It felt like my wallet was visiting the big city!
All our food came out at the same time, and was nicely presented. The portions were rather large, in fact my burger required me putting a knife to it so I could cut it in half. The waitress while unknowledgeable about the beer, was polite, courteous, and attentive to our needs.
Overall I enjoyed the food, despite it being pricey, the guest beers were terrific. From memory on tap they offered:
and possibly Spaten Oktoberfest.
I only recall two house beers on tap which included an Oktoberfest & the Californication Ale. They may have had one or two more, but can't recall.
I would definitely come back to this place for the Stone alone. I would also be inclined to visit when the brewer is around so for some Q&A about their beer. Although the food was good, it was IMHO pricey. I could see enjoying a beer and splitting an appetizer or two on my budget.
10-22-2007 15:13:33 | More by deanhead
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3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
Overall, I recommend going to the Maple Lead if you're in the area; that being said, I would NOT swing through town JUST to visit here.
If you find yourself at Mount Snow or Wilmington, you MUST stop in... with that disclaimer done...
A- Great people in the bar, I mean come on it's Vermont... both young & old, singles & families but everyone is there do have a few good brews and maybe talk a bit-
Quality & Service - I've had a few different bartenders & it's hit or miss with behind the bar. Service is quick due to it's small size.
Sel. - There are a few above average choices (Switchback & McNeil's, Long Trail) but that's about it. Your not going to find a one off beer here or a speciality brew but it will always have 'mainstream craft beer'.
Food - Always good; have the turkey sandwich and a soup of your choice = the perfect winter lunch... They usually have some interesting choices at dinner as well
07-12-2011 16:38:27 | More by thor638
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
Very pleasantly surprised by the Maple Leaf. I was hesitant to visit after reading some of the reviews (even though some were from a long time ago)...and was happy that I took the time to find out for myself.
Very good selection of beers on tap, including some I've never had before...the Mc Neills ESB was excellent.
The food was outstanding, well prepared and reasonably priced.
An interesting mix of people added to the atmosphere, which is decidely relaxed.
Give the Maple Leaf a try...hope you have the same positive experience.
07-24-2010 04:55:56 | More by WayneRooneyFan
4.18/5 rDev +13.9%
I've been skiing at Mount Snow for the better part of 10 years and just went to this place for this first time a couple of weeks ago. I had a real good experience here. I stopped in on a Friday night at 8:00 during peak ski season, so I have to consider that in posting this review. The place was crowded and the wait for a table was 40 minutes, which I kind of expected in small, crowded tourist town with limited dining options. The hostess was very friendly. We were lucky to grab some seats at the bar while we waited for a dinner table.
They have all the usual BMC offerings in bottles, but they also have about a dozen taps with various craft offerings. I am pulling this from memory so I can't remember all the specifics on tap, but they had Smuttynose Robust Porter, Allagash White, Trout River Rainbow Red, DFH Chicory Stout, Stone IPA (I had two), and several others that I cannot remember. If you are a BA though and stop in here, there will be something you like.
Dinner was excellent. I ordered a mushroom burger. It was cooked to perfection, very big, and came with a side of delicious fries (hot and crispy). I had a hard time eating the entire thing. My wife loved her chicken wrap, and my cousin loved his bacon burger.
Beers were $4 each. Burger platters were about $10. Some of the specials pushed the $20 range.
The service was friendly, attentive, and very happy to make small talk with us, despite the fact that she was obviously very busy, as the place was packed.
Despite the name, this place is not a brewery anymore, but they have a good selecton of beer on tap. The food was great, the service friendly, and the atmosphere nice. I will be going back soon.
02-01-2009 02:49:50 | More by mtbbaboon
3.13/5 rDev -14.7%
I stopped at the Maple Leaf Malt & Brewing Co. on my way to the Vermont Brewers Fest and found out that as of July 1, 2008 they are no longer a brewpub. They have new owners who remodeled the bar and sold all of the brewing equipment.
The bar is nice and there's still a decent selection of beers (Stone pale ale, Allagash White, Fullers Porter) but no beer brewed at the location. I didn't try any food.
If you happen to be in Wilmington, VT and want some lunch or dinner stop by and give them a try. Just don't expect any beers brewed on location.
07-21-2008 23:59:51 | More by WanderingFool
2.15/5 rDev -41.4%
Small location, but well maintained. I liked their removable chalkboards above the bar. The bar was small, but nice, and the dining room was simple, but well organized. The overall look of the place is very cozy.
That's about where it ends.
There was only one beer on tap made by the Brewing Company, and the remaining three taps were decent quality beers, but not alot of variety.
After ordering one of their GD Ales, and an Ommegang Irish stout, we found the stout to be sour- either dirty lines, or a bad pour.
Although we only wanted beer, it seemed that even that was too much work for the people behind the bar. Four people were hanging around in a full restaurant, basically complaining how busy it was, and that "They must be the only people who have to work." We got to hear about one of the workers upcoming court date, further complaints about work, and a general dislike of everything and everybody.
If you are near the Maple Leaf....keep on driving.
03-23-2008 14:30:14 | More by Bobzilla
2.89/5 rDev -21.3%
We were in the south Vermont area for the weekend and decided to check this place out. Seemed to be a decent place to grab a beer and some food.
This place is very small to say the least. Only one small room for the restaurant area and a bar in a connected room. The bar area of this place was tiny and barely had enough room to stand and have a beer while waiting for a table. In fact most of the people waiting to be seated were all waiting and blocking the front door to get in. They have a few brew tanks on display to give it the whole brewpub feeling and some art/photographs on the walls which was nice looking.
We were going to put our names in for a table to eat dinner until we found out that it was going to be over an hour just to get a table. So instead we decided to just grab a beer at the bar. To my disappointment they only had 2 of their own beers on tap, but the 2 beers they had were fairly good. Also they had 3-4 other beers on tap which were all decent micro brews but it wasn't anything that I couldn't just buy at the local grocery store. All the beers on tap were over priced even for a nicer restaurant. Although we weren't going to get any food we took a peek at the menu and all the food was way over priced as well. I guess they feel they can over charge for all their items since they are right down the road from a fairly major ski resort.
We all were not pleased w/ our experience that evening. So we all went out for pizza, then we decided to go to another brewpub w/ a much better selection of brews and that is where we spent the rest of the night.
02-28-2008 01:10:43 | More by iceball585
4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
A visit during a recent weekender to VT. We stopped at this pub which is easy to find just off route 9 in Wilmington. Parking is mostly street so poke around a bit for a spot.
Walking in the pub is very small with about 6-8 tables to the right of the door and a small rectangle bar to the left. The bar is about 12 stools and there is a TV behind it. Draft beers are located on chalkboards above the bar. There were 5-6 house beers, including a dopplebock, steam beer, IPA, porter and something else. Some guests were local and regional micros. May have had bottles of some stuff but dont remember.
The brewery is behind som glass just beyond the table area. 7bbl fermenters are easy to see and clearly labeled. One thing to note is the bathroom is unisex and I imagine it may get backed up on a Fri nite.
We sat at the tables and I ordered the californication ale (steam beer) which was pretty good and enjoyable. For lunch I had a reuben and fries and my wife had the black bean quesadillas. Both were excellent. The service was very friendly and helpful with food choices. This is a very good spot to hit up in the middle of no where VT. Easy drive from Brattleboro (25 mins).
I will go back again to sample some other brews.
05-28-2007 13:47:02 | More by sulldaddy
Maple Leaf Tavern in Wilmington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.