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Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Active Beers: 76
Beer Ratings: 490
Beer Avg: 3.96

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

109 Ratings
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

967 Main St
Willimantic, Connecticut, 06226-2330
United States
phone: (860) 423-6777

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @willibrew

Notes:
AKA - Main Street Café

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Duffman79

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2 | $$

I live very close to Willibrew and have been there approximately fifty times. The atmosphere is nice, the building was the former home of an enormous post office. There is a restaurant area that is more family friendly than the bar area.

Willimantic Brewing company makes some really decent beers. They offer a wide selection of classic styles, many are released only during certain times of the year. They even make their own kombucha.

The on-tap and bottle selection is outstanding for Eastern Connecticut. This is the place to find some outstanding, hard to find, and obscure brews (they have weird beer Wednesday once a month).

The food is not very good. It is prepared ahead of time, frozen, and reheated. The food is sometimes too salty to consume. Typical American pub food fare (burgers, fries, nachos, etc.). They have specials that are sometimes a bit better than the usual menu.

Overall the place is great. It is close to a university, but manages to dodge the majority of rowdy college students. There is a reason I have been there over 50 times, and I will probably be going back again soon.

01-23-2014 17:11:10 | More by Duffman79
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I decided to swing by Willimantic for lunch on the way to Foxwoods Casino. My buddy and I drove up, and it looked like a bank. It is a concrete building with large pillars out front. We walked in to the pub side and bellied up to the bar. It had high ceilings and a lot of woodwork.

I ordered a flight of in-house beers. They were all average to above average. I had a sandwich that was basically a reuben sandwich with coleslaw in place of sour kraut. I enjoyed it very much.

I struck up a conversation with a gentleman that happened to be from Michigan and had a nice talk about Michigan beer. I offered some suggestions for Ohio beers, as well. He actually wrote down some notes. He was a good guy from a great state. The bartender was very courteous and showed ample cleavage.

I eventually found out that the building used to be a post office. There are still P.O. boxes visible in the dining area. The dining area also houses the brewing equipment.

It is a good place to stop to eat and enjoy some beer. If you do not want their beer, they have several guest taps. It's definitely worth a look.

11-02-2013 03:03:01 | More by buschbeer
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$

My wife and I stopped here at the culmination of two days following the Connecticut Wine Trail... ending up with beer for me. We actually got here at a good time, about 4 pm. The main dining room was closed, but there were regular tables on the bar side and we got to see the famous bar I'd read about.

Beer selection was pretty interesting, but it seemed like it was weighted more toward saisons. I know it was summertime, July 2nd, but SOMETHING dark would have been appreciated.

I liked the beers I tried, including one made with flowers. Very different and interesting, it reminded me of Fraoch.

Food was very good, but not outstanding. Selection is more varied than standard bar fare, and there are flatbreads, sandwiches, and ribs. You won't find that wanting. The food choices pair well with the beers. I'd come off of a couple of days with excellent food, so maybe I was expecting more than I should.

Value was reasonable. Beer flight was a good price. Most items were OK. A full rack of ribs was a bit much, but it was a honeymoon trip (long delayed). Regardless, if I am in the area again I will stop there when new beers come up,

07-16-2013 01:28:15 | More by connecticutpoet
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jrbchef

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$

Cool atmosphere, a converted US Post Office. Was here with the family so we sat in the dining room. Great balance of there own beers to "guest' taps. Would like to come back without the kids and enjoy the bar itself. Having tried samplers or flights I can only say all their beers were solid in style and balance of flavors.

05-13-2013 16:27:46 | More by jrbchef
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25 | $$

I was there a while ago...maybe within a year or two, but I do not remember it being as good as everyone else is posting. The atmosphere is their best attribute, and they have quality beer. I could see being a regular if I lived in the area, but I was not excessively impressed being an outsider.

01-31-2013 17:25:02 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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datalager

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I went here with my wife for "date night" while the kids were preoccupied with better things, elsewhere. We sat on the restaurant side, so I can't give an impression of the bar, other than how busy and full of life it was.

First the bad. The worst part for us was upon entry. Despite being on time and having a reservation, the front desk took two separate 2-party walk-ins ahead of us?!?!? That was a bit dismaying to me, but after my wife cordially voiced her irritation they miraculously found a spot for us, along with a lame excuse. Then we sat idle for nearly 10 minutes while people around us were seated and immediately waited on. I began to get fairly agitated at this point. When a waiter did finally arrive I did something that is a bit out of character for me...I took a deep breath and let Willi Brew "have it". Our waiter was on the unfortunate end of said rant. There appeared to be a mood of confusion in the air that night, so I hope this was an abnormal experience.

Now the good, which is to say EVERYTHING else about the visit. The waiter, who practically took one up the rear from my disenchanted blowup, was awesome. And I tipped him graciously for his knowledge, friendliness and flat out patience. My wife and I each ordered an appetizer and main course, and agreed that all the food was very good, if not quite outstanding. The menu was loaded with standard pub-like fare, as well as some unique twists like the pulled-pork flat bread pizza that I enjoyed along with numerous beers.

As for the beer (the reason you want to go, right), selection and quality was top notch. There were over 30 brews on tap that night, a solid dozen+ of house, plus plenty of quality Northeastern guests like Smuttynose, Dogfish Head, Hooker, etc... I ordered a sample round of five 4oz. glasses, but ended up with more since the waiter continually brought out extra samples as we discussed styles. Willi's own IPA, Rye and "Willi Whammer" Barleywine ales are ALL worth returning for.

Ultimately, my wife and I both agreed that the restaurant is worth a second visit.

01-13-2012 17:01:51 | More by datalager
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nickfl

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

This is one of the most interesting brewpub locations I have ever been to. This old post office building has been transformed into a brewpub in a way that retains a lot of the character of the old building. I sat at the bar and it was fairly crowded on a Sunday afternoon. They had six of their own beers on tap plus quite a few guest beers. I tried a 5 beer sampler and then a pint to sample them all and while the beer was kind of hit or miss there was a nice chocolate porter and a pretty decent DIPA in the mix. I had a very good burger and the menu offered quite a few other options for anyone who might want something a little more upscale. As a bonus, they had their own kombucha on tap and while it isn't actually a beer, it is really worth trying. This was definitely worth the visit, and I would definitely come back if I am ever in the area again.

12-12-2011 00:08:51 | More by nickfl
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socon67

New York

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went here with a few friends for lunch on a Saturday.

A - Nice crowd of beer drinkers who enjoy qulaity beer. Very laid back and relaxed.

Q - Plenty of their own crafted brews plus plenty of guest taps.

S - Waiter allowed me to sample Brooklyn Concoation Ale since he had previous bad feedback. Servers know their beers and are helpful. Workers care about what they are doing.

Sel- 8 of their own beer plus about 25 taps of other good stuff including some one-offs. Plenty of options for the craft beer enthusiast.

F - Nice menu of options filled with appetizers, lunch choices and entrees. Even without the beer this place is a solid restaurant choice.

V - 4 people with samplers and pints plus lunch was $75. Very reasonably priced.

08-20-2011 18:44:58 | More by socon67
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

A- Very Busy at night which is good a little crowded but no time on waiting for a seat.

Q- A old former Post Office or Bank but the place is hella big. Which amaze me from being from PA.

S- The service was very good for even being busy. The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and beer selection.

S- I t was all there beers didn't see a guest list. But there brews were very good.

F- Order their burgers which were very tasty and the fries too.

V- Price was very reasonable which the way I like it. Would visit again.

08-13-2011 07:51:49 | More by SamuelJackson45
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

After much procrastination, I finally made the trip out to WilliBrew. It is located right along Main Street in Willimantic, which had more traffic in the middle of the day on a work day than I would have expected.
The setting is a former post office, with a very tall ceiling and a good amount space in general. You can sit at the long bar right at the main entrance or one of their many tables. Their beer sampler of 5 pours is a very good option. Nugget IPA & Salacious Saison were a couple of the favorites that I tried. Food was pretty good, especially the garlic fries. And the staff does a nice job of keeping up with the busy crowd w/ a positive attitude. For those who live closer to WBC, consider yourself fortunate.

06-18-2011 13:30:41 | More by mltobin
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Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
95 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.