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Willimantic Brewing Co.

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3.89/5
Based on:
74 Beers
575 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.31
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[ 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

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AKA - Main Street Café
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Unless you live in the Willimantic area, this place is out in the middle of nowhere. We took a trip from Hartford out there to check it out. You need to drive down a lot of winding roads to reach it.

The brewpub is located on the main strip of town. There are a few shops in the area, but not a heck of a lot to do except to go for the beers.

The brewpub is located inside an old post office. Very cool. High, high ceilings...the bar is on one side of the building. On the other side is the main dining room and the brewing area (at the side entrance).

Very charming. Old mail slots were converted into spaces for wine bottles. They truly kept the historic feel of this place.

They had probably 8 or so of their own beers on tap, along with about the same number of guest beers also on tap (mostly microbrews like Old Burnside, Otter Creek, Harpoon, etc)...along with a handful of bottled beers (all the big commercial names).

They offer a $5.25 sampler. You select 5 beers, write them on a card and the bartender brings them over on a wooden serving board. Oddly, they have 3 IPAs on tap, but also a "certified gold," "rural route red," a "Roadenzok" (a Flemish sour ale) and an "Old Kentucky Ale."

Each beer was of high quality. Cool to see a brewpub try their hand at a sour ale. The Old Kentucky was out of this world. Aged in oak bourbon barrels, it tasted somewhat like a smooth barleywine.

They sell pint glasses and t shirts for collectors.

The food was a decent menu, typical stuff...we went at lunch, not sure if the dinner menu changes. It was good enough though...

The bartender was friendly and nice.

Overall, if you are an out of towner, it will take you a bit to get here, driving down long winding 1 lane roads into eastern CT...but the atmosphere is very cool. The beers are excellent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of HappyRasmith
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Willi Brew is a must stop for me when visiting family. Always amazed at the selections of brew offered up either from their own collection or from guest breweries.
The food has always been first rate. No complaints at all!

Huge bar and dining area.

Every Time I walk in I am reminded of standing in line with my Grandfather to buy Stamps. Owners have done everything possible to retain the original architecture of the old Post Office that was build in the early 1900's.

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4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Although the prices are a little high you more than get your money's worth. Excellent atmosphere and quality with small brewing sets put on display in the dining area as well as the bar. The service was superb, all of the staff was attentive and friendly. The selections for their beers was great and we were very happy with our waiter's suggestions. The food was very well made and even had a great selection for my vegetarian friend I brought. Could not recommend this place more.

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Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
95 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.