Willimantic Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 484
Beer Avg: 3.95
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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Unless you live in the Willimantic area, this place is out in the middle of nowhere. We took a trip from Hartford out there to check it out. You need to drive down a lot of winding roads to reach it.
The brewpub is located on the main strip of town. There are a few shops in the area, but not a heck of a lot to do except to go for the beers.
The brewpub is located inside an old post office. Very cool. High, high ceilings...the bar is on one side of the building. On the other side is the main dining room and the brewing area (at the side entrance).
Very charming. Old mail slots were converted into spaces for wine bottles. They truly kept the historic feel of this place.
They had probably 8 or so of their own beers on tap, along with about the same number of guest beers also on tap (mostly microbrews like Old Burnside, Otter Creek, Harpoon, etc)...along with a handful of bottled beers (all the big commercial names).
They offer a $5.25 sampler. You select 5 beers, write them on a card and the bartender brings them over on a wooden serving board. Oddly, they have 3 IPAs on tap, but also a "certified gold," "rural route red," a "Roadenzok" (a Flemish sour ale) and an "Old Kentucky Ale."
Each beer was of high quality. Cool to see a brewpub try their hand at a sour ale. The Old Kentucky was out of this world. Aged in oak bourbon barrels, it tasted somewhat like a smooth barleywine.
They sell pint glasses and t shirts for collectors.
The food was a decent menu, typical stuff...we went at lunch, not sure if the dinner menu changes. It was good enough though...
The bartender was friendly and nice.
Overall, if you are an out of towner, it will take you a bit to get here, driving down long winding 1 lane roads into eastern CT...but the atmosphere is very cool. The beers are excellent.
03-25-2007 12:35:54 | More by Nutleybeer
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2 | $$
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
Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
95 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.