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Willimantic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

130 Ratings
Ratings: 130
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Active Beers: 72
Beer Ratings: 549
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

Oh, wow! The girlfriend loved this place and has already requested a return trip. After an unsuccessful day at the blackjack tables I convinced her to swing by there for dinner. We had snacked all day and just split a couple of appetizers. They were very good and very large portions--especially for appetizers.

When we got there we parked behind this old white stone (marble?) looking building. Had a turn-of-the-century government building look to it. If you drop it down in the middle of D.C. it would blend in perfectly. We walked in the side entrance that leads into the bar and never realized there was a dining area until after we were done and looking for the bathroom. Dining area looked huge. The bar itself was incredibly long. Lots f tables around to provide a bit of a pub feeling. High celing with crown molding carved out of stone. My favorite part was the old, refinished door I came in. 10 feet tall stained oak turning door. Almost cavernous in and of itself.

Great beer selection. Seemed they had 9 or so beers of their own, but then they had a lot of guest beers from around the region both on tap and in bottle. But after trying their beer I will never drink anything they import from outside those walls.

The service was realy good too. It seeme dlike we had 3 waitresses but we never felt like they were intruding. And they always seemed to know what I wanted before I asked.

MuddyFeet, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

As you walk in you can veer left for the restaurant seating or to the right for the bar area. The bar area has a selection of tables that I believe are first come first serve. You will be seated in the restaurant area by a hostess and reservations are accepted and reccomended for the weekend.

The building is a very unique place as it is a restored post office. Very high ceilings and some of the post office features remain in the architecture. Very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

The food is excellent. My sister calls the bow tie pasta some of the best pasta she's ever had and my brother and law orders the burrito every time we go. Their burgers are great and so is the steak sandwich. There are also more expensive entree-type meals that I don't have much experience with. The prices on the food are reasonable.

The beer is the highlight of the show. The IPAs are world class and there is usually more than one on tap. Their porters and stouts are also very good. They also have a fairly extensive guest tap list, but with the quality of their own brews, it takes something special to tempt you. Growlers are offered and they'll fill outside jugs. They usually have something on cask, but to be honest it rarely does anthying for the beer.

The service is usually fairly good, though sometimes the servers are slow. They are usually fairly knowledgeable about the beer they serve and are happy to answer questions.

This is my favorite brewpub in CT. If I lived near, I'd be there all the time. With a 45 minute drive, I try to get there at least oncer per month.

Hagbard, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Great building, with alot of character. Large dining room, long bar, nice little outside eating area. All in all a super beer destination, with about 10 quality micros on tap, mixed in with several tap wasters, and about 10 of their own high quality brews also on tap and available for growler fills. When I visited they had several wheat beers and several IPA of their own makings available. Extensive pub grub plus menu. Dave the owner and brewer is a fine and gracious host. He's a disc golfer to boot! This is a very worthy spot, offering many fine beer options.

Billolick, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of eveninghawk
4.18/5  rDev -3%

Went down with other BAs for the Boston invasion. The location is a ton of fun. If you have any love for the conversion and use of old buildings, this is definitely a place to check out, on top of some really yummy beer.

The ceilings are really high, so it might be a bit noisy in there when totally packed. On the other hand, that high ceiling allows them to show movies at least during summer evenings.

The beer was quite yummy. Glacier IPA was excellent with a strong hoppy edge, the cask Ambeerlicious was nice though a little sweeter than i like, but my favorite for the day was the My Town Brown.

I am definitely looking forward to another opportunity to get down to Willimantic.

eveninghawk, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

Boston BA's invade Willimantic!! A bunch of us decided to take a road trip to WBC for some fine brews and now GROWLERS!!
eveninghawk, Truh, fdrich29, PaulB, DesignatedDriver and myself all headed down yesterday.
Located right off Rte. 6 and Main Street...can't miss this place.
A renovated Post Office and these guys do a great job of making it fit so well...
Not only do they offer 6 or so brews and one cask conditioned, but they even serve up 20 offerings from other brewers in the area.
Two of my favorites on the day were the Glacier IPA (sadly was the only IPA on tap that day and is why their selection does not get a 5) and their "My Town" Brown Ale...both were served slightly chilled and delicious. I also had their "Any Town" ASB...a bitter w/ mainly Cascade hops.
Grabbed a growler of the Glacier to go and was glad to see they filled the empty I carried in.
We enjoyed the nachos and calamari as appetizers and I enjoyed the brew bbq 1/2 rack of ribs...everything was tasty and not overly priced.
All in all, a great place to visit and well worth the distance...I will be back again soon.

warriorsoul, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Longstaff
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%

Cool setting for a brewpub, feels like your stopping by to mail your tax returns or something, and they have good beer while you wait. Selection of about 7 house brews ranging from a light ale to barlywine, but the IPA(s) are the best of the lot. Our service was ok on a slow Friday afternoon with short down times with no beer in my glass. Got the cheese plate which was just normal everyday supermarket cubed cheese with some bottled fruit which came like 2 minutes before the sandwiches not giving us enough time to eat it as an appetizer after we had specifically asked for it as an appetizer. I had a average chicken sandwich with some horrible caramalized (read burnt) onions, my gf had a pretty decent and spicy buffalo chicken wrap. Food here is mediocre at best and the house beer is hit or miss. Barlywine was a thin, hot alcohol mess, the oatmeal stout was tasty but thin, but the Glacier IPA rocked. I was expecting more from my visit and ended up a little dissapointed.

Longstaff, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

I was in Stamford, CT for a friend’s birthday party. Willimantic is about a two hour drive from Stamford and we had already been in the car for eight hours. I had looked at BA for a nice place to go out on a Friday and at the advice of Venom decided to make the extra trip. Boy was I glad we did. After twisting and turning through back roads, passing a sign that read school bus stop/cow crossing, and thoughts that we had completely left civilization, we finally arrived at the converted stone post office that is the Main Street Café. The building itself is impressive and makes for great ambiance while dining and enjoying a pint.

We arrived at 9:56- 4 minutes before the kitchen closed. We were instantly seated and no one gave us a hard time about ordering food so close to the kitchen closing. The server was knowledgeable of the beers (and even a bit of the ingredients and brewing process). I had a burger and a bowl of crab chowder. Great chowder. An average burger, but toped with grilled portabella mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Very nice. My wife went for the NY strip. When it arrived, after a nice salad, all the driving seemed to melt away from her. It was cooked to perfection and a marvelous cut of meat. Everything we had was great, and the other meals we saw looked equally delicious. Price was affordable and much better than Stamford in price and taste.

But the real reason why we came was the beer. The beer list had a wide selection of house brews (complete with tapped dates and future releases) and a great regional selection and world brews on tap as well. A well priced sampler of five beers was available. Highlights of their brews included the Most Wanted IPA (the other house IPA’s listed were sold out) and AmBEERlicious (an amber ale made for a special brewing event). I also enjoyed a young barleywine, the 2005 Willi Whammer. All the others that I sampled were at the very least average to above average- which is much more than I can say for many brew pubs I have been to. I also loved the Thomas Hooker barleywine and Munich Lager- one of the best and most interesting lagers I have tasted to date. The Southern Tier IPA was also enjoyable in a lemonhead candy kind of way. My wife enjoyed the samplers as well and ended the evening with a Lindeman’s Framboise also on tap. I wish I could have gone back on Sunday. They have a movie theatre screen set up in the dining room and were going to show “The Bad News Bears”. Sounded fun.

Great ambiance, great food, a wide selection of great beers… What more could you want? If you are in the NE area you will not be disappointed with a stop at the Main Street Café. Well worth the two hour drive.

sacfly, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of erica
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

After the Heavyweight Open House I drove up to Willimantic for this nice brewpub. Nice and easy to find on (the) Main St., I like that. Not too many chances to make a wrong turn, I like that very much. This is in a huge old Post Office building, the atmosphere is OK, the pub part with some tables is separate from the restaurant part, which is a lot bigger. The place has an institution-like feel to it though, I guess because the ceilings are so high and there's no carpeting or anything, so the place echos like mad. It didn't feel all that inviting to me, but the people and beer and food inside this massive structure made up for it. We sat in the pub half, it's got a long bar with lots of tap handles lined up above it, different odd old posters and signs on the walls, including The Lord's Beer Prayer (i think thats what it was called). They had a super beer selection, 11 taps plus 1 cask of their own beer and lots of New England micros on tap as well. Nice if you want to get a real feel for New England beer I guess. Francis got a sampler and 2 glasses, some of which I had little sips of, and I just had a pint of the SWAK stout, as I had a long late night drive ahead of me and was already feeling sleepy. Great great stout though. I would say quality and selection are pretty much top-notch at this place, for the beer and food. For food we split their nachos, topped with veggie chili, which was a nice change of pace- oh my god were they freakin' huge!! A mountain! Tasty too. That was pretty much all I ate for the day, and we had tons left over to take home. Service was quite good and prompt, especially for a Saturday night. We had 3 different waiters during the 2 hours we were there, all of them were very nice. Too nice almost, it freaked me out a bit. Overall this was a nice place to visit, I wouldn't go out of my way to come here again, but I'm glad for the experience and I would recommend it to people passing by the area.

erica, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

This place is awesome. Erica and I went here two weeks in a row, once on a Sunday afternoon and once on a Saturday night. Although the first visit was marred by me being a bit sick, the second visit more than made up for the first. The atmosphere here is great. As you may or may no know this place is located in the old post office building of Willimantic. Having a brewpub/restaurant in this big, ornate 1910 structure was just an awesome idea as the atmosphere is great with the long bar in the pub room, and the many nice tables in the restaurant section. Although the SUPER high celings are a bit distracting as noise carries very easily and there is almost a school cafeteria vibe going on. Never-the-less I like the atmosphere here. The selection and quality of brews is excellent. Between two trips there were 14 house-brewed beers on-tap as well as 20+ other New England micros with a good spread from all of the NE states (CT, NH, MA, ME, VT, no RI brews though ;-). The quality of all of the beers sampled was excellent. I got a 5 beer sampler (with 5 5 oz glasses of brew for $4.75) both times I was here, and several glasses as well. Between both visits I tried 8 brews. Of these 8 I would say that 2 we're good, but not great, 1 was very good, 1 was very strange, but awesome, and the other 4 were just amazingly well crafted and world-class. Some of the best beers that I have ever had, were had on-tap here. Service was very good both times with quick service, and polite manners. On the second visit I thought our waiters did an excellent job. The food here is 5 star quality as well. The biggest/best? nachos we have ever had were had here, and the ale-onion soup I had was one of the best i've had as well. All in all this is an awesome, cool-looking place with excellent service, selection, quality, and food. Although it is so out of the way for me I may never be back, I urge all beer and food lovers to at least make the pilgrimage out here once. This is probably the best brewpub in CT, and perhaps the best in all of New England. Oh, and say hi for the frog bridge for me too!

francisweizen, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of yankeeheel
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

We have a winner.

Went down to Ct on 2/12-2/13 to catch the UNC/UConn game. My brother-in-law lives in Dayville so I twisted his arm to take the short hop to Willimantic. Saturday night was packed. We opted for a seat at the bar and ate there vs standing for an hour for a table. I love the art deco of the old post office. It's an impressive space and they make good use of it. Tons of tables. The bar is long. Probably 25-30 seats. TV's at either end.

Beer wise the house brews were all well done. I can't really remember a brewpub where I really liked all the beers I had, until now. First, I opted for the Old Raisin ale on cask, which was the absolute best of the night. Then an India Dark ale, which was a great take on a hoppy brew, and finally the WhiliWhammer 04. Delightful. Tried my BIL's SWAK stout and liked that too. Food wise we opted for wings and ribs and both were excellent. My fries were cold, which sucked, but it was a busy night. The only downer was that the Hooker Imperial Porter had kicked. That beer eludes my every attempt to acquire it. Lots of other good non-Willi taps. Storm King, Allagash, Schlitz...I kid, don't hurt me. Probably 20 taps total.

Anywhoo, it's worth the trip if anywhere within the confines of Ct.

yankeeheel, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of Starchild
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Checked this place out on my way to Mass. I sat at the long bar instead on the main dining room. I had their BLT which was perfect (crisp lettuce, great beacon, and nicely toasted bread). I also enjoyed 3 beers with the BLT and the brews were so good I couldn't get them fast enough. Finally, it sinks in that Ct. needs growlers. Still, one of the best detours for beer that I've ever made and better then Town Hall. While the resturant showcased the basic brewing equipment, the beer was fantastic! I loved the V.E.G. IPA. I need to go back.

Starchild, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of cooperrip
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%

Ahh Willibrew, god I love this place.I come here about two or three times a month.It's located in the old post office on Main St. They always have about 8 or so of their house brews on tap along with about 20 guest brews.The food is always good and the service is fantastic.The owner/brewer David Wollner is a genius, I never had a beer I didn't like in this place.His IPA's and Barleywines are top notch.He even helps out with the waitstaff from time to time and is never too busy to talk with a fellow beer lover.I long for the day the growler is passed in CT so others outside the area can have the priviledge of tasting his beautiful creations.

cooperrip, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

This visit was a New Year's Eve gift to myself. The wife went shopping with friends, and I organized a solo beer run through a bunch of CT stores en route to Willimantic Brewing Co., and enjoyed a lunch there. Oh, and a couple of brews. :-)

Big old bunker-style former post office building on Rte 66 in Willimantic, hard to miss if you know what you're looking for. Parking can sometimes be a problem, but it's worth the aggravation.

Building more or less divided in half between the dining room and bar, with the bar side a little bit skinnier. Nice bar running most of the length of the long inner wall, with tables against the outer wall, and a little gather of a few more tables at the front end which opens up into the dining room. Bar seats faces the plethora of taps, both in-house and guests, with a nice step for the feet to rest upon.

Chalkboard above the bar noted current in-house offerings, and table-stander also listed these, along with date of recent tappenings. It also had the long list of guest taps, although I am not sure why you would need to visit these with Willimantic's wide range of offerings. Highlights for me were two different IPAs, and then the Festive Ale (Double IPA) on cask, and being new year's eve, the WIlli Whammer barleywine 2003-05 sampler was available.

Had a light lunch of the teriyaki chicken tenders and a side of brewer's bread with beer butter, all excellent. I will be adding the bread side to all my visits from now on, worked well as a palate cleanser.

A must visit in the Central CT area, and when Sully gets growlers working in CT, there'll be even more reason to visit. Check it out, and you'll having a great time.

ppoitras, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

Went out to lunch here a few days ago and I have to say that I was more than impressed. This place is housed in an old post office, and it looks huge from both the outside and the inside. They have a huge wrap around bar with a number of tables in the bar area, not to mention a large dining room. Currently, they had about eight of their own beers on tap; the two I tried were mighty tasty (a porter and a hopped up IPA) I may add. They also have one of their beers on cask at all times. In addition to their own line of brews, they also have about 12 to 15 local micros to choose from. The service was prompt and the staff seemed to be fairly knowledgable. The lunch menu seemed to cater to vegetarians, which scored some points with my girlfriend. I tried one of their thin crust house pizzas with sausage and mushrooms and it was great! They seem to be unveiling a new brew almost every week according to their calendar along with some upcoming beer dinners and a Halloween costume party. I was somewhat surprised with the experience due to the Willimantic area itself. After how positive our first visit was, we'll definitely be back.

NEhophead, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of bewley
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Went here on a Sunday around 5:30 and the place was moderately busy. We sat at the bar and the service was quite personable and attentive. Tried eight of their offerings on tap (eleven total) and were impressed with most of them. The "Glacier IPA," "Bavarian Cocoa Wheat" and "Rail Mail Rye" stood out. The IPA's, as noted before this, are their strong point. They also had many other micros on tap (nice touch) including Budweiser (no pretensions here). They seemed to be running about 30-40 taps at the time. The bottled selection is limited.

The food is good--better than most brewpubs I've tried. The nachos are piled high and the wings are nice and hot for those IPAs.

The place is out of the way (and this is an understatement), but definitely worth a visit. Only an hour from Providence via route 6.

bewley, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Located not remotely near a damn thing, Willimantic Brewing Co. is the last out post (office) before civilization ends. We had to spend some time mulling around suspiciously in the parking lot before they opened, braving the elements on this warm, oft drizzley late April Sunday, but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these BA's from the swift completion of a few appointed rounds...
Entering through the side doors of this old abandoned post office, you're at the foot of the main dining room, seating throughout and a bunch of fermenters and mashers displayed in a small glass room. The old PO boxes are still over there in the corner and they've got postal pieces here and there. Around the bend lies long narrow room with a 60 foot mahogany bar that seats roughly 20, and about a dozen tables lying adjacent running it's length. It's a nice room with mirrors behind the bar, large windows above and giant framed windows to the front of the room. High ceilings with fans a-spinnin', TV's, a wine rack that holds 9 dozen bottles, and tap handles lining a good part of the length of the bar up above. Some of them are great old handles of beers and breweries past, New England Holiday Ale & Oatmeal Stout, Elm City, Post Road, Oregon, etc.
There's a blackboard over the bar listing the current house taps, 8 beers of which a few were IPA varieties and a cask Golden Ale.
I sampled the Rail Mail Rye (an unfiltered rye beer), the Uninhibited IPA (a 4 hop IPA), the IDA (dark and pleasant), and the Pony Espresso Stout (an unfiltered stout made from Mt. Hood hops and decaf espresso). The stout was thinnish and not too stouty and I don't know why they made it decaf but they did.
Additionally, there were 30 guest taps, 20 of which were New England offerings, mostly from Connecticut (Hooker, Old Burnside, Cottrell) and Massachussetts (Farmington River, Buzzards Bay, Paper City, Sam, Harpoon) and the remainder were the likes of Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Corsendonk, Spaten, Delirium Tremons, Lindemans, Stella, Beamish. A small collection of shitty bottled macros, malternatives and NA's and the Victory Old Horizontal and the Wyndham Grim Reaper Barleywine. Most unusual.
We grabbed a light bite, I had the soup and a dessert, all good there. Service was pleasant and offered up samples of this and that of their house brews to help us along in our decision making processes.
If you've never read Eudora Welty's, "Why I live at the P.O.", let me save you the read... it was probably because they made great beer.

slander, May 24, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

housed in a big old post office, this place has some character to it. cavernous, with brewing equipment to theright of the entrance. there are always many of their own creations on tap to try, and if i remember correctly, though i didn't pay very much attention, an ok bottle selection. in anycase it's the beers brewed there that are the draw. i've had a few of their IPAs a and some of the willi wammer barley wines, and one or two others, and they have all been excellent. a good value for what you get, the prices are fair and nothing to complain about. the service is prompt and couteous. nothing to complain about foodwise, anything i've had their has always been at least above average for a typical eclectic american food type restaurant. a must try if you ever in the harfford/UConn area.

kmo1030, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of BeerBath
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

Furtunately, I live only 20 minutes from this local treasure. First off, they just redid their menu, and the food is really good. From appetizers to entrees, I've never had anything I didn't like. The dining area is seperate from the bar area, which is nice. What's also cool is you can see into the brewing area through a window. The building itself is an old post office with high ceilings and a really long bar. The staff is very knowledgable about their beer and can answer many questions and offer recommendations. The beers are top-notch, with an excelent variety of their own beers and a bunch of guest brews. I wish you could take some to go, but it is not an option. Also, Zok's Brewing Supply is just down the road, for you homebrewers. Oh man, all this typing about the place makes me want a beer. I gotta go to Willi...

BeerBath, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of etho1416
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

This brwepub is only about an hour from providence and hartford and is worth the drive. Housed in a big old post office, they offer a wonderful atmosphere, great beer, and incredibly good food. They offer a wide selection of beer. They almost always have at least 3 different ipa's on tap. Their barleywine is incredible and very powerful. They offer some of the best tasting blondes and light beers I have ever had at a brewpub. When they make a lighter beer, they do not try to mimic a bud light. The service is great and I recommend any of their many great appetizers.

etho1416, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of far333
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Finally made it to Willibrew on a Saturday afternoon jaunt. It's located fairly far from me, which may make it tough to get back soon, but the trip was well worth it. Great atmosphere in a very cool old stone building (former post office) with high ceilings, lots of wood and glass, and a loooong bar. The bar is oddly shaped, very long and narrow, but it's probably due to its having to be retrofitted into the building. The restaurant side is roomy and airy. The service was great, and the food was excellent. The selection of beers is great too. Cool to see a brewpub feature many other micorbrews in addition to their own creations. Made it very easy to find something good to sip. I sampled 6 of their brews, and found all to be very good, with the IPA's being particulary tasty.

far333, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

I just got back from dinner there tonite. The atmosphere was very nice relaxing no loud music etc. Ordered a round at the bar, had the harvest ale on cask which I review in a few minutes. Always a good sign when a pub/brewery has something on cask.
The service was great brought drinks and food quickly. I ordered the garlic walnut chicken and my girlfriend had the baked cod. We were both happy with the selections.
The house beers that I sampled were all tasty and there was a rather impressive list of guest beers on tap as well. Maybe 30 different beers total on tap. Another 10-15 bottles in the menu.
Prices were reasonable for beverages and food. I have not been to the brewery before but I now know that the hour drive is well worth it.
The pub is not too far from 395 or route 6 and is easy to find on main street in town, there is also adequate free parking available.
If you are in the Willimantic area and ready for a meal or just want to fuel up on some nice brews make this a stop and you wont be let down!

Edit: Visited again 4/22/05 Stuffed mushrooms were very tasty and the porter was outstanding. Also sampled the willi whamer 03. SO smooth!

sulldaddy, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of mikeys01
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Visited Willimantic Brewing Company tonight for dinner and beers and was very impressed with everything. Situated in a high ceilinged buiding that used to be a post office, the atmosphere is fairly unique. Still retains much of the original architecture and even some of the PO boxes of the post office, which is pretty cool. the bar side of Willibrew is nice and cozy with a nice long bar and a fair number of tables. The tap list is impressive, featuring around 6 of their own brews and at least 15 guest brews which included the likes of Thomas Hooker, Dogfish Head, Olde Burnside, Brooklyn, etc. The restaurant area is very spacious, and split into a few rooms filled with nice wooden tables. Service was very good and surprisingly attentive, even ona very busy Satuday night. Food was probably the best I've ever had in a brewpub. I ordered the Parmesan encrusted tuna rare and my girlfriend had the Rockville Ribeye med-rare, both arrived fresh and exactly as ordered. We also had the baked onion ale soup as an appetizer, which was incredibly flavorful, cheesy, and delicious. The beer was great of course too, the highlight being the Willi Whammer Barleywine...mmm.

mikeys01, Nov 16, 2003
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3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

Stopped here with a very good friend not exspecting much from a so called "brewing co." in Willimantic but was very pleasantly surprised.

Had an Allagsh White and after purusing the selection of beers on tap i was really impressed with this place. Had never heard of it but it is really a great little hang out, the setting is quite enjoyable, being in an old post office with ultra high ceilings.

For food I only had a salad so I'm not sure but my friend assured me that the food was quite good. Recommended to anyone venturing to Uconn, or just happening to be in this neck of the woods.

EmoBeerGuy, Aug 07, 2003
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

I was glad to see a brewpub listed on this site that was right down the road from me at school. First I was impressed with how original this place was by not only being ina renovated post office, but also with having a mail-themed....everything!!! The service was awesome, the food was affordable and delicious, the specials were inviting, it was easy to find, and, oh ya, the beers were awesome. Imagine your favorite beers, and then twist 'em up a bit - this is the Main Street Cafe. I ordered a sampler which came with five different 4 oz servings of their brews. If you are ever in the farmlands of Connecticut, near UConn, go here. You should regret it if you don't.

nixhecks, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%

Since this is the closest brewpub to my home, I come here fairly often.

First of all, it's situated right on Main Street in Willimantic, CT, in the old post office. Very easy to find. Walking inside, the ceilings are very high, with a serious quality to it. They succeeded in making it look inviting, but the building feels like it has some history. There's a rather narrow gap between the door/wall and the actual bar, so when this place gets crowded, it's very difficult to move around. Tables line the wall, with the smoking on the right of the main bar entrance, and non smoking occupying the other side (well, I guess until Oct, when there's no smoking period.) It's kind of cramped. They have little frames filled with old coasters and the like on the walls, and the unused tap handles crown the top of the bar, which is a long line of taps against a wall that barricades the kitchen area.

The brewpub is almost two seperate areas, with the dining area being completely segregated from the bar. Each table features an up to date beer list (and wine and all that other crap), with one side being house brews, and the other guest beers. Selection is pretty good, with emphasis on the house beers, which range from usually great, sometimes exceptional, and seldomly mediocre. They change the list a lot, with only one or two beers being constantly on tap. Something is always on cask. The food, while not a massive selection, is very good. My favorites being the return to tenders, the late night pizzas, and they make a mean rueben sandwich. Prices are very reasonable, both beer and food. Service has been terrific every time I've been here, both in the dining area and at the bar. I've never finished a pint without another one waiting on the table. They've also never screwed up an order for dinner in my experience, even the 9 person party we had last new years.

Willibrew does a stein night every Sunday, where you bring in your own vessel. It's $3.00 for anything up to 16oz, and $3.50 for anything over that. Their size limit is supposedly 22oz, which is still a bargain, but my vessel is a 32oz Treasure Island skull mug, and it has been filled to the brim here and there. That's approximately 11 cents an ounce! Now that's what I call rock and roll, brothers and sisters.

UnionMade, Jul 26, 2003
Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
96 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.