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Willimantic Brewing Co.

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120 Ratings
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Active Beers: 82
Beer Ratings: 511
Beer Avg: 3.96
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

AKA - Main Street Café

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

10-09-2013 01:13:43 | More by ejimhof
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3.23/5  rDev -25.1%

A bunch of us have been wanting to go here for a long time and finally we made the trip to willimantic.

Of course like everyone says the building is very impressive and a nice place to eat and drink with friends.

I got a bad first impression of their selection because eveything we ordered was out. I'm serrious too, our waitress actually said "sorry but basically everything on the beer menu is out except for the barleywines and the fall seasonal" So this did not get us off to a good start considering some of us drove over an hour to get there to drink their beer.

I ended up having the 2009 unfiltered IPA and the 07 Barleywine. The IPA was VERY unfiltered and did not look tasty really, my friend thought it was apple cider. And being a homebrewer it looked like they shook up the fermenter on purpose to stir up that much sediment. I mean my homebrew is unfiltered but I have never seen anything like this. The 07 barleywine was very good though.

My friends got food and it all looked extremely tasty. I wish I orderd some!

I want to go back because I hate to give this place bad marks but I have to be honest. I was really expecting a lot more from a place that most people say is the best brew pup in CT. I hope the next time I go they actually have some of their beers on tap.

01-04-2009 04:30:55 | More by pittvkyle7
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3.4/5  rDev -21.1%

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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3.41/5  rDev -20.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

07-25-2014 18:59:43 | More by canawler
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

The Willimantic Brewing Company is in my home town, (Willimantic is actually part of the town of Windham, even though Willimantic is much larger and more populated than the rest of Windham) so I have had many experiences with the company, some good, others not so good. I must say that the Beers are great for the most part. It is a nice feeling to be able to enjoy a cask conditioned IPA only 5 minutes down the road. My main complaint comes from the quality of the food. I have tried several of their offerings, my most recent being a Salmon burger, and every time I feel as if it were money better spent elsewhere. Don't get me wrong the quality of their beer and the barroom itself are excellent, I just feel for the price the dining experience is not all that it could be. I guess I would give the Willi Brewing Co. an enthusiastic thumbs up, but the Main Street Cafe a thumbs down. That said there is nothing stopping me from picking up a Growler or stopping in for a pint, I just avoid the food.

11-23-2005 16:25:22 | More by N8TheGreat
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

Visited on 10/26/07. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed with a pretty mixed crowd. The quality score that I gave was low for one reason and one reason only. The first three beers that I drank were all different and they were each served in the same glass. I’m not against water conservation by running the dishwasher less, but you should at least ask me whether or not I mind drinking a different beer from the same glass. The selection was very, very good. In addition to the beers brewed on the premises, which encompassed a pretty good array of styles, there was a large number of taps containing a bunch of other good selections that would qualify this place as a good beer bar. The service was prompt and friendly; however I was dismayed from seeing the bartenders consistently holding the glasses so that two tap nozzles were actually dipped in the beer. Since the taps are placed too close together, this caused the beer that was being poured to get all over the nozzle of the tap next to it. Overall it’s a good place to go to get some well-made beer, whether it’s made there or not.

10-27-2007 01:02:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-28-2013 16:18:52 | More by qcbrewer
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-09-2014 21:02:30 | More by Jersh67
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -11.8%

Visited this quaint brewpub and restaurant on a trip thru CT. Housed in an old post office with high ceilings and nice woodwork, it was worth the trip just to look at the building.
They had about 7 house beers on tap and an impressive list of guest beers including many New England craft beers. Judging from the extensive line of tap handles, guests come and go often.
The house beers were tasty, the best being an IPA that was well balanced and not overpowering. The barrel aged barley wine blend was not to my tastes, but I am sure it has a following. The one cask beer was a little light on carbonation while retaining a nice malty character.
I enjoyed the spicy veggie chile with the sampler of beer and our bartender was very friendly and attentive despite the 60 foot bar and customers scattered down its full length.
The headbrewer was present and spoke briefly with us, I got the impression he would have engaged in longer conversion had we not been eating.
Overall a nice friendly atmosphere with good beer and good food.

09-08-2007 02:37:13 | More by MoonTan
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Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
95 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.