The Bobcat Café & Brewery
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 157
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
4.31/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Had the pleasure of visiting the Bobcat during a bike trip through Vermont. It was a highlight of the trip.
Every beer I tried (IPA, brown, lager) was great. I gave selection only a 3.75 because they were out of a few beers (its stout and red ale). The beers are in such high demand the brewpub has a hard time keeping all the taps running, according to Dan the bartender. The brewer only works a few days a week at this point and just can't keep up with demand.
I was lucky enough to order the brewpub's LAST bottle of bourbon-barrel aged sour. It was a dark sour, reminiscent of an oude bruin. It was delicious. Unfortunately, the brewer wasn't there that day to tell me more about this beer.
Definitely worth a visit if you're ever in northern Vermont.
07-19-2013 15:13:58 | More by WRinMaine
5/5 rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Went here for my 21st birthday with family and friends. Absolutely love this place. Had their IPA, Scottish 90, and a Stout float for desert. Each beer was phenomenal, food was phenomenal, service was great, atmosphere is amazing but good luck making a reservation. Well worth the trip from any direction. Want to go back soon.
06-26-2013 17:26:47 | More by KingdomBobcat
4.6/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
We arrived at 7:00 on a Thursday and the place was packed. I am unfmiliar with Vermont so I had not realized that we would need a reservation. We found some seats at the bar after about 20 min. We ordered a delicious sampler of beer that included the Saison, Saison de cassis, huit huit, Zesammenavheit, Baltic Porter, Dennis Hop'rd. The three of us agreed our favorite was the huit huit. We ordered the meat and cheese platter. It hit the spot and had a nice variety. The bartender was extremely sweet and helpful helping us put together a great beer sampler. I would go back if I had a reservation.
12-16-2012 20:48:48 | More by laurastradford
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This was our first stop on our wedding/honeymoon road trip. We stopped in EARLY...and yet the place was extremely packed. No bar spots, so we opted for a table that was actually reserved for an hour after we arrived, so we had to make it a quick visit. Atmosphere was pretty nice...we were tucked away in a corner by a window where we could enjoy the very nice view which was great. Service was unfortunately slow which was understandable but unfortunate since we were there with a limited amount of time. Not really the server's fault, but it did make the experience less enjoyable since I felt I was in a rush to eat my food. Selection of beers was okay...a little sub-par, but still worth trying. Overall this place was very nice, just not my favorite experience and I think I'll probably skip it in favor of another venue next time.
12-24-2011 04:34:37 | More by MsRif
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Was passing through Bristol on our way to Middlebury and stopped in just after it had opened at 4pm during the week. In fact, the bar was already packed when we walked in around 4:15!
The cafe is quite beautiful inside and reminds me of an old-fashioned general store with lots of old wood, brick, and ornamental details. As we sat at the bar, the service was very attentive and very pleasant from the sole bartender working at that time. She was able to answer any beer-related questions we had, and recommended a couple things from the pub menu for us.
Ended up having the Dennis Hop'rd, Easy Rider, and Saison on-tap - All of which were incredibly good and exceeded our expectations.
As we were there before 5pm and thus restricted to the pub menu we had the Misty Knoll chicken wings and Grilled Flatbread which were both quite good and satisfied us.
Will be stopping in again after our experience of great ambience, beer, and food.
11-16-2011 04:32:08 | More by Digimaika2
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The bobcat has stellar local food at reasonable prices, especially compared to similar places in Burlington like the farmhouse. The menu changes with what's in season, and the farms the food comes from are listed, so you know everything is fresh as can be. The beer is quite good, but nothing extraordinary in my experience. Atmosphere is great and Bristol is a great little Vermont town. If you visit in the warmer months be sure to stop by Bartlett Falls up the road for some great swimming and cliff jumping! Would definitely recommend to almost anyone, more so for the food than the beer.
10-22-2011 21:47:53 | More by tyamhydrogen
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Mark has found his niche.... superbly crafted beers that exemplify the style. The food coming out of the kitchen is well made and beautifully represents locally sourced ingredients prepared in interesting ways. Comfort food yes but expertly presented. Service is good. Bartender however is a character, who will serve his friends first, and give you plenty of attitude when you arrive at the bar. I've known expert "character" bartenders before, over 35 years of experience on two continents, and the best make their locals happy and puts strangers at ease. This guy misses the mark.
06-21-2011 23:10:57 | More by brewprof
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The main street of Bristol looks like a New England version of an old west prospectors' town, but within it, I discovered this nice little café. They make and serve their own microbrews, and their food is very good. Book in advance...people don't have much else to do if they live in this town! Anyhow, the atmosphere was very nice, quasi-English pub-like. The service was a bit slow considering how few people were there when we ate there. The beer on average was very good, and the food was extremely tasty and well-made.
04-29-2011 13:09:51 | More by Rifugium
4.83/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I live only 15 minutes from here and have not even reveiwed one of my favorite places.
The minute you enter The Bobcat you can feel the intimate surroundings draw you in. It's not the largest place, but the space is well utilized and very comfortable.
Reservations seem to help as this place becomes very busy, especially on the weekends.
Mark the brewer really seems to brew beers in the tradition of the style, I absolutely love his Kolsch. That being said some of his departures are also outstanding.
Dining is always something we look forward to here. The creativity and focus on locally grown products just enhance the already tasty offerings.
This is one of those must do's if you are anywhere near Bristol.
Update: I had to move this place up to A+, we went last Saturady night and everything was just a step above awesome. Mark's beer was killer especially the Dennis Hop'rd.
02-16-2010 17:30:45 | More by youbrewidrink
4.88/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
A place I don't get to often, and that is too bad. It's hard to justify the 1 hour+ drive when we live 15 minutes from the Alchemist, but that drive is well worth it. The Bobcat is a low-key, classy, intimate place to eat and drink, maybe a little small space-wise but very welcoming. The beers lean toward the 'sessionable' rather than pushing any envelopes, but Mark (the brewer)will no doubt be a bit more experimental as he settles in here. As it is, all of his lagers are damn near perfect; I couldn't stop drinking the Pocock Pils on my last visit. And the Hellerbock, an 8.2% ABV Maibock was a revelation. There are always a few guest taps too, sometimes very good.
The food is fantastic, maybe the best brewpub food I've had. The venison and chorizo meatloaf entree was one of the most memorable dishes I've had in the last 10 years or so. My wife wasn't complaining about her shrimp either.
As for atmosphere, well, I ended up talking about hop growing with a local farmer for the better part of an hour this August (we both hate moles).
If you are anywhere nearby, it would be a sin not to stop in.
11-26-2009 01:03:35 | More by skivtjerry
The Bobcat Café & Brewery in Bristol, VT
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.