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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American FlatbreadZero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Based on:
81 Beers
1,256 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 101
Visits: 208
Avg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 19
Bottles: 80
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

115 Saint Paul St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8411
United States
phone: (802) 861-2999

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Reviews: 101 | Visits: 208
Photo of FrostBlast
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went there on a Thursday night. Waited 25 minutes for my table. Was able to order a beer at the bar in the meantime, so the waiting was really no big deal.

The place is amazing. Old brick walls, wooden furniture, homey feeling, and this huge wood fire oven in the corner, with the pizzas cooking inside. From my table, we could literally feel the oven's heat. Made for a great atmosphere.

The service was ridiculously excellent. Our waitress was johnny-on-the-spot with everything we needed. She was never invasive, but always there within a few seconds after we expressed our need for something between ourselves. We never had to wave for her, she just seemed to pop out of thin air before we even had a chance to express anything explicitly. It was almost disconcerting and it ended up with a running joke that she must have been a psychic.

The food was amazing. Great selection of pizzas. The three of us shared slices among ourselves for the sake of variety and the three we had were very different but consistently excellent. The only thing they'd need to work on would be a wider variety of entrées - most of what they have now is salads.

The beer was brewed by Zero Gravity - which is only the name for the home brewery. I had two and they were excellent. I expect the others to be just as well made.

Overall, great value. I've had pizzas that were far from being as tasty while being in the same range, or even more expensive. Considering the food + the beer + the atmosphere, this place is well worth the price they charge. Very, very nice experience. Next time I hit Burlington, it's the first place I'm heading for.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped by for lunch on a day trip out of Burlington. The atmosphere was casual, but in a fun and exciting way. The service was very good, our waitress was attentive and helpful in both beer and food selection. The beer selection was solid, offering many beers brewed on site with a large variety. The flatbreads were delicious and full of flavor. They complemented the beer nicely! Overall lunch was delicious and relaxed, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

It's been a year since I've been here, but I wrote this review shortly after coming here.

Wood-fire pizza, aka flatbread... wow! Some of the best I've had. Not only that, but Zero-gravity brewing which is attached to the restaurant had an excellent selection of beers. They had a biere de garde, a style I'd never tried before that, and it was undoubtedly one of the best beers I've ever had (I've probably tried close to 500 different beers). The atmosphere was almost a little bit medieval, what with all the bricks and wood oven, tall ceilings and big open room, and it was nice to see all the food being made fresh out in the open. We were seated at the table closest the oven, and it was hot, but we could stand it. The servers were helpful and we didn't have to wait long, even though the place was full. Burlington is a fascinating city to me, and this place cemented it as a real gem. One of the best meals/beers I've had all year.

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Photo of laurastradford
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I had a perfect lunch here with my friends. This was part of our VT brewery tour and is one of our favorite memories. We waited about 10 min to get a table outside. Perfect 75 degrees with a table in the shade. We ordered two flatbreads to share. One being the special for the day. We LOVED them and ate every last bit. The beer was also delicious. I guess my one complaint would be that they do not offer a sampler. I had the Burl N'Wol since I usually love all sour beers, unfortunately this one just wasn't my cup of tea. Something just wasn't matching with my tastebuds. I stole some of my friends Citizen cider which was awesome. My other friend ordered the Afternooner and could not smiling about the perfection of the moment. We had a great time and the servers were very friendly and hepful.

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Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

When I made it to Burlington it was really rainy and I was getting tired fast so I decided to head down to American Flatbread, have a few beers, and get some flatbread to go. I had a devil of a time trying to find this place in the rain but I finally found it and scored a seat at the bar. Very nice space with tons of people milling around waiting for their tables to be ready. I got served quickly and my servers were nice and kept my glass full. Quality was very high all around. My beers were good and my flatbread was great and made with high quality ingredients.

The selection was pretty good. Tons of different beers plus their IPA on cask with some extra hops added. Most tasted pretty good, I liked the stout best. I got a half and half flatbread to go, half New Vermont Sausage and half Dancing Heart. I loved the Sausage half, I could not stop eating it, the other half was good but I wish I would have went with one of the other toppings, like the pepperoni and peppers, as they smelled amazing. Overall a really nice place to stop and have some beers and a pie. I will definitely return next time I am in Burlington.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

A really interesting place. Stopped by for some late night food after the VBF. One of the best pizzas I have ever had. As is typical for Burlington attention was paid to the ingredients to ensure the best quality.

The beer list was very extensive, almost too extensive. There was very little in terms of interesting beer styles form my point of view, which was odd given the vast number of offerings. I had a saison that was definitely above average.

Service was friendly and prompt on a fairly busy Friday night. Would return for the pizza alone.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The last stop in a mini beer tour of Burlington.... Zero Gravity/American Flatbread is the quintessential Vermont joint. Lots of wood and brick, a nice cozy interior (I bet it is great in the winter while the snow falls outside), an exposed brick oven and lists of local purveyors and farms around the wall. They take the local thing serious in this state!

We sat at the bar, which was surprisingly busy at this time at night (almost 11:30pm, kinda late for Vermont). 13 house beers plus a cask listed on the chalkboard, with a bit of everything and lots of creativity.

I loved the Gruit and Ale Communication DIPA but did not enjoy the Belgian-style dubbel. The Peated IPA would have been nice but it had just kicked. Also a saison, pilsner, Helles bock, Gruit on cask... they are not your average brewpub!

They don't offer beer flights or sizable samples but they do give small free samples. Prices are reasonable at $5.00 per glass and $3.00 per half-glass, and service is friendly and efficient.

We chatted with a local couple and also with the bartender, who happened to work at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury too. I can't wait to visit again and try the famous flatbreads! Oh- don't miss the beautiful artistic tap handles...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

this is one of my favorite places to eat and drink anywhere. cool inside and bar area with huge wood fired over right in the middle and an farmhouse sort of decor around the bar. outside seating between two brick buildings with lots of plants, beautiful in the summer. the beers are all great, different every time i go in, creative and well crafted. they do some cool stuff with the casks too. food is unreal. some of the best pizza ever, i love the new vermont maple fennel sausage pizza. its to die for. all the food is outstanding. service is okay, its always really busy so they do the best they can, but you might be waiting a bit for your items, especially at peak times. its priced fairly for what it is, but its out of my everyday budget. i try and go a few times each summer, this place really is incredible if you are a foodie/beer person. i love the emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients. a must visit.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We wandered in here for lunch this past Saturday and I'm glad we did! Two big open rooms with a bar to the far left of the building and a stone hearth to the right back. We were promptly seated and well attended to during our stay. Well the menu is flat breads and salads so it is kind of limited as far as choices, but damn do they make a fine pizza with an emphasis on local and organic which is never a bad thing. I had 4 beers while I as there, half pints, and was utterly blown away by 2 of them while the other two were good as well. I found the prices a bit on the high side, but organic rarely equals value, so I guess you get what you pay for. I would run back here in a heartbeat in fact I tried to bribe my wife into coming back for supper the same day.

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Photo of MsRif
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I really enjoyed my visit to American Flatbread. Excellent atmosphere at the time...not too crowded, but then, we went early (right after opening time) and I know due to the popularity of this place that it does get VERY crowded which is something to keep in mind. Service was great...helpful and prompt. Selection is good, but not GREAT. Drafts were enjoyable and the food was out of this world delicious. Full points on food. Prices were reasonable all around. I am really looking forward to going back in April, and if you are a craft beer lover, this place is not to be missed.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Really enjoyed stopping in here on a quiet fall sunday afternoon for a few rounds. An excellent beer and food menu which I was only able to merely graze on my short visit. I was here during the lull between lunch and dinner so the kitchen was closed and I ate at the Vermont Pub and Brewery instead. I've heard great things about the flatbread pizzas though!

As I said it was very quiet with maybe 10 other folks in the place having a round. The bartender was an extremely soft-spoken young man who made no chit chat and just went about his business but certainly not in an unfriendly way. He seemed unusually shy for a bartender though!

It's a lovely room to be in and a nice bar to sit at. I had the milk stout on cask which was excellent and a seasonal made with butternut squash (!) called appropriately enough "Sasquash." Both beers were very nicely done. I think they were 4 bucks each too, IIRC. Nice price.

I will definitely return when I'm in the area again. A classy place with beer of obvious quality. A number of bottles from other brewers were on offer and carefully chosen.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Housed in two different store fronts just off of the main Church Street Market, the interior is fairly unassuming with the brick walls, wood bar and tables with minimal decor on the walls. The brick oven and prep kitchen are exposed in the main dinning room, while the front (right hand side) room houses a decently sized bar with some long tables in the rear and small tables in the front with a decent sized standing table towards the bar, filled mostly with those waiting for tables. Crowd is lively during dinner in both the bar and restaurant.

The brews are ample and cover many styles for a brewpub, none were overly ambitious with many being lower in gravity than the style dictates, but not quite "Zero". A few guest selections from local brewers keep the mix interesting.

The star is the food. Despite the small menu, they have some of the most delicious flatbreads around. Definitely go for the minimalist options, as they really allow the locally sourced and high end ingredients to shine. We sampled three varieties of flatbreads during our visit. Service was quite impersonal but adequate.

Overall, come for the food and you won't be disappointed. Throw in the beer and you have a fantastic destination.

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Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Although I have been to Burlington a half dozen times and hit up most of the spots...American Flatbread did not happen until this past weekend.
The atmosphere on Sunday at lunch time was alive and happening. To get a table, you had to wait a bit, but I snuck right into an open seat at the bar. Some of them were regulars and very friendly. The house beers were pretty good and they had a nice selection of guest beers too, including a lot of VT selections. For food, I decided to go for the namesake, flatbread pizza, which was very nice, I went for the sausage. Prices are a little inflated compared to other casual establishments in VT, but was worth checking out.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located right in the center of town, across from city hall and down the street from the Vermont Pub and Brewery.

Upon entering the building, the bar and a nicely sized bar sitting/dining area was to the right. The bar was approximately 20 feet long and accommodated a dozen or so patron. There was medium sized dining area at the left of the space that sported high ceilings, exposed brick and a beautiful wood fired open pizza oven.

The beer selection included about a dozen house beers, a half dozen local guest beers and two cask lines. The house beers were tasty and am told drawn directly from individual serving tanks in the basement. That must be some operation down there.

The bathrooms are in the rear and adjacent to the visible kettle and mash tun. There is an outdoor seating area in the adjacent alley.

The only problem here is that no food is served between 2:30 and 5:00 PM.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Have been down to American Flatbread in Burlington a number of times, and haven't been disappointed yet.

Atmosphere is warm and inviting with a great bar area to your right as you walk in, and a large open room to the left that serves as the main dining area. A big brick pizza oven dominates the main dining area, and warms the place nicely in the colder months. Outdoor seating in the alleyway is available too. This place is VERY family friendly, with a lot of kids around whenever I've been here. It's also very popular, especially weekend evenings, so be prepared to wait 30-60min for a table (no reservations). However, grabbing some pints at the bar will no doubt pass the time.

Service has always been exceptional with kind and courteous staff. What I love about this place is that they have a separate group of waiters who's primary job is to refill water glasses. I really wish more beer-centric eateries would do this, especially when there are extensive and quality beer menus offered, such is the case here.

Flatbreads Zero Gravity line-up dominates the taps, 3-4 other taps are devoted to area breweries or "neighbours" (ie. Trapp, Wolaver's, Allagash, etc), and always 1-2 cask options. Everytime I'm here I usually always stick to the Zero Gravity offerings as it is really good stuff (Especially fond of the TLA IPA, Black Cat Porter, and Solstice Gruit). Another plus is the fact that Zero Gravity offerings are usually lower in price than other breweries offered on-tap. Also have a decent number of bottles offered, but nothing out of the ordinary. Cask options have all been outstanding except for one of two I've had recently (one tasted completely of vinegar, reminding me of wine that isn't ready yet).

Food is very good with simple menus offering a number of outstanding salads and flatbreads to choose from. They also offer one daily salad and two daily flatbread specials that are usually better than anything offered on the menu, so be sure to take a look at those. This place uses really great and fairly creative ingredient combinations in both their salads and flatbreads. Personal favourites are the Evolution salad, Salsa flatbread, and Vermont Sausage flatbread.

Prices are very fair, both for beer and food, and are well worth what you pay for. However, I've noticed the specials are usually a bit more than the regular menu items.

Definitely would recommend a stop in here if you're looking for great food and great beer in Burlington. Afterwards, head just down the street to the Farmhouse for more drinks and great desserts.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my favorite spots in Burlington. I'd give the quality a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit. Pizza is very good, craft beer is very good, service isn't very engaging and doesn't seem too beer knowledgeable but gets the job done. Prices are very reasonable ($3.50 a pint. $2.00 a half pint) and the samples are awesome if you know to ask for them. I can usually manage to strike up a decent conversation at the bar and also really like the outdoor area. A must visit when in the area for sure. Right down the way from Vermont Pub and Brewery and only a couple of blocks from Three Needs so why not hit all three up when stumbling around Burlington?

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.88/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The construction outside (as of July 2011) didn't mar the cozy atmosphere inside American Flatbread. Had a nice view of the oven from where we sat.

Beer selection was amazing. Lots of their own brews on draft as well as a few other local selections, and an absurdly large selection of bottled beer. And mead. Wish I'd gotten around to the mead. haven't had it in a long time.

You can get half-draughts, which is nice if you're aiming to try a lot of different stuff.

Food menu is a little light though. I'm glad it was as good as it was because the use of the word "flatbread" as opposed to "pizza" made me worried that the place was going to be a bit pretentious. As is, you have to specifically order cheese and sauce on your "flatbread." And there isn't much on the menu for those not interested in pizza.

Still, the food was good and our sausage and mushroom pie was fresh and flavorful. Wasn't as expensive as I'd expected. Only about $30 for one pizza and several drinks.

More of a hangout place than a restaurant. Bring a few friends.

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Photo of berley31
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in for a quick couple of pints on a mini-Burlington pub crawl. It's a pizza restaurant, that's for sure, but a very nice one. Cozy, warm setting. We sat at the bar, which was also great.

They had something like 10 of their beers on tap, and 8 or so guest taps... great selection, real quality beers. I tried two of their beers, the Boognish Brown and Lunatique, both of which were very tasty. We didn't try the food, but the pizzas looked and smelled amazing.

Our server was extremely friendly... engaged us in conversation, was happy to talk about beers and other bars in the area, and even looked up the phone number of the Warren store for us to try to land some Lawson's beers... unfortunately, we never got the chance.

Great spot; I'd definitely go back, and would love to try the pizza.

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Photo of BrittEBurke
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While up in Burlington for Mardi Gras, we hit up American Flatbread after hearing glowing recommendations while next door at the Vermont Brew Pub. We were not disappointed.

The overall atmosphere was great and I really liked the lighting. We sat at the bar next to a selection of books on craft beer and brewing. The books were a nice touch while we waited.

I had the Lunatique (a saison) and my girlfriend had the Local Potion. Both were excellent, but my favorite of the two was the Local Potion. The maple flavor of the beer was present without being overpowering or making the beer feel too dessertish.

We split the cheese and herb flatbread for dinner. As the name would suggest, the blend of cheese and herbs was delicious! A nod to good customer service- they accidentally dropped two small pieces of the flatbread while bringing it to us, so they gave us that and then made us another one despite our saying that it was unnecessary.

Overall, delicious and unique beers and good, local food. Highly recommend checking this place out!

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Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for dinner after a long hike from Burlington out to Hill Farmstead and back. Yeesh, do Vermont drivers ever drive slowly...

Anyway, we took a cab into town and arrived here just before the mad dinner rush. Warm and welcoming inside (though somebody should invest in some matting in the entrance area; the one lone mat was not nearly up to the task on a wet evening with snow on the ground), we were seated at a table in the smaller right hand side of the dining room. Service was quick and friendly; we had a badly needed beer in our hands in less than five minutes. The selection of Zero Gravity beers was very nice. The TLA IPA was my highlight.

Food was good. The flatbreads were more pizzas in my mind. Like Mellow Mushroom locations we have been to, the crust is too bready and thick for my liking, despite being cooked in a wood fired oven. Toppings were fresh, plentiful and tasty.

I would certainly go back, though next time I would choose to eat at the Farm House.


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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place was fantastic overall. I went at 3 pm and no one was there, but found out that they don't start serving food until 5 pm, so my girlfriend and I went to the VT pub and brewery across the street for appetizers. Went back at 5 and it was very crowded, but we were able to get a table within 15 minutes.

The Beer - Very good selection of Zero Gravity brews and other micros. I had the TLA IPA on cask and it was pretty good...more on the sweet citrusy side for an IPA and looked similar to a Belgian in appearance. I also had the Narconaut Black IPA which was very good...pretty much what you would expect for this style of beer. Slightly smokey, but the hops were definitely there.

The Food - We had the Revolution Flatbread Pizza...absolutely wonderful if you like mushrooms. The make and cook the pizza in their stone fireplace right in front of you and it's fabulous...a must if you're in the area.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was up in Burlington for a few days and went here for lunch. The place was moderately crowded, but we did not wait to be seated. They had plenty of choices for draft beers and I had the TLA IPA.

My girlfriend and I split the New Vermont Sausage pizza and it was really good. Thin crust and the flavors were really nice. The size was more than enough for the two of us.

Price was what we expected, and overall we had a great lunch. Would definitely go back, though have heard that the wait can be very long at times.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here after hitting up a few local breweries around 9 or so. Very open and interesting setup with a long bar, a fireplace, long shareable tables, and a good amount of stand friendly area. It also had a fairly large dining room. I really like the atmosphere.

The beers were to style, yet very interesting, served in correct glassware. The service was good, not great.

The selection was quite good. I didn't have very high expectations of the place after some research, but I am very glad I came. We had a sour, a gruit, a sour dubbel, among others. I do not remember seeing a stout, though, which was disappointing on a cold, snowy night.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

An amazing restaurant in Burlington, VT. This place is ALWAYS busy. Book at least an hour in advance if you're planning on a table. And if you see a bar seat, grab it while you can. [Beer selection is beyond reproach; brews from all over the world, and a good draught selection. Everything from Allagash to Zatec, and not a Budweiser or Coors to offend the eye. ]

*Edit: from my most recent visit (2012), it seems that they no longer tap anything other than house beers (Zero Grav), which I really don't mind. I guess they've upped their production enough to be self-sustaining, though I must say, I miss the selection they once had. Now, I don't want to brag and say something like "my palate has gotten more sophisticated," but the quality of the beer here really seems to have dropped lately. I really did enjoy these beers a lot more when I first starting coming here. I don't know if they changed brewers or what, but the beers have all become sort of...mediocre at best. Also available: local meads and ciders.

Aside from salads, and a soup and dessert du jour, the only food available is homemade flatbread...and it's really really good. (Also makes a good snack for me for the long drive home to PA.) Good semi-rustic/semi-contemporary atmosphere with good and friendly service (considering how busy it is). Prices are decent, and the option to get half pours gives you the opportunity to sample many different brews. Always worth a stop while in town!

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Photo of birdyone
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I lived in VT for 4 years, and always heard about it but didn't make it there until last May. It was worth it. They specialize in beer and pizza. . . genius. Thin crust pizza was very good. Had that artisanal pizza flavor. Nice place to visit, in downtown Burlington. Parking could be a hassle (by VT standards, people from NYC will only complain about the cold). The beer was pretty good, I had their Bock. Not the best beer you can have, even for Burlington (which has several other brewpubs), but I finished it and had another. And it was only lunch time. If you're in Burlington, it's worth the trip. Pricey for a pizza, but not for a brewpub.

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.