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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
BEER AVG
3.77/5
Based on:
64 Beers
902 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.29
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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Photo of DousedInStout
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is one fine establishment! Let's start with the beers. They had 5 house beers on tap(an IPA, English Pale, Blueberry Dubbel, a stout and another belgian), and a cask poured from a beer engine. The cask was IPA dryhopped with warrior, and was outstanding. They also had a sizeable guest tap list, with some rare offerings from Stone, DFH, Allagash, and Smutty. The flatbread food quality was amazing(all organic and local), and you can have a field day with different pizza/beer pairings. The staff was freindly and knowledgable. If you're visitng Burlington, definitely make this a must-stop.

Photo of liquidlife
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What can I say, I LOVE THIS PLACE. I have been to many brew pubs and have had amazing beers at most of them but it is rare that I have had a beer here that at worst I can rank very good. The balance of beers styles and as well they show other great beers from local breweries and from around the world. The atmosphere and food is outstanding as well, there's nothing like having great beer and being able to have food that is equally as good. As the last person said, if your within an hour distance you should make it a point to get there. This place is a must visit.

Photo of mhatters
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been to the Burlington facility a few times, and always really enjoy it. The bar is an impressive structure, and it fits the overall atmosphere very well. The bartenders are, by-and-large, very knowledgeable and passionate. As busy as this place gets, the service is always pretty good.

The beer list is a good combination of home-made beers (like 14 of them, and another 6 or so high quality guest beers and ciders. 3 beer engines.

The menu is all pizza - everything made on-site, and very good quality, fresh organic ingredients, etc. You just better want pizza

Inexcusable not to come here if you are within an hour or so of Burlington

Photo of Yetiman420
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I did a quick, one-day visit to Burlington in mid June which included visits to all three brewpubs in the downtown Burlington area - Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, and Three Needs (listed in rank order from best to very good). They're all within walking distance to each other and a block off the main pedestrian shopping area. These three visits put me at 195 breweries/brewpubs visited.

It happened to be the week of the Burlington Jazz festival and our stop at American Flatbread for dinner included a really nice electronic funk jazz band laying down a solid groove just off the bar near the entry. For some, this would have been too loud and too crowded. For me it was great.

We sat at the bar and I enjoyed three house beers - IPA, Grisette, and what I believe was an India Pale Lager. All three were well done, but I'm giving a lower score to selection because there weren't that many house beers on draft. The flip side to this is they did have a fine guest draft list including Allagash Confluence wild ale and some Dogfish offerings. You really can't go wrong with their quality beers and great pizza.

Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited Flatbread for lunch on 5.5.09 during their REAL Ale Regalia. Inside has a decently sized bar with several hightops, booths and tables. Lots of wood and some large flat screens. Outside has a nice sitting area (looks like a converted alley) with several tables which was where we sat. Couldn't beat people watching on St. Paul St., sunny and 70's. The wife and I had a large flatbread pepperoni pizza which was pretty reasonable at $13 and was absolutely fantastic. Extensive bottle list; however, somewhat pricey. The real draw was the cask list. Had the opportunity to sample Rock Art Belvidere, Zero Gravity London Calling, Magic Hat Belgian Blonde on cask and the Zero Gravity Grissette on tap. Awesome place. Beer prices were reasonable at $4-$5 a pint and a nice range of Zero Gravity offerings; however, I thought the bottle mark-ups were a little steep. A must visit if you are in Burlington.

Photo of TheRowan
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Thank you American Flatbread/Zero Gravity Brewery! I have tasted some of the best beers from around the world because of this place and their extensive beer menu. It is like being a kid in a candy shop every time i sit down at the bar. Most of the bar staff really know what they are talking about and take the time to explain what you are drinking and why it is the way it is. The food is very well paired with the beers and the atmosphere is great. Sitting outside on the patio in the summer is an ideal place to socialize and drink tasty beers.
The in house selections are just as good as the "Beers from Beyond, which are changing weekly to offer a good mix. The best times to go are early evening or late night. The event nights are always a full house and a great time had by all. Hopefully beers togo/growlers will be coming soon so i can enjoy these beers all the time!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a pretty nice place in Burlington for dinner & a beer. Tons of very unique pizza toppings & combos. But really the best thing is their beer selection. I was there recently for their Sierra Nevada night, they had 6 taps of different Sierras as well as all of their standard Zero Gravity beer (brewed right there!). They usually have a couple caske ales on tap as well (Their own as well as others such as Otter Creek).

But be sure to take a look at their beer list, wow. They have over 50 different bottled beers on any given night, ranging from Belgian classics to Local VT Beer as well. Personally, I'm a fan of getting things on tap when I'm going out, but some of their bottles (Such as Cantillon 1900 Gran Cru) aren't available at any beer stores in VT. Totally worth checking out!

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is no new kid on the block when it comes to beer, the location was once home to a Carburs(around the world with beer). Flatbread has kept the tradition strong with an awesome selection of local and not so local beers.

I'm sure these guys are behind getting alot of quality beers imported to Vermont, so they can sell them.

The house brand of Zero Gravity beers are great and match well with their food offerings.

I particularly enjoy their salad with either local chevre or blue cheese crumbled on it. The flatbreads are awesome, but everyone else talks about them. It's all about the salad, man.

American Flatbread Hearth/Zero Gravity is must do.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As far as I'm concerned, if you're in town for the night and are looking for somewhere to have a great brew, some nice food and chat with some folks about beer, life, love or philosophy, Flatbread is your place. The staff is friendly and know about the beers on tap. The list is always changing, and there are a variety of offerings from both in-house and "from beyond." Jeff (Bar manager) and Paul (Head brewer) have done a lot to create the best possible beer bar, with the largest list in the area and the a great collection of rare whiskies and other fine spirits.

Paul is an incredibly talented brewery and never ceases to amaze me with his ability to brew a wide range of styles (English, Begian, German, etc) and nail it every time. He is very to true style but he is not afraid to experiment. Some brewpubs brew beers that cater to the "casual public," and although you will find a couple "session ales" on the list, there is sure to be a beer style up on the board that you've never had before. My favorite beer bar, bar none.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I won't waste your time or mine telling you what the place is like inside, although the fireplace was nice on a night like tonight. Basically, this place combines a kickass brewpub with great pizza...end of story.

They had quite a few of their own beers on tap, I had the Old Ale, the IPA and Alt and all were fantastic. Along with their own beers they had some Allagash, some Rogue, Stone Double Bastard and 4 or 5 others. The bottle list is quite impressive as well.

Great locale right in downtown Burlingtown, always busy, great bar, great restaurant, great beer and great pizzas. Worth a stop for sure and its right across from Vermont Pub & Brewery no less.

Photo of rhinos00
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had the opportunity to spend several days in Burlington and found this and the Alchemist to be the best beer hangouts in the state.

The thing that stood out to me, more so than any other place, was the service. It was the best service I have ever experienced at any bar or store. This was one of the reasons I came back here multiple times during my stay. Every beer was not only served in the proper glass, but several of the beers were served in the proper glasses bearing the breweries name. Furthermore, every time the bar tender pulled out the glass, he held it up to the light to make sure it was clean. The bartender, who I believe was either a manager or owner, also seemed to have a very advanced knowledge of beer. He was more than willing to give advice or recommendations when asked, even when the bar seemed to get crowded. I truly felt at home at this bar. (as a side note, sit at the bar if you want to get great beer service, sitting at a table may lead to a completely different experience).

If the beer aspect was given primary consideration, I would rate the atmosphere a 5. However, the primary focus is the sit down area of the restaurant. While the place is very warm, cozy, and homey (with wood burning fire places and great decor) it is slightly ruined by the droves of people coming to eat food. This led to many children and families taking up bar space when they weren't even drinking. At one point there was six children sitting at the bar, when there was only around 12-15 seats available.

The selection is pretty decent in size, with some of their own brews available. The bottles list was pretty extensive as well. The only thing I wished for was more vintage or rarer beers to be available. They did have 2004 Rochefort 6 (freakin' amazing) and Allagash Interlude, but other than that most of the beers I could find anywhere.

As stated before, food is the primary focus here. That being said, their food is amazing, especially the pizza. Made by hand in a open fire, these pizzas are simply amazing. Definitely a must try!

Overall, this place has awesome food and service that is second to none. Even though beer might not be the primary focus, they take seriously the proper presentation of the beers and have great knowledge of beer. The only recommendation I can make is to somehow only reserve the bar area for those who are actually going to drink beer at the bar. Too many families and children dampen the experience.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Burlington's answer to the Publick House, right down to the lightbulbs. Except they also brew their own, quite good beer. In addition, their beer menu was by the most impressive I've seen in any city nearly so small. I think it was a bit pricey, but not so much that I can remember for sure. This place is definitely set up as a restaurant first and a bar second, though I question the logic (just like the Publick House), and while I didn't try the food it smelled great. I'd loved to have spent the night here, had we been able to get a seat, and had I more than one night to explore Burlington's many fine beer bars. Still, this is the one bar I kept thinking of returning to later in the evening.

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

I have been here in the past but went for the first time in a few years on "Black Friday" and it was PACKED! A few too many children in the bar area for my taste but the bartenders did a wonderful job of keeping up with the massive crowd. I started off with a Zero Gravity Munich Helles then tried the Bock Obama and finished up with an Otter Creek Otter's Dubbel. I've had the food in the past and remember it as being quite good but it was a while ago. I was pretty impressed with the Zero Gravity beers and they had a decent selection of guest beers. Will try to make it a regular stop on my Burlington visits.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a nice pizzeria located in what seems like an old warehouse. We sat on the small patio which was nice considering the weather. Service is good and staffs were aware of the beers availability. I didn't stay for too long considering this was a family visit with the kids but the food was really good and the beers were also very interesting and veering toward Belgian style. Definitely a place I would recommend for anyone visiting Burlington even more so thta the location is central and parking is not too hard too find.

Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here on Friday for lunch. I had heard a lot about these flatbreads and even more about the brew. The place is in a nice little building, with a very inviting bar and a patio area in the alley. That said, inside can get a bit cramped at times especially at night. The previous evening we tried to get a few drinks there and the line was out the door.

Service was ok. They were a bit busy due to a street festival and our server was going a bit crazy with very little help. Still, whenever we asked for anything, she was right on it.

The beer was great. I didn't review any of the house brews but those that I tried were great but came after I hit a few heavy beers that took care of my palate. I had Smuttynose Farmhouse and Oaked Arrogant Bastard on tap. We also had a bottle of Ephemere and Three Philos. Their beer list was very impressive with beers from all over the country represented well. Very, very pleased when I saw the beer list.

The food doesn't take second seat to this beer selection. The pizzas are all fresh with fresh, home grown, organic, homemade ingredients. We had three pizzas between the 5 of us and they were all amazing. This is a quality restaurant and bar in all categories. This will absolutely be a stop on my agenda everytime I am in Burlington visiting family.

Photo of CaptYellow
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The wait was "10 min.s" when I went with my sister and brother-in-law at lunch time. The wait really was 10 min.s and although there was no room really to wait, the time went by quickly and we didn't feel in the way. The waitress seated us at a nice table by the window, sort of out of the way and not too noisy. The table was a beautiful lemon shape and the seats were comfortable at the booth to me. I promply got the pint of extra stout I ordered. It was $4. It had a very pleasing, not too strong taste, no smokyness that I tasted and was as smooth as rootbeer. There was no bitter taste. To me, it was perfect. When I was done with the pint, I was satisfied but could have another. The food is pizza but done with a peculiar flatbread, crispy, thin crust in a brick oven in the restaurant. I got the large and only ate half. So for $18 I got two meals worth of food, which was unusual and good (note, no sauce on the one I ordered). Too me, the atmosphere was very pleasant, busy but not too busy or noisy or uncomfortable. I certainly plan to go back the next time I'm visiting.

Photo of Hautacam
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My girlfriend and I were staying in Burlington and were so impressed with our visit to Flatbread that we came back three nights in a row...twice for dinner and the third time just for drinks.
We spent most of our time in the very cool brick courtyard where , even though it is outdoors, doesn't allow smoking....we liked that a lot.
The pizzas were awesome...made with locally produced ingredients, like suasages, bacon , and veggies. The wait staff and bartenders were freindly and knowledgable and were generous and patient with samples. We liked that too.
The beers, from the Helles lager to the IPAs and Belgians were fantastic ! We both thought that the Belgian Dubbel was unbelievable. I loved the Saison. And for guest taps...BBC Lost Sailor on cask ! Ommegang Rouse Sour.... Not bad.
We both agreed that this is THE place for great food and beer in VT.

Update 8/09
Spent a week in Burlington and hit Flatbread 4 nights...should have gone more often....I blame that on the Alchemist. Once again, or , four more times again and again, we are SO impressed with the food,beer, atmosphere and staff.

Photo of morebeergood
3.86/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This was the last stop on our Burlington brewpub tour last weekend. We stopped in here for a drink after dinner at VT Pub & Brewery, which is practically right across the street. Walked in, and you gotta love that smell of freshly baking pizza. It's fun to watch the guy in the back operate the hearth. The bar has a very modern and cool look to it. Not a whole lot of standing room though. Service was good. They had about 10 house beers on tap, with 7 or so guest taps also. I tried the Belgian Pail Ale (ok) and my wife had the Belgian Dubbel (very good). It started to get a bit crowded as it was a Saturday night and the evening beer fest session was just getting out, so we decided to stay just for one. After staring at the pizza for a while as we savored those tasty beers, we decided that this was one place that we should have dinner at sometime in the future.

Photo of Deuane
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited with a couple of local friends. Hit the place up for the start of the 5 day long cask festival around Mondial time.

Cool place with a nice bar and a wide open seating area. Lots of wooden decor and of course the wood fired oven begging for another pie to be placed in.

Our tender was quick and pleasant. We had obtained prime seats at the bar som beers we not empty for long before a fill was produced.

With multiple taps...from both house and guest breweries AND 5 gravity beers pouring how could I be longing?

I know that this is THE PLACE for pizza but we were here to drink and grab food elsewhere.

A really nice locale that will most certianly be revisited!

Photo of RunawayJim
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had dinner here a couple days ago visiting VT. They only serve pizza and a salad, but it's all excellent. The food all comes from local sources, which I loved. Our salad was nice and fresh and the pizza was just awesome. We had a couple beers. I tried their Gruit, their Bock, and their IPA. They were all very good. The atmosphere was great and it was pretty busy. The brick oven was part of the dining room, which was neat.

Recommended to me by BA's and I highly recommend this place if you're in Burlington.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The beer is not bad, decent on the zero gravity house brand. The attrction tonight was a special Magic Hat night, yet only one special Magic Hat was on, the Chaotic Chemistry. Taps are good and so that alone attracts a more mature portion of the crowd. Large bar area and good sized restaurant. Good it was open, as it was closed for reno or whatever on my previous trip here two years ago. Good experienced waitstaff who even knew a bit about the beers, but you needed to be around the bar to get it. Not much selection in food but it was very good. Reasonable friendly to meet other patrons.

Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After a relaxed (and lengthy) lunch at the Vermont Pub & Brewery (on 19APR08), Alewife and I trekked the long 75 or so yards across the street to the Burlington Hearth of American Flatbread.

The brewpub is in the first floor of a non-descript multi-story building, with the Hearth portion being a drab, brown color, with two sets of tall, narrow windows on each side of the central entrance. Once inside, after a short hallway, you find the bar on the right, rear side of the bright place, about 1/2 of the length of the building. It is long and J-shaped, made of solid, light wood, with intricately carved pillars behind the bar set astride shelves of bier glasses and dozens of bier taps. To the front right of this room are a half dozen or so tables near the window. In the rear of the right side of the building are 2 long, Oktoberfest-style tables seating about 16-18 each. The entire place is brick, top-to-bottom, with wooden ceilings having ductwork hanging from it. A large brick archway leads you from right side to left of the business, where there's a brick hearth in the far left, rear corner for pizzas. This side of the building has about 2 dozen 4-seater tables with red and white checkerboard tablecloths, plus 4-6 booths along the inner wall. A great looking place, with an extremely comfy feel. A hallway in the rear of the right side leads to restrooms and the brewing coppers.

Sitting at the bar, we had solid, friendly service from our 'tender. On tap were 8 house-brewed biers, topped by 2 super, very tasty IPAs (Sim City and Capt Rons). In addition, AFB had a bottle list which looked to be 100-plus strong.

We got there in mid-afternoon, before food came on line, so it was not too crowded. Shortly thereafter, the throngs arrived for food. We didn't partake, but the menu looked enticing. General thoughts of the Hearth? Highly recommended. Highly.

Prosit!!

4.36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 - $$

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Photo of scottg
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Flatbread is my favorite of the three brewpubs in downtown Burlington. The quality of the beers and food is exceptional. They believe in the concept of "keep it simple stupid." There menu consists of one salad with one dressing that you can add local blue cheese or local goat cheese to. Besides that, they offer flatbread pizzas emphasizing local and organic ingredients.

The "Zero Gravity" house beers are well balanced and good examples of the style being represented. The selections are constantly changing allowing for many different tastings.
The non-house draft beer selection also has a good rotation including internationl selections and domestic specialty beers that are a treat to try on draft. The bottle selection is varied in styles, countries, and price ranges.

They do a great job keeping the place interesting for the beer fan. The events they put on are worth checking out. I've been to a beer and cheese pairing which was excellent. April was IPA month with 3 house IPAs as well as a number of other ones.

The atmosphere and service depend on the time of day. The bar staff is generally friendly and knowledgeable. There is almost always a wait for table service in the restaurant, so the bar area catches the overflow of waiting customers, including their children. For me, children don't help the atmosphere in a bar area.

Overall, there always seems to be something new to try. That's what keeps me coming back for more.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.72/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wen to this place Friday night for dinner while visiting a friend. This was my first time in VT and my initial thought was that it was a pretty cool state. Burlington is a fun little town and the people are all friendly. I will be going back this summer to camp and to check out Magic Hat (which was shut down for the month for upgrades).

The bar area here was crowded (and always is from what I hear). They have about 10 taps and 2 cask ales at a time. The bottle list is extensive and has great thing on it like Saison DuPont, Orval, Dogfish Head (quite a few), Jolly Pumpkin, Unibroue, Samual Smiths, Ayinger, Stone, etc. I had two of their own beers, Dwayne's Dunkel and thought it was pretty good. I also had a cask IPA called Captain Ron that was well balanced.

The menu was simple, yet it had something for everyone. One of my guests was vegan and it was simple for her to find exactly what she wanted off of the extremely descriptive menu full of organic, locally supplied menu items. All of the food is cooked in a huge clay hearth in the back corner. I had a sausage, onion, swiss, and herb flatbread and it was awesome.

The service was friendly, quick, and painless and it wasn't too expensive (especially for being right in the heart of "downtown".

I would definietly go back.

Photo of bkett01
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place was a real treat on a bitterly cold Friday night in March. While it was very crowded (1hr wait), we were able to get a couple of bar seats during the wait. Atmosphere is nice with dim lighting around two good sized rooms (a bar and a dining room). There is a fireplace at the end of the bar and the dining room has an open "kitchen" which mainly consists of a large wood-fire fueled stove to cook the flatbread pizzas.
The beer menu had a good variety of styles of which roughly half were house-brewed "zero-gravity" beers. I had the TLA IPA and the Wheat IPA, and while the wheat was good, the TLA was one of the best fresh IPA's I've had. Clean grassy hop flavor in a medium bodied beer that went down waaay too easy. Prices were very reasonable on these as well. The flatbread pizza went well with these beers and there are plenty of them to choose from. Overall this was a very enjoyable experience and if I'm up in the area again I will definitely be returning. Highly recommended.

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
96 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.