Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 96 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-30-2008 20:09:35 | More by scottg
4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
04-21-2008 21:58:39 | More by Rudgers73
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-25-2008 22:50:21 | More by bkett01
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
This place was cozy. They had dim burning old fashioned lightbulbs. I have had the pizza there a few times and it is awesome. The pizza is thin crust and we always end up eating way too much, it's just that good. I hear the Brewer is Muncih trained and it shows, his German beers are tip top notch and I have lived in Germany and I am a German beer snob. Service could use a little giddyup though, other than that this place rocks. Best beer and pizza in Vermont by far. Well best non English beer the Norwich Inn makes the best English beer. The rest of the beer selection is really good too, probably the best in the state. This place beats out the three needs which was my old and long time number one place for beer in Burlington. Still love ya Needs but Flatbread is cranking out some crazy beer.
02-10-2008 02:34:30 | More by mariano42
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
I visited this place last year on a trip to Burlington, VT for the weekend. Our friends who are living in Burlington took me here for dinner one night and I have nothing bad to say about it except for the fact that there were so many people. As we first walked in, there were delicious Vermont beers waiting on tap at the bar. When we finaly sat down, ordered, had some more beer, and the food came, this is when it won me over. The food here is phenomenal with all organic ingredients on the flatbread. The beer selection is vast and the food is delicious. If you go to Burlington, please try and go here. Not a bad price for anything either. Well worth the money and time.
10-09-2007 03:33:05 | More by erosier
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
Stopped here during my trip up to Burlington for the Vermont beer festival. The place is small on the outside but takes up two parts of the building. The right is the bar which seats about 10. The left is the restuarant.
We got there about 6:30 on a Friday and holy crap was this place packed. We put our names on the list for a table and were told a 2 hour wait. I lied to the people we were with that it was only 45 minutes because I really wanted to eat/drink here.
We hovered around the bar and got some drinks. The offered about 10 of their house beers which were all great (yep - i drank all 10.) They also offered 10 guest taps which, because of the Vermont beer fest weekend were all Vermont breweries. The nice part is that you can get half a pint of beer. This was nice and allowed me to sample.
The food was great. Only thing they offer is Pizza & salad. I had both and they were awesome.
I really reccomend this place.
07-24-2007 22:41:30 | More by mymrnngjckt
4.94/5 rDev +14.4%
Went here the day after attending the Vermont Brewers Festival. Very clean, well-lit establishment. Upon entering, there is a bar area on the right and a dining area, including a fireplace on the left. There is an outdoor area as well. This place is all about variety/accomodation to different styles...a variety of music was playing.
There is also a large variety of beers. Ten of their beers were on-tap with a large variety of styles. Also, a handful or so of guest taps extended the selection. There's an extensive list of bottles of craft and imports. You're sure to find a style that fits you here.
No standard sampler is offered, but the bartender freely and enthusiastically offered samples in wine glasses. Very friendly, efficient service. The bartenders were knowledgeable about the beers.
The beers were very true-to-style and varied. Most were very tasty beers. This is certainly worth checking out and would be a regular place to go if I lived in the area. Excellent!
07-24-2007 14:57:49 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev -7.4%
American Flatbread/Zero Gravity is centrally located in Burlington, across the street from the Vermont Pub & Brewery. The restaurant is very open, with plenty of seating at the long bar and in the dining room. The brick walls and dark woodwork add to the charm.
All they offer for food is pizza and salad, however it's fantastic pizza. Freshly baked in their brick oven and topped with all fresh ingredients. I wish they had a few more items on the menu though. The beers brewed on premise are spot on for style and served in the proper glassware. I tried the IPA, gruit, and Belgian dubbel. All very tasty.
I arrived with my friends after the Vermont Brewers fest and the bar was hopping. The bartenders were very busy, but attentive to your needs when you could grab their attention. We ate at the bar, so I can't comment on the restaurant wait staff.
This is a great restaurant and pub which should definitely be on your must visit list when in Burlington, VT.
07-23-2007 21:18:22 | More by WanderingFool
4.8/5 rDev +11.1%
If you read my review for Vermont Pub & Brewery, then you already know that American Flatbread is the obvious next stop. Just a few steps brings you to the front door of this very nice establishment, in reality a pizzeria that serves eight house beers and ten guest beers, many being Vermont craft brews. They also have an impressive selection of international beers in bottles.
Once inside this interesting looking building is a small bar on the right, beyond which is an old-fashioned wood stove (the smell of burning wood permeates the place), and dining room to the left; pass through the brick archway to another dining room.
Having recently lunched at Vermont Pub & Brewery, I missed the chance to sample the very tempting and tantalizing (Is there a difference?) pizza; however, I was tempted and tantalized by the excellent beers served efficiently for $3.75 a pint. My choices were the T.L.A. American IPA and an incredible Farmhouse Ale Saisson.
American Flatbread should be part of any Burlington (or Vermont) pubcrawl. There is another location in Middlebury, but the hours are weird so check ahead.
Updated 11/17/09: Just returned from a vacation in Vermont where I had another opportunity (or opportunities - I went twice) to stop by; nothing has changed; it is a great place to visit, drink great beer and dine on delicious flatbread pizza. If one had to choose one place in Burlington, this is it.
07-19-2007 21:55:49 | More by jjboesen
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
Wow, I was going over my beerfly reviews, and couldn't believe I have yet to review flatbread!
I love this place. They do it right. Atmosphere is awesome... with the huge beehive brick oven right there in the main restaurant. Everything down to the restrooms is well thought out and clean. A nice little peak into the brew room in the back, is very tantalizing.
Service is very good at the table. I'm a younger guy though, so at the bar... sometimes I get passed over a bit, until the bartender realizes I am really appreciating the beer. Most of the time, if I ask questions about their new 'zero gravity' offerings, the bartender is decently to well informed. (mind you, there are many offerings that I've seen in flatbread that have not been rated here.... I have at least two to add, that look like rare seasonal offerings of theirs... will add soon, once I review 20+ beers)
The glassware is almost always appropriate, for style of beer, which I love to see in brewpubs. The other tap offerings (besides the 'Zero Gravitys' are extensive and impressive collection. I have yet to get away from the beer that is brewed on site there.
The food is done right. organic salads and pizza's.... and that is it. And they are delicious. I put my pricing as reasonable.. because the quality is very high. It might be considered pricey, but like anything else, you get what you pay for... so I consider it reasonable.
There is much more to say of these excellent place, but there are many high quality reviews... and I would rather leave you wanting more (or at least enough) so that you do check this place out!
06-24-2007 00:13:35 | More by apresskibrewer
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.