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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
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Place Score: 95
Ratings: 175
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.28
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 dsartwell72
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to this place with a group of friends to get some pizza and beer. There was a bit of a wait, but not bad for a Saturday night. When you walk in there is a large bar area, with all there current taps on a chalkboard.

When we got to our seats I was amazed to see a huge brick oven right in the middle of the room. A woman was cooking pizza's right in front of us, and the kitchen was right next to her. Its always comforting to be able to see the kitchen where you are eating.

I ordered the TLA IPA and was very impressed with the quality of this beer. I also had tastes of there Ripley Tripel, another quality brew. There beer list was very extensive, with about 10 of there house brews on tap, another 7 or 8 local breweries on tap, 2 cask ales, and a pretty decent list of bottled beers.

Although they don't have very much on the menu; other than pizza and salads, the quality of what they do have is very good. The pizza was some of the best I've had in a long time, and there goat cheese on the salad was to die for.

Definitely would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a great craft brew.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great atmosphere, selection, and food here. Always seem to have something different on tap, many flatbread pizzas to choose from, I like the brick oven hearth in the dining room, makes it very cozy.

Bar area is decent size, plenty of room to stand. Could use some more room/tables, there will most likely be a wait, esp. during peak hours.

Beer selection was very solid, Rock Art, Allagash, and their own brews were up for the night, and many others I forget.

My only real complaint was they were understaffed for lunch, only one waitress working and it was still fairly crowded, but otherwise a great dining/drinking experience.

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here 2 times over the past 2 years. Its a must visit location if you find yourself in the Northern Vermont, Burlington area. 2 levels with the bar to the right as you enter on the upper level, which includes several tables. Lower level/main dining area to the left, with many more tables and the pizza oven/hearth. Well chosen and ever changing beer list, including their own creations and multiple high quality guest brews. Artisinal and local ingrediants in their truly yummy, craft, thin crust, hearth oven cooked pizzas. Casual and comfortable athmosphere. Friendly and professional staff. Interesting and eclectic crowd. Put it all together and...I love this place....

Photo of vtjim
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Best beer selection in Burlington, if not Vermont. Regretfully, you'll need to drink all that beer to help tune out the screaming babies and chaotic din during peak hours.

If you only want to drink beer, you'd best show up when they unlock the doors, very late at night, or mid-afternoons on weekends when they're not serving food. Other times, they won't let you sit at tables unless you're eating

The bar area is woefully inadequate, size-wise, to deal with the beer selection. Persons seated at the bar can look forward to being jostled and disturbed by patrons stacked 4 to 5 deep trying to get bar service. The atmosphere on their special event nights is unpleasant, to say the least. If you can't secure a seat at the bar, you'll stand around tightly-packed with Burlington's bourgeoisie.

The staff are largely knowledgeable and provide good service.

Again, if you want a table, you have to eat. The food is good, if a bit over-priced. Waits during peak times are excessive. This is a popular place.

In short, a must-visit for the beer tourist, but the quiet drinking hours there are rare, so time your visit accordingly.

Photo of papat444
4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Came here yesterday for lunch after checking out of the Hampton Inn.

Walking in, we're greeted by a large coat rack on the left and a long bar on the right wall. A couple of booths face the window and as we walk in the reception area, i notice a fireplace with some chairs and a large table on the opposite side. We go to the restaurant side of the place. I'm struck by the open concept of the place and the high ceilings. Mostly red brick walls. The place feels warm, cozy and inviting. In the main seating area where we were seated, we have an open view to the making and baking of the pizzas. My wife brought our daughter to look at the huge furnace where they cook the pizza. Also, as i walked to the washroom (the stall had a saloon-style door which was cool), you get a glimpse of their brewing room which was nice.

The beer list is pretty impressive. They have approx. 11 taps plus a few casks devoted to the Zero Gravity beer, 6 taps of U.S. micros and 1 tap of St-Feuillien Noel. Very long list of bottles (in alphabetical order, nice!) which includes pretty much all that you can find at the Beverage Warehouse. Prices ranged from inexpensive to reasonable. The beer list on their website is up to date because it's exactly what we found at the pub. I had a glass of their Belgian single on cask which was alright and my wife had a half-glass of Greg, a scottish-style ale which was really good.

The pizza was pretty good. We had the Medicine Wheel, a cheese and herb pizza that was pretty good. I found the prices very reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients that they use.

Overall, a very positive experience and one that i will be repeating whenever we come to Burlington. Definitely my new favorite place to eat.

Photo of skivtjerry
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We have visited Flatbread on quite a few occasions and have always gotten just a bit less than we expected. They do have the most impressive beer list you'll find in the area. The bottle list and some guest taps are fairly pricey. The well made house brews, on the other hand, are a bargain. Some of the maltier styles seem a little thin bodied, but overall the Zero Gravity stuff is good.

Service is the area most needing help. In all our visits, the dining room staff have *never* gotten our order 100% right (though corrections are fast and cheerful). Last night, they 'lost' our reservation and we might have never eaten if we had not asked them what was going on. To be fair, part of the crowding and confusion is due to the building layout, which they inherited. In contrast to the dining area, the bar staff is always on top of things and they serve a lot of people very efficiently.

For food, you can have pizza or salad. The pies are pricey for what you get. Good, and some imaginative recipes, but not absolutely stellar. There is also a tendency for the pies to be slightly overcooked. I know Flatbread pizza has legend status, but I'm afraid I'd recommend eating elsewhere and stopping here for some good drinks afterward.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visiting Burlington? Make this the one place you go. Hands down. Unfortunately this place is incredibly popular (for good reason), so don't expect to get a table anytime soon.

Their house-brewed beer is great, but they've also got a plethora of other local brews. The week we were there they had like 6 Stone beers as a special promotion. Damn, why couldn't they do a brewery that I'm not inundated with in Oregon!

We decided to get a table, so 40 minutes and 2 pints each later, we had our table, close to the pizza oven. We shared a salad and got 2 pizzas to pick at. Utterly delicious, all of it. Service, while the place was packed, was friendly and attentive to us. Even though our waitress was running around like crazy, she seemed calm and patient while taking our orders and asking how our food was, not annoyed when we asked questions on sharing pizzas and such.
An American Flatbread is going into Portland Ore in early 2010, can't fucking wait!

Photo of thor638
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I always visit this establishment when I make my way into Burlington. Take a wonderful walk around town and then come here for dinner. The food is exceptional, and the craft beer is wonderful.

The only downfall is the popularity of the place, last time I went the way was fairly long for a table. Nice ambiance with well place lights and extremely cozy tables.

As with anywhere in Vermont there are a bunch of nice people to chat with while waiting.

The beer selection is extensive and usually your server is knowledgeable about the beer they are serving.

In the end, this place will always hold a place in my heart; A+

Photo of JimmyK77
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very good beer and nice selection. Burlington is a great beer city, so its hard to go wrong anywhere here. American Flatbread/Zero Gravity is in an old brick building which gives the place great atmosphere. What really sets this place apart is the huge, freestanding, wood-fired brick oven in the corner of the dining area. The pizza chefs are right out there creating and baking pizzas in the oven. Besides a salad and specials, pizza is all they serve. But they are very good and made from local or organic ingredients when possible. For beer, they serve an excellent variety of their own Zero Gravity beer along with a great selection of American craft and imported beer both on tap and in bottles.

Photo of adirondack88
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

American Flatbread is awesome. My wife and I frequent this place fairly often. We have never had a bad experience. The bartenders have a great knowledge of the beers that they offer. The selection is wide and varied. My wife is more of a wine person and they also have a great selection of wines and have always been knowledgeable about what they offer. The food is very, very good and the New Vermont Sausage pizza is to die for.
I highly recommend this restaurant with the best beers on tap in Burlington.

Photo of joepais
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Definitely the place I wanted to eat at while I was in Burlington. Right off Church Street, a view of the city hall. The place was fantastic awesome vibe to the place my Pentecostal Preacher Mom even complemented on the feel of the place in a good way.

The flatbread was outstanding fresh and yummy ingredients. The waitress was friendly, and suggested some of brews for me to try even brought me some free samples. You really got to love that. The tap selection and bottle list were large and the house brews were tasty.

A great place all in all I wish there was one in my home town. The prices were great considering the location they are in. I will return to this place when I am in town the next time.

Photo of DousedInStout
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +16.8%
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 -1.9%
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%
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 -1.9%
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 +5.8%
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 -3.5%
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 +12.9%
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 +5.8%
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 +5.1%
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 +3.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.1%
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.

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
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