Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Active Beers: 68
Beer Ratings: 784
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here on Friday for lunch. I had heard a lot about these flatbreads and even more about the brew. The place is in a nice little building, with a very inviting bar and a patio area in the alley. That said, inside can get a bit cramped at times especially at night. The previous evening we tried to get a few drinks there and the line was out the door.
Service was ok. They were a bit busy due to a street festival and our server was going a bit crazy with very little help. Still, whenever we asked for anything, she was right on it.
The beer was great. I didn't review any of the house brews but those that I tried were great but came after I hit a few heavy beers that took care of my palate. I had Smuttynose Farmhouse and Oaked Arrogant Bastard on tap. We also had a bottle of Ephemere and Three Philos. Their beer list was very impressive with beers from all over the country represented well. Very, very pleased when I saw the beer list.
The food doesn't take second seat to this beer selection. The pizzas are all fresh with fresh, home grown, organic, homemade ingredients. We had three pizzas between the 5 of us and they were all amazing. This is a quality restaurant and bar in all categories. This will absolutely be a stop on my agenda everytime I am in Burlington visiting family.
08-10-2008 20:42:15 | More by everetends
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-10-2008 20:10:50 | More by CaptYellow
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
My girlfriend and I were staying in Burlington and were so impressed with our visit to Flatbread that we came back three nights in a row...twice for dinner and the third time just for drinks.
We spent most of our time in the very cool brick courtyard where , even though it is outdoors, doesn't allow smoking....we liked that a lot.
The pizzas were awesome...made with locally produced ingredients, like suasages, bacon , and veggies. The wait staff and bartenders were freindly and knowledgable and were generous and patient with samples. We liked that too.
The beers, from the Helles lager to the IPAs and Belgians were fantastic ! We both thought that the Belgian Dubbel was unbelievable. I loved the Saison. And for guest taps...BBC Lost Sailor on cask ! Ommegang Rouse Sour.... Not bad.
We both agreed that this is THE place for great food and beer in VT.
Spent a week in Burlington and hit Flatbread 4 nights...should have gone more often....I blame that on the Alchemist. Once again, or , four more times again and again, we are SO impressed with the food,beer, atmosphere and staff.
08-05-2008 01:15:57 | More by Hautacam
3.86/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
07-22-2008 00:33:15 | More by morebeergood
4.14/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited with a couple of local friends. Hit the place up for the start of the 5 day long cask festival around Mondial time.
Cool place with a nice bar and a wide open seating area. Lots of wooden decor and of course the wood fired oven begging for another pie to be placed in.
Our tender was quick and pleasant. We had obtained prime seats at the bar som beers we not empty for long before a fill was produced.
With multiple taps...from both house and guest breweries AND 5 gravity beers pouring how could I be longing?
I know that this is THE PLACE for pizza but we were here to drink and grab food elsewhere.
A really nice locale that will most certianly be revisited!
07-18-2008 08:17:03 | More by Deuane
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
06-15-2008 03:27:11 | More by RunawayJim
4/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The beer is not bad, decent on the zero gravity house brand. The attrction tonight was a special Magic Hat night, yet only one special Magic Hat was on, the Chaotic Chemistry. Taps are good and so that alone attracts a more mature portion of the crowd. Large bar area and good sized restaurant. Good it was open, as it was closed for reno or whatever on my previous trip here two years ago. Good experienced waitstaff who even knew a bit about the beers, but you needed to be around the bar to get it. Not much selection in food but it was very good. Reasonable friendly to meet other patrons.
05-14-2008 14:04:21 | More by Sammy
4.36/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 - $$
05-03-2008 23:02:29 | More by Bierman9
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
04-30-2008 20:09:35 | More by scottg
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
04-21-2008 21:58:39 | More by Rudgers73
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
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