Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
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4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
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
07-17-2009 13:59:19 | More by mhatters
3.98/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
07-09-2009 21:06:16 | More by Yetiman420
4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-07-2009 19:06:51 | More by Jwale73
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
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!
05-22-2009 00:40:38 | More by TheRowan
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
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!
05-14-2009 17:22:10 | More by kingcrowing
4.83/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
04-27-2009 16:20:32 | More by youbrewidrink
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-06-2009 03:48:22 | More by SFLpunk
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-30-2009 05:03:38 | More by indiapaleale
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
01-05-2009 04:26:30 | More by rhinos00
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-30-2008 04:32:02 | More by FrankLloydMike
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.