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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
BA SCORE
95
world-class

156 Ratings
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
Active Beers: 72
Beer Ratings: 868
Beer Avg: 3.76
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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5/5  rDev +16%

aqualung23, Dec 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

Jgiroux77, Jul 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

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.

liquidlife, Jul 23, 2009
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5/5  rDev +16%

I had a perfect lunch here with my friends. This was part of our VT brewery tour and is one of our favorite memories. We waited about 10 min to get a table outside. Perfect 75 degrees with a table in the shade. We ordered two flatbreads to share. One being the special for the day. We LOVED them and ate every last bit. The beer was also delicious. I guess my one complaint would be that they do not offer a sampler. I had the Burl N'Wol since I usually love all sour beers, unfortunately this one just wasn't my cup of tea. Something just wasn't matching with my tastebuds. I stole some of my friends Citizen cider which was awesome. My other friend ordered the Afternooner and could not smiling about the perfection of the moment. We had a great time and the servers were very friendly and hepful.

laurastradford, Dec 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

bahnfire, Nov 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

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.

adirondack88, Oct 01, 2009
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4.94/5  rDev +14.6%

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!

jwc215, Jul 24, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

This place was fantastic overall. I went at 3 pm and no one was there, but found out that they don't start serving food until 5 pm, so my girlfriend and I went to the VT pub and brewery across the street for appetizers. Went back at 5 and it was very crowded, but we were able to get a table within 15 minutes.

The Beer - Very good selection of Zero Gravity brews and other micros. I had the TLA IPA on cask and it was pretty good...more on the sweet citrusy side for an IPA and looked similar to a Belgian in appearance. I also had the Narconaut Black IPA which was very good...pretty much what you would expect for this style of beer. Slightly smokey, but the hops were definitely there.

The Food - We had the Revolution Flatbread Pizza...absolutely wonderful if you like mushrooms. The make and cook the pizza in their stone fireplace right in front of you and it's fabulous...a must if you're in the area.

BeerMaverick, Jan 31, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Hautacam, Aug 05, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

youbrewidrink, Apr 27, 2009
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4.81/5  rDev +11.6%

It's been a year since I've been here, but I wrote this review shortly after coming here.

Wood-fire pizza, aka flatbread... wow! Some of the best I've had. Not only that, but Zero-gravity brewing which is attached to the restaurant had an excellent selection of beers. They had a biere de garde, a style I'd never tried before that, and it was undoubtedly one of the best beers I've ever had (I've probably tried close to 500 different beers). The atmosphere was almost a little bit medieval, what with all the bricks and wood oven, tall ceilings and big open room, and it was nice to see all the food being made fresh out in the open. We were seated at the table closest the oven, and it was hot, but we could stand it. The servers were helpful and we didn't have to wait long, even though the place was full. Burlington is a fascinating city to me, and this place cemented it as a real gem. One of the best meals/beers I've had all year.

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 08, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

jjboesen, Jul 19, 2007
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

I had heard so much about this place, but had never been there before on my numerous auto treks to Montreal. I made sure that I made it there on my driving to/from Montreal last week. There was also a bonus as a cask fest began on Weds. night and I was able to pop in for same.

The place is deceptively big, as there are 2 large rooms, with the bar being on the right side of the room you enter. They also have some outdoor seating in their alley way. High ceilings and the bar looks very Irish Pubby. A clean look. The brew house is in the rear, which you pass on the way to the restrooms.

On my Monday night visit, Kirstin (sp??), was the bartender and she was a real plus to the overall experience. She gave me many sample offerings and provided answers to all of the questions I had pertaining to their own brews. A very nice young woman who is obviously a beer maven herself.

On to the beers, the draughts running that night were:

Their own "Zero Gravity Beers"

Christina Pils--a light crisp German lager
Mr. Black--schwarzbier
FruhFest-- a warm weather marzen
D'Kinna Bock--strong, malty lager
T.L.A. India Pale Ale--hoppy, bitter amber ale

Guest taps:

Allagash White
Celebrator
DFH 60 Minutes
Gritty"s Pub Ale, Leffe Blonde
Magic Hat Belgian Wit
Murphy's Stout
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Rock Art America Red
Rodenbach Red
Sierra Nevada Porter
Smuttynose IPA

On cask was their own Villier's ESB and Rock Art IPA on Monday. On Wedsnesday they also had Otter Creek Otter Kilter Scotch Ale.

They also have an impressive bottle list with lotsa Belgian's represented.

I tried most of the Zero Gravity stuff and some of the other guest taps. My favorite ZG beers were their FruhFest, which was indeed a lighter bodied marzen, the Villier's ESB and D'Kinna Bock, all very nice. See separate reviews.

This is one of the best beer places I have been to in North America. I will be sure to get back here when I am driving through in July and August.

If you have not yet been there, get there.

sraimondi, May 26, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

rodemey2, Nov 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

markgugs, Jun 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

yarnbomb, Oct 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ErikVT, Jul 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

SurlyDuff, Dec 25, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

richobrien, Jul 25, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

Rudgers73, Apr 21, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Seems like we'd been driving around visiting brewpubs all damn day. The day's sun's done, we're finally up North. A pop into the hotel for a quick change (read: nap), and then we're Burlington bound for mischief. I'm sure we can find something to do, somewhere to go. Hell, there's 3 brewpubs in a 2 block radius, it's like I'm being called out...
Upon entering, you're greeted by banners describing the 5 facets of food (Hunger, Nature, Flavor, Nourish, Heal). Very enlightening. 7 tables in the front nook below the panel windows looking out towards the park, and a 12 seat "L" shaped bar with a large mirror backed wood unit beyond that. An adjacent bar counter sits in the middle of the room. On the other side of it lies a handful of long tables, and to the rear, an unused brick hearth in the corner (a Jazz quintet was playing in front of it the next night). Big brick walls, pressed tin ceiling, duct work, drop lighting over the bar & tables (Vice President Zwerver says, "They've got the coolest lighting fixtures"), big ol' sunflowers in the vase on the counter, colored pieces of cloth strung on a line overhead with statements about this and that written on them, De Dolle posters on the back wall (Stille Nacht, Ara Bier, & the uncanny Randy likeness OerBier), and the tap selections printed on a large blackboard on the wall to the right of the bar.
A large brick archway leads you into the side dining room, a space with about a dozen and a half tables & booths. The walls carry large food themed tapestries (Organic Garlic, Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil). A large brick hearth holds the rear corner before the kitchen area.
Dave Broderick was good enough, no... great enough, to buy us a couple of flatbread pizzas, one all veggied out for Peggy & Baker, and the other for us carnivores. The pepperoni & pepper pie kicked ass, seriously, and I'm a New Haven pizza junkie, so if I'm saying it, you know it's on the up and up. And Peggy claims, "They have the best salads".
The beer scene here is maddening. 18 taps (6 house brews and a dozen guest taps), 4 hand pumps, and a mean bottle collection. Starting with the house beers, Paul's Pils was sublime, the Extra Stout smooth & roasty, the Session Brown Ale well sessionable, the TLA IPA wonderfully hoppy, and I don't think I got to the Summer Bock and Villier's ESB). The dozen guest taps were a great mix of local (Magic Hat Dunkel, McNeill's Impy, Switchback Unfiltered Ale, Trout River Rainbow Ale, Wolaver Wit, Long Trail Double Bag), regional (Smutty IPA, Allagash Grand Cru, Harpoon IPA), and imports (Saison DuPont, Salopian Entire Butt Porter, Mahr's Reserve). The 4 hand pumps (Adnams Tally Ho Barleywine, Otter Creek Alpine Ale, Rock Art Ridge Runner, Shed Mountain Ale).
Food was outstanding (Woofed a whole lot of flatbread pizza the next day at the VT Brewer's Fest, where they set up shop with a giant hearth out there. It was on a platform, bricked and then muddied up, the thing looked like a giant hornets nest but damn if it didn't crank out some serious pizza). House beers were damn good and the guest taps are tempting, although you really want to run with the house beers. Paul Sayler is a wonderful host, and has got himself a great little place up there.

slander, Aug 08, 2005
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4.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Probably the best beer selection in Burlington. The house zero gravity beers are all pretty good and about 15 other beers on tap and numerous bottles. Had the house schwarz which was good and a SNCA. I could have spent the entire night with their beer menu. the only macro was red stripe. flatbreads are awesome... something about the cheese is incredible. great atmosphere.

If you're a BA and in Burlington and can only go to one place, skip everywhere else and go here. go on a weeknight if you want to avoid a crowd.

silver1audi, Nov 16, 2006
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4.54/5  rDev +5.3%

Great flat breads with plenty of toppings, nice and fresh. Zero Gravity Conehead Wheat IPA was very good. I will definitely drink again it was very drinkable. The restaurant has a great feel to it. Good atmosphere and wait staff. We have been there often and always have a good time.

TroyS62, Jan 14, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

TheRowan, May 22, 2009
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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
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