Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 758
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
3.49/5 rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | $$
This was stop #9 for my wife and I on a 9-day East Coast pub crawl and a family visit. The brewery is located in a storefront setting in the busy downtown area. It appears that there is an outdoor eating area in an open space next to the building. (We visited the pub on the day that they closed the street in front in order to have a 10th Anniversary celebration, and the place was packed inside, on the patio and in the street.)
We stopped here to try their beers, and we also ordered a snack to go along. There were 14 beers available, but since this brewery did not offer a sampler flight we did our best to evaluate their beers by ordering 4 pints. Each of them was brewed to style, and each had characteristics that exceeded the style slightly so that overall we scored our 4 beers at a B-minus grade. The Conehead Wheat IPA was the notable one of our selections.
The pizzas that we saw being delivered to adjacent tables looked and smelled good, and our bread sticks that we ate were very tasty. However, this review does not include a score for this category.
The descriptions of many of the other beers sounded tempting, and we would have enjoyed tasting them is samplers were available. But we know our limits, and it had been a long day. We’ll come back here to try some of the other beers if we’re ever back this way again.
07-07-2014 19:22:40 | More by Mothergoose03
3.56/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ate lunch here and had a few beers. We sat in the outdoor seating since it was nice, although the ground wasn't very level and I was worried my beers were going to slide off the table.
Good selection of beer styles available, I had a glass of the Black IPA and the Export Stout. Both very tasty. The food menu is made up of flatbread pizzas which feature a lot of local ingredients. We had ours half red onion and buffalo chicken and half Sun dried tomato and sausage, and it was excellent.
The only downside was that the service was below average. Our waitress disapeared for long stretches when we actually needed refills, and both the plates and my wife's coffee cup had not been washed well at all.
09-24-2013 21:58:27 | More by jmdrpi
3.63/5 rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I lived in VT for 4 years, and always heard about it but didn't make it there until last May. It was worth it. They specialize in beer and pizza. . . genius. Thin crust pizza was very good. Had that artisanal pizza flavor. Nice place to visit, in downtown Burlington. Parking could be a hassle (by VT standards, people from NYC will only complain about the cold). The beer was pretty good, I had their Bock. Not the best beer you can have, even for Burlington (which has several other brewpubs), but I finished it and had another. And it was only lunch time. If you're in Burlington, it's worth the trip. Pricey for a pizza, but not for a brewpub.
12-10-2010 02:13:45 | More by birdyone
3.7/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
03-06-2010 02:51:36 | More by vtjim
3.78/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
A really interesting place. Stopped by for some late night food after the VBF. One of the best pizzas I have ever had. As is typical for Burlington attention was paid to the ingredients to ensure the best quality.
The beer list was very extensive, almost too extensive. There was very little in terms of interesting beer styles form my point of view, which was odd given the vast number of offerings. I had a saison that was definitely above average.
Service was friendly and prompt on a fairly busy Friday night. Would return for the pizza alone.
07-28-2012 13:40:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The construction outside (as of July 2011) didn't mar the cozy atmosphere inside American Flatbread. Had a nice view of the oven from where we sat.
Beer selection was amazing. Lots of their own brews on draft as well as a few other local selections, and an absurdly large selection of bottled beer. And mead. Wish I'd gotten around to the mead. haven't had it in a long time.
You can get half-draughts, which is nice if you're aiming to try a lot of different stuff.
Food menu is a little light though. I'm glad it was as good as it was because the use of the word "flatbread" as opposed to "pizza" made me worried that the place was going to be a bit pretentious. As is, you have to specifically order cheese and sauce on your "flatbread." And there isn't much on the menu for those not interested in pizza.
Still, the food was good and our sausage and mushroom pie was fresh and flavorful. Wasn't as expensive as I'd expected. Only about $30 for one pizza and several drinks.
More of a hangout place than a restaurant. Bring a few friends.
07-10-2011 17:11:44 | More by DirtyPenny
3.9/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Located a block down from the main drag of Church Street. Nice downtown location. Parking is street or parking garage.
Interior is nice and inviting. The stone hearths are nice center pieces of the the rooms.
The flatbread is good but not great. Not very flavorful but maybe designed to complement the beer. The salads are great!
Beers are varied and nicely served.
Staff is knowledgeable but not necessarily the most friendly.
Nice price wise. Beers are not expensive at all. I would go here again but maybe at a time with less kids.
At first I was surprised this was as highly rated as it was. It didn't stand out like others. Then I realized I hardly that it was a pretty good place at an outstanding price.
10-12-2010 01:37:56 | More by jneiswender
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
96 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.