Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
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4.68/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
08-08-2005 03:15:54 | More by slander
4.34/5 rDev +0.5%
The last stop in a mini beer tour of Burlington.... Zero Gravity/American Flatbread is the quintessential Vermont joint. Lots of wood and brick, a nice cozy interior (I bet it is great in the winter while the snow falls outside), an exposed brick oven and lists of local purveyors and farms around the wall. They take the local thing serious in this state!
We sat at the bar, which was surprisingly busy at this time at night (almost 11:30pm, kinda late for Vermont). 13 house beers plus a cask listed on the chalkboard, with a bit of everything and lots of creativity.
I loved the Gruit and Ale Communication DIPA but did not enjoy the Belgian-style dubbel. The Peated IPA would have been nice but it had just kicked. Also a saison, pilsner, Helles bock, Gruit on cask... they are not your average brewpub!
They don't offer beer flights or sizable samples but they do give small free samples. Prices are reasonable at $5.00 per glass and $3.00 per half-glass, and service is friendly and efficient.
We chatted with a local couple and also with the bartender, who happened to work at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury too. I can't wait to visit again and try the famous flatbreads! Oh- don't miss the beautiful artistic tap handles...
07-19-2012 19:52:05 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
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....
04-13-2010 15:24:49 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -7.4%
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
3.86/5 rDev -10.6%
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
4.22/5 rDev -2.3%
Stopped in here for dinner after a long hike from Burlington out to Hill Farmstead and back. Yeesh, do Vermont drivers ever drive slowly...
Anyway, we took a cab into town and arrived here just before the mad dinner rush. Warm and welcoming inside (though somebody should invest in some matting in the entrance area; the one lone mat was not nearly up to the task on a wet evening with snow on the ground), we were seated at a table in the smaller right hand side of the dining room. Service was quick and friendly; we had a badly needed beer in our hands in less than five minutes. The selection of Zero Gravity beers was very nice. The TLA IPA was my highlight.
Food was good. The flatbreads were more pizzas in my mind. Like Mellow Mushroom locations we have been to, the crust is too bready and thick for my liking, despite being cooked in a wood fired oven. Toppings were fresh, plentiful and tasty.
I would certainly go back, though next time I would choose to eat at the Farm House.
02-21-2011 21:17:31 | More by sholland119
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
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
An amazing restaurant in Burlington, VT. This place is ALWAYS busy. Book at least an hour in advance if you're planning on a table. And if you see a bar seat, grab it while you can. [Beer selection is beyond reproach; brews from all over the world, and a good draught selection. Everything from Allagash to Zatec, and not a Budweiser or Coors to offend the eye. ]
*Edit: from my most recent visit (2012), it seems that they no longer tap anything other than house beers (Zero Grav), which I really don't mind. I guess they've upped their production enough to be self-sustaining, though I must say, I miss the selection they once had. Now, I don't want to brag and say something like "my palate has gotten more sophisticated," but the quality of the beer here really seems to have dropped lately. I really did enjoy these beers a lot more when I first starting coming here. I don't know if they changed brewers or what, but the beers have all become sort of...mediocre at best. Also available: local meads and ciders.
Aside from salads, and a soup and dessert du jour, the only food available is homemade flatbread...and it's really really good. (Also makes a good snack for me for the long drive home to PA.) Good semi-rustic/semi-contemporary atmosphere with good and friendly service (considering how busy it is). Prices are decent, and the option to get half pours gives you the opportunity to sample many different brews. Always worth a stop while in town!
12-13-2010 21:53:32 | More by Rifugium
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
Another nice brewpub/beer bar/pizza joint place in Burlington. This one has the best beer selection in town, methinks. The brews crafted here are excellent. Pauls Pils is insanely good and reminded me of moonlights, no seriously. The other brews seemed solid as well. The guest draft selection is nice with a good selection of locals and imports (a lot of rarer German tap handles are here...). Quality of the brews and my Salad was good, as was the service, but the pizzas here are insanely expensive. One size only, and no slices, and like $20 for a pie! They looked so good, but I had to stick with more frugal pizza options like Manhattan and Mr. Mikes! Still, very recommended when you are in B-town!
06-10-2005 17:19:49 | More by francisweizen
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
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