McNeill's Brewery

BEER AVG
3.61/5
McNeill's BreweryMcNeill's Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

90 Elliot St
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301-3269
United States

(802) 254-2553 | map

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BEER STATS
Beers:
32
Reviews:
917
Ratings:
1,297
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
75
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by Durge:
Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A one room pub with a smallish bar and four long tables for the public drinkers. This night they had one cask ale and eight drafts flowing and all seemed to be in good order despite the previous reviews that warn of off nights. I sampled or ordered most everything and all was good. The bartender was completely knowledgeable and a friendly guy who was quick to offer samples where there was any interest. The clientele was pretty much as advertized, but entirely a positive. Plenty of character and easy to join any conversation from what I experienced. Apparently the owner/brewmaster, Pat, is currently in very poor health and I was impressed to hear how sincerely the locals were concerned about Pat’s condition and also for the very future of what seems to be a largely beloved institution. The place is obviously an integral part of this community and provides some sort of vital function to this little hub of south-eastern Vermont. The beer was all good to very good. Apparently the place very recently underwent a thorough cleansing and bathroom to bar nothing seemed hideously divey about the place to me. But it seems that might not have been the case in the past. It’s not glamorous, but it's comfortable and fine for drinking good beer and meeting nice folks. So all in all, a very good experience, not to miss if in Brattleboro or the general vicinity. Be sure to keep in mind that it's CASH ONLY, but prices are reasonable for the quality of brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sosbombs
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

McNeills is a craft beer pioneer bar and has to be entered with some perspective. Not always the cleanest place (this is Brattleboro, VT after all), but the secret is to try whatever Ray (McNeill) is drinking or choose carefully. McNeills is 15 years behind the beer times, but well worth the trip.

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Photo of mltobin
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
1.98/5  rDev -47.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 1.5

Photo of Laplander
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
1.82/5  rDev -52.1%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2

Photo of fastestmanalive
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of blisscent
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bcgeiman
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of slasich
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

beers were all good, they had a wide selection.

the place is a bit of a dive - but they had a real dartboard and some board games to occupy yourself while drinking.

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Photo of SABERG
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Dicers
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I really have an affinity for the place. It is in a cool, nondescript location, is filled , generally, with mellow people who want to enjoy some good beer. The place has been under the management of a new guy who is doing a great job with the food and hiring good people. A true diamond in the rough...

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Photo of kettleandcask
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of whitenads
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KingCobra686
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Mcneils beer offerings are awesome, but unfortunately their beers greatly outshine their brewery location. Their brewery is essentially a run down dive bar that only sells mcneills beer. They are not able to sell bottles on the premise, so i was forced to go to a package store down the street to stock up on bombers of mcneills. Prices are decent and the staff was very friendly, so it was worth the stop there, but overall the operation was very lackluster compared to most other vt breweries.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Huey702
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of SharonNelson
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -67.1%

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McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, VT
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,297 ratings.
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