McNeill's Brewery

BEER AVG
3.6/5
McNeill's BreweryMcNeill's Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(802) 254-2553 | map

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BEER STATS
Beers:
32
Ratings:
1,310
Reviews:
920
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by Flashy:
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

McNeill's smells of sh*t?! I am willing to grant you that the place is more appealing when they aren't tearing down half the block, ripping up all of the sidewalks and building a five story parking garage behind it; but smell's of sh*t?! Give the place a break. It looks like they are lucky the building is still standing. But smells like sh*t?!
I wonder if a road crew had just hit a sewer main down the block before your visit or someone can't tell the difference between the smell of spent grain and...sh*t.
McNeill's is the only 1st Rate brewpub in New England that I've been to (though I know there are others). The beer is exceptional and the stew isn't bad. And Vermont is infested by those flies at certain times of the year. It's like avoiding Yellow Jackets in Germany.
Though the crowd tends to be a bit hippie we love this place and it's kid friendly. The gin mill next door has the worlds best two dollar hamburgers. Love the German beerhall style seating where your sitting next to whoever and NO TV (except on Election Day and apparently when the Red Sox are in the Playoffs). And Far333, I love those prints and have never seen a concert photo there (though the t-shirts could be nicer).
Word of warning. McNeill's beers do not seem to travel well. I've had it in other bars and it's not the same.
Stopped in 12/22/2012: Place looks great, lines are clean, patrons interesting and employees nice enough.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JLK7299
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of scottcmccarty
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 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%

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McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, VT
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,310 ratings.
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