McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's BreweryMcNeill's Brewery
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3.6/5
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1,318 Ratings
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:
35
Reviews:
923
Ratings:
1,318
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.66/5
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
80
pDev:
18.58%
 
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4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Say what you want about this place but the bottom line it is a local hangout which has a strong, devoted following. It may not be the cleanest or most modern locale, but it certainly has an unique charm to it.

We entered the place on a Friday afternoon shortly after opening at 2PM. We were pretty much the only ones there at the time but by the time we left there were about a dozen or so people (mostly locals). Immediately entering, it smells of spent grains (you homebrewers know what I mean). There is a main bar with available beers written on a chalkboard. Behind were about four or so large German style drinking tables. In the corner was a dartboard and another table with various magazines, papers, and random books (including a 1975 National Geographic!).

On tap were three cask beers (Duck's Breath, ESB, Dead Horse IPA) and around 8 drafts. For three bucks a pint, you can't really go wrong. The Dead Horse was lacking a bit in hop aroma but the remaining drafts I tried were fresh, served at appropriate temps and very satisfying (Ruby Red, Old Ringworm). Service was fantastic despite some previous reviews stating that 'tourists' are given the cold sholder. The music was cool too (playing everything from ska-ish electronic to blue grass).

If you're in the southern VT area, stop through Brattleboro and hit McNeils (remember that most days it doesn't open until 4PM though, 2PM on Friday and Saturday if I remember correctly) for an off the beaten track brewpub.

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Photo of maxlogan
3.66/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

mcneill's was one of the first brewpubs in vermont and all of new england. once upon a time ray made the best beer in new england. sadly that has not been true for a while, and not just because so many great breweries have opened. the quality of ray's beers has slipped perceptively. you can't go wrong with two of the originals - duck's breath bitter and dead horse ipa. unlike most places he usually offers multiple beers on cask. mcneill's is definitely worth a visit, but more for the atmosphere and history than for the beer.

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Photo of xtonytx
3.44/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mattybuchs
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of JLK7299
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of scottcmccarty
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of sosbombs
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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 -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
1.98/5  rDev -45.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 1.5

Photo of Laplander
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
1.82/5  rDev -50.3%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2

Photo of fastestmanalive
4/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bcgeiman
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of slasich
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Dicers
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
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 -3.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of whitenads
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, VT
Brewery rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 1,318 ratings