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 currysage1:
Photo of currysage1
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Been to this establishment many times over the years. Do yourself a favor, get a room at the Latchis and stay the night. You won't want to leave once you've started.

Some people believe that the rustic look means a place is shabby and beneath them. I don't think so, not if that is what the place is going for.

Nice long pub tables, a throne fit for a king, darts, ring toss game ( my favorite ). They brew many different beers ranging from Pilsners to Oatmeal Stouts. They have won numerous awards for their beer over the years. No I don't work for them, I just want some good light to shine on them.

Yes it can be true that the locals get preference over everyone else. So what, saddle up to the bar order a beer like you know what your talking about, strike up a conversation and your part of the crowd. Thats all you need.

Food is so-so, but that isn't exactly what you'll be going there for now is it?

I gave good numbers to quality, and to selection. I did this for the simple fact that everytime I'm there I have 3 or 4 pints of different brews and end up bringing 2 growlers home with me to boot. Not once have I gotten a bad beer.

Try the Slopbucket Brown, or the Firehouse Red.

And the "guitars" on the wall are paddles.

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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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