McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's BreweryMcNeill's Brewery
BA SCORE
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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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by mltobin:
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3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

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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 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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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%

Photo of KingCobra686
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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