The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company

The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing CompanyThe Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company
BA SCORE
33.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.66 w/ 15 ratings
The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing CompanyThe Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 S Main St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1856
United States

(802) 244-7827 | map
waterburyreservoir.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
6
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
15
Liked:
5
Average:
3.66/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
97.4%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
191
Liked:
186
Avg:
4.4/5
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a late Friday afternoon back in mid-July 2011 and sat out on the back patio. Outside patio was packed but remained comfortable with sturdy (non-wobbly) patio tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Atmosphere was slightly diminished by a loud and obnoxious group sitting directly beside us, but still was enjoyable.

Quite an extensive tap list with a lot of Vermont offerings (notables include Hill Farmstead and Trapp), alongside some Stone, Dogfish Head, and Allagash. A solid tap list, but if you're looking for rarities you probably wouldn't be satisfied here.

Service was quite good despite how busy it was on the patio. Quite friendly staff from our experience, and we were taken care of well. For food we had the Vermont burger and chicken sandwich and both were tasty and certainly above-average for pub food. Prices seemed fair and reasonable for food and beverage (including the Vermont Sampler: 20oz for $6).

I'd recommend this place for a relatively inexpensive lunch, and a pretty good tap list to accompany it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Eddiehop
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of philbe311
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.83/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

As far as beer bars in Waterbury, it's this place, Blackback or the BlueStone are usually my 3 recommendations. Their beers are pretty good, the guest taps they get are pretty legit. Yes, to Heady, Focal, S.O.S. and Super Session, but be warned that they don't always keep a whole lot of it and will run out on those 4 beers I just mentioned. They do get a fair amount of rotating HF in here. Bands will come in and play in the evenings which make it a bit louder. I go back when I can when I'm in Waterbury.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped by for dinner after a long drive over from Portland Maine today.

The Reservoir seems like a fairly small location, especially when you walk in and see the small front area and small bar. However, the back dining area and back bar is sizeable, which was a very good thing on the Saturday we stopped in (as the place was pretty much packed the entire time I/we was there). There's a nice informal, relaxed vibe to this place, with a couple of large, flat screen TV's over the bar area. This is great place to hang out with a couple of beer and a snack.

In terms of beer, the pub advertises 39 beers on tap, and based on what I saw on the menu, that seemed about right. the flip side also lists a number of bottle selections as well, but given what I saw on the taplsit, I gave it no more than passing glance. Selection was excellent, mostly focused on local breweries, and including multiple selections from HF and Lawson's. There was also the excellent bone-a-fide pale ale from Boneyard in Bend, which came as a complete shock to me. In any event, that gives you an idea how good the tap list is here. Luckily, there are all kinds of great places to grab a beer in Waterbury, or I'd likely spend all my time here.

In terms of service and food, both were also excellent. Our server was outstanding; she was quick, knowledgeable and engaging. When my wife asked for assistance in making a dinner choice (lot of excellent food options on the menu), she was quick and decisive, with no wish-washy vacillating. She recommended the house meatloaf, which as it turned out, was indeed excellent. I got the venison hunter's pie, which was also quite good. Portions were sizeable (my wife will be eating meatloaf for lunch again tomorrow), and the quality was across the board quite good (got the truffle fries as an appetizer, which were also very good).

This place was great. I only wish we had more time so we could stop by again (but alas, we're leaving after tomorrow). This place is recommended.

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Photo of StoutLover14
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of coz
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Abbbp
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Of the big 3 must to do bars, i'd say this is the newest looking one, proper spacing, and a notable location. Easy to get to once you park somewhere, but the selection wasn't quite as strong as i'd liked.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SweetChicken
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A good place, the vibe is a bit boisterous when crowded. A little run-down and dusty due to constant crowds. Mix of beer tourists and locals. Food is pub style menu. Decent burgers, pretty varied selection. You should be able to find something you will like.

Beer list is good. Their house beers are decent, but with many other great selections its hard to order them first.

They offer flights of selected brews. Some of the best options are not part of the flight options. They update their taplist online pretty regularly.

Lots of options in the area for good beer and good food. This one is decent, but my choice only if I can't get a seat at BB, PP, etc.

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Photo of MilaMila
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

An ENORMOUS tap list of Hill, Lawsons, Fiddlehead, Lost Nation, Zero Gravity, and all things Vermont. Constantly rotating through, along with a pretty sizeable bottle/can list including the ever sought after, highly overrated Heady and Focal. The back bar is a great place to kick back and unwind, while rubbing elbows with beer elitists, beercationers, locals, and VT hill-folk. Eclectic. Sometimes some live music, otherwise great tunes playing always. This is the place you want to go in Waterbury. Oh, and the bartenders are quite rude, and seem to hate the fact that you're there.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Had Sunday lunch next door at the (crowded) Pig. They were out of Focal Banger so we stopped in here. Boy, what a surprise. Not only do they have the most taps (38) in the state, they had the best tap list of the beer bars we visited on our two day beer/brewery tour (Mule, Farmhouse, Pig).

I liked the fact that it was mostly locals including a huge group of families headed off to a girls soccer game. They had all the great VT beers plus bottles of Crooked Stave (CO) which could have kept me here for hours had I not had to drive back to Killington.

Sat at the bar and chatted up a local who entertained us with "back in the day" stories of VT beer and The Alchemist.
Make sure to go to the back of the bar to check out the Heady Topper pool table light. Only in Waterbury.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WesM63
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My favorite of the Waterbury bars. This place as big and lively. The beer menu is outstanding, with all of the big names you come to the area looking to try. I met several very friendly bartenders and customers here. If you want an active spot in the town, this is your place.

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Photo of Brian29
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of indianabeerman
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company in Waterbury, VT
Brewery rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 15 ratings
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