The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company

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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:
3
Ratings:
9
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
185
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
3.94%
 
 
Taps:
38
Bottles/Cans:
27
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 185
Reviews by Hibernator:
Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had originally intended to go to The Alchemist for a beer and lunch, but they didn't open until 3 PM. My Plan B was The Reservoir, which I knew was right down the street.

This place is located in the center of town. The inside is a big open space filled with tables and chairs. Nice dark wood with a simple modern decor. The bar area is pretty limited with seating. They may have live music, I did notice a PA system set up.

The Reservoir has a really good selection of beer. You can expect about 30 diverse drafts. They offer an organized beer list with information on the beers as well as BA ratings, which I thought was pretty cool. They also feature the 'Vermont Sampler' which is four 5 oz. samples from any Vermont based breweries. You gotta appreciate the allegiance to the plentiful VT beer scene.

Draft highlights included Allagash White, Delerium Tremens, Dogfish Head Red & White, Hill Farmstead Abner, North Coast Old Rasputin, Ommegang Hennepin, Shed Mountain Ale, Smuttynose IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (2008), Victory Hop Devil and Southern Tier 2X IPA. They also offer about 30 or so bottles with some desirable speciality imports.

Food was really good and we're talking super fresh food, which simply tastes so much better. I would say one of the best features of this place is the emphasis on quality. The beer I had was fresh and served in appropriate glassware.

This place is solid and certainly worth checking out of the in area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smartassboiler
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of coz
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Abbbp
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SweetChicken
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A good place, the vibe is a bit boisterous when crowded. 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 third choice.

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Photo of MilaMila
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +13%
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 -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WesM63
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brian29
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of indianabeerman
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of scxcrunner
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of sunofneurot
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of coldriver
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Went here on night one of our two night stay at the Old Stagecoach Inn. Despite being Saturday night the place wasn't particularly crowded, perhaps because of the September tourist lull between summer and leaf season. Fantastic tap list of course - Hill Farmstead, Lawsons, and a host of other Vermont selections, but we loved the food as well. The poutine in particular was awesome, as was the salmon. We went to Prohibition Pig the next night which was wonderful as well, but overall we preferred Reservoir as Pig was crowded with spotty service.

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Photo of blisscent
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ajlvt
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company in Waterbury, VT
3.85 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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