The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.62/5
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
Ratings:
15
Reviews:
8
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
3.94%
 
 
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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best tap list you will find on the east coast along with the pig...incredible meats to pair...seek it out

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DaveR514
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of amano_h
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Reservoir is 1/3 of the reason why I wished I live in Waterbury. If their amazing beer selection (including the VT trifecta of Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson's Finest Liquids on tap) isn't enough to chide you over, the fact that all the ingredients used in this establishment are fresh and bought locally from farmers and merchants in the Green Mountain State should be able to assuage any non-beer enthusiast to this restaurant as well.

I ordered the Shed Burger and asked my server how else I could make my burger a little more Vermontoise. She then pointed out that despite the fact that they have a burger named the 1/2lb Vermont Burger, the Shed Burger is probably as VT as it gets: The beef is from grass-fed Vermont-raised cows, which is flavored with Shed Brewing Company's Mountain Ale; sitting atop the beef patty is molten cheddar cheese from Cabot Creamery down the street; the leaf lettuce, onion, and pickles are all local-farm produced and picked; the English Muffin was apparently the way this burger was originally served by the chef at Shed Brewing Co.'s Brewpub (also made locally); and to top it off, she told me I could even go a step further and add Vermont Smoke & Cure Bacon for good measure.

I am proud to say that I have tasted Vermont at the Reservoir and it is delicious. The slogan on their website says it all -- Fresh Eats, Craft Beer. If eating an affordable world-class meal paired with some of the best brews America has to offer is your thing, then the Reservoir will definitely not disappoint. If good food and good beer isn't quite your thing, then you might as well go jump off a cliff because it appears that you hate life.

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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Had dinner here twice on our April 19-21 Lawson's 4th Anniversary trip.

First floor of the multiple-story early 19th century brick facade right in the center of the beer-famous town's small downtown area. Great old wide set of granite steps lead up to the entrance.

Dark inside, reminiscent of a 19th century tavern. L-shaped bar is in the back center, about a dozen tables and chairs in the main dining area filling the rest of the room. There is also a large back room and a smallish outdoor seating area but we did not venture there.

Menu is good if a little pricey, service ok to fun. We enjoyed the darkish atmosphere in the nearly full dining room on weekend nights. My wife preferred it to the Pig, which she had found a bit too noisy with a relatively unappealing (to her) menu last August when we ate there.

Beer selection is studded with brews from the Big Three local breweries: Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's, plus other up and comers such as Fiddlehead.

This is probably the best choice in Waterbury for a beer geek's relatively "normal" dinner meal.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

My go-to Waterbury local for draft list. I like the roominess, I love the draft list and the food is good too! The most expansive draft list around IMO with the most amount of local beers from The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, Lawsons and others. I've always found the wait staff to be warm and welcoming as well.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I really enjoyed the two occasions I was here -I only drank so no food to mention but the place is spacious with a long bar and the selection is great including some things you might not expect I had a cellared barleywine from Sierra Nevada that was smooth. The service is friendly and attentive and quality is great with all the beer I tasted fresh and well cared for.

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2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of shehateme
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had to stand in line for a while to get through the door for the hill farmstead fourth anniversary but well worth the wait . The wait staff was super attentive considering just how crazy busy the place was that day . I didn't see any of these girls stop moving all day , the kegs were staggered and they did a great job letting us know what was kicked and what was on deck. It's hard to judge an ordinary days tap list would be compare to this, it is the most ridiculous list I have ever seen , the hill brews are everything from Edward cask with Amarillo ,Arthur,Florence, society and solitude 5 ,what is enlightenment ,ephraim ,to civil disobedience 6 , genealogy of morals and fear and trembling .Plus heady , focal banger beezulbub , and Lawson's sip of sunshine . Clearly this place is efficient and well run , to be able to handle a day like this is remarkable .Great job by all the staff to make this such a wonderful event.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of WWJPD
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

We visited 3 times in 2 days... Day 1 in the afternoon we stopped in at all 3 of the "tri-fecta" and split a beer in each to see where we might go for dinner later that evening. We enjoyed a HF Citra on tap. We went back later that Sat night around 8:30. We were told there'd be a short wait to get a table, so we headed to the bar in back. My wife ordered HF Edward and before I got a chance to order anything, our table was ready. I settled up at the bar and we got a table in the back near the pool table. I was already giddy at the tap selection with Hill, Lawson's and Heady Topper on draft that I really didn't see past that. Our server, Chelsea, got us some HF Citra and I was already happy as a clam. Then we ordered the food. I got the fish tacos and my wife got the flank steak. My tacos were very good, but Christine was just in love with the flank steak. It was cooked perfect and she told Chelsea to march into the kitchen and tell the line, "This steak is f***ing incredible", which she promptly did. They jokingly replied back that they didn't appreciate such vulgarity in their establishment ;)

We both got another beer with dinner - Lawson's for me. We struck up a conversation with Chelsea as she was a beer person too, and we relayed our brewery adventures in Burlington to her and she relayed stories of Hill Farmstead(Chelsea is the "phone girl" that had Sean and his mother looking for her lost phone in the snow at HF.)

We could not have been happier with our dinner and beers.

We went back the next day to visit Chelsea again and get some baked mac & cheese to go. I enjoyed what I'd say was one of the best beer flights I'll ever have in my life - HF Edward, HF Citra, Lawson's Sip of Sunshine and Heady Topper.

This place was our kind of spot with a SUPER high quality beer list and high quality bar food at reasonable prices. Besides the heavy hitters of HF, Lawson's and Alchemist on tap, they also had Fiddlehead, Zero Gravity, Switchback, Lagunitas, Allagash, The Bruery(Humulas Lager), Brasserie Dieu du Ciel(Peche Mortel) and Jack's Abbey. I believe they had something like 38 taps online.

This will be our dinner stop(and probably more) for sure next time we are in town.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company in Waterbury, VT
3.62 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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