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The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company

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The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing CompanyThe Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company
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3.66/5
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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
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.4/5
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
192
pDev:
8.41%
 
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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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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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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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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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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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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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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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The Reservoir / Big Tree Brewing Company in Waterbury, VT
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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