Prohibition Pig

Prohibition PigProhibition Pig

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

23 S Main St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1863
United States

(802) 244-4120 | map

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Photo of Jodi215
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had dinner here while visiting VT. on vacation. Love the location, Waterbury is a cute little town. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is upscale rustic and comfortable except for the noise. The noise from the bar which isn't separate from the dining room was horrible. Quality of experience was great except for the noise. Service was friendly and reasonably fast. Beer selection was a solid 4. My son had a list of four beers he wanted to try while in VT. and he found two of them at this brewery. My husband had a Prohibition Pale Ale and he loved it. The food was exceptionally good, I had the chopped pork sandwich and it was delicious as was the brisket sandwich. Both could have been a little bigger. My son had a special lamb dish that he really enjoyed. I also ordered a side of Maple baked beans and they were fantastic. My only complaint was the lack of a sweet BBQ sauce. They had three sauces and all were very spicy and not sweet. The maple sauce in the beans would make a great sweet bbq sauce. We would return here.

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Photo of Cascade77
2.66/5  rDev -38.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

Very nice decor and theme. Average BBQ at above average prices. Service was slow. Half full at lunch time with three people behind the bar, but one girl was doing ALL the work. The beers are very brewpubish. A couple were average a couple really not good (thin, muddy hopping, out of balance etc). Lots of gimmicky styles. Brewer needs to master the fundamentals first. Prices are high and 13 ounce pours really annoying.

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

What can I say about the Pig that hasn't already been covered?

Small place, but I love the atmosphere. Well-decorated and appointed. Music plays in the background, but it's low enough to easily support conversation.

The quality of the beer is nonpareil. I've been twice, both on a weekend, and Heady Topper was on tap each time. Other VT breweries (HF, Lost Nation, et al) are featured as well. Schlitz seems to be a mainstay. Other US craft breweries make an appearance, as well (Stone, Ommegang, Stillwater, etc.).

Service is not particularly great, but it's not bad, either (at the bar; I can't speak for the tables). The bartenders are very knowledgeable about the local VT breweries, which is awesome.

Selection is not huge, but what they have is fantastic. It's not a small tap lineup, for the record; just not mind-bogglingly large. You will find something you like. My most recent trip, they had several IPAs/DIPAs, a DIPL, multiple sours/wilds, Belgians, at least two stouts, and more. Basically, all your bases were covered.

Food at the Pig is excellent, period. If you enjoy good barbecue (which is about the meat, not the sauce), you will probably not be disappointed. My only compliant is that portions are very, very small, and sides are typically extra. The food was enough at the time, but I found myself hungry again within an hour.

Prices are solid. Again, food portions are small, so the food is too pricey, but beer prices are very solid for the quality, and they offer half-pours of everything, which is absolutely awesome, especially if you're in the mood to try a bunch of beer without breaking the bank (or liver).

I was amazed to find that this establishment is actually quite new. It has the reputation and feel of an old veteran on the scene, and if you visit, you'll undoubtedly feel the same way. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place looks just like the old Alchemist, before they got flooded out. Kind of a long, narrow room. The bar and high tops are on the right, the dining area is on the left. Lots of wood, a black ceiling.

A huge beer selection. Over twenty beers on tap, and over one hundred bottles. It was difficult to choose. I stayed with the Vermont scene and had HF Citra pale ale and HF Everett (a phenomenal porter). My wife had a couple sour beers.

Not that much on the menu for vegans. If I was a carnivore, there seemed to be plenty of selections with a lot of BBQ. We had a veggie burger made from rice with arugula and a tomato confit, which was excellent.

We ate lunch there on a Saturday, and the place filled up fast. Still, we had excellent service.

Definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of the trifecta of great beer bars in Waterbury. A must stop.

They do beer well here, but it's not the only thing. They have a killer cocktail menu, as well as some good down home BBQ. The food is a bit expensive, but not crazy.

The tap list is very nice- not quite as big as The Reservoir, but about the same size as Blackback. They always have Heady on tap, as well as some choice HF and other Vermont goodies. They had a 2011 Stone IRS on tap when I went, had to try that.

A good, almost industrial atmosphere. Service was good, but not great- they didn't really stop to chat with us much, unlike the Blackback.

Worth a stop for sure.

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Photo of maltman24
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

What can I say about the Pro-Pig that hasn't already been said here! Amazing beers paired with simply amazing food. This place is a freakin' gem. Very small but packed with so much goodness. If amazing food, drink and atmosphere were to a restaurant as gravity is to a star, this place would implode! It's the neutron star of restaurants! (That's a good thing)!!!
For the food... three words: duck fat fries
For the beer...three words: Hill Farmstead Everett

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Ski Pilgrimage to Vermont on the beer trail. Had to visit the prohibition pig.

Place was crowded at 7pm on a Friday night but managed to find two seats at the bar. First serving, heady topper. Delicious , citrus and pine hops, very smooth. Rest of the trip is icing on the cake. Ordered the duck fat fries and Pro Pig sandwich ground porK patty , shredded pork BBQ and cole slaw on a bun! Exceptional and recommended. Great BBQ sauces: vinegar, mild and. Habanero. My son had the Vermont crAft macaroni and cheese , excellent. Hill farmstead James, Everett and Edward. All very, very , very good. Everett my new favorite. Great food and beer, must visit

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Photo of slander
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

And as the rain had let up, I walked on over, is all. It’s jammin’ this Monday evening, and I can see there’s only one seat left at the bar. It’s next to a girl who although she’s facing the other direction, can be only be Jen Schwertman. And she’s got a better road story than me, again (fucker!) Oh, you’re up here brewing, sure, yeah, nice...

You know, it looks surprisingly like the brewpub past. Telephone shaped bar, light laminated wood topped with a black trim, panel base, and foot box; seating for a baker’s dozen on highback chairs. The barback holds a pair of stainless steel bar towers side by side below a center window; each with a dozen taps on non-descript handles, although their actual handles are curiously mounted directly behind. Phat wood shelving on steel frame uprights to both sides, running up where the ladder slides for the high reachables. Booze, books, old bottles, jarred presumingly pickled things, barrels, the quintessential Westy case crate, drinking vessels, figurines.

Large logo piggy prohibition done up in the windows, brownie slat wood walls, 1” tile floorings along the bar, slat wood to the rear, and a black slat ceiling. Front vestibule split, and the dining side separated from the bar side by a bar counter on a solid divider. A pair of square hightop tables angled in the front corner, and twice that to the rear of the bar. On the dining side, 10 rectangular tables in 2 rows; 5 & 5, and a larger bowling lane table to the rear. A 4x6 ‘keep calm and drink whiskey’ blackboard piece up front with shirts displayed, cow, chicken, & pig drawings on the far wall, and light prints otherwise. Stained glass pint of crazy piece over the rear exit, barrels and crates above the bathroom ledgings. Wide cylinder lamps over the bar and some small drop spots. Glass candles on the bar, the tables, and the dividing sill.

2 dozen taps; a handful of local Vermont heroes (Zero Gravity Conehead IPA, Hill Farmstead Edward, Lawson’s Paradise Pale Ale, Lost Nation Gose), regional New England play (Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger, Hoponius Union India Pale Lager, Leisure Time Lager, & Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Smoked Maple Lager, Mystic Table Beer, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Allagash White), craft beyond (Victory Swing Session Saison, Sixpoint Resin, DogFishHead Noble Rot & Festina Peche, Founders all Day IPA & Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas WTF, Sierra Nevada Summerfest & Torpedo), and then a single import (Hofbrau Original), retro (Schlitz 60’s Formula), root beer (Rookies Root Beer), and draft coffee (Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee). Drafts are served in ‘full’ (12 or 16oz, depending), or ‘half’ (of whatever full is). I did halves of Lost Nation Gose (does not suck), Mystic Table Beer (easy drinking saisoniness, wants to be Avril when it grows up), Jack’s Abbey Leisure Time Lager & Hoponius Union (where awesome is at), Lawson’s Paradise Pale Ale, & Zero Gravity Conehead IPA.

When I saw the chicken & biscuits go by, I knew they would be mine (oh, yes, they will be mine). A trio of little fried chickeny things on baby buttermilk biscuits with raw honey. They were made of good, I gone ‘et them. And this last time I had a kickin’ chicken pot pie, served with a killer biscuit.

Over 3 subsequent visits this year, I’ve taken in shortys of Alchemist Heady Topper (Yes, Heady Topper happens here on draft sometimes. It was the house, after all) & Ouroboros, Lawson’s Big Hoppy, Trapp Lodge Dunkel Lager & Trosten Bier, Zero Gravity Narconaut, Grassroots Legitimacy & Artic Saison, Lost Nation Petit Ardennes & Rustic Ale, Hill Farmstead Abner & Edward, Fiddlehead IPA, Mystic Lazy Jane, & Allagash Confluence.

Greeeat taps, plus 9 wines, and cocktails too. Jeff behind the bar. Where could I know him from? Zero Gravity, back in the day? Maybe, think so, don’t know. And the other server people know their game and deal it well. Still an excellent house, good eats, excellent drink, but makes me sad for the Wild Child days. Burlington or sleep? And where’s that damn hotel, anyway?

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Photo of stephens101
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Cold and snowy Monday night in the village of Waterbury. Plenty of seating available. Atmosphere is a mix of classic British pub and modern beer-bar chic. I can see a turn-of-the (19th) century drug store inhabiting this space in the past. You can seat yourself in the bar area or be seated in the more formal dining area, which was set off to the left.

Nice, eclectic tap list that is obviously well chosen; featuring the Siren/Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller collaboration, other Hill Farmstead delights, some Lawson's (no Double Sunshine) and top-notch regionals as well as a concise choice of Imports and Nationals. The girlfriend had the chicken pot pie which was filling, yummy and hit the spot right on for the weather. Being a wanna-be foodie I had the foie gras, and felt a bit guilty; an emotion that was quickly cured by a few more good beers.

Prices seemed fairly reasonably if not a bit high, but nothing to gripe about. The service was decent as far as timeliness, but if you're looking for congeniality, go somewhere else. The bar tender was arrogant, if not downright condescending to me. I may not be the most sophisticated of beer drinkers, but I know what I want, and I have a good idea of what I'm getting. I welcome suggestions, and enjoy chatting about the brew, but don't talk down to me, and don't try and short-change me on a cash transaction. All that being said, the waitress was nice and helpful.

Towns this small aren't supposed to have beer bars this good.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

By far the best location in Waterbury.

Great atmosphere. We were able to get a table quickly by the bar, and were taken care of very well by the bartender. I greatly enjoyed my food (pulled pork platter), but other in my party were a little less enthusiastic.

Most important part... had Hill Farmstead Edward, Harlan, and Susan on tap. Susan was not available at Hill Farmstead brewery during th same time time, so I had the opportunity to try it there. They also offered half-pours which allowed me to try several different beers. We apparently just missed it Lawson's Hopzilla (keg was tapped), and Heady was not on tap at the time.

Highly recommended.

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

Three days in Waterbury on my beercation and I went here twice. Pro Pig is where you can allegedly sometimes find Heady Topper on draft, or maybe Lawson's Double Sunshine, or one of the Hill-Farmstead gems. None of these were available on my visits, but other VT brews were plentiful and pleasing to my Norcal hopaholic palate. 25-ish taps obviously changing day by day. Really personable staff, conversant in craft beers, nice bottled liquor bar as well, and best comfort food I had in Waterbury.

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Photo of sirsteve42
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was probably my tenth time to the pig and it gets better every time. While spending a week in waitsfield on a family vacation we stopped by for lunch. I started off lunch with a lost nation oktoberfest which was probably the best I have had of the style. Another great brewery out of Vermont kicking out some great beers. Back to lunch...I had the brisket sandwich which was excellent and the service couldn't have been better. My family and I worked our way through the taps for the remainder of the afternoon and had a blast. The pig is a must if you are in the waterbury area.

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Photo of shehateme
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I want to move to Waterbury VT perfect small town USA . The pig is a great spot to grab some unbelievable beers and some great Q .Having heard about this place the waitress coudnt bring the tap list fast enough (and she was lightning fast) . Once I put a Lawson's to my lips I was finally at ease, but carefully studied the jaw dropping list for the next ten minutes plotting my next few beers. Waitress was super fast and unbelievably attentive coudnt ask for better service!!! I had a brisket sandwich that was real good not very big and a little pricy considering it was a la cart. The group I was with split an order of wings that were phenomenal you can tell they use fresh locally sourced ingredients with quality in mind . I have been cooking barbeque for well over ten years ,and competing in bbq competitions the last 3 years so I'm a little bit of a "Q" snob not to mention ridiculously sick of eating barbeque , but enjoyed my meal very much . Three plus hours is a long ride for lunch but this place is well worth it

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Photo of jayhunter357
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by after the Hill Farmstead bottle release and also hitting the Alchemist for some Heady Toppers!

Great bar and restaurant setup...a little small but cozy.

Waitress was quick to set us up and was very friendly.

Food menu was a little on the small side but the food that the group ordered all received great reviews. Beer list was very diverse and had many of the beers you would expect a VT bar to have.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice stop to have a quick bite to eat and enjoy a few excellent beers.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon around 5pm. Was able to quickly grab a few seats at the bar. nice, dimly lit bar area with a decent amount of tables behind the bar patrons. Quick and attentive service. Very nice selection with a bunch of VT beers on tap. Half servings available which is always a plus. Shared some wings, pretzel knots and hush puppies. All were very good though the wings were a tad dry. Still all in all a very positive experience. FYI-the flooding after Hurricane Irene left the water in the place up to the taps we were informed....amazing to think when you sit there. Well worth the trip, especially since you went to Alchemist and there was no Heddy Topper!! ;-)

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Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Came here after dropping the family @ Ben & Jerry's factory.

Very nice rustic ambiance, cozy, a little small. Lots of breweriana including a Westy tray. Draft list is expansive, spanning different genres: Schlitz, He'brew, Evil Twin, Hopfenstark, etc... with loads of locals like Hill Farmstead, Fiddelhead, Von Trapp, and more. Prices are very reasonable for half and full pours. Didn't have any food but it did look delicious. Bartenders were very nice and attentive. Will be coming back here for sure and will probably bring the family next time!

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Photo of scotorum
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this onetime Alchemist brewery/brewpub which changed hands when tropical storm Irene wrecked the brewery in the basement in 2011. The Alchemist moved to a new bigger brewery/retail store north of town, which was our next destination after dinner.

The Pig was a main stop on our impromptu August 17th Great Craft Beer of New England Tour. There for an early dinner.

Fun storefront with potted and hanging plants and the logo on the big display windows, plus a high-mounted wonderful lifesize metal (?) pig with a huge butcher knife looming over his head. Smallish interior with around twenty tables and a bar seating maybe a dozen, if I recall correctly.

Had heard this place can be jammed during peak hours, but Saturday at 5 was apparently not quite in that category. We were quickly seated at one of several empty tables.

Beer selection was of course to die for. Heady Topper, two Lawson's including Double Sunshine, and two Hill Farmsteads including Edward. plus a lot of other great beers. I chose three eight ounce servings (I was driving and we had not planned to stay overnight). HT, DS and Lawson's Maple Wheat, the last because I thought my IPA-hating wife might like it,- and because I missed seeing Edward on there until we were about to leave LOL.

Food was ok, barbeque is a specialty but I thought the brisket was rather toughish and too dry, although adding some of their Southern sauce helped. The peel-and-eat jumbo shrimp platter which my wife ordered was excellent. And so were the Double Sunshine and Heady Topper!

Being able to try HT and DS after being totally shut out at three (later three more including the HT brewery store) stores which usually stock them this time of year was a real trip-saver. Thank you Pig People of Waterbury!

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Photo of Father_Raybob
3.31/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My wife, nine month old son and I walked in and were greeted and seated promptly. There was water on the table immediately as the the server asked if we would like to have a drink. The bottle menu is incredible; to the point where I wonder how "aged" the beers were that I could order.

The BBQ pork butt sandwich was perfect and messy. My wife enjoyed the veggie burger and was quite surprised to find that it had been made in-house. The duck fat fries are perfect.

I ordered the Allagash White along with my wife as it was on tap. For a second beer I ordered a bottle of Petrus Oud Bruin. It was brought to the table and I was expected to pour; not a problem but it took away from the service aspect.

Service was swift but lacking finesse. This is not a major issue just something to address as the years progress.

Incredible liquor bar available. HUGE selection there as well.

Just down the street is the Green Mountain Coffee visitor center and one of their roasting plants that gives tours. Awesome coffee. Manager is from Knoxville, TN and very nice to talk with about coffee.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Came in solo on a Wednesday evening for dinner and burs...

Lucked out on seat at the bar, as the place was still jumpin at 8pm.

Wait staff was busy, but not stressed. Good recommendations to me and others.

Food - dry rub wings were truly dry... But good and smoky. Had with a HF Edward. Got the Carolina BBQ sammy and it was phenomenal! I've been to Hickory, NC (and all over the Carolinas for that matter) and this ranks at/near the top - I believe it had a pickled-cabbage mixed in. Washed it down with an Allagash Confluence which was the absolute perfect pairing.

Unfortunately, the draft section this evening had no Lawson's, no Heady, and only 1 HF (Edward)... Which I personally didn't care that much about since I stopped at HF and Alchemist on the way here. (Heading to other places to find Lawson's later)

This place has something for everyone. Great (looking) house cocktails, awesome craft beer, terrific (and reasonably priced) food, solid service, and a top notch atmosphere.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited on 8/16/13 - in Vermont from New Jersey to get Heady Topper and other beers. Of course the brewery ran out before we got there. We fared better here and found a few Heady Topper cans later at a (offically licensed by the Alchemist) retail location we're not going to disclose.

A) We got in shortly after 11:30 and they had plenty of seats. Really filled up by 12:15 or so. Looked like a mixture of tourists and townies. Good, upbeat feeling on a nice day.

Q) Not entirely sure what this refers to, but the place is clean, everything appears to be locally-sourced and top-quality.

Service) The hostess and our waitress were great and nothing took overly long. Folks who were seated after noon did appear to be experiencing more than a bit of a wait. They may be a bit understaffed.

Selection) Food selection is great - about 8 appetizers, over a dozen sandwiches and other specials for lunch, 5-6 desserts. Menu is online and changes frequently. Libations selection is simply off the charts - they were out of a few on-tap beers, but the remaining selection is impressive and they had plenty of Heady Topper in cans. Plenty of local & international beers, wines, and spirits.

Food) Quite good. I had the GLT (guanciale, lettuce, & tomato) and duck fat fries, buddy had the pulled pork sandwich and duck fat fries. My sandwich tasted good but they put too much aioli on (less is more, guys) and it was turning into a bit of a soggy mess. Pulled pork sandwich and fries very good. The berry rhubarb crisp for dessert is excellent. The Heady Topper was my first taste of the brew and it's everything people say it is.

Value) As an Acela corridor guy, I found the prices to be great for what you're getting. Maybe they're high for the area, but I wouldn't know.

Four thumbs up for The Prohibition Pig.

2nd visit August 5, 2015

Got there right after 5 PM for dinner. They've grown with the brewery in back and their own beer on tap. Tried their Bantam DIPA and it's very good. Also had a Hill Farmstead and a Lawson's (we've gotten better at scoring Heady Topper cans and had no need for them). The small pours are a huge plus if you want to try a few things and get home safely.

Chopped Carolina BBQ plate is very good, collard greens were good, potato salad OK.

Upgraded ratings now having seen the place in action twice. Service is very good; I have yet to see evidence for complaints.

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Photo of woooobeer
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great joint. I took a weekend trip from New Jersey on a Heady mission :) We stopped at this place the last night we were in and it was awesome, great beers.. i mean GREAT. The food was awesome! Employees were awesome as well. Ill be back very soon !!

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Photo of adjunctlager
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This is a must stop for dinner with an amazing beer local and overall craft beer list. I especially like the way they serve the beers; giving the choice for a cheaper and smaller taster if you're not sure. Food is excellent; service is solid and friendly. Great atmosphere and clean.

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Photo of HopsintheSack
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I really enjoyed this place. Great atmosphere, great service, awesome selection of local beers.

The tap list had heady, 4 HF brews, 5 Lawson's, and several other locals brews. I love the support of local brews, but could have one or two great non local brews to round it out. Maybe additional taps are needed to support the idea though.

I had the chopped pork sandwich and duck fat fries. Both were awesome, but the pepper infused vinegar was the winner for me. Went so well with a chinooker'd IPA from Lawson's.

Hats off to your establishment! I will be back.

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Photo of RichD
4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Came here on 7/5/13 after learning that The Alchemist brewery ran out of Heady Topper (even though I was planning on going to Prohibition Pig regardless.)

Walked in around lunch time with my girlfriend. Walked though about 3/4s of the restaurant to the host table where we were greeted after about 30 seconds. A very nice woman told us that it would be a 10-15 minute wait. It was understandable because it was the Friday after a major holiday.

The scent of smoked woods flooded the establishment and smelled absolutely divine. While waiting, I figured I'd grab the beer menu and see what they had on tap so I could order myself and my lady something for the wait. I quickly skimmed and instantly saw Heady Topper. I decided to not look any further and got myself one. The girlfriend had me order here a half size of the Jack's Abby Leisure Time Lager. Had to pay at the bar before we were seated, so I did just that.

Upon being led to our seat by another nice young lady, we skimmed through the menus. I instantly gravitated to the BBQ beef brisket sandwich. My girlfriend had a tough time deciding so she asked the waitress her preference between 2 meals and the waitress recommended the turkey burger without second thought. We placed our order and while we were waiting for the waitress to come back to take that order I took a longer look at the draft list. BY FAR the best taplist I have ever seen in my life. I don't remember all, but they had Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, Allagash James Bean, Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude 5, Founders Imperial Stout, Maine Beer Co Peeper, Allagash Victor(ia) (not sure which), DFH Festina Peche, Jack's Abby Leisure Time Lager, & Hoponius Union. I've had a few of those, but I really could've ordered the whole damn list.

Anyways, I ordered a Double Sunshine to come out with my food. When the food did arrive, it was delivered on metal trays with deli paper or whatever it is. I got my brisket sandwich with the shoestring fries, which were a little different than I thought they would be. They were more like sticks, instead of the curly shoes strings that I'm used to. Regardless, the fries and the sandwich were absolutely awesome. Being a person who really likes BBQ food, I can see why some may not like the brisket. To me it was awesome. A juicy, tangy, smoky taste just erupted from my sandwich. My girlfriend also loved her turkey burger.

As for price, I got 2 full size beers, 2 half size and my girlfriend got 2 half sized beers. We also each got a lunch meal that was about 12-15 bucks. The total bill was probably around 40 bucks or so. I thought it was a great value, especially because of the 4 beers that I've been dying to try even before I walked through the door. Even reviewing the taplist now online, I know that I was incredibly fortunate to stroll in on the day I did.

To those who were disappointed about selection, I'd say definitely give this place another chance because they are definitely capable of having some heavy hitters on tap. Oh and as I said, if you're a BBQ lover then this place could become a new favorite place. I know that the next time I take the 4 hour drive to Vermont, Prohibition Pig is one of the must visit places for me.

Oh and BTW I definitely wrote too much. Take it for what it is, though.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

This is a must-stop location when visiting Waterbury if you love BBQ. The beer selection is excellent and the food is even better.

Atmosphere is great - upscale and clean, a little different than the other spots in town. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The number of beers on tap isn't going to blow you away but the quality is excellent. When I was there, the taps featured the likes of Lawson's, Heady Topper, HF, Allagash and more. They also had good representation across different types of styles and some beers that paired well with the food, especially the smoked lager. Will definitely return here on my next trip to Waterbury.

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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
3.86 out of 5 based on 669 ratings.
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