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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Added by Jason on 03-13-2012

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 372
Photo of droogs
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Enough can't be said for this establishment, great staff, great food and a deep selection of some local beers...I didn't want to leave!!! Their brisket was delicious and they also put out a killer burger too! Did I mention Lawson's and Hill Farmstead offerings on tap, as well as cans of Heady Topper? I shall return! !

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

Close by to the Alchemist brewery (Heady Topper) in Waterbury VT and Trapp Family Lodge brewery in Stowe VT. The Prohibition Pig is probably equal to Max's Taphouse in Baltimore and Falling Rock in Denver as far as the quality of micro brews it offers, and the food is out of this world. Just looking at their food pictures will make you drool. You also have a couple of other pubs right near by if you want to bar hop. In addition you have a new Craft Beer Cellar right next door where you can buy all the really hard to find brews.

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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 QCHopper
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Having been all around town looking for the best spot to grab a beer I would say the Pro Pig is my number one stop. It is a smaller venue so if you want to eat you have to get there early. The food is fantastic and they also have vegetarian and gluten free options along with some nice cuts of meat. The draft list is always packed with local favourites and they have a few lines with their own brews. The brewery is just out back and you can walk in and grab some growlers/crowlers.

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Photo of JGLittle
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Great food and great tap list. I like that you can order half pints to maximize trying a variety of the selection they have. Will recommend to friend and will happily go there again.

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Photo of Vermont-the-Trader
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you haven't gone, GO!!
Chad and the gang are all wonderful folks, and what a way to keep a iconic location .

Food - eastern Carolina bbq = Homerun! Great quality meat and local veggies. So, bring the wife or who ever, they'll still love the food even if beer isn't they're "thing."

24 taps of pure gold. This place must have a licence to print $$$.

Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper and Lawson's all in one location.

Why are you still reading this post? Reread, the last line above, and then smack
for not being there already!

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Photo of captainkrad
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome! Everything about this place is first rate! Amazing food, insane beer list, and cool atmosphere. If I lived in Waterbury I would be really overweight...

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Photo of beerjunky413
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Beer lovers mecca. Expect 2-4 Hill Farmstead beers, 3-5 Lawsons beers and most times Heady on tap plus a bunch of amazing stuff from across the country and a few international beers on tap. Weekends can get a bit crazy with the wait but the food is really good. Great bbq, appetizers and burgers. Hit up the craft beer cellar across the street after to bring home a few bottles.

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Photo of amano_h
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

For beer enthusiasts that make their way to Waterbury due to its proximity to and convenient location as the center of the "IPA Highway," it doesn't get much better than the Prohibition Pig, given its long history with John Kimmich (if you call here after hours, the answering machine still courteously provides you with the number to the Alchemist Cannery) and the fact that you can find all three brews of the VT IPA trifecta here almost every day of the week, given that the day of the week is close to a Lawson's distribution day.

But for those of us that are IPA-impaired, much like my friends who didn't want to make the 400-mile ride up here with me; Prohibition Pig is probably "the spot" in Waterbury, VT -- come here on a weeknight and you will find yourself amazed with all the people that have all seemingly come out of nowhere, given the size of Waterbury, VT.

The people, however, show up for good reason -- as you may have surmised from the many reviews before this one, ProPig serves up some awesome barbecue, has a great selection of smoked meats, which includes a rotating charcuterie menu, and of course, everything and anything conducive as food worthy of pairing with some of the best beer to have graces this earth, all made and cooked up with ingredients from the Green Mountain State.

I came to ProPig for both dinner and Friday lunch, and it was easily the best meals I've had all week (at least on the American side of the border); my only regret is that not every town in the world has a Prohibition Pig of its own -- it could very well be the solution for world peace.

For those of you that are tl;dr:

-Heady Topper / Numerous Hill Farmstead / Whatever Sean Lawson brews and puts out that week is served here
-Great American fare with fresh Vermont ingredients
-Awesome barbecue

Do yourself a favor and make this a pit-stop after you're done standing in line at Hill Farmstead and are just irritated, tired, and hungry enough that you're willing to eat just about anything. You'll feel like a god among men for having eaten here.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.86/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A must stop when in VT on a beercation - which I usually take twice a year. Within walking distance of several other great craft beer bars as well as the craft beer cellar. Superb BBQ - the sides are excellent as well. Amazing beer list with many options as well as their own brews - which are very tasty. I highly recommend their Vanilla Porter. Stop, grab a bite and a brew, then walk around to the other side - fill some crowlers to take home. I'm headed up next week and you can be sure I will spend some time here and across the street at the Blackback pub.

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

Hands down the best spot for food and amazing beer in Waterbury. Love spending time drinking all the Hill and Lawson's you can imagine as well as Pro Pig beers and all sorts of other great VT and North East offerings. Amazing cocktails and super friendly staff also make this a great spot to spend your entire day.

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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 whartontallboy
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I never got to mention the old Alchemist, which is a shame. That being said, I very much enjoyed my visit to Prohibition Pig. Tap list was maybe a tick below Blackback, but it was still nicely loaded with Hill-Farmstead and Lawson's, as well as Heady Topper and some Zero Gravity offerings.

Food was quite good. I had the pretzels with Heady Topper mustard - deliciously spicy - and the brisket, which was quite nice. The potato salad was also great.

If I lived in Waterbury, I'd probably come in just because the bartenders were so on-point. Great recommendations, funny, jawing with everyone who came in, calling people by name...both bartenders were just on the top of the bartending game. Hard not to smile when dealing with these guys, and they both very clearly knew their beer, as did the owner who stopped to talk about my Cantillon shirt.

Overall, a great place to stop. I'd maybe give it the nod over Blackback because the food is good, but there's really no need to choose between the two.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

monkeybutler was pretty much spot on with his review It's a new and improved version of the Alchemist, less John's beers.

The biggest plus for the Prohibition Pig is something that made The Alchemist the place that we all loved, THE STAFF. Since the staff is primarly Alchemist veterans you feel right at home immediately.

Even if you are not a devotee of beer, wine and spirits, you have got to come here for the southern cooking! I loved the smoke wings and hush puppies and our table had a little bit of everything on the menu and loved it all.

This place is a destination, not just a stop on the tour.

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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 nh2032
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I never got a chance to visit The Alchemist when it was here so I can't compare, but I have to imagine Prohibition Pig is doing it's memory proud.

You walk into the restaurant with the bar area on your right and the seating area to the left. The bar is quite large, but not a ton of tables, putting it on the small side. The decor is all pretty modern and attractive.

Beer selection is upwards of 20 taps with a heavy focus on VT as you'd expect. Apparently this is one of only a couple places you can get draft Heady Topper in a bar. There were also 2 offerings from Hill Farmstead and options from Lawson's, Trapp Lodge, Rock Art, and Zero Gravity. All the beers are offered in full or half pours - an option I absolutely love for a place with a taplist this big. Prices are a bit on the high side, but in line with the other VT craft bars we visited.

The food is focused on smoked BBQ. My wife had a pulled chicken sandwich and I had the chopped BBQ plate. Both were good, but I overdid the hot sauce on mine and paid for it. We had two appetizers which were a little disappointing, but overall the food is still a plus. Service was good and very friendly.

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Photo of liquidlife
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I love the pig and stop whenever I'm in the area. The servers are very knowledgeable and their list is always loaded with my favorites from Hill Farmstead, Lawson's and Heady Topper. They also have one of the most extensive bottle list I have seen anywhere. The food is some of the best I have had at a any craft beer bar. The burgers and brisket are to amazing and their duck fat fries and donuts are to die for.
I miss the Alchemist but what a great replacement.

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Photo of medic25
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Stopped in for a late lunch after the Cabot/B&J tour double with the kids. Really nice atmosphere; ceiling-high stocked bar, rich dark interior without being dingy.
The food was simply outstanding; I had the GLT (Guinciale, lettuce and tomato) with a side of duck fat French fries. One of the most delicious sandwiches I can ever remember eating; my only complaint was that it was a little small, and I would have been happy eating two! My wife was similarly happy with a burger.
There's nothing else that can be said about the beer selection. My huge disappointment was that they were sold out of Heady Topper. The Hill Farmstead Citra that I had to settle for was outstanding; I only hope that I eventually get
to see what the fuss is all about with HT!

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Photo of hudsonheat
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

My favorite restaurant in Vermont. Always an amazing beer list (including half pours). Their food is ridiculous - try the chopped pork with their north Carolina vinegar sauce.

Had pork rinds for the first time ever here - how did I not know about these?

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Photo of JaredSammy
4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you read a bad review for this place I can understand some people may be underwhelmed by the food and beer selection. You would have to be pretty snobbish to not enjoy 3-4 Hill Farmstead options, 2 Lawson's Finest Liquid beers and of course Heady Topper. The food is smaller but you pay less too. a burger was $7 and it was excellent fresh perfectly cooked meat. I am used to NYC prices but for me this place was a great middle of the road price option. Visited twice while in the area. It doesn't hurt that they have two restaurant rooms, a brewery, and next door is the Craft Beer Cellar (which may be the best beer store in Vermont).

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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 Beerasaurus
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped in on Friday afternoon on the way up to Stowe, and after a visit to the Craft Beer Cellar across the street. Decent lunch crowd, looked like a wait for tables and the space is a cool old renovated building. Sat down at the bar and had great service from the bartenders. Tried both Sip of Sunshine on tap and Heady as well as some of the Pro Pig brews, a nice local selection....and 60s Schlitz. Ordered some apps which were delish. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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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 monkeybutler
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My world shattered when Hurricane Irene flooded Waterbury in August of 2011.

Yes, lots of my neighbors lost their homes, businesses and property. Lots of people still haven't quite recovered 7 months later.

But the biggest personal blow for me was that the Alchemist closed. I moved to Waterbury nearly 3 years ago, in part, because of the Alchemist. A walking distance, word-class brewpub with great beer and an inexpensive menu? No brainer.

I know it's insensitive to mourn my loss of a watering hole while other folks lost their homes, but that's how I feel.

I actually told my wife, only half-joking that we might have to move after we found out that the Alchemist wouldn't re-open.

But now we don't have to. Pro Pig is superior in nearly every way to the original Alchemist. I know that's a bold statement.

Not to snub the former chef of the Alchemist, but the Pro Pig's menu is better. I obviously haven't sampled everything, but if my brisket plate, with hush puppies, brussel sprouts and collared greens is any indication - the food is a big step up - for around the same price.

Much to my wife's satisfaction, the food is heavily influenced by Eastern North Carolina style bbq - and some other southern favorites like pimiento cheese, fried green tomatoes.

The atmosphere is at least as good as the Alchemist's. It's obviously shiny and new, but some substantial improvements were made. First- the bathrooms. The new bathrooms are spacious and actually nice. In the Alchemist bathrooms, I wouldn't even wash my hands - they were that filthy, not to mention tiny.

The other big improvement is the addition of more seating, and an actual waiting area. The space seems bigger, while at the same time clearly able to accommodate more patrons. No more pool table!

The beer list is really good. They carry Heady Topper and I'm sure they'll be first in line for any new offerings from John Kimmich. They also have a smattering of rare offerings from Vermont and beyond.

This place isn't the Alchemist. It's better. The only downside is that they don't have all of the old Alchemist beers available. But the tradeoff is worth it.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Pretty renowned Vermont landmark. The food is absolutely outstanding and the tap list is pretty impressive. The brewery is attached to the restaurant in a separate space. Great staff, quick service. Growler and crowler fills available.

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