Prohibition Pig

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Prohibition PigProhibition Pig

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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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2/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.53/5  rDev -43.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2

This might be the most over-hyped restaurant in the beer community.

The food is expensive and disappointing, as is their beer.

It takes a long time to order and an even longer time to get your food.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.54/5  rDev -43.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

In the space that once housed the Alchemist Pub, is the Prohibition Pig, less than a stone's throw away from the Reservoir and the Blackback.

The place seems nice enough, with a medium-sized bar that seats about 15 people, and a dining section to accommodate a decent crowd. Speaking of which, the crowd is typically pretty terrible on busy nights, and this is typically the hot spot in town. The bartenders are friendly and generally knowledgeable, but service is not very consistent, and often downright terrible. As for atmosphere, the place is pretty polished, an indication of the prices, which were a bit on the high side, though nothing overly extraordinary. Beer selection was the high point, with good local selections, Heady Topper noticeably on tap (sometimes) in true tribute to the previous owner. Half-pour options are always a plus. And now of course, they have their own brewery and make their own beer, though none of them are really worth writing home about. And nowadays the tap list is leaning predominantly to their house brews.

Food menu is largely unimpressive. First time visiting, I sampled two items: the wings were skimpy and bland, and the hushpuppies were dry and...bland. Other meals I've had since then have been average to awful. I've actually--on more than one occasion now--seen patrons reject the food they were given, or walk out without eating it. To put it simply: the food here is just consistently bad.

My final word: this place is the tourist trap of beer bars.

I've gone here many times, and each time I'm disappointed more. I finally (just today as of this edit) went in and quickly out for the last time. With lousy service, 4 beers that I tried to order not actually available, and an unimpressive menu...I've had it. This place is NOT GOOD. I actually walked out with my family before we even ordered. And I will not be going back again. Done!

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Photo of yarnbomb
2.64/5  rDev -41.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

After the multiple visits with consistently dismissive service and seriously lacking food, I won't be coming back. No thanks. Everyone else buying into the hype can have my empty seat.

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Photo of Cascade77
2.66/5  rDev -40.6%
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 ThirstyBird
3.15/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place was a bit of a let down on my visit. The tap list was OK but not as good as the other two places in town and of course the Heady was kicked. They had 23 taps but couldn’t find anything that was particularly special so I grabbed an Edward to go with my Brisket sandwich and fries (pretty decent). I used the restroom before I left and when I came back (jacket still on my bar stool my beer was already taken away off the bar. Pretty lame service as the bar was quite empty...I took it as a sign though and decided that I really wasn’t up for reprimanding someone over my last few of ounces of Edward. Next time I will drop in though to give Prohibition Pig a second chance and I hope that it turns out better than this visit though the Blackback is really the place to be I think.

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Photo of Heronn
3.25/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of Father_Raybob
3.31/5  rDev -26.1%
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 xanok
3.51/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75

Went here after stopping at The Alchemist. Anyways, this place was a bit disappointing. Tap selection was good. Food was a bit of a bust.
The Mrs. and I got duck fat fries for an appetizer which were certainly nothing special. I got the Sliced Beef Brisket, which was solid, but again, nothing special. The Mrs got the Chopped Pork BBQ. This was somewhere between bad and terrible. It was much too spicey, and spicey wasn't even noted on the menu for this item. The sides were "meh", but to be fair, I'm not sure how much you can do with hush puppies and potato salad to make them stand out.
For dessert, we got the Pain Perdu, which sort of saved the meal. This was the only standout part of the food.
Beer-wise, the selection is good and since I don't live in Vermont, many were new to me. I went with two Hill Farmstead beers which were both excellent. The taps really had a good variety of styles among them, which is nice to see.
Service was fine. Waitress was attentive but not overly so. Had our beers and food in a timely manner.
Anyways, I wouldn't bother with dinner here. Good for a snack and a few beers. Nothing more.

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Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.56/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of jbeervt
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of dbalsock
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Similar set up to the Alchemist, with not quite enough seating combined with a lengthy bar. Everyone was quite jovial and excited for the food, as they should be. It was friendly, not too noisy and comfortable.

The quality of the food and the beer was great. Wonderful beer choices from around the world with healthy doses of Lawson's, Hill Farmstead, and of course Heady Topper on tap.

The service takes a dive specifically because of how the menu is set up. They're pricey to begin with as far as the beer goes, but they do offer a "half" for a little more than half price. Be warned though, when ordering "a half" of a 12oz beer, you are actually served your "half" in a 3-4 oz glass. It ends up being an exorbitant price for so little beer... $4 for 3oz of Berliner Weisse... not ok.

Again, the selection is great... the barbecue is great and varied, with wonderful sauces on the table.

Oh, and if you were hoping for a return of the alchemist ketchup and fries, you will be disappointed, but not greatly disappointed.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of 2ellas
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of negroobserver
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

prohibition pig was highly recommended by some locals in waterbury, so we decided to give it a chance. The beer menu is stellar. i was thrilled to find Founders' KBS on tap and had to have it. the food on the other hand was lacking. The meat was severely undercooked in my opinion. having enjoyed some fallin-off-the-bone bbq, i was disappointed to find that that was hardly the case here. the mac and cheese had no macaroni, so it wasnt actually mac and cheese. the only good thing were the sweet potato fries.

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Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.81/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

After buying some bottles from Craft Beer Cellar, I stopped over in here and grabbed myself a burger. It was really good and with the variety of sauces that was quite impressive as I had to try them all. I had two of their beers and was quite impressed. When in Waterbury, make sure you stop here.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Kitty corner to two other bars featuring several up and coming Vermont beers. The largest and most bar like of the three. I also have a soft place in my heart to the former site of L'Alchemist. The bar and layout retains some of that flavour. More than enough taps for me here, and the HF and Lawson Liquid offerings were great. A few other good taps. One of my favourites on the trip was the dry hopped Ruination. Service was mixed, its new, and staff may be calmer on a different shift or after the summer buzy period. Still a must stop even if you are in Burlington.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of cherche
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

enjoyed the visit. food was good, pretty solid selection on tap and a nice place but the service (at the bar) was poor. had a bartender that was a little rude...i get that she probably gets annoyed of tourists coming to the bar and asking about heady, HF, Lawsons, etc. but my wife and i generally get along swimmingly with just about every server/bartender we meet and had just left the Rez where the bartender was super friendly and we loved chatting with her...

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Photo of mkyer
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was excited to try the Prohibition Pig, and I'm glad I did, but I left missing the old Alchemist, as I had expected to.

The Alchemist exuded a homey, laid-back, neighborhood vibe. Dim and packed, it was a great place to spend an evening on the (sadly only) two occasions I visited. The Prohibition Pig is considerably more refined. The space is more open and sparser. It's not quite airy, an adjective I reserve for sparse spaces that I enjoy, but feels a bit empty and over-lighted. It's not bad, but compared to the old space, it's a let down. I especially disliked the new light fixtures, which reminded me a bit of the new ones that replaced the old lights I loved so well at the CBC. The blasting music didn't help the vibe, either.

Beer selection was good, and I was glad to see all beers offered in full or half-pints. They had recently had some Hopfenstark takeover, so more than half the menu consisted of their beers. Visiting the Green Mountain State, though, I was looking for some Vermont beers, of which there were plenty of solid options.

The food was excellent, though the portions were fairly small for the price. My pork burger--a special on the board--was unbelievably good, but for $9 I'd like it to come with a side. Oh well, my friend and I split an order of sweet potato fries. While similarly undersized, they were quite good.

Where the Prohibition Pig falters, though, is on the service. We sat at the bar and had a server who I recalled from the Alchemist. He spent most of his time trying to impress the woman sitting next to us, was very slow to get our drinks or food or offer us the check, and seemed to think he was very funny despite being a jackass. He referred to another server as Kenny, whose name I recognize from some of the Alchemist/Prohibition Pig threads. When our server was too busy being full of himself to help us, Kenny came over and was extremely helpful and friendly. Next time I'm in, I'll make sure to sit at his end of the bar.

The Prohibition Pig is a nice enough place, and I have no doubt that I'll be back, but unlike the Alchemist, it's not a place I'd go out of my way for. Something special seems to have been lost.

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Photo of Flashy
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place, great food, great beer. But bartenders are so slow they are working backwards.

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Photo of zotzot
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of lackenhauser
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT
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