Big Fatty's BBQ / Crowler Pit

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Big Fatty's BBQ / Crowler PitBig Fatty's BBQ / Crowler Pit
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Big Fatty's BBQ / Crowler PitBig Fatty's BBQ / Crowler Pit

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

186 S Main St
White River Junction, Vermont, 05001
United States

(802) 295-5513 | map

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Added by jhavs on 06-25-2016

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of TheDoctor
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place was quite the surprise. A big, buzzing, barbecue joint across the parking lot from River Roost with an excellent taplist and a little craft shop attached to the side. There is just about everything BBQ you can think of and the food was about as good as it gets. The taplist and bottle list featured a very thorough (to my eyes at least) cross-section of NE/East coast beers with some classics (UFO, Allagash) and some modern classics (HF, Lawson's). Attached to the restaurant is a little mini-store with a decent-sized crowler fill station, a cooler full of new-fangled local NEIPA and a really disparate selection of other styles from brewers from across the US and around the world. The staff was very friendly and helpful and there were actually quite a few beers I'd never heard of or seen before which is a good sign if we're talking about what is effectively an oversized coatroom at a restaurant.

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Photo of smb71481
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Started here today; 1/12/2018.
BBQ sandwich was superb! Coleslaw was done nice and crisp and the rest of the smells all around seemed absolutely legit. I had a great vibe from this place since I'm a bit of a country boy myself. I can see why "city slickers" wouldn't like this place, but I get it, to each their own, whatever, I'm only noting so that people like that don't come in here and "down rate" this place to their "pretentious" ways.
Quality was superb with a fabulous selection of high end-ish sort of beers, yes, they do have some of that BMC stuff to cater to those types of people but still, the selection I tend to go for was there as well - the Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, Good Measure, and Zero Gravity were the ones I noticed the most.
If I lived in the White River Junction area, I'd make this my go to place as I was even impressed with their little "crowler pit" off to the right before you walk in.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of lochraneg
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A sandwich shop with a killer tap list... they were having a HF tap takeover when I was there.. nuts. Counter order, food delivered to communial tables. Had the catfish...meh. Another plus: their across the parking lot from River Roost.

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Trevlawson
4.56/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great local beer selection. Great bottle shop and Crowler fills attached. Great barbecue.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

You can get some hard to find Vermont brews here. Hill's, Fiddlehead, and even brews from next door at River Roost Brewery; one of the best new breweries in the Country. Big Fatty's is a BBQ place. I had their brisket which I thought was a little over cooked. But the beans were A1.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jhavs
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Good, old fashioned BBQ. Order at the counter and they will bring it to your table. Sliders are excellent. They have all the norms including ribs/pulled pork/brisket/brined chicken/burnt ends and a few other options including burgers, dogs, wings, catfish.

The vibe is comfortable with some large tables and counter space. A small front porch has about 6 tables for outdoor seating.

The taplist is one of the best in the Upper Valley area. A few from Hill Farmstead, Foley Bros., and some national options as well. They also have some decent can and bottle choices. The beers are served in shaker pints, which is not my favorite, but at least you know you are getting your moneys worth.

The food and beer prices are pretty fair. The food is large portions, I brought home as much as I ate.

Also, as a bonus, there is a small but quality bottle shop attached and accessible through the main entry way. They have local and national craft bottles and cans as well as about 15 taps available for crowler fills.

The location is right near the up and coming downtown WRJ area and in the same parking lot as River Roost Brewery, which is worth a stop.

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Big Fatty's BBQ / Crowler Pit in White River Junction, VT
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 11 ratings