Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Brewing Co.Willimantic Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
3.9/5
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677 Ratings
Willimantic Brewing Co.Willimantic Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

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

967 Main St
Willimantic, Connecticut, 06226-2330
United States

(860) 423-6777 | map
willibrew.com

Notes:
AKA - Main Street Café

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BEER STATS
Beers:
101
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
677
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.3/5
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
160
pDev:
8.14%
 
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 106
Reviews by albern:
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

There isn't that much in Willimantic so this place definitely fills a void. There are unfortunately too many empty storefronts and check cashing type places. There are a few restaurants on main street. WBC and bar are located in an old bank building with lots of period design and sufficient parking. The beers that they brew on the premises are not all that great, but they do have "visiting" beers that should fill the void. I had a salad and sandwich and I wasn't disappointed. When I'm in Willimantic on business, I will stop in here again and try some of their other specialty beers, and hopefully I'll find something I like.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Murph106157
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of jrc1093
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of rorjets
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Arrived mid afternoon on St Patty's Day. The place was packed, both the bar and restaurant. We waited about 10 minutes for a table (not bad) in the Main Street Cafe. The brewery and restaurant are housed in the old Willimantic Post Office, which is a grand old federal building with vaulted ceilings. Even though it was crowded you had plenty of space around your table. The collection of tap handles and beer related items that line the walls is very impressive and gives you plenty to look at while waiting for your beer. You will see a lot of frog art (even on the sign outside) as this is the symbol of Willimantic - there is the frog bridge just down Main street.

There is a excellent selection of brewed on premise beers, along with other beers from local breweries to national and international brands. I choose a flight (called Beer Sampler here) of 5 beers, 4 ounces each for 7.50 (one had a .50 surcharge, proceeds going to Community Foundation of Eastern CT Women's Fund). All five were tasty, my favorite being the Colonial Ale, which also donated a portion of the proceeds to the local museum.

The food was good and reasonably priced. I had a Shepard's Pie and my wife enjoyed her beer battered fish & chips.

Definitely a place to visit whenever your are in the area!

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of sharkgirl73
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Darren53
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of eppie82
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

The best thing about this place is food, followed closely by the vibe. The selection and taste of food is phenomenal, and I would not hesitate to come back here for food alone. The folks at the place, and the workers, were both very friendly and helpful. Selection of beer at the time that I went wasn't the biggest, but Hoppy Hour was memorable and I would get again if ever having an opportunity. A great place in middle of Connecticut.

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

Photo of Ela
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Mikeszab
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great place near ECSU for a great beer selection and upscale pub food. The place can be loud and packed on weekends during parents visits or after home games. Great in house beer selection that everyone can find something they like. I have been going to Main Street since the late 90's and always visit when back in town with friends.

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Photo of SABERG
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We ate lunch in the pub section on a Saturday, at noon it was filling up, by 2 it was packed.
The house brewed offerings were very good, had a Nugget IPA, and a Marzen. Both had good clarity. and body
each was well presented. Our server was exceptionally helpful and was super attentive.
The menu is pretty large, with solid offerings, I had a salad, nicely dressed and presented, wife had a Tuna
wrap that was excellent.
The pub side of the building is simply incredible, high ceilings and lots of woodwork.
An excellent time was had by all, worth the trip.
The pricing is appropriate for the quality.
Cheers

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Photo of HopsinBarley
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

Photo of CTSoutherner
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Lindsey_DuquetteBrown
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My old college spot - great location, nice outdoor space, great selection.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

Photo of johnyb
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BranfordBound
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

By far the best brewpub I've ever been to. Usually places like these make really mediocre beer, but not Willimantic. Their beers are actaully really well done, especially the hoppy offerings. The place is seated in the heart of Willimantic, close to ECSU and UConn, located inside of a retired post office building. High ceilings and a lot of tables, outdoor patio, and a long narrow bar define the establishment. Food seems pretty decent, a lot of good menu items with some beer related sides. Strongly recommend.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of parris
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
Brewery rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 677 ratings