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Willimantic Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.91/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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
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Reviews:
285
Ratings:
659
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
155
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
6.29%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 155
Reviews by opwog:
Photo of opwog
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I finally made it out to Eastern CT, an area of the state that I rarely went even when I lived there. But this is the type of place that you pray might open near you when you live in these less accessible parts of the state. I visited from Naugatuck and spent as much time driving, as I did at the pub, which also limits how much actual drinking could be done. So I started with a 12 oz of the Dyvil Hopyard IIPA. Amazing! Then the sampler set was a combination of house and guest beers, all generous sized and it is nice to be able to mix in guest beers (just none of the higher ABV beers). My other house favorite was the Six Shooter (Oyster) Stout.

As far as the place, the building is amazing. Great feel at the bar and I also walked through each room and the patio. Classic New England feel. The staff was knowledgeable and once the bartender found out that I was visiting from CA, the brewmaster/owner (?) David came by for a good chat.

There is good reason for the constant mentioning of Willibrew as a top bar and top brewery. A must visit for anybody in Eastern CT and worth the trip for anybody willing to limit their tasting or who may have a DD.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Uconnelmo
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of eifster82
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | 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 +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ela
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Mikeszab
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -9.1%
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 +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of psweendogg
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of blisscent
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of CTSoutherner
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Lindsey_DuquetteBrown
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

Photo of johnyb
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BranfordBound
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of parris
4.59/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Homebrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of cjfiller
4.29/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of JoeYarchak
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great selection, extremely knowledgeable staff, fantastic food. They have an incredible selection of their own, plus many other craft brews. Well worth a visit

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Photo of HappyRasmith
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Willi Brew is a must stop for me when visiting family. Always amazed at the selections of brew offered up either from their own collection or from guest breweries.
The food has always been first rate. No complaints at all!

Huge bar and dining area.

Every Time I walk in I am reminded of standing in line with my Grandfather to buy Stamps. Owners have done everything possible to retain the original architecture of the old Post Office that was build in the early 1900's.

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Photo of mamaraza
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
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