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Willimantic Brewing Co.


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(860) 423-6777 | map

AKA - Main Street Café

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

After going here only for beer the last couple of years i decided to finally make it to one of their brew dinners and i left extremely impressed. The chefs outdid themselves with matching the cuisine with the featured Troutbrook brews. Besides the fantastic brews, the people and the food make it worth going out of your way to get here, so those in the area get off your butts and make it to one of their events, i know i will be going back.

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Photo of greybeerd
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Another oasis (see My Place Restaurant in Newtown) in a beer -parched part of the state, this time in the eastern hinterland. Dave Wollner, head brewer, and his wife Cyndi, run a quality operation with an obvious commitment to good beer, good food and customer satisfaction. Dave brews a great selection of ales, usually 6 to 9 on tap at one time, along with a cask version of one of the current offerings. Agree with VENOM, he is an IPA master with several rotating recipes. His alt bier is also outstanding (and also currently on cask). Also, an additional dozen or so taps for a wide variety of guest brews, ranging from local and regional micros to quality imports. If you can't find something here to please your palate, well there's a shot-and-a-beer joint next door. You must've got lost.
A comfortable place popular with locals and beer geeks alike, good music, NTN trivia, good food and friendly and knowledgeable service, this is one of the best brewpubs you'll find anywhere.
Definitely worth the trip.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Sat at the bar on a snowy night that had much of the state slowed to a crawl. Place was crawling with people who appreciated NTN, warm food and great beer. Bartender from Canada laughed that a snowstorm would scare so many off the streets.

But he also scored big points by pointing me to non-house beers that were worthy (Old Burnside Ten Penny Ale was a nice surprise.) You got it right guy, if I love beer, I'll be back even if Willamantic is so far off the interstates. You don't have to try to get me to drink Willamantic beers exclusively. On another trip through, the brewer himself was puttering behind the bar and when he heard the distance we had travelled, he offered an impromptu tour of his glassed-in brewery in the other room. I bet folks from Willamantic think every town tavern is this nice to strangers.

Their Red Letter IPA is another that shows restraint in the adding of hops, which I appreciate if my food isn't going to keep up with massive hops infusion. I also felt fortunate to try their "Willywhammer" barleywine sampler of '99, '01 and '02. '01 was my favorite.

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Photo of blgianbeer
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

WooHoo! (in Homer Simpson voice) I am glad I found this place. After moving to CT from Philly, I was afraid I left good beer behind me!
It's a rarity that every beer I taste in a brewpub is above average. Not much on atmosphere, but the beers are outstanding.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by yesterday (11MAR10) for lunch. Still a super place. About 6-7 house biers, and closer to 20 guest taps. The Buffalo Chicken Wrap was real nice, and the service is still quite good.
Wish it were closer to home... Same scores, and Prosit!!

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31MAR02 - Willimantic is a very interesting place....situated in an old Post Office building that was abandoned in 1967. They had 5 of their own biers on tap...and it was a good range...golden ale...IPA...stout... Their Veg IPA was top-notch! Also had 15 or so guest biers...mostly local micros, but also Victory Storm King and Golden Monkey! The woman behind the bar was very attentive and helpful. Had appetizers to chow, and they were pretty good. Will definitely stop by again if I'm in the area! Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.4
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$


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Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic, CT
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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