Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American FlatbreadZero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

115 Saint Paul St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8411
United States

(802) 861-2999 | map

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Photo of rousee
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Decor wise--its all brick and family oriented first and foremost--quite busy most of the time also.

This place is close to the center of the action (VPB) but its so much mellower. Granted, it has a much stronger restaurant versus brewpub feel but these beers are very good. Might even be that the best gruit I have ever tried was the Summer gruit from this place. I could never even consider having more than 1 gruit until I had the gruit here. I had 3 in no time at all and they did seem to go well with the food items.

They have all organic salads and the pizza is absolutely some of the best you will ever find. How about sulfate free peperoni? Tastes more like ham or prosciutto than your standard peperoni but boy is it good. I wish I could order that stuff online. I did try a few other styles of beer that they offerered--they were quite good but not quite worthy of the praise that the Summer gruit gets.

Prices were fair enough and service was good also. I cant recommend this place enough--especially for food but the beers are not to be under-appreciated either.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Headed over here after the beer festival, because I heard they had a great selection. They do. Their own beers, Zero Gravity, other Vermont and New England microbrews, and lots of others from away. The restaurant was nice enough, but on a busy Saturday night it was so noisy that you couldn't carry on a conversation. On top of that, there were little kids running around, making even more noise. The food is OK, if you like yuppie pizza, because that's all they serve (some salads also).

I think if I ever went back to this place again, it would be on a weekday afternoon, and I would just sit at the bar and drink beer.

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Photo of Liquids
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Was out of town and staying with friends in Burlington during the brewfest, but was not involved in the festival sadly. But on saturday night this was my friends' restaurant of choice, and despite the anticipated crowds, I thought, "great, I won't have to go a day without beer!"

We arrived and had about a twenty minute wait, where we sat at the bar and had out first round. As I glanced around behind the counter, I saw there were plenty of taps--around twenty I would guess--five or six of which were brewpub originals, and the rest of which were local and or "themed" beers. This month's theme was IPA. Cool. On tap from the brewpub was a pilsner (can't believe I didnt try this), a wheat IPA (first experience with a beer labeled this way), a gruit (first time I've heard of this style), a mild, and a stout. Oh, did I mention they offered the stout on tap and on cask, and that that was one of three cask offerings available? Nice. Other taps were sensible--dogfish, hoegaarden, beers from other local breweries and a few breweries I'd never heard of. I smiled to myself when I heard a beertended say they don't do mixed drinks. Not that I don't get a mixed drink now and again, but that was definitely points...drink the beer!

Beers were reasonably priced and available in half pints---which I realized too late, as I would have sampled four half pints instead of two full pints. One friend wanted the gruit (a spiced and "hopless" wheat beer), and found it just kicked. Suck. It must have been good, and I had wanted a sip of that... So meanwhile, I started with the mild which I originally thought was a brown, and found it quite sessionable, but watery. Re-reading the description I discovered it was more of a mild. So I was surprised by a note of charred malt (friends noticed this too) in the finish, given the the style, which was not pleasing. I had liked the first sip but felt like I wouldn't ever drink this again once I finished it--it was nothing special, but better than water. One friend ordered this twice, so it had some appeal I suppose, maybe for the mild and watery factor. I followed up with the on-cask "extra stout," which I also found watery, booring, and alcoholic overall, though not undrinkable. Sad.

The salad and pizza---which, note, is all they offer---was outstanding. The food here is excellent. I would return for the food and lean toward the guest taps, but if I was going out mostly for a beer, I'm certain I could do even better in this town. Overall, nothing embarassing and a good place for--much like it was for me--enticing hungry friends with good food while you get to sip a good pint (if you're choosy) without compromising on either one--though in burlington, this can be done at a multitude of establishments...

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Photo of jarsh
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here on a Saturday afternoon for lunch with my family. Walked in and didn't even recognize the place compared to how it once looked(previous restaurant boardered on tacky) Great brick walls and exposed beams. High ceilings, interesting fixtures and various American Flatbread art on the walls. Nice bar to the right and the dining room to the left with open kitchen and big wood fired grill. Was able to get a high-chair for my daughter. The only complaint I have on the place is the tables are a bit too close. Window looking into the brewery on your way to the bathroom.

Food: Pretty much only pizza and salads. A decent selection of both. Pizzas are about 12-16 bucks and will leave 2 people stuffed. Pizza is amazing, the 7days award for best pizza in Burlington is justified. Made with fresh and organic ingredients. Crust is excellent. Sauce is superb. No one had a salad so can't comment.

Drink: About 16 taps and 3 cask options. Both Zero Gravity homebrews, brewed in back, and a selection of "Beer from Beyond". Easily the widest selection in Burlington. They had a very seasonal selection, but I am a seasonal guy so that was fine with me. Only Shed IPA on cask so I had Heavyweight Stickendejab and Hennepin drafts, both were excellent and served in the proper glassware. My dad had the homebrewed Brown, it was ok, not bad, just ok.

Service: Good and attentive waiter, didn't know if they had anything else on tap that wasn't listed but found out for me. No complaints.

Made a great first impression on me and definitely is going to give VT Pub and Brewery a run for it's money for my go to beer and dinner place in Burlington. Definitely will return and recommend!

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

wow. what a great place. this is actually a restaurant that serves its own house-brewed beers, so the focus is on the food (pizza), but the beers are really, really, really good.
great atmosphere. a mix of families, college students and young professionals. inside is very comfortable and inviting. there is a bar to the right, with a very friendly and knowledgeable bartender there when we visited.
the beers were great: lagers, ales, a wide variety. i especially liked the doppelbock and ESB, but i tried the majority of 12 or so beers and all were great. they also serve cask real ale and a wide selection of bottled u.s. and imported microbrews.
the food focuses on fresh ingredients: we had some truly great brick oven pizza here: thin and crispy.
This place is really worth a visit... a truly fun place to go.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

squint hard.. see how the sign in the picture says 'Burlington Hearth'? well it also says 'American Flatbread' real small above it. just a tip, keep your eyes open.

went on a wednesday night.. pretty unsuspecting night, usually a good night to hit a bar. well, well, well... was i wrong. this place is above and beyond all else a restaurant, and what looks like a nice bar showcasing fabulous beers is unfortunately used as an overcrowded waiting area for sans-reservations families and couples looking for pizza and pop. since i have perfected the art of scoping out bar seats, it only took me a few minutes before we had the best spots at the bar. once we had saddled up, i zoned out the crowds and focused on the brew.

good selection. on my visit, they were pouring the following: belgian pale ale (ehh..), old ale (tasty and clean), cask gruit (tasted like cherries!), dortmund lager, dunkel, fallbock, esb (awesome version), ipa, porter, dry stout and a rock art stock ale on cask. in bottles, they offered such gems as cantillon, foret, de ranke xx, orval, thiriez, and westmalle dubbel. total of three handpumps with one unused... that's quite admirable.

the atmosphere loses points for the setup.. maybe a small bar/waiting area with a bigger beer bar in another section of the building would work better. decorwise though, this place has got some real vermont charm infused with brewerania and upscale chain restaurant. exposed brick everywhere and mellow yellow lights. laquered wood bar and beer chalkboards everywhere with a small space at the bottom for specials. and wouldn't you know it.. right in front of you when you walk in is a nice collection of framed de dolle beer posters.

$3.75 is reasonable for a hand-crafted pint.

service was exceptional as i was given lots of free samples, most of which were chosen by the bartender based on my pint choices. asked a couple of questions and met with some "i dont know"s but his knowledge of the products was adequate.

ive had their pizza before, and i love it. thin, crispy, hand-tossed, wood-fired, top quality ingredients and cooked with some char. didn't have any on this trip though.

i will be back.. on a monday, when its warmer out.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Stopped in twice in one day. First had lunch with a German Helles that tasted more like a kolsch, but was pretty good. Split a salad and a small pie with my gf, even after the near insistence of the waiter to upsell us to bigger, much more expensive size. Pizza was decent, but I've had better in NY/NJ, and at the price, you can probably do better in town - oh and asking for grated parmesean seemed like a foreign concept to our waiter - and ultimately it did not arrive at the table.

Second shot was at night - it was Sat. night around 10pm and the bar area was pretty quiet. They have a seperate bar area with some tables and about a dozen or more bar stools that made it so you weren't in the way of the waitstaff or other diners. Draft menu was pretty decent with local craft brews, some decent imports like maudite, dupont saison, and spaten lager, and about 4 or 5 house made beers. Didn't try any other than the Helles I had at lunch since I was looking for something a little bigger in abv after dinner. Bottle list was very good for the area, actually the best I've seen in VT, but only had beers under the 8% limit. Some trappist beers, a couple of saisons, celebrator, and a few others were listed. Some of the bottles were too pricey and some were bargains, just have to know which is which I guess. Service was pretty good and the bartender was very knowledgeable about beer - especially local offerings.

Would definitely come back here for a few good beers, but will probably eat somewhere else.

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

David and I popped in here a few weeks ago. The place was pretty empty on a Thursday at lunchtime. We made our way to the bar, and were the only ones there the entire time we visited, which equaled great service for us. The bartender kept us in water, offered us samples of any beer we asked after. David ordered a few different pints, I of course asked for every one of their brews, so got good sized portions of each house brew in wine glasses. I really liked the two German styles they had on (all beers reviewed separately). We also got a pizza, while more expensive than a typical pizza, turned out to be one the best darn pizzas I have had in a long time. I applaud their simple food menu (one salad), and pizza which they have several options on, or you can choose your toppings. They also had three beer engines, other area micros on tap, and a pretty good bottle list. We ended up sampling a Magic Hat Hefeweizen. Would come back here, no question, and it would be the best stop in town.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Very convenient location in the heart of Burlington, right near the park where they have the market. Unassuming exterior. Upon entering, it opened up to the right and I thought the place was very small, but the host took us to the left for a table and I realized that it is rather large. Nice surroundings, but does not try to be too fancy. Seems a bit old-world with brick and the big wood oven right near the seating area. Tablecloths struck me as cheap Pizza-Hut checkered red and white, but everything else was nice. Prompt service asked me what I wanted to drink. I could not decide on a beer, so I asked if they had a sampler. She didn't really know, but after leaving to ask about it, she returned with about 5 ounces of all 6 house beers in short wine glasses and told me that it only costs five bucks. Awesome. Pils, summer bock, mild, ESB, IPA, Extra stout. All of them ranged from very good to excellent! Wow. But if you for some reason get tired if the house beers, there is a pretty insane selection of other beers, including two local casks, some odd draft choices, and stellar bottles (XX bitter, Thiriez, etc.) Food is very easy to choose here - they have one salad available, and then their 'flatbreads' (pizzas). The salad was very good, as was the pizza. We had ours with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. It was not cheap, but the large was quite large and very tasty. This place rocks and I will gladly return.

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Photo of slander
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Seems like we'd been driving around visiting brewpubs all damn day. The day's sun's done, we're finally up North. A pop into the hotel for a quick change (read: nap), and then we're Burlington bound for mischief. I'm sure we can find something to do, somewhere to go. Hell, there's 3 brewpubs in a 2 block radius, it's like I'm being called out...
Upon entering, you're greeted by banners describing the 5 facets of food (Hunger, Nature, Flavor, Nourish, Heal). Very enlightening. 7 tables in the front nook below the panel windows looking out towards the park, and a 12 seat "L" shaped bar with a large mirror backed wood unit beyond that. An adjacent bar counter sits in the middle of the room. On the other side of it lies a handful of long tables, and to the rear, an unused brick hearth in the corner (a Jazz quintet was playing in front of it the next night). Big brick walls, pressed tin ceiling, duct work, drop lighting over the bar & tables (Vice President Zwerver says, "They've got the coolest lighting fixtures"), big ol' sunflowers in the vase on the counter, colored pieces of cloth strung on a line overhead with statements about this and that written on them, De Dolle posters on the back wall (Stille Nacht, Ara Bier, & the uncanny Randy likeness OerBier), and the tap selections printed on a large blackboard on the wall to the right of the bar.
A large brick archway leads you into the side dining room, a space with about a dozen and a half tables & booths. The walls carry large food themed tapestries (Organic Garlic, Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil). A large brick hearth holds the rear corner before the kitchen area.
Dave Broderick was good enough, no... great enough, to buy us a couple of flatbread pizzas, one all veggied out for Peggy & Baker, and the other for us carnivores. The pepperoni & pepper pie kicked ass, seriously, and I'm a New Haven pizza junkie, so if I'm saying it, you know it's on the up and up. And Peggy claims, "They have the best salads".
The beer scene here is maddening. 18 taps (6 house brews and a dozen guest taps), 4 hand pumps, and a mean bottle collection. Starting with the house beers, Paul's Pils was sublime, the Extra Stout smooth & roasty, the Session Brown Ale well sessionable, the TLA IPA wonderfully hoppy, and I don't think I got to the Summer Bock and Villier's ESB). The dozen guest taps were a great mix of local (Magic Hat Dunkel, McNeill's Impy, Switchback Unfiltered Ale, Trout River Rainbow Ale, Wolaver Wit, Long Trail Double Bag), regional (Smutty IPA, Allagash Grand Cru, Harpoon IPA), and imports (Saison DuPont, Salopian Entire Butt Porter, Mahr's Reserve). The 4 hand pumps (Adnams Tally Ho Barleywine, Otter Creek Alpine Ale, Rock Art Ridge Runner, Shed Mountain Ale).
Food was outstanding (Woofed a whole lot of flatbread pizza the next day at the VT Brewer's Fest, where they set up shop with a giant hearth out there. It was on a platform, bricked and then muddied up, the thing looked like a giant hornets nest but damn if it didn't crank out some serious pizza). House beers were damn good and the guest taps are tempting, although you really want to run with the house beers. Paul Sayler is a wonderful host, and has got himself a great little place up there.

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Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere is nice and clean in here. They do a nice job of making the place look new. Nice Oerbier posters on the wall, along with paintings and a natural, low lit lighting, home style feel.
The quality of everything in here is nice, from the tables, to the clean pint glasses, to the great food and beer.
The service is pretty good. My party sat at a table the one night and the service was good. I was left hanging for a few minutes at one point but overall, it was nice. We sat at the bar another day and we're treated with much respect by the bartender. Very attentive and eager to talk.
The selection is great. Along with 5 house beers, they had several other Vermont beers in here, including Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Long Trail, Rock Art & Switchback. They even had a few other out of state brews on draft. Very impressive.
The food was excellent. We got 3 pizzas at our table. I had the goat cheese one, which was great. They'll pretty much throw anything on a pie that's on the menu. Really cool brick oven that cooks the pies in a timely fashion and gets things going in the right direction.
I'll definitley be back.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Traffic at the border was light, so we arrived early enough in Burlington to have lunch at American Flatbread, a brewpub highly recommended by locals and tourists alike.

This location is split in two sections, a bar section as you walk in and a restaurant setting to the left, where we were seated. Huge brick/clay oven, thank goodness the AC was blasting at full force because we would have melted.

Very impressive Beer list, 4-5 brewed on premises and plenty of guest taps, including McNeil’s Imperial Stout, Adnams Barleywine on cask, Saison Dupont and a few others. Excellent bottle list that was perhaps a little pricey but with a few gems that would have been worth the price. I stuck with the pub’s own offerings, the IPA and the Pilsner which were very nice, fresh and well made.

We ordered a few pizzas that were excellent, and in perspective weren’t too expensive, considering the amount we ate. A few Quebec buddies went the same day we did, and ordered one pizza each without knowing that you can feed between 2-3 people with those monsters. They gladly do substitutions for free, and you can get half/half pizzas to be able to try more varieties. The veggie daily special and sausage pizzas were our favorites.

Service was quite friendly, everything was clean, and I agree that this spot is the best I’ve seen in town, beating the pub & brewery down the street easily. I will be back.

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

A good place to hang out with the family. Lots of kid-friendly booths and coloring books. Perhaps a bit hot by the wood fire on a balmy Saturday night in Vermont.

But onto the food . . . the flatbread was excellent, enormous, and there were many choices ranging from scallops and shrimp to gouda and goat cheese. That's good because that's all they serve - flatbread and salad. Organic produce and farm fresh ingredients make this a great place to take your vegan or vegetarian friends.

There were five "Zero Gravity" beers on tap plus a wide array of draft and bottled beers. I had pints of the house IPA and the Stout and both were good although it was hard to turn down Saison Dupont on draft. A definite stop to hit next time I'm in Burlington.

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

Another nice brewpub/beer bar/pizza joint place in Burlington. This one has the best beer selection in town, methinks. The brews crafted here are excellent. Pauls Pils is insanely good and reminded me of moonlights, no seriously. The other brews seemed solid as well. The guest draft selection is nice with a good selection of locals and imports (a lot of rarer German tap handles are here...). Quality of the brews and my Salad was good, as was the service, but the pizzas here are insanely expensive. One size only, and no slices, and like $20 for a pie! They looked so good, but I had to stick with more frugal pizza options like Manhattan and Mr. Mikes! Still, very recommended when you are in B-town!

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

New to Burlington is American Flatbread a Vermont pizza company which most locals in the Burlington area already know about through their presance at local events and their frozen pizza selection in local grocers. The new Burlington location is due to be a brewpub also very soon but on my first visit has yet to offer any of their own brews crafted by Paul Sayler. The brew gear is in place however. Their beer selection is fantastic for the area and gives Manhatten Pizza a run for their money for the best tap lineup in town. With the addition of Paul's beers American Flatbread is sure to top all other local beer bars. Food is great, but only if you like flatbread pizza. They only serve salid and flatbread pizza. That's it! Hit the place and look for my future reviews when they become a brewpub.

update, 4.7.05: they finally have house beers. good stuff.

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