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 Mothergoose03
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

This was stop #9 for my wife and I on a 9-day East Coast pub crawl and a family visit. The brewery is located in a storefront setting in the busy downtown area. It appears that there is an outdoor eating area in an open space next to the building. (We visited the pub on the day that they closed the street in front in order to have a 10th Anniversary celebration, and the place was packed inside, on the patio and in the street.)

We stopped here to try their beers, and we also ordered a snack to go along. There were 14 beers available, but since this brewery did not offer a sampler flight we did our best to evaluate their beers by ordering 4 pints. Each of them was brewed to style, and each had characteristics that exceeded the style slightly so that overall we scored our 4 beers at a B-minus grade. The Conehead Wheat IPA was the notable one of our selections.

The pizzas that we saw being delivered to adjacent tables looked and smelled good, and our bread sticks that we ate were very tasty. However, this review does not include a score for this category.

The descriptions of many of the other beers sounded tempting, and we would have enjoyed tasting them if samplers were available. But we know our limits, and it had been a long day. We’ll come back here to try some of the other beers if we’re ever back this way again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ate lunch here and had a few beers. We sat in the outdoor seating since it was nice, although the ground wasn't very level and I was worried my beers were going to slide off the table.

Good selection of beer styles available, I had a glass of the Black IPA and the Export Stout. Both very tasty. The food menu is made up of flatbread pizzas which feature a lot of local ingredients. We had ours half red onion and buffalo chicken and half Sun dried tomato and sausage, and it was excellent.

The only downside was that the service was below average. Our waitress disapeared for long stretches when we actually needed refills, and both the plates and my wife's coffee cup had not been washed well at all.

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Photo of birdyone
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I lived in VT for 4 years, and always heard about it but didn't make it there until last May. It was worth it. They specialize in beer and pizza. . . genius. Thin crust pizza was very good. Had that artisanal pizza flavor. Nice place to visit, in downtown Burlington. Parking could be a hassle (by VT standards, people from NYC will only complain about the cold). The beer was pretty good, I had their Bock. Not the best beer you can have, even for Burlington (which has several other brewpubs), but I finished it and had another. And it was only lunch time. If you're in Burlington, it's worth the trip. Pricey for a pizza, but not for a brewpub.

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Photo of vtjim
3.7/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Best beer selection in Burlington, if not Vermont. Regretfully, you'll need to drink all that beer to help tune out the screaming babies and chaotic din during peak hours.

If you only want to drink beer, you'd best show up when they unlock the doors, very late at night, or mid-afternoons on weekends when they're not serving food. Other times, they won't let you sit at tables unless you're eating

The bar area is woefully inadequate, size-wise, to deal with the beer selection. Persons seated at the bar can look forward to being jostled and disturbed by patrons stacked 4 to 5 deep trying to get bar service. The atmosphere on their special event nights is unpleasant, to say the least. If you can't secure a seat at the bar, you'll stand around tightly-packed with Burlington's bourgeoisie.

The staff are largely knowledgeable and provide good service.

Again, if you want a table, you have to eat. The food is good, if a bit over-priced. Waits during peak times are excessive. This is a popular place.

In short, a must-visit for the beer tourist, but the quiet drinking hours there are rare, so time your visit accordingly.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

A really interesting place. Stopped by for some late night food after the VBF. One of the best pizzas I have ever had. As is typical for Burlington attention was paid to the ingredients to ensure the best quality.

The beer list was very extensive, almost too extensive. There was very little in terms of interesting beer styles form my point of view, which was odd given the vast number of offerings. I had a saison that was definitely above average.

Service was friendly and prompt on a fairly busy Friday night. Would return for the pizza alone.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This was the last stop on our Burlington brewpub tour last weekend. We stopped in here for a drink after dinner at VT Pub & Brewery, which is practically right across the street. Walked in, and you gotta love that smell of freshly baking pizza. It's fun to watch the guy in the back operate the hearth. The bar has a very modern and cool look to it. Not a whole lot of standing room though. Service was good. They had about 10 house beers on tap, with 7 or so guest taps also. I tried the Belgian Pail Ale (ok) and my wife had the Belgian Dubbel (very good). It started to get a bit crowded as it was a Saturday night and the evening beer fest session was just getting out, so we decided to stay just for one. After staring at the pizza for a while as we savored those tasty beers, we decided that this was one place that we should have dinner at sometime in the future.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The construction outside (as of July 2011) didn't mar the cozy atmosphere inside American Flatbread. Had a nice view of the oven from where we sat.

Beer selection was amazing. Lots of their own brews on draft as well as a few other local selections, and an absurdly large selection of bottled beer. And mead. Wish I'd gotten around to the mead. haven't had it in a long time.

You can get half-draughts, which is nice if you're aiming to try a lot of different stuff.

Food menu is a little light though. I'm glad it was as good as it was because the use of the word "flatbread" as opposed to "pizza" made me worried that the place was going to be a bit pretentious. As is, you have to specifically order cheese and sauce on your "flatbread." And there isn't much on the menu for those not interested in pizza.

Still, the food was good and our sausage and mushroom pie was fresh and flavorful. Wasn't as expensive as I'd expected. Only about $30 for one pizza and several drinks.

More of a hangout place than a restaurant. Bring a few friends.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located a block down from the main drag of Church Street. Nice downtown location. Parking is street or parking garage.

Interior is nice and inviting. The stone hearths are nice center pieces of the the rooms.

The flatbread is good but not great. Not very flavorful but maybe designed to complement the beer. The salads are great!

Beers are varied and nicely served.

Staff is knowledgeable but not necessarily the most friendly.

Nice price wise. Beers are not expensive at all. I would go here again but maybe at a time with less kids.

At first I was surprised this was as highly rated as it was. It didn't stand out like others. Then I realized I hardly that it was a pretty good place at an outstanding price.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a nice place with a warm and inviting vibe. There is a nice brick oven pizza display in the center of the main room and a nice bar in the other. A great place for both singles and families. They have good pizza. As for the brews, it is a brewpub which exclusively features the beers brewed by Zero Gravity. I only had one beer, Black Cat Porter, but it was good. The pizza was also nice. I would go back for both the pizza and for the opportunity to try more Zero Gravity brews.

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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 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 rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Housed in two different store fronts just off of the main Church Street Market, the interior is fairly unassuming with the brick walls, wood bar and tables with minimal decor on the walls. The brick oven and prep kitchen are exposed in the main dinning room, while the front (right hand side) room houses a decently sized bar with some long tables in the rear and small tables in the front with a decent sized standing table towards the bar, filled mostly with those waiting for tables. Crowd is lively during dinner in both the bar and restaurant.

The brews are ample and cover many styles for a brewpub, none were overly ambitious with many being lower in gravity than the style dictates, but not quite "Zero". A few guest selections from local brewers keep the mix interesting.

The star is the food. Despite the small menu, they have some of the most delicious flatbreads around. Definitely go for the minimalist options, as they really allow the locally sourced and high end ingredients to shine. We sampled three varieties of flatbreads during our visit. Service was quite impersonal but adequate.

Overall, come for the food and you won't be disappointed. Throw in the beer and you have a fantastic destination.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I did a quick, one-day visit to Burlington in mid June which included visits to all three brewpubs in the downtown Burlington area - Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, and Three Needs (listed in rank order from best to very good). They're all within walking distance to each other and a block off the main pedestrian shopping area. These three visits put me at 195 breweries/brewpubs visited.

It happened to be the week of the Burlington Jazz festival and our stop at American Flatbread for dinner included a really nice electronic funk jazz band laying down a solid groove just off the bar near the entry. For some, this would have been too loud and too crowded. For me it was great.

We sat at the bar and I enjoyed three house beers - IPA, Grisette, and what I believe was an India Pale Lager. All three were well done, but I'm giving a lower score to selection because there weren't that many house beers on draft. The flip side to this is they did have a fine guest draft list including Allagash Confluence wild ale and some Dogfish offerings. You really can't go wrong with their quality beers and great pizza.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The flatbread is very good, though if you don't want pizza you aren't going to have much else to choose from. Prices are reasonable and the beer is good. Nice selection of house beers and while they don't offer flights they do serve half pints if you want to try a few different things. The lagers were actually the standouts of what we had with the hoppy beers being good but not great.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We have visited Flatbread on quite a few occasions and have always gotten just a bit less than we expected. They do have the most impressive beer list you'll find in the area. The bottle list and some guest taps are fairly pricey. The well made house brews, on the other hand, are a bargain. Some of the maltier styles seem a little thin bodied, but overall the Zero Gravity stuff is good.

Service is the area most needing help. In all our visits, the dining room staff have *never* gotten our order 100% right (though corrections are fast and cheerful). Last night, they 'lost' our reservation and we might have never eaten if we had not asked them what was going on. To be fair, part of the crowding and confusion is due to the building layout, which they inherited. In contrast to the dining area, the bar staff is always on top of things and they serve a lot of people very efficiently.

For food, you can have pizza or salad. The pies are pricey for what you get. Good, and some imaginative recipes, but not absolutely stellar. There is also a tendency for the pies to be slightly overcooked. I know Flatbread pizza has legend status, but I'm afraid I'd recommend eating elsewhere and stopping here for some good drinks afterward.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

American Flatbread/Zero Gravity is centrally located in Burlington, across the street from the Vermont Pub & Brewery. The restaurant is very open, with plenty of seating at the long bar and in the dining room. The brick walls and dark woodwork add to the charm.

All they offer for food is pizza and salad, however it's fantastic pizza. Freshly baked in their brick oven and topped with all fresh ingredients. I wish they had a few more items on the menu though. The beers brewed on premise are spot on for style and served in the proper glassware. I tried the IPA, gruit, and Belgian dubbel. All very tasty.

I arrived with my friends after the Vermont Brewers fest and the bar was hopping. The bartenders were very busy, but attentive to your needs when you could grab their attention. We ate at the bar, so I can't comment on the restaurant wait staff.

This is a great restaurant and pub which should definitely be on your must visit list when in Burlington, VT.

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

The beer is not bad, decent on the zero gravity house brand. The attrction tonight was a special Magic Hat night, yet only one special Magic Hat was on, the Chaotic Chemistry. Taps are good and so that alone attracts a more mature portion of the crowd. Large bar area and good sized restaurant. Good it was open, as it was closed for reno or whatever on my previous trip here two years ago. Good experienced waitstaff who even knew a bit about the beers, but you needed to be around the bar to get it. Not much selection in food but it was very good. Reasonable friendly to meet other patrons.

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

One of my favorite spots in Burlington. I'd give the quality a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit. Pizza is very good, craft beer is very good, service isn't very engaging and doesn't seem too beer knowledgeable but gets the job done. Prices are very reasonable ($3.50 a pint. $2.00 a half pint) and the samples are awesome if you know to ask for them. I can usually manage to strike up a decent conversation at the bar and also really like the outdoor area. A must visit when in the area for sure. Right down the way from Vermont Pub and Brewery and only a couple of blocks from Three Needs so why not hit all three up when stumbling around Burlington?

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

Although I have been to Burlington a half dozen times and hit up most of the spots...American Flatbread did not happen until this past weekend.
The atmosphere on Sunday at lunch time was alive and happening. To get a table, you had to wait a bit, but I snuck right into an open seat at the bar. Some of them were regulars and very friendly. The house beers were pretty good and they had a nice selection of guest beers too, including a lot of VT selections. For food, I decided to go for the namesake, flatbread pizza, which was very nice, I went for the sausage. Prices are a little inflated compared to other casual establishments in VT, but was worth checking out.

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

We stopped in for dinner and a few brews on a Thursday evening just as they were opening around 5pm. As you walk in, there is a long bar with a few random tables to the right, while the restaurant is located to the left. There were about seven of their own offerings on tap with another fifteen or so guest taps. Two beer engines pulling casks, and a large, impressive bottle selection. Scanning the bottles and tap offerings, there is something here for just about anyone. I settled on their own Extra Stout which was pleasant, and a cask offering of The Shed's Scottish Porter. The selection was mainly Northeastern craft with the occassional out of region offering. The food menu is pretty simple consisting of one salad and about eight different flatbreads. From our table we were only about fifteen feet from the archaic stone oven where they make all of the flatbreads: it is truly an interesting sight to behold. The food was very good as was the beer. If you're in downtown Burlington looking for a place to grab a pizza and a few brews, this is a must. Skip the VPB, American Flatbread beats their atmosphere, selection, and of course quality of beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A cool spot with nice artwork and vibe, the bartender was very nice and cool. Nice merch and a sour 750ml in bottles to take away. Beer was good, nothing outstanding and the selection was decent. Would go back.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

First impression (and my only time there) was that it was kinda antiseptic as breweries go. All shiny and bright and modern. Good beers though and certainly I would go back but I was kind of surprised as a first timer who has gone beer trailing in Maine/NewH/Vt/Mass this was in a decor of it's own.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a pretty nice place in Burlington for dinner & a beer. Tons of very unique pizza toppings & combos. But really the best thing is their beer selection. I was there recently for their Sierra Nevada night, they had 6 taps of different Sierras as well as all of their standard Zero Gravity beer (brewed right there!). They usually have a couple caske ales on tap as well (Their own as well as others such as Otter Creek).

But be sure to take a look at their beer list, wow. They have over 50 different bottled beers on any given night, ranging from Belgian classics to Local VT Beer as well. Personally, I'm a fan of getting things on tap when I'm going out, but some of their bottles (Such as Cantillon 1900 Gran Cru) aren't available at any beer stores in VT. Totally worth checking out!

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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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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread in Burlington, VT
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