Beer Bars Waterbury to Hill Farmstead

Discussion in 'New England' started by Jbrews, Oct 15, 2013.

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  1. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Hey BA's

    Heading north for before opening at the Alchemist, Warren store, lunch, then making the trek to Hill Farm.

    I forgot both Pro Pig and Res don't open until late during the week. We're looking for somewhere to stop for some hill farm or heady and good eats between the Alchemist, Warrens and Hill Farmstead around noon-1 Thursday. Someone with a decent lunch menu would be great not just a pizza joint.

    Any help appreciated.

  2. pjs234

    pjs234 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

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  3. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Perfect! Forgot I had heard about that!
  4. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    If you're coming from MA, I would suggest starting at the Warren Store, hitting The Alchemist, then stopping by Blackback Pub for lunch and beers. They usually have Lawsons, HF, Lost Nation, and plenty of others available. Then hit up Lost Nation and/or Rock Art on your way to HF.
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  5. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I'll take any outher suggestions too!
  6. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I'm also curious with the Farmers Market last weekend what they will have for delivery and anyone know "roughly" what time they usually deliver?
  7. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Usually in the morning sometime. I've gotten there about 10-10:30 and the delivery had been made already. The last time I went was Double Sunshine, and they sold out by 11am.
  8. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Ok cool, We can probably be at the Warren Store by 10:30. I think you are correct on the order. I suppose there might be a bit of a wait when we get back to the Alchemist but I doubt they would sell out on a thursday early morning.
  9. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I've never waited more than 15-20 minutes at Alchemist. If you're at Warren by 10:30, you can make it to Alchemist by 11:30 (only 30 min after they open). Might be a bit of a wait at HF by the time you get there, but who knows? I've been at HF on a Thursday and waited an hour in line, but other times only waited 10 minutes. If you aren't in a rush, HF is a great way to end a day trip.
  10. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Is best route to just head to the 100 exit and go south. I've stayed in Waitsfield a few time and I feel like taking the exit further south at 107 just takes forever to go north to the Warren area.
  11. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Are you coming from Boston, or will you be in VT already?
  12. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Boston area...Watertown to Waterbury

    Edit: Not Alchemist exit....100B and go south
  13. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    If you go to the Warren Store first, I take 89 north, and get off on exit three and take 107 to 100.
  14. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Ok cool, thats how I used to go to Waitsfield but I always thought that seemed like so much back roads. But I suppose there isn't much traffic up there.
  15. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    Blackback is open for lunch and generally has the most HF and Lawsons on tap at any given time. Not always, but usually. I THINK they stock heady cans as well (no kegs) but I'm not sure.
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  16. pehodges

    pehodges Initiate (161) May 25, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I second the recommendation for Lost Nation. Limited menu but very good, nice atmosphere and their brews are excellent. I'd add the Crop Bistro and Brewery in Stowe. In the former digs of the Shed, and still receiving flack for not being the Shed. But the Crop has a first class restaurant and food service in the bar (more upscale than Lost Nation in the dining room, similar in the bar), and the beers are an under-appreciated find. Open at 11:30 daily. Can't recommend going to Blackback Pub for food or drink.
  17. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    I went to Crop recently and was not impressed, food or beer. Piecasso's in Stowe has a decent tap list and is not just pizza. If you enjoy lagers, Trapp in Stowe is a decent little Austrian Deli kinda place.
  18. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Agree on Crop's beer, thankfully they had Edward on draft while I was there.
  19. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    I loved it there - great tacos and solid taplist.
  20. TheBigEast

    TheBigEast Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2004 New York
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    I loved the Blackback and the Mad Taco's are excellent. Another possibility - Parker Pie is 25 minutes past Hill Farmstead and has more than just pizza on their menu and a fine tap list. I wish I had enough time last Thursday to stop. It's an option if you would be OK with a later lunch. By the way, there were only 3 people in line with me last Thursday at Hill Farmstead when I arrived around 2:30pm.
  21. Sean802

    Sean802 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Vermont
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    No love for Positive Pie in Hardwick? Yes, its pizza but not some greasey pizza place, its pretty damn good! Oh, and the beer selecting ain't bad either.
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  22. AColossalJerk

    AColossalJerk Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    These threads always make me sad/angry I'm not in northern Vermont at the very moment I'm reading these threads. God I love it up there.
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  23. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    Additional support for Lost Nation for beer(Gose on the left, Vermont Pilsner on the right). I recommend their Saison, but these were both good as well. And on top of that you can't beat the price, I think these were $4/pint. I didn't eat there, but others have recommended the food.

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  24. jamvt

    jamvt Disciple (382) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    Parker Pie for me.
  25. yasky

    yasky Disciple (367) Dec 21, 2008 Ontario (Canada)
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    I figure everybody already knows about Waterbury.

    I like to hit Positive Pie on the way back down from Hill Farmstead. Tap list is often better than what they have posted online. This past summer I got lucky and made it the day after a Hill Farmstead takeover and 6 Hill's were still on tap.
  26. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (294) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Scored a few Lawsons Triple Play IPA at the warren store as well as a little heady. Triple play was the only Lawsons that was delivered. It did not last long. We timed it perfect.

    Next we hit the Alchemist and got our tastings and 1 case. Still 1 case limit.

    Made our way around town and there was PLENTY of heady available at different stores. Some had case limits some did not. We did not over indulge but we made our trip worth it with some extra on top of our case from the cannery. Thursday is the first time I've seen it all over Waterbury no problem in every store that carries it.

    Decided to eat at Balckback/Mad Taco. Bar tender was cool shit and the food was great. Love the hot sauces. Edward was on tap along with a few others.

    Last but not least we headed to Hill Farm and as mentioned before there was only 3 people in line. At one point it was just us and we shot the shit with them for quite some time in the yard. The only downer was Abner had kicked. But we took home plenty of Edward, Double Citra and Everett. Easy in and out. Not very hard to find but quite remote.

    All in all I have been to the area on several days but Thursday in the fall was by far the easiest tme we ever have scoring a good haul of brews to take home and enjoy.

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  27. Msudukie

    Msudukie Disciple (319) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    Can I ask what time you got to the Warren store? Also, when you have seen HT at stores around town which ones have they typically been? Like you, I am hoping to do the Lawson's, HT, HF run with a little extra HT beyond the 1 case limit.
  28. MarkF150

    MarkF150 Aspirant (270) Feb 9, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Can I ask why you wouldnt recommend the Blackback for food or drink? All of the best VT breweries on tap and the addition of Mad Taco is just the icing on the cake.
  29. pehodges

    pehodges Initiate (161) May 25, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Food- They don't do food. Food from Mad Taco, bartender from Pluto. Want to know if there's something without onion, go to Pluto. [Go to Mad Taco, Waitsfield- still can't avoid onion but they can talk to you about it, and the beer selection is better than Blackback and half the price]. Drink- Guess the price. Drink menu has wonderful beers, all at the same price. Guess what size pour you'll get. Got a pour that was 4 oz at best. Bartender from Pluto says they try to charge the same dollar amount for each drink and set their pour size accordingly, which I suspect was a lie to cover for no clean glasses in the right size. Later customers got larger pours in the fresh glasses. Meanwhile Pluto recommended the businessmen next to us buy $12, 6 oz Alllagash Whites. Yeah I hear "Oh my god Lawsons "____" [fill in the blank with whatever is on tap everywhere else that's got Lawson's]; Oh my God Hill Farmstead [see above]; Oh my God Heady [except the even-driver bar next door does $5 cans]. I found Blackback to be an uncomfortable dive without any of those charms usually associated with local joints. Just full of themselves, overpriced, deceptive, and ignorant of their own business [IMHO].
  30. jamvt

    jamvt Disciple (382) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    Sean usually makes his delivery around 9:30-10am on Thursday mornings. Sometimes a little later. WS typically gets around 20 cases and sells out in the couple hours following. If you're there around 10am you should be fine. Grabbing a cup of coffee and a pastry goes a long way with staff and locals who are just chilling.

    Pacing around the cooler in a cold sweat will draw some looks. Just be cool.

    Not sure how much Heady WS gets, but there was still some kicking around when I arrived last Thursday morning. Think 2 4pk limit?
  31. Msudukie

    Msudukie Disciple (319) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    Thanks for the information and advice. I am driving about 6 hours each way so this is very helpful. I will probably get there a bit early but will make sure to hide my cold sweat!
  32. Sean802

    Sean802 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Vermont
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    Arriving at 11 or 12 will be fine too.
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