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The Best Beer w/ Great Pub Food



The best local vt beer selection~chef jamie nelson's fine fare

Closed Mondays

Lunch 12-3

Light Fare 3-5

Dinner 5-9

Bar 12-12

No Reservations

(During busy times we try to accommodate Large Groups and Children. Please plan accordingly. Thanks.)




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At The Blackback we are all about the beer. It is the reason we are here. We proudly cater to the many beer fans from all over the world. Waterbury VT is the Epicenter of beer in the Northeast and arguably one of the finest in the nation. We also recognize the important role beer has played in this towns recent history. From beer comes life and vitality which celebrates our localvore farm to plate business model.


Thursday May 23rd, 2019

IPA          5.23.19

Bissell Brothers Baby Genius 4% A hoppy, hazy blonde ale.

Bissell Brothers Industry vs. Inferiority  6.2% A mid-strength IPA

Bissell Brothers Reciprocal 7.3% An all-Australian hopped, double dry hopped double IPA.

Bissell Brothers The Substance  6.6% Our flagship; a brightly dank ale that threads many needles.

Foam Brewers Canvas  5.2%

Pale Ale w/ tastes of dried mango, grapefruit zest, velvet lemonade

Foley Bros. Big Bang   5.5%

brewed w/ Citra and Galaxy then dry hopped w/Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Simcoe great tropical fruit nose

Frost Beer Works Double Shush 8%

Though it's bigger, bolder, and punchier than its little sibling, it's still a lively, dynamic beer that's tangy and tropical with pronounced citrus and hints of spice.

Frost Beer Works Lush 8%

A double IPA with luxuriant aromatics and succulent flavors. The combination of hops from both hemispheres and our ale yeast complement each other to create rich, juicy character.

Hill Farmstead Edward  5.2%

Am. Pale Ale, unfiltered & dry-hopped w/citrus & pine

Hill Farmstead Song of Spring  4.2%

This highly sessionable spring fest beer is a refreshing, low alcohol ale with a fresh, hoppy character.

Lawsons The Space in Between  5%

NEIPA  with a hint of tartness, brewed with oats and wheat and dry-hopped w/Nelson and Galaxy varieties.

River Roost Hello Hello  8.2%

DIPA hopped w/ Citra and Nelson Sauvin

River Roost Mas Verde  6.7%

Citra and Chinook hopped IPA w/beautiful grapefruit

River Roost Showers to Flowers  5.8%

Pale Ale hopped w/ Citra & Southern Passion

River Roost Sound the Horns  7%

IPA featuring Citra hops

Ten Bends Luminous #4  7.2%

The latest in our experimental IPA series, Luminous #4 is brewed and generously dry hopped with Styrian Wolf hops which offers intense fruity flavors with notes of tangerine.

Zero Gravity Mr.Sulu  6.3%

Brewed with pilsner malt and oats, and hopped with a blend of Strata, Citra, and Comet hops. Flavors of passionfruit and citrus bring this resiny IPA up to warp speed


Allagash Beer River Trip  4.7%

Belgian-style session ale with hop-forward grapefruit and stone fruit notes. It’s brewed in the table beer style with local grains and spiced with coriander for an extra hint of citrus. Dry hopping with Comet and Azacca contributes to the mix of melon and grapefruit notes in the beer’s aroma.

Bells Mango Habernero Oberon 5.8%

The full-flavored, medium-bodied wheat malt and citrusy notes of oberon provide the perfect canvas for a colorful interplay of tropical mango and the piquant warmth of habanero peppers.

Burlington Beer Finca Las Torres 7.3%

Barista Series Coffee Porter w/single origin coffee

Cold Hollow Cider Barn Dance 6.9% A modern semi-dry w/ hints of cooked apple, oak and Pineapple

Collaborative Brewing Dorta the Explorer 6.4%

Dortmunder Export style lager.  It’s pale, with a slightly sweet biscuit like malt profile.  The german hops add a bit of a bite and a nice spicy and floral quality to the aroma.

Deciduous Strange Allies  5.5%

Porter Blended ale featuring Double Gleam and Won't Back Down.

River Roost Unfallen  11.2%

Imperial Stout w/ Ancho Chilies, Chocolate Habaneros, Tahitian Vanilla Beans, Cocoa, & Ceylon Cinnamon

Rothaus Pils  5%

The best aromas of Tettnang and the Hallertau, native malt of summer barley &pure spring water from the Hochschwarzwald give its unique spicy & freshness

Schilling Ziegenmensch (Maibock), 6.5% abv.  Golden in color, richly flavored with Munich malt, with a crisp and clean finish. Slight alcohol warming is present. A traditional Bavarian-style Bockbier as is often served during the transition seasons.

Stone Totalitarian  10.5%

Russian Imperial Stout tastes of deeply dark fruit flavors with rich chocolate and coffee overtones.

Sunriver Cocoa Cow 9%

Milk sugar and caramel malt build the rich, full body of this brew, with mild roasted notes coming from two varieties of chocolate malt.  Have some dessert.

Wunderkammer Volume 15 Methods of Innovation 5.5%

I used copious amounts of fuzzy berries from Staghorn Sumac in a wheatbier base to express the beautiful lemon tartness and deep yet subtle berry fruit character of this amazing and super common tree, balancing tartness with the round, mellow character of raw and malted wheat.


Alchemist Focal Banger  7% CAN

Crisp, clean malt character w/ copious Citra & Mosaic

Alchemist Heady Topper  8% CAN

An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBUs

Moonlight Meadery Razz What She Said  6.5% CAN Raspberry Session semi-sweet