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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.


Friday October 18th, 2019

 IPA    10.18.2019  

Bells Double Two Hearted 11% Everything you love about our classic Two Hearted® Ale... now in a double IPA. With two and a half times the amount of Centennial hops, Double Two Hearted® has intense pine and citrus notes, a resinous hop aroma and rich malt character.

Burlington Beer Co. Intangible Tides 10% Triple Dry Hopped Triple IPA. Hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo.

Foam Brewers Canvas 4.5% a dry-h0pped Pale Ale

Foam Brewers Caribou  8.6% tasting notes: papaya, dank, clementine, mango

Foam Brewers Pavement 8.2% tasting notes: mango, passion fruit, citrus

Frost Lush DIPA   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 a rich, juicy character.

Hill Farmstead Edward  5.2% Am. Pale Ale, unfiltered & dry-hopped w/citrus & pine.

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine   8%

This lupulin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas and delectable layers of hop flavor

Maine Beer Co. Lunch  7% fruit, citrus fruit, subtle malt sweetness.Made w/Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe

Melvin Thaiger Style 5.4% sessionable West Coast-style pale ale built on Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra with the faintest hint of bitterness

Port Brewing Hop-15  11% big citrus character Hop-15 is w/ notes of tropical and stone fruits. Nice spicy hop finish

River Roost Doubtful Guest 6.8% IPA hopped w/ Mosaic and Sultana

River Roost Glimpse  7.8%

Flavors of melon, mango, pineapple, grapes & orange pulp. 

Ten Bends Cream Puff War  8%

A milkshake style Double IPA brewed with lactose, oats and honey malt with peach.

Zero Gravity Madonna  8%Generously hopped Vermont Double IPA made with pilsner malt and American wheat.


Alchemist Heady Topper  8% CAN Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBUs

Alchemist Focal Banger  7% CAN Crisp, clean malt character w/ copious Citra & Mosaic


Alvinne Cuvee Freddy Dedicated To Sophie 8%a Sour blended w/ the base beer for the Kerasus (without fruit) and the Mano Negra Stout. Aged for one year on wine barrels. The aroma is full of sour fruits together with coffee, chocolate, tannins, balsamico, wood, etc. A mix of sourness with soft tannins, burned chocolate, coffee

Andechs Spezial Helles  5.8% full, round malt body that cannot fail to fascinate. The soft flavor carries a distinctive balance of sweet accents and bitter hoppiness. ON LUKR

Burlington Beer Folk Metal 5.5% English style Oatmeal Stout

Burlington Beer Peasant Bread 5.5% wild rice brown ale

Cigar City Margarita Gose  4.5% German-style Sour Ale with Orange, Lime and Salt

Cold Hollow Cider Barndance 6.9%  Cider Light, clean, sparkling

Foam Brewers Bonus Track-18  5%  Fruited Sour w/ Passion-fruit and finger limes.

Lost Abbey Ghosts in the Forest 6% Wild Sour ale aged in oak barrels

Maine Beer Co. Mean Old Tom NITRO  6.5% Vanilla, Coffee and Roasted Cereal with Dark Chocolate and silky body.

River Roost Illusionati 6.8% Coffee Milk Stout made w/ Lactose and Abracabra Coffee co. (Penas Negras #3, Oaxaca Mexico

River Roost Stripes on Plaid 7% Smoked Brown Ale

Simple Roots Nightfall Porter 5.2% Rich, smooth, notes of chocolate, UK Goldings hops.

Stout Rullquin- Gueuzerie Tilquin 7%Beer of mixed fermentation, obtained from a blending of 7/8 of Rulles Brune (Stout de Gaume) and 1/8 of a blend of 1-year-old Lambics, which has matured for 8 months in oak barrels. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented for 6 months in the keg. 

Sunriver Cocoa Cow 7% classic milk stout but with the addition of roasted Ghana cocoa nibs.

Ten Bends Harvest Ale 5.4% featuring local Cascade and Rakua hops.

Wunderkammer Volume 19: Waking Insects

Ale brewed with birch sap, juniper and cedar branches and spruce, fir, and pine tips. Fermented with mixed culture, blended with two year old Farmstead ale, then aged in a foudre.

Zero Gravity Bernie-Weisse  3.2% A slightly sour and forward-thinking ale. This beer gets it unique character from Lactobacillus. Tart, crisp, and refreshing.


Bells Special Double Cream Stout 6.1% velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen that impart notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish.