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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.


Sunday May 26th, 2019

IPA          5.26.19

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

Foam Distopian Dream Girl  7%

tasting notes: tropical, orange sorbet, creamsicle

Foley Bros. Tipping Point 7.5%

Blend of Medusa, El Dorado and Jarrylo Hops

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 Excursions HBC-692.  6% Excursions is our explorative IPA series, and this one uses an experimental hop from Yakima Valley. Enjoy!

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.

Maine Beer Co. Mo  6%

Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passionfruit, and pine present themselves throughout. A very subtle malt sweetness for balance, but this is intended to finish dry.

Resilience Ponyhawk 8%

Waves of grass, pine and citrus coat the palate as the New World hop schedule does its work.  Nice notes of mango, orange and tangerine.

River Roost Mas Verde  6.7%

Citra and Chinook hopped IPA w/beautiful grapefruit

River Roost Sound the Horns  7%

IPA featuring Citra hops

Zero Gravity Madonna  8%

Generously hopped Vermont Double IPA made with pilsner malt and American wheat. Balanced, bright and highly satisfying.

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.

Allagash Wannigan  10%

Tripel Ale Aged in Port Whiskey Barrels

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

Deciduous Strange Allies  5.5%

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

Foam Block Print 6%

Brewed with Lactose and conditioned on orange, coconut and vanilla beans

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.

Schneider Weisse  5.4%

pleasantly fruity with a typical top-fermented smell, an aroma of clove and nutmeg apple tantalizes the nose. On the tongue it is fresh, clean, full-bodied, harmonious and well-balanced.

Stone Totalitarian  10.5%

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

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