#11 Main St. Cafe

Not too long ago, I started this blog. With my introductory post, I explained how I spent my first few years of craft beer enjoyment, parked at a bar stool inside this amazing place. David Wollner really knows his stuff, and you can see and taste the love that goes into his craft. So lets see what kind of trouble I got into!

Image courtesy of Carolyn Stearns @  carolynstearnsstoryteller.blogspot.com

Beautiful, right? I love this place. But its been a while since I had been here, so I had to really study the list! 

Decisions, Decisions...Anything look good to you?

The beer I really wanted, wasn't on tap. In fact, I don't know if they even brew it anymore. Its called Roadenzok (Spelling?) and it was a delicious ruby red sour! Anyway, I wanted to DRINK ALL THE BEER, but that would have been super dangerous, as I had more places to be! SOOOOOOOO...I got a sampler! YAY SAMPLER!

Nice handwriting, right? Yeah!

I was so overwhelmed, I didn't know where to start. I did "Eenie Meenie Miney Moe!"

Thank god they gave me my card and laid them out in the same pattern, otherwise I would have been completely lost. I'm simple.

Following the pattern from top left:

Simon Saaz-On: I'm making a habit of trying every Saison I can get my hands on. I'm starting to really enjoy the style. Especially this one. Lightly maltyness, with a delicious fruit tang to it. Nice and crisp, a brilliant representation of the style 3.5/5

Dead End Dunk Ale: I haven't had too many Dunkels, so I jumped at the opportunity to try this one. A nice roasted taste, very smooth and creamy. This was the first one I grabbed, I was so excited I started to drink it before I even took the group picture! 4/5

Pony Espresso Stout: I really liked this. A lot. One thing that turns me off on a lot of stouts is the blatant presence of coffee. I like coffee, but only with cream and sugar, so when its in my beer it puts me off a bit. But this was a perfect blend of roasted malts, chocolate and some caramel. 4/5

Flowers Infusion: Much like the Apricot Wheat surprised me at Tullycross, this beer surprised the hell out of me! I didn't know what to expect, but when the crisp, fizzy sweetness exploded on my taste buds, I got REALLY excited! In hindsight, I should have gotten a growler. What a unique idea for a beer. I'm starting to see a lot more of these French Farmhouse style beers. I didn't like the first one I had tried (Flying Dog Garde Dog), but I've had a few more since, and they've all been winners. This one easily being the champion. 5/5

Dyvil Hopyard Double IPA: They didn't have it, so they gave me Late Night IPA... it was an IPA. Not bad, nothing to excite me though. I think I'm getting burnt out on IPA's. 3/5

So I would say this trip was a resounding success. I was disappointed I didn't get to see the two bartenders I know the best, Jake and DJ. Oh well! That's what I get for being such a stranger! I cant recommend this place enough. I may be biased, but its one of my favorite places to drink beer, outside of my living room. And the food is great, you have to get the nachos! Also, aside from their own brews, they have around 30 different guest brews on tap and in bottles. That makes for a pretty impressive menu in my book. And another perk, if you go, you get to sit in one of the most beautiful buildings in Eastern Connecticut. If you don't want to sit inside, feel free to enjoy your food and drinks outside on their patio!

Bonus Perk: I met a fellow Beer Advocate user and scored a 4 pack of Heady Topper, one of the highest rated IPA beer sin the country! Lucky me!

Main St. Cafe (Willimantic Brewing Company/Willibrew)

Overall: 3.9/5

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  1. And if you have your CT TrailBlazers card... you can save 10% on your entire check!!

    1. I keep meaning to get one...and then I dont!