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The Willimantic Brewing Co./Main Street Café is a living
landmark restaurant & pub brewery located in Willimantic, in the heart of rural northeastern Connecticut. Located at 967 Main St. Willimantic, CT 06226 at the corner of Main Street & High Street in downtown Willimantic, Connecticut

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WYFB Relic Beer Dinner

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Women’s Year for Beer Dinner with Relic Brewing!

The combination of Relic‘s brews and our Executive Chef, Will Deason’s carefully crafted menu was amazing!

Our main course was paired with our first Ladies Who Brew session beer. Look for Venus the Goddess of Victory IPA on tap now. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will benefit the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut’s Women and Girls Fund.

Stay tuned for more of our Women’s Year events and our next beer dinner!

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Ladies Are Brewin’ It For Themselves!

Last weekend we kicked off our first event for our Women’s Year for Beer with a Ladies Who Brew session. Representatives of the Community Foundation of Eastern CT’s  Windham Area Women & Girls Fund (WWGF) joined David and Stephanie, a brewer from Relic Brewing in the brewery. Leigh Duffy, Lee Terry, Mary Weinland, Lilli Rhodes and Toni Moran of WWGF rolled up their sleeves and assisted in brewing a brand new IPA. The ladies worked up a sweat heading the arduous task of adding local Connecticut malts to boiling water in the mash tun and continuously stirring the quickly thickening mixture.

This IPA will be debuted at our first FILL-anthropic event, held from 6pm till 9pm in our Post Master’s Office on Wednesday, March 8th. Attendees will have the opportunity to make a cash donation to the WWGF in exchange for the chance to offer a name suggestion for this collaborative IPA! A portion of the sales of this beer will also be donated to the WWGF until supplies run out.

The Windham Area Women and Girls Fund’s mission is to break through challenges that hold women back, and, to help build a brighter future for women and girls in the Windham area. A division of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the WWGF works to reduce domestic violence, improve services for the elderly, increase economic security and enhances youth development.

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Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl LI is around the corner,

But don’t stress!

We’ll do your Super Bowl cooking for you!

 

 

Football spread samplers!

Choose any three from the list below & create your own combo

 

 Brewers bread loaf sandwiches

Approximately 14 Pieces Each

Corned Beef or Turkey

With L/T/O | Cheddar | Mayo | Mustard

 

 24 Wings Any Flavor Ranch or Blue Cheese

 

 24 Jalapeno Poppers w/Cream Cheese Filling

 

 24 Beer-B-Q Meatballs

 

 15 Panko Encrusted Crab Balls

Injected with Red Pepper Crème

 

 24 Caprese Skewers

Fresh Mozzarella | Cherry Tomato | Basil

Balsamic Reduction Drizzled

 

 30 Fresh Fruit Skewers

With Creamy Yogurt Dipping Sauce

 

 Assorted Vegetable Crudité

Ranch Dipping Sauce

Our Private Events Menu is also available!

 

 And grab a growler while you’re here!

Mix, Match, and MASTER your Super Bowl Party!

$60 per 3 Choice Sampler

All orders must be in by 2/4 @ 5:00 PM

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Thanksgiving Growler Suggestions!

thanksgiving, willibrew, willimantic, brewer, pilgrim, craft beerHappy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Thanksgiving comes but once a year, and it is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends.
Here are a few suggestions from your friendly local brewer on what best to enjoy as your day progresses.
As your guests arrive and the endless platters of appetizers and amuse-bouche are displayed. A wonderful beer to get the festivities (and your palate) started is our Certified Gold, a mild blonde ale with a beautiful balance between malt & hops. At 4.7% abv. it will start things off right, but keep you from seeing double, unless Aunt Mildred brings her two Schnauzers.
As the day moves along, the turkey’s out of the oven, arguments over football abate, and the family sits down for dinner. There surely will be a myriad of flavors on the table and one might question what can go with all of this food. Well thankfully either a nice malty Fire Engine Red or hoppy Junk Mail IPA should fit the bill. Both beers, depending on individual palates, should be able to accept any flavors you throw at it without losing either the food or the beer in the process.
Finally with bellies full and the thought of more food boggles ones mind, on comes dessert. Some will be enjoying coffee or tea at this time, but you are looking for one final beer to cap off a wonderful day. There is no better way to end a meal than a nice rich, dark, and roasty dark ale, such as our Six Shooter Oyster Stout. A beer to settle the stomach and prepare you for that post meal nap.
Hopefully our suggestions find you in good cheer and a very Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

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Beer vs Wine Dinner

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote at our annual Beer vs. Wine Dinner on Monday, July 25th at 6 pm!

Join us for this on-going debate over which pairs better with food. Enjoy four courses, each paired with a beer and a wine – then you decide which paired better for each course.

At the end we’ll tally the results and decide the winner – Beer or Wine.

Tickets are $75.00 and by advanced sale only.

Check out the menu here.

 

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25 Years of the Main Street Cafe!

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April 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Willimantic Brewing Company/Main Street Café. The original Main Street Café began operations as a small deli in the old Capitol Theatre building on Main Street in Willimantic, CT. After 3 years we were bursting at the seams and made the move to 877 Main Street, another historic building. There we expanded to a full service restaurant and featured American craft-brewed beers and an extensive menu. One more move was in the cards for us, and we made yet another trek down Main Street to our current home in our granite and limestone 1909 U.S. Post Office Building.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7 – We kick off our anniversary fun on National Beer Day! We’ll drink to that. We will feature a rotating selection of beers from breweries that are older than us!

 

Saturday, April 9 – Silver Anniversary Party in the Pub – A 25th anniversary is also known as a silver anniversary. We’re having a Silver Anniversary Party in the Pub to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Coincidence? We don’t think so. Dance to the music that was popular the decade we opened – the ‘90’s! Prizes for best silver-themed wardrobe, commemorative giveaways, and food and drink specials, too! The fun begins at 10 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 16 – Deli Days at Willibrew – Enjoy delicious specials from our original Main Street Cafe deli menu! Plus, we’re bringing back an original Main Street Café event – Games People Play! We’ll bring the board games, you bring your friends for some friendly competition. Last but certainly not least – Bruce John will perform in the pub from 2 – 4.

Monday, April 18 – Spring Beer Dinner – SOLD OUT!   Featuring breweries from 25 years ago!

 

Tuesday, April 19th – Friday, April 22 – Bummed that you didn’t snag tickets to the Spring Beer Dinner? There, there friend we’ll be featuring items from the Beer Dinner as a Daily Special all week! Cheers!

 

 

Thursday, April 21 – Thread City Hop Fest ticket winners announced. (See below!)

 

Saturday, April 30 – Rhythm Stew returns to Willibrew! Bringing their brand of Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Rock and the Blues. You’ll be on your feet dancing the night away! The music starts at 9 p.m.

 

Sunday, May 1 – the 3rd annual Thread City Hop Fest! Happening right down the road at Jillson Square. Check out the Craft Beer Fest, Live Music and Vendors, then come visit Willibrew!

 

 

Also –

Blast-from-the-past menu items throughout the month!

Win a Hop Fest ticket! We’ll be giving away 25 tickets to the Thread City Hop Fest! Winning is easy! When you’re filling out your Comment Card, write down that you’d like to win, let your server know and wait for the drawing on Thursday April 21st.

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CTNow Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll – Vote for Willibrew!

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The CTNow Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll is back!

In the past you’ve really shown your Willibrew love. (Thank you! We love you, too! To say that we were overwhelmed by your love last year would pretty much be an understatement. ) Please take a moment to vote for Willibrew! In fact, while you’re voting, how about showing some Willimantic love too? Vote for Willibrew AND your other favorite downtown businesses!

 

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Connecticut Magazine’s Experts’ Picks

willimantic, willibrew, Connecticut, Connecticut magazine, craft beer, craft beer haven, ct beerThe results of Connecticut Magazine’s 2016 Best Restaurants: Experts’s Picks are in!

 

“This group of veteran restaurant critics, food writers and contemporary bloggers have weighed in on the best our state has to offer in a variety of categories.”

 

We are honored to have been selected as a Craft Beer Haven! Congratulations to our fellow honorees – LocalEli Cannon’s Tap RoomThe Engine RoomCoalhouse PizzaPrime 16MiKro, Stanziato’s, and Cask Republic

 

Click here to see the full line-up of winners.

 

 

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New Year’s Eve

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You are cordially invited to join us for New Year’s Eve Dinner, being served from 4:00 – 9:00 PM. We’ll offer our full menu with wonderful additions as well!

(Reservations are recommended.)

 

After dinner, the night’s still young and you’ve got two New Year’s Eve parties to choose from!

Party in the Pub beginning at 9:00 PM! We’ll have a fun DJ providing great tunes for dancing, a champagne toast at midnight, hats & party favors and a complimentary hors d’oeuvres buffet! Check out photos from our party last year!

or

Swing into the New Year right across the street in the Bellingham Auditorium beginning at 8 pm. The little Big Band will be playing and we’ll be there with a cash bar featuring beer, wine and a signature cocktail! For more information and to purchase your tickets head this way. Or, have dinner with us and get tickets for a reduced rate of $30 per person!

 

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