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.
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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!
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.
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!
The 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 – Local, Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, The Engine Room, Coalhouse Pizza, Prime 16, MiKro, Stanziato’s, and Cask Republic.
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!
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!
Just in time for your holiday gift giving we have new Willibrew gear! New t-shirt designs and a growler coozie that can’t be beat add to our line up of t-shirts, hoodies, pint glasses and a whole lot more!
Not sure what to get the beer lover on your list? Gift Cards make great gifts!
Ask your server for help with retail items the next time you’re in, or purchase a gift card in our online store.
Connecticut Beer Week is a celebration of Connecticut’s craft beer and the artisans that brew it. We’d like to direct your attention to one particular artisan – Ben Braddock – who has been brewing with us for many years. Ben is preparing to move on to the next phase of his hoppy adventure – Hog River Brewing Co. Please show Ben some Willibrew love by supporting his dream! #Cheers
CraftBeer.com is accepting nominations for the Great American Beer Bar!
You may remember this contest from last year. (Thanks for voting for us!) This year is a little different. They’re asking you to vote for the Best Beer Bar in your state!
Show some Willibrew love!
Please and thank you!
With more than 3,800 operating breweries in the U.S., your options for places to enjoy craft beer continue to grow. To put it into perspective, according the Brewers Association, breweries are opening at a rate of 2 per day, and there are more than 1,800 breweries in planning.
To keep up with this growth, we decided to switch up the Great American Beer Bars competition this year in order to highlight more bars across the country that truly show what craft beer is all about.
With your help, we’re looking to name the best beer bar in every state!
Thank you to everyone who helped us film our latest commercial! Look for it in the coming weeks on NBC CT. Let us know what you think!