Pre-dinner drinks at the Blackback Pub
— After getting to the Little River State Park in our laughably overloaded car, setting up our site, and cleaning up a bit, we had some time to kill before heading to our much anticipated dinner at Hen of the Wood. Naturally with Waterbury being so close by, our choices for good beer were plentiful. Our first stop was Blackback Pub.
Blackback is known for having an incredible lineup of Hill Farmstead, more often than not having a better selection of Hill Farmstead beers on tap the the Hill Farmstead Brewery itself! With this being Dave and Jill’s first time having Hill Farmstead, we did our research a couple of nights before, marking off which beers we needed to drink at Blackback Pub and which ones were going to be available for the Harvest Festival, to maximize the number of different Hill Farmstead beers we were going to have during the weekend. Yes we’re nerds.
Between the four of us, we knocked out all of the beers that we were going to miss at the Harvest Festival and even some that were going to be there. I sipped on some James, Society & Solitude #5, and Riwaka Single Hop Pale Ale.
Of course, the Blackback has an excellent selection of other VT brews plus other beers from around the world. I knocked out these, too:
- Hunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
- Hopzilla – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
- Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
- Freigeist Abraxxxas – Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle (this tasted like rancid bacon)
This was right around the time I was finishing up the bottom tier of the beer tulip rack in my kitchen, and I gotta say I was jealous of how nice their racks looked (har har).
It is called the Blackback Pub and Flyshop, but I didn’t see much gear other than this. Non-fishermen, you are safe going to the Blackback.
Pretty nice Hill Farmstead Wall of Fame here.
At this point we had the tough decision of staying where we were, or heading across the street to the Prohibition Pig. As it was Dave and Jill’s first time up this way and I didn’t think we were going to get a chance to get to the Pig any other time that weekend, we opted to head across the street.