Whilst traveling Rt. 89 on my way back to Stowe, I decided to visit an old friend, Prohibition Pig in downtown Waterbury, Vermont. Aside from having an obviously fantastic name, Pro Pig is at once both a great restaurant and a great brewery.
The restaurant, in the front, has a bbq theme; my favorite menu items: Duck Fat Fries, Homespun Salad, and Hand Sliced Beef Brisket. They also serve tasty, hearty burgers.
The brewery, located in the back, offers a range of their own ales and lagers for tasting, on draught, and for purchase in cans, crowlers (a crowler is a giant, 32 oz. can), and growlers. They also have a wide variety of guest beers on draught and in cans. Food from the restaurant can be ordered and consumed inside, as well as on the outdoor patio in nice weather.
I ended my visit by procuring a crowler of Bantam Double IPA, 8% ABV. This an American Double IPA brewed with Columbus, Chinook, and Simcoe hops. This is a great, hoppy beer that is also not too heavy. It starts with a sweetness on the tongue, before settling back to a full hoppy flavor.
Now, what the heck is a bantam anyway? From Merriam-Webster:
From Merriam-Webster: Definition of bantam
noun ban·tam \ˈban-təm\
1: any of numerous small domestic fowls that are often miniatures of members of the standard breeds
2: a person of diminutive stature and often combative disposition
There you go. Maybe if you drink a lot of this beer, you can chirp like a chicken, cower down, and then get into a fighting mood.
The Cicerone says: “You need to time your visit carefully. If you just want to buy beer to take away, go at about 11:30 am or between 2 pm and 3 pm. Otherwise, you will run into crowds because both the food and the beer is that good. Also parking is limited … another reason to avoid the crowd.”