Prohibition Pig in Waterbury (and btw, what the heck is a bantam?)

Prohibition Pig Bantam IPA

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.

August 12, 2017 - The selection at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Vermont

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.”

Prohibition Pig
23 S. Main St, Waterbury VT
Hours: Tues – Thurs 4pm – 10pm; Fri – Mon 11:30am – 10pm.

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