St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Willibrew!

We’re opening early! We’ll feature a traditional special menu only for lunch with our full menu as well as traditional specials beginning at 4pm! Join us for the day that everyone is Irish!

St. Patrick's Day


Best Of Hartford 2014We’ve been nominated in Hartford Advocate’s Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll. Last year,  you really showed us the love! Let’s do it again this year! Please take a moment and vote for us. Every vote counts!

Party with the Presidents!

Party with the Presidents!

The Windham Textile & History Museum needs to be painted and we want to help! So, we’re having a Party with the Presidents!

Join us for this fundraiser as we partner with local historian, Bev York, for a fun and lighthearted evening of beer, food and history!

Space is limited for this informative discussion about our founding fathers and their beers, food and drink recipes and travels to Willimantic!

Enjoy special menu items created for the occasion and colonial-era drink specials! Plus, we’ll be tapping a special presidential brew and donating a portion of its sales to the painting fund!

Join us, George and Abe for a Presidential good time!

David Wollner on WILI AM’s The Neighborhood

We’d like to thank Good Company WILI 1400 AM for interviewing David recently about, among other things – our history and involvement in the community. Tune in on Tuesdays at 5:30 to listen to the Neighborhood.

Willimantic Downtown Sidewalk Sales

Come participate in Willimantic Downtown Sidewalk Sales from 10:30am – 3:30pm.

Willibrew will be offering great deals on all or our gear like hoodies, t-shirts, glassware & hats! Plus, we’ll be offering tempting lunch specials since you’re sure to work up a hunger from all that shopping! See you downtown!

Vote for Willibrew today!

Vote for Willibrew!

Hi there! We’ve been nominated in’s Great American Beer Bar contest and we’re really honored to be the only bar from CT on the list! Would you please help us get the word out? A vote for Willimantic Brewing Company is a vote for #CTCraftBeer!

Vote here!

Cheers to 22!

It was April 1991 when Cindy and David Wollner opened the Main Street Café’ at 900 Main street Willimantic in the somewhat historic former Capitol Theater building.

We had a very simple vision: to provide good food, flavorful coffees, and 16 flavors of gourmet ice creams and frozen yogurt. We operated 6 days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.

It was our hope to renovate and restore the beauty of the old theater as a brewpub and cinema but it was not to be. Fate would have it that the space at 877 Main street would become available  and we would make our first move across the street and open as a full service Craft Beer restaurant. We served all American beers like those brewed by Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer Company, Harpoon and Shipyard. Plus we offered local favorites such as New England Brewing and New Haven Brewing –  many others too. We served lunch and dinner with lots of interesting menu items and especially our killer hot OY Vey wings.   We still attempted to build a brewery in that beautiful place but once again the cards were not in our hand, so off we went.

Two wonderful local business folks acquired 967 Main street on Valentines Day 1996 and we were fortunate to lease the building and help them renovate the impressive historic Post Office structure. It took nearly 11 months ’til we were able to finally open our doors with the help of many volunteers and excellent tradespeople on February 8th 1997.

Here we are, 22 years later operating one of the most beautiful brewpubs around!

It’s not just the building, it’s not just the food, it’s not just the beer, it’s not just the employees, it’s not just the community, it’s not just the patrons that makes us beautiful.

It is the sum of all the pieces of this puzzle we call Willibrew or Main Street Café.

We are your brewpub!

Please come  visit us and enjoy a piece of Willimantic history,  and thank you all for keeping the beers flowing!

Cheers to 22 years!

The Chocolate Beer Edition

Get it while you can!

We still have a lil bit left of a very limited 5 gallon keg of Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout. An extremely robust Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels for about eight months, resulting in a massive (for beer) 15 percent alcohol by volume then infused with Intelligentsia Coffee; the brewery considered 12 varieties before settling on La Tortuga.

Romantic Willimantic’s Chocolate Festival reminds me that now is a great time to try the various Seasonal brews on the market. Here at Willibrew we will have Southern Tier’s Choklat, Thomas Hooker‘s Chocolate Truffle made with local Munson’s chocolate, Founder‘s Cerise, Berkshire‘s Raspberry Barleywine, and not to be missed our own S.W.A.K Stout (sealed with a kiss of vanilla). We also encourage you to try Sixpoint, represented by their 3Beans Imperial Stout and Widmer with their SXNW.
P.S. for your pleasures we also have Chocolate Martinis and decadent desserts.
I hope you have a hoppy Valentine’s weekend!

Friday Night Specials! January 18, 2013

Brewer’s Chicken Mac & Cheese – Diced grilled chicken in a rich & creamy beer-cheese sauce, baked with elbow macaroni and topped with crispy potato & bread crumbs. $10.99

Asian Steak Salad   Grilled teriyaki marinated shoulder steak served over an Asian salad of Romaine, mixed field greens, Chinese 5-spice parsnips, roasted Russet potato, roasted peppers, red onion, shredded carrot and broccoli with sesame-ginger vinaigrette. $10.99

Fried Oysters Plate Lightly fried, cornmeal crusted oysters served with chipotle dipping sauce, corn & black bean salsa and French fries. $18.99

Entrée Specials

Pan Seared Scallops Served with carrot-ginger puree, garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. $19.99

Suggested Pairings ~ Sam Adams Winter Ale

Sterling Sauvignon Blanc

 Prime Rib of Beef au Jus Cajun spice rubbed and slow roasted to your liking, served with a baked Russet potato, sautéed squash medley and au jus. King Cut – $21.99….. Queen Cut – $18.99

Suggested Pairings ~ Bass Stout

High Note Malbec


Soup of the Day– New England Clam Chowder

Pint of the Day – Bass Stout

Drink Special – Peach Fizz: Bacardi Peach, Citronage, & 7up – $5