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Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant

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428 Main Street Bennington, Bennington, VT 05201
(802)442-7397
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Madison family has deep roots in the Bennington, Vermont. As locals...
The Madison family has deep roots in the Bennington, Vermont. As locals growing up and living in the area, the Madison's have deep ties to the community and in the early 1990's the family decided to purchase what was then a burned out storefront in Bennington's historic downtown, and convert it into the area's first brew pub. "My brother Mark was part of the inspiration" says co-owner Mel Madison. "He become passionate about brewing beer as a hobby... And that let us to the idea of starting a brew pub." From those humble beginnings, the brewery has developed six regular brews plus a seasonal brew. To complement the brewing is the lunch and dinner offerings as well as Madison's own home-made chips - a favorite at the bar or anyplace. Now into its second decade of operation, the brew pub has become a Bennington fixture and a favorite amongst the locals. We encourage you to stop in and discover for yourself everything Madison's Brewing Company has to offer!
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious!

I go here for the French Dip (I think they call it something else) and it never disappoints. They tend to be busy and the service is a little on the slow side, but overall the waitstaff is pleasant and the food is good. Just leave yourself plenty of time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Melinda2020
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Rutland, Vermont
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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WEBSTER
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We have been here many times and have seen several changes in menu and management. The last change has not been a happy one. We usually order from the pub menu and the choices are not what they were in number or quality. They have never been fast but it was worth the wait because we felt the food and... More 

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

We're really sorry you feel like some of our changes haven't been good ones, Anne -- we'd love to clarify! Although there are occasionally new faces on our team, we've never changed management since we opened in 1996. As for the wait, we continue to make everything from scratch in-house, but we completely understand how that can be frustrating when... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We came to Bennington as a 1 day break from skiing and we were disappointed in the service at Madison for lunch. The food was just ok--service was friendly but slow, even though they were not crowded at all.

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Especially when it isn't as busy, it's even more important to make sure the service is speedy -- we're sorry we didn't have our usual quick pace when you came by. Nonetheless, we hope it didn't put too much of a damper on your off-day! If you ever find yourself on a ski break, we think we can show you... More 

Rutland, Vermont
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I go here for the French Dip (I think they call it something else) and it never disappoints. They tend to be busy and the service is a little on the slow side, but overall the waitstaff is pleasant and the food is good. Just leave yourself plenty of time.

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for being such a loyal customer, Melinda. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your thoughts -- we always want your service to be both friendly and efficient so we're sorry to hear we let you down a little there, but glad to hear you've enjoyed yourself overall. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Madison... More 

Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

This place has it all good food great service and all sorts if new beer to try, we tried a lot of the menu all great highly recommend Nachos and vermont cheese covered chicken so good

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for stopping in! It's fantastic to see you enjoyed everything -- especially the nachos and chicken. Hope to see you in again! Cheers, Madison Brewing More 

Woodbridge, New Jersey, United States
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Came here for dinner and beer sampling on a Friday night. There was live entertainment and the guy was great. Food was very good and all fresh ingredients. Beer was also very good. A nice sampler of 8 of their 10 beers for 9 dollars and they were all different and very good! Ranged from light to medium to dark,... More 

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

This is fantastic to see! So happy you got to enjoy some beer, dinner, and even a little bit of entertainment. Hope to have you back in again soon. Cheers, Madison Brewing More 

Paris, France
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great local brews. Can't attest to the food but how can you beat 4 beer samples for 4.50, 9.00 for 8. All tasty! Casual and pleasant atmosphere. Everyone looks like a Brooklyn hipster except these folks are dressed like this for a reason.... It's friggin freezing.

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so for this! So happy you enjoy the beers. Hope we'll see you in again for the food. Cheers, Madison Brewing More 

Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I went to Madison Brewery a lot when my parents were alive. They always enjoyed going there or Madison's brew, 76, and a plate of mussels. The sandwiches are very good also. Great place to kick back and enjoy food and company

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Ted, it's great to hear how much your parents enjoyed our restaurant. We are so sorry to hear about your loss, but it's a pleasure to know that they always appreciated the brews and food we serve. We hope to have you back in soon. Wishing you the best, Madison Brewing More 

Bennington, Vermont
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place to have a fresh brewed beer and awesome food. The staff is very pleasant. Love the french fries.

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Billie, thank you for this! Happy to be a spot where you can always enjoy a brew and some food. Hope we'll see you back in soon. Cheers, Madison Brewing More 

From Here to There
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The beer isn't bad, but the food and ambiance could certainly be improved. Seems like a tourist trap for people passing through...strangely the only restaurant on Main Street.

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

We definitely want to more than a "tourist trap," so to hear you were less than impressed with our food is a disappointment. We'll definitely take your feedback into consideration moving forward. We'd love to have you back in if you're in town again to show we can do better! Cheers, Madison Brewing More 

Buffalo
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We visited on a Friday night and surprisingly didn't have to wait without a reservation and were seated right away. We ordered typical bar food which was delicious. Entree salad was also great. Kids meal was good and was supposed to come with a dessert but was never brought by the server. Wanted to order another beverage but server was... More 

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Mike M, owner at Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

So happy to see this! It's wonderful to know you were able to enjoy your Friday evening with us. We do want to apologize for the small mishaps that happen, but are happy they didn't overshadow what sounds like an otherwise a nice time. We'd love to have you back the next time you're in town. Cheers, Madison Brewing More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 428 Main Street Bennington, Bennington, VT 05201
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Green Mountains  >  Bennington
  • Phone Number: (802)442-7397

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

Description

The Madison family has deep roots in the Bennington, Vermont. As locals growing up and living in the area, the Madison's have deep ties to the community and in the early 1990's the family decided to purchase what was then a burned out storefront in Bennington's historic downtown, and convert it into the area's first brew pub. "My brother Mark was part of the inspiration" says co-owner Mel Madison. "He become passionate about brewing beer as a hobby... And that let us to the idea of starting a brew pub." From those humble beginnings, the brewery has developed six regular brews plus a seasonal brew. To complement the brewing is the lunch and dinner offerings as well as Madison's own home-made chips - a favorite at the bar or anyplace. Now into its second decade of operation, the brew pub has become a Bennington fixture and a favorite amongst the locals. We encourage you to stop in and discover for yourself everything Madison's Brewing Company has to offer!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?