The Rez, as it’s known locally, is a crowd favorite offering food and drinks in a sports-bar-meets-family-restaurant setting in the heart of Waterbury village. The place attracts a variety of patrons, depending on the season — with 10 high-def TVs and a 10-foot projection screen, sports fans flock for wings and a view; ample seating at high-top tables and on the spacious patio provides a perfect lunch spot for families who have perhaps recently been to the other Res for kayaking or swimming; and live music and parties keep the good vibes going for the late-night crowd. However, the main attraction is the largest draft beer selection in the state — a prodigious 38-tap system, flowing with an ever-changing selection of popular, lesser known and cult favorite craft brews.
The beer list is updated daily, recently showing a range from the brand new (Frost Beer Works Just Vt Pale Ale) to the Vermont classics (Switchback, Otter Creek, Long Trail), the local white whales (six Hill Farmstead and two Lawson’s offerings), and some just plain fun-sounding brews (Jack’s Abby PB&J, Crazy Mountain’s Lawyers, Guns and Money). In case nothing on tap catches your fancy, there are more than 40 bottles and cans to choose from, as well as a full bar, a small wine selection, and even a few gluten-free beers.
The love of beer is apparent at the Rez: an artistically chalked list of staff favorites bedecks the back of the bar, and the Rez has started brewing its own beer in a one-barrel system, under the label “Big Tree Brewing.”
Stop in for a pint and a bite starting at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday — and come thirsty.