The Parker Pie Co. / Lake Parker Country Store

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The Parker Pie Co. / Lake Parker Country StoreThe Parker Pie Co. / Lake Parker Country Store
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55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: 25
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

161 Country Rd
PO Box 9
West Glover, Vermont, 05875-0009
United States
phone: (802) 525-3366

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Place added by: grassrootsVT on 12-17-2006

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by cbeer88:
Photo of cbeer88
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I stopped by here for lunch on the way back from visiting Hill Farmstead thanks to the excellent recommendation of a few BA's.

12 or so taps, a few of which are hidden in a back room that isn't open at lunch. If you're not local you probably want Hill Farmstead, so ask - they had (the incredibly awe inspiring) Edward on tap in back. A few locals, a few non-locals, but all top notch stuff. I didn't dive into bottles, but they had a small but solidly crafted list.

I was told to get the "Green Mountain Special" pizza, and it was as delicious as advertised. I could be back here 10 times, and I'd probably order the same thing every time. Fairly large pizza menu and the sandwiches I saw others eating looked big/tasty.

The atmosphere is very "Vermont" - party country store, part funky hodge podge of a bar, part tables/decor that time forgot, and an interesting outdoor area with a bunch of picnic tables on the grass.

Service was pleasant - one guy was running the shop for everybody and was more than happy to leg pints back and forth outside.

Good value - lunch for two with 4 beers came out to $40-ish.

Bottom line - this is an oasis in the middle of an extremely rural area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great tap list, service was great, food was very good, kid friendly and easy access off the hwy.

Photo of OldCrustacean79
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best, Best, Best!!! I don't know if Martha still works there but I would marry her in a heartbeat!!!

Photo of Tarabeth
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The pizza was amazing here!! It's definitely THE place to stop after a trip to Hill Farmstead.

Photo of cptbenjamin
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is so unassuming and I can't share how worth going out of your way to hit this place is. Its about 15 minutes from Hill Farmstead! Unreal food....a pizza with maple syrup is a must! No joke, by far what I would consider the best beer selection in my entire beercation.

Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%

New England jaunt in the Spring. Vermont today, tomorrow, and then Maine for a few days. Never been this far up 91 before, and my guess that the unmarked road with a bridge was Roaring Brook Road was a successful leap. To the end, hook that right, and it’s that, over there, on the bend, parking around the side in the early April Vermont mud…

Entered up front and was greeted by wine & beer displayed; Dieu De Ciel, Alesmith, and well, hello, Fantome Noel. Take in the little country store scene; dry goods, baked goods, nuts, cheese, wine & beer, and through the corral doors to the rear. 2 bar pieces split, seating 3 and 3 on colorfully painted chairs; wood topped bar here, dented & dinged metal top bar there. A brass ’T’ tower of 5 on the front side and 2 barbell uprights with 2 taps each below the rear piece with stacked glassware. Piping glassware rack with tulips and stemware a-dangling to the left, and a horizontal board to the right listing the 9 tap selection sectioned in alternating colored chalk (brewery, beer, origin, style, ABV, IBU’s, price, & serving size). Kitchen corralled in between the two, with swinging saloon doors; its door frame and adjacent kitchen peek a boo window framing pasted with dollar bills & pictures. Past tense tap handles line the space above and alongside, and some domestic bottles and cans displayed with craft & import interjected.

Wood slat/plank floorings, slat ceilings in light gray, and the walls in red, yellow, & orange, and some areas done blue with cloud play. And the décor; some local art (paintings), snow shoes, beer ad tin silliness, license plates, rusty old signage, and the wall near the rear door with newspaper cutouts & beer stickers. A ½ dozen tables mix & match behind us, boothed and benched. There’s a small TV showing soccer. Phil is psyched for the world cup, I cannot understand why.

9 taps here and 5 more in the back room bar not currently open (but they will draw from there if you’re polite and nice). 14 taps in all; a mix of right down the road local hero craft (Hill Farmstead Edward, Single Hop Simcoe, Double Citra, & the Blaugies La Vermontoise collab), craft regionally nearish & far (Sixpoint Sweet Action, Local Option Sweet Leif, Finch’s Sobek & Set, Bruery Oude Tart, Stone Ruination Grapefruit Slam, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye), a single import (Siren Broken Dream Stout), and an in-state soda/cider/kombucha hat trick (Rookies Root Beer, Citizen Cider Unified Press, Aqua Vitea Kombucha). I drank the Hill Farmstead Single Hop Simcoe & Double Citra because I could. They’ve also got a bottle list of some 3 dozen offerings broken out by origin. It’s a pretty good list and includes a handful of macros, N/A, gluten free, & cider action. No Cantillon bottles today, wah (just to hurt me).

And food, yes, sure, I mean, we’ve only been driving all damn day. I had been toying with a BLT, because, well, it’s where bacon lives, but opted instead for a small piiiiie. Pizza Margherita was her name (fresh garlic, crushed plum tomatoes, fresh basil, and you know what, I’m feelin’ crazy, why don’t we add pepperoni). Phil went with the Scott’s Revenge (Scott’s oil, crushed plum tomatoes, spicy shrimp, scallions, and roasted red peppers). Mine was a kickin’ pie, and Phil said his was excellent, too. “Lots of shrimp, spicy, very good”. That there was actual Phil verbiage.

Tunes have been excellent! See the way I dealt that with an exclamation point, you can tell I meant that shit. Zeppelin, Stones, Animals, Zombies, CCR, Doors, Beatles, Cream, but some of this stuff sounds like slightly different versions than those I know. I’m wondering if we’re getting alternate versions of some of these or if I’m experiencing the single speaker mono effect. ‘Trickery’, I say!

Darcy serves us up, Maine kid she is. This we find, Phil & I, as we talk of plans for the days ahead. Unexpectedly good pizza & a jammin’ tap list. Come and get your drink & snack on before heading down the road for growl fills or wait in line there hungry, grumbly, & sad, like the clown.

Photo of SABERG
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

fBest tap list in the north, Regional craft and imports.
Food is really good. Staff is super
Pizza and specials are hard to beat.
Price point is good for the offerings,
Wonderful experience every time.

Cheers

Photo of Mini4x
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I may be a tad biased but I was there for the Hills Farmstead 4th anniversary. The place was packed, Hills had taken over their back yard and were pouring many of their finest libations. The waitstaff was amazing, the food was awesome (Curry Chicken Pizza, can I have another please?) If you are even in "almost Canada" I highly suggest a stop.

Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nine beers on tap - eight of which were from Vermont, and including Double Dose - which was just as fantastic as advertised - and Hill Farmstead. The only non-local brew on tap was Founders. Looked like a decent bottle selection, too.

They obviously specialize in pizzas, but I enjoyed an excellent hot Italian sausage sub.

There isn't much to say about the atmosphere. It's a relatively small place, with a couple bar areas, an attached shop, and an outside deck area (probably more useful in the Summer).

Definitely a good spot to stop if you're visiting.

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Been wanting to check out Parkers Pie since my first trip to VT but it has just never worked out, that was going to change this past trip for the HF Festival. Stopped in with a whole mess of people from all over the world.

We decided to pack up a few cars worth of people and head up for dinner after the Festival, that was a bit of a mistake, but more on that later. Atmosphere was pretty awesome. Inside was a little packed so we moved outside and grabbed the only available picnic table. It was so nice out so I had no problem at all spending some time outside with friends, new and old. Quality seemed pretty high. Top notch pizza ingredients make for some amazing pies. Draft beer selection was good but painfully slow at the front bar while the back bar was much faster it didn't have as good of a selection. Bottle list was awesome, we picked up two of the last Lou Pepe's they had for a more than reasonable price. Now for a bit of the bad. The service was painfully slow and we had to wait almost three hours for our food. I know it was the saturday dinner rush but come on, they said one and a half hours for a pie not three hours. We heard a couple different excuses as to why, seemed to change with each person we asked. Once our food did come it was excellent. Their crust is amazing and the wide range of toppings makes is really easy to find something you like. Also got the maple wings and they were excellent as well. Prices were on the borderline of pricey but the quality made up for a bit of it.

Overall, service aside, an awesome little pizza shop in the middle of nowhere. I will definitely return in the future, I will just make sure it is an "off" time.

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

A- Perfectly quaint piece of paradise off an intersection of dirt roads, across the road from a cow barn. Inside is a sort of old barn renovated with all new wooden interior and a concert stage upstairs. You're bound to find lots of beards and flannel here.

Q- They serve the best pizza around paired with some of the finest beer selection I've found in such a secluded location.

S- The staff is always on top of their game to make sure that your food is great and your beer glass is full.

S- They're mostly a pizza place, but they have some other things too. But just go with the pizza.

F- Like I said, best pizza around. Bills can get to be a bit pricey, but come with some friends and split some pizzas and you're golden.

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is an oasis in the middle of Northern Vermont.

The atmosphere is a great representation of the state of Vermont, an outdoor section, and a small town feel inside really makes it a nice place to enjoy a beer. It is always very crowded when the weather is nice, sometimes wait an hour for food.

Any beer here I have had has been fresh and good tasting.

The staff and bartenders are passionate about what they do. The first time I went there a young guy shared information about beers and breweries they carried in the store, as well as on tap.

Five dollars can get you so many good beers. Hill Farmstead's, Clown Shoes Clementine, and Rogue Dead Guy were a couple that Ive gotten on tap their. Around 10 beers on tap at a time. I was so mad that I had missed Heady Topper (cans) when I went, it was sold out the day before.

Almost every brewery in Vermont can be found here from time to time either in the country store side, or in the bar side.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.68/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

About a dozen craft beer taps, plus a good selection of bottles, from Bud to Belgian imports.

The pizza is outstanding and the brick oven filled the interior with a delicious aroma. Seating options ranged from the bar/restaurant area, to a lounge, to picnic tables on the deck and lawn, to a nook upstairs with a small stage. We started outside, but retreated when a thunderstorm hit. The staff did a great job straightening out the upstairs area and making the refugees from the rain comfortable inside.

Friendly staff, knowledgeable about the beer, and unique, comfortable setting. Well worth seeking out!

Photo of GatheringBrews
4.13/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a local spot for us, and we usually visit a every month or so. Beer selection is usually quite good, and the new expanded area added four new taps, which has meant even more good selection of quality craft brews.

It's what we'd consider a quintessential Glover joint, good for locals and visitors alike. Funky, eclectic and down home. Some of the best pizza around, probably right up there for best pizza in New England, really. Service is great, always friendly.

A converted general store, it now sports its own theater in the upstairs, as well as two seating/eating areas. We've been there for live music a number of times and it's good fun.

Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Attended this cozy little hangout with the Hill Farmstead crew. They only had about 4-5 brews on tap but they were all winners. The quality of the beer was in check.
The service at the place was helpful and friendly, willing to make suggestions, or explain questions.
The selection, again, was decent. The beers were all good choices.
We checked out a few of the different pizza offerings, which were all nice and tasty.
The value was pretty nice too. We escaped with 4 of us eating, and drinking a few rounds each for under $75.

Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

This is a review of the beer store only.
Well, i liked the ambiance. When i walked in, i felt like i was in a small country market (that's a good thing)
As for the beers, i was expecting more choice. Only 1 choice of Otter Creek, 2 of Wolaver's. Long Trail was well represented. I had actually come specifically for some Rogue, but alas, there was none (though i was pleasantly suprised to find some Dogfish Aprihop). In all fairness though, the guy at the cash said that today was not a good day for beer, to come back Monday. Unfortunately, not an option since i was passing through. I much prefer Winooski Beverage Warehouse, though not in the same area.

Photo of grassrootsVT
4/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a bit of a neighborhood jaunt for myself. Here in northern vermont, it is difficult to find places that serve the best draft available in the state - allagash, BBC, smuttynose, rogue, hennepin, the rarity of McNeills, and the normal vermont lineup etc. This is the place for good beer in Northern Vermont.

This establishment is divided into a store and a pizza serving pub.
The store is open from the early hours of the morning until 8pm. Therein, you can find primarily local/organic foods, wines, and a good selection of the beers that are available in the state. Bottles include: various selections from Rogue and Ommegang, Allagash, Otter Creek World Tour, Harpoon 100bbl series, vast selection of McNeills, Dogfish, Smuttynose, etc.

The pizza pub, Parker Pie, is open every day of the week until atleast 9pm.
Four draft lines running at all times. No AB products. Once in a while you may find stella...but, primarily, it's all micro and quality.
Tuesday is the real deal: 2$ pints of any draft beer. Sometimes this includes a smutty or allagash product... pretty hard to beat. Normal draft prices are $3.50 a pint. They serve pizza, calzones, sandwiches, pasta, and wine by the glass - have also recently added some baked goods and are expanding into another room of the building to accomodate the expanding bakery. Prices for pizzas are great and the staff is laid back and knowledgeable...

A shining star in the Northeast Kingdom.

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The Parker Pie Co. / Lake Parker Country Store in West Glover, VT
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