Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
Based on:
77 Beers
33,475 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 444
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Store ]

403 Hill Rd
Greensboro Bend, Vermont, 05842-8813
United States
phone: (802) 533-7450

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hillfarmstead

Place added by: papat444 on 04-08-2010

Hill Farmstead has a small bottle shop that carries offerings from other breweries in addition to bottles and growlers of their own offerings.
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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 71
Photo of Buford_t_justice
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My favorite brewery, the service is great and the samples are awesome! The only thing i would change is the wait for fills, 3 hours in line is killer...

Photo of Mark2617
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Can't get much better than this. Since they've updated the tap system it was very quick and we happened to visit on a beautiful day. Worth the drive.

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.85/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

The beer Mecca of America

Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

All around best brewery I've visted, great staff, dog friendly, beautiful scenery, super relaxed, great beers and the list goes on.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Arrived on Cherry Flora and Lou Pepe Kriek day, and things ran nice and smooth. Opened up a half hour early for those that were waiting outside prior to opening. Really nice people, good organization. It does take a while to fill so many growlers, but they let you do a cheap tasting while you wait. Overall a really great experience, and I left with a much lighter wallet.

Photo of hopley
4.31/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

The only thing to complain about is excessive wait times to get beer. A good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless.

Photo of 2ellas
3.61/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Farm house down a loooong dirt road, far away from anything else. Have to fill out an order form as opposed to telling someone what you want. Port-a-potties outside. Employees were very nice and very helpful.

Photo of jhavs
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great location in old family farm with beautiful views and country side. Functions well in the current situations with large crowds and everyone buying near max. If your filling up growlers bring a "runner" to grab you brews from the tasting line to sip while your waiting. Their beers are all world-class and it is worth an experience. If you go with the flow, expect to wait a bit, and don't get frustrated it is an awesome place. Their Festival of Farmhouse Ales is one of the best beer events in New England and worth trying your luck in the ticket lottery. Be sure to check out the local scenery in semi Northern VT including Cabot, Craftsbury, and Parker Pie in West Glover is a great place to grab lunch after your brewery trip (you can get pints of Hill Farmstead with your meal).

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I am fairly new to beer geekdom and until a few months ago had never heard of Hill Farmstead. I told a beer mentor friend that I was traveling to Vt. On the way home from Fl. To Maine and he started to shake and his knees got weak. That moment was when he mentioned Lawson's/Alchemist AND Hill F. So I decided to visit HF (just 280 round trip miles out of my way(!!!) to see what all the hype was about. Well here I am sitting in my living room with time to reflect and critique the $235.00 worth of bottles and growlers I brought home. To be honest I am kind of a darker beer kind of guy and haven't been a big fan of IPS's or pale ales and almost all of the choices (8 drafts and 4 bottles) at HF were beers I would seek out but when in Rome....! So I purchased beers based on some amazing samples and reputation. I think when one has a positive attitude towards anything that can slightly skew the a viewpoint so I have purposely held off my review of HF brewery beers until now, 10 days after visiting Mecca. I can honestly say that the 4 beers in bottles I bought and the 4 growlers I bought far exceeded any expectations that I had. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life I would happily drink Edward to my last breath. I love TenFidy/Narwhal/Old Rasputin/Evil Twin Lil'B/Marshall Zukov and would give them all up for THE smoothest and easiest and most amazing beer I have ever imbibed, Edward!!! And my other 7 beers were darned close to as good as well. HF Brewery is KING! Long live the King. I am moving to Vermont tomorrow, will someone tell my wife for me!!

Photo of ESCO138
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Interesting drive to get here, once you arrive the scenery is beautiful. Taproom didn't have much to look at but the sampler [1 person] had a great taste of beers. Love the limits they had for their shelf beers and the growlers to go also had some great selections.

Would have loved to see the back where all the magic happens.

Photo of captainkrad
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Beautiful brewery! Everything about their beer, set up, and location is perfect. The new facility is going to be amazing... My one complaint- really difficult to find, and no signs to let you know if you are heading in the right direction... We got lost following the directions several times...

Photo of The_Librarian
4.31/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Super friendly staff. Showed up to this place about an hour after it opened and it was packed. If you only want to buy bottles they let you cut the line. Growler fills are terribly slow. We were looking at a multiple hour wait for the tasting and growler fill.

Photo of ChrisP802
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great service and amazing beer

Photo of ajcuster89
3.63/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25

I make the trip to Hill once every couple months, and there's a reason for that: the world class beers. That's it. Everything Shaun Hill brews is liquid platinum.

The people you will meet in line are friendly, like-minded folks, and the staff is equally as friendly. To say the staff is swamped is an understatement. It is no fault of their own, as the taps that fill the growlers are something that one would put in their own home bar. CRAZY slow. The recent expansion has not changed anything in the retail section. Hill has to see that he needs an upgraded tap/retail system. Maybe he doesn't care about that part of the business, but because of the slow taps, there's no reason not to honestly rate the service as low as I did.

Other than that, great place. Truly a beer mecca.

Photo of Stevecarini
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Everyone is just excited to be there and when you're there- it's game time! It's what you've practiced for. If you survived the ice covered road in on a cold winter's day, you've succeeded at one of the ultimate beer runs you can take in the United States. It's an awesome brewery because you leave with some of the best beer in the world.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Well they usually have 5-7 beers available for purchase. It's kinda neat that it's in the middle of nowhere up a dirt road. The beers are all world-class but the service could use work. It's partially not their fault, due to how busy it is you are going to wait in line for 2 hours most likely, but the people could be a little nicer.

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Huge ups to Shaun, Phil and all the guys and gals up at Hill. The things they're doing up there are second to none; the location is quintessential Vermont. Every time I have been its been better than the last, get up there if you can! Get there an hour before opening... Especially on the weekend.

Photo of boredalready
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I make no qualms about it: Hill Farmstead is my favorite brewery. The main reason is obviously the top-notch beers they are producing. Secondary to that would be the idyllic location and the awesome staff running themselves ragged in the retail shop to keep us in beer. If they have made a bad beer, I haven't tasted it.

Photo of Sp015
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

The best brewery in Vermont.

Photo of Tarabeth
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I really love visiting the Hill Farmstead Brewery. There's always a great selection and the staff is very informative.

Photo of hurricanes56dan
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

The brewery smells amazing when you walk in, the new expansion makes it so you dont have to wait outside now, the available beer taps are good, they usualy have the edward, abner, one drak beer then a few philosphical series. THe service can be slow sometimes, i was there when they opened one day with no one in front of me and it still took 30 minutes to get 3 growlers, so they could pick up the speed of service but everthying else is amazing.

Photo of Macsimus
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Truly a world class brewery - great staff, great beer and a beautiful location.

Photo of Billquirk
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

There is a reason this is rated as it is. It's an experience to get there. The drive itself to the location, with missing street signs and nothing but rolling hills and no phone service brings you to a place of serenity before you even reach the brewery. Getting there and seeing the mass of humanity in a line waiting to bow before Mr. Hill and his amazing beer is an experience itself.

I have had the opportunity to go twice. I wait eagerly for time three. I brought my three month old daughter. I have a picture under the Hill Farmstead sign out front. I treasure that memory.

Go for the beer, yes, but the experience is something you will never forget.

Photo of gwiedman1
3.32/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Nice laid back atmost here out there but worth a visit.

Photo of GregJ
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

In the middle of no where but worth the trip. Great use of space. Oh, and the world-class beers.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
100 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.