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Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
Based on:
80 Beers
5,027 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 58
Visits: 469
rAvg: 4.42
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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Reviews: 58 | Visits: 469
Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

THe place has certainly grown since I last visited..

A real nice spot that has a great view of the mountains. A slight dirt part road near Greensboro and a few short paved miles from Hardwick sits the brewery. A large wooden tasting room is in the works, and there is now a better views from the facility and greenspace to take in that great Vermont scenery.

Excellent quality brews, with the saisons often being my favorites to enjoy. The place is busy quite often, and it all depends on how easy/hard it is to get growler fills. Also there's usually only about 8 different taps with 2 of them more than likely always Edward and Everett for selection. If the place is busy you wont have to come here to find their beers elsewhere in town in bars and restaurants.

The staff does well though with the demand and control of customers and crowds however. Still if you are interested in the beers, you may want to save your trouble to go to some of the businesses instead for the ontap offerings. Still, worth a visit, and the drive up is always a great one too. (1,068 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've only been to HF twice, but I've never had to wait in much of a line to get my growlers filled. They've just opened a functional tap room and embiggened the growler fill area, plus there's a line that's just for bottles, so the wait time is decreased greatly.

We showed up at 4 PM on a Saturday, two days after the release of the limited run Works of Love De Molen, and our growlers were ready in about 10 minutes. During that time, we got to grab some 12 ounce pours and hang out in the sunshine. It was wonderful.

The tap room only opened very recently and it's still clearly a work in progress--there's lots of unpainted wood, and there's nowhere to really sit. It should be a real place to visit within a few months or so, and it's already greatly improved the HF visiting experience. (800 characters)

Photo of brewmeister1984
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is amazing on so many levels. People are nice and friendly. The owner is down to earth and was actually pouring samples in the tap room.... That says a lot about his character and dedication to his craft. If there is a heaven on earth, this place is the closest thing to it. I would highly recommend the trip up there.

On a side note, you can't give a place a lower score based on how busy it is there....it's not the brewery's fault that they have the best beer in the country. Patience is a virtue people. (520 characters)

Photo of ianskate
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

This is an ideally romantic farmhouse style brewery with a location that makes it more interesting than most industrially structured breweries.

Experience here varies according to reviews, but having been recently, I really enjoyed the trek. It's absolutely worth stopping by if in the area, as the beer is fantastic.

Samples can be served to you while waiting in line, and with the new facility going, the process will hopefully be much faster. (447 characters)

Photo of CharlesK
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best brewery I have ever been to, hands down. Amazing beer, great prices. The line to get beer can become a bit ridiculous but that is not the fault of the brewery, its just because the beer is so well done. I have only been there once but am already planning my trip back! 5 stars all the way. (294 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.73/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Get there before 10:30 AM and you'll be through and out easily enough.

Meanwhile, you'll hang in line with fellow beer geeks and make new friends. The staff is quick and professional (their growler-filling method is what makes things slower, but the result is worth the wait).

Check their website before you go and you'll have a good idea of what you can buy when you get there.

The new taproom gives you a chance to sample their bottles and there is a chance pizza or tacos will be available outside.

Great experience. Great beer. Go. Just don't be in a hurry and you won't be disappointed. (597 characters)

Photo of Buford_t_justice
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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... (152 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.73/5  rDev +7%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of 2ellas
3.61/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
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). (794 characters)

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.86/5  rDev +10%
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!! (1,599 characters)

Photo of ESCO138
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of captainkrad
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
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... (299 characters)

Photo of craft_shannie
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

been twice over the last 3 years & cannot believe how Hill Farmstead has grown. New expansion (still underway at the time) is incredible given the small barn with garage doors i first visited, yet aesthetically fitting for the brewery perched on a hill in the middle of vermont countryside. beers are.... well, ridiculously well crafted. such a chill, relaxed space (both of my visits were mid-week). flights only, no full pours available. growler fills, glassware, shirts, and whatever bottles available at the time. there's no other place like it. (553 characters)

Photo of The_Librarian
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of ajcuster89
3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of Stevecarini
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of boredalready
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of hurricanes56dan
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Billquirk
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of nm6969
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Always crowded with long waits but a unique place in the middle of nowhere with some of the best beer in the World. The Fresh ales are better than almost anything else in the World. (181 characters)

Photo of Smaxy
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Would get a 5/5 if not for how insanely busy the place was, and how long we had to wait in line for tasting (almost two hours!). Phenomenal beer, needless to say. They were in the middle of expanding, so I'm sure our trip will be more efficient next time when there's more space in the tasting room. (299 characters)

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3/5  rDev -32.1%

The drive is a highly memorable one, through the somewhat mountainous back country of beautiful northern Vermont. The turn off of 16 is not marked, so we paid careful attention to our odometer.

The farmstead proper is a rustic and serene location on a hilltop giving a lovely 360 view of the surrounding terrain. The brew house is simple, but the experience is not.

It was neat to see Shaun going about his business, his stereo blasting a well-rounded mix of appropriate tunes. Meeting people from all over the country (and Canada!) was also a singular and interesting time.

However, having to wait 2.5 hours standing in line to get a flight of beer at the source, on a non-event weekday, was an unpleasant enterprise (even if every brew is truly world class on tap).

Since we waited so long we did buy a new growler with fill. However, when we drank it that night (it had been in an iced cooler the whole time), it was far and away not the same beer we had on tap earlier at the brewery. The glassware or fill hose had to have been adulterated. I feel bad for anyone that may have gotten a growler in a trade but never had the same beer on tap or bottled!

Sorry to say we will not be returning. (1,201 characters)

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
97 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.