Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
BEER AVG
4.31/5
Based on:
80 Beers
4,853 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 52
Visits: 456
rAvg: 4.39
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

Notes:
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: 52 | Visits: 456
Photo of Buford_t_justice
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +7.7%
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 -17.8%
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 +10%
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 +10.7%
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 +1.6%
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 +10%
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 +8.4%
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 -1.8%
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 -17.3%
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 +13.9%
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 +4.6%
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 +13.9%
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 +10%
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 +6.2%
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 +9.1%
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 +4.6%
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 +2.5%

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 -31.7%

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)

Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

83 minute drive from my Vermont Hotel. Nice drive good food stops and Ben and Jerry's on the way if that is your thing. Arrived at about 12:15 on a mid November Friday and did not see a line outside the building so was thinking in an out quick. Ahh no. Did not get out until after 2:30. Grabbed 3 growlers and bottles of Arthur and Sue. 95% dudes and a lot of beards but some good conversations in line (Vermont Gubernatorial debates were just on so plenty of discussion fodder). Very mellow. Peaceful actually. $5 for the 4 samples is a great deal and made the time pass faster. Like some have said the line was about half the size when we left at 2:45ish but still over an hour I'd guess. Anyway if you are going you won't really care about the wait anyway so I would recommend the trek. (790 characters)

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Phenomenal beer and worth the drive and wait. 1/8 point off because the line does seem to move more slowly than it should and 1/8 point off for outdoor port-o-potties. Hopefully with the expansion that can increase the number of taps that are filling. Bring food. You will get hungry in line. (292 characters)

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

They make almost no attempt to get people through the line for growlers/bottles quickly. I got there on a Friday afternoon at 2:00 and waited 1.5hrs. I would understand if there were more than ~30 people in line but that's all it was. Only 2-3 people filling orders.

That said their beer is great and I still rate them a 4.25 as a total business, even with the long wait. (374 characters)

Photo of NJB145
3/5  rDev -31.7%

I love the beer and the location is pretty sweet being in the middle of Vermont, but all you do is stand in line get your beer and either get back in line or leave. They can do so much more to make this the mecca we all make it out to be. (239 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Beer is great, however the tasting room is desperately in need of the forthcoming upgrade. They make the best with the space they have, and try to keep the line content by offering tastings while you are in line. But you essential wait in line for 2 hours to buy beer, an updated tasting room, with a bar type feel would be much better for a brewery of this caliber and notoriety. Will re-review once upgrades are made and I feel like driving 8 hours again. (460 characters)

Photo of jvodom
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Our trip there was 10/29/2014. Just like you hear, get there early and expect to wait. You'll get to know the people waiting around you before you leave. $5 for 4 samples. I wish they would have let us try 5 or 6. We got there on Wednesday at 11:30, and left at 1:30 with just 1 trip through the line. It takes so long due to the amount of time it takes to fill the growlers.
Definitely bring a printed copy of the directions from their website. Only certain cell carriers will work out there. My AT&T did work, but my brother's Sprint did not. Worth every minute and the long drive!! I hope I get to return one day to see the new facility. They said the brewery should be done soon and the visitor center sometime next summer. (740 characters)

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
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