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Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
BA SCORE
100
world-class

303 Ratings
Ratings: 303
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 10.78%
Active Beers: 83
Beer Ratings: 26,541
Beer Avg: 4.33
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hillfarmstead

Notes:
Hill Farmstead also has a small bottle shop that carries offerings from other breweries.

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4.74/5  rDev +0.2%

We took the drive up to Hill Farmstead in late June of 2013, as part of an attempt to hit the trifecta of them, Alchemist, and Lawson’s in one shot. This leg of the journey was certainly the most memorable.

Arriving by car, we drove along a series of poorly marked, dirt, stone, and muddy roads, where cell phone service and the GPS abandoned us. We finally came upon it and found there to be plenty of parking across the street from the main structure. Be mindful that you are visiting a farm, so don’t wear something you’re afraid might get a touch muddy. We were there during summer, so there were a good number of people milling about outside the main building, but with most of the action happening either inside at the tap station, or outside under a wooden gazebo.

The way it worked when we were there was you purchased a certain number of sample tickets, and could use them either at the tap station, or outside where they were pouring off growlers/refillable 750mL bottles of their flagship swill. After that you had the option to purchase from their selection inside. When we went it was cash only, and no limit on fills or bottles, but we’ve heard that’s changed, so double check that before heading out there.

As far as the atmosphere, it is a beautiful piece of land. It is in the middle of farmland and forest, and packs in a lot of rustic charm. This is added to by the family history held there, where generations of Hill’s worked their namesake. Very inspiring stuff. The facility is clean and well kept, but again, you are visiting a farm, so there are a few insects and muddy puddles here and there. On the other hand there were by no means offensive smells or piles of dung anywhere, and it was a pleasurable experience to visit across all of the senses.

The quality of beer is unmatched, due to the mammoth base of heavy hitters that comprise even their year-round stock. These are undoubtedly some of the finest beers you will find in America, across essentially any style you could be looking for. During your visit you will likely find three to four bottle options of theirs, plus a few others like Tilquin and Drie Fonteinen, along with up to ten tap offerings for fillables. The prices are fair, but again, remember that you are purchasing some of the best beer around, so it’s worth every penny. No food was available during our visit.

This is a remarkable place to visit for so many reasons. They hold their beers to the highest standards, and have unforgettable results. The story behind the brewery, and the history held there makes this an even more memorable trip. You also may even come across Shaun Hill himself, tackling something in the brewing process, but never busy enough to not say hello, or at least to shoot a smile and a wave your way. Everyone there was knowledgeable and pleasant to speak with, making our sampling of amazing beers that much more enjoyable. Make the trip if you can, and you will not be disappointed.

TheBrewo, Jun 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Itis142, Thursday at 11:44 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Hill is great - just remember to bring a mule so you only have to go through the line once (long drive+long wait, and they only allow 3 growler fills of any size per person per trip through the line)! Also, Hill is REMOTE. We're talking the NEK of Vermont out on dirt roads. The line is bad on weekends, but during the week it's ok. As others have said, shoot for 3 or 4 in the afternoon to avoid the initial rush at noon.

The staff is all pretty friendly, and they do a 4x tastings for $5 while waiting in line. I'd prefer that the samples be free of course, but the way they do the samples works. They bring you one after a while, and another after that and so on. It's a bit weird, but even when the line is short it takes long enough that you'll get all 4 samples well before you're out of line, so it's all good. Hill is expanding their facility as I type this, so hopefully wait time goes down in the future.

RichKent, Thursday at 09:17 PM
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4.2/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Amazing beer. Very friendly staff. When the new tasting room opens and the wait shrinks, it will be 5 stars for sure.

devilfluff, Monday at 09:56 PM
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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
100 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.