Hill Farmstead Brewery
Active Beers: 73
Beer Ratings: 19,169
Beer Avg: 4.35
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
4.93/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$$
Nestled up in the mountains of The Northwest Kingdom of Vermont is this craft beer gem, a place I truly believe you have to go to before you die.
Getting here is an experience unto itself- bouncing over dirt roads and up steep hills, passing rolling green farm hills and blue skies. When you arrive, the view all around is incredible- seriously, one of the best atmospheres I've ever experienced while drinking beer.
We arrived at 12:30 on a day they opened at 12, and there was already an hour and half long wait. No matter, the people in line were friendly and willing to shoot the shit. Once you get inside, a lady comes around and asks you if you'd like samples- you pick a handful and she brings them to you while you are waiting for growler fills. It's a small retail area/tap room, with some tanks and fermenters off to the right- Shaun Hill was moving about over there, doing his thing.
The quality of the beer is unparalelled really- they had Edward, Everett, Harlan, Citra, Abner, and Society and Solitude #1 on tap when I went, plus Florence and Everett in bottles. Picked up both of those bottles plus growlers of Abner and Citra. The guy filling the growlers, Phil I believe, was very nice, and very efficient and quick in filling the growlers.
The prices are pretty high, honestly, but not the worst I've ever seen. They are cash only.
One of the best places I've ever been to in my short craft beer career. Just, wow.
04-01-2014 17:36:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
1/5 rDev -78.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$$$
Awful experience! The beers were good but 90% of this trip was terrible. Too many rules....we can't fill clear growlers.... we can refuse to fill your growler if its dirty....you must drink samples in a certain order....etc. I get it these guys are brewing good beer but I can tell you there definitely not the only great brewers in VT. There are many breweries there that have great beer and outstanding service. Drink these beers in a bar and skip the brewery. What a joke!
03-23-2014 12:18:43 | More by kenthoggard
3.37/5 rDev -28.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.75 | $$$$
This brewery definitely benefits in ratings from its air of intrepid inaccessibility. I mean, you better download directions while you've still got service, because even Verizon isn't going to get it done out here. Many miles from a paved road. The setting is stunning. You will encounter a long line on a Friday at 1pm. You will stand outside on the south side of the barn and catch quite the sunburn. When you finally get in, they might or might not have what you came for.
But they will have something excellent.
The biggest problem though? Not being able to taste. And when I hinted that I might go sit at the picnic table at the other end of their picturesque field afterwards to at least sample what I bought before hitting the road again for several hours back from nowhere, they asked me to take my test down the gravel road instead. Understood. But in an honest assessment of the roadtripworthiness of breweries, kinda a bummer. You will feel like Marco Polo though. And based on others reviews, that counts for a lot.
Oh yeah: the beer is excellent.
PS I'm finally updating my profile with reviews from the past year. I actually visited in October 2013, and they were literally pouring the concrete for a huge new addition to the barn while we were waiting in line. I understand it's done now. And someone mentioned tastings. Fantastic:)
03-22-2014 03:47:59 | More by mewanderinghome
4.43/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Pretty interesting drive to the brewery, especially in the cold-weather months. The actually property is pretty neat. I have been before the expansion, for a festival and during the expansion and it is always an experience. The current tasting room area has much more space than before, with beautiful wooden ceilings. It is always a wait to get growler fills, but they do offer tastings in line that helps to pass the time. Staff is always friendly, which is even more impressive based on the fact that they are always crowded. Needless to say, the beers are great and a visit to the brewery is an experience in itself.
03-22-2014 02:30:12 | More by stephenjmoore
4.73/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$$
Drive deep into the Vermont Northeast Kingdom for some of the best beer in the world.
The line moves slow, so be patient.
Say hi to Phil and Kerrie. Growler fills take the bulk of the wait.
Now you can at least wait indoors which is a nice change.
Summer and fall is my favorite time to go.
03-09-2014 15:10:00 | More by BoldRulerVermont
4.81/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had a long drive from the Burlington area, made longer by the missing road signs and the lack of GPS. as well as the company of my Alzheimer's-ridden great aunt. After my third time asking directions (splitting the difference between the a gas station attendant and a postal worker on delivery, who both offered visions of wildly disparate landmarks and a nonexistent street sign), and the dozenth time my great aunt asked where we were going and why, I took a chance on an unlabeled dirt road and eventually found my way to the brewery.
The location was under construction- expanding as a nod to the attention and demand they've been receiving as of late. The service was quick and friendly, the employees both pleasant and knowledgeable. I went on a weekday, midday, and the longish (though by no means approaching anything resembling some of the wait times others have mentioned during peak hours) line moved swiftly and efficiently.
The beer is unparalleled, in my (admittedly limited) experience. I picked up my and my great aunt's full allotment (3 growlers per person) to share with friends back in Burlington, in the hopes that they would one day repay the favor.
CASH ONLY - just as they require you to drive to them; they aren't here to make your life easy
GROWLERS ARE $10 - but are attractive and well-designed
USE GPS if it's your first time
BRING A FRIEND - make an event out of the trip!
02-28-2014 00:52:17 | More by coolforcats
4.86/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Hill Farmstead Brewery
A treasure trove of craft beer production and kinship. The pinnacle of the venture occurs when you turn from the evergreen lined rte 16 onto the class IV roads of Greensboro Bend. If you are a green plated driver, and you drive on Taylor Rd at the same speed you just came off 16 with, then you may be in for a surprise encountering other vehicles on the busiest road in Greensboro.
My favorite game to play in the parking lot is to see what the furthest distances traveled are, then wonder if anyone had a commute shorter than my 30 minute voyage.
The air is clean and quiet, broken by the clanking glass of empty growlers and boxes of bottles leaving the brewery. If you can catch them on a brew day, it is a cool reminder to see the work in progress that makes hundreds of people each day make the pilgrimage. The selection changes almost weekly, following the trend standards in the craft brewing industry. Lots of excellently balanced pale ales and IPAs, an occasional stout or porter, and some rare gems in bottles.
I say that the value is a bit pricey from the viewpoint of a college student who spends a fair portion of their low income at HFB. I am not speaking from the viewpoint of an economic libertarian who thinks that the beer is overpriced, no. What HFB does is very hard work, and they are damn good at it. A single trip is only as expensive as you wish to make it. Do I spend a lot of $ here? Oh yeah.
If you're one who has mastered the virtue of patience, then a trip to Hill Farmstead is for you. Expect long drives, long lines, long waits, long hair, long beards, and beer that you can never get enough of.
02-23-2014 02:27:47 | More by KingdomBobcat
4.25/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have been to HF many times. The beer is fantastic (they probably make the best beer of any single brewery). The people behind the desk are always nice, although they could use faster/more efficient methods of serving customers. There is always a line, and people waiting for beer must wait in the line, this is as opposed to many other breweries that let you place your order and then wait for your number to be called, which I much prefer.
The tasters while in line are great and make the line go by quickly. The beer isn't cheap, but it's worth the money in my opinion.
The main sour taste in my mouth with the brewery's service was left due to a bottle release, where I was repeatedly told by HF employees that due to my place in line, I would be able to buy bottles, only to be next in line and told they were sold out. But that's the risk with these things, it has just taught me not to listen to employees in these situations, as they aren't always correct. I would have hoped they would error on the side of caution though, rather than the other way, having 50 people waste their time.
02-20-2014 18:49:30 | More by Resuin
4.63/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
There is a reason I drive four plus hours and stand in line for a couple more , simply put it's the beers . I have been able to try twenty or so of their beers in all different styles and all have wowed me .You can tell there is a lot of pride and craftsmanship put into each one of their beers, every aspect of each brew is perfectly balanced .I have been there several times during construction and can't wait to see it at its completion .I feel lucky to be within driving distance of hill farmstead it is a true beer Mecca and worth the trip from anywhere .
02-09-2014 13:30:47 | More by shehateme
2.49/5 rDev -47%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Despite making great beers, my overall feelings on this brewery were abysmal based on my experience visiting. The atmosphere is like no other brewery I've visited. The location is a rectangle with a roped off square in the middle, a "bar" in the back, and a walkway. There is a single tall table in the roped off area, so patrons have no way to relax and enjoy their drinks and instead they are made to feel like cattle while they stand around drinking their rations. The staff was very short and didn't seem interested in serving the crowd. Additionally, despite being in the middle of nowhere, the brewery is cash only. Considering they sell merchandise and bottled beers ranging up to $30, this is simply unacceptable. The whole experience left me with a poor taste in my mouth. The beer? Fantastic. However, if anyone asks me about the Hill Farmstead, I very quickly reply, "F*** that place."
02-08-2014 17:06:25 | More by one800higgins
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
100 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.