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Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
BEER AVG
4.34/5
Based on:
78 Beers
32,703 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 425
Reviews: 65
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

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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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 65
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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.

Photo of woodchip
4.01/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.75

You want something from a tap (growlers or pours) expect to wait at least two hours... and that's just for a line of 40 people.

Photo of nm6969
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Shogun250
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Everyone should make the pilgrimage out to the middle of nowhere Vermont to have some of the best IPAs and Saisons a man can brew.

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

5/5 brewery all around. Beautiful location, relaxed environment, feels like home. Some of the best beer in the country.

Photo of Smaxy
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3/5  rDev -35.9%

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.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
100 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.