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Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Store

403 Hill Rd
Greensboro Bend, Vermont, 05842-8813
United States

(802) 533-7450 | map

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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4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 2

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Stop # 484 on my world brewery tour.

Did all the research and was well prepared...to listen to my GPS and take the back way in up a muddy, rutty road that my front well drive Camry had a hard time negotiating. Arrived around 10 on a Saturday in March. maybe four cars there already. Bartender said it died down beginning president's day.

Door on the left as you walk toward building is bottle shop. Door on right (long building) is tap room. Servers did a great job keep the tiny crowd taken care of. We were able to taste all draft beers and get two pints. Should have made decisions sooner on our growlers as by the time we were ready to get them filled, the crowd picked up a bit and took us an extra 45 minutes.

The best brewery in the US? It's a great place with a couple of "buts"

As I went through the sampling, I felt a lot of the beers were similar enough (and all very good) that it was hard to make distinctions and thus a choice on growler fills. I drink so much beer that I have a hard time smelling hop aroma so your mileage may vary.

The ability to fill as many growlers as you like is nice. I was bringing beer back to Ohio for friends so I got one or two of each along with bottles.

I understand the policy of two beers per person for onsite consumption. I happen to like to drink more and realize the complexity of trying to monitor who does and does not have a responsible driver.

Pristine landscape? Sure, and I'll argue that New Glarus has an equally pastoral setting with a remarkable facility (and world-class "boring" beers).

At the sake of sounding like a sour puss, I'll close by saying it was worth the trip and I had a delightful time. I split a bottle of Table Dorothy with my buddy over a one cheese VT cheese board which was simply divine. The service was exceptional.

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4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.83/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.74/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Gone are the days of the little room with an ipod playing, where you could shoot the shit for.hours while sampling beers. This place has turned into the Mecca for all of those beer pilgrimage folk. Absolutely beautiful place, now serving on premise bottles, overlooking an amazing view. The transformation over the past few years is truly a testament to the quality of the product, and the hard work by the entire staff.

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4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As a beer lover, I love this place. I can get great beer at a fair honest price. Staff are helpful and knowledgeable. The owner could use some social skills. (Not all of us are out of stater's who come there) The views are great. Just quintessential VT landscape. Tasting room is very well put together and comfortable. I just love coming up grabbing beer. Recommended!!!

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4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.74/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Showed up on a Thursday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. I was a little confused at the start because you have to take a number for growler fills (which I did) but didn't realize that you could order glasses of beer without waiting next to the growler fill area. I thought it was strange that in order to drink certain beers at the brewery you have to have a growler filled and then pour your beer into a glass from the growler. Why not just allow all growler fill beers to be on tap at the brewery for immediate consumption poured into 12 ounce glasses? The atmosphere is a stark but warm tap room with limited seating with the typical young male crowd that you expect to see at every world class brewery. The service was very good in terms of the bartender being nice, helpful, samples, responsive, etc. The beer is top notch as expected. Make sure to ask about any special bottles (like Ann) that might be for sale in small quantity.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Beautiful mountains in the background! Awesome tap list! Great Service! Best Selection!

After graduation from university, me and a couple buddies finally visited best brewery in da world. This is no Labatt! Shaun is comparable to Prime Minister of craft beer. Spent a couple loonies there. This is only I can complain about, eh! Shaun took all me loonies!

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4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place!

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4.69/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Saturday, got there just before noon only to find an enormous bachelor party ahead of us. We went in the retail store first then realized we should have grabbed a ticket for the fill line first. Lesson learned! Picked up a few bottles then waited about 90 minutes for our fills. I've heard the waits can be longer but it was nice to spend a little time relaxing there after the drive from Burlington. The rolling hill country was beautiful, I can imagine a summer visit would be spectacular.

My only knock, and a minor one at that as we looked at the tap list online first, was that the tasters and growler fills were pretty much all pale ales. Was really hoping for a little variety with some of their other brews.

Nonetheless it was well worth the visit!

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4.97/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
100 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.