The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

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The Farmhouse Tap & GrillThe Farmhouse Tap & Grill
BA SCORE
100
world-class

135 Ratings
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

160 Bank St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-4411
United States
phone: (802) 859-0888

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fhtgburlington

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(Place added by: liquidlife on 05-20-2010)
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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Yes, Marvin, I’ve heard about the new taproom in Burlington. I mean, really. Stalled at the rainy hotel, holding this off as long as we could thinking (knowing) it would be stupid jammed, and it was. An hour and a half on a table, they say. We’ll wait downstairs in the lounge. Seeing dinner and drinks things in reverse this time around...

6 seat “L” bar with seating on the stretch only. Barback is a wood unit split in half with a dozen taps in a row on panel backing. Wines on the counter between the taps on center and a few random display bottles, and that’s about all. Lamps imbedded over the taps and glassware shelved below. Wood box overhang above the bar, with pressed tin inlayed and buttercup lamps dangling. A single banquet table seating a dozen adjacent to the bar, and a ½ dozen tables on the far wall sharing bench play. Down on the end, a church pew on shorty tables, seating to both sides of the fireplace, and light bar counter space on the opposite wall below a 4 x 8 mirror. A real comfy room, our table called too soon.

Now back upstairs again, seated up front this big open room along the large windows there. Garage doors to both sides roll up to penned streetish side seating in warmer weather, which is now not. Beige walls papered & painted over plank lowers, and some drop copper lighting giving good ceiling swirly pattern fun. Roughly 30 tables riddled about. Just shy of a dozen 2-seat tables sharing a wall of bench, hightops on the other end, and low recs and a few banquet tables in between. In the rear left corner, a slab straight marble bar seating less than a dozen, with a pair of handpumps about midway along. Barback holds a pair of row towers fronting a pieced horizontal mirror on center. Wine and glassware boxed vertically to both sides and shelved glassware below. A trio of angled horizontal blackboards listing tap selections sits above. Upright bottle cooler on the end. Cheese off the other side of the bar, with peek a boo views of kitchen window above and a board listing cheese selections atop. And a ‘Thank you farm’ board on the far wall, nicely done.

24 taps, ¾ of which are American craft beer offerings from Vermont (Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale, Abner Impy IPA, Rakau & Amarillo Single Hop Pales, Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, Long Trail Goodnight Irene, Rock Art Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout), and coasts East (Allagash White, DogFishHead Festina Peche, Victory Helios, Flying Dog Tire Bite, Blue Point Rastafa Rye, Hoptical Illusion, and No Apologies Imperial IPA, Southern Tier Backburner Barleywine), and west (North Coast Pranqster, Old Rasputin RIS, and Scrimshaw Pilsner). The remaining ¼ is a mix of imports (Ayinger Brau Weisse and Oktober Fest-Marzen, Weihenstephaner Festbier), a cider (Original Sin), a root beer (Rockies Root Beer), and a wine (Shelbourne Vineyards Cayuga White). And lest we not forget the single cask offering (Berkshire Brewing Lost Sailor IPA).

And 100+ bottles; nearly 3 dozen American craft (including local hero Heady Topper, a pair from Hill Farmstead, and goods from Lawsons). Upwards of 2 dozen Belgians, including some Trappist play (Orval for $11). Roughly a dozen vintage/rarities (2007 Orval for $15, plus Belgian and Stone offerings), and another 3 dozen beers of the world, with a prominent amount of Canadian & German offerings. And Ciders, Gluten frees, N/A’s, and 50+ wines, a few of them by the glass. We split a bottle of the Hill Farmstead Vera Mae (Saison with honey & dandelions), which we missed earlier today at the brewery but happily caught now. It did not suck. And then I had a Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, ‘cause did I mention it’s pretty goddamn good?

They started with the delicata squash salad (mixed greens frisee, Cabot clothbound cheddar, cider vinaigrette, croutons of good) and the steak tartare (local grass fed beef on house made potato chips). I took in a pair of cheeses; Champlain Valley Triple Crème (cow), and the Blue Ledge Farm Lake’s Edge (goat). I dug on the goat, more so. Came with the things you’d want with the kind cheeses. Ben, the basic burger (kimchee and an egg, sunny side up), and Bethy, the lamb burger (feta, apple, parsley, and delicious). I burgered as well, with the Jericho Settlers’ Farm grass fed beef (Landaff Creamery cheddar, VSC bacon, charred onions, locally sourced awesome). Burgers were money (sooo money), ‘and they know it’, added Ben. We all opted out on the salad for fries, they were no joke. And pickles even Randy would approve of. Bethy wound down with the ice Vermont cider. Now add a spice cupcake with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon, and goodnight.

Apparently, there is beer garden space out back, with a limited food menu (snacks and a smoker of things meat), and a handful of taps. It’s just a bit too autumny for me to hunt out at this time. Great house; upscale, but accessible. Amazing damn food, and a real nice beer selection. Excellent joint, Burlington.

More User Reviews:
Photo of almostjay
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Awesome bar and really good food. If your time in Burlington is limited, and you are both hungry and in search of some hard to find local brews, this place is a perfect one stop shop. It's a little expensive, but worth it.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of qcbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

(Really thought I reviewed this when I was here in 2013)

One of my favorite bars! The downstairs is a cozy cold winter dream to me, with fantastic beer to boot. The food menu is unique, and tasty at that. Service is great, and the staff if VERY knowledgeable.

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of KATCanada
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Sat at the bar on a cold November night. Packed house at 7:00 on a Friday night. Tacked into a Lawsons Sip of Sunshine....delicious. Has a cheese plate, a meat plate, bread and oysters. And more beer. Left extremely happy. If you only have time for one meal in Vermont this is the place.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Very nice place. Good atmosphere. Nice, knowledgeable staff. Lots of different beers on tap. Wide selection that seems to be almost exclusively local foods. You can't go wrong.
This place is worth it during any visit to Burlington. They have a great selection of beers on tap from all over the place (including all the 'big' ones from VT). The food is excellent and well-suited to a beer place. The Cheddar Ale soup is excellent. The burgers are very good and everything else looked outstanding.
The menu is not insanely varied. Burgers, a few entrees, some apps and cheeses. The desserts are very good as well. It is perhaps a touch expensive compared to some places, but there is no question in my mind that it is worth it (and I'm a cheap bastard...).
Looking at the menu it feels like there should be another page, but beer's the reason to be there anyway, and as far as that goes, the hardest part is picking!
Always worth a stop. Fabulous!

Photo of dwoolley1
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of HazedandConfused
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of chamawaiian
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

The food and drink selection is legendary.

Photo of jvodom
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Great beer selection and great food! My brother and I went there on a Monday night for drinks and then Tuesday for lunch. They had a great bottle and draft selection. I love places that do 1/2 pours of their drafts because I got to try more!!

We sat at the bar both times. The daytime bartender remembered us from the night before. Probably because not too many people wear Redskins jerseys in Burlington. The bartenders were very nice and provided great service.

For lunch, I got a salad with chicken and cranberries. It was AWESOME!!

Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

If you are in Burlington, eat here. Great tap list, with flights available. The food is excellent. The mussels were as good as any I've had, and the onion rings are just as good as one previous reviewer said. The food is pricey, but I didn't experience the small portions someone was complaining about. Excellent, knowledgeable service as well. I'd definitely go again if I come back to Burlington.

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%

Stopped in for a quick drink on our way out of Vermont.

It's a nice place, service was good, doesn't look like a whole lot on the inside, though.

They had Sip of Sunshine, so that's a big plus. About 25-30 taps, all very interesting stuff, including some unknown (to me) stuff from Canada. That's cool! The food looked amazing, but I didn't sample.

The prices were a bit of a drag, very expensive, but a place like this almost always has prices like that.

They do let you know on the menu what the upcoming taps are for each line- that's something I wish more bars did.

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4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT
100 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.