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Harpoon Brewery

Not Rated.
Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.51%
Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 19,160
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

336 Ruth Carney Dr
Windsor, Vermont, 05089-9419
United States
phone: (802) 674-5491

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @harpoon_brewery

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Reviews by slander:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Stop along the way, food and drink. Pick your Rte 5 exit, don’t they all wind you here crisscrossing back and forth across 91? A whole lot more goin’ on when I was up here with Trouble past. Must say, I’m curious to what it catamounts to…

Wrap around the outside garden penned and in, where you’re greeted by a dead soldier display; I’ve drank many of them. Many of the good ones, anyway. Opens into a shirt & shwag shop with a few hightops, and brew views through the wall of glass. Sure, I remember all this; but that’s about all. This whole room over there (me, pointing) wasn’t here when last I was.

‘L’ shaped wood laminate topped bar, with a vertical slat base, and squared foot bar; seating for a dozen and a half on hightop swivel chairs. Double bar towers hold 20 taps up front and on the length, plus a kegerator and a solo handpump on the end. The bar back wall length lists tap selections, ABV, IBU, and thorough descriptions with tasting qualifiers, and a ‘how to taste beer’ Harpoon guide further down. Logo neon affixed on the wall of blackboard play. Glassware of all sizes & shapes inlayed and shelved below.

A wall of glass up front looks over 9 oval tables in the outside pen. The people outside there are now being rained on; a good thing, maybe take a bite out of this heat. But yes, the triangular tapestry pieces above them do not protect. The front of the room is sectioned off by an 8 stool bar counter fore & aft, and a wood stove with a pair of raised roundys to each side. The wall alongside holds split wood shelving boxed. Across the room, 2 rows of 5 mix & match rectangular tables and a few hightops on the wall. And down on the end, a hightop banquet table and bar counter space stooled on the far wall below a, um, sprawling summer scene wrap around mural over slat wood lowers. Panel windows on the far wall, and black & white brewery prints in between along the lower parts of the mural. White lip over the bar with sunken baby spots, disc on cone flying saucer drop lighting in clusters and rows across the room, and horn lamps on the end. Black ductwork blended with the ceiling, and slat wood floors except for the tiled areas around the front wood stove. Harpoon handles mounted. Apparently, the UFO’ings are unfiltered offerings; I did not know that.

Currently, 14 beers (Ale, IPA, Black IPA, White IPA, Midsummer Fling, Summer Beer, Boston Irish Stout, UFO Pale Ale, UFO Hefe, UFO White, UFO Raspberry Hefe, 100 Barrel Series #37 - Rich & Don’s Rye IPA, 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde, Levitation Series Imperial IPA), a house cider and root beer, and a single cask offering (Summer Ale with citra hops). I drank the 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde (a bit saisony, but very lightly so), 100 Barrel Series #37 - Rich & Don’s Rye IPA (nice spicy ryeness, tasty), Black IPA (good bite, but lacking in the roast, does not suck), White IPA (too much orangeyness), Boston Irish Stout (on nitro, nice dryness), and the cask Summer Ale (nice citrussy yeah uh huh).

Well, they seemed to have stepped up their food game in the expansion; menu, please. I will have the Vermonter (a panini with smoked turkey, bacon, granny smith apples, red onion, cheddar, & spicy mustard), ‘cause I like all them things. It came with chips; I could have had slaw & a pickle, had I been on my game. It was a kickin’ panini; it may have saved my life. Condiments are housed in Harpoon six pack holders of course, of course, should you need ‘em.

You can do a self-guided brewery tour. Don’t drink the fizzy lifting bubbles lest you become disqualified from taking over the brewery. Bradtender knows his game, the beer, the history here, the Hill, and what’s Worthy. Happy lunch spot, and some good drink.

slander, Dec 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

I remember when this wasn't much more than a beer stand, and now its like a ski lodge restaurant. There's a bunch of other stuff at this pulloff as well to explore (more food, and shops) now. But the beer is what brings us back, not many Harpoon beers that I've disliked, and the food is good as well.

Wyatt_Sasser, Yesterday at 01:50 AM
Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Duesler, Monday at 01:52 PM
Photo of SABERG
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Make a point to stop here, the beer we all know.
That said there are brewery only beers, like the original Harpoon Ale that reside here.
The food is pretty good, the specials are worth watching, I had an incredible grilled tuna salad
a few weeks ago.
The staff is spot on and the price points are all really good.
The Windsor site is the former Catamount production facility, so some homage is due.
Cheers

SABERG, Sunday at 05:00 PM
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

diamondlie, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of BeerTrooper606
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Doesn't get much better than this. Post success, high end big buildings. Food was great. You know the beer. Ice cream, VT product store. Great atmosphere, had a great time. Will be back.

BeerTrooper606, Sep 07, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

kjl27, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

BigTrubble, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bigred89, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

80x2HopHead, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

RDQueena, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Nearest brewery to me. I like the fact that I can drop in every couple if weeks and get something new that is only made at the brewery and put on tap there. There is always a cask conditioned selection. You can get 1/2 pints to stretch your beer out. Food is pretty darn good. I suggest the Rachel or the pulled pork nachos for food.

bordsox, Aug 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

NHhomebrewguy, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SweetChicken, Jul 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Ecxeeder616, Jul 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jschwamb, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

acurtis, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DebSab, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hop_Girl, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

grahuba, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

scottbrew4u, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
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4.57/5  rDev +7.3%

What a great place! Clean and bright, situated in the green hills of Vermont so how can that not be a great thing. Visited with a friend, we had a beer sampler, tried a few other samples and filled a growler. Very friendly staff, nice souvenir store and of course terrific selection of their beers on tap. There is also a great cheese shop next door that anyone visiting the brewery should not miss, great selection and terrific friendly staff there as well.

Marcusg10, Feb 01, 2014
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Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
94 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.