Harpoon Brewery

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Place Score: 94
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.23
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336 Ruth Carney Dr
Windsor, Vermont, 05089-9419
United States
phone: (802) 674-5491

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 39
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of carney710
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Different vibe from the Boston one but that i totally expected, other than that it had great food and great beer selection

Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

ate lunch here and had some beers.

they have a ton of beers available, in a wide variety of styles. The ones I tried were good but not great.

Server was friendly and helpful, food was decent.

Photo of 2ellas
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

On the way in we walked past a roaring fire in a nice little outdoor fire pit set up with bunch of folks enjoying a beer around the fire. There was some sledding action off to the right. Looked like a few families enjoying the beautiful day in a beautiful setting. Into the building, there is a wall dedicated to new and old empties. Some whalez bro, some classics and some I'd never even heard of! Next you come upon the fully stocked retail section. You can buy what looks like the full line of harpoon hard goods, from glassware to shirts, hats, umbrellas etc. You can also buy singles, bombers, 4 packs, 6 packs, 12 packs and 24 packs of fresh, tasty Harpoon beers! You can also get growlers filled with whatever is on tap. The brewery is off to the right and some of it can be seen through retail shop. The brewery tour is pretty extensive with a history of harpoon, standard passing around of beer ingredients and then a tour of the inner workings. It's a good sized operation but they still leave room for smaller, experimental batches some of which get put on tap at the restaurant. Tour is done and we go eat. We got a great seat by the fireplace, had some awesome wings for an app and all of our meals were great. Not a huge menu but there is something for everyone and everything we got was delicious. There is a relaxed vibe in the restaurant, everything is clean, bright and in excellent condition qnd every member of the seemingly endless staff was very nice. Even my two 8 year old boys enjoyed our time there. There's so much more than the brewery tour here. It truly is a family destination and we'll definitely go back in the summer as it seemed like there was a bunch of stuff to do outside and in the area. An overall awesome experience for the entire family!

Photo of TBonez477
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Generic food, wide range of decent beers.

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -5.4%

I enjoyed my tour of the facility and had a great lunch in the restaurant / taproom. The food is much better than the Boston location.

Photo of BGsWo22
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Great taproom set up

Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

Photo of SABERG
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of BeerTrooper606
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

Photo of bordsox
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Marcusg10
4.57/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Perfectly placed between exits on the way up to a ski trip. Great outside veranda and porch area, for playing cornhole or frisbee or just to run out and stretch your legs. Hit the spot for us as it was very family friendly.

THey offered toured for a few bucks and you get a stamped card. If you get a 2nd tour at their Boston location, you get an IPA HArpoon glass. Pretty diverse selection of bottles and at least a half dozen on tap.

Photo of MedicMac
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Awesome place to stop if driving up I-91. Great beer selection, awesome food that supports local farms, and amazing staff that are willing to answer any questions. Very relaxed setting. Awesome during fall with the changing of the leaves and a good fire going. Highly recommend the tours too.

Photo of Fahz
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been twice as a place to stop and grab a bite to eat while traveling. Food is alright but selection of Harpoon beers on tap and the atmosphere of the place mak it a place I will stop in again. I have yet to do the brewery tour but have enjoyed sampling stuff and getting growler fills. Each time the samples heavily influenced my growler fill. Harpoon and UFO aren't always in my fridge but worth a visit to grab a bite, sample a few different brews and get a growler fill.

Photo of ZEB89
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

The brewery is nestled in the green hills off of interstate 91. The atmosphere is excellent, fitting the rural area nicely. The quality of the beer was above average. They had multiple seasonals and series on top of the harpoon favorites. The service was excellent, perhaps the best I have received at a brewery, they were punctual and attentive. The food was average at best, the sandwiches were good but the cheeseburger appears to be a challenge for the cooks. Pricing was more than fair and overall was a good experience.

Photo of Kcman91
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I went for the Championships of New England Barbecue event in July and the place was great. There were free tours with the price of admission to the event too. I am looking forward to coming back for their Octoberfest. Great food and laid back atmosphere. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Mini4x
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Always stop here anytime I go to Burlington, usually on the way to the VT Brewers Festival. Food i always great, always something "off the menu' for beer. This year they had a cask pumpkin stout, July is a bit early for that but it was an amazing beer. Got a flight of IPA's and a fried clam po' boy and was well happy as a clam.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.61/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My wife and I arrived at Harpoon when they opened at 10am Friday morning (I believe they have since changed to opening at 12). We were the first ones there so the staff were still taking down the chairs and putting on the tap handles. The selection was amazing as we had over 15 beers to select from. The UFO series was our favorite along with the Chocolate Stout and IPA. The staff was very attentive and friendly even as they were setting up.

Photo of Thorivan
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

As far as Harpoon is concerned I am somewhat a fan, but this particular brewery is so far my favorite. Held in Vermont the location is beautiful. You can see all of the storage houses outside once you arrive.

The brew tour is excellent with some of the loudest most energetic and animated tour guides out there. They are held almost every hour for a decent section of the day lasting about 45 minutes and only costing $5. They let you sample a decent selection of about 8 different beers ranging in flavor palates (Leviathan to Hefeweizen) and you get to keep the souvenir glass they give you to try their beers. They also pass around 2 bowls of beer grains, one light and one dark, to look at or taste.

Inside the main area there is a restaurant that extends to the outside porch. They have an excellent menu including, of course, a sample "paddle" of 6 different beers. Along side the restaurant is a fairly vast selection of merchandise including, but not limited to, shirts, bottle openers, glasses, even cycling jerseys.

As you leave (or enter) be sure not to miss their large collection of different beer bottles on display. Fairly big but I've seen bigger.

Photo of tylerprince
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Harpoon Brewery tour (Vermont, not Boston) is, to date, the best I’ve been on, and is worth the drive into the middle of nowhere. Our guide spent an hour and a half with the five of us, providing samples of green beer (soon to be the IPA) fresh off the tank, as well as giving us unlimited samples (HUGE selection) at the end of the tour. Despite being quite full after coming from the Long Trail Brewery, I had to spend some time sobering up after this tour before driving home. Their onion rings were delicious, and the restaurant/gift shop atmosphere quite cozy – we sat next to the fire pit and played Scrabble (provided by the brewery) until my driving faculties were restored. A great brewery with great beer, and a tour worth much more than the $5 they charge.

Beers tried from tap, at only the $5 tour charge: IPA, Leviathan Imperial IPA, Munich Dark, Winter Warmer, Chocolate Stout. All delicious.

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went here on Friday when I was up in VT over Thanksgiving weekend. Right off of 91 too.

Atmosphere of this second brewery is pretty cool. Fire Pit was going on outside where we could sit and enjoy beers, tours were available every our. 360 degree fire place in side, high tops, counter tops, tables, high tables, and about 20+ seats at the bar. Nice modern decor and setup almost like a Beerworks, but better. Glass window of operations that people can view, apparel, beer, and growlers were avaialable for purchase too. I picked up a growler of the Docesna as it was their last keg. Spruce tip was not too shabby either.

Service was alright at first due to how busy it was. When we cashed out when the rest of the party got there, service was better given how slammed the place was. Our second server also had a great sense of humor too.

Selecion was good for a brewewry. 2 100 barrel series, 1 leviathon, and the rest of the normal lineup. Flights were available, but you had no choice of the five beers. Wish there were more Leviathon series to choose from due to that time of the year and all the snow outisde.

Food was typical pub food, nothing exceptional and there were also several appetizers to choose from.

The overall value of the place was great. Lots of space to accomodate big parties and plenty of options to please most people. Next time up in the Woodstock/Windsor series, I'll stop by.

Photo of steelerguy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Right off I-91, not hard to find but certainly would not see it if you didn't know about it.

The place is nice inside, not really special but a good looking place to sit and relax. Being that it was a nice day we sat outside and enjoyed their patio which overlooks booth a nice field and the parking lot/outdoor store.

Service was prompt and good, again nothing special but nothing to complain about. Their beer selection was good, had a couple special beers on tap which is always nice.

Food was your standard pub fare, good wings, burger was tasty. Again, not exceptional, but would definitely go back when headed up that way again...but mostly for the beer.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Harpoon Brewery in Windsor Vermont.

Stopped here on the way back from Montreal to NYC for a lunch and a quick beer. I was driving so couldn’t have too much but did get a feel for it all.

Area in the back is the brewery in all of its glory, tours on specific days for $5 which includes a free glass. Didn’t have time so instead we went for food in the front taproom part. The décor is casual, large expansive bar with a bunch of small tables, also an outdoor patio area for the outdoor crowd. Too hot for that so we stayed inside and got some menus. There is also a commercial section that includes six packs, clothing, mugs and other swag. Swag seemed a little overpriced but whatever. They proudly had their rare beers on display here and that was really cool.

I love that Harpoon makes its own cider, my wife has a Celiac intolerance and can’t have beer. So the opportunity for her to have a craft pint with me was awesome. Good for them. I opted for the limited release Rye IPA beer. This beer is excellent and we toasted to good drinking.

We ordered food, splitting chicken wings for an appetizer. I got the Black Bean Burger and she got the Cobb Salad. All food was fresh and excellent. Our server was friendly and very helpful, couldn’t have asked for more.

Overall, a great time, I left with some Leviathan Bock and full from a good meal. I highly recommend this place as a stop. Well worth your time.

Photo of woolybear
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

April 23 2011. Visited as part of a NH/VT beer tour. Second visit for me. The atmosphere was good a little commercial but that was ok (love the fire in the fireplace, sucker for a warm fire). The service is prompt, friendly, and very accommodating. The beer selections are expansive and tasty. Love the Leviathan series (complex flavor profiles) and the Hefeweiss (simple and honest but still flavorful a little lighter than my standard Hefe but this was not a negative). It can fill up quick even though there is a lot of space that is the only con. We managed to spend 50$ and that covered dinner for four people a sampler and about 6 beers. My companions liked the beer so much we left with 2 cases worth of beer.

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