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Harpoon Brewery

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Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Active Beers: 88
Beer Ratings: 19,663
Beer Avg: 3.66
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Hop_Girl, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

grahuba, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

scottbrew4u, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
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4.57/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Marcusg10, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

johnhkelm, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mntndw282, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Duhast500, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

boboyle, Nov 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

torimattschriver, Nov 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

cnwillis31, Nov 10, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

Dmbphoenix, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Doug_Skipper, Oct 12, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

MedicMac, Oct 10, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Fahz, Sep 25, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

ZEB89, Sep 04, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Kcman91, Aug 08, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

Mini4x, Jul 24, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Thorivan, Jan 04, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

tylerprince, Nov 30, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Flounder57, Nov 27, 2011
Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.