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Harpoon Brewery

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3.69/5
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67 Beers
20,205 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.24
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336 Ruth Carney Dr
Windsor, Vermont, 05089-9419
United States
phone: (802) 674-5491

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Photo of Marcusg10
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MedicMac
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -4.7%
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 +2.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +8.7%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -5%
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 -6.8%
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%
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%
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.

Photo of grahambo
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet since I'm there almost every weekend.

A: The new taproom has a nice laid back feel with a huge bar, tables and high top bars giving you lots of options. Good outdoor area in the summer as well. The people are usually relaxed and it's pretty quite unless there is a tour bus in the parking lot.

Q: Everything is solid, the beers always taste fresh and the food, nothing spectacular is good for pub food.

Ser: The bartenders and servers know a good amount about the beer and are usually really helpful with choices, especially for people who have no beer knowledge.

Sel: If you want it they generally have it, pale ales, IPAs (including Imperial), belgians, dark lagers, cider, wheats. Their range runs the gamut and its usually easy to find something to drink.

F: Nothing to write home about but decent.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited the Riverbend taproom on 1/16/2011 after taking a wonderful dogsled ride across the parking lot at Great River Outfitters. The taproom has a nice rustic Vermont ski chalet feeling - lots of wood and a great fire place. There's also an outdoor fire pit and chairs for those in need of a smoke break. Inside the space consists of a brewery shop where you can purchase beer (cases, 12p packs, sixers, etc.), growler fills, glassware, clothing etc. The taproom itself has a large bar area (about 20 seats) behind which is a chalkboard listing a description of the offerings. In addition to their seasonals and regular line-up (e.g. IPA, Munich Dark, UFO, Belgian Pale, Cider, Celtic Ale) they had two Leviathan (DIPA & Barleywine) and an offering from the 100 Barrel Series (Oak-Aged Dunkel). The rest of the room consists of several tables, both normal and high tops. Room capacity could probably accommodate about 75 guests. Menu was your typical pub menu - I had the bratwurst which was pretty good and the beer battered fries were top notch. The four of us walked out of there for $84, which included five drinks, four sandwiches, an appetizer and the tip. Well worth a stop in if you are in the area.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in around 11am just to get a quick beer on our way to Woodstock and ended up staying longer and trying more beer.

The place is quite large! First, there is outdoor seating available. They have an area for some outdoor games, I am assuming bocce or badminton or something. In addition, they have a fire pit with several chairs around it. On the inside, the place is quite large. There is room for about 20 people at the bar and tons seats and tables. They have a nice fire place indoors as well as a large area to purchase souvenirs.

The service is spectacular. Our bartender was extremely friendly and willing to offer us many samples. She was quite knowledgable about beer too!! Fast and friendly and prompt service!

The selection is very nice. They have the usual beers you can find in bottles plus several other beers. A wet hop beer and two Leviathan series brews.

It looks like they have an extensive pub/beer style menu but we did not try it. They have several specials.

This is a fantastic stop if you are in and around Windsor VT. Friendly service and a fantastic atmosphere not too mention some really decent beers!!

Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
94 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.