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4/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
01-17-2011 22:11:05 | More by Jwale73
4.34/5 rDev +2.1%
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!!
10-04-2010 23:18:18 | More by IronCitySteve
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
A really fun place to visit! The food is pretty good, and they provide a recommended beer on the menu. All of their beers are on tap, even the 100 barrel series. Which I might add is the only place I've seen it on tap. They up graded the interior in winter of '08, which made it even better! The day I took the tour, the standard tour guide was out, and one of the other brewery workers gave it. She was awesome. Gave us a lot of the inside stories from working the brewery. Based on the incentives I heard, I would love to work there. Not too far of of 89, so it's easy to get to.
10-02-2010 21:32:28 | More by birdyone
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Atmosphere: The brewpub is visually appealing, an oasis of wood amongst a huge gravel parking lot. Inside, a bar, seating, shop and walk-in into the brewery are arrayed. The walkway that leads to the entire area has old (and dearly departed) bottles lining it. Seating is also available outside. Coolers near the bar have beer to go.
Quality: The entire compound is nicely laid out, clean and bright. Staff is friendly and the beers are good.
Service: Service, while friendly and helpful, is bar service only. I ordered both drinks and meals there.
Selection: 6+ Harpoon beers on tap along with the full cooler of beer. If you're lucky, a few iterations of the 100 Barrel Series will be lying around.
Food: Nothing in the way if children's menus. Sandwiches and finger food, all good, and a couple of fried offerings and hot sandwiches. A nice place for lunch with a few freshly-poured pints.
08-28-2010 23:41:20 | More by akorsak
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Awesome looking place, looks like a farm on the outside, but the inside is pretty rad. A bunch of Harpoon merch (overly priced, but I digress), and a large area for seating (outside seating also available, and looked comfortable and relaxing.
Quality and Service: This place is super clean and very inviting. You can drink and watch your beer being made at the same time. An incredibly attentive staff of friendly people, always asking if they can help, or if you want to sample something.
Selection: All of the Harpoon beers are there, along with three of the Leviathan series, and they have pub exclusives and special cask beers.
Value: Everything was decently priced, and the knowledge of the staff can't be beat. Also, the tour is really good for 5 bucks, great people, and great beer tasting.
08-15-2010 22:33:57 | More by mostpoetsdo
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
A spacious place with empties from other world breweries as you enter! You enter thru thee gift area (of course, past the $77 bike shirts) and to ample bar and table seating. A beer garden outside is also possible , as is the brewery tour. You can buy warm, cold brew, as well as glassware and other useless stuff.
Beer quality is is decent. Beer isn't overly cold and taps are clean. 4 free 2 oz samples available, and sample tray of 5 brews is only $6. The bartender even gave us one in the sampler we shouldn't get (cask!). Good selection, something (style) for everyone). Staff was helpful, attentive, and friendly.
Food was way cheap to what I am used to, but it is pub grub. Peaked at $11.99, but most stuff was under $10. Good portions and decent fare.
A bit out of the way, but worth the stop. Easy to find, good parking, and cheap.
08-15-2010 22:32:59 | More by OtherShoe2
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Harpoon is tucked away in a nice little area of Vermont. The first thing I noticed upon arriving was the hop vines in the yard. Its nice to see breweries growing their own ingedients.
Inside, the bar and seating area is spaceous. There is also a gift shop and of course, a fully functioning brewery. I actually stepped inside to see some of process without taking a formal tour.
The menu is simple, fesh, and tasty. My friend and I actually sat outside on the porch for lunch, and we enjoyed a flight and a couple sandwhiches. I was impressed by the sampler, everything was solid.
The service was excellent, and everything is reasonably priced. A great day trip would be to hit this place, Long Trail in VT, and McNeils in VT. Thats what we did, actually.
04-26-2010 03:46:38 | More by zoolzoo
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
I had the very fortuitous experience to visit this brewery as a "side trip". Even after sampling almost all their beer (almost!) over the past two years, I was never much of a Harpoon beer fan, but visiting this place in person absolutely changed my mind! Bravo!
Atmosphere: 4.5 huge bar, big, open eating space, efficient waitresses. But sit at the bar - between the beertenders and the fans you can really get into this place!
Quality: 4.5 I discovered two outstanding beers and also had their enormously complicated and successful big-beer Harpoon Leviathan. Outstanding! Yes, I did have some not-so-good beers, but I had three outstanding ones (and five more good ones).
Service: 5.0 being a beer snob and drinking Harpoon beers over the past two years, I thought I knew a lot about Harpoon beers. But they have so many beers, one can never know all there is. Even with two others Munich Dunkel fans sitting next to me, and with a knowledgeable waitress, and two long-time beertenders, we all still needed one of the brewers to come out where we all engaged in reminiscences of 100-barrell series long past. They went OUT OF THEIR WAY to work with me on historical beer tastes. BRAVO!
Selection: 5.0. With their entire Harpoon, UFO, 100-Barrell and Leviathan series beers, you will find an absolute diamond in the rough somewhere on tap. I found two!
Food: 4.5 - was very, very good. I went with the beertender's recommend soup, which exceed my expectations on a cold, drizzly day.
Value: HIGH. Prices are reasonable, service was very good, beer knowledge was outstanding, very friendly staff.
We loved the place! It did not hurt that we were there the day BEFORE their big Octoberfest shindig, but they were positively stocked-up with everything!
You MUST go this brewery. It is the best out of the 12 or so American breweries I have visited. Thank you Harpoon for a thoroughly enjoyable day. You have made me into a huge Harpoon fan!
01-17-2010 18:12:04 | More by ProfessorHomer
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
I've been here a couple of times and I have always had a good time. The atmosphere is great. I really like the expansion they put in with the wood burning fireplace and lots of extra seating. The outdoor patio and picnic tables spread across the grounds are also an excellent place to enjoy a couple of beers on a summer afternoon.
The service is always pretty good. I usually order at the bar and by the time my glass is getting empty at least one waitress has asked if I need another.
The selection is definitely good if you like Harpoon beers, because they have them all. Also, they serve all of them in the appropriate glassware, which is nice. The only complaint I have is that there is nothing else to choose from. Other breweries I've been to that have a tap room this size and food service have also had a few other local beers on tap as well. But I go to Harpoon when I want a Harpoon, so I'm not really complaining.
The food is also pretty decent from what I've had. I haven't sampled much from the menu, but what I've had has paired well with the beer.
Overall, I think the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT is great if you're wanting to get some of your favorite Harpoon beers straight from the source. Also, there is plenty of glassware, apparel and a standard tour if you're into that. So if you're in the area make sure to stop by, it's a great place to enjoy some good beers.
11-16-2009 00:57:08 | More by sisuspeed
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Spun by here today on the off chance they'd have room for our pickup and livestock trailer (unlike Long Trail), as I remembered a big lot back when I last visited when it was Catamount. I remembered right, tons of room in the lot.
Seated and orders taken promptly. Small hiccup with app arriving but no plates or silverware, but no worries. Small but varied menu, pretty much something for everyone. Even my picky palate had choices to make. Food was good overall, but teriyaki wings and onion rings have nothing on Long Trail.
Plenty of Harpoon brews on tap, including many levathians and special brews, over and above their year-round brews. Cheers for that, definitely.
Three beers, three apps, two sandwiches, three sodas, and one juice, $56. Seems about right.
Worth the stop. We'll be back again.
11-15-2009 01:43:31 | More by ppoitras
Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.