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Harpoon Brewery

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Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 84
Beer Ratings: 18,346
Beer Avg: 3.65

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $

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
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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
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ProfessorHomer

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

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
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

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
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Overall, a great place to go if you like Harpoon beer (which is what they've got). All their current beers paired with their respective serving glasses are on tap when you visit and they have finished renovations to make the pub and shop a nice, airy environment with central wood fireplace, a mural and a long bar. They have a sitting area outside that's perfect for sipping summer brews and are located next to a river and odd sort of garden; a fun place to walk it off if you've had one too many.

Pub food is pretty standard fare with a decent selection and service can be slow at peak times, though always friendly. We live close by and I enjoy every visit. Make sure you have a ride home, though, as it's not an easy walk.

08-08-2009 14:20:54 | More by abuliarose
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ProfessorCJ

Alabama

3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

After several attempts I finally got to visit this brewery in June. Not the easiest place to find. You have to really trust the signs and keep your eyes open. Got the evil eye from the staff out front on break playing cards. (Must have been the Long Trail t-shirt I was wearing.) Inside I approached the cashier and asked to take the brewery tour. "Go through those doors." was the only instructions my wife and I received. Through the doors we entered a fenced off viewing area about 8 x 20 feet with a few informative signs. We then went in for a tasting and that's when we felt much more welcome. The interior was decorated like a Vermont lodge and looked like a good place to spend a snowy afternoon. The samples were of a good size and covered a wide range of their beers. My wife, who is not a great fan of beer but loves me, even found some she liked. The bar staff was friendly and were generous with samples of their Levianthan Series. I wish I could have taken Quad home in a growler. There was a large selection of beer related items available for purchase. Not much of a brewery tour but worth a visit if you are a fan of Harpoon.

07-13-2009 20:29:28 | More by ProfessorCJ
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped by the 'Poon for lunch with Alewife on 16APR09 on our way up to VT for the weekend. Pulled into the lot about 1135AM... Outside the entrance was a small, fenced-in patio area for outdoor dining, and on a small hill adjacent to the building was a roped-in area with picnic tables and chairs - their own little Biergarten.

Getting inside you hit the gift area first, where bier, glasses, clothing, etc are up for sale. Heading left you get to the dining area. Some seats are situated at the window, and there's a nice fireplace centrally located in the window lounge area. The bar goes to the right, with many tables between the bar and the side wall. The furniture is all bright, light wood, and the walls are brightly painted with colorful, attractive mountain scenes. Regardless of whether you sit at the bar or a table, you must go up to the bar to order with the 'tender. Your biers and/or meals will later be schlepped out to you. We barred it, and our man there was spot-on. On tap were 11 Harpoon offerings: Summer Ale, Maple Wheat, Quad, Brown Session, Crystal Wheat, IPA, UFO, UFO Raspberry, UFO White, Munich Dark, and Leviathan DIPA. Nice selection, to be sure. For lunch Alewife downed a burger while I wolfed a Bratwurst sammich. Both were decently sized and quite satisfying. Prices were fair, overall, as well. This was an enjoyable start to the weekend, and we'd gladly stop by again when nearby.

Prosit!!

4.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$

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04-22-2009 23:59:15 | More by Bierman9
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Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
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