Harpoon Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.74/5
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7,291 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 38
Visits: 88
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

336 Ruth Carney Dr
Windsor, Vermont, 05089-9419
United States
phone: (802) 674-5491

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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 88
Photo of 2ellas
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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! (1,792 characters)

Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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. (303 characters)

Photo of BeerTrooper606
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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. (186 characters)

Photo of NJBeer265
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (1,948 characters)

Photo of Marcusg10
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of woolybear
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of MedicMac
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Thorivan
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of Kcman91
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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!! (1,140 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (3,803 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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. (803 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a very nice facility. You can sit at the large bar, tables inside, tables outside, picnic tables in the "yard", Adirondack chairs around the fire pit, etc.

The food is good enough, suggest the Poutine when available.

Lots of space for kids to run around and play, volleyball net.

Offer some Harpoon beer/cider options that are not usually available at other places, and tours with tasting are available. Big gift shop with lots of swag. (449 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of birdyone
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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. (581 characters)

Photo of DougC123
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The beer while not top of the heap, is still solid and the place is so enjoyable. I usually visit twice a year or so, and enjoy it every time. The other businesses in the Artisans Park are great also, lots to do and easy to kill a few hours before you know it. (262 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,393 characters)

Photo of Mini4x
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of grahambo
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (855 characters)

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Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
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