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Harpoon Brewery

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Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.51%
Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 19,160
Beer Avg: 3.65
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

torimattschriver, Nov 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Ecxeeder616, Jul 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

Wyatt_Sasser, Today at 01:50 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

cnwillis31, Nov 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

BeerTrooper606, Sep 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jschwamb, Jun 26, 2014
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4.61/5  rDev +8.2%

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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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

ProfessorHomer, Jan 17, 2010
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4.57/5  rDev +7.3%

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

boboyle, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

NHhomebrewguy, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

scottbrew4u, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

BigTrubble, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DebSab, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

mntndw282, Jan 02, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +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.

TheDeuce, Jun 11, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

woolybear, May 01, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

kjl27, Sep 06, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

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 +2.8%

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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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%

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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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%

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!!

IronCitySteve, Oct 04, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

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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Bierman9, Apr 22, 2009
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Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
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