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Harpoon Brewery

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Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery
BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
77 Beers
7,333 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 38
Visits: 88
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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 bordsox
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nearest brewery to me. I like the fact that I can drop in every couple if weeks and get something new that is only made at the brewery and put on tap there. There is always a cask conditioned selection. You can get 1/2 pints to stretch your beer out. Food is pretty darn good. I suggest the Rachel or the pulled pork nachos for food. (333 characters)

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Fahz
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

ate lunch here and had some beers.

they have a ton of beers available, in a wide variety of styles. The ones I tried were good but not great.

Server was friendly and helpful, food was decent. (196 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Make a point to stop here, the beer we all know.
That said there are brewery only beers, like the original Harpoon Ale that reside here.
The food is pretty good, the specials are worth watching, I had an incredible grilled tuna salad
a few weeks ago.
The staff is spot on and the price points are all really good.
The Windsor site is the former Catamount production facility, so some homage is due.
Cheers (408 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,411 characters)

Photo of ZEB89
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of ChrisP802
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Vibe - very family oriented, which isn't a bad thing, but there will probably be some kids yelling around.
Quality - great, nice gift shop for clothing, glasses, extras
Service - they approach with smiles and treat you nicely
Selection - not bad at all. They have a handwritten board with their selected styles and always have a lot to choose from
Food - they have a decent menu, but every burger I've ever got was not how I wanted it. I guess better overcooked than under (474 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (896 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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. (843 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
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