Harpoon Brewery

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Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery
BEER AVG
3.67/5
Based on:
67 Beers
19,982 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.25
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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Photo of bordsox
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Great taproom set up

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Fahz
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SABERG
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Photo of VTBrewHound
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -5.9%

I enjoyed my tour of the facility and had a great lunch in the restaurant / taproom. The food is much better than the Boston location.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of ZEB89
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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