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4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-25-2013 00:25:41 | More by slander
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
08-28-2010 23:41:20 | More by akorsak
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$
04-22-2009 23:59:15 | More by Bierman9
4.61/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
05-22-2013 18:32:14 | More by NJBeer265
4.04/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
09-04-2013 13:30:19 | More by ZEB89
4.34/5 rDev +2.4%
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!!
10-04-2010 23:18:18 | More by IronCitySteve
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
01-17-2011 22:11:05 | More by Jwale73
Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
94 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.