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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery
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3.57/5
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47 Beers
581 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

144 College St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8416
United States
phone: (802) 865-0500

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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I did a quick, one-day visit to Burlington in mid June which included visits to all three brewpubs in the downtown Burlington area - Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, and Three Needs (listed in rank order from best to very good). They're all within walking distance to each other and a block off the main pedestrian shopping area. These three visits put me at 167 breweries/brewpubs visited.

We sat outside on the patio at Vermont Pub & Brewery and enjoyed the beer sampler of...
Grand slam baseball summer blond
Forbidden fruit stein raspberry beer
Chiiwll xxx Trappist tripel
Beetlejuice spicy sour mash wheat
Burly Irish ale
Dogbite bitter ESB
Rauchbier
Handsome Mick's smoked stout
12 oz Bombay grab IPA

I ranked Vermont pub #1 in my experience because of the ambitious and well-done beer styles. We also ate lunch here and especially enjoyed the Vermont cheese plate.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Shogun250
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Solid Brew pub. Food is ok. Beers ok. Prices are good.

Photo of VTR
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I moved from Burlington not long ago and this was always a stop when going to the shopping center. The food is decent pub food nothing that I went crazy over. What I liked was trying their beer that was brewed there. The beer menu always was changing and I could find a new or interesting beer every time I went there. It was always crowded which made it feel like a busy place where relaxing was hard when you were seated at a table in the middle of the floor and people were constantly walking by you going in or out of the door. Sometimes I got lucky and got seated next to the windows in the picture or next to the wall. Overall if you are in Burlington stop in and try a local brew you will find something you like.

Photo of KingCobra686
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Always worth a visit if you are spending the afternoon in Burlington. They have a very dynamic tap list and lots if creative new beers to try out on every visit. Only complaint is that you pretty much have to stay here for lunch to hang out and order a flight to try out the beers. There is a bar area but it is always too sunny and crowded to hang out in.

Photo of SABERG
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

We have been going here for a few years annually, Vermont Brewers Fest weekends.

A - Inside a little dark, sunroom can get hot in summer, outside patio is super. The inside is loaded with information about the history of the place and its founders the Noonan's.
We had live music this weekend outdoors, a very nice treat.

Q - The beer offerings are broad, there are 2 casks, this past trip had an IPA on cask with Grapefruit to punch up the citrus. The Flanders style Tulach Lies was excellent. We shared a VT cheese platter, saw plenty of burgers, fish and chips etc. going by for the hungrier folks The quality was very good.

S - Lots of activity, sometimes seemed a little long for a re visit from servers, this is often more perceived that timed. They were hustling so no complaints. Our beers were always correct and they keep the water full. Everyone was pleasant.

S - The menu had lots to offer, the beer selection was broad. These two things keep us coming back.

F - As mentioned we had a great cheese plate, and in years past have enjoyed some specials.
The food is pub format and solid.

V - You cannot go wrong here, affordable and consistent. Even the band made note that VPB may be the last place in Burlington where 2 burgers don't cost $30. We all got the meaning.

Seek out this steady solid brew pub.

Cheers

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The east coast brew pub that launched it all (IMO).
VPB has really good local beer crafted on site (of course), it has good pub food like shephreds pie, meatloaf, etc.. and a really nice atmosphere. In the summer sit outside on the deck.
Service is ok, nothing notable.
As a brewpub it ranks among the best.

Photo of Aewachiw
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Was able to stop by on a beer tour and was excited to see a place that was part of micro beer history. The basement brewery was like NO OTHER BEER TOUR I've been on. Very unique equipment, making it obvious that this truly was an originator in the field.

Photo of papat444
4.04/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Finally got around the visiting the VT institution. No much vibe going but in fairness, there was an ice storm the night before. Nice service, girl was friendly. Lots of choice (10 taps?) including 2 cask ales. Prices are real cheap, especially compared to Farmhouse. Beer was good and i'd definitely come here again.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Copied from my TripAdvisor review

This was the first pick for our Vermont brewpub/brewery tour. We sat outside to enjoy the sunny October day. Service was fairly quick. For beer we pick the oktoberfest and IPA. Both were good, but seemed run-of-the-mill. Our food was above average. A good spot, but other places have better quality beer.

Photo of craft_shannie
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

stopped by for lunch while in the area. nice elevated, outdoor seating right on the square. also offers indoor bar and tables. sampled forbidden fruit and spuyten duyvil which were both OK. food was your average pub fare.

props to Greg Noonan who lobbied and won to open VT's first brewpub in 1988. if anything, the place was nostalgic.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hung out here on a Saturday night to watch some college football.

Nice spot, located right the middle of Burlington, a block off of the main Church Street walk. Definitely a pub feel, dark wooden double sided bar. Dining areas inside and outside. They definitely let you know they are the oldest brewpub in Vermont.

Good wide selection of beer styles. Nothing crazy, but well brewed beers to style. I tried a half a dozen different pints, and all were good. Moderately priced, good service by the bar tender.

Photo of FrostBlast
3.48/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited this place on two consecutive nights, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday was somewhat quieter than Thursday but not by much. People tend to gather to this place a lot.

The atmosphere is of a really pub-like nature. Enjoyable, warm, not too noisy, lots of chatter going around, staff walking back and forth - the typical pub. Very nice when you like the style - as I do.

Service was fine, nothing to scream out in joy about, but still perfectly fine. A bit more staff presence would've been nice.

The beer selection is somewhat limited, but what is available is also, to some extent, above average. There are some "okay" beers, but most are more interesting than just "okay." Nothing to get excited about, except 1 or 2 products.

I barely had any food but what I did have was entirely satisfying, without being outstandingly good.

Overall value is good. I wouldn't spend my whole evening there, not with the Farmhouse Tap & Grill and the American Flatbread so close by, but the pub nature of this place (which the other two places I mentioned completely lack) makes it a very good choice to end your evening.

Photo of mitch3114
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I live in New York and was my buddies best man for his wedding. So a van load of us went to Burlington! Our first stop- The Vermont Pub & Brewery.

As we walked in that early August Saturday of 2012 around noon, the place was all in a roar. There were people waiting out the door at the place. It was big and had a lot of space. Right when you walked in the doors they had a chalk board with all their offerings. There were probably about a dozen to choose from. There was an IPA (pretty good!) pale ales, a dunkelweizen, here, and other standards.

After a 20 minute wait or so (not too bad as we each had a beer or two at the bar) we were sat in a really nice sun room that had two tables. There were six of us at the table and we ordered burgers and appetizers. The food was your typical pub grub but I remember it being great. We got a couple of pitchers for the table and a flight of 6 to 8 beers went around as well. The beers were average to good, but it was a great atmosphere. Where we sat, there was a great view of the city of Burlington with cars and people going by.

Overall we enjoyed out time and the atmosphere was great. The beers were ok and the food was good-prices were reasonable. The only negative I could remember was sitting in that sun room the sun was beating down on us through the glass and it got really hot. But the beers, food and good company made it easy to forget. After our lunch we were off to Magic Hat and our really long day of drinking beers continued! If you are in the area and are looking for a place to stop in for a beer and lunch, this is an excellent place to go!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a mini-beer tour of upper VT. Great feel to this place, with plenty of outdoor seating along with a roomy indoor space. A bit on the awkward side, the bathrooms are downstairs, which can be a bit of a pain in the ass. Other than that, the place is very accessible. Clear view of the tanks as you head back towards the stairwell down to the bathrooms. The bar is on the smaller size for a place this big, but there is an overall coziness to the place. Lots of info and swag from the VT brewing scene along the walls, and it's of the entire scene, not just their stuff, which is pretty cool. They had 12 beers available, one of them on cask, despite the menu advertising always having 2 casks available. The food was decent, and the menu was pretty lengthy, with typical brewpub offerings. Pricing was decent, and we visited with a large group on a Saturday and had a minimal wait. All in all, good visit and good place to chill out and drink some beers.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

an old school staple of the Burlington brew scene, this establishment isn't as big as it looks. maybe eight beers on tap, but all the interesting ones were tapped out. had a decent ipa and a better than average flanders red, but neither really impressed me. service was friendly but a little slow on a crowded day, and the food was just okay. I like the vibe though, cool outside area and a small intimate bar inside. I am yet to have a beer from these guys that knocks my socks off, but I haven't had a total miss either. I like the ambition, and the never settling mentality they seem to have about their beer. overall a neat spot, certainly not the best the city has to offer, but you wont be disappointed stopping in for lunch or afternoon beers on the patio.

Photo of ZEB89
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Atmosphere was lively with a younger crowd compared to a lot of Burlington spots. Beer selection was solid, many more taps than a normal brewery. Vermont Pub and Brewery offers variety of brews, including some limited releases. Service was ok, wait staff and bartender were friendly but not super attentive despite having plenty of staff on the floor. Overall a cheaper option in Burlington but know that many of the beers are not as good as surrounding establishments.

Photo of laurastradford
3/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped during a VT brewery tour. Had a sampler with Forbidden Fruit, Beetlejuice, Grandslam, American Imperial Wheat LAger, Vienna Rye, and Tulch Leis. The samples were only $1 each which was awesome. Our bartender took forever to take our order which was torutre since there was no air conditioning where we were and it was late July. My favorite from the sampler was the beetlejuice but I didn't stay long to enjoy because I was too busy sweating and dreaming of a cooler place to enjoy a good brew.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We got to Burlington in the hottest day of the year. What gives? Wondering around, I spotted the classic Vermont Pub & Brewery and decided to stop by for a beer or two. The cool thing about Burlington is that pretty much everything is within a block or two: the Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, Bluebird Tavern for fine dining and craft beer and The Farmhouse Bar around the corner.

The Vermont Pub and Brewery is a fairly standard joint, with an outdoor space up the stairs from the street and a bar inside. Sort of generic but alright. We sat outside because the bar was way too hot... 10 lines plus 2 casks, how's that for beer offerings?

Some cool stuff, let's talk about Forbidden Fruit (oak-aged raspberry sour), Beetlejuice (Weissbier), Vienna Rye, Bombay IPA, Tulach Leis (Flemish Sour Red) and Lake Chocolate Stout. This is NOT your standard brewpub lineup, OK!

I had the IPA, the Bocks of Chocolates bock and the Lake Champlain Chocolate Stout (great beer).

Prices are friendly at $4 a pint, $3 the 12-oz serving and one dollar for a 3-oz taste, and so is service. Atmosphere is OK and we didn't try food because we were dining at the fancy Bluebird Tavern.

Sure, the Vermont Pub & Brewery is not mind-blowing, but it sure is a good time and it has got enough beers to satisfy almost every palate. Honor Greg Noonan! I will be back.

Photo of nh2032
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited after dinner on a Wednesday night. It's a pub-like setup, but had a surprising amount of families, especially considering the time. There is a dedicated bar area that seemed to be mostly the college crowd.

There were a decent number of beers available, but unfortunately all I tried were mediocre at best. My picks were the Grandslam Baseball Beer, Bombay Grab IPA, the Dogbite Bitter, and the Forbidden Fruit. Out of the 4 there was nothing that I would want to have again. And considering I picked styles I typically prefer I'm afraid what the rest of the options would have been like.

We ordered a couple apps which were both fine, but nothing spectacular. Service was fine too. Prices were reasonable, 4 oz samples were $1. Those are about the only positives I can come up with unfortunately.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped in here for the first time this past Friday after a frustrating 4 hour ride in a blinding snowstorm. Man was I thirsty. It was a quarter to 10 on a Friday night when we strolled in for dinner and drinks and the place was quite full, but we promptly were seated near the back. They had 8 or so beers on tap with enough variety to keep me interested. Our cheese and food were serviceable for your standard pub grub. Our waitress was ok but seemed overworked for really prompt service. I found the prices to be fairly reasonable for the area. I would go back if in the area and looking for pub grub and a good laugh at some drunk falling down the stairs to the bathroom.

Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The VPB was bustling and busy on the Sunday afternoon I visited. Got a table and beer quickly but our food order was lost and delayed because of it. Service was friendly and apologetic and we both got a free round because of the delay, which we certainly appreciated.

This place has a bit of a family/touristy feel to it compared to some of the other drinking spots in town. The beer was offered in everything from flights to 6oz and 12oz pours and growlers. Prices were low on everything and you can make your own flights from what ever you choose, an option I really liked.

All the beer was good at best and mediocre at worst. Nothing was really outstanding. There were a lot of choices and after a while I felt like maybe they should brew a few less different beers and make some of the others a little better. All the beers looked very nice but generally were very low in carbonation, sometimes way too low. Food was good enough, kind of standard pub fare, with sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and the like.

Worth checking out for sure but don't expect anything too stellar.

Photo of rfgetz
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Unassuming exterior with outdoor patio and greenhouse like room visible to outside. Interior shows a dark wood, dimly lit and well worn interior. Warm and humid even on a 55 degree day.

A nice mix of American, British and Belgian styles available on tap, but many lack in depth and body. Service was hit or miss, slightly inattentive when distracted by a chatty co-worker. Didn't try the food as it looked like standard pub grub with a touch of local fare.

Overall, the mixed bag of recommendations were quite appropriate.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Menu is very reasonably priced for what you get.

I have to confess that I ordered my bangers and mash without the onion gravy. Onions are vile things and I don't know why people feel the need to ruin food by dumping them into whatever happens to be on the stove. That being said, maybe it was a major component to the B&M, which seemed a little plain. Sweet potato fries were crisp and tasty and came with honey mustard.

You can order beer samplers, which is great to get a feel for the place. The Burly ale was fantastic, though I'm not about to give it an actual rating since I only had a sample size of it. Had the milk stout, dogbite bitter and pils. All decent, but nothing amazing. Plenty else to try and not enough time (or stomach space) to try it.

Service was prompt and friendly, though it got a little less prompt when the place started to fill up. Nobody there when we got there at 11:30, but the place was getting packed by the time we left an hour later.

In short: cheap food; good beer; get in early or expect a wait.

Photo of MattyV
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Grabbed a bite and a few quick pints here while in Burlington for a conference. It was a bit dark inside, and was pretty busy but not completely packed. We were seated within a minute or two of arriving, but had to wait a solid 15 minutes before the server came by to get our drink orders.

I had a glass of the Tulach Leis (meh, but a decent effort) and the Bombay IPA, which was quite enjoyable. Our food arrived quickly after ordering and was tasty and inexpensive. Very reasonable prices for beer as well ($4/pint if I recall correctly). Will definitely return if I'm back in town.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A quality place with a nice, friendly atmosphere. Lots of tasty microbrewed beers, and a very diverse and extensive menu with lots of good food on it, with a tendency towards British-style cuisine. Not quite as quality a place as American Flatbread--beerwise--but still a nice establishment. Again, this place makes all their own brews, so you will only find their beers on tap, and as such, it may not be a beer connoisseur's paradise.

So considering American Flatbread and VT Pub are about 1 minute walking distance from each other:

Beer selection ... VTP < AFB
Food selection ... VTP > AFB

But those things considered, you should not miss out on sampling VTP's beers, and you should definitely not miss out on AFB's flatbreads. In other words, go to both places.

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The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.