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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 500
Beer Avg: 3.52

Taps: 13 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
very good

132 Ratings
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of jmz62565


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is a real treat with a nice atmosphere, very college bar like with none of the loud noise. The quality of beer and food are very high and you won't be disappointed. I went in expecting bar grub with lousy beer,but I was wrong. I went 2 nights in a row and had dinner with a variety of beers each night. The selection of beer ranged from fruit beer to stout to wee heavy. The pub had normal bar food to trout and steak. All of it was very tasty and served quickly with a friendly and helpful waitress. If you spend any time in Burlington VT. you most stop here.

03-17-2006 02:29:29 | More by jmz62565
Photo of dbalsock


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $

This is one of my favorite place to go when visiting friends and family in vermont. First introduced to it by lpayette, it remains a wonderful stop on our beer fueled journey through burlington on every visit. First of all, I enjoy the food, and coming up from Boston, it all seems practically free. The atmosphere is also nice. I enjoy going in the summer so I can sit outside on the porch. outside is one of my favorite places to have a beer. The selection of beers is quite good, and changes enough to keep my interest on each visit. It is the first place I ever had a wee heavy, and I feel lucky to have had the wonderful experience of that first sip. The service has been good to mediocre. Sometimes a bit of a length wait to receieve food, but that is rarely a problem after they bring the beer. Overall, a wonderful place for a meal and a beer. I hope to go back there soon.

01-09-2006 17:58:26 | More by dbalsock
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

vpb sits high up on a corner a stone's throw away from american flatbread. walk in and the bar area is on the right.. a hopping place, filled with college frat douchebags with their hats askew on their dumb heads.. but i digress. black particleboard bar and odd red lighting doesn't do too much for atmosphere, neither does the tunes selection including such classics as "little ms cant be wrong". the floor is covered with bathroom tile.. very, very odd place.

the beer selection was surprisingly good. they offered a raspberry lambic (not as bad as the reviews on here), irish red, pale ale, dunkel, schwarzbier, esb, ipa, export stout, smoked porter and wee heavy. i enjoyed all the beers i had.. the smoked porter was ballsy and smoky with hickory sweetness. the wee heavy was on cask (limit 3 wee heavies? wtf?) but the real find was cask #2, a dry hopped version of the ipa (or was it the pale ale?) it was good.

bartender was okay, chatty and served me with quickness.. he screwed up a beer order though.

didnt have the food, the food actually looked kind of scary. lots of super fried stuff. hamburger plates had discolored lettuce and it just looked like something i dont need to spend any money on. however i cant comment on taste as i didn't dare to eat.

oh, and no growlers. what the holy hell is up with this no growler stuff??

come for the beer, leave.

01-01-2006 20:06:59 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of arizcards


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$

Part of our tour of Vermont in early October. VPB is located near the campus of the U of Vermont in downtown Burlington...great location. We sat on the outside patio, taking in a beautiful 75 degree early fall day. Quality of everything averaged out to be OK. The service was average at best as it was a busy Monday afternoon. The selection of beer and food was a little better than average as the food was limited. The presented food was overcooked for both Da Boss and I as they killed our chicken and burger and then some. Price was reasonable but the food and beer left something to be desired. It was only the campus atmosphere that made this trip to VPB wothwhile.

11-12-2005 00:42:19 | More by arizcards
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$

Conveniently located downtown near the university. Easy to find parking in this city. A modern though very dimly lit. Apparently Vermont people feel very safe and tables are very close to each oher and near the bar. Nice bar on both sides, with room for staff to walk about. Room for tables outside though this was fall and noone there. Good air circulation. Beer was medocre, I surmise it has gone downhill as brewmasters have moved on. There is a turnover given the traffic in here. No smoke even though there is a smoking side.

11-09-2005 13:17:55 | More by Sammy
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$

I had been itching to try this place since it opened. A move to Kansas and three children somehow hindered this plan. Well this past vist was my first chance in a while. We came, we saw, we ordered dinner and we were satisfied. We were not thrilled but we were lookng fo a little more wow. The service was average, the beer was ok and the food was acceptable. nothing spectacular.

We will perhaps try more of the brews at this place but my wife and I both agreed it was the weakest of the Vermont venues that we tried.

08-27-2005 01:45:32 | More by Citadel82
Photo of slander

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Rounding out our hat trick of Burlington brewpubs, we rolled into Vermont Pub & Brewery Saturday night after a long day in the sun. It was late. I mean the kind of late that's after the packing up after 2 sessions at a beer festival, late. Maybe too late to find the kitchen still open, but I'm sure we can still get a beer...
The front entranceway is along an outside deck seating area, with at least a dozen and a half tables and an area for bands to set up. Inside, there's a 2 sided bar, each side in different rooms. The far side of the bar holds seating for upwards of a dozen, with a half dozen tables behind a divider, a side room with 18 tables, and a small corner glass front room with 6 tables overlooking the park. A retro design tile floor, spotlighting, low light chandaliers, and chairs suspended upside down from the ceiling at 6 feet and 4 inches (we measured it with our Baker). The bar is lined overhead with bottles of beer & booze. There's a big screen TV at the end of the room with a small stage behind it. The other side of the bar (technically the front side), is in a small atrium, with bar seating for a dozen and an 18 seat bar counter running adjacent against the front windows. It's got a low ceiling and feels kind of tight in there.
11 taps (Ale, Lager, Hefe, Irish Red Ale, Raspberry Lambic, Brown Ale, Bitter, IPA, Irish Stout, Smoked Porter, Wee Heavy) and a cask (Wee Heavy). The Wee Heavy was absolutely wonderful, a virtual malt bomb. The Smoked Porter was very nicely smoked. I've had the Forbidden Fruit (Raspberry Lambic) before and found it to be kind of weak, but fairly unexpected for a brewpub offering.
Kitchen is kind of closed. Like, we can get non cooked items. They all opted for salads and I wisely chose the Apple crisp with Strawberry ice cream (and was promptly chastized for not choosing Vanilla ice cream). Service was good and pleasant, no complaints. A good range of beers and a killer Wee Heavy.

08-13-2005 22:27:39 | More by slander
Photo of weeare138


3.43/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Atmosphere was good. Well lit with lots of tables and stools to sit at. Seems pretty clean for the most part.
Quality is ok. As pointed out by a fellow BA, there were a ton of flies in here b/c they leave the doors open for ventilation.
The service is ok at best. I usually have iffy service that's up or down in here, so I'll split it.
The selection is alright. I think they had at least 7 beers on draft, with two on cask.
The food is ok. I've never had a complaint.
The value is reasonable. Nothing too over the top with prices, especially the beers, which were reasonably priced.

07-22-2005 00:56:04 | More by weeare138
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

My first stop in Burlington and a very good one indeed. Atmosphere is nice with lots of outside seating options and a small bar room inside where I opted to sit, by a big fan. The clientele was mixed, a bit hippy-ish, but nice and laid back. he quality of the beers was great. I had some smoked porter on (fresh) cask, and a nice IPA as well. The service was laid back and maybe a bit European in style, but the bartendress was very nice indeed, and my cup was always full. Selection was good with 2 casks (porter and stout) and about 6 or 7 other draughts on, as well as a house made cider. Food was dirt cheap and good. I got a rachael sandwitch and some killer fries. Cheap beer, good cheap food, nice laid back friendly service. Works for me. Recommended.

06-10-2005 17:10:16 | More by francisweizen
Photo of NEhophead


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for dinner and a few pints two weekends ago while in Burlington.

A very quaint restaurant and bar setting with plenty of seating, but this place can get packed on a Friday/Saturday night. A great location right in downtown Burlington in close proximity to pretty much all that Burlington has to offer. The pub offered about seven or eight of their own brews which seemed to be a pretty nice selection: a tripel, wee heavy, a bitter, etc just to name a few. Unfortunately, none of the Vermont Pub's brews have ever really done it for me. To say that the tripel was weak is being polite, and the wee heavy they offered was also on the lighter side. For dinner I had the asiago raviolli which was good, but nothing special (reminded me of a dish found at Applebee's). The menu is pretty extensive though, offering burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and some seafood. The service was also adequate given how busy it was at the time.

If you're looking for a place that'll blow you away with the quality of their brews, this one isn't for you. If you're looking for a convenient place to have a nice meal and a few decent beers then you've found your home.

04-02-2005 20:30:14 | More by NEhophead
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.