The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 494
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 13 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 96 | Display Reviews Only:
3.54/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
vpb sits high up on a corner a stone's throw away from american flatbread. walk in and the bar area is on the right.. a hopping place, filled with college frat douchebags with their hats askew on their dumb heads.. but i digress. black particleboard bar and odd red lighting doesn't do too much for atmosphere, neither does the tunes selection including such classics as "little ms cant be wrong". the floor is covered with bathroom tile.. very, very odd place.
the beer selection was surprisingly good. they offered a raspberry lambic (not as bad as the reviews on here), irish red, pale ale, dunkel, schwarzbier, esb, ipa, export stout, smoked porter and wee heavy. i enjoyed all the beers i had.. the smoked porter was ballsy and smoky with hickory sweetness. the wee heavy was on cask (limit 3 wee heavies? wtf?) but the real find was cask #2, a dry hopped version of the ipa (or was it the pale ale?) it was good.
bartender was okay, chatty and served me with quickness.. he screwed up a beer order though.
didnt have the food, the food actually looked kind of scary. lots of super fried stuff. hamburger plates had discolored lettuce and it just looked like something i dont need to spend any money on. however i cant comment on taste as i didn't dare to eat.
oh, and no growlers. what the holy hell is up with this no growler stuff??
come for the beer, leave.
01-01-2006 20:06:59 | More by goodbyeohio
3.33/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
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
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Conveniently located downtown near the university. Easy to find parking in this city. A modern though very dimly lit. Apparently Vermont people feel very safe and tables are very close to each oher and near the bar. Nice bar on both sides, with room for staff to walk about. Room for tables outside though this was fall and noone there. Good air circulation. Beer was medocre, I surmise it has gone downhill as brewmasters have moved on. There is a turnover given the traffic in here. No smoke even though there is a smoking side.
11-09-2005 13:17:55 | More by Sammy
3.05/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
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
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
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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
A fine place, overall. The first impression is that this is more a restaurant than a brewpub, but after inspection of the beer menu, better judgment could be made. The variety of beers they brew is impressive, including just about all styles (from Lambic imiation, which they did not have when I was there, to Stout and Pilsner). Most of the beers I tried were competent, and the food was good. I did find that the menu was too expansive - a problem for people lick myself who have a hard time deciding what to eat when faced with a gamut of choices. Among the beers, as rasperry ale called "Forbidden Fruit" was the best - I highly recommend going to VPB for a taste of this beer alone. The Lager was advertised as a Pilsner style beer, but it was too malty for that - much more like an export or Vienna lager. I also liked the IPA, which featured a nice balance between crystal malt-type grain and acid/spicy hop bitterness. The service was very good - professional, knowledgeable, and friendly.
04-02-2005 20:11:44 | More by Borussia
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Great spot. Not the greatest atmosphere. It was blindingly bright and hot on one side of the place and very dark and cool on the other. We sat in the sweltering green house side which was ok after they set up a fan. Service was ok. Little slow and she was kind of careless with the beers and spilled beer twice. Not a ton, but enough to be kind of a pain in the ass.
beer was good though and they had a lot to offer. They had a stout, a tripel, their smoked porter, IPA, wee heavy, and 4 or 5 other brews which I forget. I had the smoked porter, IPA and wee heavy. Good stuff all around! I didn't take notes so I won't review them here, but suffice it to say I was impressed. I'm sad that they get such poor rankings here. I mean, the smoked porter wasn't super smokey or rich, but it was damn good. The wee heavy was a little cloying, but it's supposed to be! It was damn good.
Food was good. The nachos were really big and really fresh and tasty. Very nice chips. Interesting menus with good looking burgers and other pub grub. I got a strange BBQ pulled pork shepard's pie. yeah...it was weird but really quite good!
03-18-2005 01:58:14 | More by cerevisiaephilus
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.