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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery
Based on:
42 Beers
547 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 154
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
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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Photo of RunawayJim
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch the other day while visiting VT. The place has a nice feel to it, lots of wood. The beer list was quite impressive. They had about 6 or 7 brews on tap and 2 casks. They had a great food menu as well. I had their Flemish Sour Red and my wife got a tasting of their stout on tap and on cask to compare. All the beer we had was quite excellent. I was very impressed. The waitress knew her stuff and was very helpful. I ordered their Ploughman's Lunch for lunch. It was a loaf of bread, some VT cheese, and some spreads. It was extremely tasty.

This place was recommended to me by a couple BA's and I recommend it to anyone else spending time in Burlington. It was well worth the trip.

Photo of scottg
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Everyone who enjoys great beer in Vermont owes a little something to the people at Vermont Pub and Brewery. They lobbied the Vermont legislature for three years to make pub brewing legal for the first time since prohibition. This is the oldest brewpub in Vermont and the 3rd oldest on the east coast.

There are nine house beers on tap including one cask & a VT hard cider which they use for blends. Pints-$4, 12oz-$3, 8oz-$2. They don't offer outside beers on tap or in bottle but do have a full bar including an impressive list of single malts. The beers are less carbonated and served slightly warmer than most pubs. This is the only one of the three downtown pubs that sell growlers, allowing you to take some brews home.

The bar has two parts, inside the darker dining room area and a sun room. When the weather is nice you can also enjoy a pint on the large deck under an umbrella, a Burlington must. There is a large appetizer/sandwich/pub menu available all day which is reasonably priced. The chili and Vt cheese sampler are fantastic with a pint.

The bar is filled with regulars which is always a good sign. Service is laid back and friendly, the bartenders are very beer knowledgable, the wait staff not so much. I definitely recommend stopping in for a pint.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.45/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Had a quick beer at the bar here on my trip to Burlington. Lots of people outside on the patio drinking, there also seemed to be a wait to get in to eat. We snuck on the bar area and sat facing the outside window and had a beer. I had the smoked porter and thought it was great. The inside was dark and mellow with a good crowd. I would go back to try a bite to eat sometime. It think it is really cool that when you go to Vermont every place that you walk into brews their own beer. This state really must have a passion for brewing.

Photo of Bierman9
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Alewife and I spent a good chunk of time here last Saturday (19APR08), on what was a simply fantastic Spring day. Temps were hitting the upper 70s, and there was nary a cloud in the sky.

I found a parking spot down the street easily, and we walked up to the Pub, at the corner of College and St Paul (I believe). The Pub is in a big brick building, with an outdoor patio. There's a large sign on the side of the building with the company logo, and another sign at ground level showing the "state bird", the "geezum crow", with a chalkboard listing the daily specials. Up a set of steps and under a wrought-iron archway with the pub name, and you're on the patio. There are about 15-20 tables set up there, overlooking the street. Each seats at least 4, and has an umbrella to shade you. Adjacent to the patio is the pub itself. A glassed-in sunroom houses one part of the bar. Enter to the bar itself. It is in 2 parts, one being under the glass canopy, and another half parallel to it in the inner part of the building. The place is generally on the dark side, with lots of dark wood making up the walls, bar and furniture, and some brass fixtures here and there. The place is decorated with beer bottles, old bier pics and other various bits of bier paraphernalia... Place has the feel of a roaring 20s saloon. The brewing equipment was visible near the entrance, a small foyer with a fridge housing some growlers to go. On tap we found 10 of their own brews, plus some assorted bottles of this and that from near and far. Their IPA, Dunkelweizen and Wee Heavy were all quite tasty. The service was quite good, both at the inside bar, where we had a round while waiting for a patio table, and later outside. A burger for the Lady and a bowl of chili for me really hit the spot. Tasty stuff, and fairly priced, too. Being such a kick-ass day, we lingered outside for quite some time, with a few Wee Heavys under our belts. Oh yeah!!


vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$


Photo of drinksandeats
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stumbled in here because we were hungry and didn't know where to go. Pleasantly surprised! Caught it at an off-peak time and were seated in somewhat tight confines that must feel a lot tighter when there are a flood of folks. Foodwise they were great: I got the toad-in-the-hole, which came out piping hot in a very soft and tasty pastry crust.

Got a flight of six beers. I thought their Forbidden Fruit, an oak-aged framboise, was eh, but that disappointment was more than made up by their Wee Heavy and their smoked stout. Their ESB and IPA were A-OK!

Can't wait to head back to Burlington to visit this brewpub again.

Photo of davide169
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I made the unfortunate choice of visiting this place on a Friday night. If you don't want to have to part the red sea to get to the bar or wait a good hour for a table then this place may not be a good choice on a weekend night.

When you walk in you can go to the right to a front bar or walk an extra ten feet and there is a bar directly behind it. There is seating all around with tables and some booths.

I ordered a sample so I could gauge all the beers. I was not all that impressed. There were a few decent beers but most were missing any kind of mouth feel. They just seemed to be lacking and distinct flavor.

The food was nothing more than normal pub grub and it didn't seem to do that well either.

This is not a place I will be going back to when I am in Burlington but if you have some extra time its worth trying at least once. Just remember not to go during a busy weekend day.

Photo of ianrca19
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

My wife and I got approximately 12 hours to spend in Vermont. We'd never been there, knew next to nothing about the place, and were just passing through. We happened upon the Vermont Pub & Brewery, and just kind of said "Let's do it".

We waited about 20 minutes as it was very busy on this Monday night. The hostess led us to a smallish table and plopped a couple of menus down in front of us and was very pleasant. We opened up the menus and were amazed at the options that lay before us and especially how much they cost. We're used to Minneapolis prices, that is to say, you can assume $12-15 a plate, and at least $4 for a beer. Almost everything on this menu was under $10, and the beers were like $2.50 a pint or something ridiculous like that!

I won't give an official review of the beers I had, since it would be from memory, but I can tell you they were both excellent. I had a Burly Irish Ale and their IPA as well. I give the selection an "average" only because they only offered their own beers and a guest cask, but their beers are good enough to run with any regional or national brew.

For food, I ordered a shepherd's pie and gravy fries, my wife ordered the honey-teriyaki chicken breast with a salad. I have not had better food in a higher-priced establishment. The greens in my wife's salad looked as though they'd walked out back, picked them from a garden, and prepared them fresh. Her chicken breast was very well-marinated and glazed in a wonderful-tasting teriyaki sauce and had a perfect smoky grilled taste. And my sheperd's pie was to die for. Piping hot and very meaty, I could taste fresh herbs and a winey tang in the gravy. And oh, the gravy fries. If nothing else, I'd go here for a pint and an order of gravy fries. Lightly crisp and battered, a French onion gravy with little slivers of fresh sliced onion spread over the top... perfectly sweet and salty. Goodness. It's almost worth another 1500 mile drive!

The service was average, but only because it appeared as though they were understaffed and rushed. It was unusually busy for a Monday night, and working in the service industry myself, I can understand the conundrum. The wait staff was very nice, and there was lots of good energy coursing through the place.

Amazing food, great beer, and genuinely nice people. If this is how Vermont rolls, I'm of half a mind to move there myself!

Photo of sraimondi
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped here on the way back from Montreal last Thursday, 8/30/07. Have been there before, but I have not reviewed until now.

Nice pub atmosphere, although a little bit dark in the dining area. Running last Thursday were:

Forbidden Fruit -- Raspberry (GIBF 2006 Silver, Fruit Beer)
Ethan Alien Vermont Lager
Curacao Wit--orange a corriander
Grandslam Baseball Beer--dry hopped with Fuggles
Burly Irish Ale - (2006 GIBF Gold, Red Ale)
Dogbite Bitter
Bombay Grab IPA--Cascade, Chinook & Magnum hops, 90 IBUs
Mick's Smoked Stout --apple, maple & hickory smoked malt

Cask: Mick's Smoked Stout

I had a few, Ethan Alien, Baseball, Irish Ale and the Dogbite. The Dogbite was my fave of the bunch (see separate review). Prices were reasonable & they poured half pints, 12 oz. and pints on most offerings.

I also had an OK chix sandwich.

Will be back again.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

Stopped in Friday night prior to the Vermont Beer Festival. The place was packed but managed to get a seat at the bar. Tried a flight of the beers in addition to the Dubyil. The beers were goodbut the place was too packed to actually enjoy them because we kepy getting bumped into. Because of the packedness of the place, the service was spotty at best. You couldn't really ask questions because they were too busy and just gave short answers.

I will have to give this another try when it is less busy.

Photo of madmanjf
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This past weekend was my second visit to VPB. The first was quite a few years ago, and I honestly don't remember much from it unfortunately.

I was in town for the Vermont Brewers Festival, so I obviously had to stop off again and have lunch and sample the brews.

They have a really nice menu and just had to ask for a side of the brown onion gravy to go along with the fries ( and if you've ever read any of my other reviews, you'll know I most likely ordered a burger, and you'd be right).

The beer .... did the flight tasting on 6 beers of my choice. They were all good and nothing stood out as being out of the genre for the style in which they described as.

This place can get quite busy by the locals

Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Every year I go to the Vermont Brewers fest I make it a point to have dinner at the Vermont Pub & Brewery. The pub is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. It has a large bar and plenty of seating, inside and out, plus a very friendly and casual atmosphere.

The food menu is extensive and very reasonable. It's mainly your typical pub fare, burgers, fish & chips, pasta, with a few specials thrown in for good measure. Everything I've ever ordered here has been terrific. Beer wise, they offer all the standard styles; IPA, stout, pale ale, amber, etc. Again, the prices are good and the beers are quite tasty.

As far as the staff goes they are terrific. Very friendly and easy to talk to. When I arrived after the fest the first thing the waitress did was to bring a pitcher of ice water which was much appreciated.

When in Burlington a visit to the Vermont Pub & Brewery should be on everybody's list.

Photo of jjboesen
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

On a recent trip to Vermont, friends and I stopped in Burlington for lunch at the Vermont Pub & Brewery (VPB). It is a popular place for locals, tourists, beer aficionados and families – i.e., plenty of screaming children (no criticism, just an observation).

VPB has a strategically downtown corner location; across the street is a large park, where a carnival or something was in progress; a few convenient steps down the front steps, and down the street, leads you to American Flatbread, which was our next stop (see review).

It was certainly busy the day we visited; in any case, VPB consists of an outdoor terrace overlooking the street, several dining areas amid a dark interior with brick-wood décor, a dimly lit indoor bar and another “greenhouse” bar that is right off the terrace – and offers a nice view of the aforementioned park – and was endowed with plenty of natural light. We parked ourselves here.

VPB’s menu, available on newspaper print, is a rather eclectic one that runs the gamut from burgers, fish & chips, bangers & mash to ploughman’s lunch, the latter being my choice. (Americans just don’t know how to serve a decent ploughman’s lunch.)

According to this menu, VPB is the third oldest brewpub in Vermont. In any case, the beer selection (9 taps) was diverse, covering the major styles – I enjoyed their Dogbite Bitter and Bombay Grab IPA. If you wish to take beer home, growlers are also available. And despite the fact of their being short-staffed during our stay, the service was efficient and the staff was knowledgeable.

All in all, the Vermont Pub & Brewery makes for an enjoyable repast for anyone traveling through the Green Mountain state in search of beer.

Photo of bjohnson
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Rolled into the VPB on a bright sunny Sunday afternoon for a few pints with a bunch of beer loving friends. As you walk up the step a massive outdoor patio section lies in front of you with about 15-20 tables shaded by umbrellas and some trees. Enter into the brewpub and either sit in the greenhouse, where we ended up, or inside at the bar. The inside section is dimly lit with wood walls and knick-knacks here and there. The greenhouse sat about 12 people at the bar, glassware hanging down from the ceiling and in a rack behind the bar.

The bartender, Hannah, was very talkative and attentive; although we did keep her busy the entire time. Ask her to tell you some jokes. On tap included a nice list of 10 brews, 8 of which were their own house brews. Included were a Red ale, IPA, Flemish sour, smoked porter, pils, rye lager, esb, and a weisse beer.

I sampled a few of the mentioned brews and all tasted quite good and fresh. The smoked stout was nice and creamy with a hint of smokeyness and roasted malt. I had never experienced a rye lager before and this one didn’t disappoint. Big rye body with a nice crisp lager finish. $3.50 for a pint is unbeatable, but so is $9 for a growler.

Unfortunately we didn’t try any of the food, but the bartender did say there were some delicious offerings on the menu. Also from looking at th menu I got the impression that you get what you pay for as many of the offerings were priced on the cheap side. A good place with a good vibe that was pretty packed on a Sunday early afternoon. I can see this brewpub being quite packed throughout the week. Another must hit if your in Burlington.

Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I've been meaning to review this place for a long time. The beers are always decent. The selection is kind of limited though at times and sometimes, they may not have certain beers available in growlers. Other than that, the service is decent and the bartender recognizes me by face sometimes so that does make it easier. The food is good as I've had the angus burger before. The pricing is reasonable and I would say that it's safe to say that you won't spend more than $25 for a meal and at least 2 pints, depending on your tastes. A decent place to go to that could use some work on the selection over time.

Photo of ezraider218
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to the Vermont Pub and Brewery at least 5 times now, most recently a month ago while visiting friends at UVM. Both the beer and the food fit within a college budget and are above average. I personally recommend the Irish Ale and the Smoked Porter, both of which are always on tap. Lines can be in excess of an hour long, but they offer a nice bar/waiting room to start moistening your pallet before you are seated. Service was average, with nothing sticking out as poor or excellent, a few of the bartenders could afford to learn a bit more about the individual beers. Of all the brewpubs I have been to in Vermont, this is second only to the Alchemist. Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

this was my girlfriend and my first stop on our short burlington daytrip excursion. i was really impressed with the atmosphere. it gave off that euro beer cafe vibe, and the staff was really friendly. the beer selection is decent, the cask stout was awesome and the music was perfectly complementing. as i finished my sampler a bob dylan tune came on and flooded me with the common man vibe that is burlington. there's just something about good beer in a good town with good friends. the prices were more than reasonable. this is a must see, even just for it's proximity to american flatbread (easily the best brewpub in town).

Photo of rickcampie
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

this is one of my favorite stops in burlington, always busy but never a long wait. the brewer j.p always has some greats on tap. the irish red and the dogbite bitter are my favorites on tap. they also have growlers for take home sampling. food is always excellent and service is always prompt. sample trays are also availble if you cant decide what to have. in the summer its not uncommon to see live music outside with tables set up for an outdoor dinnig experience. a must see if your anywere near burlington vt.

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

Vermont Pub & Brewery

Drove up to Burlington on Fri. Dec. 29th. Checked in to our room at the Willard St. Inn then drove the whole mile over to Vermont Pub & Brewery. The place was set up like a typical american cuisine restaurant. The bar is to the right as soon as you walk in and there are plenty of tables everywhere. We were given a flashing coaster and told there will be a 45 minute wait. My wife and I sat down at the bar and before we could order our coaster started flashing. Quick service! We ordered up our food, veggie burger and a grilled chicken salad. My veggie burger was a 3.5 on a scale of 1-5 and my wife's food was a 3. I had a Dogbite bitter to drink and that was my favorite beer from the pub. (I had several over a course of 2 nights here)

Overall- It was a nice comfortable restaurant, the bar hallway is narrow and gets quite packed, although on New Years there were about 10 people there. A nice place to sit, eat, and drink. Recommended for the tourist and, probably, once and awhile visit for the regular.

Photo of n0rmann
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been there twice, both times for lunch on the way to Montreal, and I've always left there happy.

The beer was good, and the service was fabulous. Even during the busy lunch hour, we never had to wait, and the waitresses didn't mind that I always take a long time to decide what I'm drinking when I'm not familiar with the beers they have available.

Although the food is typical pub fare, it's still very good -- I recommend the portabella mushroom sandwich. The cheese fries are also top notch.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in town for the VT brewer's fest, stopped in for lunch. Located right in the center of town. Can't miss the gigantic sign on the corner of the building. The place was kind of crowded from all of the festivities going on in town.
The outdoor seating area was nice, but it was raining so we sat at the bar. Kins of small a cramped and completely separated from the restaurant. I ordered up the sampler platter that included a raspberry beer, a wit, a pale lager, a pale ale, irish red, smoked porter, wee heavy, and an IPA. All the beers where pretty good, I enjoyed the porter, wee, and IPA. The entire sampler ran me $4.50 which is a pretty good deal. Food was also very cheap, I grabbed a buffalo chicken wrap with sweet potato fries for $5.00, can't beat it and it was really good.
Service was a little slow, but I still enjoyed myself. They did have growler in a cooler as you walk in the door. Worth a stop if in the area.


Photo of rousee
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This VPB is apparently a bit of an institution as it always seems pretty busy and has a "center of the action" feel to it. There was a pretty good band playing but the place was just a little too packed for my liking. Maybe earlier in the daytime, the atmosphere would've been a bit mellower. It also has a slightly divey feel to it.

The beer selections were fairly standard although they had this cherry beer they claimed was not too sweet or too sour. It was pretty good. The rest of the beers that I tried tasted pretty average to me. They were typical offerings--brown ale, amber, porter, ipa, etc.

Service was very quick and friendly and the pricing was very reasonable. I need to try this place in the daytime.

Photo of ticeman
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Good place to catch a few beers and appetizers in Burlington, especially if you can grab a seat on the deck. No better place to have a microbrewed beer outdoors in Burlington, IMO.

VPB generally has 6-7 beers on tap, brewed on premises, that change seasonally. Quality is generally good, highlights are their IPA and smoked porter. Forbidden Fruit (raspberry beer) is generally popular with the ladies and non beer-fanatics, an is interesting, though I suspect most BAs will find it too sweet. If I'm really in the mood to have one, I usually combine it with the stout.

Food at the VPB is pretty standard bar food, the vast majority fried, though there are a few exceptions. Nachos are always a hit for an appetizer there, and the pulled pork Shepard's pie hits the spot for me.

Overall, good atmosphere, especially outside, decent food, and a good value make the VPB a good stop. I always leave in a good mood...

Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of dbalsock
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.