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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
85
very good

143 Ratings
Ratings: 143
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 527
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 13
Bottles: 0
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 jjboesen
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

jjboesen, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.3/5  rDev +15%

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.

bjohnson, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Brad007, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of ezraider218
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

ezraider218, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

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).

scarletfire79, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of rickcampie
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

rickcampie, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of n0rmann
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

n0rmann, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

rousee, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of ticeman
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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...

ticeman, May 26, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

jmz62565, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

dbalsock, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

goodbyeohio, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of arizcards
3.33/5  rDev -11%

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.

arizcards, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Sammy, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

Citadel82, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of slander
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

slander, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

weeare138, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7%

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.

francisweizen, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

NEhophead, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of Borussia
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

Borussia, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

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!

cerevisiaephilus, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

We made a stop at the Vermont Pub and Brewery last evening and I must say that it was a pleasant surprise. I had gone there about 5 years ago and it was a bit of a fiasco. Did not catch an exact count but they had probably at least 8 of their brews on tap as well as their Vermont Smoked Porter and Handsome Mick’s Irish Stout on cask. I had both casks and must say that the Smoked Porter was excellent! We had about a 20 minute wait for a table but it was very busy in the city this weekend so we enjoyed a few brews at the bar as we waited, was a nice experience as even though the bar area was somewhat crowded we where able to find two seats easily. Once seated the service was quite excellent, as they did not allow us to wallow in our corner of the restaurant. Had numerous visits from out waitress asking how everything was and if we needed anything. The food was also very good; we got an appetizer of nachos then a turkey sandwich and a burger and all where prepared well. Liked the way they had their menu’s, like a small newspaper, with some interesting beer tidbits as well as the actual food and beer menu. The place has a nice feel to it, very open layout with dark wood through out the bar area and the restaurant side. A very inviting place to go and hang out for a while.

Stimack, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

A wonderful place! It is very welcoming and accomodating. They have a Franken-brewhouse, cobbled together from various components fifteen-plus years ago, with tours available upon request/appointment. The kettle, itself, shows some obvious weld marks, which to a failed welder, are totally cool. I also loved the wood-slat clad fermenter. You really must take the tour for yourself. Upstairs, it is a great set-up: a nearly oval (rectangular?) bar, which is surrounded by restaurant tables. The decor is unabashedly Victorian, with a couple of brass lamps that display the brewpub's name; the wooden figurehead from a ship; many painted advertisements for various breweries; and mirrors for the more narcissistic BAs among us (LOL). The patio is another treasure, with its breezy deck and ample opportunities for people-watching. Finally, I cannot forget the waitstaff, nor is the converse true either. They are some great people who made me feel like a long-time regular, instead of a new arrival. My kind of place! See you there.

woodychandler, Jul 20, 2004
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.