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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
85
very good

140 Ratings
Ratings: 140
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 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
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.