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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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

149 Ratings
Ratings: 149
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Active Beers: 44
Beer Ratings: 547
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 davide169
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

davide169, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of ianrca19
4.15/5  rDev +11%

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!

ianrca19, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of sraimondi
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

sraimondi, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.36/5  rDev -36.9%

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.

mymrnngjckt, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of madmanjf
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

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

madmanjf, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

WanderingFool, Jul 23, 2007
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
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.