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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery
Based on:
43 Beers
611 Hads
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 99
Visits: 182
Avg: 3.79
pDev: n/a
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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Reviews: 99 | Visits: 182
Photo of rfgetz
3.64/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Unassuming exterior with outdoor patio and greenhouse like room visible to outside. Interior shows a dark wood, dimly lit and well worn interior. Warm and humid even on a 55 degree day.

A nice mix of American, British and Belgian styles available on tap, but many lack in depth and body. Service was hit or miss, slightly inattentive when distracted by a chatty co-worker. Didn't try the food as it looked like standard pub grub with a touch of local fare.

Overall, the mixed bag of recommendations were quite appropriate.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Menu is very reasonably priced for what you get.

I have to confess that I ordered my bangers and mash without the onion gravy. Onions are vile things and I don't know why people feel the need to ruin food by dumping them into whatever happens to be on the stove. That being said, maybe it was a major component to the B&M, which seemed a little plain. Sweet potato fries were crisp and tasty and came with honey mustard.

You can order beer samplers, which is great to get a feel for the place. The Burly ale was fantastic, though I'm not about to give it an actual rating since I only had a sample size of it. Had the milk stout, dogbite bitter and pils. All decent, but nothing amazing. Plenty else to try and not enough time (or stomach space) to try it.

Service was prompt and friendly, though it got a little less prompt when the place started to fill up. Nobody there when we got there at 11:30, but the place was getting packed by the time we left an hour later.

In short: cheap food; good beer; get in early or expect a wait.

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Photo of MattyV
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Grabbed a bite and a few quick pints here while in Burlington for a conference. It was a bit dark inside, and was pretty busy but not completely packed. We were seated within a minute or two of arriving, but had to wait a solid 15 minutes before the server came by to get our drink orders.

I had a glass of the Tulach Leis (meh, but a decent effort) and the Bombay IPA, which was quite enjoyable. Our food arrived quickly after ordering and was tasty and inexpensive. Very reasonable prices for beer as well ($4/pint if I recall correctly). Will definitely return if I'm back in town.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A quality place with a nice, friendly atmosphere. Lots of tasty microbrewed beers, and a very diverse and extensive menu with lots of good food on it, with a tendency towards British-style cuisine. Not quite as quality a place as American Flatbread--beerwise--but still a nice establishment. Again, this place makes all their own brews, so you will only find their beers on tap, and as such, it may not be a beer connoisseur's paradise.

So considering American Flatbread and VT Pub are about 1 minute walking distance from each other:

Beer selection ... VTP < AFB
Food selection ... VTP > AFB

But those things considered, you should not miss out on sampling VTP's beers, and you should definitely not miss out on AFB's flatbreads. In other words, go to both places.

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Photo of BrittEBurke
4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was up in Burlington to check out the Magic Hat Mardi Gras and wanted to hit up as many local breweries as possible. Vermont Pub and Brewery was the first stop.

We were very lucky and managed to score seats at the bar. Both the bartender and the guy sitting next to me said that Mardi Gras in Burlington is pretty much their equivalent of St. Patty's Day in Boston. Regardless of the craziness, we were met with timely and friendly service. We ordered boneless buffalo wings and a "toad in the hole" (sausage, cheddar and onion in pastry). The wings were well seasoned and perfectly cooked and the toad in the hole was tasty and unexpectedly sweet (It could have passed for a breakfast food). Much like some of the other reviewers, we stuck to appetizers and headed next door to American Flatbreads for dinner.

We split a 10-beer flight. While there wasn't a beer that completely blew me away, there also wasn't a single beer that I didn't want to finish. I think my two favorites were the Left Coast ASB and the Burly Irish Ale. My girlfriend loved the Forbidden Fruit.

On the whole, good beer, good food and friendly service. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the Burlington area.

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Photo of sholland119
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We had a pleasant stop here after dinner at American Flatbread but before heading to the Farm House. Though this was our least favorite of the three, we still had an enjoyable experience.

Our timing was perfect as we arrived just as a group was leaving, so we were able to grab seats at the bar right away. Vibe was nice, everyone was pleasant and we got our beers promptly as needed. I had a perfectly decent IPA; the rest of the beers were well received also.

I would certainly stop back again, maybe to try the food as well. Not a place that will blow you away, but a worthy stop regardless.


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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place has been a Burlington regular, must visit spot for ever and on my last visit it seemed a bit dated, compared to some of the young upstarts that have been sprouting up in town over the past few years. On the dark side inside, crowded with folks enjoying a comforting meal and a few pints on a winter's eve.

The beer selections I sampled were sort of just OK in a middle of the road sort of way. British style pale ale is decent, but they def. are not pushing any envelopes or doing anything all that interesting here beer wise in my humble opinion. Of course, thats ok and they are free to keep it up year after year, and make some decent coin, just sayin' that its not the kind of place that gets me real excited to go back to.

The out door deck during the warm weather months is a pleasant place to hang out, drink a pint and watch the crowd go by

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Photo of BeerMaverick
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I visited this place knowing that it had ok reviews and it was pretty good. It is an AHA member, so bring your card if you're a member for pub discounts. My girlfriend and I had the guacamole nachos and they were very good (we only had appetizers because we wanted to go to American Flatbread across the street for dinner - see review).

For beer I had the 6 beer sampler for 6$ including the milk stout, bombay grab IPA, burly irish ale, dogbite bitter, little dog, and the zwickelbier. They were all decent, none were fantastic...if I had to choose one I'd say the irish ale was my favorite. My girlfriend got the forbidden fruit beer which seemed to be a very popular beer there. I didn't like it very much, but it wasn't aweful...she liked it.

Overall an ok spot, but definitely shadowed by American Flatbread and its fantastic zero gravity beers.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

One of our favorite places in Burlington to stop, and we've been going there for 20 years. It's an old standby when we hit the Queen City.

Great food and service. Over the years, we've developed a number of favorite dishes, but we're always game to try new items. It's a fairly straight forward, traditional pub food place with toad in the hole and bangers and mash (my personal favorite).

The beer selection is usually interesting, especially the in-house brews that rotate seasonally. Last time we went in, it had been a while, so we did the sampler, and there was quite a few off the wall brews, which was fun.

Highly recommend it.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Stopped by here fairly late on a Thursday night to a fairly crowded bar. It was quite dark and seemed pretty standard, nothing special.

We had two beers, a Flanders red and a raspberry fruit beer. The FR was extremely funky and not very sour or really anything else. It tasted like bleu cheese and that is about it. The fruit beer was aged in oak - all I could taste was fruit, though. Neither were great, but neither were terrible. Those were the only 2 interesting looking beers.

The service was standard for a bar, not very good for a brewpub. This just seemed like a standard bar that brews their own beer.

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Photo of birdyone
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I tried a flight of their beers. Some were good, others were a struggle. I took recommendations from the waitress, she put the berry flavored beer on the flight, I'll let you fill in the rest. I should point out I've never been a fan of any of those. They make a lot of different beer, so I probably could have sampled 2 flights if my friend wasn't getting bored (as a non beer drinker, she was a good sport). Right down the road you have American Flatbread, so the competition breeds some good beers between the two. If you're in Burlington, give it a shot.

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Photo of Chincino
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have bee to the Vermont Pub and Brewery many times, but this review is of a visit from July 2010 when I was in Burlington, VT for the Vermont Brewer's festival. On this visit, I went to the Vermont Pub & Brewery twice. On both occasions, the place was packed and the service was only average due to the high volume of customers. The bartenders weren't available to talk to you about the beers or answer questions. That being said, I would still say I had a good overall experience at this pub. They allow you to sample any of their beers for only a dollar each which was great so we were able to try just about all of the beers they had on tap at the time. This was helpful in helping to decide what growlers we were going to purchase. I was a fan of the Beetlejuice beer and did not particularly like the Forbidden Fruit beer. We didn't have a full meal, but we shared a Vermont cheese plate while sitting at the bar which was very good. The selection of beers was good and I would recommend visiting the Vermont Pub and Brewery if you're in Burlington, VT.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been here quite a few times, usually with a big crowd (8+). I'm sure with less people the service is great, but in my experience, it has been slow.

The beer on the other hand is very good. They usually have at least 2 cask conditioned ales available, depending on the season, with a great selection of craft brewed beers from including Irish Burly Stout, Dogbite Bitter, and the original black IPA; Blackwatch IPA.

I've never been disappointed with the food there. Sometimes it takes a while to get it, but once its there, it is delicious. Lots of good pub food, as well as some great entrees. The atmosphere is really cool, complete with a newspaper for a menu.

Great place to eat, great place to drink.

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Photo of albern
4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The brewery is nicely located, with easy parking. The atmosphere is very pub like with high tables in the section next to the bar. There is also a patio area that I remember enjoying during the summer months when I was here earlier. The food was pretty good. I had the salmon caesar salad. I've been here before and remember not having anything that I didn't like. It is pretty much pub food, but it hits the spot. The wait staff was very good, the service and efficiency get high marks. The beer is another story, but I'll review that separately. The prices are reasonable and there is really nothing not to like about this place in terms of atmospherics, price, food. The beer is another story.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

On a recent beer-themed vacation, this was one of the few places that I visited twice. The pub has a good variety of beer styles, including standard and off-the-wall styles. One of my favorite features here (and at other Burlington brewpubs) was that you could order a 1/2 pint for 1/2 the price of a full pint. This allows you to sample more beers without resorting to the 'beer sampler' which I don't feel gives you enough to enjoy.

I ate dinner their twice and was pleased each time. The food was very reasonably priced and often made with local and/or organic ingredients. Service was attentive and the place has a dark, bar hangout feel to it. Outdoor seating is available when its warmer.

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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They have both inside, as well as outdoor patio seating. Being a nice day, we sat outside, so can't comment much on the interior other than a glimpse on the way to the bathroom. Seemed like a fairly clean, standard pub type setting inside. Outside patio had maybe 15-20 tables, most with umbrellas.

Service was decent, patio was seat yourself, and then the wait staff would bring over the menu, beer listing was already on the table. Menu was decent sized, with a large variety of pub type comfort foods. Food was decent, slightly above average pub food, but nothing gourmet. Price for the food was pretty reasonable, but make sure to order fries with your sandwich if you want them as they aren't automatically included.

Beer was ok. Had a 4 sample flight, all smelled fantastic, but ended up tasting just good, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Stopped here for dinner after Session 2 of the VBF. Good location, pretty brick building. Large L-shaped outdoor patio. Inside, dark and noisy. Two sided bar with taps (a cool tower) and bottles in the middle. Tables off the bar, and also a sunroom type of area. The ubiquitous TVs.

Eleven beers on tap, including one cask selection. A nice variety of beers. I had a cuple Bombay Grab IPAs, enjoyed them.

Service was excellent at the bar, and OK on the patio where we sat for dinner. Speaking of dinner, the menu was fairly typical pub food. My wife had some fried oysters, which she rated highly. I had fish and chips, and the fish was so rubbery as to be almost inedible.

I would go back anytime for beer, but would eat elsewhere.

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Photo of mhatters
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been here many times, thought it would be good to write it up

Great location and atmosphere, a dark, pub side, an enclosed sun area, and a big deck overlooking town.

Beers are good, varietal, and fairly cheap. Maybe 10 products running at a time, no guest beers but a full liquor scene

Service is hit or miss, quite a few dopey girls (sorry but true), who do not know what is on or what it is like beyond what they are told. Sometimes service is great (male or female) too

Food is bar fare well done, menu is fairly big, and fairly well done

Prices are fairly cheap, beers range from 4-6, food is a good value

Overall, I do not come to town without coming here, a nice place with good food and beer

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I did a quick, one-day visit to Burlington in mid June which included visits to all three brewpubs in the downtown Burlington area - Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, and Three Needs (listed in rank order from best to very good). They're all within walking distance to each other and a block off the main pedestrian shopping area. These three visits put me at 167 breweries/brewpubs visited.

We sat outside on the patio at Vermont Pub & Brewery and enjoyed the beer sampler of...
Grand slam baseball summer blond
Forbidden fruit stein raspberry beer
Chiiwll xxx Trappist tripel
Beetlejuice spicy sour mash wheat
Burly Irish ale
Dogbite bitter ESB
Handsome Mick's smoked stout
12 oz Bombay grab IPA

I ranked Vermont pub #1 in my experience because of the ambitious and well-done beer styles. We also ate lunch here and especially enjoyed the Vermont cheese plate.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Third time visiting, first time reviewing. Went for lunch on 6.6.09. Nice outdoor dining area for a spring or summer day. Inside is fairly spacious with lots of wood, but somewhat dimly lit. The place tends to get fairly crowded, so expect to wait for seating if you're with a large party. The food menu was reasonably priced with some typical pub fare, as well as a selection of local favorites (e.g. cheeses, apple chutney, organics, etc.). Service was attentive even though it was fairly busy - never had a dry glass for long. The beer list was fairly well-balanced - an IPA, Herb/Spice beer, Tripel, Blonde, Smoked Stout, Rauchbier, Fruit beer and a few other offerings I can't quite remember. I ordered the sampler (6 - 3oz. pours for $6) and the Fruit beer. The beers for the most part were style consistent, but none really blew me away; however, I would have to say that the IPA was the best of the bunch. Not the best brewpub beer I've had, but fairly soild and many different styles to try. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the Burlington area and if you find something you really dig, you can grab a growler to go.

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Photo of Ig0r
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here for dinner during a visit to Burlington with a tourist slant. The wait was about twenty minutes and they had those remote blinker/shaker devices for waiting. I got a flight of six for $6, which is a pretty good deal for custom brews, and a cheese tray for an appetizer. They had a decent rauchbier and a strong lambic-like brew. I had the shepard's pie it was well prepared and tasty.

The problem was that, because the resteraunt was understaffed, there were long delays from the waitstaff and while we were up to pay the bill and use the bathroom, our table was cleaned and other people had been seated. As soon as the meal was done, we had been pretty much kicked out. It would have been much better if they were properly staffed, but it was a holiday weekend.

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Photo of ajr24
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Visited on the Sunday night before Memorial Day the Vermont Pub & Brewery was a happening spot.

Upon finally finding it, it was a lot bigger than both my friend and I expected. We walked in, tried to find bar space but none was to be had so we got to sit outside on the patio. It was a really nice night, so sitting outside was very enjoyable. Nice lights that don't blind you as well as having room to kick back without cramping another table. Good setup. The inside, though is very warm and cozy. The bar area was dim and intimate. The surrounding tables looked somewhat isolated from the rest of the place. What I liked best was the clear visibility of their fermenters by the stairway leading to the bathrooms. Overall very nice decor.

The quality of the place/beer was pretty decent. We ordered a flight of their Handsome Mick's Smoked Stout, Forbidden Fruit, Ambergris B, Bombay Grab IPA, Spiced Tripel, and the Dogbite ESB. The Forbidden Fruit and the Smoked Stout were both very impressive. I was disappointed in finding out that their Maple Ale is only an early spring release. Oh well, I'll have to go back!

The service was friendly, but somewhat slow and half-assed. Our waitress seemed disappointed that we weren't ordering food and just beer. We got the feeling she resented us... Nevertheless she filled our orders and answered any questions we had. They were also quite busy so if we had ordered food then I think we would have been higher on her priority list.

The selection was impressive because they had a variety of unique beers. They made excellent beers with their own twist on the style. The descriptions on the menu were extremely informative.

Also excellently priced! 6 samples for 6 dollars. Not too shabby.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Vermont Pub & Brewery is a must stop for anyone going to the Burlington area. They've been brewing since 1988 and have an awesome variety of different styles they brew there. They also have quite selection of caske aged beers as well which is great if you've never had them before so make sure to ask what they've got.

As far as food and service go, it's one of the best pubs around. A lot of the bar tenders and waiters/waitresses have been working there for years and you can really tell they know their stuff. They have quite a selection of standard pub fare as well as some more diner-esque food like meatloaf and such. It's pretty cheap and you can be in-and-out with dinner and a beer for under $15. I'm a big fan of their chili as well it's only $3, but it's not the best if you're going to be sampling beer as it'll kill your pallet real quick.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

VPB is a great every-once-and-awhile place for me with a student's budget, but that's not to say this is a typical college student haunt. Their food is pretty typical pub fair, though i have a weakness for their nachos, and their veggie burger with pub fries is a decent and tasty deal. The staff is all very personable and they are quick to pick up on regulars; you can tell they love working at VPB and they are the biggest fans of the VPB beers. The last time i was in a waitress and i shared a quiet moment lamenting the end of their winter-seasonal, the Dunkel (now called the Brewmaster's Cup). Their growler program is a pretty good deal as well, and totally worth it when having drinks with a group off-premises.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a number of times. I've sat inside, I've sat at the bar and I've sat outside during the summertime.

Overall, its a pretty standard and solid brewpub. It is also one of the oldest so it set the tone for others that have helped develop the theme of most brewpubs.

Food is pub food and definitely affordable. Sandwiches run around $6 and dinners are under $15 for the most part.

Service has always been good when I've been there. Its a little more laid back in appearance and service but thats cool with me.

Beer selection is always good, usually at least 6 beers on tap including a few interesting ones like Ambergris and Absinthe, both unique spiced offerings. Not many other brewpubs take risks with brews like that and for that reason I give this place two thumbs up.

I like brewpubs that offer solid beer, solid food and something interesting. This place does that with several of their beer offerings.

Worth a stop when doing your beer circuit in Burlington, in fact stop here first.

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The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.