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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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

138 Ratings
Ratings: 138
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
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 bigone4
4.95/5  rDev +32.4%

I absolutely love this Brewpub. The people are great and the beers are even better. Greg Noonan does an exectional job of running this fine establishment. I have been going to the pub for about 5 years. I fell in love with the place during college and now I try to make it back as much as I can. It takes me 4 hours to get there now. The selection of beer is great and the list will suit the taste of any experienced beer drinker or first timer. I highly recomend their IPA extreemly hoppy and my favorite. Great seasonal beers and always working on new brews. The wait staff and bar tenders are some of the nicest people I have ever met. My other favorite aspect is the Growlers nice 64oz. jugs to take home. The IPA stays for the longest. If you are in Burlington I suggest you stop by and give the VPB a try.

bigone4, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of scottum
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%

Hit it up for lunch. My first visit as a legal drinker. As a kid I had been there before for dinner but was unable to sample the brews. An what brews! All the beers I sampled with the exception of the Irish Stout were awesome. The bar is in a greenhouse on the side of the building which makes for a great place to have a beer on a sunny afternoon. The food is top notch. I had a lovely Toad in the Hole which is maple sausage and chedder cheese in pastery served with chutney. Mmmmm.

scottum, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of RunawayJim
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

RunawayJim, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of woooobeer
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

woooobeer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of braedon_peluso
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

braedon_peluso, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of JimmyK77
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

JimmyK77, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of BierBliss
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

BierBliss, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +19%

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
Rauchbier
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.

Yetiman420, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of mikeys01
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%

The Vermont Pub & Brewery is certainly a good place to visit when in the Bulington Area, ne of many good breweries/brewpubs in the vicinity. Atmosphere is pretty clean, laid back, and fairly well lit. Nice separated bar area, with a closed off area on one side for smokers and an open area with plenty of bar tables on the other side for those who wish to breathe somewhat fresher air. Service is usually very good and attentive, at least in the bar area where I've spent most of my time. Food is pretty decent, but not outstanding...though I've heard ravings about the sweet potato fries. The beer is excellent, with a good selection of 6-8 house brews on tap at any given time. Haven't had a bad beer there. The highlight for me usually is the Vermont Smoked Porter, which at least in my mind is unparalleled...bold statement I know, but you gotta try it. Prices are pretty reasonable, and 3 oz. samples of the beer are available for like 50 or 75 cents, a good way to try several without finishing your day all at once....

mikeys01, Dec 16, 2003
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 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 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 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 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 UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Located right in downtown Burlington, the VT Pub and Brewery occupies an impressively sizeable building right on the corner of two streets. Parking can present a problem, as it seems to be mostly street parking. If there was a lot for this place, I didn't see it. Prepare to feed the meter. It's right down the street from the Three Needs, so you can more or less kill two birds with one stone.
Walking inside, it's a very classy place. Pubby and not pretentious, it seems to be neutrally designed, nice enough and dark enough at the same time. The area that we sat at is probably pretty well lit during the day, with large windows to usher in sunlight. The little lobby area features a cooler filled with take-home growlers. Loads of dark wood, emitting a distinctly british vibe, with a fairly spacious interior. Plenty of seating, with a smallish bar area, this night packed with customers. We had to wait a while for a table, which was ok. It was the weekend, though.
I'm not sure what else they offer, but the house beer list is pretty extensive. Their system must be a decent capacity, because they offer 5-6 beers, plus the ability to bring beer home in growlers. Apparently the brewmaster is somewhat famous. Two beers were cask conditioned where we were there. That's a definite plus for me. The beer names are a little strange. I'm not sure what a bombay grab is. No real off-the-wall brews, but all the selections were solid. They seem rather concerned with people getting drunk, with a big "all things in moderation" etched into a pane of glass near the bar, and a BAC chart and warnings right on the menu. Another moderation quote from Lincoln is in large bold print on the menu.
The food menu is fairly extensive, with an eclectic mix of pretty much everything. A great selection of traditional pub fare, with some british favorites. The prices are reasonable, and the service is attentive and friendly. It took a while for our server to get back to us for round two of beers, but it was a pretty busy night. The food was very tasty, and they make a good fish & chips plate.
The beer wasn't weird or wild, but it was damn fine session beer. The food is pretty tasty, and I'll definitely come back for a growler of the dogbite bitter and another plate of fish and chips. Probably my first stop when I come back to Burlington.

UnionMade, Feb 12, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Doug_Skipper, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of KingCobra686
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Always worth a visit if you are spending the afternoon in Burlington. They have a very dynamic tap list and lots if creative new beers to try out on every visit. Only complaint is that you pretty much have to stay here for lunch to hang out and order a flight to try out the beers. There is a bar area but it is always too sunny and crowded to hang out in.

KingCobra686, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jamesewelch, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

bras1977, Jul 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

MattyInMass, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Bierman9
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

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!!

Prosit!!

4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$

165

Bierman9, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

kingcrowing, May 26, 2009
Photo of jrancan
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Very well done. Big place with lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Eight beers on tap, the highlight of which is their strong (8%abv) Saison. The IPA was probably the hoppiest beer I have ever tasted (a touch too hoppy-I never thought I would say that), but still good. Also had a solid Maple Porter and an ESB. Live music in the back, good food and cheap prices. Between this, Three Needs, and Magic Hat just down the road, Burlington seems to have a great beer scene going on.

jrancan, Jul 08, 2002
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 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 10, 2007
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The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.