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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.67/5
Based on:
46 Beers
237 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 99
Visits: 180
rAvg: 3.81
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: 180
Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.36/5  rDev -38.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

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. (506 characters)

Photo of nh2032
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited after dinner on a Wednesday night. It's a pub-like setup, but had a surprising amount of families, especially considering the time. There is a dedicated bar area that seemed to be mostly the college crowd.

There were a decent number of beers available, but unfortunately all I tried were mediocre at best. My picks were the Grandslam Baseball Beer, Bombay Grab IPA, the Dogbite Bitter, and the Forbidden Fruit. Out of the 4 there was nothing that I would want to have again. And considering I picked styles I typically prefer I'm afraid what the rest of the options would have been like.

We ordered a couple apps which were both fine, but nothing spectacular. Service was fine too. Prices were reasonable, 4 oz samples were $1. Those are about the only positives I can come up with unfortunately. (807 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Sat inside in the slightly cramped quarters of the dining room....not a bad thing; kind of Euro-close. The dining area was a bit dark , but nothing negative....probably would have liked the patio better , but they allow smoking out there, which sucks. Flatbread doesn't, so we were spoiled.
The waitress was very cool and knew her beers, but that's about all I have to say that's positive about our visit.
The food was ...eh. I had tasteless Mahi-Mahi.
The beers were kind of disappointing across the board...and we actually got charged for the two samples we requested. That sucked.
There was a bizarre rhubarb beer on cask...I hate that plant !
The smoked stout, which I had such high hopes for, was pretty thin and had no smoke flavor that I could detect.
We finished quickly and headed to Flatbread !
We'll give them another try in the future...but we were not impressed by this visit. (890 characters)

Photo of laurastradford
3/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped during a VT brewery tour. Had a sampler with Forbidden Fruit, Beetlejuice, Grandslam, American Imperial Wheat LAger, Vienna Rye, and Tulch Leis. The samples were only $1 each which was awesome. Our bartender took forever to take our order which was torutre since there was no air conditioning where we were and it was late July. My favorite from the sampler was the beetlejuice but I didn't stay long to enjoy because I was too busy sweating and dreaming of a cooler place to enjoy a good brew. (502 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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. (524 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

So, we used to come to this place all the time...before I knew about Flatbread and the Alchemist. Given that it was one of the places we frequented often, my wife and I decided to go back.

The atmosphere is very similar to that of a college bar type feel. Crowded, dark and very hard to find any space to function. This also may be due to the fact that I went in the evening, rather than the afternoon.

Service? What service? While standing at the bar we were ignored multiple times for up to 10-15 minutes at a time. It seemed that the two bartenders working were more interested in carrying out conversations with their friends than serving their customers.

The selection of beers was average. From what I remember they had a about 8 beers or so that were on-tap. While I normally wouldn't care about a smaller selection, the quality definitely wasn't helping. Their Bombay Grab IPA was really weak in comparison to many IPAs that I have had as the the beer had a water downed quality and the hops were pretty non-existent. The other beers I had were nothing to write home about.

Food was one of the only positives. It's cheap and tastes pretty good for the price.

Overall, I won't be coming back to this place any time soon. With American Flatbread a block away and the Alchemist being a short drive outside of Burlington, it's a no brainer. I based my decision solely from the quality and selection of beers served, along with service. However, what shocked me most was that even my wife recognized how much better the aforementioned places were and she really isn't that big of a beer drinker. Bottom line: if you are from out of town and have a short stay, don't waste your time coming here. (1,703 characters)

Photo of VTR
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I moved from Burlington not long ago and this was always a stop when going to the shopping center. The food is decent pub food nothing that I went crazy over. What I liked was trying their beer that was brewed there. The beer menu always was changing and I could find a new or interesting beer every time I went there. It was always crowded which made it feel like a busy place where relaxing was hard when you were seated at a table in the middle of the floor and people were constantly walking by you going in or out of the door. Sometimes I got lucky and got seated next to the windows in the picture or next to the wall. Overall if you are in Burlington stop in and try a local brew you will find something you like. (726 characters)

Photo of davide169
3.2/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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. (895 characters)

Photo of birdyone
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of craft_shannie
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

stopped by for lunch while in the area. nice elevated, outdoor seating right on the square. also offers indoor bar and tables. sampled forbidden fruit and spuyten duyvil which were both OK. food was your average pub fare.

props to Greg Noonan who lobbied and won to open VT's first brewpub in 1988. if anything, the place was nostalgic. (338 characters)

Photo of Baab200
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

if your going to Burlington there are a ton of better places to go. Food is average, beer is average, and the vibe is average. It looks like an old Irish Bar attempting to be a brew pub. The only positive I can say is the staff was nice and friendly when I went with a group of four. We each had a few 3oz beers and weren't impressed with any. (344 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

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. (670 characters)

Photo of SusurusIgnoramus
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Went here because Flatbread was closed until five and we were only going to be in Burlington for another hour or so. Food was so-so. We shouldn't have ordered onion rings and fish and chips because it was too much fried. Even so, the taste was kind of bland.

Had the Pale Ale. Tasted ok at first, but the hops profile didn't seem as fresh as I would have expected. Then, we got a flight of six samples which included: Forbidden Fruit, Blue Lotus, Burly, Dogbite, Mick's Stout, and Spuyten Duyvil. They all had a thin, watery quality to them, as if they were a fun house mirror image of the style. Not really, BAD persay, just off. I was looking forward to the Blue Lotus because I've been meaning to try more Gruits, and the Spuyten Duyvil seemed interesting. The flowery notes on the Lotus were there, but again, too watered down. The Forbidden Fruit was too simple. Very strong rasberry flavor but little else. The Stout's smokey flavor was interesting, but that's about it. The Burly and the Dogbite I don't really remember which doesn't speak well. Lastly, the Duyvil. It had an interesting tartness and some body to it which made it the only one I really liked.

All in all, it was ok, but I would have preferred Flatbread. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

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. (530 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
3.43/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I used to go to this place all of the time when I lived in burlington.

Its a BOP, they only sell their own beer and most of the time its pretty good. However I did have their idea of a flanders red and it was undrinnkable.
The food here is very good and very cheap, I think you can still get a burger for under $6, and they serve pretty late
They usualy have a really raspberry that is worth trying, their house pale ale is good too

Its usually a mixed crowd of college kids and older people, like all of burlington its non smoking which is nice.

The service for the most part is good, everyonce in awhile you get an obnoxious waitress who thinks she knows everything about beer...just because she reads exactly how the menu describes the beer

worth checking out, both the food and the beer is very reasonable (815 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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. (588 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Had a quick beer at the bar here on my trip to Burlington. Lots of people outside on the patio drinking, there also seemed to be a wait to get in to eat. We snuck on the bar area and sat facing the outside window and had a beer. I had the smoked porter and thought it was great. The inside was dark and mellow with a good crowd. I would go back to try a bite to eat sometime. It think it is really cool that when you go to Vermont every place that you walk into brews their own beer. This state really must have a passion for brewing. (534 characters)

Photo of ZEB89
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Atmosphere was lively with a younger crowd compared to a lot of Burlington spots. Beer selection was solid, many more taps than a normal brewery. Vermont Pub and Brewery offers variety of brews, including some limited releases. Service was ok, wait staff and bartender were friendly but not super attentive despite having plenty of staff on the floor. Overall a cheaper option in Burlington but know that many of the beers are not as good as surrounding establishments. (469 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited this place on two consecutive nights, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday was somewhat quieter than Thursday but not by much. People tend to gather to this place a lot.

The atmosphere is of a really pub-like nature. Enjoyable, warm, not too noisy, lots of chatter going around, staff walking back and forth - the typical pub. Very nice when you like the style - as I do.

Service was fine, nothing to scream out in joy about, but still perfectly fine. A bit more staff presence would've been nice.

The beer selection is somewhat limited, but what is available is also, to some extent, above average. There are some "okay" beers, but most are more interesting than just "okay." Nothing to get excited about, except 1 or 2 products.

I barely had any food but what I did have was entirely satisfying, without being outstandingly good.

Overall value is good. I wouldn't spend my whole evening there, not with the Farmhouse Tap & Grill and the American Flatbread so close by, but the pub nature of this place (which the other two places I mentioned completely lack) makes it a very good choice to end your evening. (1,119 characters)

Photo of rousee
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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. (722 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Rather small, but excellent outdoor seating when the weather is nice. There was a nice selection of beers, with a few especially interesting ones - pseudo-lambic, maple ale, and their benchmark smoked porter. I had read Noonan's (the owner/brewmaster) book on brewing and was anxious to see what all that knowledge could create. To be honest I was disappointed with the beer quality -pretty average. I liked the irish stout and the smoked porter best out of the seven that I tried. My hamburger was cheap- about 4.25- and pretty tasty. Service was a bit slow, but friendly. I got a few growlers last time I was there and a couple of them were undrinkable that same night because of sulfur - big disappointment.

Overall - a relaxed place with decent fresh beer and good cheap food. (783 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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. (610 characters)

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