The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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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.
08-13-2005 22:27:39 | More by slander
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
A wonderful place! It is very welcoming and accomodating. They have a Franken-brewhouse, cobbled together from various components fifteen-plus years ago, with tours available upon request/appointment. The kettle, itself, shows some obvious weld marks, which to a failed welder, are totally cool. I also loved the wood-slat clad fermenter. You really must take the tour for yourself. Upstairs, it is a great set-up: a nearly oval (rectangular?) bar, which is surrounded by restaurant tables. The decor is unabashedly Victorian, with a couple of brass lamps that display the brewpub's name; the wooden figurehead from a ship; many painted advertisements for various breweries; and mirrors for the more narcissistic BAs among us (LOL). The patio is another treasure, with its breezy deck and ample opportunities for people-watching. Finally, I cannot forget the waitstaff, nor is the converse true either. They are some great people who made me feel like a long-time regular, instead of a new arrival. My kind of place! See you there.
07-20-2004 19:22:20 | More by woodychandler
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
We got to Burlington in the hottest day of the year. What gives? Wondering around, I spotted the classic Vermont Pub & Brewery and decided to stop by for a beer or two. The cool thing about Burlington is that pretty much everything is within a block or two: the Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, Bluebird Tavern for fine dining and craft beer and The Farmhouse Bar around the corner.
The Vermont Pub and Brewery is a fairly standard joint, with an outdoor space up the stairs from the street and a bar inside. Sort of generic but alright. We sat outside because the bar was way too hot... 10 lines plus 2 casks, how's that for beer offerings?
Some cool stuff, let's talk about Forbidden Fruit (oak-aged raspberry sour), Beetlejuice (Weissbier), Vienna Rye, Bombay IPA, Tulach Leis (Flemish Sour Red) and Lake Chocolate Stout. This is NOT your standard brewpub lineup, OK!
I had the IPA, the Bocks of Chocolates bock and the Lake Champlain Chocolate Stout (great beer).
Prices are friendly at $4 a pint, $3 the 12-oz serving and one dollar for a 3-oz taste, and so is service. Atmosphere is OK and we didn't try food because we were dining at the fancy Bluebird Tavern.
Sure, the Vermont Pub & Brewery is not mind-blowing, but it sure is a good time and it has got enough beers to satisfy almost every palate. Honor Greg Noonan! I will be back.
08-15-2012 03:26:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
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
02-02-2011 15:34:09 | More by Billolick
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.
11-09-2005 13:17:55 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Second stop on our Burlington brewpub tour last weekend, and it was time for dinner too. There looked to be a huge wait for tables since it was beerfest weekend, so we ordered some beers from the bar. Quick service despite the crowd. Went with the Forbidden Fruit, which was awesome. Two sips into the beer, we got a table. Our waitress was great, she brought us our food, beers, and check very promptly. The beer selection was very good, they have quite a variety of all styles of beer. I like brewpubs that just don't make the generic types you find everywhere else, make something different instead. During dinner, I had the Helles Alt, which was nice too. But the thing that got me about this place was the price: cheap! We had one app, two sandwiches, and two beers, for $33. Not bad. For the great service, and the excellent beers, and the cheap but good food, you can't go wrong with this place. We were glad we stopped here for dinner.
07-22-2008 00:23:15 | More by morebeergood
3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-22-2011 18:24:58 | More by sholland119
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
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.
07-09-2009 20:57:00 | More by Yetiman420
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-03-2011 04:30:28 | More by Rifugium
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.