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The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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

146 Ratings
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
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 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 woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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.

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Billolick
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

Billolick, Feb 02, 2011
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 morebeergood
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.

morebeergood, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of sholland119
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.

HV

sholland119, Feb 22, 2011
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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, May 03, 2011
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7%

My first stop in Burlington and a very good one indeed. Atmosphere is nice with lots of outside seating options and a small bar room inside where I opted to sit, by a big fan. The clientele was mixed, a bit hippy-ish, but nice and laid back. he quality of the beers was great. I had some smoked porter on (fresh) cask, and a nice IPA as well. The service was laid back and maybe a bit European in style, but the bartendress was very nice indeed, and my cup was always full. Selection was good with 2 casks (porter and stout) and about 6 or 7 other draughts on, as well as a house made cider. Food was dirt cheap and good. I got a rachael sandwitch and some killer fries. Cheap beer, good cheap food, nice laid back friendly service. Works for me. Recommended.

francisweizen, Jun 10, 2005
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 papat444
4.04/5  rDev +8%

Finally got around the visiting the VT institution. No much vibe going but in fairness, there was an ice storm the night before. Nice service, girl was friendly. Lots of choice (10 taps?) including 2 cask ales. Prices are real cheap, especially compared to Farmhouse. Beer was good and i'd definitely come here again.

papat444, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Had not been in years. Was happy to revisit and have dinner with a few local freinds.

Nice decor with lots of wood and such. Dark old looking bar with a very comfy dining area.

Service was attentive and polite. I dont recall being out of a beer for long and our food arrived in due time despite it being during the dinner rush.

Eight beers on draft and 2 casks....nice. I always have a soft spot in my heart for any place that has cask.

Our dinners were all very nice. I had the Fish n' Chips n' Oysters....for $9.99! It was done very nicely and was most tasty.

A place I had fond memories of....drinking smoked porter with friends while a snow storm and -10F temps ruled the outdoors....nice to see the place hadn't changed! A solid, must visit location when in Burlington.

Deuane, Jul 18, 2008
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
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Hung out here on a Saturday night to watch some college football.

Nice spot, located right the middle of Burlington, a block off of the main Church Street walk. Definitely a pub feel, dark wooden double sided bar. Dining areas inside and outside. They definitely let you know they are the oldest brewpub in Vermont.

Good wide selection of beer styles. Nothing crazy, but well brewed beers to style. I tried a half a dozen different pints, and all were good. Moderately priced, good service by the bar tender.

jmdrpi, Sep 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Stopped by on a mini-beer tour of upper VT. Great feel to this place, with plenty of outdoor seating along with a roomy indoor space. A bit on the awkward side, the bathrooms are downstairs, which can be a bit of a pain in the ass. Other than that, the place is very accessible. Clear view of the tanks as you head back towards the stairwell down to the bathrooms. The bar is on the smaller size for a place this big, but there is an overall coziness to the place. Lots of info and swag from the VT brewing scene along the walls, and it's of the entire scene, not just their stuff, which is pretty cool. They had 12 beers available, one of them on cask, despite the menu advertising always having 2 casks available. The food was decent, and the menu was pretty lengthy, with typical brewpub offerings. Pricing was decent, and we visited with a large group on a Saturday and had a minimal wait. All in all, good visit and good place to chill out and drink some beers.

GarthDanielson, Aug 09, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

The VPB was bustling and busy on the Sunday afternoon I visited. Got a table and beer quickly but our food order was lost and delayed because of it. Service was friendly and apologetic and we both got a free round because of the delay, which we certainly appreciated.

This place has a bit of a family/touristy feel to it compared to some of the other drinking spots in town. The beer was offered in everything from flights to 6oz and 12oz pours and growlers. Prices were low on everything and you can make your own flights from what ever you choose, an option I really liked.

All the beer was good at best and mediocre at worst. Nothing was really outstanding. There were a lot of choices and after a while I felt like maybe they should brew a few less different beers and make some of the others a little better. All the beers looked very nice but generally were very low in carbonation, sometimes way too low. Food was good enough, kind of standard pub fare, with sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and the like.

Worth checking out for sure but don't expect anything too stellar.

tobelerone, Nov 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of indiapaleale
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

indiapaleale, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of ZEB89
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

ZEB89, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -4%

an old school staple of the Burlington brew scene, this establishment isn't as big as it looks. maybe eight beers on tap, but all the interesting ones were tapped out. had a decent ipa and a better than average flanders red, but neither really impressed me. service was friendly but a little slow on a crowded day, and the food was just okay. I like the vibe though, cool outside area and a small intimate bar inside. I am yet to have a beer from these guys that knocks my socks off, but I haven't had a total miss either. I like the ambition, and the never settling mentality they seem to have about their beer. overall a neat spot, certainly not the best the city has to offer, but you wont be disappointed stopping in for lunch or afternoon beers on the patio.

StonedTrippin, Jul 17, 2013
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The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.