Hill Farmstead Brewery

Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
BA SCORE
97.4%
Liked Their Beers
4.34 w/ 46,936 Ratings
Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

403 Hill Rd
Greensboro Bend, Vermont, 05842-8813
United States

(802) 533-7450 | map
hillfarmstead.com

Notes:
Hill Farmstead has a small bottle shop that carries offerings from other breweries in addition to bottles and growlers of their own offerings.

Added by papat444 on 04-08-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
116
Reviews:
6,843
Ratings:
46,936
Liked:
45,715
Average:
4.34/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
96.9%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
639
Liked:
619
Avg:
4.68/5
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jrfehon33
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mattybuchs
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Beautiful rustic farm land sitting with an area to sit outside, a patio, a taproom, and a completely separate retail store. The staff was friendly knowledgable and seemed wanting to discuss the beers if you were a mind too. A excellent idea to separate where you buy bottles and cans from where you get growlers fills and drinks. They also have a number system for growler fills so you don't have to just stand in line. The beers are world class.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dizzy242
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MilaMila
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.16/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.31/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: Going to this brewery, okay even making to this brewery, is an experience. As everyone who has every been will tell you (correctly), to say that this place is in the middle of nowhere is the understatement of the year. The work that you must do to get to it though, is really part of it, and you will appreciate it more when you get there. It sits on a lovely plot of land that one would never expect to be at the end of such a dirt road, with well manicured grass and a picturesque view (that is if you can convince yourself to look away from the brewery back the way you came to see the mountains). As far as the indoor facility itself, it's nice and clean and well put together, but rather minimal, though at this point, given everything else you've seen it hardly matters.

Quality: Some of the best beers around, I'm not going to say the best, I don't know that there is such an obvious thing, but they are phenomenal. If I had to pick one thing about them that is truly distinctive to their beers (They are not the only people on earth making great beer, so the quality of the beer is not the most distinctive thing), it would be the delicate mouthfeel, all of these beers have a great softness/lightness on the palate, even when they are sharp.

Service: My one real gripe with the brewery itself, don't get me wrong, no one was rude, but the way that they run their taproom. For those of you who haven't been, if you are doing a growler fill you take a number and go to the left side of the bar, if you are getting something for on premise, you go to the right side. This system was very frustrating to me as it was not well spelled out anywhere (supposedly it was taped to a column somewhere but I didn't see it). This system (or rather the lack of illustration of this system anywhere caused me to wait in line for a good while until I got to the bar and was told I was in the wrong line. I'm sure on release days and for other such events this makes sense, but on a Wednesday, I just found it irritating and given how far I had come to taste this beer for the first time, it felt for a moment like I had the carrot dangled over my head and then taken away. Also wish they had more outdoor seating.

Selection: Okay, so this one is kind of up to you. Have they made a lot of different beers? Yes. Have they made a lot of different styles? Not really, but enough. Will the draught lineup be diverse? Maybe, I would check before you go. My interest in them stemmed purely from their farmhouse ales, however, when I was there, there was not a single farmhouse ale on draught. Now I knew this beforehand, and unfortunately, it was only happenstance that I could even go anyway, so not their fault really. That being said they keep a good variety of bottles available for onsite consumption, so all was not lost for me and I had an amazing time.

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4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: Whole trip was an amazing experience down a dirt road. To quote a bunch of college kids as they approached the farm,"I could kiss the ground"

Quality: Top Notch. The VT IPAs on site were outstanding and the Saison's that I took home were on par with Saison DuPont. One beer was made with the farm's own well water.

Service: waited maybe 15 min in line to get up and get my full pour. Great like minded people made socializing a pleasure. The short wait was well worth it.

Selection: Between what they have on tap and available in bottle you are good to go! And make sure you get your box full to take home. The only regret will be not getting more.

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4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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3.94/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of flaskman
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I have only been there once. We showed up an hour early and they had opened early. No lines to speak of. Great selection. Efficient service. It is out of the way but it is a beautiful scenic drive and great place to visit. Very well done. I would consider it a mandatory pilgrimage to anyone that is a beer lover and is looking for that "Vermont" experience. I even saw the boss making beer. I will go back again very soon.

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4.03/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.32/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Living in Western Vermont, it takes one a little bit to get here and then find their way off the beaten path up into the "hills" of our widely acclaimed brewery, Hill Farmstead. Shaun has been a gem to the state of Vermont through his perseverance of guiding the market of creative yet true to style beers and has been a beacon of freedom to brewers everyone. His renown spirit of traveling the world to learn more brought him back to Vermont in 2010 to create this stellar brewery. Through some continued tweaking and refinement, his brewery serves as a top tier model to ensure constant creativity and constant assurance of always making his facility better - to stay the cream of the crop of breweries with quality assurance for service and beers and never compromising one beer, though I, myself haven't always 100% enjoyed everyone of his beers - this brewery will stand the test of time. Check it out but don't get lost, it's back there.

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4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The expanded taproom adds so much to this location. The long, sweaty, several hour long lines are no more and the selection is quite expanded. The onsite bottle list is stellar and the available full pours are way more enjoyable than the little plastic sample cups used to be. I used to have to pick my visits very carefully in order but now just about any day is fine, thanks to the quick moving and experienced staff. The only lines I've seen recently are for the singular bathroom.

The views are beautiful, the beers are spectacular, and it's a one-of-a-kind location and experience. I look forward to my next visit!

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
Brewery rating: 97.4% out of 100 with 46,936 ratings
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