Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
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4.34/5
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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.

BEER STATS
Beers:
158
Reviews:
7,812
Ratings:
53,282
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.67/5
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
701
pDev:
10.28%
 
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 701
Photo of egrandfield
4.51/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Really cool place to visit; you have to drive on a dirt road for over a mile to actually get to the brewery. Went when it snowed and it made for a picturesque taproom experience. That said, they don't have many of their beers available in cans at a given point in time.

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Photo of Max_W
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Went up over MLK weekend, snowy and beautiful

Hit the bottle/can sales room on the left first - buy beer and walk-out but the space was very cool, barrels and medals all around. Staff here (and everywhere) very friendly, worth checking out the guest bottles for sale (3 Fonteinen and Wunderkammer when I was there)

On to the tap room, which had a massive window overlooking the brewery floor. Beers for onsite consumption plus a deli counter ticket system for growler fills. Nice size with standing tables and seating, can imagine the patio in the summer is beautiful!

One note, depending on the weather it can be pretty rough getting up there. Would not recommend a rental sedan in the winter haha

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Photo of jollygreen
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

It’s out in the backcountry of VT but worth finding map it before you get there though. No cell.
Serving an amazing group of beers and service is quick.

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Photo of Tim96
4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went on 11/3/2018. This place is so far off the beaten path its not even funny. With that being said, it is SO worth the trek up. Parking on the side of a dirt road certainly brought my guard down in regards to what a top brewery is supposed to look like. The employees in the tasting area were extremely friendly, and walked my group through exactly how the process works at HF. We were able to each get two pours. I got Ann and Susan, both exceptional. On our way out, we stopped to get bottles, which were available for VERY reasonable prices, most being $10 for a 750ml. I wish this place was closer to central MA, where I live, but it was totally worth the drive, and would honestly even be worth a flight. Cannot recommend more.

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Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Solid place. Very reasonable pricing to drink here, and beautiful porch where you can look out over the "farmstead." General Store right next door for purchase of bottles and cans. A bit of a shlep to get to with the dirt roads, but all part of the experience.

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Photo of DMC43
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

A really relaxed and understated setting for a lace so prolific in ratings and lore. I had a really nice conversation with the staff waiting for a growler fill. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. The beer is good, too.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Made the pilgrimage to Hill Farmstead with Trevor, and it was better than I thought. Plenty of selections to taste, staff was helpful in tastings and service was good. I did not plan it but it was a release day of some new brews and they were busy but not swamped. We arrived shortly after noon (when they open) went to tasting room first, sampled many brews, purchased some growler fills to take home, and a bottle to share on site. Good thing we started off there as not long after we would have been waiting in line for a bit as the crowd grew. We then went over to purchase bottles and cans to take home and had to wait in line for 25 mins or so. People were buying large amounts of beer that day ahead of us and the counters guys were moving no stop. We planned a 2 hour stop here and that was a decent amount of time to sample and purchase brews, we ended up spend about 2.5 hours... I would say if you want to do all above as we did I would allow that, of course it depends up on crowd. We had to catch a flight and allowed extra time to get back to Burlington (BTV), and it was a good thing as we hit road construction, school buses, and some slow traffic. Trip was worth it and beers were top notch, as with anyone's palate I preferred some over others, but in general high quality brews. If you like beer I would suggest making the trek!

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Photo of cambabeer
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

What a beautiful place. Gorgeous. Was there at from about 2-4 on a Wednesday and there were probably only a dozen people there. The tasting room was great, they gave us one ounce samples of literally everything on draft (15 or 16 things) so that's a free pint of some of the greatest beer ever, can't beat that! The only thing against this place is the rules... which I'm guessing make a lot more sense on a busy day when these guys are slammed, but on a day where we were the only ones in there seemed weird (won't fill stainless steel growlers, limit two drafts to drink on site, a few others). This wasn't enough to sour the experience by any means, just somewhat weird.

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Photo of keith40
3.45/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Visited on 4/18/18. Mud, dirt roads, remote and like being on top of the world. Not much vibe in the bottle shop line. Disappointed that of the 11 beers to go, none of them were on the top 250 list. Only 3 people working the counter, 1 taking orders and payment and then another line for filled orders. We did not visit the on-tap part of the complex and maybe should have.

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

I was lucky that I could make it after hustling here at the end of my job in Littleton, NH. Real nice place on the farm, great setting with a cool tap room, views, and bottle shop. I rolled in right as they were closing figuring I would have to grab some Togo bottles and just leave but they were super cool and told me to hit the tap room since they had some nice things on. Had a couple of pours and filled a few growlers. Super chill staff can’t wait to head back and make a day of it.

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Photo of gbiello
4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Very relaxing place to hang out and chill. Friendly staff. The scenery with the mountains in the background just can't be beat. They usually have a good selection of beer on tap with bottles in the adjacent building. Sometimes I get impatient with the wait for growlers, but it is always worth it.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Visited twice and had beer on the premises as well as filling growlers to go. Abner was extremely top notch fresh from the tap. Really enjoyed beer out on the porch/deck enjoying the "non-Florida" scenery!! This place isn't over hyped, it's the real deal.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Awesome place with great beer and good vibes. Staff was very helpful and professional. Only critique is that they do not offer flights which kind of sucks bc I made a long trip out there and wanted a little taste of everything they had to offer on draft but instread was forced to settle on only a couple of full beers.

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Photo of TGarbo
3.28/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Drove up for the first time, and while I enjoy their beer, I found the process to get a beer, and fill a growler were very long, much longer than anywhere else I've ever been. They use a projector to show their offerings on a dark board, which was unreadable on a bright sunny day.

They also won't fill stainless growlers, so be prepared if you bring yours with you - it's glass, or one of theirs only.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.76/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

What can I say that hasn't already been said? It's deep in the Northeast Kingdom, hard to reach, bucolic, a craft beer destination which, for many, is almost holy. Showed up at 3:00 on a mellow Saturday afternoon. Had my growlers filled in 20 minutes, picked up some cans (!) and bottles in retail and enjoyed my two onsite pours sitting in an Adirondack chair whilst looking at the rolling mountains. Hard to beat, for sure, and a spot that deserves a visit while enjoying Stowe/Burlington/etc.

I just love that they fill growlers (that fit their specifications) from other breweries. As a MA-resident with way too many growlers, this is a wonderful consumer-friendly approach. Just wonderful. Super chill staff embody the Vermont ethos, and all the beers are top notch. See for yourself.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.97/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is crazy - in the middle of no-where! And yet so many people come for their awesome beer. Took me an hour to get their after leaving The Alchemist. Got my ticket and I was the next one to pick out my beers. The person filling my growlers got me a taster so I could avoid the line. Then I went next door at got some bottles. Line at the food truck was short, but the food was just ok. Always enjoy visiting this place.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 JackRWatkins
4.31/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of SaulGoodbrew
4.61/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of cmurphy7
3.94/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

wow, this place is hard to get to! I guess that's part of the charm of the place. doing the pilgrimage means taking dirt roads, so bring your 4x4. once there, the view is beautiful. classic Vermont farmstead with rolling hills. lots of open space outside for relaxing with a brew. the inside area is pretty small, so I'm not sure how it all works in the winter. definitely more of a summer place. they also had a nice BBQ food truck when we were there, which was tasty (I forget the name of the place). tap room and take home bottle line are in different places, and the bottle line for take home took forever. growler filling was pretty quick and done with a deli ticketing system. very smooth.

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Photo of flaskman
4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of kool-aid
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Roy_Hobbs
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Today was a cold, rainy day and I still felt like I could have hung out there for hours. Great service, and a really good vibe overall. I suppose when you are surrounded by great beer and people who appreciate great beer, you're off to a good start! Tap room is "deli style", where you take a number when you walk in. While you wait for your number to be called, you can (small) sample as many beers as you like for free, or purchase a full beer to drink. When you're up, it's a straight-forward exercise to fill as many growlers (750ml or 2L) as you want.

The retail shop was very straight-forward, but also had great service and a good vibe.

Overall, I have only positive things to say. On a nice day with a couple friends, this would be a great place to kill an afternoon.

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Photo of Fernans
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Taproom is a nice open space plain but modern with great view of the brewery itself. Grounds are expansive With only 5~7 drafts to choose may seem limited to fill, but they have a number of bottled offerings for imbibing on premise. Oddly enough bottles, and swag are purchased in the old tasting room. Be warned, its a minimum of 3 miles of dirt roads (they are graded) to get there. Luckily, you will be rewarded when you get there.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
Brewery rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 53,282 ratings