Hill Farmstead Brewery

Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
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
Average:
4.42
Beers:
189
Reviews:
8,708
Ratings:
57,685
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.67
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
715
pDev:
10.06%
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shawver74 from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

In the middle of nowhere, but somewhere. This old farmstead is part of family history and has a intentional purpose for its inception and legacy. Turns out amazing high quality beer.

Jun 23, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The Northeast Kingdom is beautiful, especially after a fresh snowfall. The taproom is gorgeous--smart integration of wood with concrete and metal, lots of natural light--and the outdoor space is expansive. The only downside is the size of the taproom and the single bathroom, both issues a clear product of insatiable demand conflicting with a desire to keep things more intimate than commercial. A wonderful place to enjoy world-class beer, just be cautious of when you go and the large crowd you might encounter

Feb 29, 2020
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Samdaddy from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love the beers, staff was super friendly and helpful, just way to busy. Not the vibe you're looking for when you travel up to the Northeast Kingdom. One bathroom for the amount of people that come on a Saturday is a major issue.

Nov 19, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Nice cozy, folksy atmosphere. Everything made out of a wood decor. The bar, the tables, walls, balcony, all wood panels. Aesthetically pleasing. You walk into the taproom and you get a nice view of the brewing area on the left as soon as you walk in. The staff is informative and accommodating. Extremely nice people. My friends and I ordered a bottle of Anna and the server split it for us into 4 glasses. Paired nicely with the 7 year old Canadian Cheddar they had available as well. Being my first time in Vermont, this was a great introduction.

Nov 09, 2019
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Gatch from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Not much I can say about this place that others haven’t already described. This is the crown jewel of craft beer. The pilgrimage site for where beer became an art form. Definitely off the beaten path way up in the NEK. Nice to see a lot of Québécois cross the border for great beer, in addition to license plates as far as Virginia and even Texas. Such a pleasant experience no matter the weather. Worth the trip.

Nov 03, 2019
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Visited in the fall or 2019 with my wife and dogs. The drive off of Rt 15 to the brewery is a trip on their own. A long dirt road, you feel like you made the wrong turn. Alot of outside room and games to play. Service was top notch, in my opinion, a must brewery to visit. My dogs were welcome everywhere except the tap room.

Oct 30, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Finally made it to HFB. In the South west corner of the NEK. Beautiful farmland and woods.
The facilities include a large bar/table area... with draw a number system for take home draft beer; 750 ml and 2l growlers available but can also bring your own if meets standards. Adjacent is full modern brewery and retail store/ building for cans, bottles and some limited swag. There is also plenty of parking at facilities and nearby/ just off the road about 100 yards or so.
There is plenty of outdoor space and set up to enjoy your beer outside if desired.
The beer is deservedly famous and amazing... and to have it fresh from the taps or in super fresh cans and bottles is just so worth the trip.
The people were great and super helpful. While this is a tap/tasting room... my Wednesday there seemed mostly about people coming for bottle releases and complementary purchases of cans and growlers. So most people were outside /waiting in line to purchase beer at Retail store. The taproom was fairly quiet as the buyer crowd left.
No food but outside there was a cool word burning brick pizza oven sitting on the bed of a truck...was selling all kinds of ‘Za’s all day.
While the line took 3 hours today... we had a great group; glassed beer ( no solo cups) to drink from the bar while in line as well as nearby .
Agree with earlier review... GPS will get you there, but no cell service once there. Good to have a map with you to guide return if not a local... like me.

May 19, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 04, 2019
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hops_for_thought from New York

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

Feb 06, 2019
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jollygreen from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 01, 2018
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Tim96 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 05, 2018
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npolachek from New York

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.

Oct 21, 2018
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DMC43 from Connecticut

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.

Sep 28, 2018
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

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!

Jun 07, 2018
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cambabeer from New York

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.

May 09, 2018
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keith40 from Massachusetts

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.

May 04, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

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.

Apr 26, 2018
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gbiello from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 25, 2018
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Ocalafox from Florida

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.

Mar 07, 2018
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Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 05, 2018
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TGarbo from California

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.

Jan 02, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 06, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

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.

Sep 27, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

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.

Sep 04, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

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.

Aug 10, 2017
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