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

Notes: Hill Farmstead has a small bottle shop that carries offerings from other breweries in addition to bottles and growlers of their own offerings.
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Photo of NCSapiens
4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Curated selection of beers including taproom-only and rare bottles. Get a reservation before visiting. Need to wear a mask inside even in summer 2022. Cool farm converted into a brewery. Outside seating is nice for having a few beers. Unique style of beers that exhibit an almost European kind of elegance and restraint. Expensive. More like wine culture than beer. Lots of French Canadians among the patrons. Great place overall.

May 09, 2022
4.75 by edthehead from New York on Nov 23, 2021
5 by nelsonracite from New Jersey on Sep 27, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Visited during COVID, during which the brewery had some constraints.
Lovely place to sit and enjoy a beer and look over the rolling hills. Inside isn't too large (and there is a single bathroom), but there's a wrap around deck and seating out on the lawn (roped off). Service was ok, and a little haphazard. The beers were pretty expensive, and there happened to be a bunch of cellared/aged beers available on our visit. This might be normal, but I was hoping for a few standards and/or more on draft. Everything we had was at least quite good, and more than half were excellent, so if your main goal is quality beer, you probably will enjoy the time there (getting there might or might no be so fun for you).

Sep 12, 2021
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4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
by shawver74 from North Carolina

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
4.97 by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan on Apr 25, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
by matts2896 from Connecticut

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
4.83 by Handz from Rhode Island on Feb 03, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by Samdaddy from Massachusetts

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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4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

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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5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

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

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
4.83 by Beerbom from California on Oct 19, 2019
4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 06, 2019
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4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
by colby600 from Connecticut

Love this place. I try to get there as often as possible as the beer is spectacular and it's a place I could hang out for hours.

Aug 14, 2019
4.32 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Aug 03, 2019
4.5 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2019
4.45 by M_chav from New Mexico on Jun 29, 2019
4.23 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2019
4.39 by DaMacAndCheese from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2019
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4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by BillRoth from Maryland

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
4.72 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts on Apr 01, 2019
4.47 by Griffith from Connecticut on Mar 18, 2019
4.54 by jrc1093 from Connecticut on Mar 09, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by egrandfield from Massachusetts

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
4.19 by rebelrocky from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2019
4.75 by DaveCash from New York on Feb 09, 2019
4.15 by Userme59 from Massachusetts on Feb 09, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
by hops_for_thought from New York

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
4.25 by JonB25 from Delaware on Jan 20, 2019
4.86 by moltch from Massachusetts on Dec 29, 2018
4.36 by Zach423 from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
by jollygreen from Massachusetts

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
4.39 by crobinso from Colorado on Nov 24, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
by Tim96 from Massachusetts

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
4.66 by Scarpariello from New York on Oct 30, 2018
4.76 by Evsol from Vermont on Oct 25, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

slowest line in history

Oct 25, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by npolachek from New York

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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4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
by DMC43 from Connecticut

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
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
Brewery rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 56310 ratings