Hill Farmstead Brewery

BEER AVG
4.33/5
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:
112
Ratings:
46,119
Reviews:
6,702
PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Ratings:
628
Reviews:
97
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
4.99%
 
 
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Photo of cmurphy7
3.94/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of flaskman
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
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 sd123
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MJSh3a08
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jolana25
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Michaelpro824
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of JPeterson17
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NelCet
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
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 +6.9%
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 +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Roy_Hobbs
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4.61/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

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4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Fernans
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.24/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited HF the other day, which has always been a big want of mine. That being said, I think it's pretty hard to review this place, especially if you're already a big fan of their beers. In any event, will try to be as objective as possible, in describing the pros and cons of a visit to HF.

The wife and I drove up from Portland Maine on a Saturday, and even though the calendar said it was Spring (April), it still sure looked like winter in this part of the world. It was snowing for much of the drive on I-93 and I-91, and so to no great surprise, the roads to and from the brewery were not in the best shape. These mostly consisted of dirt roads the last couple of miles (once you get off of hiway 16), which in this case meant muddy and slushy roads, with some very sizeable potholes. So either bring a 4 wheel drive vehicle or an SUV if you can, or expect a pretty stressful, often white knuckle drive (there were times when I was concerned our Nissan Versa rental car wasn't going to make it). Once you do arrive at the Brewery (which is really out in the sticks), the place sticks out like a sore thumb. HF is a sizeable, attractive, very new and modern looking facility, with a fair size parking area (the better to accommodate the hordes of HF fans who come up here daily, at least on the days HF is open). Even though the weather and roads weren't the best, there were till 40 or 50 cars in the parking area, and the tap room was jammed packed.

When we arrived, the first thing we did was to walk into the Bottle Shop. I don't think there's any way to know for sure what's going to be available on any given day in the bottle shop, so you're taking your chances any time you come up, hoping to score a particular bottle or bottles. Luck wasn't with me the day we visited. I think there was something like 9 or 10 different bottles for sale, consisting of 6 or 7 HF beers, and several guests selections and collaborations. On this day, this included Arthur, Edward, the Everett porter, a dry stout and the Civil Disobedience, none of which were really beers I was hoping to obtain. However, as we had driven all this way to visit, it seemed crazy to leave empty handed, so I grabbed a bottle of the Civil Disobedience to take home. After that, we proceeded to the tap room.

As mentioned, this was my first visit to HF, so I found the arrangement in the taphouse a bit confusing. There were quite a few people there, so it took a bit of work to get the attention of a staff member. However, when I did, she could not have been more helpful and friendly (the guy over in the bottle shop was equally friendly and helpful). She indicated that if we were just getting samples, we could go to any station we wanted (looked like they had separate areas for bottles, by the glass, food and growler purchases - though given the crowd, it didn't appear as if this was enforced rigorously). Our service person indicated we would need to go over to station one to purchase a glass of anything, but I saw folks around us ordering glasses, bottles and growlers as well.

On this particular day, there were 6 beers on tap I believe, 4 of which could be ordered by the glass (Abner and the S&S were only available for "growler" fills). As I think the website mentions, they don't really fill actual growlers here, instead using 750 and 2 liter bottles with the HF logo. Unfortunately, the DIPA's were really the only beers I wanted to get a glass of, so we ended up just trying samplers (which were complimentary) and leaving. Frankly, I wasn't hugely impressed by what was available on draft, but what makes the tap room worth visiting, even if you don't see anything on tap you want to drink, is the outstanding onsite bottle selection (beers that can only be enjoyed in the taproom). In addition to a considerable number of BA HF beers I would love to have been able to take home, they also had a nice selection of guest beers, including several Belgian lambics and Gueuze. Frankly, that's the only reason I'm giving this place as high a selection and quality score as I have. The regular pales ales, IPA's, porter and session porter were fine for what they are, but other than the Everett, I don't think any of them are particular standouts.

Shrug. I'm glad I had a chance to visit HF, but it's really a pain in the ass to get to, and given the quality of my visit, I'm fairly certain I don't need to ever come here again. The wife and I are staying in Waterbury for the weekend, and HF stuff seems to be on tap all over town (so plenty of places where you can order a glass of Abner, S&S, Harlan, Edward, etc.). I can see coming up to Waterbury and Stowe again (the area is great, with all kinds of great restaurants and beer bars), but not HF.

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4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
4.33 out of 5 based on 46,119 ratings.
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