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Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead BreweryHill Farmstead Brewery
BA SCORE
4.33/5
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48,029 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:
125
Reviews:
7,057
Ratings:
48,029
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.68/5
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
650
pDev:
10.26%
 
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Ratings: 650 |  Reviews: 102
Reviews by davegray:
Photo of davegray
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of BrentLinkin
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mkyer
4.07/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
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 NickBanta
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Nothing but quality.

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Photo of eluvah
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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

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

Photo of thatche2
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of spacecake9
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Opusxno2
3.78/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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

Photo of boogerisu
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

Photo of bumchilly25
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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Photo of SaulGoodbrew
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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Photo of DanGeo
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of cmurphy7
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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Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT
Brewery rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 48,029 ratings
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