The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

The Farmhouse Tap & GrillThe Farmhouse Tap & Grill
BA SCORE
4.53/5
217 Ratings
The Farmhouse Tap & GrillThe Farmhouse Tap & Grill
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

160 Bank St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-4411
United States

(802) 859-0888 | map
farmhousetg.com

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Added by liquidlife on 05-20-2010

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
217
pDev:
7.51%
 
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Reviews by slander:
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4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Yes, Marvin, I’ve heard about the new taproom in Burlington. I mean, really. Stalled at the rainy hotel, holding this off as long as we could thinking (knowing) it would be stupid jammed, and it was. An hour and a half on a table, they say. We’ll wait downstairs in the lounge. Seeing dinner and drinks things in reverse this time around...

6 seat “L” bar with seating on the stretch only. Barback is a wood unit split in half with a dozen taps in a row on panel backing. Wines on the counter between the taps on center and a few random display bottles, and that’s about all. Lamps imbedded over the taps and glassware shelved below. Wood box overhang above the bar, with pressed tin inlayed and buttercup lamps dangling. A single banquet table seating a dozen adjacent to the bar, and a ½ dozen tables on the far wall sharing bench play. Down on the end, a church pew on shorty tables, seating to both sides of the fireplace, and light bar counter space on the opposite wall below a 4 x 8 mirror. A real comfy room, our table called too soon.

Now back upstairs again, seated up front this big open room along the large windows there. Garage doors to both sides roll up to penned streetish side seating in warmer weather, which is now not. Beige walls papered & painted over plank lowers, and some drop copper lighting giving good ceiling swirly pattern fun. Roughly 30 tables riddled about. Just shy of a dozen 2-seat tables sharing a wall of bench, hightops on the other end, and low recs and a few banquet tables in between. In the rear left corner, a slab straight marble bar seating less than a dozen, with a pair of handpumps about midway along. Barback holds a pair of row towers fronting a pieced horizontal mirror on center. Wine and glassware boxed vertically to both sides and shelved glassware below. A trio of angled horizontal blackboards listing tap selections sits above. Upright bottle cooler on the end. Cheese off the other side of the bar, with peek a boo views of kitchen window above and a board listing cheese selections atop. And a ‘Thank you farm’ board on the far wall, nicely done.

24 taps, ¾ of which are American craft beer offerings from Vermont (Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale, Abner Impy IPA, Rakau & Amarillo Single Hop Pales, Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, Long Trail Goodnight Irene, Rock Art Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout), and coasts East (Allagash White, DogFishHead Festina Peche, Victory Helios, Flying Dog Tire Bite, Blue Point Rastafa Rye, Hoptical Illusion, and No Apologies Imperial IPA, Southern Tier Backburner Barleywine), and west (North Coast Pranqster, Old Rasputin RIS, and Scrimshaw Pilsner). The remaining ¼ is a mix of imports (Ayinger Brau Weisse and Oktober Fest-Marzen, Weihenstephaner Festbier), a cider (Original Sin), a root beer (Rockies Root Beer), and a wine (Shelbourne Vineyards Cayuga White). And lest we not forget the single cask offering (Berkshire Brewing Lost Sailor IPA).

And 100+ bottles; nearly 3 dozen American craft (including local hero Heady Topper, a pair from Hill Farmstead, and goods from Lawsons). Upwards of 2 dozen Belgians, including some Trappist play (Orval for $11). Roughly a dozen vintage/rarities (2007 Orval for $15, plus Belgian and Stone offerings), and another 3 dozen beers of the world, with a prominent amount of Canadian & German offerings. And Ciders, Gluten frees, N/A’s, and 50+ wines, a few of them by the glass. We split a bottle of the Hill Farmstead Vera Mae (Saison with honey & dandelions), which we missed earlier today at the brewery but happily caught now. It did not suck. And then I had a Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, ‘cause did I mention it’s pretty goddamn good?

They started with the delicata squash salad (mixed greens frisee, Cabot clothbound cheddar, cider vinaigrette, croutons of good) and the steak tartare (local grass fed beef on house made potato chips). I took in a pair of cheeses; Champlain Valley Triple Crème (cow), and the Blue Ledge Farm Lake’s Edge (goat). I dug on the goat, more so. Came with the things you’d want with the kind cheeses. Ben, the basic burger (kimchee and an egg, sunny side up), and Bethy, the lamb burger (feta, apple, parsley, and delicious). I burgered as well, with the Jericho Settlers’ Farm grass fed beef (Landaff Creamery cheddar, VSC bacon, charred onions, locally sourced awesome). Burgers were money (sooo money), ‘and they know it’, added Ben. We all opted out on the salad for fries, they were no joke. And pickles even Randy would approve of. Bethy wound down with the ice Vermont cider. Now add a spice cupcake with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon, and goodnight.

Apparently, there is beer garden space out back, with a limited food menu (snacks and a smoker of things meat), and a handful of taps. It’s just a bit too autumny for me to hunt out at this time. Great house; upscale, but accessible. Amazing damn food, and a real nice beer selection. Excellent joint, Burlington.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of boogerisu
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the better places in Burlington, beer and food indexed together, and best place for beer alone. Outstanding tap list, very good service, very solid locally sourced food- but also very pricey- it''s easy to spend $20 on a burger here. Also, the place sorta has the vibe of an upscale fern bar- definitely either sit in the beer garden or at the bar. Good selection of local Vermont beers combined with a judicious selection of out of state brews.

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Photo of Userme59
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Pretty happening little place located on Bank Street. Their taplist is exceptional as they keep a fantastic lineup of Vermont ales and lagers and then their New England list is just as good. I was here late Summer of 2016 when they had a Maine tap take over so seeing Foundation, Austin Street, Bissell Brothers, and Oxbow in larger amounts was a super nice surprise. Exceptional service, always clean and stellar food. Please give this place a shot.

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Photo of Ebauer
4.8/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Easiest the best beer offering I have ever come across. Featuring the finest of Vermont, this place is to craft beer what the Vatican is to Catholicism. A must stop wh4n traveling anywhere near Burlington, VT.

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Photo of riderwbd
3.74/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Farmhouse was one of the main reasons for me going to Burlington, and rightly so.

Busy place, even pretty early on a Wednesday night. Nice mix of longer tables and small, two-person deals.

The taplist was, as expected, crazy. A bunch of Hill Farmstead, which I believe they always have, and a good mix of styles and places. I was very happy to see two Frost beers, Junior and Lush, up there, so I had them both.

Service was quick and friendly, despite the amount of people dining. The food was also terrific, had the burger, and the beef was incredible You can tell it's local.

It's obvious why this place is rated so highly, not only mong beer people. If I lived in Burlington, I would be here all the time!

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Photo of Moestavern
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bcraft11
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

From the beers, to the service, this place was top notch. Crazy good beer list!

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jfitzbrew
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Cool restaurant in downtown Burlington, right near the Church Street Marketplace. Expansive draft list of many different beers, great menu, and a neat outdoor patio with a small bar. This place pretty much has it all.

Beers are great and the food is just as awesome. Service was intermittent, but overall good. Was a bit pricey, but what do you expect for the location and fare.

I got some Hill Farmstead beers, Shelburne vineyard wine, raw oysters, and this grilled bratwurst that was great. I would recommend this place any day.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of MilaMila
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Ela
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT
Place rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 217 ratings
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