Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Fiddlehead Brewing CompanyFiddlehead Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

6305 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne, Vermont, 05482-4437
United States

(802) 399-2994 | map

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Added by Brad007 on 12-31-2011

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Jesterr44
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on our way to Burlington during a drive to the East Coast. A great little spot attached to a pizza place with very good pizza. Loved the unique Hodad Porter & also sampled Fiddlehead IPA which was very nice although not outstanding when compared to some of Vermont's finest which I was able to try later in the trip. Great little spot I'm hoping to be able to visit again some day.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Only able to purchase Growler or receive free samples due to state law (must sell food as well to sell pints). Therefore the space is pretty small with the room basically a large bar for tastings/fills and merchandise around the room. Great beers, friendly staff - just wish I could buy a pint a sit for a while.

There is a pizza restaurant next door, and they are BYOB only, which basically makes them the tap room to consume the Growler fills.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Cool vibe in this small place with a great bartender. The pizza next door was awesome (I really love the thin crust pies that are well done). Fresh Fiddlehead IPA on tap was amazing. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip was drinking Fiddlehead and eating pizza, for sure. Only complaint was that the brewery itself was as hot as a sauna.

Mastermind was out and a few people were walking out with cases, no line for it and only about 4 or 5 other people at the bar getting growlers. Some merch available, too.

They only had the IPA on tap and Mastermind in cans, so they get points off for selection, but both were well made so a few notches added back to the score.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

awesome beer, friendly employees and a sweet pizza place next door. usually no wait in line and they handle the releases very well. great place to stop off for some quality beer!

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Photo of jczimmer44
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Very small place with very strict rules with such low inventory it hurts. Everything is made right with the world when you get your first fresh sip of Second Fiddle. Easily one of my top 5 ever!!!

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Photo of Kinger22
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

I'm a little biased, because Fiddlehead IPA is my favorite beer, but I thought the atmosphere was good as well. A little bit of a tight squeeze, but the fact that it adjoins Folino's pizza makes up for it. Delicious beer and friendly staff.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If you are doing your homework before you go to the Burlington area then Fiddlehead has to be on your hit list. HIGH on it! Been there one time and lucked out with 2nd Fiddle and it was as good as the reviews I read. Smallish area to be in but efficient and great helpful people selling beer and small tastes. I didn't go next door for food but it sure is convenient if one wanted food. I will absolutely go back on my next beer trek and hope I run into a Mastermind release.

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Photo of Troybrewing
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Went to Vermont Oct 2015. This was the place we stopped less than 30 min. off the plane. Great way to start our Vermont brewery trip. Second Fiddle was AWESOME!

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Photo of Gatch
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited after a trip up to Montreal with my brother. Chill spot with a clean taproom. Only a few selections. Pizza place next door for food. Overall a great spot to pick up delicious, fresh beer, which is what really matters.

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Photo of papat444
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Came here for a release. My only gripe is that the inside itself is very tiny but other than that they are makeing some damn fine IPAs over here at Fiddlehead.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Quality brewery located on route 7 just before you hit Burlington. The tap room offers free tastings and growlers. Excellent quality beer, especially the Fiddlehead IPA. And Second Fiddle Double IPA. You can get a growler fill and take it to the pizza restaurant next door. A great place to hang.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Guess I haven't rated / reviewed Fiddlehead yet, so here we go.
Easily accessible faux-farmhouse right off Rt.7, so it's fairly secluded. The taproom is small and simple, with just a few options, between 2-4 taps the times I've gone there. Samples are free! You can't get full pours, but you can get 32 or 64oz growlers, and if you're lucky there might be cans available. Last visit I picked up a case of 2nd Fiddle with no problems and no stress of hyped-up release-day lines. There's also a wide array of merch for sale. Service is typically quick and efficient, growler fills happen fast. I'm not crazy about all FH's beers, but they're definitely worth checking out. Mastermind would be my definite favorite

There's no food here, but as stated in previous reviews, there's a pizza place directly next door, in the same building, just one glass door separating them, and it's basically a BYOB, so you can bring your growlers and/or cans and drink them there with a good variety of flatbread pizza or salad. You literally have to walk 3 strides to get there, so it's really a no-brainer.

This is an easy jaunt from Burlington, or a fairly easy day trip from Waterbury, so you might as well check them out. Grab a growler and get a bite to eat. Win-win.

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Photo of bluehende
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Only two beers to try and nothing but growlers to take out. If I was them I would at least can some fiddlehead IPA so there is beer to go. I had no need for a growler as I was visiting from some distance. The beer is awesome.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

In a relatively non descript, and not as scenic area of the state sits the Fiddlehead brewery. Off the main highway route 7, the turn off can be a little tricky depending on traffic.

Inside it's pretty non descript, but it is attached to a nearby pizza place as well. One of the great features about this is you can actually go to the brewery, buy a growler and actually consume it in the next door restaurant.

The qualities of the brews are very solid, but selection is limited to not many of which most are of course IPAs or hop forward styles. Decent as they are, the choices are a little slim. Staff however is very cordial and answers anything. If you are also lucky you may be able to get cans all depends how much in demand they are.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

This is an incredible brewery. Went to a can release for Second Fiddle on 6/27/2015. Second Fiddle is one of the best beers I've ever had. They had a handful beers on tap, and let you sample any and all of them before buying. I do wish they had more of their beers on tap. The can release was very orderly too. The brewery is attached to a fantastic pizza place, in which you can take your cans and/or growlers there and have great food and chilled pint glasses for you to pour. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Would love to visit again. The one thing they should do is add a few more tap lines to their bar.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Really great brewery with killer IPA selections and great pizza next door. Dog friendly, super low-key and home to the 2nd FIddle which is oh so good! Really liked this spot and it's super close to Burlington, VT!

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Photo of JaredSammy
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

What can I say that hasn't already been stated... Monday, as a special, they fill growlers for $2 dollars less than usual. They are one of the few places that doesn't try to make money off of selling their empty glass growler. Oh, they usually only have 3-4 beers on tap. They are a fantastic brewery, and they do can releases of some rare fresh IPAs (Second Fiddle, Mastermind). Definitely worth the stop if you are in the Burlington to Middlebury area of Vermont.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Small taproom for growler fills and samples in Shelburne, VT. Service very friendly, efficient, and informative. Only 3 choices when I was there, none of which included the signature brews like Mastermind or Second Fiddle. Came away with two smaller growlers of IPA and witbier. There is a pizza place next door we did not try, but the combination seems solid. No lines when we were there mid-afternoon on a summer Wednesday and if you're a beer geek you learn to deal with long lines anyway. It's the price you pay.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.75

a really cool place, one of the must stops every time i take the ferry over from new york. i think started by the old magic hat guy(s), its already turning out some real impressive stuff. its small and humble, and until recently you could only taste and take beer to go. the taproom is connected to a pizza joint though, where you can go wild on the beers. people are super nice, very vermont in its culture, and thats my favorite. the mastermind is epic double ipa, and the others they do are all immaculate as well. one of the better kolsch styles in the area, and the barrel aged frogs run sap beer is my favorite fermented beverage of all time. ive seen lines wrap around the building on release day, but its usually pretty tame in here. its incredible how deep they have penetrated the market and the share of mind in craft beer in the northeast in such a short period of time. they seem to excel at most styles, and have already expanded a little bit from what i understand. one thing is for certain, these guys are here to stay, and they are rivaling the more popular vermont hoppy stuff, mark my words. the only real letdown is that every time i am in, they have just one or two beers. i love seeing a huge variety to try, but i think demand is so high they just pull through too quickly to stack up. a good problem to have, but less awesome for the wayward consumer...

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Photo of rouellette19
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Fiddlehead makes good beer, there is no doubt about that. I also tend to enjoy their location. Having a good flatbread pizza place (Folino's) next door that allows patrons to come in and order pizza with Fiddlehead growlers in hand is cool with me. However, the location on route 7 just outside of Shelburne has really seen them increase the amount of traffic to and from their brewery in recent years. This is obviously a good thing, but there are some negatives. One being the limited space in their parking lot, another thing being the large lines on the weekends. I am all for popular beer but when you line up behind a bunch of people (tourists or not), it detracts from the overall experience.

The staff at the brewery is more than friendly and does their best to move the lines along quickly (which is much appreciated). I look forward to my next visit to Fiddlehead and hope they keep up the great work! Cheers!

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Photo of jjboesen
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Superb little brewery near the Shelburne Museum, There is a sleek little taproom that offers about one or two current brews. Of course, one can get growlers and swag to go. No food, but there is a pizzeria next door - actually they share the same building. In any case, the parking lot is always full. Check it out when you are in the Burlington area.

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