Hermit Thrush Brewery

Hermit Thrush BreweryHermit Thrush Brewery
Hermit Thrush BreweryHermit Thrush Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

29 High St
Ste 101C
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301-3041
United States

(802) 892-0258 | map

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Ratings by Griffith:
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by Griffith from Connecticut

Nov 01, 2020
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4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jun 26, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
by Billolick from New York

Super chill little spot...cans and bottles galore available of their fine mostly sour brews...friendly and informative staff adds to the enjoyment of the visit...we’ll worth checking out

Jun 25, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
by hops_for_thought from New York

Late review from a mid-December Thursday visit, got there right as they opened.

Very friendly staff, helped me navigte the tap list as I assembled my tasting flight and happy to answer any questions.

Went with the cellar starter pack when I left (three cans of four sours - one for now, two for later), highly recommend!

Side note there was ample metered parking but bring dimes/quarters, didn’t take cards

Feb 06, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Went the the brewery over the weekend. Located on a hilly side street near the main street of Brattleboro. Plenty of public parking around the place. The brewery had a rural, slightly industrial vibe with a wooden bar and brick walls.

The place is kind of small. Only a few spots at the bar and a table or two to stand at. Many of the brewing equipment was right there in the main room according to the bartender. In addition, merchandise and beer-to-go was also in the main room. I was the only one there at the time, but I could see how a very busy night could be a little crowded in there.

The bartender was incredibly informative. Lots of details on the history of the brewery, how the beers are brewed, etc. Super friendly. About 10 of the brewery's beers seemed to be available according to the tap list. I was able to get a 4-beer flight and enjoyed my selections.

Overall, as long as you do not mind a cozy tasting room, this is an excellent hang out spot in Brattleboro to try some really good beers from friendly people.

Nov 13, 2018
4.03 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Sep 18, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

Neat brewery and taproom. Pretty nondescript wooden barn kind of feel in converted industrial space. Pretty small with limited seating.

The young lady behind the bar was outstanding and knew every beer on tap. Some offerings were off the board for which she apologized - not sure why. If something kicked, it had a line thru it on the chalkboard. On the other hand, we got there a few minutes after they opened...maybe those kicked kegs could have been replaced?

The beers were fantastic, very well-designed, well executed, and very flavorful. Where this derails for me is the price point. It is rare that I balk at cost, but $38 for a four pack seemed a bit extreme. Thinking about it, the prices are actually not that far removed on a per ounce basis versus other beers of similar style. Maybe it was just temporary sticker shock, but my immediate reaction was that the value seemed out of whack.

Aug 15, 2018
4.22 by brentblack1 from New York on Aug 05, 2018
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
by Davdi from Connecticut

An amazing "sour" beer only brewery

Jun 15, 2018
4.64 by AlvinLin from New York on Mar 08, 2018
4.5 by smb71481 from Vermont on Jan 08, 2018
4.4 by Mattybuchs from Vermont on Nov 14, 2017
4.28 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Jun 23, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
by scottcmccarty from Vermont

Great selection and the owners are fantastic. Some of the team who serves do not have the best personality but the beer is great and the atmosphere is awesome.

Jun 04, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
by kool-aid from Vermont

This is a really cool location with lots of innovative and interesting beers, served by friendly and engaging people. Their beer is notably much better here at the source than elsewhere, so it's definitely worth a stop. I love the brewery itself but wish their beers didn't cost so much in retail and tasted better on draft around the state. Still, they fill a niche that isn't well-served in VT and are a welcome addition as a result.

May 14, 2017
3.89 by xtonytx from Connecticut on May 03, 2017
4.07 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Mar 05, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by spacecake9 from Illinois

I stopped at Hermit Thrush in downtown Brattleboro on a busy day of brewery visiting, after Night Shift and Trillium and before Harpoon, on my way up to Stowe VT.
Very compact tasting room, all wood and brick, room for 4 or 5 on stools on a couple more in the corner. One side of the tasting room is dedicated to storage of cans of beer. Behind that you can see barrels.
You can try small samples of all the beers on tap, price is next to nothing. I bought some beer to go and I'm not sure I was charged for the samples.
Bartender was very friendly, happy to discuss each of the beers and point me in the right direction.
Most people head to VT to grab some great IPA's. Don't miss this great brewer of saisons and wild ales.
I'm really looking forward to my next trip up that way and I will set aside more time for Hermit Thrush.

Sep 23, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
by zotzot from Vermont

Actually pretty disappointing
The place was cool
The beer was all sour, even the Barley Wine and IPA

Jul 21, 2016
4.9 by BubbleBobble from New York on Jul 18, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
by CDSP_Brewer from New Hampshire

Its a quiet brewery just off the main drag of Brattleboro, Vermont, with a nice selection and a rustic atmosphere. The brewery specializes in sour beers, so if that isn't your jam, be warned. The bartender was a bit overworked, since the main crew was elsewhere for a beer festival, but was incredibly pleasant and as helpful as he could given that he was so new.

The beers are all surprisingly delicious and refreshing for sour beers, and we were able to get fresh cans of just about anything our hearts desired. It isn't a true bar as much as a tasting opportunity for the brewery, and it looks like brewers heaven; the ground floor was half bar and half storage for the product. Definitely worth a visit and a few tastes of their funky fresh beer.

Jul 04, 2016
3.99 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jun 08, 2016
3.81 by Mohawkhitchhiker from New York on May 01, 2016
4.62 by MadScientist from New York on Feb 28, 2016
3.85 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Nov 16, 2015
3.85 by mkyer from Connecticut on Nov 06, 2015
4.44 by InspectorBob from New Jersey on Sep 23, 2015
4.66 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Sep 13, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Small store front brewery on a relatively steep side street with metered parking off the main drag. The place has a very rustic, cobbled-together look and feel... a bit like a country store. Small L-shaped bar on the right seats around 8, on the left is a barrel area and can and merch. About 10 beers on tap; their forte is sour beers - not my faves, but they do have some very nice ones. Friendly service, They sell cans to go, but won't break 4 or 6 packs.

Aug 23, 2015
4.67 by Jeannette from Massachusetts on Aug 20, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Cool little spot, very old looking building on the inside. There isn't a whole lot of seating there, I was thankful we got there right when they opened so it wasn't very crowded. They didn't have a restroom at the time which I was kind of surprised by, we had to walk down the street to some public bathroom to relieve ourselves. Hoping that will change if it hasn't already. Service there was friendly as well. Decent beers also.

Aug 10, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75
by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

A nice little place with a small tasting room. The decor is mainly of barrels and old wood hardening back to the old world brewing of the monks. All beers are Belgian inspired. There was an option of two flights. Some beers were canned others were only available in growlers. The beers were very good and fun to try. They had some real nice sours, and even for someone burnt out on Belgians, that'd be me, there was variety and intrigue. The service was excellent - friendly, accommodating, and informative. No food or full pulls here - tastings only due to size and local laws. All in all it is straight forward - just beer, good beer - and a fun experience.

Jul 20, 2015
4.28 by clay23 from New York on Jul 13, 2015
4.29 by dwatulak from Massachusetts on Apr 11, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

located a block off the main drag through downtown Brattleboro, in a nice old storefront.

tasting room with a bar and a couple of tables - also a small art gallery off to the side.

They had 10 beers on tap, with option for 2 different flights. Prices for 32 and 64 oz growlers. Mostly leaned towards Belgians styles and sours.

Brewers were friendly and answered questions about the beers.

Apr 08, 2015
Hermit Thrush Brewery in Brattleboro, VT
Brewery rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1048 ratings