Foam Brewers

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

112 Lake St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-5284
United States

(802) 399-2511 | map

Notes: Resourcefully creating imaginative beers for enlightened palates.
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Reviewed by Bitburger from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75
A good friends atmosphere in the tap room. Lots of students hanging around. The selection is rather small but good. Close to the Burlington water front it´s a pleasant location.
Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Located within view of the lakefront and a short walk from downtown. Fairly large facility, free form taproom and multiple patios. No flight, 8oz pours. Hipper clientele. The nuts on the snack menu are killer. Heavy emphasis on the hazies. Clean, cozy, comfortable.
Nov 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
A good location, across the street from Lake Champlain. Lots of visually appealing, patio seating. Indoors, a basic Spartan atmosphere. The beers are mainly hazy IPAs & some sours. These are not my types of beer, but found the Remembering Mountains triple IPA, adequate.
Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5
I didn't really like the vibe at Foam--although it's nestled in a fairly beautiful location, as far as the bay is concerned--it was quite busy for a drizzly Thursday afternoon on or near a college campus, and they didn't really seem to care one way or another that they were getting business.

Ordering went fine, despite the overhead digital menu's font being a little difficult to read, but the bartender grabbed both of our glasses by the lip, just after she coughed right into her hand, unmasked. I mean, what kind of bartender does either, let alone both? Considering we're in Vermont, where most people were wearing masks without even being told to, I found that particularly unreal. If I don't have the -vid by the end of this trip, I'd be surprised, but at least the vessels imminently contained alcohol.

Speaking of, the beer, too, was a little less enjoyable than so many make it out to be. It was fine, largely dominated by juicy but oddly toasty and nutty NEIPAs, but I actually enjoyed the Oktoberfest-ish beer the most. However, the menu didn't really describe what was in it, but I have a feeling there might have been some sort of squash. Either way, they're playing a little too coy with things like that for my liking.

While it wasn't a terrible experience, I just didn't feel like hanging around for very long, especially after reaching such exceptional heights at Lawson's prior to, so we didn't get any food.
Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25
Located just off Lake Champlain, northwest of downtown, the setting is a beautiful one. The beer bar is a simple one--line up and order your beer, a selection of six various strength IPAs and a lone double Stout on the day I went. That's it.

The food consisted of various cold appetizers. The charcuterie and fromage tray was very good.

If you are an IPA fan, this may be you're version of Heaven.
Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by Noelito76 from New York

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by erosier from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Great spot in the north section of Burlington near the bike trail and the skate park. The atmosphere is full of mostly younger beer drinkers which is excellent for continuing the craft! They had a decent food truck the day I went with some snack items you can get at the bar. The beers were excellent, mainly IPAs as is the craze these days but they had some nice very clean lagers as well. The service was good, the waitstaff was courteous and the vibe was really cool. The bar itself was unique with what looked like Nickelodeon gak splats all over it that glowed. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area or passing through!
Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by DuaneL from Delaware

3/5  rDev -31.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
I realize I am in the minority here to not just say stellar things about this brewery. However, for those of us who don't want to get plowed after just one beer, I'll say this: don't bother coming here unless you like high alcohol beers. Most everything here is 7% and above; there may be one or two that are about 6%!
Aug 02, 2021
Rated: 4.61 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by Unitspin from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by ClubFt from New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Love every opportunity I get to enjoy a brew here. Awesome atmosphere, indoor and out. Seated right by beautiful Lake Champlain. Delicious food next door at Deep City. Their IPAs can be dangerously delicious! Good thing Burlington is a great walking city! Always something new brewing, surprise your taste buds. Cheers!
Sep 11, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Very nice brewery on the Burlington waterfront with views of Lake Champlain. Staff is super nice, and this is a good venue to take kids to as well. Great outdoor socially distanced space as well for COVID times.
Jun 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.94 by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan

Apr 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Samdaddy from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Cool little spot. Saturday in November and it was jammed the whole time- would like a deeper tap list and more indoor space but would definitely stop there again.
Nov 19, 2019
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Reviewed by hozersr from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Visited this with outstanding brewery my wife in the fall of 2019. If you are anywhere near Burlington, you have to come. You can sit on the patio with your pup's with the view of lake. The beers are a outstanding. Service is equal. They have food but we did not eat.
Nov 01, 2019
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Beautiful location basically right on the lake close to down town Burlington. 2 outdoor seating areas, one in the back and one in the front (lake side) with seating options inside. The lay out of the place has a both 'old school' feel to while also showcasing more modern artwork and decorations. The outdoor seating on the lake side is plentiful and very scenic especially in the summer. Service was pretty straight forward, you go up to the bar and order your drinks and food if you want. Nothing fancy there. Selection was predominantly New England style IPAs with a couple of sours and a stout in there (there was probably 10-15 beers on draft available). The bar for the outdoor patio does serve some different beers than the bar inside so you want to check availability of beer at both. I didn't get any food while there so no comment on that.

Overall, this is one of the nicest locations for a brewery with beautiful outdoor scenery (with plenty of seating) and very good offerings in the NE IPA style. I will definitely look to come back here again.
Oct 12, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Budlum from Maryland

Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 4.73 by mileyorama

Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2019
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
A fairly small, nicely decorated taproom/package shop in a nice location close to the lake. They have their beers on tap and in cans, etc. as well as some outdoor seating, shirts and what have you and all the other accoutrements one would expect from a newer taproom on a place like Burlington making good beer. Everything is just so and despite the fact that I was there on a day when they were having an event that made it much less comfortable/welcoming than it ordinarily would be, I liked it and hope to come back in the future.
Aug 18, 2019
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Reviewed by colby600 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
I like the atmosphere more than their beer. Inside or out, hanging out in Burlington is always a nice experience. The beer is good but it doesn't stand out for me. I've been a a handful of times as it's a nice place to hang out.
Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 4.47 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Aug 03, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jun 21, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by Ralphs66 from New York

Jun 10, 2019
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
First stop on Vermont Beer Safari. Easy to find ad park... looking out at Lake Champlain. Really cool modern interior. Big beautiful bar; plenty of tables; live music/DJ set up. Nice little swag area. Good lively local / college crowd. But also everyone seemed beer knowledgeable. Place felt young; vibrant and very friendly. Servers (Jackson in particular) were great; helpful and had great beer advice. Good ops to try multiple beers side by side to guide choices. Was even able to split a 16oz can of Bonus Track 10 (not available that night on draft) with others at bar so all could each try a good 3oz pour. Lot of fun; and made our part of the bar a blast. Everything and everyone seemed proud of the beers but also that all had fun while trying many beers. Just a great place.
May 22, 2019
Rated: 4.74 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

May 20, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Pinkylives from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Foam is tucked back in the opposite corner of where the Skinny Pancake is in Burlington. The building is really nice on the inside and out. The had a good assortment of beers on tap. The service was very good. They had some live musical entertainment that wasn't deafeningly loud but sounded just right for the size of their taproom. It's a cool spot though and I would gladly go back in the future.
Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Jan 30, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by Zach423 from Massachusetts

Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by noahmcole from Maine

Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 4.88 by Burt from Rhode Island

Oct 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
If you are heading to Burlington, Vt. this a definite place must visit place.

By the waterfront in downtown, very pleasant atmosphere both inside and in the outdoor space.

Most importantly this place is cranking out the most fresh/tasty/interesting brews in town. On tap and in cans to go.

Well worth a visit if you are visiting or a local time for me to check out the food
Oct 14, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by DMC43 from Connecticut

Sep 28, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by BeerBucks from New York

Aug 27, 2018
Foam Brewers in Burlington, VT
Brewery rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3825 ratings