Harpoon Brewery

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3.75/5
Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

336 Ruth Carney Dr
Windsor, Vermont, 05089-9419
United States

(802) 674-5491 | map
www.harpoonbrewery.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
99
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
5.21%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 99
Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited the Riverbend taproom on 1/16/2011 after taking a wonderful dogsled ride across the parking lot at Great River Outfitters. The taproom has a nice rustic Vermont ski chalet feeling - lots of wood and a great fire place. There's also an outdoor fire pit and chairs for those in need of a smoke break. Inside the space consists of a brewery shop where you can purchase beer (cases, 12p packs, sixers, etc.), growler fills, glassware, clothing etc. The taproom itself has a large bar area (about 20 seats) behind which is a chalkboard listing a description of the offerings. In addition to their seasonals and regular line-up (e.g. IPA, Munich Dark, UFO, Belgian Pale, Cider, Celtic Ale) they had two Leviathan (DIPA & Barleywine) and an offering from the 100 Barrel Series (Oak-Aged Dunkel). The rest of the room consists of several tables, both normal and high tops. Room capacity could probably accommodate about 75 guests. Menu was your typical pub menu - I had the bratwurst which was pretty good and the beer battered fries were top notch. The four of us walked out of there for $84, which included five drinks, four sandwiches, an appetizer and the tip. Well worth a stop in if you are in the area.

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Photo of zotzot
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ricknelson
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, Vermont has a lot of great events through-out the year; mostly bike and running events. But the annual Harpoon BBQ Fest is the best. Usually in late July. It features several of Harpoon's beers on tap at $5 bucks a pop. Entry fee is only $15; $10 if you a Friend of Harpoon Member. Plus there are dozens of BBQ competitors offering all kinds of different BBQ foods. The music is always top notch; especially FryDaddy Band and the Chris Kleeman Band. Large crowds, plenty of parking, free shuttles. Vermont ice cream and Vermont cheese companies share the site in Windsor, VT.
The restaurant is open for great lunches most of the week. Regular Thursday night music offering. Very friendly staff.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nice and spacious with outdoor seating with its own beer "kiosk" to use. Gets busy quick but has a retail side for bottles and cases as well as brewery gear. Store looks into the brewery itself which is fun to see. Kind of in the middle of nowhere but a welcome stop for me on my travels.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
2.4/5  rDev -43.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

Photo of JLK7299
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mkyer
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of vtccnway89
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of TheBeerSipper
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of beergrinations15
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ChrisP802
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Vibe - very family oriented, which isn't a bad thing, but there will probably be some kids yelling around.
Quality - great, nice gift shop for clothing, glasses, extras
Service - they approach with smiles and treat you nicely
Selection - not bad at all. They have a handwritten board with their selected styles and always have a lot to choose from
Food - they have a decent menu, but every burger I've ever got was not how I wanted it. I guess better overcooked than under

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Photo of DougC123
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The beer while not top of the heap, is still solid and the place is so enjoyable. I usually visit twice a year or so, and enjoy it every time. The other businesses in the Artisans Park are great also, lots to do and easy to kill a few hours before you know it.

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Photo of jhavs
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a very nice facility. You can sit at the large bar, tables inside, tables outside, picnic tables in the "yard", Adirondack chairs around the fire pit, etc.

The food is good enough, suggest the Poutine when available.

Lots of space for kids to run around and play, volleyball net.

Offer some Harpoon beer/cider options that are not usually available at other places, and tours with tasting are available. Big gift shop with lots of swag.

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Photo of LDEFINIS
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the best tours out there. Great place to visit if your up in Vermont.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of carney710
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Different vibe from the Boston one but that i totally expected, other than that it had great food and great beer selection

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Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of tbone1384
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

ate lunch here and had some beers.

they have a ton of beers available, in a wide variety of styles. The ones I tried were good but not great.

Server was friendly and helpful, food was decent.

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Photo of SiegeSpitfire
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 2ellas
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

On the way in we walked past a roaring fire in a nice little outdoor fire pit set up with bunch of folks enjoying a beer around the fire. There was some sledding action off to the right. Looked like a few families enjoying the beautiful day in a beautiful setting. Into the building, there is a wall dedicated to new and old empties. Some whalez bro, some classics and some I'd never even heard of! Next you come upon the fully stocked retail section. You can buy what looks like the full line of harpoon hard goods, from glassware to shirts, hats, umbrellas etc. You can also buy singles, bombers, 4 packs, 6 packs, 12 packs and 24 packs of fresh, tasty Harpoon beers! You can also get growlers filled with whatever is on tap. The brewery is off to the right and some of it can be seen through retail shop. The brewery tour is pretty extensive with a history of harpoon, standard passing around of beer ingredients and then a tour of the inner workings. It's a good sized operation but they still leave room for smaller, experimental batches some of which get put on tap at the restaurant. Tour is done and we go eat. We got a great seat by the fireplace, had some awesome wings for an app and all of our meals were great. Not a huge menu but there is something for everyone and everything we got was delicious. There is a relaxed vibe in the restaurant, everything is clean, bright and in excellent condition qnd every member of the seemingly endless staff was very nice. Even my two 8 year old boys enjoyed our time there. There's so much more than the brewery tour here. It truly is a family destination and we'll definitely go back in the summer as it seemed like there was a bunch of stuff to do outside and in the area. An overall awesome experience for the entire family!

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
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