Harpoon Brewery

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3.74/5
Harpoon BreweryHarpoon Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(802) 674-5491 | map
harpoonbrewery.com

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Score:
93
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
5.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 104
Reviews by slander:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stop along the way, food and drink. Pick your Rte 5 exit, don’t they all wind you here crisscrossing back and forth across 91? A whole lot more goin’ on when I was up here with Trouble past. Must say, I’m curious to what it catamounts to…

Wrap around the outside garden penned and in, where you’re greeted by a dead soldier display; I’ve drank many of them. Many of the good ones, anyway. Opens into a shirt & shwag shop with a few hightops, and brew views through the wall of glass. Sure, I remember all this; but that’s about all. This whole room over there (me, pointing) wasn’t here when last I was.

‘L’ shaped wood laminate topped bar, with a vertical slat base, and squared foot bar; seating for a dozen and a half on hightop swivel chairs. Double bar towers hold 20 taps up front and on the length, plus a kegerator and a solo handpump on the end. The bar back wall length lists tap selections, ABV, IBU, and thorough descriptions with tasting qualifiers, and a ‘how to taste beer’ Harpoon guide further down. Logo neon affixed on the wall of blackboard play. Glassware of all sizes & shapes inlayed and shelved below.

A wall of glass up front looks over 9 oval tables in the outside pen. The people outside there are now being rained on; a good thing, maybe take a bite out of this heat. But yes, the triangular tapestry pieces above them do not protect. The front of the room is sectioned off by an 8 stool bar counter fore & aft, and a wood stove with a pair of raised roundys to each side. The wall alongside holds split wood shelving boxed. Across the room, 2 rows of 5 mix & match rectangular tables and a few hightops on the wall. And down on the end, a hightop banquet table and bar counter space stooled on the far wall below a, um, sprawling summer scene wrap around mural over slat wood lowers. Panel windows on the far wall, and black & white brewery prints in between along the lower parts of the mural. White lip over the bar with sunken baby spots, disc on cone flying saucer drop lighting in clusters and rows across the room, and horn lamps on the end. Black ductwork blended with the ceiling, and slat wood floors except for the tiled areas around the front wood stove. Harpoon handles mounted. Apparently, the UFO’ings are unfiltered offerings; I did not know that.

Currently, 14 beers (Ale, IPA, Black IPA, White IPA, Midsummer Fling, Summer Beer, Boston Irish Stout, UFO Pale Ale, UFO Hefe, UFO White, UFO Raspberry Hefe, 100 Barrel Series #37 - Rich & Don’s Rye IPA, 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde, Levitation Series Imperial IPA), a house cider and root beer, and a single cask offering (Summer Ale with citra hops). I drank the 100 Barrel Series #46 - Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde (a bit saisony, but very lightly so), 100 Barrel Series #37 - Rich & Don’s Rye IPA (nice spicy ryeness, tasty), Black IPA (good bite, but lacking in the roast, does not suck), White IPA (too much orangeyness), Boston Irish Stout (on nitro, nice dryness), and the cask Summer Ale (nice citrussy yeah uh huh).

Well, they seemed to have stepped up their food game in the expansion; menu, please. I will have the Vermonter (a panini with smoked turkey, bacon, granny smith apples, red onion, cheddar, & spicy mustard), ‘cause I like all them things. It came with chips; I could have had slaw & a pickle, had I been on my game. It was a kickin’ panini; it may have saved my life. Condiments are housed in Harpoon six pack holders of course, of course, should you need ‘em.

You can do a self-guided brewery tour. Don’t drink the fizzy lifting bubbles lest you become disqualified from taking over the brewery. Bradtender knows his game, the beer, the history here, the Hill, and what’s Worthy. Happy lunch spot, and some good drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mattybuchs
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of riderwbd
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mpmcguire11
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of StoutLover14
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of dmanc53
4.98/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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

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Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT
3.74 out of 5 based on 21,241 ratings.
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