The Vermont Pub & Brewery

The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

144 College St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8416
United States

(802) 865-0500 | map

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The Vermont Pub & Brewery is showing it's age. It's a little worn, and it's a little dated, but I guess to a certain extent that's comfortable. When I first stepped in I didn't think I'd stay, but halfway through my visit I'd thought I might stay all day!

The beers are always changing, and the food is reasonably priced, solid pub fare. If you're in the area and you've got time I'd certainly recommend it.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Dark-wooded bar in the heart of Burlington. One of the original brewpubs still operating in the US. Vibe is more bar-like and old school than what you see nowadays for brewpubs. A bit dated and dingy, lots of TVs. Nice bar on the patio side was nice when it got cooler out.

Service was normal and friendly, beers seemed fresh and reasonably priced. They focus more on the English Ale side of things, so lots of malty treats for those looking to escape the hop overload of the current VT beer scene. All in all a cool bar, maybe stop in if you have the time.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went here on vacation with the family. The pub is nicely located in downtown Burlington with plenty of street parking if you can find it. There is an outdoor deck area to eat, but we ate inside. A two sided bar is to the right of you when you enter with dining tables in the bar area, next to it, and in a small sun-room. General pub atmosphere that is both family friendly but also a nice place to hang out.

Service was quite good and knowledgeable. Our waitress was very attentive and knew details to the beers I wanted to try. Our food came promptly, which was surprising since it was lunch time. Nevertheless, both of our meals were very good (I had the Reuben sandwich). Beer selection seemed limited to just what they brew. What I tried on my sampler was a wide range of styles and qualities. I am not too certain if they served any other beers at the place, so if you want to try the pub, be cognizant on their beer focus.

Overall, a nice atmosphere, good service and food, with unique craft beers at the place.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Has an odd entry. Once inside, it was great. Nice bar crowd watching football. Service was attentive. Food was very good and the menu has a lot of enticing options. Beer selection is really nice. Lots of different styles. A couple casks. The original black IPA. The beers I had were true to style.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This establishment has quite a happening vibe to it. Every time I've been there, its been teeming with people. Still, the staff keeps the place pretty well kept. Some of the bartenders can be knowledgeable about the beers, but some of the bartenders don't always pay attention to the board and can't keep it updated with what they actually have on tap. Though almost always busy, they do keep up with the people. I've rarely had any problems with getting my beers and food in a good amount of time. Also, its a bit of an old school sort of vibe so don't expect explosive hop bombs, new dry saisons and fully robust American stouts. Think English styled beers.

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Photo of Baab200
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

if your going to Burlington there are a ton of better places to go. Food is average, beer is average, and the vibe is average. It looks like an old Irish Bar attempting to be a brew pub. The only positive I can say is the staff was nice and friendly when I went with a group of four. We each had a few 3oz beers and weren't impressed with any.

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Photo of VTR
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I moved from Burlington not long ago and this was always a stop when going to the shopping center. The food is decent pub food nothing that I went crazy over. What I liked was trying their beer that was brewed there. The beer menu always was changing and I could find a new or interesting beer every time I went there. It was always crowded which made it feel like a busy place where relaxing was hard when you were seated at a table in the middle of the floor and people were constantly walking by you going in or out of the door. Sometimes I got lucky and got seated next to the windows in the picture or next to the wall. Overall if you are in Burlington stop in and try a local brew you will find something you like.

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Photo of KingCobra686
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Always worth a visit if you are spending the afternoon in Burlington. They have a very dynamic tap list and lots if creative new beers to try out on every visit. Only complaint is that you pretty much have to stay here for lunch to hang out and order a flight to try out the beers. There is a bar area but it is always too sunny and crowded to hang out in.

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Photo of SABERG
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

We have been going here for a few years annually, Vermont Brewers Fest weekends.

A - Inside a little dark, sunroom can get hot in summer, outside patio is super. The inside is loaded with information about the history of the place and its founders the Noonan's.
We had live music this weekend outdoors, a very nice treat.

Q - The beer offerings are broad, there are 2 casks, this past trip had an IPA on cask with Grapefruit to punch up the citrus. The Flanders style Tulach Lies was excellent. We shared a VT cheese platter, saw plenty of burgers, fish and chips etc. going by for the hungrier folks The quality was very good.

S - Lots of activity, sometimes seemed a little long for a re visit from servers, this is often more perceived that timed. They were hustling so no complaints. Our beers were always correct and they keep the water full. Everyone was pleasant.

S - The menu had lots to offer, the beer selection was broad. These two things keep us coming back.

F - As mentioned we had a great cheese plate, and in years past have enjoyed some specials.
The food is pub format and solid.

V - You cannot go wrong here, affordable and consistent. Even the band made note that VPB may be the last place in Burlington where 2 burgers don't cost $30. We all got the meaning.

Seek out this steady solid brew pub.


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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.99/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The east coast brew pub that launched it all (IMO).
VPB has really good local beer crafted on site (of course), it has good pub food like shephreds pie, meatloaf, etc.. and a really nice atmosphere. In the summer sit outside on the deck.
Service is ok, nothing notable.
As a brewpub it ranks among the best.

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Photo of Aewachiw
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Was able to stop by on a beer tour and was excited to see a place that was part of micro beer history. The basement brewery was like NO OTHER BEER TOUR I've been on. Very unique equipment, making it obvious that this truly was an originator in the field.

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Photo of papat444
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Finally got around the visiting the VT institution. No much vibe going but in fairness, there was an ice storm the night before. Nice service, girl was friendly. Lots of choice (10 taps?) including 2 cask ales. Prices are real cheap, especially compared to Farmhouse. Beer was good and i'd definitely come here again.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Copied from my TripAdvisor review

This was the first pick for our Vermont brewpub/brewery tour. We sat outside to enjoy the sunny October day. Service was fairly quick. For beer we pick the oktoberfest and IPA. Both were good, but seemed run-of-the-mill. Our food was above average. A good spot, but other places have better quality beer.

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

stopped by for lunch while in the area. nice elevated, outdoor seating right on the square. also offers indoor bar and tables. sampled forbidden fruit and spuyten duyvil which were both OK. food was your average pub fare.

props to Greg Noonan who lobbied and won to open VT's first brewpub in 1988. if anything, the place was nostalgic.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hung out here on a Saturday night to watch some college football.

Nice spot, located right the middle of Burlington, a block off of the main Church Street walk. Definitely a pub feel, dark wooden double sided bar. Dining areas inside and outside. They definitely let you know they are the oldest brewpub in Vermont.

Good wide selection of beer styles. Nothing crazy, but well brewed beers to style. I tried a half a dozen different pints, and all were good. Moderately priced, good service by the bar tender.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited this place on two consecutive nights, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday was somewhat quieter than Thursday but not by much. People tend to gather to this place a lot.

The atmosphere is of a really pub-like nature. Enjoyable, warm, not too noisy, lots of chatter going around, staff walking back and forth - the typical pub. Very nice when you like the style - as I do.

Service was fine, nothing to scream out in joy about, but still perfectly fine. A bit more staff presence would've been nice.

The beer selection is somewhat limited, but what is available is also, to some extent, above average. There are some "okay" beers, but most are more interesting than just "okay." Nothing to get excited about, except 1 or 2 products.

I barely had any food but what I did have was entirely satisfying, without being outstandingly good.

Overall value is good. I wouldn't spend my whole evening there, not with the Farmhouse Tap & Grill and the American Flatbread so close by, but the pub nature of this place (which the other two places I mentioned completely lack) makes it a very good choice to end your evening.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I live in New York and was my buddies best man for his wedding. So a van load of us went to Burlington! Our first stop- The Vermont Pub & Brewery.

As we walked in that early August Saturday of 2012 around noon, the place was all in a roar. There were people waiting out the door at the place. It was big and had a lot of space. Right when you walked in the doors they had a chalk board with all their offerings. There were probably about a dozen to choose from. There was an IPA (pretty good!) pale ales, a dunkelweizen, here, and other standards.

After a 20 minute wait or so (not too bad as we each had a beer or two at the bar) we were sat in a really nice sun room that had two tables. There were six of us at the table and we ordered burgers and appetizers. The food was your typical pub grub but I remember it being great. We got a couple of pitchers for the table and a flight of 6 to 8 beers went around as well. The beers were average to good, but it was a great atmosphere. Where we sat, there was a great view of the city of Burlington with cars and people going by.

Overall we enjoyed out time and the atmosphere was great. The beers were ok and the food was good-prices were reasonable. The only negative I could remember was sitting in that sun room the sun was beating down on us through the glass and it got really hot. But the beers, food and good company made it easy to forget. After our lunch we were off to Magic Hat and our really long day of drinking beers continued! If you are in the area and are looking for a place to stop in for a beer and lunch, this is an excellent place to go!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a mini-beer tour of upper VT. Great feel to this place, with plenty of outdoor seating along with a roomy indoor space. A bit on the awkward side, the bathrooms are downstairs, which can be a bit of a pain in the ass. Other than that, the place is very accessible. Clear view of the tanks as you head back towards the stairwell down to the bathrooms. The bar is on the smaller size for a place this big, but there is an overall coziness to the place. Lots of info and swag from the VT brewing scene along the walls, and it's of the entire scene, not just their stuff, which is pretty cool. They had 12 beers available, one of them on cask, despite the menu advertising always having 2 casks available. The food was decent, and the menu was pretty lengthy, with typical brewpub offerings. Pricing was decent, and we visited with a large group on a Saturday and had a minimal wait. All in all, good visit and good place to chill out and drink some beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

an old school staple of the Burlington brew scene, this establishment isn't as big as it looks. maybe eight beers on tap, but all the interesting ones were tapped out. had a decent ipa and a better than average flanders red, but neither really impressed me. service was friendly but a little slow on a crowded day, and the food was just okay. I like the vibe though, cool outside area and a small intimate bar inside. I am yet to have a beer from these guys that knocks my socks off, but I haven't had a total miss either. I like the ambition, and the never settling mentality they seem to have about their beer. overall a neat spot, certainly not the best the city has to offer, but you wont be disappointed stopping in for lunch or afternoon beers on the patio.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Atmosphere was lively with a younger crowd compared to a lot of Burlington spots. Beer selection was solid, many more taps than a normal brewery. Vermont Pub and Brewery offers variety of brews, including some limited releases. Service was ok, wait staff and bartender were friendly but not super attentive despite having plenty of staff on the floor. Overall a cheaper option in Burlington but know that many of the beers are not as good as surrounding establishments.

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Photo of laurastradford
3/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped during a VT brewery tour. Had a sampler with Forbidden Fruit, Beetlejuice, Grandslam, American Imperial Wheat LAger, Vienna Rye, and Tulch Leis. The samples were only $1 each which was awesome. Our bartender took forever to take our order which was torutre since there was no air conditioning where we were and it was late July. My favorite from the sampler was the beetlejuice but I didn't stay long to enjoy because I was too busy sweating and dreaming of a cooler place to enjoy a good brew.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We got to Burlington in the hottest day of the year. What gives? Wondering around, I spotted the classic Vermont Pub & Brewery and decided to stop by for a beer or two. The cool thing about Burlington is that pretty much everything is within a block or two: the Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, Bluebird Tavern for fine dining and craft beer and The Farmhouse Bar around the corner.

The Vermont Pub and Brewery is a fairly standard joint, with an outdoor space up the stairs from the street and a bar inside. Sort of generic but alright. We sat outside because the bar was way too hot... 10 lines plus 2 casks, how's that for beer offerings?

Some cool stuff, let's talk about Forbidden Fruit (oak-aged raspberry sour), Beetlejuice (Weissbier), Vienna Rye, Bombay IPA, Tulach Leis (Flemish Sour Red) and Lake Chocolate Stout. This is NOT your standard brewpub lineup, OK!

I had the IPA, the Bocks of Chocolates bock and the Lake Champlain Chocolate Stout (great beer).

Prices are friendly at $4 a pint, $3 the 12-oz serving and one dollar for a 3-oz taste, and so is service. Atmosphere is OK and we didn't try food because we were dining at the fancy Bluebird Tavern.

Sure, the Vermont Pub & Brewery is not mind-blowing, but it sure is a good time and it has got enough beers to satisfy almost every palate. Honor Greg Noonan! I will be back.

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Photo of nh2032
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited after dinner on a Wednesday night. It's a pub-like setup, but had a surprising amount of families, especially considering the time. There is a dedicated bar area that seemed to be mostly the college crowd.

There were a decent number of beers available, but unfortunately all I tried were mediocre at best. My picks were the Grandslam Baseball Beer, Bombay Grab IPA, the Dogbite Bitter, and the Forbidden Fruit. Out of the 4 there was nothing that I would want to have again. And considering I picked styles I typically prefer I'm afraid what the rest of the options would have been like.

We ordered a couple apps which were both fine, but nothing spectacular. Service was fine too. Prices were reasonable, 4 oz samples were $1. Those are about the only positives I can come up with unfortunately.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped in here for the first time this past Friday after a frustrating 4 hour ride in a blinding snowstorm. Man was I thirsty. It was a quarter to 10 on a Friday night when we strolled in for dinner and drinks and the place was quite full, but we promptly were seated near the back. They had 8 or so beers on tap with enough variety to keep me interested. Our cheese and food were serviceable for your standard pub grub. Our waitress was ok but seemed overworked for really prompt service. I found the prices to be fairly reasonable for the area. I would go back if in the area and looking for pub grub and a good laugh at some drunk falling down the stairs to the bathroom.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The VPB was bustling and busy on the Sunday afternoon I visited. Got a table and beer quickly but our food order was lost and delayed because of it. Service was friendly and apologetic and we both got a free round because of the delay, which we certainly appreciated.

This place has a bit of a family/touristy feel to it compared to some of the other drinking spots in town. The beer was offered in everything from flights to 6oz and 12oz pours and growlers. Prices were low on everything and you can make your own flights from what ever you choose, an option I really liked.

All the beer was good at best and mediocre at worst. Nothing was really outstanding. There were a lot of choices and after a while I felt like maybe they should brew a few less different beers and make some of the others a little better. All the beers looked very nice but generally were very low in carbonation, sometimes way too low. Food was good enough, kind of standard pub fare, with sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and the like.

Worth checking out for sure but don't expect anything too stellar.

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