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 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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Photo of rfgetz
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Unassuming exterior with outdoor patio and greenhouse like room visible to outside. Interior shows a dark wood, dimly lit and well worn interior. Warm and humid even on a 55 degree day.

A nice mix of American, British and Belgian styles available on tap, but many lack in depth and body. Service was hit or miss, slightly inattentive when distracted by a chatty co-worker. Didn't try the food as it looked like standard pub grub with a touch of local fare.

Overall, the mixed bag of recommendations were quite appropriate.

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

Menu is very reasonably priced for what you get.

I have to confess that I ordered my bangers and mash without the onion gravy. Onions are vile things and I don't know why people feel the need to ruin food by dumping them into whatever happens to be on the stove. That being said, maybe it was a major component to the B&M, which seemed a little plain. Sweet potato fries were crisp and tasty and came with honey mustard.

You can order beer samplers, which is great to get a feel for the place. The Burly ale was fantastic, though I'm not about to give it an actual rating since I only had a sample size of it. Had the milk stout, dogbite bitter and pils. All decent, but nothing amazing. Plenty else to try and not enough time (or stomach space) to try it.

Service was prompt and friendly, though it got a little less prompt when the place started to fill up. Nobody there when we got there at 11:30, but the place was getting packed by the time we left an hour later.

In short: cheap food; good beer; get in early or expect a wait.

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

Grabbed a bite and a few quick pints here while in Burlington for a conference. It was a bit dark inside, and was pretty busy but not completely packed. We were seated within a minute or two of arriving, but had to wait a solid 15 minutes before the server came by to get our drink orders.

I had a glass of the Tulach Leis (meh, but a decent effort) and the Bombay IPA, which was quite enjoyable. Our food arrived quickly after ordering and was tasty and inexpensive. Very reasonable prices for beer as well ($4/pint if I recall correctly). Will definitely return if I'm back in town.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A quality place with a nice, friendly atmosphere. Lots of tasty microbrewed beers, and a very diverse and extensive menu with lots of good food on it, with a tendency towards British-style cuisine. Not quite as quality a place as American Flatbread--beerwise--but still a nice establishment. Again, this place makes all their own brews, so you will only find their beers on tap, and as such, it may not be a beer connoisseur's paradise.

So considering American Flatbread and VT Pub are about 1 minute walking distance from each other:

Beer selection ... VTP < AFB
Food selection ... VTP > AFB

But those things considered, you should not miss out on sampling VTP's beers, simple as they may be, and you should definitely not miss out on AFB's flatbreads. In other words, go to both places.

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Photo of BrittEBurke
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was up in Burlington to check out the Magic Hat Mardi Gras and wanted to hit up as many local breweries as possible. Vermont Pub and Brewery was the first stop.

We were very lucky and managed to score seats at the bar. Both the bartender and the guy sitting next to me said that Mardi Gras in Burlington is pretty much their equivalent of St. Patty's Day in Boston. Regardless of the craziness, we were met with timely and friendly service. We ordered boneless buffalo wings and a "toad in the hole" (sausage, cheddar and onion in pastry). The wings were well seasoned and perfectly cooked and the toad in the hole was tasty and unexpectedly sweet (It could have passed for a breakfast food). Much like some of the other reviewers, we stuck to appetizers and headed next door to American Flatbreads for dinner.

We split a 10-beer flight. While there wasn't a beer that completely blew me away, there also wasn't a single beer that I didn't want to finish. I think my two favorites were the Left Coast ASB and the Burly Irish Ale. My girlfriend loved the Forbidden Fruit.

On the whole, good beer, good food and friendly service. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the Burlington area.

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Photo of sholland119
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We had a pleasant stop here after dinner at American Flatbread but before heading to the Farm House. Though this was our least favorite of the three, we still had an enjoyable experience.

Our timing was perfect as we arrived just as a group was leaving, so we were able to grab seats at the bar right away. Vibe was nice, everyone was pleasant and we got our beers promptly as needed. I had a perfectly decent IPA; the rest of the beers were well received also.

I would certainly stop back again, maybe to try the food as well. Not a place that will blow you away, but a worthy stop regardless.


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

This place has been a Burlington regular, must visit spot for ever and on my last visit it seemed a bit dated, compared to some of the young upstarts that have been sprouting up in town over the past few years. On the dark side inside, crowded with folks enjoying a comforting meal and a few pints on a winter's eve.

The beer selections I sampled were sort of just OK in a middle of the road sort of way. British style pale ale is decent, but they def. are not pushing any envelopes or doing anything all that interesting here beer wise in my humble opinion. Of course, thats ok and they are free to keep it up year after year, and make some decent coin, just sayin' that its not the kind of place that gets me real excited to go back to.

The out door deck during the warm weather months is a pleasant place to hang out, drink a pint and watch the crowd go by

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Photo of BeerMaverick
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I visited this place knowing that it had ok reviews and it was pretty good. It is an AHA member, so bring your card if you're a member for pub discounts. My girlfriend and I had the guacamole nachos and they were very good (we only had appetizers because we wanted to go to American Flatbread across the street for dinner - see review).

For beer I had the 6 beer sampler for 6$ including the milk stout, bombay grab IPA, burly irish ale, dogbite bitter, little dog, and the zwickelbier. They were all decent, none were fantastic...if I had to choose one I'd say the irish ale was my favorite. My girlfriend got the forbidden fruit beer which seemed to be a very popular beer there. I didn't like it very much, but it wasn't aweful...she liked it.

Overall an ok spot, but definitely shadowed by American Flatbread and its fantastic zero gravity beers.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

One of our favorite places in Burlington to stop, and we've been going there for 20 years. It's an old standby when we hit the Queen City.

Great food and service. Over the years, we've developed a number of favorite dishes, but we're always game to try new items. It's a fairly straight forward, traditional pub food place with toad in the hole and bangers and mash (my personal favorite).

The beer selection is usually interesting, especially the in-house brews that rotate seasonally. Last time we went in, it had been a while, so we did the sampler, and there was quite a few off the wall brews, which was fun.

Highly recommend it.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Stopped by here fairly late on a Thursday night to a fairly crowded bar. It was quite dark and seemed pretty standard, nothing special.

We had two beers, a Flanders red and a raspberry fruit beer. The FR was extremely funky and not very sour or really anything else. It tasted like bleu cheese and that is about it. The fruit beer was aged in oak - all I could taste was fruit, though. Neither were great, but neither were terrible. Those were the only 2 interesting looking beers.

The service was standard for a bar, not very good for a brewpub. This just seemed like a standard bar that brews their own beer.

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Photo of birdyone
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I tried a flight of their beers. Some were good, others were a struggle. I took recommendations from the waitress, she put the berry flavored beer on the flight, I'll let you fill in the rest. I should point out I've never been a fan of any of those. They make a lot of different beer, so I probably could have sampled 2 flights if my friend wasn't getting bored (as a non beer drinker, she was a good sport). Right down the road you have American Flatbread, so the competition breeds some good beers between the two. If you're in Burlington, give it a shot.

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Photo of Chincino
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have bee to the Vermont Pub and Brewery many times, but this review is of a visit from July 2010 when I was in Burlington, VT for the Vermont Brewer's festival. On this visit, I went to the Vermont Pub & Brewery twice. On both occasions, the place was packed and the service was only average due to the high volume of customers. The bartenders weren't available to talk to you about the beers or answer questions. That being said, I would still say I had a good overall experience at this pub. They allow you to sample any of their beers for only a dollar each which was great so we were able to try just about all of the beers they had on tap at the time. This was helpful in helping to decide what growlers we were going to purchase. I was a fan of the Beetlejuice beer and did not particularly like the Forbidden Fruit beer. We didn't have a full meal, but we shared a Vermont cheese plate while sitting at the bar which was very good. The selection of beers was good and I would recommend visiting the Vermont Pub and Brewery if you're in Burlington, VT.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been here quite a few times, usually with a big crowd (8+). I'm sure with less people the service is great, but in my experience, it has been slow.

The beer on the other hand is very good. They usually have at least 2 cask conditioned ales available, depending on the season, with a great selection of craft brewed beers from including Irish Burly Stout, Dogbite Bitter, and the original black IPA; Blackwatch IPA.

I've never been disappointed with the food there. Sometimes it takes a while to get it, but once its there, it is delicious. Lots of good pub food, as well as some great entrees. The atmosphere is really cool, complete with a newspaper for a menu.

Great place to eat, great place to drink.

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Photo of albern
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The brewery is nicely located, with easy parking. The atmosphere is very pub like with high tables in the section next to the bar. There is also a patio area that I remember enjoying during the summer months when I was here earlier. The food was pretty good. I had the salmon caesar salad. I've been here before and remember not having anything that I didn't like. It is pretty much pub food, but it hits the spot. The wait staff was very good, the service and efficiency get high marks. The beer is another story, but I'll review that separately. The prices are reasonable and there is really nothing not to like about this place in terms of atmospherics, price, food. The beer is another story.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

On a recent beer-themed vacation, this was one of the few places that I visited twice. The pub has a good variety of beer styles, including standard and off-the-wall styles. One of my favorite features here (and at other Burlington brewpubs) was that you could order a 1/2 pint for 1/2 the price of a full pint. This allows you to sample more beers without resorting to the 'beer sampler' which I don't feel gives you enough to enjoy.

I ate dinner their twice and was pleased each time. The food was very reasonably priced and often made with local and/or organic ingredients. Service was attentive and the place has a dark, bar hangout feel to it. Outdoor seating is available when its warmer.

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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They have both inside, as well as outdoor patio seating. Being a nice day, we sat outside, so can't comment much on the interior other than a glimpse on the way to the bathroom. Seemed like a fairly clean, standard pub type setting inside. Outside patio had maybe 15-20 tables, most with umbrellas.

Service was decent, patio was seat yourself, and then the wait staff would bring over the menu, beer listing was already on the table. Menu was decent sized, with a large variety of pub type comfort foods. Food was decent, slightly above average pub food, but nothing gourmet. Price for the food was pretty reasonable, but make sure to order fries with your sandwich if you want them as they aren't automatically included.

Beer was ok. Had a 4 sample flight, all smelled fantastic, but ended up tasting just good, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Stopped here for dinner after Session 2 of the VBF. Good location, pretty brick building. Large L-shaped outdoor patio. Inside, dark and noisy. Two sided bar with taps (a cool tower) and bottles in the middle. Tables off the bar, and also a sunroom type of area. The ubiquitous TVs.

Eleven beers on tap, including one cask selection. A nice variety of beers. I had a cuple Bombay Grab IPAs, enjoyed them.

Service was excellent at the bar, and OK on the patio where we sat for dinner. Speaking of dinner, the menu was fairly typical pub food. My wife had some fried oysters, which she rated highly. I had fish and chips, and the fish was so rubbery as to be almost inedible.

I would go back anytime for beer, but would eat elsewhere.

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Photo of mhatters
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been here many times, thought it would be good to write it up

Great location and atmosphere, a dark, pub side, an enclosed sun area, and a big deck overlooking town.

Beers are good, varietal, and fairly cheap. Maybe 10 products running at a time, no guest beers but a full liquor scene

Service is hit or miss, quite a few dopey girls (sorry but true), who do not know what is on or what it is like beyond what they are told. Sometimes service is great (male or female) too

Food is bar fare well done, menu is fairly big, and fairly well done

Prices are fairly cheap, beers range from 4-6, food is a good value

Overall, I do not come to town without coming here, a nice place with good food and beer

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I did a quick, one-day visit to Burlington in mid June which included visits to all three brewpubs in the downtown Burlington area - Vermont Pub, American Flatbread, and Three Needs (listed in rank order from best to very good). They're all within walking distance to each other and a block off the main pedestrian shopping area. These three visits put me at 167 breweries/brewpubs visited.

We sat outside on the patio at Vermont Pub & Brewery and enjoyed the beer sampler of...
Grand slam baseball summer blond
Forbidden fruit stein raspberry beer
Chiiwll xxx Trappist tripel
Beetlejuice spicy sour mash wheat
Burly Irish ale
Dogbite bitter ESB
Handsome Mick's smoked stout
12 oz Bombay grab IPA

I ranked Vermont pub #1 in my experience because of the ambitious and well-done beer styles. We also ate lunch here and especially enjoyed the Vermont cheese plate.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Third time visiting, first time reviewing. Went for lunch on 6.6.09. Nice outdoor dining area for a spring or summer day. Inside is fairly spacious with lots of wood, but somewhat dimly lit. The place tends to get fairly crowded, so expect to wait for seating if you're with a large party. The food menu was reasonably priced with some typical pub fare, as well as a selection of local favorites (e.g. cheeses, apple chutney, organics, etc.). Service was attentive even though it was fairly busy - never had a dry glass for long. The beer list was fairly well-balanced - an IPA, Herb/Spice beer, Tripel, Blonde, Smoked Stout, Rauchbier, Fruit beer and a few other offerings I can't quite remember. I ordered the sampler (6 - 3oz. pours for $6) and the Fruit beer. The beers for the most part were style consistent, but none really blew me away; however, I would have to say that the IPA was the best of the bunch. Not the best brewpub beer I've had, but fairly soild and many different styles to try. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the Burlington area and if you find something you really dig, you can grab a growler to go.

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