The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery
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The Vermont Pub & BreweryThe Vermont Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(802) 865-0500 | map

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first stop in Burlington and a very good one indeed. Atmosphere is nice with lots of outside seating options and a small bar room inside where I opted to sit, by a big fan. The clientele was mixed, a bit hippy-ish, but nice and laid back. he quality of the beers was great. I had some smoked porter on (fresh) cask, and a nice IPA as well. The service was laid back and maybe a bit European in style, but the bartendress was very nice indeed, and my cup was always full. Selection was good with 2 casks (porter and stout) and about 6 or 7 other draughts on, as well as a house made cider. Food was dirt cheap and good. I got a rachael sandwitch and some killer fries. Cheap beer, good cheap food, nice laid back friendly service. Works for me. Recommended.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for dinner and a few pints two weekends ago while in Burlington.

A very quaint restaurant and bar setting with plenty of seating, but this place can get packed on a Friday/Saturday night. A great location right in downtown Burlington in close proximity to pretty much all that Burlington has to offer. The pub offered about seven or eight of their own brews which seemed to be a pretty nice selection: a tripel, wee heavy, a bitter, etc just to name a few. Unfortunately, none of the Vermont Pub's brews have ever really done it for me. To say that the tripel was weak is being polite, and the wee heavy they offered was also on the lighter side. For dinner I had the asiago raviolli which was good, but nothing special (reminded me of a dish found at Applebee's). The menu is pretty extensive though, offering burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and some seafood. The service was also adequate given how busy it was at the time.

If you're looking for a place that'll blow you away with the quality of their brews, this one isn't for you. If you're looking for a convenient place to have a nice meal and a few decent beers then you've found your home.

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Photo of Borussia
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A fine place, overall. The first impression is that this is more a restaurant than a brewpub, but after inspection of the beer menu, better judgment could be made. The variety of beers they brew is impressive, including just about all styles (from Lambic imiation, which they did not have when I was there, to Stout and Pilsner). Most of the beers I tried were competent, and the food was good. I did find that the menu was too expansive - a problem for people lick myself who have a hard time deciding what to eat when faced with a gamut of choices. Among the beers, as rasperry ale called "Forbidden Fruit" was the best - I highly recommend going to VPB for a taste of this beer alone. The Lager was advertised as a Pilsner style beer, but it was too malty for that - much more like an export or Vienna lager. I also liked the IPA, which featured a nice balance between crystal malt-type grain and acid/spicy hop bitterness. The service was very good - professional, knowledgeable, and friendly.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great spot. Not the greatest atmosphere. It was blindingly bright and hot on one side of the place and very dark and cool on the other. We sat in the sweltering green house side which was ok after they set up a fan. Service was ok. Little slow and she was kind of careless with the beers and spilled beer twice. Not a ton, but enough to be kind of a pain in the ass.

beer was good though and they had a lot to offer. They had a stout, a tripel, their smoked porter, IPA, wee heavy, and 4 or 5 other brews which I forget. I had the smoked porter, IPA and wee heavy. Good stuff all around! I didn't take notes so I won't review them here, but suffice it to say I was impressed. I'm sad that they get such poor rankings here. I mean, the smoked porter wasn't super smokey or rich, but it was damn good. The wee heavy was a little cloying, but it's supposed to be! It was damn good.

Food was good. The nachos were really big and really fresh and tasty. Very nice chips. Interesting menus with good looking burgers and other pub grub. I got a strange BBQ pulled pork shepard's pie. was weird but really quite good!

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Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We made a stop at the Vermont Pub and Brewery last evening and I must say that it was a pleasant surprise. I had gone there about 5 years ago and it was a bit of a fiasco. Did not catch an exact count but they had probably at least 8 of their brews on tap as well as their Vermont Smoked Porter and Handsome Mick’s Irish Stout on cask. I had both casks and must say that the Smoked Porter was excellent! We had about a 20 minute wait for a table but it was very busy in the city this weekend so we enjoyed a few brews at the bar as we waited, was a nice experience as even though the bar area was somewhat crowded we where able to find two seats easily. Once seated the service was quite excellent, as they did not allow us to wallow in our corner of the restaurant. Had numerous visits from out waitress asking how everything was and if we needed anything. The food was also very good; we got an appetizer of nachos then a turkey sandwich and a burger and all where prepared well. Liked the way they had their menu’s, like a small newspaper, with some interesting beer tidbits as well as the actual food and beer menu. The place has a nice feel to it, very open layout with dark wood through out the bar area and the restaurant side. A very inviting place to go and hang out for a while.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A wonderful place! It is very welcoming and accomodating. They have a Franken-brewhouse, cobbled together from various components fifteen-plus years ago, with tours available upon request/appointment. The kettle, itself, shows some obvious weld marks, which to a failed welder, are totally cool. I also loved the wood-slat clad fermenter. You really must take the tour for yourself. Upstairs, it is a great set-up: a nearly oval (rectangular?) bar, which is surrounded by restaurant tables. The decor is unabashedly Victorian, with a couple of brass lamps that display the brewpub's name; the wooden figurehead from a ship; many painted advertisements for various breweries; and mirrors for the more narcissistic BAs among us (LOL). The patio is another treasure, with its breezy deck and ample opportunities for people-watching. Finally, I cannot forget the waitstaff, nor is the converse true either. They are some great people who made me feel like a long-time regular, instead of a new arrival. My kind of place! See you there.

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Photo of bigone4
4.95/5  rDev +32.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I absolutely love this Brewpub. The people are great and the beers are even better. Greg Noonan does an exectional job of running this fine establishment. I have been going to the pub for about 5 years. I fell in love with the place during college and now I try to make it back as much as I can. It takes me 4 hours to get there now. The selection of beer is great and the list will suit the taste of any experienced beer drinker or first timer. I highly recomend their IPA extreemly hoppy and my favorite. Great seasonal beers and always working on new brews. The wait staff and bar tenders are some of the nicest people I have ever met. My other favorite aspect is the Growlers nice 64oz. jugs to take home. The IPA stays for the longest. If you are in Burlington I suggest you stop by and give the VPB a try.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located right in downtown Burlington, the VT Pub and Brewery occupies an impressively sizeable building right on the corner of two streets. Parking can present a problem, as it seems to be mostly street parking. If there was a lot for this place, I didn't see it. Prepare to feed the meter. It's right down the street from the Three Needs, so you can more or less kill two birds with one stone.
Walking inside, it's a very classy place. Pubby and not pretentious, it seems to be neutrally designed, nice enough and dark enough at the same time. The area that we sat at is probably pretty well lit during the day, with large windows to usher in sunlight. The little lobby area features a cooler filled with take-home growlers. Loads of dark wood, emitting a distinctly british vibe, with a fairly spacious interior. Plenty of seating, with a smallish bar area, this night packed with customers. We had to wait a while for a table, which was ok. It was the weekend, though.
I'm not sure what else they offer, but the house beer list is pretty extensive. Their system must be a decent capacity, because they offer 5-6 beers, plus the ability to bring beer home in growlers. Apparently the brewmaster is somewhat famous. Two beers were cask conditioned where we were there. That's a definite plus for me. The beer names are a little strange. I'm not sure what a bombay grab is. No real off-the-wall brews, but all the selections were solid. They seem rather concerned with people getting drunk, with a big "all things in moderation" etched into a pane of glass near the bar, and a BAC chart and warnings right on the menu. Another moderation quote from Lincoln is in large bold print on the menu.
The food menu is fairly extensive, with an eclectic mix of pretty much everything. A great selection of traditional pub fare, with some british favorites. The prices are reasonable, and the service is attentive and friendly. It took a while for our server to get back to us for round two of beers, but it was a pretty busy night. The food was very tasty, and they make a good fish & chips plate.
The beer wasn't weird or wild, but it was damn fine session beer. The food is pretty tasty, and I'll definitely come back for a growler of the dogbite bitter and another plate of fish and chips. Probably my first stop when I come back to Burlington.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was the only brewpub we had a chance to visit in Vermont while waiting for the opening of the Vermont Brew Festival one Friday evening in late July. It's a shame because we've heard so many good things about Magic Hat and others. First of all, I want to acknowledge a beautiful and friendly city: Burlington, Vermont. The brewpub is on a corner in the downtown area, just a few blocks from Lake Champlain. We tried a sampler of their beers and then a pint of their IPA and bitter ale. Each one was robust and flavorful. There was a huge crowd there that evening for dinner. I'm guessing many of them were like us, and waiting for the festival to begin. The bar was close to the sidewalk with a good view of the street. We were able to purchase a "two for one" souvenir of their pint glass, which read "Vermont Pub & Brewery Official Beer Taster".

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Photo of mikeys01
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Vermont Pub & Brewery is certainly a good place to visit when in the Bulington Area, ne of many good breweries/brewpubs in the vicinity. Atmosphere is pretty clean, laid back, and fairly well lit. Nice separated bar area, with a closed off area on one side for smokers and an open area with plenty of bar tables on the other side for those who wish to breathe somewhat fresher air. Service is usually very good and attentive, at least in the bar area where I've spent most of my time. Food is pretty decent, but not outstanding...though I've heard ravings about the sweet potato fries. The beer is excellent, with a good selection of 6-8 house brews on tap at any given time. Haven't had a bad beer there. The highlight for me usually is the Vermont Smoked Porter, which at least in my mind is unparalleled...bold statement I know, but you gotta try it. Prices are pretty reasonable, and 3 oz. samples of the beer are available for like 50 or 75 cents, a good way to try several without finishing your day all at once....

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Photo of Longstaff
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Very modern and clean looking place with outdoor seating. They also have two seperate bars - one for smoking and the other non-smoking. I sat outside on a beatiful Sunday afternoon in September and had a small sampler with some food. Took a while to get attention from the waitress, but once she knew we were there, service was great. The food is almost exactly identical to the menu at 7 Barrels and is pub grub orientated having some solid meals and appetizers available. I prefer this type of menu for brewpubs and respect establishements more than if they tried to have an upscale menu and not able to pull it off. The bangers and mash was awesome and the beer battered onion rings were the best I've ever had. The beers range from lacking to good. The Bitter and hefewiezen was decent and the smoked porter was very good - I could drink this all day long. Its a nice place to have a good simple meal at decent prices and to enjoy a pint or two.

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Photo of scottum
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hit it up for lunch. My first visit as a legal drinker. As a kid I had been there before for dinner but was unable to sample the brews. An what brews! All the beers I sampled with the exception of the Irish Stout were awesome. The bar is in a greenhouse on the side of the building which makes for a great place to have a beer on a sunny afternoon. The food is top notch. I had a lovely Toad in the Hole which is maple sausage and chedder cheese in pastery served with chutney. Mmmmm.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Rather small, but excellent outdoor seating when the weather is nice. There was a nice selection of beers, with a few especially interesting ones - pseudo-lambic, maple ale, and their benchmark smoked porter. I had read Noonan's (the owner/brewmaster) book on brewing and was anxious to see what all that knowledge could create. To be honest I was disappointed with the beer quality -pretty average. I liked the irish stout and the smoked porter best out of the seven that I tried. My hamburger was cheap- about 4.25- and pretty tasty. Service was a bit slow, but friendly. I got a few growlers last time I was there and a couple of them were undrinkable that same night because of sulfur - big disappointment.

Overall - a relaxed place with decent fresh beer and good cheap food.

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Photo of jrancan
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very well done. Big place with lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Eight beers on tap, the highlight of which is their strong (8%abv) Saison. The IPA was probably the hoppiest beer I have ever tasted (a touch too hoppy-I never thought I would say that), but still good. Also had a solid Maple Porter and an ESB. Live music in the back, good food and cheap prices. Between this, Three Needs, and Magic Hat just down the road, Burlington seems to have a great beer scene going on.

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