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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
160 Bank St
phone: (802) 859-0888
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Reviews by berley31:
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for a quick beer on a recent trip to Burlington. Definitely a classy looking place... it was comfortable at the bar, and the tables looked nice too, but it wasn't your classic-looking bar... it really looked more like a fancy restaurant.
Lots of beers on tap, mostly Vermont selections. Several Trapp Family beers (I think they had recently had a TF night there), 2-3 Hill Farmstead beers (!), plus a lot of others. I had the HF Foster... like all of their beers I tried on this trip, it was excellent.
We tried a couple of the cheeses... I wasn't a big fan of the Oma cheese, which our server recommended, but I'm sure the quality was great... it just wasn't for me. I saw a sandwich go by that looked fantastic. I'd love to try some more food there.
Our server was fine... she smiled and served us, but she was just a bit snippy and wasn't especially friendly. Just served us and got the job done.
Worth stopping at, if only for their excellent selection.
03-17-2011 17:44:32 |
More by berley31
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vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Being from Burlington, I am lucky to have this place right down the street. I don't go there for the food, although it looks great and is of an eclectic sort, the real draw is the beer. These guys have almost cornered the market on Vt produced beers, and usually have many that nobody else has or can get, including Hill Farmstead, Lawsons, Alchemist, Bobcat Café, Fiddlehead and many others. They also have an extensive bottle list from all over the US and world. They regularly will pull out an incredible keg (BCS, Curmudgeons Better Half, Bolt Cutter and the like ) that is not to be missed. If you love craft beer, and are in th BTV area, stop in, you won't be disappointed.
05-16-2013 23:47:29 |
More by VTMoondog
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in for a few drinks at the bar on a Saturday afternoon. Conveniently located less than a block off from Church St on Bank St. The vibe is slightly more upscale than your typical craft beer pub; very impressive while still capturing that relaxed VT attitude. A decent size patio borders the Bank St. entrance. The 10-12 seat bar is directly to the left as you enter the establishment with booths and tables filling a moderately-sized dining area. On tap were approximately 20-25 offerings and 1 cask. The selection included offerings from Fiddlehead, Dieu du Ciel, Hill Farmstead, Founders, Long Trail, Smuttynose, etc. The bottle menu also boasted some pretty interesting rarities including a Pennichuck Pozharnik 2008, Stone IRS '08-'09, Stone Old Guardian '08, De Struise Pannepot Reserva '09, etc. Professional and courteous service made for a very enjoyable time.
04-30-2013 18:50:43 |
More by NEhophead
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited while in burlington last weekend. Made a point to check it out before i left town. Glad i did.
Very cool space. I was told it used to be a mcdonalds restaurant and you can tell after being in there. The bar is what used to be the register, so not a ton of seats there. However, great use of the outdoor space and very well decorated. Nice vibe for drinking some beers.
Multiple taps for Hill Farmstead, one for a Lawson's brew, and plenty of Heady Topper cans. That alone should warrant a visit while in Burlington. Other standouts for me was SN Foam and Stillwaters Premium.
A bit pricey for Burlington, but if you want to source some hard to find local brews definitely worth stopping by.
08-04-2012 15:26:12 |
More by Jimmys
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A very cool restaurant and a must-stop for anyone visiting Burlington.
The tap list was ridiculously good, likely a little better than usual due it being the weekend of the Vermont brewers festival. There were multiple offerings from Hill Farmstead and Lawsons among others and two casks.
The food was outstanding as well. Had a cheese plate and burgers. Both excellent. All food is sourced locally, just like the beer.
Atmosphere is very laid back. Service was very friendly and informative, although a bit slow.
07-28-2012 13:36:52 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
My wife and I spent this past weekend in Burlington, and we decided to eat dinner here on Sat night. We headed here a bit on the early side, but was still told there was a 90 minute wait. There were a few tables in the beer garden, which would be perfect due to the nice weather and the space for our baby stroller. This restaurant is split into four areas: the main bar/dining room, the outdoor beer garden in the rear, the street-side seating in the front, and the super cool looking beer room in the basement. Sitting outside, we were able to enjoy the beautiful evening weather. There is no waitress service per se. You go to the bar to order beer and food, then a staff member brings it to your table. Beer selection in the garden is limited, but they had all the beers I wanted to try anyway from inside: a couple Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, Trapp, and even Cigar City. Food was great. A nice selection of bar bites, meat and cheese plates, and dessert. Prices for beer were a bit high, but bonus points to them for offering half pours so I could try a bunch of different beers. Great atmosphere, excellent beer selection and delicious food - this place has it all. A great choice in Burlington.
07-23-2012 19:10:39 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The wife and I spent an evening in Burlington and I we toured most of the beer bars in town. The Farmhouse was our stop after dinner at the nearby and excellent Bluebird Tavern.
The place was rather mellow and not busy for a Saturday night in July, which is fine with us. We sat at the small bar, leaving the dining area behind. The atmosphere here is ordinary- makes me wish they had a cooler decor or just something exciting and/or "modern" to liven up the place (although the old-style lamps made out of beer glass are great).
The draft beer selection is written in a chalkboard behind the bar. Bobcat Cafe Brickwall DIPA, Cigar City 110K+OT Batch #5 (a super-bitter DIPA with curacao peel), Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude (kicked and replaced by Enlightenment) and Old Mephisto barleywine from Denmark are among the rare brews on tap during our visit.
Unfortunately, both the Bobcat and Hill Society I ordered were out. Makes me sad when that happens! Oh, and no Lawson's... but then the weekend after my visit was the Vermont Brewer's Festival and they had a ton of Lawson's and rare stuff. So I guess taps change here often and there is always good stuff.
I opted for a cask of Rock Art Midnight Madness while perusing the outrageous bottle list. Think the Monk's "Beer Bible" is good? Just you wait til you come to Burlington...
The prices are higher than the average Vermont pint price (around $6.50 per glass) but not bad at all considering the unique offerings. And I love that they serve half pints!
07-19-2012 19:18:59 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Very nice place. Atmosphere is a bit sterile and sunny for my liking, but it works, for a casual dining experience. A small bar seats less than 10 people, and there are quite a few tables with ample personal space. Nevertheless, the place fills up fast. I went with my wife close to opening time and it was pretty subdued, but by noon it was jumping and near capacity. Staff was generally friendly and attentive. Beer selection was very nice, with good local draughts (think Lawson's, Hill Farmstead), and a good number of domestic and international crafts in bottles. Beer prices were relatively decent. Food menu wasn't too extensive, but with salads and burgers and cheese plates, there's really nothing to complain about, not to mention most ingredients are locally sourced. A bit pricey, but I'd say you get what you pay for.
American Flatbread is still my favorite bar/restaurant in Burlington, but this is another very good option, and worth checking out. (Maybe for lunch, to make it easier on your wallet.)
04-24-2012 09:06:27 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Made two trips to the Farmhouse on our visit to Burlington - once to the dining area for lunch and once to the downstairs bar for drinks.
Upstairs it's a large open room with a variety of tables and a reasonably sized bar. The taplist consists of about 20 drafts and 6+ pages of bottles including a cellar collection. Our visit was the day after their Maple-fest so the draft options were geared towards that. Unfortunately the Lawson's Maple Imperial Stout and Maple Tripel kicked the night before. There will still multiple Hill Farmstead options, Fiddlehead, Rock Art, Long Trail options available.
The downstairs area has tables, high tops, and a bar that's at least as large as the main area. If you want to mainly drink this is the place for you, but they do offer food as well.
The food was good, but the menu is somewhat limited as it is very localovre centric. I had a burger that featured VT beer, VT cheddar, VT bacon, and a house made roll - absolutely delicious. This is definitely not your typical pub-fare which could leave some people stranded.
Prices were somewhat high, but you won't find a better draft selection anywhere in the state. It also helps that all the beers are offered in half or full pours which makes it easy to taste a lot of different options.
If I lived in Burlington I'd be here at least once a week.
04-15-2012 20:31:09 |
More by nh2032
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
We tried to stop in here for dinner last Saturday night but decided that a 1 1/2 hour wait was a bit too much and the bar was much to crowded to wait it out anyhow. We ended up somewhere else and came back around 10 for a few drinks at the bar. One large square room with a bar on half the back wall with maybe 30 tables makes this place intimate but somewhat noisy. Very impressive tap list with a focus on VT and New England. Some nice rarities from Hill and Lawson's impressed me. 28 or so taps and a really nice bottle list makes this a definite beer geek destination. We sat at the bar and service was quite prompt and generous with the samples. Tap prices seemed in line with what I'd seen elsewhere in the city, but some bottles were quite pricey. We didn't try any food so I can;t comment on that. I would definitely go back.
02-27-2012 22:15:11 |
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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT