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The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 408
Beer Avg: 3.47
Taps: 13 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
144 College St
phone: (802) 865-0500
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 92 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
04-14-2012 20:54:33 |
More by nh2032
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in here for the first time this past Friday after a frustrating 4 hour ride in a blinding snowstorm. Man was I thirsty. It was a quarter to 10 on a Friday night when we strolled in for dinner and drinks and the place was quite full, but we promptly were seated near the back. They had 8 or so beers on tap with enough variety to keep me interested. Our cheese and food were serviceable for your standard pub grub. Our waitress was ok but seemed overworked for really prompt service. I found the prices to be fairly reasonable for the area. I would go back if in the area and looking for pub grub and a good laugh at some drunk falling down the stairs to the bathroom.
02-26-2012 23:21:17 |
More by johnnnniee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-03-2011 14:19:04 |
More by tobelerone
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Unassuming exterior with outdoor patio and greenhouse like room visible to outside. Interior shows a dark wood, dimly lit and well worn interior. Warm and humid even on a 55 degree day.
A nice mix of American, British and Belgian styles available on tap, but many lack in depth and body. Service was hit or miss, slightly inattentive when distracted by a chatty co-worker. Didn't try the food as it looked like standard pub grub with a touch of local fare.
Overall, the mixed bag of recommendations were quite appropriate.
10-10-2011 01:54:47 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Menu is very reasonably priced for what you get.
I have to confess that I ordered my bangers and mash without the onion gravy. Onions are vile things and I don't know why people feel the need to ruin food by dumping them into whatever happens to be on the stove. That being said, maybe it was a major component to the B&M, which seemed a little plain. Sweet potato fries were crisp and tasty and came with honey mustard.
You can order beer samplers, which is great to get a feel for the place. The Burly ale was fantastic, though I'm not about to give it an actual rating since I only had a sample size of it. Had the milk stout, dogbite bitter and pils. All decent, but nothing amazing. Plenty else to try and not enough time (or stomach space) to try it.
Service was prompt and friendly, though it got a little less prompt when the place started to fill up. Nobody there when we got there at 11:30, but the place was getting packed by the time we left an hour later.
In short: cheap food; good beer; get in early or expect a wait.
07-10-2011 17:25:52 |
More by DirtyPenny
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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.
06-12-2011 22:04:41 |
More by MattyV
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A quality place with a nice, friendly atmosphere. Lots of tasty microbrewed beers, and a very diverse and extensive menu with lots of good food on it, with a tendency towards British-style cuisine. Not quite as quality a place as American Flatbread--beerwise--but still a nice establishment. Again, this place makes all their own brews, so you will only find their beers on tap, and as such, it may not be a beer connoisseur's paradise.
So considering American Flatbread and VT Pub are about 1 minute walking distance from each other:
Beer selection ... VTP < AFB
Food selection ... VTP > AFB
But those things considered, you should not miss out on sampling VTP's beers, and you should definitely not miss out on AFB's flatbreads. In other words, go to both places.
05-03-2011 04:30:28 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
03-14-2011 00:33:29 |
More by BrittEBurke
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We had a pleasant stop here after dinner at American Flatbread but before heading to the Farm House. Though this was our least favorite of the three, we still had an enjoyable experience.
Our timing was perfect as we arrived just as a group was leaving, so we were able to grab seats at the bar right away. Vibe was nice, everyone was pleasant and we got our beers promptly as needed. I had a perfectly decent IPA; the rest of the beers were well received also.
I would certainly stop back again, maybe to try the food as well. Not a place that will blow you away, but a worthy stop regardless.
02-22-2011 18:24:58 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
02-02-2011 15:34:09 |
More by Billolick
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
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