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The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 410
Beer Avg: 3.46
Taps: 13 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
144 College St
phone: (802) 865-0500
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 92 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
01-31-2011 16:04:30 |
More by BeerMaverick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of our favorite places in Burlington to stop, and we've been going there for 20 years. It's an old standby when we hit the Queen City.
Great food and service. Over the years, we've developed a number of favorite dishes, but we're always game to try new items. It's a fairly straight forward, traditional pub food place with toad in the hole and bangers and mash (my personal favorite).
The beer selection is usually interesting, especially the in-house brews that rotate seasonally. Last time we went in, it had been a while, so we did the sampler, and there was quite a few off the wall brews, which was fun.
Highly recommend it.
01-26-2011 00:04:20 |
More by GatheringBrews
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
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.
12-26-2010 20:51:36 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I tried a flight of their beers. Some were good, others were a struggle. I took recommendations from the waitress, she put the berry flavored beer on the flight, I'll let you fill in the rest. I should point out I've never been a fan of any of those. They make a lot of different beer, so I probably could have sampled 2 flights if my friend wasn't getting bored (as a non beer drinker, she was a good sport). Right down the road you have American Flatbread, so the competition breeds some good beers between the two. If you're in Burlington, give it a shot.
12-10-2010 02:29:53 |
More by birdyone
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-16-2010 13:21:34 |
More by Chincino
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here quite a few times, usually with a big crowd (8+). I'm sure with less people the service is great, but in my experience, it has been slow.
The beer on the other hand is very good. They usually have at least 2 cask conditioned ales available, depending on the season, with a great selection of craft brewed beers from including Irish Burly Stout, Dogbite Bitter, and the original black IPA; Blackwatch IPA.
I've never been disappointed with the food there. Sometimes it takes a while to get it, but once its there, it is delicious. Lots of good pub food, as well as some great entrees. The atmosphere is really cool, complete with a newspaper for a menu.
Great place to eat, great place to drink.
05-14-2010 08:11:16 |
More by dsartwell72
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
03-27-2010 17:57:07 |
More by albern
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.
10-15-2009 16:51:56 |
More by JimmyK77
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
They have both inside, as well as outdoor patio seating. Being a nice day, we sat outside, so can't comment much on the interior other than a glimpse on the way to the bathroom. Seemed like a fairly clean, standard pub type setting inside. Outside patio had maybe 15-20 tables, most with umbrellas.
Service was decent, patio was seat yourself, and then the wait staff would bring over the menu, beer listing was already on the table. Menu was decent sized, with a large variety of pub type comfort foods. Food was decent, slightly above average pub food, but nothing gourmet. Price for the food was pretty reasonable, but make sure to order fries with your sandwich if you want them as they aren't automatically included.
Beer was ok. Had a 4 sample flight, all smelled fantastic, but ended up tasting just good, nothing outstanding.
09-22-2009 11:27:03 |
More by mountdew1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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.
07-21-2009 12:04:13 |
More by lordofthewiens
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
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