Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Beers At Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #10%6/27/2016
Casita Cervecería ¡Super Sorpresa!8.5%6/27/2016
Hill Farmstead Edward 5.2%6/26/2016
Hill Farmstead Anna6.5%6/25/2016
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #38%6/25/2016
Hill Farmstead What Is Enlightenment?5.4%6/24/2016
Hill Farmstead Flora - Plum0%6/24/2016
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - December 4, 20150%6/22/2016
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #60%6/21/2016
Hill Farmstead Dorothy (2015-)7%6/21/2016
Hill Farmstead Excursions #36.4%6/21/2016
Hill Farmstead Farmer Wave6%6/20/2016
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - May 2, 20160%6/18/2016
Hill Farmstead Double Citra8%6/17/2016
Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy8%6/17/2016
Hill Farmstead George6%6/16/2016
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Anchorage - 2015) 750ml Mandarina Bavaria0%6/15/2016
Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life5%6/15/2016
Hill Farmstead Six Years 8.5%6/15/2016
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise6%6/14/2016
Hill Farmstead Table Dorothy4.5%6/12/2016
Hill Farmstead Sumner5%6/11/2016
Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 16)0%6/10/2016
Hill Farmstead Vera Mae6%6/4/2016
Hill Farmstead Susan6.2%6/3/2016
Oxbow Cross Fade5%5/31/2016
Hill Farmstead Genealogy of Morals - Bourbon10%5/31/2016
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #10%5/29/2016
Hill Farmstead Damon - Port Barrel Aged10.5%5/29/2016
Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak - Orange Liqueur Barrel10.3%5/29/2016
Hill Farmstead Florence5%5/28/2016
Grassroots Brother Soigné5%5/27/2016
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Cigar City - 2015)0%5/24/2016
Grassroots Convivial Suarez6%5/21/2016
Casita Cervecería Tè Amo0%5/20/2016
Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 17) 0%5/16/2016
Hill Farmstead Genealogy (2015 - )0%5/15/2016
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Thiriez - 2015)0%5/15/2016
Hill Farmstead Walden4%5/12/2016
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #68%5/12/2016
Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 6)5.5%5/9/2016
Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett (Raspberry)9.666%5/9/2016
Hill Farmstead Everett7.2%5/8/2016
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #48.3%5/4/2016
Hill Farmstead Juicy7.4%5/4/2016
Hill Farmstead Mary4.75%5/3/2016
Hill Farmstead Arthur6%4/30/2016
Hill Farmstead E.6.2%4/30/2016
Grassroots Legitimacy6.7%4/17/2016
Hill Farmstead Of First And Last Things6.5%4/13/2016
Cantillon Fou’ Foune 5%4/13/2016
Hill Farmstead Shirley Mae4%4/11/2016
Casita Cervecería Bébeme5.5%4/11/2016
Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 11) 0%4/5/2016
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - November 22, 20150%3/31/2016
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #50%3/31/2016
Hill Farmstead Ann6.5%3/17/2016
Hill Farmstead Flora5%3/16/2016
Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry0%3/13/2016
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s Elaborative #311%3/13/2016
Hill Farmstead Hygge6.7%3/11/2016
Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy11%3/6/2016
Hill Farmstead Sue0%3/5/2016
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Sante Adairius - 2013)0%3/4/2016
Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 15)0%2/28/2016
Hill Farmstead Ephraim10.3%2/26/2016
Hill Farmstead Excursions #50%2/24/2016
Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling9%2/21/2016
Hill Farmstead Edith (2013-)6%2/19/2016
Hill Farmstead Earl7.2%2/19/2016
Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols7.5%2/16/2016
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #78%1/26/2016
Crooked Stave St. Bretta (Summer)5.5%1/19/2016
Crooked Stave Surette Provision Saison6.2%1/19/2016
Hill Farmstead Flora - Blue/Black0%1/19/2016
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #29.5%1/18/2016
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (De Molen - 2013)0%1/17/2016
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 16, 20154%1/10/2016
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #43.2%1/8/2016
Hill Farmstead Abner8.2%1/8/2016
Hill Farmstead Harlan6%1/8/2016
Hill Farmstead Citra Single Hop Pale Ale5.5%1/8/2016
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #18%12/28/2015
Hill Farmstead Motueka Single Hop Pale Ale5.2%12/28/2015
Hill Farmstead Madness & Solitude10.5%12/20/2015
Hill Farmstead Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale Ale5.2%12/9/2015
Hill Farmstead Gin Clara 0%11/29/2015
Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 13)0%11/28/2015
Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru 5%11/22/2015
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #57.8%11/21/2015
Hill Farmstead Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale5%11/12/2015
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Earl Grey Tea)3.6%11/12/2015
Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged11%11/6/2015
Cigar City Da Un Beso A La Botella10%11/6/2015
Crooked Stave St. Bretta (Winter)7%11/4/2015
Hill Farmstead Excursions #1 6.25%11/3/2015
Hill Farmstead Being & Time0%11/1/2015
Hill Farmstead / Alpine Mutual Admiration6.4%10/31/2015
Hill Farmstead Foster6.5%10/31/2015
Hill Farmstead Genealogy (2011)9.5%10/30/2015


88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2375) Washington, Washington DC | August 13, 2011
I visited during the farmhouse ale festival, so there were tents and taps set up outside, plus a stand selling great local cheeses and another selling fresh local grilled sausages. So the "facilities" were totally adequate. And, of course, the beer is spectacular. The staffand the locals are extremely friendly, and went well out of their way to be helpful (hey, how many places would allow free camping?). And I think the atmosphere of the fresh air and rolling Vermont green hills (referred to locally as mountains, ;-)) more than make for the lack of tables, chairs and real toilets. Worth going well out of you way for.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (953) London, England | August 26, 2011| Updated June 12, 2015
A friend and brewer here in London, UK heard I was going to be in NH and asked if I could travel a bit into VT to get some Hill Farmstead bottles to bring back. Being the good sport that I am, I agreed. He loaded me up with numerous bottles from The Kernel for me to take to Hill Farmstead, and thus the journey began. These Kernel beers travelled from their brewery to my flat in London, to Heathrow, to JFK, to a hotel in NYC, to my parents’ house in CT, then to my parents’ house in NH before the final leg to VT. (The HF bottles I bought at the brewery have traced a roughly equivalent reverse journey and will be delivered to The Kernel tomorrow.) All that being said, the visit to Hill Farmstead was worth it. True, the brewery and "retail shop" are not much to look at, but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. (I don’t hate many things, but I do hate pretense.) Thankfully Shaun was there to receive the Kernel beers, to give me the complete tour of the facilities, and to guide me through a tasting of the seven or so tapped beers. I bought all the available bottles as well as one "off-the-menu" (Civil Disobedience 1). I chatted with Shaun and some of the other brewers for a bit and, on this particularly sunny and calm late summer day, everything was just about perfect. Right before I left Shaun told me to wait and headed up to the house adjacent to the brewery. He brought back two very special HF beers especially for the guys at The Kernel but, he said, I had to be there when the beers were drank. Not a bad guy this brewer Shaun. So all in all, I think Hill Farmstead is pretty alright.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
bytemesis  (740) Sunnyvale, California | March 24, 2016
Finally made it to Mecca (at least the US Mecca) with a group of students and profs from my work trip. There were a dozen people in line at about 3PM on a Thursday already, but they ran them through the line pretty efficiently. A very interesting setup - it really is a barn, with an HF flag identifying it for what it is. Sean was walking around in stained clothes on the phone and inspecting the beer. Hard to believe so much goodness comes out of so few gallons of production capacity! It was kind of weird hanging out in the parking lot with all these folks who were there to stock up to the hilt - one guy must have had twenty cases of Heady in is truck and was cycling through the line getting five growlers a crack. Weird, but then again when I got to the front I ordered enough to fill a 12-bottle shipper, and then headed to the Alchemist :) Update based on the new tasting room being open for business. Getting there is just as much fun as ever, but now they have many more beers in bottle, higher limits and the same great prices. Bottle line is separate from the growler / tasting room, which is a bonus. New tasting room is pretty awesome, with a great view of the much expanded brewery, spotless as ever. Growler fills are handled on a take a number priority, and a separate line for sample pours and other onsite fun. They have an onsite consumption bottle list which includes a mix of stuff available to go next door and other fun stuff (they had CD16 and Flora Plum when we were there). There is a bout a 25% markup for the onsite bottles. Tap beers served in 5 oz pours, supposedly limit 2, but I did not see anybody counting. I found it odd that the list of beers available for pours was not the same as that available for growler fills. No idea why not. If you are getting growlers filled however, you can try small (like 1 oz) samples of the other stuff as well. All in all, this new setup is just about as well organized as a brewery on-site operation could be. Would you expect less from Shawn?
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mcberko  (701) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 14, 2012
What a unique trek it was out here. I rented a car in Montreal to drive down here (and a few other Vermont destinations). Over a 5 minute drive on a dirt & gravel road to this place, through farmland and the beautiful Vermont country side. Sampled 4 beers on tap for $5 and purchased a few bottles and a growler to take away with me. The freshness of the hoppy beers is unparalleled right from the tap at the brewery. No wonder this stuff is in such high demand and so hard to get - out in the middle of nowhere and made quite difficult to get. Get your ass over here if you’re anywhere near.
68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | June 5, 2014
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Growler Filling Station
Level. . . . . . . . . . .High
Location. . . . . . . .Poor, Middle of Nowhere, Dirt Roads
Prices. . . . . . . . . .Medium to High up to $30 per bottle
Tap Selection. . . .Medium, 6-7 House Beers on tap
Bottle Selection. .Medium, 6-7 Bottles including guest bottles
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, only 4-5 allowed though 6-7 beers on tap
Full Pours. . . . . . .No
Beer Level. . . . . ..Extremely High
Food. . . . . . . . . . .No
Food Level. . . . ...N/A
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Fairly Nice
Growlers. . . . . . ..Yes
Noise Level. . . . .Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . .New Wood, Modern Barn
Good for Kids. . .No
Parking. . . . . . . .Private Gravel "Lot"
WiFi. . . . . . . . . . .Yes, But Did Not Work
Cash Only. . . . . .YES
Recommended. .No, See Explanation
Comments: This is not a brewery tasting room as there is no place to sit down and try the beer. You are limited to only a few samples and cannot get a sample of every beer on tap if it exceeds 4-5. WiFi is free, but didn’t work. Extremely slow moving line once you walk in is for growler fills only. If you are buying bottles, you use a separate, unmarked line. If you are just there for tasting beers, then you came to the wrong place. You can taste beers while you are in line for growlers as a way of deciding which beers to fill your growlers. Small line took 45 min to suffer. Location is In the middle of nowhere with no food. So come with a packed lunch I guess? 5 bottles were available including 3 that are nationally distributed through Grassroots/Anchorage and Shelton Bros. So only 2 bottles not available elsewhere. No full pours available by Vermont law. Disappointing. Would not recommend coming all the way out here. Better to go to Waterbury and hit up the beer bars with full pours. This is why Hill Farmstead’s Anniversary event was not at Hill Farmstead. They are also cash only even though they have really high prices, have an iPad, and have WiFi. That is just inexcusable. Closest ATM is miles away and charges a fee. So I guess if you go here you have to be rolling like $300 in cash deep. Should tell the local gang to start holding people up on Hill Rd.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Drake  (669) Free Union, Virginia | October 8, 2015
Another visit here. Old score 90. The main difference is the new room for growler fills. They are in the soft open stage, so things are still kinda coming together. No lines for once! The new place will allow better service and still keep the line moving as there are three sets of taps. On site consumption is available, but only one pour per person. Large table inside and lots of outside places to chill. Overall a definite upgrade on the old experience.

The old growler fill place Finally made it to this beer mecca. I got there about 30 minutes after opening and it took me two hours before I got my beer. Four people working but they could have easily utilized one or two more to keep things going. Two of the employees were exceptionally friendly and helpful, and two were not terribly friendly, but they were doing less customer focused things so CS was overall great. Ambiance is nice enough, light woods, farmhouse feel. The golden lab Charlie was wandering around, obviously overjoyed by the number of people he was getting to meet. That was nice. 4 samples for $5 while you’re in line. I tried Edward, Susan, Harlan and Galaxy, all were as excellent as you would expect. Growler fills are reasonable for the glass and for the beer. No bottles available at my visit, save for two Crooked Stave guest bottles. This goes without saying, but, this is an essential stop and worth the hike to get here.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 13, 2014
One of the best breweries in the world, in a beautiful surroundings. The drive is tedious for almost anyone, but this only adds to the draw. So good that they can thrive with what would be unacceptable delays almost anywhere else. While the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, the operations are annoyingly inefficient, but then again, could it voluntarily be part of the charm and myth?
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty  (633) Kyoto, Japan | August 13, 2012
Hard to rate this one, as I can’t really rate the Festival of Harvest ales selection which is what I got to sample. There are several great beers available on tap or in bottle, but what you get is a crap shoot (well, it is listed online, but it’s not like many people can just come here at any time!). Great agrarian location. Great people. A bit too many rules maybe, which make it inconvenient regarding some things. If I lived nearby, I would come here at least twice a week for growlers.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
chibuck  (527) Chicago, Illinois | October 7, 2012
Beautiful place in the middle of no-where. Incredible drive to get there. Very serene. Great helpful staff, best big event I’ve been too. Going to be a regular stop, worth going out of your way.
88
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | February 6, 2011
As has been said before, you come here for world-class IPAs, Saisons and Porters (amongst other things). The place itself is being revamped right now, so it’s hard to talk about atmosphere because the bar is not completely ready yet. But standing there drinking Shaun’s brews at their freshest is true heaven for the palate, so this gets a very high score for me. If facilities and a few tables are added, this would be one of the best brew stops to make in the east. That being said, the beer is so top notch that it is still easily one of the most satisfying beer destinations in the northeast.

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