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Beer Available At Hill Farmstead Brewery (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead/Kissmeyer Holger Danske 99, Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2 , Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise 98, FantŰme / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer 85, Hill Farmstead Friendship and Reunion 100, Hill Farmstead Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale Ale 99, Hill Farmstead Susan 100, Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy 100, Hill Farmstead Elaborative #1 98, Hill Farmstead James 99, Hill Farmstead Harlan 99, Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5 100, Hill Farmstead Arthur 99, Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7) 99, Grassroots Brother Soignť 100, Hill Farmstead Double Citra 100, Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle #3 95, Hill Farmstead Abner 100, Hill Farmstead Damon (Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged) 99, Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 6) 99
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Travlr (1256) Washington, Washington DC | August 13, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | February 6, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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 itís hard to talk about atmosphere because the bar is not completely ready yet. But standing there drinking Shaunís 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.
Lubiere (442) Ottawa, Ontario | March 27, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place is an American mecca! A must for any real beer geek! Its out of the way, but is it worth the ride. After a few klicks on a country dirt rode, you arrive to this little unassuming little building...and inside, magic! The brewery is simple and rustic, with a small tasting area cum store, super friendly service, making you feel welcome, Shaun came to chat a bit, and met a cool guy, Billy B, who is a devout client and sometimes helper of this crew. The beers are fantastic, 6 taps of goodness. They also have rare imports for sale at decent prize! Wow....must come back...a few times a year. Worth the detour!!!
Leighton (441) London, England | August 26, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
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 parentsí house in CT, then to my parentsí 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 doesnít bother me in the slightest. (I donít 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.
KyotoLefty (415) Kyoto, Japan | August 13, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Hard to rate this one, as I canít 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 itís 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.
jrallen34 (339) Chicago, Illinois | October 7, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful place in the middle of no-where. Incredible drive to get there. Very serene. Great helpful staff, best big event Iíve been too. Going to be a regular stop, worth going out of your way.
auerbrau (297) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | August 13, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Updated 8/13/2012. Previous sins have been washed away by the excellence of the recent Festival of Farmhouse Ales. It was easily one of the best festivals Iíve ever been to, incredibly well managed, well supplied with beer and food, and just a beautifully peaceful time. The setting is unparalleled. I should give Shaun a break for his first year and some of the bumps that he went through, because this festival was impeccable.
Original review. Love the concept of a remote, farmhouse style brewery, but was a little underwhelmed with the facilities and attitude of the brewer. Stopped in and had a full tour of the brews, which we all quite good. The unfinished building was very messy and hoarded by flies that made standing in the brewery a nuisance, which meant little opportunity to talk to the brewer, since he was in there dealing with the light, but steady trickle of traffic. He spent most of his time ignoring things people said to him and texting on his phone. When he did have things to say they were showed a bit of an ego and were often snotty and dismissive. He wasnít downright rude, but it was easy to tell that he was full of himself and was far from humble. It really put me off, which is too bad, because the beers are good and the rural setting is beautiful. Also, get an f-iní public crapper if youíre going to have people visit you this far out in the woods.
bytemesis (291) Sunnyvale, California | May 23, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
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 :)
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | June 22, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Went up to Shaunís new brewery for the grand opening over Memorial Day weekend. The last few miles are dirt roads, confirming the setting that this in fact a farm turned brewery. Lush rolling fields are everywhere here, big open skies, and green as far as you can see. The brewery itself is a stand alone still in the process of being shingled when we arrived. There is a human sized door on the side that opens to a small tasting and retail area, while a large garage bay door opens into the brewery proper. About six or seven large conicals, and already about 11 barrels foreshadowing some extra special releases at some point in the future. The retail area is really just a corner of the brewery sort of roped off and featuring a really nice tap system with four beers on for growler fills. The beers Shaun is making are incredible. The only downside to this place is that itís about a six hour drive for meÖand yet, I know Iíll be back. Probably before the end of the summer even. The future looks pretty bright indeed in Greensboro Bend VT.
LilBeerDoctor (283) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | May 14, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
We all know Hill Farmstead makes great beers. As a place though, it is one of the worst. In the middle of nowhere (seriously, at least 5-10 miles from a store of any kind, with 2-3 miles on a dirt road). We had to walk on a make shift walkway over the mud to get to their new tasting room (an empty garage-like establishment with taps and nothing else). No seats, no food, no bathrooms (:-O). Itís still a must come because their beers are too awesome to pass up. It sucks that it is so far out of the way and hard for me to imagine when Iíll get a chance to come back. The high score is inflated because of the beers, not the place.
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