United States > Vermont > Greensboro
Beer Available At Hill Farmstead Brewery (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1 99, Hill Farmstead / Kissmeyer / Cambridge Nordic Saison 99, Hill Farmstead Dorothy (2015) 99, Hill Farmstead Florence 99, Hill Farmstead Prolegomena 99, Hill Farmstead Excursions #3 95, Grassroots Legitimacy 100, Hill Farmstead Flora - Plum 99, Grassroots Convivial Suarez 99, Hill Farmstead Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale 100, Hill Farmstead Citra Single Hop Pale Ale 100, Hill Farmstead Cascade Single Hop Pale Ale 97, Hill Farmstead Mary 99, Hill Farmstead Susan 100, Hill Farmstead Peleg 97, Hill Farmstead Arthur 100, Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma 100, Hill Farmstead Flora Blue/Black 99, Hill Farmstead Vera Mae 100, Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy 100
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Travlr (1840) 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.
Leighton (689) 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.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 13, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
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?
GT2 (644) San Diego County , California | June 5, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
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
Dťcor. . . . . . . . . .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 didnít 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 Farmsteadís 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.
Drake (564) Free Union, Virginia | February 14, 2015
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
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 youíre 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.
KyotoLefty (542) 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.
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.
bytemesis (482) 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 :)
mcberko (479) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 14, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
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 youíre anywhere near.
Lubiere (469) 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!!!
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