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Beer Available At Hill Farmstead Brewery (arranged by most recent)
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 Elaborative #2 , Hill Farmstead Abner 100, Hill Farmstead Damon (Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged) 99, Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 6) 99, Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 1) 100, Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma 100, Hill Farmstead Prolegomena 98
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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.
lachrymalisis (18) Pennsylvania | November 5, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
stuff, place, trees, moose, people, clamor, line, jerks, validation, mud, brewery, things, snow, mud, more moose, good beer, time-consuming, worth it.
seth_lfod (3) Manchester, New Hampshire | October 17, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I have been up to Hill Farmstead multiple times for fills and bottles and to one festival. I try to go on Wednesday or Thursday to avoid the crowds. Phil and Kerry are awesome and seem to enjoy chatting up the visitors and serving some of the best beer in the world. Shawn is usually busy tending to his brews, and it smells like heaven in there depending on what the days recipe is. Very small inside and can only accommodate 15-20 customers at a time, unless its in the summer and the door is open. Very rural setting, but very beautiful. Timed right you can get your beer quickly and enjoy tasters, but I have been up in about 6 months. Travel is easy in the summer, but can get sketchy in winter and spring when its muddy/snowy/icey.
bellco33 (11) Willington, Connecticut | October 16, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Itís a beautiful drive getting here, and itís set in a beautiful location in a rustic barn. Thatís the end of the postives (oh yeah, except for the best beer in the world). Youíre going to wait at least an hour for a growler fill or bottle, thereís no food (which is OK in my book), no lounge. Just a line to get tastings and your bottle. Fills are reasonably priced, they make fantastic beer and put a lot of expensive ingredients in them. I honestly prefer getting pours at Blackback or Prohibition Pig than coming here, but itís worth making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once.
Beergeek23322 (54) Chesapeake, Virginia | October 11, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
I made it all the way to Hill Farmstead. The elusive brewery in the middle of a dirt road past the middle of nowhere. The bad thing was that due to the renovation and construction, the tap room was closed. The good part was that the bottle shop was still open and no lines at all. Got there about 30 minutes before opening and was first in line. Canít beat that on a beautiful VT day. They know what they want for their bottles, and at $20 each - a little overpriced, but what can you do?, Iím sure theyíll be nice. Time will tell. It was a quick visit in and out, but I can check this one off the list.
DuffMan (244) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | October 1, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Youíve already read that this place is deep rural, dirt road rural, farm rural. Itís cool that there is a place brewing world-class beer in such a lovely bucolic setting, so for this it gts 4/5 for ambiance. You will wait for your beer, as youíve been told. I waited for just under 2 hours, in light rain, but with a cheery chatty friendly crowd that was composed of people from far and wide. Vermont law dictates that you can only enjoy a single sample of each beer, so you canít get tipsy while you wait. To put it simply, the beers are worth the journey and worth the wait, in my opinion. I would go again but Iím unlikely to have that opportunity.
steves43 (1) California | September 20, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Iím from San Francisco and I learned about Hill Farmestead at the Parker Pie in West Glover, VT, where it is on tap. Told a little about the breweryís story, I made a non-trivial expedition into the boonies near Greensboro to visit the place.
Well, it was a beautiful warm early fall day and waiting 30 minutes on line with commanding views was a gift to us tourists from far away who had been moving too fast.
As we approached the counter we were able to taste 4 of the 6 beers on tap, and we came away with 3. They have 750ml and 2 liter re-useable bottles available ($4 and $10, if memory serves) and the beer is a reasonable $7-8 per 750ml, $16-18 per 2 liters. Luckily, I had enough cash (no plastic accepted).
I lack both palate and experience to rate this beer against the multitudes, but I am certainly a fan of the style they brew.
They have instituted a useful policy of only 3 growlers per person per cycle in line. In other words, if you have come to buy in volume, you buy 3, then go to the back of the line, and repeat: you better schedule an entire day.
The staff is amiable and efficient, but limited by the number of taps at hand.
Someone should set up a food booth with local artisan bread, cheese, and salumi for a bit of a knosh during the wait. That would put this already-excellent experience way over the top.
solidfunk (120) Ottawa, Ontario | September 16, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful place on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Takes a lot of effort to get here though, and when I was here there were only a couple of their beers I hadnít tried. I realize this may be heresy for some, but itís probably more interesting having one of these at a time somewhere like Blackís Back or Farmhouse tap and grill in Burlington because as great as they are, they are all pretty much a bunch of pale ales with different levels of variation. They only had a couple of Grassroots for sale in bottle when I went but I guess sometimes itís better than others - check online for their current selection before making the trip. Otherwise, great friendly service and a pleasant vibe of beer nerds from all over the place.
Ed5388 (38) Forked River, New Jersey | August 4, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
One of my last (should have been my first) stops in VT. Upon arrival got to sample two of the beers on tap. Stood on line for almost 2 hours, but the beautiful views, nice weather, and cool people in line, made the time go by fast. My only regret was going on my last day because 2 of the beers I wanted to try, and one of the bottled beers were sold out by the time I got there, but I guess that's to be expected. Still got to try some amazing beer and get a couple growler fills. The staff was also very kind and patient. This place is worth going to, and not just because of the hype.
WillRunForBeer (7) Massachusetts | July 31, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, so itís a barn on a dirt road with a few stainless steel tanks. The lines are long, and thereís not much to do but taste through their drafts, then wait in the slow moving line to get some to take home. But, the beers are amazing! So. Itís well worth the trip, the wait, and the pain in my back fromstanding in line. I just wish more of their beers came pre-bottled so the lines could move faster. Still, Iíll be back in that line looking for refills as soon as I can make the trip again.
JaBier (86) Capital City, Ohio | July 16, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in on 7/6/13. Didnít get there as early as we wanted (25 minutes before Noon), but were still only behind about 10 other people. After about 20 minutes, we were able to get in and get growlers and bottles. This day the taps were S&S #5, Edward, Abner, Everett, What is Enlightenment? and Walden; bottles were Everett, Clara and La Vermontoise. Everything you heard about the crazy drive up there and cash only are true. Service was okay. View from the top of the hill was breathtaking (what can I say, everythingís flat where I live). Not easy to get to, but worth the pilgrimage.
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