United States > Vermont > Greensboro
Beer Available At Hill Farmstead Brewery (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead Edward 100, Hill Farmstead Damon (Port Barrel Aged) 100, Hill Farmstead Ephraim 100, Hill Farmstead E. 100, Hill Farmstead George 98, Hill Farmstead Citra Single Hop Pale Ale 100, Grassroots Arctic Soirée 95, Hill Farmstead Beyond Good and Evil 98, Grassroots/Mikkeller Wheat is the New Hops IPA 97, Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 8) 96, Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma 100, Grassroots Legitimacy 100, Grassroots Brother Soigné 100, Hill Farmstead Genealogy of Morals (Bourbon) 100, Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7) 99, Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 4) 99, Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols 100, Hill Farmstead Madness And Civilization #3 , Epic Epicurean Coffee & Fig Oatmeal Stout 96, Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller Barrel Aged Daybreak 99
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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
I’m 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 brewery’s 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 (137) Washington D.C., Washington DC | 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 hadn’t tried. I realize this may be heresy for some, but it’s probably more interesting having one of these at a time somewhere like Black’s 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 it’s 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 (49) 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 (10) 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 it’s a barn on a dirt road with a few stainless steel tanks. The lines are long, and there’s 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. It’s 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, I’ll be back in that line looking for refills as soon as I can make the trip again.
JaBier (87) 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. Didn’t 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, everything’s flat where I live). Not easy to get to, but worth the pilgrimage.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
So, made the pilgrimage at my wife’s behest. Down a dirt and gravel road, on top of a mountain. Beautiful setting to drink beer. The line to get growler fills was painfully slow but they did flush the bottles. Outside, there is a sampling station where they do their small flights. Prices are fair and definitely an amazing place to visit. Loved vermont.
mathieuc (5) Québec, Quebec | June 24, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
We arrived on a rainy saturday afternoon and there was already a long line of people slowing the line by asking for multiple 2L growler fills. Blame cannot be put on HFS though as everything they put out is hype-inducing and also very good! We waited for 30-45 minutes before it was our turn to be served by the two really professional person who were there that day. I wish they would bottle more since it would probably solve a part of the growler filling problem and would also mean that I could stock pile a lot more when I go back. Overall it is really worth the trek and the negative points I’ve pointed here are mostly some kind of "growing too fast" issue that I am sure will be resolved somewhere down the line. I’ll be back!
puzzl (138) New York, New York | June 18, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
What’s there to say that hasn’t been said? This place is making the best beer in the world and is charging very fair prices for it. If you like IPAs or saisons, they are unequaled, and they’ve got an excellent sour ale program going on as well, though it doesn’t quite match the quality of the standard stuff.
Expect long waits.
berniecarbo (22) Holliston, Massachusetts | June 17, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
CASH ONLY! Timed the 4 hour ride to get there around 12:30 on a Friday to beat the lines I’ve heard about. Maybe 10 people in line moved right along, able to watch Shaun stirring tanks, hoseing stuff down, working his magic. Crazy drive on dirt roads (couple miles) and there’s a new barn with cars parked on the middle of no where. Tasting tent outside, $4 for 4 pours. If you can make this trip, do it.
bytemesis (324) 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 :)
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