Ambiance: Really cool decorations and such, I really liked the set-up. It felt fun and welcoming. Service: Neither good or bad, friendly people but seemed to kick back instead of working. Selection: Only had 6 or 8 beers on tap, bummer. Overall: The aesthetics are cool inside, outside itís not too inviting though. Selection could be bigger, but itís worth a stop here.
jamesewelch (19) Burlington, Vermont | January 30, 2015| Updated February 24, 2015
Dog friendly. Has lots of beer, glasses, t-shirts, etc. for sale. Has 8 beer on tap and usually 1 or 2 local (VT only) brews. Staff has always been super friendly and helpful. Ambiance feels a little strange, like a mix between a store that fits into a mall-like setting and a pub. You can pick up growlers or samples (4). Samples are free and you pick from 8 on tap.
Growlers, tasting flights, dog friendly, bottles, cases, lots of glasses/t-shirts/etc
Iíve never really been a huge fan of Magic Hat, but stopped by anyway. Itís a quirky joint, with a haunted house vibe going on, even without the smattering of Halloween decor. The staff seemed like they could care less about our presence, but did offer the free round of four samples. I only had two because I didnít want any more than that, and you canít get a pint anyway. Gotta pay for anything else, including 25 cents per coaster, so more of a schwag shop than anything else. (Brewery #671)
So Vermont has weird laws regarding samples and you can only get 4 samples. Magic Hat has 8 or so beers on tap for samples only, no growlers or pints. But they do have a large selection of bottles to go, some that arenít so easy to find. Of course there is the usual brewery tour, and a ton of merchandise. They are pet friendly and that is a big plus in my book.
The folks at the Artifactory are always awesome to deal with!
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | October 20, 2013| Updated October 21, 2013
When I visited: Late May 2013.
What I had: Humdinger Series Over the Pils, Rousing Root, Blind Faith, Elder Betty, and Circus Boy on tap. Also bought a tulip glass for the hotel room.
What I liked: The high-energy tour is a lot of fun as the guide mixes random facts about the company with zingy one-liners, and the brewery is unique in that it resembles a haunted house. The schwag selection is pretty impressive too.
What I disliked: The beers are wholly unexciting and leave a lot to be desired. Itís a good thing they were free with the tour because none of them stood out for me (yes, theyíre that mediocre). In hindsight the only reason we visited this place was because it was across the street from our hotel. Prior to discovering that we had no plans of hitting Magic Hat.
Would I go back? The tour is worthwhile if you happen to be in South Burlington, just donít expect to be wowed by the beers.
Overall Rating: 66
This is a tough rating. This might be the coolest brewery I have ever visited, but also the worst beer. A+ Ambiance,free samples for taking the tour, and lots of variety on tap. I just donít like many of their beers. Worth a stop if youíre in the area.