Winooski Beer Guide: Your Winooski guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Winooski

80 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Perhaps the hippest little place in Winooski which is saying something. Parking can be hard to find especially on a Friday when I visited. It was also quite packed and had a youthful vibe though it also has a very credible beer and wine list as well. Definitely well worth going but you want to visit away from a weekend night when it isn’t so busy.“
DiarmaidBHK 284 days ago
72 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Large selection of beers but I did not like how they were set up. Most of them were in 4 or 6 packs and from what it seems you could break them. It was hard to find beer holders for that. Service was ok.“
Radek Kliber 643 days ago
88 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Big liquor store in Burlington area. Large selection of local stuff including Heady and Sip of Sunshine. You can buy single cans which is awesome. Some rare stouts and sours are also available. Must visit if you're in Burlington.“
karpik 683 days ago
70 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Smallish place on the main drag of this former mill town. Picnic tables on the sidewalk, long bar inside plus bar and restaurant tables. Small but well chosen beer list included Hill Farmstead and Lawson's. Sadly by this point in my trip I had tried everything on the menu. Pub food looked tasty. Decent service. Worth a look if nearby.“
Travlr 713 days ago
72 /100 46 MAIN STREET
“Small two room restaurant on the main drag in the former mill town of Winooski. I chose to sit at one of the two bars, the one facing away from the kitchen. I'm gald I did, because barkeep Matt was making up cocktail recipes for each patron, most of whom were locals/regulars. I asked him to make me a beer cocktail and he came up with the "Gene," Lost Nation gose plus Aperol, grapefruit juice and other secret ingredients. Food is tasty and very creative. Probably the most fun I've had in Vermont. Oh, and they have six taps, which justifies the entry, although I did NOT enter this place - I assume the owner did.“
Travlr 713 days ago
54 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“This is an odd place. A small production brewery in the picturesque former mill town of Winooski. One small serving bar, barrel tables inside the brewery and picnic tables outside. Staff were a bit disorganized, leading to lines of 20 people plus and 30 minute waits for beer. They had sours, IPAs and stouts. The sours were pretty bad, the stouts pretty good, and I didn't try the IPAs. No food, maybe a food truck. Very high prices for what you get, five bucks for a five ounce pour. Easily skipped.“
Travlr 713 days ago
74 /100 1 EAST STREET
“This seems to be the most recommended bottle shop by locals. Their known for their regular shipments of heady topper, fiddlehead, and Lawson's along with most other major Vermont breweries that can. They do sell everything in singles which I appreciate well.“
DiarmaidBHK 982 days ago
78 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“Finally made it back to Burlington and wanted to check out two breweries that are only open Fri-Sun because I have never been here on a weekend before. First stop four quarters, which is in spitting distance of the Mule bar, but a couple of blocks quieter. Street parking abounds. Warehouse feel to the place. Small outdoor seating area and equally small indoor. Bar seats about 5. You are pretty much in the middle of the action here. A screen above the bar cycles through action shots of the brewers. Service was quick and friendly. Only four beers on tap when I was there. All available as 2 oz samples (which were really 3-4) for $2, which works for me. I was honestly not expecting much; I mean there has to be SOME mediocre breweries in Vermont too, yes? The first beer was little umbrellas, a coconut sour that really sounded like a gimmicky mess but was actually very good. Then the IPA which was outstanding. Huh. Last two brought things back to earth with an average brown ale and a pretty bad watermelon wheat, but the first two show that this place has some great promise.“
bytemesis 1077 days ago
80 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“This was opened by the same owners of Three Penny and has a very similar feel (the bar reminds me TPT’s beautiful polished wooden serving top). Expect Hill Farmstead and neighboring Queen City (this being the nickname for the city and not the brewery, though it too makes several appearances throughout the year) beer. Clean and inviting. Construction made it a little trying to get over to it in one piece, but that thankfully was 2 years ago.“
radarsock 1090 days ago
78 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“Another great little brewery in the BTV. Industrial area, garage like environment, excellent beers, brewer serving. 2$ a sample. A must in Burlington.“
Lubiere 1173 days ago
72 /100 20 WINOOSKI FALLS WAY
“Extremely nice and clean restaurant with an excellent view of the Winooski River if you’re seated by the window. Still, the ambiance of the place is extremely pleasant through the attentiveness of the wait staff and nice placing of everything all around. I had Salmon Benedict which was excellent with two Fiddlehead IPA’s. Recommend if you’re in Winooski.“
Bulk_Carrier 1180 days ago
68 /100 30 MAIN ST
“Nice place in Winooski to get some beers. Good amount of Vermont micros, some New England, and some macros. Decent service, fairly clean. Might go back if some other places around there are crowded.“
Bulk_Carrier 1193 days ago
90 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Updating to this to say that this is my go to store, within minutes of my house. Supposedly is the largest selection of the state of Vermont and from my travels throughout the state, I believe that is true. Might be warehouse in style, the selection is what people normally go for. They get Heady on Wednesdays and S.O.S. on Fridays, check their website to see if they offer Lawson’s bottles on Fridays and Saturdays. Bottles do grace the shelves practically from every state of the nation with an exceptionally large amount of international brews as well. Anyone passing through Burlington, this is where you go for selection. Seriously, you won’t find anything better in the state of Vermont. Lastly, anyone criticizing the selection here should honestly speak with Vermont’s distributors. Not the Bevy’s fault and no I do not work for this place, my unbiased approach.“
Bulk_Carrier 1206 days ago
84 /100 1 EAST STREET
“I had a real pleasure stopping there before getting back to Canada. Big selection of bottles, but it’s all messed up, you have to look almost in every 4 pack to see if you couldn’t find some forgotten beers, I even got some bottles from New Zealand. Staff was friendly. Best stop on our way back to Montreal“
Frudel 1333 days ago
88 /100 1 EAST STREET
“This place was bloody brilliant. Reasonably friendly staff. Massive selection. Enormous plus point for me was that you could make a mixed six pack from almost everything on stock (only some bigger sealed cases were off limits, anything open was fair game). Prices were decent on most stuff. If I lived in the area, this would be my go to place for craft beer. Awesome!“
UKBeerGeek 1358 days ago
82 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Small bar just north of the river with a few other cool little places on the same block. They have a couple picnic tables out front and a decent bit of seating and standing room inside. Kind of dark at night, but a cool place.

Not a huge draft list, but they have some solid offerings here. Most of the stuff on draft was Vermont, and particularly from the Burlington area, but also the obligatory Hill Farmstead beer, a collaboration between Burlington and Foundation,Founders, and some Weyerbacher/Mid-Atlantic stuff for some reason.

Prices are pretty comparable to the other bars in the area. They also had some food, but we had just eaten, and a nice selection of cocktails (and just booze in general).

Friendly service, cool vibe, laid back place. They also update their taplist online, so always appreciate that. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area.“
brokensail 1394 days ago
76 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Looks like an alcohol flea market. Wine, liquors, beers... everything is in there. Beer section is in the left. Huge selection, some rarities and lot of imports, 6-packs. However, there’s a lack of fridge. If you want HT of Lawson’s SoS, you should go to Waterbury. If you’re not searching for rare stuff, WBW is the place.“
Franckg 1451 days ago
96 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Legendary.“
juandela 1502 days ago
80 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Stopped in with a buddy, the other day. This well lit, very clean bar had a good selection of beers. Mostly Vermont beers, but Maine Beer Company’s Lunch and Smuttynose’s Impy Stout. We didn’t have any food, but they do Taco Tuesdays. Decent value for the Winooski area. I’d go back when in the area.“
Bulk_Carrier 1589 days ago
80 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“Nice tap room, with super friendly staff, that makes you feel like rolling your sleeves up, and getting a mash on. Beer geek punters. Nice selection of barrels. White wine through to bourbon! Reminded me a lot of Partizan in London. The beers were ok. They weren’t completely up my street. A choice of 6 on tap, at nominal cost. Definitely worth stopping by.“
Garrold 1666 days ago
54 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Not sure what was happening when I visited here. There were loads of staff rushing round making big work, while at the same time there was little of interest on the shelves. Lots of dust. Lots of gaps. Underwhelming, really.“
Garrold 1666 days ago
96 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Called here on a Sunday. We were here the day after a "breakfast for dinner" event, which meant a tap list of mostly coffee impy’s. First through the door, and I was chuffed to see every beer I wanted was still on. Lawson’s Maple Impy. Everett. Speedway Vietnamese. Tree House. All served in a variety of beautifully fitting glassware. Wow! Cool staff. Very ambient. Lots of wood and light. Food looked great, although I played safe with the 8 dollar burger and beef fat fries, which was, frankly, as good as I’ve had. Absolutely loved this place. A highlight of a holiday full of highlights.“
Garrold 1666 days ago
70 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Visited 7-15. Confusing and odd little traffic circle for those of us who are out of towners. I missed the right hand turn at first, but went around again and all was good. Metered parking. Walked in a few minutes past listed opening and was told they weren’t open yet. I notified them it was 5 past and was then told oh yeah, come in. LOL. Snagged seats right at the bar and the guy got us our beers and walked over to check each time and make sure we had beer in our glass. I also love the rinse set-up and the fact they spray the glasses before pouring. Selection was good and full of VT locals and a few other things mixed in. Food was solid. I just got an appetizer of Calamari, but it was tasty. Prices were pretty on-par with most places so no issue there. Nice place and def good to go to early before it’s insanely crowded.“
bigda83 1792 days ago
52 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Visited 7-15. Honestly don’t see what all the hype is. I went in expecting this place to be insane, but it was a letdown. I’d say this was the least interesting bottle shop I went to on my trip. It’s big, but it felt like the majority of it was liqour and other things. Beer was all the way down on the left. Selection was meh. Coolest thing I saw were FiftyFifty Eclipse bottles behind glass. The main beer selection was full of mostly stuff I can get in my Buffalo, NY market and macro beers with tons of very old and past prime IPAs. They had a few limited VT things there like 14th Star, Lost Nation, Foley Brothers, Frost, Rock Art, but I felt it was seriously lacking. Prices seemed solid on stuff. Ended up not buying anything. I’m guessing that the main draw here is the release days for Heady and SoS. If you’re just going to buy beer on others days I would look elsewhere. Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury and even Crossroads impressed me more.“
bigda83 1792 days ago
80 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Always the place to stop on the way back to Montréal when in Burlington area. Nice people, good recomendations all the time. Only got a bit pricier in the last 2 years I would say. Still the best place to shop for beers in Vermont.“
lefossoyeur 1810 days ago
60 /100 1 EAST STREET
“I wasn’t particularly impressed by this place. The set-up is kind of a mess, with no logic to the structure of the place. Lots of quantity for sure, but difficult to navigate and I probably didn’t end up with a nearly exciting enough haul as a result. All the employees seemed completely disinterested, so no help there either. Maybe it turns over a lot and I came on a bad day, I don’t know, but I wasn’t impressed.“
ben4321 1821 days ago
80 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Cool bar located within walking distance of winooski beverage warehouse. Nice selection of taps, nothing extraordinarily uncommon, but some tasty beers for sure, including sip of sunshine and 2 Hill Farmstead taps. Service was bar service only which is fine, the guy was nice and helpful. Prices were ok if a tad high. Food was pretty average pub fare, short menu but everything seemed tasty. Had the fish&chips which did the trick.“
JulienHuxley 1837 days ago
78 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Visited on a Sunday at lunchtime (just after opening) so we were the only one in the the place. Very close to Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

Ambiance: Medium place with a small outdoor terrasse. Nice interior. Comfortable, except that most of the seatings inside doesn’t have a back.

Service: Bar service. Friendly and quick service, but we where the only one is the place so I don’t know how it is when crowded. Beers were served properly, nothing to complain about.

Selection: A well curated selection including some of Vermont’s finest like Hill Farmstead Susan / Dorothy, but also some nice foreign options like Weihenstephaner Pilsner. A few lesser known Vermont options as well. Decent bottled beer list as well.

Food: The food menu isn’t long, but the quality is there. I had the Fish’n chips that was quite tasty and we shared a poutine to try the Hill Farmstead porter gravy which was also quite good (even though it’s quite different than a real poutine).

Value: Prices for the beers are ok/good. Most beers were either $6 or 7$ for a glass (12 or 16 oz depending of the beer). Price for the food was not bad either.

Overall: Nice addition for Winooski. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and I will be back for sure.

tom10101 1837 days ago
86 /100 1 EAST STREET
“This is *the* place to pick up beer while in Vermont. East coast, West coast, it’s all here! A decent amount of rarities and there was always someone around interested in talking beer. No Heady Topper here but if you haven’t had it and would like to at least try it practically every decent bar in town has it.“
fiveacestx 1848 days ago
72 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Got my case of Heady so I’m happy. I’d say my complaint here would be that the place is filled with 3 month old (and older) IPAs, and prices are tough to find on some beers. A nice big selection of local stuff, just make sure you read the dates if they have them.“
BMMillsy 1851 days ago
82 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“Warehouse, very small like an old garage. Crowlers, tasters, outside seating, good pricing and the guys working knew a lot about the beers. You’re basically tasting beer next to a mash tun. I enjoyed this location quite a bit.“
AdamChandler 1855 days ago
80 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Great spot. Thanks to jamesewelch for leading the way as I most likely would of missed this otherwise. An impressive taplist with a couple of noteworthy VT offerings. I guess the drafts turn around relatively quickly here so check the website for daily updates. Nice and lively on a Thursday evening. Great ambiance. I didn’t eat but a small food menu available. Friendly staff.“
nate2g 1877 days ago
76 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Fun warehouse to walk the aisles perusing the beer selection. A plentiful supply of Vermont breweries and so much more. A large selection of Belgian and other international beers. I didn’t pay too much attention to prices so can’t comment there. Well worth a look.“
nate2g 1877 days ago
86 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Awesome spot!! SmAll place, maybe 30 seats. 15 or so well chosen taps including a couple from hill farmstead and one from Lawson’s. Service appropriate and great lively conversation in a cozy place atmosphere.“
rejtable 1916 days ago
82 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Stopped by after flying into Burlington on our way to Stowe. No heady left at noon. Crazy how fast it goes. Still a great selection of brews to choose from. Didn’t stock up because we were headed to HF but could easily spend some time in this place.“
Art 1922 days ago
76 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Old rating follows below. Second visit since 2007 and they continue to have a huge selection of local beer at decent prices. Customer service was good for this kind of place, and you can pull singles from six packs. The only real knock is that hardly anything is priced. First class bottle shop.

Decent. We stayed in the Days Inn Colchester down the road, and this was convenient. Good selection of the local stuff, which was exactly what I was looking for.“
Drake 1963 days ago
88 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“Great ambiance. You’re standing in the middle of a small brewery with barrels surrounding you. It’s very small, but cozy. Usually just 4-6 beer on tap, but hopefully, we’ll see more offerings soon. Sometimes, there’s bottle sale events, but majority is just samples and growler fills. Brian (owner) is super friendly along with his staff who provides great bar service and answers any and all questions. Looking forward to seeing what the second year holds for them.

Growlers, tasting flights, dog friendly“
jamesewelch 1980 days ago
84 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“I’ve frequented the Mule Bar several times over the last year. Great place to stop and grab a beer and some food. Service varies depending on amount of guests - the more guests the longer you wait to be served since orders are taken at the bar and there’s usually only one or two guys working at a time. Food is great and has small and large plates. 16 taps with one for root beer. Out of the 16 taps usually 2-3 are VT beer and the rest vary from national (like Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Stone) to international/European. The sister pub at Three Penny seems to get better beer selections, but the selections here aren’t bad at all. I think Farmhouse Tap & Grill provides an overall better draught beer selection, but Mule Bar is usually easier to find parking and a seat.“
jamesewelch 1980 days ago
88 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Where to start? This is the paradise of beer! It’s a really big beer store, service is really great. Last time I had someone suggesting me beer for at least 15 minutes. You can get Heady Topper on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, Lawson’s on Friday’s. Well worth the trip from Quebec, Canada.“
Stoned99 2045 days ago
88 /100 1 EAST STREET
“This is the best bottleshop I have ever visited. And they had very fresh Heady Topper when I went!“
Ajes 2051 days ago
68 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Very industrial boondocks kind of package store with dark basement like appeal. Selection was pretty extensive though lots of old bottles that were past their prime and the price magnets were a bit confusing on a few items I was trying to figure out. Had a few employees giving training within inches of me and eye contact was made multiple times but no help offered or even a personable interaction. Worth stopping by if your not heading to any hot spots in VT but otherwise not worth going out of your way for,“
bottleforager 2122 days ago
74 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“The tasting room is carved out amongst the brew equipment and is accordingly cramped and a bit grungy. They offer small tasters; four pours of about three ounces for five bucks, because they do not yet have the license to sell full pours. The markedly low abv beers range in quality, from outright poor quality to middling, confusing, and excellent; several saison varieties, a patersbier, a low strength double IPA. They are going for high class, non populist stuff that will be really cool if they can establish some consistency; there’s a lot of promise here.“
Stine 2154 days ago
82 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Beautiful design to this place with the hardwood ceiling framing the look of the place. Bar service only, amiable and professional. The tap list is carefully built; there are no permanent beers it seems but rather a steady rotation of kegs that lean toward the rare side, with a good bottle list for support. Like three penny they are dabbling in upscale bar food and craft cocktails and pulling it off well. I especially applaud how they’ve differentiated the beer program from their original venture; excellent little place.“
Stine 2154 days ago
82 /100 1 EAST STREET
“La première fois que j’ai visité l’endroit, je suis tombé sur le cul comme on dit, quelle sélection incroyable! Et ne négligez pas le petit cellier, juste à l’entrée, derrière quelques rangées de vins, il y a des petits trésors cachés. Le staff est sympathique et très compétent. Les prix sont abordables. LA place dans le secteur pour vous approvisionner.“
RickTheRick 2163 days ago
72 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Yes they get Heady Topper here. However, you must arrive when they open on Thursday mornings in order to buy it. I was told it sells out FAST.

It’s a wine/liquor/beer store in one. Oddly arrange store - very narrow. Beer is to the left, wine and liquor to the right. Lots of bottles from around the world. Prices are fairly reasonable (much everything was cheaper than here in Albany). The beer section is rather cramped. You can mix a six but no discount for doing so.“
ChadPolenz 2165 days ago
80 /100 150 W CANAL ST
“Drop by on their bottle release (July 20th) to try their offerings. Located in a small garage with a small bar and a picnic table terrace. Very friendly people, interesting brews to say the least, very inventive low abv beers. They had about 6-7 taps and a cask on that day, which I find pretty respectable for a new brewery. Will defenitely keep an eye on this promising new brewery.“
lefossoyeur 2173 days ago
82 /100 1 EAST STREET
“Large warehouse with a large selection of beer with some interesting imports. Weird atmosphere, concrete floors and steel shelves. They keep some aged and barrel-aged bottles in a locked glass cabinet. Nice choice of glassware. Heady on Tuesday and Thursday, cases available.“
ametras 2199 days ago
88 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“I had a very nice evening here recently. Great service, a very nice meal and they had a very nice tap list going. I drank Edward and Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine all night though they had other nice choices on tap and of course Heady by the can. I was there on Memorial Day weekend so it was a great place to go to avoid the Burlington crowd downtown.“
ThirstyBird 2227 days ago
78 /100
Mule Bar (Bar)
38 MAIN ST
“Pretty dead on a Tuesday night. Decent sized bar, a few tables around the outside. Sixteen taps running, heavy focus on locals. Decent bottle list as well. Nothing special., but solid place.“
bytemesis 2235 days ago