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It has the feel of Chuck E. Cheese upon entering. Everything is so sterile and contrived. They try to be kooky and whimsical but fail miserably. Their beer isn't good at all, and their tour guides are so disingenuously enthusiastic about the tour and the quality of beer. Brewery is manned by a mixture of young adults who probably couldn't tell the type of hops used in any beer, pseudo-intellectual "BREWMASTERS" who think that because they wear unique clothing that they're part of some hip, underground craft beer movement when Magic Hat is far from that, and Home-Brew tour guides who believe their brews are the greatest and bore everyone to death with banal talk about levels of quality they could only hope to attain. If you drink, "whatever's on tap," this is a great stop. But for people who actually enjoy beer, Vermont is FULL of better places to go.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
If you plan on going to the Alchemist, get there before 11 AM. My friend and I were the first ones in line and the people who worked there said that they would be running out of Heady Topper very soon. We drove 15 hours for this beer, so it would have been devastating. They give you 2 oz. samplers, which isn't enough of this unbelievable beer to savor, so I bought a case and a single to drink later. They won't let you drink on the grounds, so be prepared to do a little bit of creative drinking. A case is $73.00 USD, and the great part is that they take MC and Visa. Heady Topper is worth the drive. It's a unique, American experience. Once you're done here, drive to Greensboro for Hill Farmstead. Be prepared to wait in line. If you have growlers, bring them to fill!
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
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Their beer is excellent. The only problem is finding one's way to the brewery. There is no cell service around the farm, so it's extremely difficult to find your way. Perhaps a nice sign on the road? Once there, they do have wifi, so people can check in on Untappd. There is also a tasting porch where we bought four samples of what was on tap that day while we waited in line for 1.5 hours. The brewery opens at 12 on Saturdays. To avoid the rush, get there around 2 PM. They could be a bit more organized, but that gives it its charm. For any beer enthusiast, Hill Farmstead brews quality beer, whether it be pales, stouts, or their IPAs. They're not very friendly, but I didn't drive from Michigan to Vermont to make friends. They assume that people know what types of beer they like to drink and answer very few questions. Bring at least $200.00 cash to do it right.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago