Do you offer tours at the brewery?
We do not offer official tours. However, visitors will quickly notice that our brew house and retail areas are within the same walls, so visitors will certainly have no problem seeing from whence the beer originates! During our normal business hours—every Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.—we are happy to answer any of your questions, of course.
Do you take reservations for large parties?
Reservations are not necessary for normal business hours, but if you are coming with a large party (eight or more people), certainly a head’s up is appreciated. Call the brewery at 802-533-7450, option 1, or email [email protected]
Do you ship directly to consumers from your brewery?
No, we do not. Complex state-by-state beer laws make this untenable.
Can I get a keg of beer for my party/wedding/event?
Kegs are sold on a very limited basis to retail customers and may not always be available. Please email the aforementioned address to inquire.
Do you allow buses/brewery tour groups?
Please email [email protected] with any inquiries regarding tours or large group visits.
What is your dog policy?
We allow friendly, well-behaved dogs to visit us on the brewery grounds and in the bottle shop.
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
It is the owner’s responsibility to clean up after them.
Dogs are not allowed in our tasting room due to food being served in there.
Why don’t you prefill your growlers or accept mine in trade?
We don’t have the storage space to accommodate prefilled growlers at this time, nor do we have the space/equipment to take returns of growlers and properly clean them.
Can I bring my own growler to fill?
Yes and no. Please consult our long-standing growler policy for details.
What’s on tap and available in bottles at the brewery?
Click HERE for a list of what’s currently available. Bear in mind that we make our best effort to keep our daily draft list up to date, but should something run out during the day, we may not get a chance to update the tap list until the end of the day. Count on eight to ten different draft beers always on tap, and Edward is on draft 99.9% of the time (probably closer to 100%, but there will be the rare occasion when Edward isn’t available… such as when one keg kicks and we’re putting the next on, so you may not have Edward for upwards of 1-2 minutes. Plan accordingly!).
What is the shelf life of a growler?
Each beer style varies. We recommend that you drink your growler within one to two weeks when kept unopened and refrigerated. Once it is opened you should drink it within two to three days at most. When a growler is opened air replaces the beer inside the growler and the remaining beer in the growler oxidizes quickly. Our draft beers are best served fresh, so enjoying them as soon as possible is always your best. Your growler should always be kept cold to ensure the highest quality, and if you are traveling, bring a cooler and some ice for best results.
What is the shelf life of your cans?
Each beer style varies, but we recommend always storing them cold and enjoying within 2-3 weeks.
What is the bottle release policy?
For all special releases: We require a credit card/debit card accompanied by a valid, legal picture ID that matches the name on the credit card (this excludes generic Visa/Mastercard gift cards).
For certain highly-limited releases, bottle limits are per person per release, not per person per day. If this is the case, we will note it in the release information.
Also, we understand that many Canadian banks are no longer printing names on credit/debit cards, so we will accommodate those of you visiting us from Canada so long as a valid, legal picture ID is presented with the credit/debit card (no gift cards).
Remember, this change does not apply to our ongoing releases—Anna, Florence, Dorothy, Arthur, Everett, Earl, George, etc.—with normal bottle and can limits, nor does it apply to growlers of draft beer, tastings and merchandise (for these, we accept cash, credit cards and gift cards).
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to improve our retail experience!
If I arrive close to closing time, and there is a wait, can I still place an order?
Yes! As long as you are in the doors prior to our 5 p.m. closing time, we will take and fill your order.
After purchasing a bottle/growler, may I drink it at the brewery?
Vermont state laws prohibit a customer from opening their own container at the brewery. Only staff may pour you a beer to drink while at the brewery.
Do you have cans available for sale?
We tend to can one or two beers every week with the goal of setting limits so the beer will be available for a full retail week.
I have a store/restaurant/wholesaler and would like to carry your beer. How can I do that?
If you are located in Vermont, please contact Grassroots Distribution directly at [email protected] to inquire. However, understand that the brewery remains at capacity and any further growth will be aimed at meeting our local needs and existing accounts first. At this time, there are no plans to expand new accounts.
If you are located outside of Vermont, please understand that there are no plans to expand distribution beyond existing markets.
Will you expand to meet the overwhelming demand?
Our production will not increase in a way that could ever meet the demand. Hill Farmstead’s focus has been, and will always remain, on quality not quantity with an eye on the local markets.
We/I have a beer festival; will you send your beer?
Send inquiries to [email protected], but be aware that as we’re currently at capacity, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to accommodate new events or festivals.
I’m in a band! How do I get a gig for one of your events/festivals?
We love to have live, local music during our events. Contact us at [email protected] with your band’s information, a link to where we can listen to your music. All music fees are agreed upon before events.
Can I bring my child/children?
Children are allowed at the brewery during regular business hours.
Please Note: All of our special events are 21 and older. Children under 12 years old are welcome to join an attendee parent; however, we can’t allow children 13-20 on the grounds during events.