The creation of chef/brewer Ian Huizenga, Hired Hand Brewing Co. uses all locally sourced ingredients to craft a family of exceptional hyperlocal beers, beer cocktails and farm-to-table foods that are a true taste of Vermont.

Come join us for some of the best locally brewed craft beers, spirits and food Vermont has to offer in our light-filled tap room in historic downtown Vergennes, Vermont. Or come check out one of concerts at the Vergennes Opera House or festivals on the Green.

Hired Hand Downingsville Double IPA
What the casual, no-reservations, light-filled, high top-tables only venue does offer is something quite different ... It all starts with a fine selection of beers brewed by Huizenga himself and topnotch crisp-crusted pizzas created by sous-chef Sevie Cartularo,
— Burlington Free Press
Milk/Sweet Stout. Vergennes, known as Vermont’s “Little City,” is situated among Addison County’s expansive Champlain Valley and is the heart of the state’s dairy country. It’s fitting that the Little City’s brand-new brewery, Hired Hand, is pouring a Nitro Milk Stout that is some of the best we’ve ever tasted. Creamy coffee and chocolate notes, rich yet medium bodied, we could put our IPA proclivities on hold for the whole autumn season because of this beer. Nurse yourself a pint and consider yourself hired.
— 14th State
Each Hired Hand draft was flush with local ingredients, from malt and grains to hops and cold-brewed coffee. To sweeten the deal, the brewery’s menu included a baked-cheese sandwich stacked with Huizenga’s housemade kimchi and an espresso-milk-stout shake spiked with vanilla bean ice cream from Lu Lu in Bristol.

It’s in these moments I think to myself, Why would I live elsewhere?
— Seven Days
Local hops and malt sourced within 10 miles of Hired Hand Brewing Co. Vergennes, Vermont

Local hops and malt sourced within 10 miles of Hired Hand Brewing Co. Vergennes, Vermont


Some of our local suppliers and friends include —

Peterson Quality Malt

In Monkton, Vermont Andrew Peterson is malting Vermont grown grains  — two-row barley, rye, and wheat — to provide the backbone of Hired Hand’s hyperlocal beers.


Norris Farm Homestead Hops

Vermont once the second leading producer of hops in the United States is having a hops resurgence. On Route 17 in Starksboro Kelly and Kathleen Norris grow acres of some of the finest hops Vermont has to offer today. 

Misty Knoll Farm

Just down the road New Haven Junction, Misty Knoll naturally-raised turkeys and chickens have become the world standard for healthy and tasty poultry.  By allowing their turkeys and  chickens to roam in an un-crowded environment, they afford them the natural, stress-free life and healthy diet that nature intended.  


Lu • Lu

In Bristol, Vt. Lu • Lu crafts farm to spoon ice cream featuring locally grown and crafted ingredients. Each flavor is made in small batches to assure quality.


Stonecutter Spirits

With hundreds of barrels aging and more filled every month, you can certainly say Stonecutter is  passionate about the art of aging craft spirits. In the 1800s their town of Middlebury, Vt. was home to talented stonecutters, masons and entrepreneurs who spent their lives dedicated to quality, innovation, and above all, patience. Stonecutter Spirits proudly combines barreling techniques from around the world to age their gin and whiskey right here in Vermont. In a short period of time, their spirits have won awards worldwide.


Duclos & Thompson Farm

Hired Hand and its sister restaurant Antidote source their
meats from Weybridge, Vermont farm Duclos & Thompson. Tom Duclos and Lisa Thompson raise their animals with great care and without antibiotics to provide the most flavorful local beef and pork.


Norris Berry Farm

Norris Berry farm raises fruits and vegetables only a short stones throw away from Hired Hand in Monkton, Vermont. Ian sources everything from vegetable and berries to liven his drinks, salads and deserts.

Appalachian Gap Distillery

Appalachian Gap Distillery is an artisanal distillery in the heart of Vermont making gin, whiskey, rum and "VTquila". Few things give the Middlebury-based distillers as much pleasure as being able to say, "We made this." 


Black River Produce

Since its inception in 1978, Black River Produce’s focus has been distributing quality locally grown product throughout New England. Black River partners with over 600 growers and producers in Vermont and throughout New England to bring the freshest produce, meats and seafood to restaurants and their tables.


Nitty Gritty Grain Company

Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Charlotte, Vermont started with a conversation across a fence and has grown from there. Their love of good tasting healthy food and the land where it grows has a much longer history. Seven generations of the Barnum family have farmed fields in and around the Champlain Valley. From an ancestor who fought and died at the Siege of the Shelburne Blockhouse to protect hearth and home in the 1770's to the grandparents with the 'top-notch crops' in Addison County in the early 1930's, today's descendants - Tom Kenyon, his children, siblings, and friends - carry on the Vermont farming tradition.

Black River Produce


Addison Hop Farm

Once Vermont was second only to New York in the production of hops. Just down the road from the Hired Hand Tap Room, Addison Hop Farm is helping to revive that tradition raising organically grown cascade, perle, centennial, newport, zeus, magnum, pride of ringwood, brewer's gold hops.


Maplebrook Farms

In the southern Vermont  town of Bennington, Maplebrook Farms crafts award-winning mozzarella that is hand stretched the old world way, in small batches, using house made curd. Using rBGH & rBST-free, 100% Vermont Milk  with a specific fat and protein level results in a rich, creamy flavor unparalleled in the mozzarella market.  


Shacksbury Cider

A short drive from HH in Shoreham, Vt. Shacksbury ciders are made from Lost Apples of the Champlain Valley. By Lost Apples, we mean apples that homesteaders planted for homemade hard cider over 100+ years ago. Colin, David, and the Shacksbury Team, with the help of Michael Lee from Twig Farm and Brad Koehler from Windfall Orchard, forage through cow pastures, meadows, and forests of Vermont to harvest, then press and ferment these apples into a one-of-a-kind ciders. 


Smugglers' Notch Distillery

Smugglers' Notch Distillery® is a father/son partnership in Jeffersonville, Vermont. The distillery was founded in 2006 at the foot of the famed Smugglers' Notch, site of many a clandestine bootlegger's run through this rugged Vermont mountain pass during prohibition. Using the finest ingredients blended with pristine Vermont spring water, Smugglers' make, barrel age, blend, and hand-bottle remarkably distinctive, award winning spirits one small batch at a time.

Bobcat Brewery and Cafe Taps. 5 Main St. Bristol, Vermont.

Bobcat Brewery and Cafe Taps. 5 Main St. Bristol, Vermont.


A Little Help From Our Friends

Vermont is a unique place. Where others might see competition, we in Vermont see kinship. And that couldn’t be more true of the generosity of Erin and Sanderson Wheeler of The Bobcat Brewery and Cafe who extended their brewery to Ian and Hired Hand Brewing Co. to brew. Hired Hand is eternally grateful for not only that, opening their taps to our beers. We are honored. 

We are also grateful to our fellow local brewer Kevin Hanson of Hogback Mountain Brewing in Bristol, Vermont. His wisdom and beer we praise.




35 Green Street
Vergennes, VT 05491



Mon. Tues – Closed
Wed. 3 – 9 pm
Thursday thru Sunday
11:30am — 9pm