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For a tiny state, Vermont sure does have a whole lot of breweries. The craft movement here is extraordinarily strong with art, food, and of course, beer. It’s easy to make your way from north to south and from east to west to sample the tastes of Vermont. These top breweries are worth stopping by on your next road trip.
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Around for a while in Vermont (over 20 years!), Rock Art Brewery is located in Morrisville. Some favorite beers here are the VT Maple Wheat, Golden Triple, and Vermonster. In true eco-friendly, Vermont fashion, the brewery recently went 100 percent solar for energy. Grab a seat upstairs to view the brewery down below and enjoy a sampler.
While you’re in Morrisville, also make a point to stop by Lost Nation Brewing. The brewers specialize in approachable and session-able brews. They also take inspiration from lesser-known styles of European beers, bringing time-old traditions to Northern Vermont. The atmosphere is rustic and friendly. For food, some local seasonal favorite picks are the soup and grilled cheese, tempeh Ruben sandwich, and Vermont patty melt.
Long Trail Brewing Co has been on the Vermont brewing scene since 1989 and celebrates the outdoorsy spirit of hiking enthusiasts. There’s a 273-mile hiking trail through the Green Mountains that inspires this brewery’s creations with large-scale staples and small-batch specialties. It’s a local favorite because you can sip beers while watching local musicians and enjoy views overlooking the Ottauquechee River.
Beer enthusiasts love The Alchemist for its purist mentality and family-owned vibe. The Alchemist Cannery was opened in 2011 in Waterbury with a single beer, the flagship Heady Topper IPA. Still today, this beer is only brewed here and only distributed within a 25-mile radius. Here you can stop by for a taster, a full beer, or take some home with you.
Bobcat Café & Brewery is an ideal place to come if you enjoy both comfort food and beer. Located in the Green Mountains of Bristol, the Bobcat has been open since 2002 and hosts Wednesday night benefit dinners. House beers include the Prayer Rock Pale Ale, Belgian Double IPA, and Ripton Red Ale. Guest beers are on tap too. If you’re staying for dinner, recommended menu picks are the Venison and Chorizo Meatloaf, Tofu Tikka Masala, and White Wine Steamed Mussels.
Another Stowe brewery worth stopping by is Idletyme, which has a simple and seasonal menu for both beer and food. The Idletyme Double IPA is a famous brew here, and you can sample beers in flights, pints, growlers, and bottles. Brewery tours can be offered upon request.
Vermont is a great place to bike around and stop at a local craft brewery or two. The Burlington Beer Co., is one of those worth hopping off the bike for, and it’s a relative newcomer on the scene. The brewery opened in 2014 in Williston and likes to experiment with different flavors and styles. You can also order a sandwich, salad, tacos, or snacks to go with your brew of choice.
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro has limited taproom hours, but some really delicious beers. The taproom is only open from 11am to 5pm Wednesdays through Friday, and this is where you can get a 25cl pour of a draft beer, bottles for onsite consumption, snacks, and food truck fare. There’s also a retail shop open during these hours to purchase bottles, with up to 12 beers on draft. In early August, the brewery typically hosts a Festival of Farmhouse Ales in an outdoor tent.
Otter Creek is another famous Vermont brewery, and these brews can be found distributed all over the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. The pub space is open every day of the week to serve brews and food. In the summer, there’s a music series with local Vermont rockers playing. Guided tours are not provided here.
Beer connoisseurs also love Fiddlehead Brewing in the quaint town of Shelburne. You can stop by the tasting room for free samples of what Fiddlehead has on tap. The flagship beer is the Fiddlehead IPA, so make sure to try that one. This is also a great place to fill growlers, but specialty canned brews tend to sell out very quickly.