From small hometown breweries in Vermont to larger ones, they all have one thing in common: the desire to brew the best beers possible using traditional and creative ingredients, methods, and presentations. There are options for everyone, regardless of tastes and whether or not you prefer to have a snack with your beer. Next time you are in Vermont, check out one or more of these friendly breweries.


1.Four Quarters Brewing

Four Quarters Brewing
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Four Quarters Brewing company was founded in March 2014 and this ten-barrel brewery expanded in early 2018. They specialize in hoppy beers, sours, and stouts. The brewery focuses on using natural ingredients, such as natural yeast or aging in oak spirit and wine barrels. You may also find fresh hole foods in brews, such as ginger, citrus zest, sourdough bread, watermelon, tomatoes, peaches, strawberries, currants, rhubarb, basil, dill, and cherries. The tasting room is open for draft pours or to-go sales on Thursdays from 6 pm to 9 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 9 pm, and on Sundays from noon to 5 pm. On Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 5 pm, you can also stop by for cans, bottles, or merchandise, but there are no draft pours at these times. At the time of writing, the eight beers on draft include sour ales, Patersbier, imperial milk stouts, Belgian Patersbiers, double IPAs, and more. You can also get cans of Sap!, which are birch water, maple seltzer, or maple soda. If you want to take a brew home, opt for one of the four packs of 16-ounce cans, bottles, or a growler fill.

150 West Canal St, Winooski, VT, Phone: 802-391-9120

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2.The Vermont Pub & Brewery

The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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The Vermont Pub & Brewery has been in operation since 1988 and required serious effort, including the owners changing the current legislation regarding on-site sales of manufactured beer so they could sell their own malt beverages on site. They have been winning awards, including gold medals, since 1991. Some of the brewery’s notable beers include Burly Irish Ale, Diablo del Oro, Forbidden Fruit, Grand Slam Homerun Beer, Regal Lager, Roaring 20’s IPA, Tulach Leis, and Handsome Micks Irish Stout. While you are at the Vermont Pub & Brewery, you can also grab a bite, such as fried pickles, brew fries, buffalo chicken tenders, poutine, hummus, potato skins, a specialty salad, soup or chili, burgers, sandwiches, a grilled steak or fish, and traditional pub food like chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and toads in the hole. You can visit the brewery and pub on any day of the week from 11:30 am to 1 am.

144 College Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-375-7365

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3.Foam Brewers

Foam Brewers
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Foam Brewers began in 2016 with an eclectic group of professionals with industry experience who shared an appreciation for brewing along with culture, art, music, and science. Foam Brewers has a rotating beer selection depending on their current inspiration and the season. You can choose any of the brews available as an 8- or 12-ounce pour or in a 750-milliliter bottle to take home. At the time of writing, some of the offerings at Foam Brewers included Jukebox (an India Pale Ale), Hypoluxo (a sour ale with lactose and peach), Summer Please (a dry hopped spelt Saison), Emotions and Math (a farmhouse ale with pineapple and mango), … Like Clockwork (a double IPA), Stay Loose & Hang Tight (a double IPA), and Digital vs Analog (a double IPA). Some of the brews are also available as growlers. Those who prefer other beverages can also find an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic cider, Vermont-craft kombucha, or nitro cold-pressed coffee. Complement your drink with fresh bread, cheese, and charcuteries plus food trucks.

112 Lake Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-399-2511

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4.Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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Fiddlehead Brewing Company aims to deliver full-flavored beers that appeal to true beer connoisseurs. The brewing company focuses on fresh ingredients and local products whenever possible in an effort to deliver a depth of flavor. The owner and brew master, Matthew Cohen, is well-known in the brewery industry and constantly strives to create the perfect pint. You can find the Fiddlehead IPA, the brewery’s flagship beer, on draft lines across the state. At any given moment, you will find that brew, along with seasonal selections, on tap in the brewery as well. You will typically find a new original recipe on tap about every other week. The tasting room even offers free samples of the on-tap beers so you can decide which one you like best. If you like what you taste, fill up a 32-ounce growlette or a 64-ounce growler to take home or buy one of the specialty canned brews. The tasting room is open on Sundays through Fridays from noon to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm during the summer, but close at 8 pm on Sunday through Thursday in the winter.

6305 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT, Phone: 802-399-2994

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5.Lawson’s Finest Liquids

Lawson’s Finest Liquids
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Lawson’s Finest Liquids aims to deliver the highest quality beer with amazing freshness. They feature unique maple brews, world-class IPAs, and everything in between. The nanobrewery began in 2008 following two decades of homebrewing. The brewery is now a small batch artisanal 7bbl brewery. You can find Lawson’s brews in cans as well as kegs throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. At the moment, you cannot visit Lawson’s Finest Liquids, but they will soon be opening an additional location with a tasting room, retail sales, and brewery functionality. This new location will have 7,500 square feet and will open in Autumn 2018. In the meantime, you can try their brews at other breweries and retailers or catch the brewery at a local event. Some of their brews include Super Session #7, Super Sessions #8, Hopcelot IPA, Sticky, Sip of Sunshine IPA, Rum Barrel Aged FMIS, Bourbon Barrel Aged FMIS, and Warren Store Maple Wheat Ale.

Warren, VT, Phone: 802-496-4677

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6.Foley Brothers Brewing

Foley Brothers Brewing
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Foley Brothers Brewing is a part of the Neshobe River Brewing Company, a family-run company. The brewery is run by Daniel and Patrick Foley, brothers who opened it in 2012 and work with Christine, their sister. The brewery focuses on small batches as they are a 7.5-barrel brewery, with the small batches giving them the opportunity to experiment. You can visit the Foley Brothers Brewing tasting room on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm or on Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. At any given moment, you can get a glimpse of what is in the tasting room via their website. You can find four packs of 16-ounce cans or 22-ounce bottles of Simcoe APA, Citra APA, Prospect IIPA, and Lone Beard Oatmeal Stout or six packs of 12-ounce cans of Under One Moon, a dry hopped sour collaboration the brewery did with Long Trail. At the time of writing, all these brews are also on tap.

79 Stone Mill Dam Rd, Brandon, VT, Phone: 802-465-8413

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7.Frost Beer Works

Frost Beer Works
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Frost Beer Works is a small brewery that specializes in brewing double IPAs, IPAs, pale ales, and other specialties. They offer their brews in cans, growlers, 22-ounce bottles, and kegs. Frost Beer Works has 11 different year-round offerings, including the Lush Double IPA, the Plush Double IPA, the Double Shush, the Shush, Junior iPA, and more. The year-round offerings are IPAs, blonde ales, Saison/farmhouse ales, stouts, and porters. There are also a range of seasonal brews, including blonde ales, dark ales, IPAs, strong ales, and winter ales. Frost Beer Works additionally has a Research Series which are highly creative and tend to focus on IPAs, with ten choices. At the time of writing, there are 13 taproom can offerings and four taproom drafts, with your choice of a pint, taster, or growler fill. The brewery also keeps an updated list of what is on deck, both for canning and drafts. The taproom is open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 7 pm and on Sundays from noon to 6 pm. The brewery also attends many local events, so check out their calendar.

171 Commerce Street, Hinesburg, VT, 949-945-4064

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8.Hermit Thrush Brewery

Hermit Thrush Brewery
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Hermit Thrush Brewery offers tastings, cans, and growlers, along with tours. They specialize in new American sours that are brewed responsibly. Some of their brews include Green Street Sipa (a sour India pale ale), Brattlebeer (a sour ale with local apples), Party Guy (a parti-gyle small beer), Po Tweet (a sour pale ale), Rye Barrel Rye (a sour rye ale aged in local spirit barrels), Supah Phunk (a sour Saison), gin barrel Saison (a Saison), and Flemish Sour Brown (a sour brown ale). Some of these have a limited release while others are typically available year-round. At any given moment, Hermit Thrush Brewery tends to have several cans on offering. At the time of writing, these included Party Guy, Gin Barrel Saison, Supah Phunk #6, and Green St Sipa. Guided tours are offered nearly every Friday and Saturday, starting at 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. Tours only have room for 15 people, so get there early.

29 High St STE 101C, Brattleboro, VT, Phone: 802-257-2337

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9.Kingdom Brewing

Kingdom Brewing
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Kingdom Brewing always strives to brew authentic beers of a craft nature using locally produced ingredients. They use American grown grains, heirloom recipes, and farm chemistry. The brewery even grows their own ingredients on their farm and greenhouse, including berries, spruce tips, and maple syrup. At any moment, you will find about 15 beers on tap, including mostly those from Kingdom Brewing plus a few guest taps. Options can include Out of Bounds DIPA, Round Barn Red, I Sasquatch Black Spruce IPA, and Champlain Valley Orchard Original Hard Cider. You can also find a limited selection in 22-ounce bomber bottles, which are available as supplies last. These currently include Romanov’s Revenge, Captain Jack’s Smoked Spruce Pale Ale, Maple Nut Brown, and Asleep on the Lift – Out of Bounds IIIPA. Kingdom Brewing also regularly hosts local musicians for live music with something different every week. The BrewCabin also features Chowhound Smokehouse which is open from 3 pm to 9 pm during the summer and has a weekly food menu plus snacks like Vermont beef jerky, cheese curds, and chips.

353 Coburn Hill Road, Newport Town, VT, Phone: 802-334-7096

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10.Switchback Brewing Co.

Switchback Brewing Co.
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Bill Cherry and Jeff, two longtime friends, founded Switchback Brewing Company in 2002, serving the first pint of their brew in October of that year. By 2008 to 2010, they had to expand to a new brewhouse. They began bottling in 2012 and revamped the tasting room in 2014. Switchback Brewing Company offers many brews, including their regulars: Switchback Ale, Citra-Pils Keller Bier, Connector IPA, and Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative. There are also rotating specials, including SwitchBOCK Keller Bier, Extra Pale Ale, Slow-Fermented Brown Ale, Marzen Fest Bier, Dampf Punk, Dooley’s Belated Porter, and Roasted Red Ale. You can also catch some limited run brews, including French Saison, Berliner Weisse, Export Stout, Fresh Hop XPA, Bohemi-LEM Pils, Thai Lime Gose, and Tequila Barrel Aged Thai Lime Gose. In addition to the drinks, the taproom offers complimentary pretzels. Every day, you can find gluten-free or non-alcoholic beverages, vegan chili, chili dogs, hot dogs, and beer brats plus weekly specials. Be sure to check the schedule for live music as well since most weekends feature entertainment. You can also reserve a tour on Saturdays at 1 pm or 2 pm.

160 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-651-4114

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11.Lost Nation Brewing

Lost Nation Brewing
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Lost Nation Brewing is a brewery with a capacity of 7,000 bbl and the ability to brew all styles of lagers and ales. The brewery’s inspiration comes from European styles that are lesser known plus Vermont life. Lost Nation Brewing offers both year-round and seasonal brews. Year-round options include a Rustic Ale, Gose, Pitch Black Ale, Vermont Pilsner, Saison Lamoille, and Petit Adrennes. Limited releases include Lost Galaxy, a wheat-based session IPA; and Oktoberfest. The brewery also has a bottle share program. If you sign up for this program, you get to buy two bottles of the unique even smaller batches of beer the brewery makes several times a year. If you like one of the brews on tap, consider taking home a growler. You can also find guest taps. There are also many non-alcoholic drinks available, including ginger beer, Rookie’s Root Beer, non-alcoholic cider, and KIS Kombucha. There is also a constantly rotating food menu with things like soup, grilled cheese, tempeh Rueben, a Vermont patty melt, a smoked shrimp cocktail, a range of sandwiches, market fresh fish, and a kids’ menu.

87 Old Creamery Road, Morrisville, VT, Phone: 802-851-8041

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12.Madison Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant

Madison Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant
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The Madison Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant has been in the community since the early 1990s, when the owners created the first brew pub in the area within the historic downtown. This brew pub is a family business and family-friendly, complete with a kids’ menu and large dining area. The focus of Madison Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant is to craft the best and freshest possible beer. In addition to the craft-brewed beer, there is a full bar. Just some of the brewery’s beers include Sucker Pond Blonde (a blonde ale), F Bomb (an IPA imperial/double), Downtown IPA, Singularity: El Dorado (a pale ale), JU-C DIPA (doubly dry hopped), Sparq (a sour Berliner Weisse), Bennington Blue Blueberry Wheat, Fest Bier, Old 76 Strong Ale, Red Haze for Dayz (an IPA – milkshake), Milk Porter, Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Peanut Butter Milk Porter, and Sesh (2018; a session/India session ale). Those who want some food to go with their brews can enjoy wings, mussels, hummus, nachos, specialty sandwiches, chili, gourmet burgers, pub food, deli sandwiches, salads, and entrees.

428 Main Street, Bennington, VT, Phone: 802-442-7397

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13.McNeill’s Brewery

McNeill’s Brewery
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McNeill’s Brewery is a full-service establishment located in downtown Brattleboro and inside an old firehouse for plenty of character. As a full-service brewery, they serve a range of brews to drink on site in a pint glass or to take in a growler. Of course, they also brew their own beer since they are a brewery as well as taproom. Just some of the brews you will find on draft include McNeill’s Oatmeal Stout, Pullman’s Porter, Professor Brewhead’s Brown Ale, McNeill’s Extra Special Bitter, Blond Bombshell, Dead Horse India Pale Ale, Firehouse Amber Ale, Champ Ale, Ruby Extra Amber Ale, and Warlord Imperial India Pale Ale. Those who want a meal will also find a nice range of pub food to choose from. While you enjoy a drink and snack, go ahead and play darts or just admire the architecture of the building.

90 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT, Phone: 802-254-2553

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14.Northshire Brewery

Northshire Brewery
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Northshire Brewery is a local small craft brewery that delivers a variety of craft beers. The brewery has been operational since 2010 and aims to provide visitors with creative brews to try. At the time of writing, brews on tap include Battenkill Ale (a brown ale – English), Equinox Pilsner (a Pilsner – Czech), Chocolate Stout Apocalypse, and Chocolate Stout. All year round, you can find Battenkill Ale, Equinox Pilsner, and Sicilian Pale Ale as cans or bottles or in a growler. There are also many seasonal brews, including the previously mentioned Chocolate Stout plus Spiced Pear Pilsner and Hefeweizen. Special Editions include Chocolate Stout Apocalypse, Bourbon Porter with Mint Julip Cask, Saints Double IPA, and Bourbon Porter. The brewery is also pet friendly with a spacious backyard that your pooch can run around (with supervision).

108 County Street, Bennington, VT, Phone: 802-681-0201

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15.Queen City Brewery

Queen City Brewery
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Queen City Brewery has been serving Burlington since June 2014 in a renovated warehouse within the South End with its historically industrial uses. There are 14 taps available and the brewery rotates the beer selection so there is always something for everyone. The extensive selection of Queen City Brewery includes the following lagers: South End Lager, Munich Dunkel, Mai Bock, Vienna Lager, and Bushwick Lager. Ales include Landlady ESB, Barge Canal Oatmeal Extra Stout, Yorkshire Porter, Gregarious Scotch Ale, Hefeweizen, and Argument IPA. The brewery also offers a range of specialty beers, including Oktoberfest, Steinbier, Monk of Underhill Belgian Tripel, Old Monty Barleywine-Style Ale, Barrel-Aged Saison, and Rauchbier. If you like the brews at Queen City Brewery but are not from the area, you can also find them throughout Vermont and Massachusetts. During the summer months, enjoy your drink of choice while on the patio. The taproom is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8 pm, on Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 10 pm, and on Sundays from noon to 7 pm.

703-B Pine Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-540-0280

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16.Simple Roots Brewing

Simple Roots Brewing
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Simple Roots Brewing prides themselves on brewing accessible, classic beers for everyone. They have true-to-style beers such as Kolsch, pilsner, stout, and pale ale and the head brewer experiments with wild yeast, coffee, new hops, and other fun ingredients for creative brews. Simple Roots Brewing has a three-barrel brewery that they use to double brew into seven different barrel fermenters so they can produce approximately 170 gallons per brew. You can find their brews in their taproom, at area bars and restaurants, and in cans sold within a 50-mile radius. When you visit the taproom, try American Dream, Burlington Common, Elderflower Saison, Good Neighbor IPA, Kara’s Kolsch, Labor of Love, New North End IPA, or Passion, the last of which is a cross between a Saison and Gose. You can also find Simple Roots Brewing at local events and festivals throughout the year or attend a special event at the brewery, including trivia nights. Visit the taproom on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 pm, on Thursdays from 4 to 9 pm, on Fridays from 3 to 9 pm, on Saturdays from noon to 9 pm, or on Sundays from noon to 6 pm.

1127 North Ave., Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-399-2658

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17.Stone Corral Brewery

Stone Corral Brewery
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Stone Corral Brewery is an artisanal brewery that is family owned and operated. It began on the family horse ranch in Huntington but moved to Richmond when they outgrew the space. They make uniquely delicious, fresh, balanced brews with seasonal flavors and hints of tradition from Britain, Germany, and Belgium. Between seasonal and year-round brews, you will find plenty of options at Stone Corral Brewery. These include Oktoberfest (a German lager), Bramble (a blackberry sour), Palomino Pale Ale (an American pale ale), Maracuya (a passion fruit sour), High Noon (a Kolsch style ale), Lil Boh Pils (a Bohemian Pilsner), Hopped to Trot (an IPA), Heart Breaker (an imperial chocolate stout), and Bad Rooster (a Vermont IPA). You will also find Trailblazer (a Vermont lager), Briarpatch (a raspberry Schwarzbier), Black Beer (a Schwarzbier), Scotch Ale, XX Chocolate Maple Porter, Wild Red (a sour/Brett), Latigo (a Scottish style export ale), Big Belgian Draft (a Belgian-style double dubbel), Harvest Bock (a German style lager), and Stampede (a double IPA). The taproom is also a restaurant where you can find live music, open mic nights, and bottles, cans, squealers, growlers, and bottles. Dine there for lunch or dinner or just a snack.

83 Huntington Rd, Richmond, VT, Phone: 802-434-5787

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18.14th Star Brewing Co.

14th Star Brewing Co.
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The concept for the 14th Star Brewing Company was conceived by Steve Gagner while serving in Eastern Afghanistan. Back home, Steve and Matt Kehaya, fellow soldier and best friend, hammered out the details and opened the doors of the 14th Star Brewing Company in 2012. They started small, using retrofitted and repurposed tanks used for collecting maple sap. Two years later, business had grown, forcing them to find larger quarters. In November 2014 they moved to their present location where they were able to vastly increase production. Enjoy such brews as Raspberry Vermonter Weiss, Honey IPA, Uncle Steve's Brown, Salted Caramel Brown, and Naked Maple in cans, bottles, and draft. To go with the brews, you will find live entertainment in the invigorating atmosphere indoors or the peaceful outdoor beer garden. As veterans, Steve and Matt are pleased to give back to their community and fellow veterans through donations to Purple Hearts Reunited INC., Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, Martha’s Kitchen, and several other worthy organizations. Their slogan is: “Great beer is what we produce, community is what we build.” Visit 14th Star Brewing company any day except Monday and check out their website for hours.

133 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT, Phone: 802-528-5988

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19.Burlington Beer Company

Burlington Beer Company
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The Burlington Beer Company is a young brewery that was opened in the spring of 2014 by Joe Lemnah. Joe and his cohorts ride the fine line between traditional brews and exploring new taste sensations. You’ll find a variety of tastes in their IPAs, Double and Triple IPAs, Pale Ales, fruit-flavored beers, and dark beers, such as Porters, and Stouts (Oatmeal, Double, and Imperial). You’ll be drawn in by the unique names and artwork that individualize each beer. Owner Joe Lemnah had worked at several breweries before fulfilling his dream of having his own brewery. With his extensive experience, he still strives to create the best beer with innovative flavors. Burlington utilizes both international and local ingredients: hops, malts, herbs, spices, yeast, vegetables, and fruits, ever seeking ways to create distinctive flavor sensations in more than fifty variations each year. Burlington Beer is available throughout Vermont, but you can visit them seven days a week in Williston.

25 Omega Dr. Suite 150, Williston, VT, Phone: 802-863-BEER

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20.Drop-In Brewing Company

Drop-In Brewing Company
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Not just your ordinary craft beer brewery and taproom, the Drop-In Brewing Company is also home to the American Brewers Guild Brewing School, with both owned by Steve Parkes and Christine McKeever-Parkes. The tasting room features pints, cans, and growlers to go, and a variety of merchandise and apparel, amidst a museum-like exhibit of beer history and memorabilia. Hungry? The Grapevine Grille next door and the Drop-In have a relationship that allows you to purchase your beer at the Drop-In, then take it next door to the Grapevine Grille and enjoy it with your meal. Or bring your Grapevine Grille food into the Drop-In’s taproom to eat. It’s a great arrangement! Steve Parkes brings his thirty years’ experience, plus a degree in brewing science to the Drop-In Brewing Company. It shows in his featured beers: the Sunshine & Hoppiness, Heart of Lothian, and the Red Dwarf. The Drop-In creations are few, but they are crafted to perfection. You can try them seven days a week at the Drop-In, or find them on tap all around Vermont.

610 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT

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21.Farmham Ale and Lager VT

Farmham Ale and Lager VT
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Another newcomer to the brewery scene in Vermont is Farmham Ale and Lager. Since 2013, Farmham is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of craft beer. Farmham offers a nice selection of seasonal and year-round beers in South Burlington to beer connoisseurs. The Imperial Pilsner is a lovely fruit-flavored, full-bodied, golden beer. It incorporates Pilsner and Caramel malts, along with Tettnanger, Magnum, Saaz, and Mittelfrüh hops. The India Pale Ale Classic Series is an amber beer, crisply hoppy, potently bitter, and well-malted. It uses Vienna and Pâle malts, with American Sterling and Summit hops. From May to September Farmham offers their Summer Pale Ale that is perfect for the hot days of the year. It exudes a sturdy hoppy aroma suggestive of tropical fruits. Centennial, Merkur, and Galaxy hops are featured in this mellow orange beer. You can visit Farmham Ale and Lager Thursdays through Sundays to experience the full range of their craft beers.

82 Ethan Allen Dr., South Burlington, VT, Phone: 450-293-1116

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22.The Alchemist Stowe

The Alchemist Stowe
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The Alchemist Stowe is a family-run brewery that specializes in producing unfiltered and fresh IPAs. It opened as a 60-seat brew pub in Waterbury in 2003, which led to a small production brewery. There are now two Vermont breweries from the Alchemist and local distributions. Waterbury has 15 barrels and a canning line while the Stowe location opened in July 2016 with the goal of being low-impact. Stowe is where Alchemist produces their Focal Banger, which was their second year-round brew. They also produce rotating seasonal beers at this location. Some past brews include American IPAs, Belgian-inspired ales, summer Saisons, American pale ales, American double IPAs, dark IPAs, American imperial stouts, Belgian style Saisons, Alchambic sour ales, American ales, American red ales, American blonde ales, porters, American sour ales, Belgian-style double wits, and Belgian-style dubbels. You will find the Visitor’s Center in Stowe with tastings, retail sales, merchandise, and an educational, fun experience. The Visitor’s Center is family-friendly and dog-friendly. It is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 7 pm or you can buy their canned brews throughout the area.

100 Cottage Club Rd, Stowe, VT, Phone: 802-882-8165

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23.The Bobcat Café and Brewery

The Bobcat Café and Brewery
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The Bobcat Café and Brewery serves hand-crafted beers and contemporary comfort food in the heart of the beautiful Green Mountains. It opened in 2002 in the form of a community-supported business and they continue to support the local community with Wednesday night benefit dinners and by providing a comfortable, fun spot. The brews are made with high-quality yeast, hops, and grains for flavorful beers that appeal to all palates. You will find 11 house beers, including Blonde, Hefeweizen, Ripton Red, E.S.B. Prayer Rock Pale Ale, IPA, Hired Hand Milk Stout, and “Cellar Series” Maple Porter. Or you can try one of the two guest beers, including Citizen Cider Lake Hopper and Glutenburg IPA. Or consider one of the 15 white wines, 15 red wines, two sparkline wines and champagnes, two ciders, or four house cocktails. The menus in the kitchen are created based on seasonal availability and with techniques from around the world in mind. The food menu is extensive, including appetizers like salad, sautéed octopus with bacon and white beans, market fish tacos, flatbread, and wings plus entrees that include sambar, crepes, meatloaf, fried chicken and potato waffles, and shrimp and grits. Or stick to pub fare like a burger or gyro.

5 Main St., Bristol, VT, Phone: 802-453-3311

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24.von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall

von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall
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von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Restaurant sits on the Trapp Family Lodge grounds, providing convenient access to mountain bike and cross-country ski trails. The brewery and bierhall opened in 2010 and increased in size in 2015, with the ability to produce 35,000 barrels each year. There are fresh lager beers along with freshly-prepared meals featuring Austrian cuisine. All year round, you can enjoy Helles Golden Lager, Vienna Style Lager, Vienna 12-pack cans, variety packs, Dunkel Lager, and Bohemian Pilsner. Rotating bottles and cans include Weissbier, Kolsch, Oktoberfest, Trosten, Bock Bier, Double IPL, and Hoppy Marzen. Other brews include the Double India Pale Lager. If you prefer, you can also get wine, Stowe Hard Cider, Rookie’s Ginger or Root Beer, KIS Kombucha, soft drinks, or Vermont Artisan fair trade coffee and tea. Save room for some food to go with your beer as many of the meals are prepared using the wood-fired Parrilla grill. The food menu includes Bavarian pretzels, lager cheese soup, sandwiches, brats, chicken schnitzel, grill platters, kebabs, vegetables and faro, salmon, salads, and dessert. Be sure to check the calendar before you visit this brewery since they host several events every week, including multiple weekend live performances and activities.

1333 Luce Hill Road, Stowe, VT, Phone: 802-253-5750

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25.Zero Gravity Brewery

Zero Gravity Brewery
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Zero Gravity Brewery has two locations, their Pine Street Brewery and the Brewpub at Flatbread. There is some overlap between the beers on offer at each location. The core brews are Green State Lager (a pilsner), Cone Head (an India pale ale), and Little Wolf (a pale ale). At Pine Street Brewery, you can enjoy the first two of these plus Mungo Berry (an American sour ale), Black Cat Porter, Ricky Bobby (an American porter), Conehead (an American pale ale), Madonna (a double IPA), and Oktoberfest (a Marzen lager). You will find all of the above on tap at Flatbread Brewpub, except Mungo Berry and Madonna, but with the additions of Leroy (an American brown ale), Forty Thieves (a double IPA), Nebulae (an India pale ale), Gose, London Calling (an English ordinary bitter), TLA IPA, and Jaguar Shark (a pale ale). Pine Street Brewery is the larger location and it opened in 2015 as a 30-barrel brewhouse plus tasting room, beer garden, and retail shop. The Brewpub at Flatbread is a brewery and restaurant created by the team and opened in 2004.

716 Pine Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-497-0054 and 115 St. Paul Street, Burlington, VT, Phone: 802-861-2999

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