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Vermont BREWERIES - VT Brews

Vermonters hold a profound appreciation for authenticity and a strong distaste for anything less. Vermont's rise to prominence as a premier beer destination wasn't swift; it was the result of a pioneering generation now revered by today's brewers, alongside a fresh wave of innovators. They refuse to compromise the integrity of their beers for mass appeal, as they stand behind something greater than themselves.
 

Throughout Vermont, diversity in styles and tastes abounds, united by a shared spirit. Each sip reveals a new facet of our state's character, from the trailblazing brewers who laid the foundation of our craft to the burgeoning taprooms awaiting discovery by a new generation.

The next step is yours, find your favorite VT Brews by visiting a local brewery tap room 

WOODSTOCK AREA

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Long Trail Brewing Co. 

Long Trail Brewing Co. The first batch of Long Trail Ale® rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery—known as the Mountain Brewers—was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, with the goal to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves. At the time, the craft brewing industry in America was on the rise and Vermont was better known for maple syrup than beer. In 1989, Long Trail Ale® hit the taps at local watering holes; blazing the trail for Vermont's craft brewing industry. 

Tel: 802-672-5011          https://longtrail.com/

Address: 5520 US-4, Bridgewater, VT 05035

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RIVER ROOST BREWERY 

River Roost Brewery offers aromatic, hop forward, full flavored beers brewed in 10BBL batches. Established in 2016, owner and operator Mark Babson, a former brewer and quality technician in the industry, now spends his days in the brewhouse or behind the bar creating favorites like Más Verde, Mo’rilla, and Glimpse. Samples and growler fills are offered onsite from a small retail/tasting room – No food or seating. A rotating selection of beers are available in 64oz and 32oz refillable growlers. Only clean growlers can be refilled.

Tel: 802-698-8715           https://www.riverroostbrewery.com/

Address: 230 S Main St, Hartford, VT 05001

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MIDDLEBURY AREA

Otter Creek Brewing Company

Vermont's Otter Creek Brewing Company has been hitting, hopping, and dosing brews with creativity since acid-wash jeans were hip. Following the addition of a state-of-the-art brew house and more canning capacity, the OCB Crew is continuing down the path of innovation, throwing a bit of kind into the kettle whenever possible. OCB's hop-soaked ales and lagers are available throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

Tel: 802-388-0727          https://ottercreekbrewing.com/

Address: 793 Exchange St, Middlebury, VT 05753

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Otter Creek Brewing Company

Vermont's Otter Creek Brewing Company has been hitting, hopping, and dosing brews with creativity since acid-wash jeans were hip. Following the addition of a state-of-the-art brew house and more canning capacity, the OCB Crew is continuing down the path of innovation, throwing a bit of kind into the kettle whenever possible. OCB's hop-soaked ales and lagers are available throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

Tel: 802-989-7414          https://dropinbeer.com/

Address: 610 US-7, Middlebury, VT 05753

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Golden Rule Mead

Golden Rule Mead exists because of the human drive for creative expression. We want to make something we love, and we love making that which surprises and delights those around us. The Golden Rule necessitates that we constantly practice our trade with respect - for our home and all that lives on it. We will constantly seek to refine our practices to do our part in reducing and balancing out what damage has already been done and to share that knowledge and vision with our peers. We hope that our work gives people another good reason to come together, to respect and inspire each other and themselves.

We brew our mead at the Artesano Meadery in Groton, Vermont. Each of our meads starts with 100% Vermont-origin raw honey, and we do everything we can to source fruits, herbs, spices, and vegetables from farms around the state.

Tel: 719-216-2911          https://www.goldenrulebrew.com/

Address: 8 Elm St, Middlebury, VT 05753

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Woodchuck Hard Cider

Woodchuck Hard Cider WE WORK HARD TO SOURCE THE FINEST INGREDIENTS AND USE THEM TO HANDCRAFT ONLY THE HIGHEST QUALITY CIDER.

We single-handedly reinvented the U.S. hard cider category in 1991 through our flagship Woodchuck Amber. In the 20-plus years that followed, we have pushed the boundaries of the cider category while our passion to innovate has mirrored our insistence on handcrafted quality.  We are firmly rooted in Vermont and our cider is made in a cidery, not alongside mass-market beer. We follow our own independent spirit when crafting our ciders. At a time when most were focused on the craft beer segment we passionately stayed our course to innovate and educate consumers on a traditional American beverage. In fact, cider is now the fastest-growing segment in the US. Staying true to our roots, Woodchuck is Real Cider from a Real Place™.

Tel: 802-385-3656           https://www.woodchuck.com/

Address: 1321 Exchange St, Middlebury, VT 05753

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Hogback Mountain Brewery

Hogback Mountain Brewery was founded in 2015 by Kevin Hanson with his love of brewing. In 2018 Jamie and Sam Sawyer were looking for a new adventure in the Vermont craft beer scene and Kevin was looking to have more time to mow his lawn. Everything made perfect sense and in 2019 Hogback Mountain Brewery will move from Kevin’s carriage barn to its new location on Rocky Dale Road in Bristol, Vermont. Though Jamie and Sam are changing locations and will branch out with a taproom this spring, the mission of "local supporting local" has never changed.  Sam is a 2017 graduate of the American Brewer's Guild and is the creative force behind many of our brews.

Tel: 802-643-2304          https://www.hogbackbrew.com/

Address: 372 Rockydale Road, Bristol, VT 05443

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Brandon breweries

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Foley Brothers Brewing

Foley Brothers Brewing - It’s a family affair at Foley Brothers Brewing in Brandon, Vermont. Father, Bob Foley, and wife Rhonda bought The Inn at Neshobe River in 2006 and started the Neshobe River Winery. Five years into running the family winery he recalls the younger Foley generation began experimenting with making beer, first with ginger wheat and brown ale and Foley Brothers Brewing was born in 2012. Siblings Pat, Dan, and Christine were the founders. While working in the family winery Pat and Dan traveled and worked in wineries in California, New Zealand, and South Africa. Christine Lea, Patrick’s wife hails from Durban South Africa, and has been an integral part of the business since the very beginning. The flagship Double IPA, Fair Maiden is named after Christine!

Tel: 802-465-8413          https://foleybrothersbrewing.com/

Address: 79 Stone Mill Dam Rd, Brandon, VT 05733

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Red Clover Ale Co.

Red Clover Ale Co. I think this may be easiest to do from my point of view. Andy is married to my oldest sister Stephanie. I am married to Riker’s older sister Abi. We are like a brother-in-law chain and I am the middle link. If we continue with this chain metaphor, it takes all three links to hold up this brewery and make it go. We all bring different and important skills and experiences to the table. Our taproom and branding are inspired by our family’s farming history. Riker and I managed a dairy farm for five years, and that is where this brewery idea was hatched. Growing up and working on my family’s 6th generation family dairy farm taught me the value of hard work. It also taught me that a good cold beer at the end of a day of hard work is one of the best things in this world. I love that in both farming and brewing beer, you get out what you put in. You can see (and taste) your progress and you can’t take any shortcuts if you want to be successful. It’s stressful and satisfying and complicated and wonderful all at the same time. Just how life should be. 

Tel: 802-465-8412          https://redcloverale.com/

Address: 43 Center St, Brandon, VT 05733

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Burlington Area Breweries

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids

Our name is our promise. Everything we do gets our finest effort. That means we source the best ingredients available. We brew with passion and precision. And we protect freshness with a singular commitment to cold. Cold Stored. Cold Shipped. Cold Shelved.™ All to delight our fans and to keep every beer brewery-fresh.

Wherever you find our beers, you will see our commitment to cultivate healthy, vibrant communities. Take a sip of any of our world-class brews and you’ll discover that Lawson’s Finest Liquids is always made finest and kept freshest.  FINEST. FRESHEST. ALWAYS KEPT COLD.™

Founded in 2008 in Warren, Vermont as a 1bbl home-based brewery. Fans quickly sought out our beer, prompting an expansion in 2011 to a 7bbl system and the launch of our flagship IPA, Sip of Sunshine in 2014.  Lawson’s Finest opened our destination Brewery, Taproom and Retail store in Waitsfield in 2018, finally giving a space to welcome visitors. Our beer can be found in nine states across the Northeast. To learn more about the epic origin story, check out our history page.

Tel: 802-496-4677           https://www.lawsonsfinest.com/

Taproom Address: 155 Carroll Road, Waitsfield, VT 05673

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Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Fiddlehead Brewing Company is a brewer-owned business. Crafting approachable, multidimensional beers, while growing responsibly with a focus on the arts and positively impacting those in our communities – one pint at a time. Fiddlehead Brewing Company is located just outside of Burlington, VT in the scenic town of Shelburne. Our owner and Brewmaster Matt “Matty O” Cohen opened the doors on New Year’s Eve of 2011 and since then we have gained worldwide acclaim with our lineup of approachable, multidimensional beers.  When we first opened in 2011, we did so with a completely manual 15-barrel system and just 30 barrels of capacity. Within the first month Fiddlehead IPA, the flagship ale, was on tap with at over 50 bars and restaurants in Vermont. With immediate success, we quickly outgrew the 3,000-foot space that was split between retail and production. After the last fermenter was added in 2015, we knew we needed a bigger boat. 

Tel: 802-399-2994           https://fiddleheadbrewing.com/

Address: 6305 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482

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Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity - One of the distinguishing elements of Zero Gravity beer is an adherence to the outstanding qualities of classic beer styles. This requires painstaking attention to technique and recipe. Using the best malt and hops, their beers are matured to completion. They strive for internal balance above all. This mode—call it an unwavering commitment to the level of quality found in the great beers of the world—is not at odds with experimental brewing. It quietly underpins the work of the best creative breweries in America that serve as the foundation on which their beers are built.

Tel: 802-497-0054          https://www.zerogravitybeer.com/

Address: 716 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401

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The Switchback Brewing Company

The Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002 with one goal in mind – to brew unexpected, relatable, great-tasting beer. Business partners Bill Cherry and Jeff Neiblum combined Bill’s expertise in brewing and science with Jeff’s experience as a business entrepreneur. The very first pint of Switchback ever served was at Ake’s Place in Burlington, VT on October 22, 2002. The idea that became Switchback Ale was developed in Bill’s imagination, with no test brewing. He envisioned maximizing complexity, flavor, and delivering beer the way a brewmaster experiences it. To do this, the beer is left unfiltered and is carbonated 100% naturally in a special process using yeast. The result is a beer that defies easy description because it is brewed to a flavor idea and not based on any existing style guidelines. All Switchback beers are brewed this way.

Today, the Switchback lineup has grown to include over 20 beers as year-round offerings, rotating specials, and limited releases and we haven’t stopped reimagining flavor.

Tel: 802-651-4114           https://www.switchbackvt.com/

Address: 160 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT 05401

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FROST BEER WORKS

Crafters of tropical, balanced, delicious hazy IPAs. Proudly brewed in Vermont.  Keeping beer cold is important, especially hazy IPAs, which are our jam. Warm temps accelerate the aging process and rapidly remove those delicious flavors and aromas we work to create in our products. That’s why cold storage on our end, refrigerated transportation, pallet parkas (pictured), and cold retail placement are so important to us because, in their absence, they negatively impact your experience.

https://www.frostbeerworks.com/

Address: 171 Commerce St, Hinesburg, VT 05461

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FOAM BREWERS

Founded in 2016 by an eclectic group of industry professionals with a shared appreciation for brewing, science, art, music, and culture. If you would like to get to know more about the individuals behind the brewery, stop on by for a little Foam.

Lake Street is our original location where it all started in 2016. Here we continue to brew at full capacity to provide almost all of the draft beer for this beautiful spot with a westward view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. We are open daily for on-site service and beer to-go.

Tel: 802-399-2511           https://www.foambrewers.com/

Address: 112 Lake Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

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STOW Breweries

The Alchemist - Producers of Heady Topper

The Alchemist is a family-run brewery specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA. John and Jen Kimmich originally opened The Alchemist as a 60-seat brew pub in the village of Waterbury in 2003. After eight years of success and growing popularity, they decided to open a small production brewery. Today The Alchemist currently operates two breweries in Vermont and distributes Heady Topper and Focal Banger throughout the state. In early 2011 we built the Alchemist Cannery, a 15-barrel brewery and canning line, for the production of our flagship IPA Heady Topper. The first cans of Heady Topper rolled off the line just two days after Tropical Storm Irene demolished The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. Today, we move all of our beer weekly in a concerted effort to provide the freshest, hoppiest packaged IPA on the market. Heady Topper is brewed only in Waterbury, Vermont, and is distributed throughout the state. Our Waterbury brewery is not open to the public. However, we distribute a portion of Heady Topper to our Stowe brewery and Visitor’s Center for retail sales and tasting. Opened in July 2016, this state-of-the-art facility was designed to be as low impact as possible while providing us with enough space to serve our community and the growing number of beer tourists to Vermont. Our second year-round beer, Focal Banger, is brewed in Stowe as well as seasonal beers that rotate throughout the year. The Alchemist Brewery and Visitor’s Center in Stowe provides samples of beer for tasting, retail beer sales, merchandise, and a fun, educational experience.

Tel: 802-882-8165           https://alchemistbeer.com/

Address: 100 Cottage Club Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

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Von Trapp Brewing

Experience Vermont's largest brewery on a von Trapp Brewery Tour in Stowe Vermont! Located next to our Bierhall, our state-of-the-art Rolec brewing system and our fresh spring water help product some of the freshest and delicious lagers outside of Austria.

 

Johannes worked to start a brewery at Trapp Family Lodge. It became a reality in the spring of 2010, when von Trapp Brewery officially opened. Our brewery was originally a modest facility located in the lower level of the Lodge’s Kaffehaus. In 2015 we opened our 30,000 sq. ft. brewery located on Luce Hill Rd. featuring a Rolec Brew House and capable of producing up to 36,000 barrels of beer annually.

Tel: 802-253-5750          https://www.vontrappbrewing.com/

Address: 1333 Luce Hill Road. Stowe VT 05672

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Idletyme Brewing Co.

Our beer lineup represents a traditional take on classic European brewing with a healthy dose of the Vermont hop culture thrown in for good measure. Whether your preference is a brown or pale ale, Helles Lager, or our famous Idletyme Double IPA, you will not be disappointed by Brewmaster Will Gilson’s offerings.

 

Located on the Mountain Road in Stowe! On tap, you will find lagers from straw golden to big and malty; ales that are intensely quaffable; double IPA’s, Belgian influenced ales, very limited seasonal experiments, and Will’s famous New England. Come visit the taproom and tavern!

Tel: 802-253-4765      https://idletymetapandtavern.com/

Address: 1859 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont 05672

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Braintree, Chelsea & South Royalton VT - Relatively Close to Each Other

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Brent Hill Brewery

Brent Hill Brewery - A great place to stop by if you are going to Jay Peak.  

Our brewery is located on our 16-acre farm in the Braintree mountain range of central Vermont. We aim to produce an array of unique and artistic beers using as many ingredients as we can from our own land. We are currently growing some of our own hops, as well as blackberries, blueberries, currants, and cherries. We look forward to sharing our story with you over one of our refreshing brews

Tel: 802-565-5103          https://www.benthillbrewery.com/

Address: 1972 Bent Hill Rd, Braintree, VT 05060

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Brocklebank Craft Brewing

Brocklebank Craft Brewing is a one-and-a-half barrel nano-brewery in Tunbridge. We opened in 2015. We brew all kinds of beers, including IPAs, pilsners, stouts, and fruit beers, and distribute to a dozen bars and restaurants in central Vermont. Brocklebank is owned by Ben and Anne Linehan. Ben is a master plumber who also owns Brocklebank Craft Plumbing. He started brewing in 2009 and his beers have won ribbons at a number of competitions. Anne organizes the annual Vermont Nanobrewery Festival in August at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. NanoFest is a celebration of Vermont’s smallest breweries. 

Tel: 802-685-4838          http://www.brocklebankvt.com/

Address: 357 Dickerman Hill Rd, Chelsea, VT 05038

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Upper Pass Beer Co.

Upper Pass Beer Co. was born in the fall of 2015 and brews 5 BBL batches in the hills of Tunbridge, VT on an open flame 4-vessel nanosystem. We released our first beer at the Tunbridge World's Fair in September of 2015 and are happy to be a part of the Vermont brew scene. We experiment with beer styles that emphasize hop-centric (APA, IPA, DIPA), malty (stouts, brown ales), or yeast-influenced (saison, farmhouse) ale styles. In addition to our small batch, limited release Tunbridge beers, a number of our beers are brewed by contract in Stowe, VT on a gorgeous 50 BBL Rolec system (Von Trapp Brewery) These include First Drop American Pale Ale, Cloud Drop DIPA, Moove On Up Milk Stout, Hip 2 the Hops IPA, Waimea Waves, Wellie Nelson IPA, Little Farmhouse Saison, Spiral Galaxy Pale Ale, Love Seat DIPA, Fred Red Ale, Lotus Mode IPA, and Cashmere Hoodie IPA. These large-batch beers are widely distributed across the state of Vermont both on tap and in 16 oz cans.

Tel: 802-763-0010          https://www.upperpassbeer.com/

Address: 228 Chelsea St, South Royalton, VT 05068

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Jay Peak Area

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Kingdom Brewing

Kingdom Brewing - Straight From the Land to Your GlassBrian and Jenn Cook created Kingdom Brewing with the intent to brew authentic craft beers from a wide variety of locally produced ingredients.  Starting with American-grown grains, they combine farm chemistry and heirloom recipes with ingredients from their farm and greenhouse such as maple sap, spruce tips, and berries to create a variety of light to robust seasonal beers.

Tel: 802-334-7096          https://kingdombrewingvt.com/

Address: 353 Coburn Hill Rd, Newport, VT 05855

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