Vermont Mom’s Favorite Vermont Breweries

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I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are kind of a lot of breweries in Vermont. And they’re good. Really good. World-class even. Who knew!

As of May 2019, there were 56 operating Vermont breweries or brewpubs.

In 2011, 2012, and 2014, Vermont was ranked as having the most breweries, nanobreweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs per capita. You could visit a different Vermont brewery every weekend for a year and still not hit them all!

Visitors come to Vermont to enjoy the breweries on over 15 different Beer Trails. Some Vermont brewers have even been credited with creating their own “IPA revolution”.

With so many breweries, it can be hard to pick a favorite – or to visit them all! But, we’ve come up with a list of our favorites so you can get started!

Glossary of Terms:
IPA – India Pale Ale
DIPA – Double (or Imperial) IPA – more hops and higher alcohol content than an IPA
NEPA – New England IPA
VPA – Vermont IPA
ABV – Alcohol by volume, this is the percentage of alcohol in each beverage

Here are our favorite Vermont breweries (in no particular order):

Burlington Beer Company

Location: Williston, VT

Favorite brew: Strawberry Whale Cake

Why we love it: It’s fruity, fresh, seasonal, and delicious!

Do they serve food? Yes!

Is it kid-friendly? Call ahead to inquire.

Idletyme Brewing

Hallie and her family enjoy Vermont breweriesLocation: Stowe, VT

Favorite brew: Pink & Pale

Why we love it: This is a grapefruit lover’s dream! This brew has been described as light, slightly sweet, and delicate.

Do they serve food? Yes, a full menu that’s simple and seasonal.

Is it kid-friendly? Yes, Idletyme is family-friendly and has a cool atmosphere. A kids’ menu is available for kids under 12.

Rutland Beer Works

Vermont breweries have a large selection of beers to offerLocation: Rutland, VT

Favorite brew: Better Dayz

Why we love it: Double IPA with 8% ABV. It’s a light beer that tastes refreshing and you’ll put on a good buzz.

Do they serve food? Food is available at their brewpub, Hop’n Moose Pub at Rutland Beer Works, but is not available at the production brewery.

Is it kid-friendly? Yes, very! The menu is full of appetizers and pizza. Kids love the jumbo pretzel.

Alchemist Beer

Location: Waterbury, VT (not open to the public) and Stowe, VT (visitor center, retail, and tasting)

Favorite brew: Focal Banger

Why we love it: Heady Topper might get all of the attention, but Focal Banger has that classic IPA taste that is hoppy with a really smooth finish. It’s an American IPA with 7% ABV.

Do they serve food? No, food is not served but there is a retail store where you can purchase merch.

Is it kid-friendly? You can stop into the visitor center in Stowe with kids. There’s also an open lawn area outside of the brewery, that isn’t specifically designed for kids, but does provide kids with an area to run around.

Long Trail Brewing Company

Kids enjoy Vermont Breweries when they're embarrassing their parents.Location: Bridgewater Corners, VT

Favorite brew: Trail Hopper

Why we love it: This American IPA is sharp, crisp, and almost tangy. Very flavorful for having 4.75% ABV.

Do they serve food? Yes. Burgers, fries, etc.

Is it kid-friendly? Yes, kids are more than welcome in the restaurant but not on the brewery floor. The outdoor seating along the Ottauquechee River is especially nice for kids.

River Roost Brewery

Location: White River Junction, VT

Favorite brew: Mas Verde

Why we love it: A smooth New England IPA. Some even describe it as tropical!

Do they serve food? No.

Is it kid-friendly? No.

Liambru Tasty

Location: Proctor, VT

Favorite brew: Sinister Surfer

Why we love it: Double dry-hopped IPA with 8% ABV. It just tastes good – perfect for summer!

Do they serve food? No.

Is it kid-friendly? The beer is brewed at the Rutland Beer Works production brewery which is not open to kids.

Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Location: Shelbourne, VT

Favorite brew: Second Fiddle

Why we love it: It’s flavorful, smooth, and hoppy but still tastes pretty light! Exactly what you want from a New England IPA!

Do they serve food? No.

Is it kid-friendly? No.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, VT

Favorite brew: Sip of Sunshine

Why we love it: It’s got a tropical fruit aroma with a citrus spike. Smooth, hoppy, and bitter.

Do they serve food? Yes, a wide array of food is available.

Is it kid-friendly? Yes, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Foam Brewers

Location: Burlington, VT and Hinesburg, VT

Favorite brew: Built to Spill

Why we love it: Built to Spill is a double IPA with citrus, pineapple, and tangerine notes.

Do they serve food? Yes, snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, and crabs are available at the Burlington location.

Is it kid-friendly? Yes, kids are welcome to dine at the Deep City location in Burlington.

Lost Nation Brewing

Location: Morrisville, VT

Favorite brew: Saison Lamoille

Why we love it: This brew is a slightly lower alcohol version of the classic farmhouse style. It’s a hazy golden beer with notes of fruit and spice.

Do they serve food? Rustic, pub inspired fare served by Honest Food Chef, Erik Larson.

Is it kid-friendly? Kids are welcome to dine in the taproom.

Vermont Pub & Brewery

Location: Burlington, VT

Favorite brew: Forbidden Fruit

Why we love it: This light, refreshing fruit beer is fermented with over 500 pounds of real raspberries!

Do they serve food? Yes, starters, salads, and burgers.

Is it kid-friendly? Yes, a kids’ menu is available.

14th Star Brewing Co.

Location: St. Albans, VT

Favorite brew: Valor

Why we love it: Valor is a hoppy Amber Ale balanced with a citrusy hop flavor and aroma. It has a clean bitterness and a slight caramel sweetness.

Do they serve food? Yes, burgers and sandwiches.

Is it kid-friendly? Yes, a kids’ menu is available.

Hermit Thrush Brewery

Location: Brattleboro, VT

Favorite brew: Sunset Lake: grapefruit and rosemary

Why we love it: It’s brewed with wild Brattleboro mixed culture yeast, grapefruit juice, and fresh rosemary.

Do they serve food? No

Is it kid-friendly? No

Four Quarters Brewing

Location: Winooski, VT

Favorite brew: 4 Non-Blondes

Why we love it: This is a blonde ale with chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, and coconut.

Do they serve food? The taproom is currently closed, but please call to see if it will open after the publication of this post

Is it kid-friendly? When the taproom is open, children are welcome.

Comment below and let us know your favorite Vermont brewery. We love to check out new spots all over VT. And, let us know what we should try first! Summer is the ideal time to sample all the VT brews. And please drink responsibly.

Vermont Mom's Favorite Vermont Breweries

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Julie McNulty
Julie and her husband, Mike, were both born and raised in Southern New Jersey, but recently relocated to Vermont! Though new to the Green Mountain State, it already feels like home and they love the swimming, hiking, and skiing. Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Theology. She spent the past ten years working with kids and teens but, these days, she's a part-time work from home/full-time mom to her crazy boys, Luke- 5 and Liam- 4. Julie enjoys reading big books, writing witty blog posts, cooking new recipes, indulging in celebrity gossip, watching trashy reality TV, and doing anything outdoors with her kids and husband. Julie is on the blog team at Hike it Baby and she is a branch ambassador for the Rutland/Killington, VT Hike it Baby branch. You can follow her adventures on Instagram, @catch_us_in_VT or at UR Basic Mom (https://www.facebook.com/urbasicmom/)

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