Vermont Beer

Best Beer Destinations in Vermont

Around the end of January, RateBeer announces their awards for best new brewers, best beers in the world, best beers by style, best beer destinations, and so on. Every year, Vermont is being recognized more extensively for the seriously good craft beer being produced throughout our great state. In 2017, a whole […]

Lawsons Finest Liquids

Meet Sean Lawson: Lawson’s Finest Liquids

It’s a big day for craft beer in Vermont. Lawson’s Finest Liquids announced this morning that they will be opening a larger brewery, tap room and retail space in Waitsfield, Vermont, in the next year or so. Since Lawson’s start in the Mad River Valley eight years ago, locals and visitors […]

Best Vermont Brewers

5 Questions with Vermont’s Best Brewers

It’s no secret that I drink a lot—maybe too much—Vermont craft beer. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know some of Vermont’s best brewers well. Truth be told, they fascinate me. It takes a certain type of person to dedicate themselves to mastering the art of craft beer in such […]

Beer with a View at Trapp Lager Brewery, Stowe, Vermont

Top 10 Breweries in Vermont to Visit in 2016

Back in the summer of 2009 when Vermont was just starting to gain recognition as a leading producer of craft beer in the US, I finished the Vermont beer passport program from the Vermont Brewers’ Association in three days. Back then, it was manageable to drink your way around the state in […]

Best Beer Bars in Vermont

15 Best Beer Bars in Vermont

I spend way more time in bars in Vermont than I would like to—or should probably— admit. But, let’s face it, my waistline and bank account don’t lie. The many pubs, taverns and beer bars across the state are pouring some serious Green Mountain liquid gold right now that is simply […]

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Explore Vermont: August 2015 Events

With the impressive line-up of events in August in Vermont, it’s obvious we’re all  trying to get in as many outdoor activities before the arctic blast hits. Until snow flies, there are plenty of family friendly (and some not-so-family-friendly) events happening in the Green Mountain State. Here are some of my […]

Worthy Kitchen, Woodstock, Vermont

I’m proud to say I haven’t eaten in a “chain” restaurant in years. The local food movement in Vermont has spoiled me—and taught me better. The only real “chains” we have other than a few fast-food joints are independently owned restaurants with more than one location. And they just happen to be […]

Otter Creek Beer Dinner

Otter Creek Brewing: First Ever Beer Dinner

“Vermont, beer and food… it’s what it’s all about,” said Mike Gerhart, brewmaster at Otter Creek Brewing, as he welcomed locals, regulars and a few beer fantatics from afar to Otter Creek’s very first ever beer dinner in its 24-year history in mid-February. Mike’s statement really encompassed the evening, with plenty of […]

Beer with a View at Trapp Lager Brewery, Stowe, Vermont

Trapp Lager Brewery, Stowe, Vermont

Back in the summer 2009, I spent three days touring the 20+ breweries in Vermont as part of the Vermont Brewers Association Passport Program. Trapp Lager Brewery, located in Stowe, Vermont, wasn’t yet part of the passport program; it was one of the few breweries in Vermont that I […]

Prohibition Pig Waterbury, Vermont

Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, Vermont

The Alchemist, a restaurant and brewery previously located on Main Street in downtown Waterbury, used to be one of our favorite date-night spots. We’d take a leisurely drive over the Appalachian Gap and wind our way to Waterbury. The homecooked pub food and Wild Child on tap were worth every bit of the 80-minute drive (one way). Sadly, […]

Double Dose at Otter Creek Brewing

Otter Creek Brewing, Middlebury, Vermont

Otter Creek Brewing (OCB) is my local watering hole and has been since I could legally drink. Back then, samples were free-flowing, and you could go behind the scenes on tours of the facility. Now, Otter Creek Brewing’s distribution is much greater and the beer much better (Copper Ale […]

Sample Tray at Trapp Lager Brewing, Stowe, Vermont

Craft Breweries in Vermont

The state of Vermont might be small, but beer is big here; currently there are 34 craft breweries in the Green Mountain state. According to the Brewer’s Association state craft beer production and sales data from 2013, Vermont boasts 6.38 breweries per 100,000 people (ranking first nationally). In 2013, […]