20 Bomb Vermont Breweries
By Leah Fishman @leahfishman
Vermont is known for fall foliage, winter sports, maple syrup, and, perhaps most importantly, bomb local brew. I’ve lived in Vermont for 10 years + I've tasted lots and lots of beer. From lakeside gems to mountaintop beauties, here are my absolute fave Vermont breweries.
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- Frost Beer Works
A quick and super scenic 25 minute drive from downtown Burlington. IPA-heavy selection, perfect for hop-lovers, with rotating seasonal stouts, pale ales, brown ales and porters. 4-packs available at most local grocery stores. While in Hinesburg, make the quick hike up Mount Philo and then grab a bite on the patio at the Hinesburg Public House (if you don't order the brussel sprouts, you're doing it wrong).
- Foam Brewers
The perfect summertime spot on the Burlington Waterfront, highlights include: 8oz pours, bomb charcuterie and cheese boards, visiting food trucks, and local live music. Their new restaurant, Deep City, is right next door and offers a locally-sourced and vegan-friendly menu. Pro tip: hit up Foam around 7-8pm to snag a seat on the patio and a view of the sunset over Lake Champlain.
- Weird Window Brewing
Named after the weird AF "witch windows" that are found on old Vermont farmhouses, South Burlington's Weird Window Brewing is one of the youngest breweries on this list — est. mid-2020 during an actual world-wide pandemic. Weird Window's tap-list values approachability and diversity, offering "something for everybody."
- Prohibition Pig Brewery
Beer and BBQ? It doesn't get any better. The restaurant in the front of the house is slammed open to close. To get your hands on some beer and an open chair, head to the brewery in the back. Casual, chill, 14 in-house brews on tap. Grab one of their bottles of BBQ sauce to go.
- Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Fiddlehead's tasting room in Shelburne — right across the street from the Shelburne Museum (a must do)—offers taste tests, cans, growler refills and kegs. The best part about Fiddlehead is their partnership with Follino's. Wood fired pizza with naturally leavened crust. BYOB is easy here with Fiddlehead right next door.
- Burlington Beer Company
Fun n funky with a wide range of hop-forward Pales Ales, IPAs, Double IPAs, and Triple IPAs. Retro games, flights, pints, and a pup-friendly new patio are just some of the highlights.
- The Bobcat Cafe and Brewery
When you walk up to this cute small-town cafe, you'd have no idea that there's a full brewery behind the twinkle-light lined windows and walls covered in local art. The food is hearty and warm, vegan options are a'plenty, and the beer is crafted with care.
- Good Measure Brewing Co.
The best dog-friendly taproom in central Vermont with friendly staff, weekly brews, and a coffee shop right next door. Early Riser is easily one of the best beers currently coming out of Vermont.
- Rock Art Brewery
30 minutes from Stowe and just 10 from Lake Elmore, Rock Art is quant (think: local artists, syrups and jams) with an amazing atmosphere and beer. Try their 8-beer flight to sample everything on tap, or ask for a free sample. The Vermont Maple Wheat Ale is a local fave. Visit the close-by Lost Nation Brewery while in Morrisville.
- The Otter Creek Brewery
Cute & cozy, Otter Creek Brewery is s known for its incredibly kind staff, commitment to sustainability, and bangin' pub menu. Their Daily Dose IPA is a staple.
- Lost Nation Brewing
A quick stop off from the 93-mile Rail Trail (bike it in the summer, snowshoe in the winter). Lost Nation is all about farm-to-table food and small-batch craft beer. My fave is the Mosaic: single-hop IPA that's equal parts hoppy and fruity.
- Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Lawson's Sip of Sunshine is hands-down my go-to Vermont brew. The brewery and taproom in Waitsfield offers a full menu, light fare, a retail store and and brewery tours. Not only does Lawson's have some of the absolute best beer on this list , but it's also in the best location: the Mad River Valley is jam-packed with good eats (American Flatbread, Stoke Ramen Bar), scenic hikes (Sunset Ledge Trail), maple creemees (Canteen Creemee Co.), winter fun (Sugarbush, Mad River Glen), and secret swimming holes (no way I'm giving you this one).
- Hill Farmstead Brewery
Voted the best brewery in the world for the for the 5th straight year in 2019. Surrounded by mountains in the hills of the Northeast Kingdom. Hill Farmstead Brewery is a must-stop for those passing through (+ a worthwhile detour for those who aren't). Open Wednesday-Friday.
- 14th Star Brewing Co.
This veteran-owned craft brewery is located in the up-and-coming Saint Albans, VT. With a huge part of their mission focused on community give-back, 14th Star is the feel-good pick on this list. Popular year-round drafts include the B-72 and Maple Breakfast Stout. While in Saint Albans, personal recs include: the Vermont Maple Festival (every spring), Twiggs Gastropub, and Catalyst Coffee Bar.
- von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall
The hills are alive. Founded by a member of the von Trapp fam (yes, that von Trapp fam) over a decade ago, the Brewery & Bierhall are an ode to the lagers found across the countryside of Austria. On the same property, the iconic Trapp Family Lodge will transport you back in time and offers Austrian-inspired architecture and stunning mountain views.
- The Alchemist Stowe
Home of the award-winning Heady Topper (rated the 5th best beer in the entire world by Beer Advocate) and located in the literal cutest small town in all of New England, The Alchemist obviously has a lot going for it. But don't let the hype fool you. This family-run brewery is surprisingly down-to-earth with friendly staff, free 2oz samples, and on-site cans for purchase (cans are pretty hard to find in stores and sell out fast). While in Stowe: take a dip in Bingham Falls, zipline at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, and take a walk thorough Smugglers Notch State Park.
- Four Quarters Brewing
An actual hidden gem in Winooski (off the beaten path, in an old auto garage), Four Quarters is one of the youngest and bravest breweries on this list. Specializing in sours, stouts, and hops, Four Quarters' tap list is nothing but pure fun. Archives include the: Cheery Chocolate Drop, Cider Donut Stout, Bloodbuzz, Blueberry shakedown, and Key Lime Pie Shakedown.
- Queen City Brewery
Another Pine Street beaut, Queen City Brewery is a must for Lager-lovers and brewery crawlers. You'll notice that even with an exceptionally large tap list, the classic Vermont IPA is mostly MIA and traditional European and German-style beers shine. Snag a spot on their patio and order a *chefs kiss* deelish deep-dish pie from Queen City's next door neighbor, Pizza 44.
- Switchback Brewing Co.
Another sweet find in Burlington's South End, Switchback's Flynn Ave brewery is a super safe bet for tourists who are looking to dip a toe in the Vermont Brewery scene. Their world-famous tap-list may be less experimental than some of the other spots on this list, but what they lack in crazy flavor profiles, they more than make up for in consistency and top-notch quality. Look for their classic amber bottle 6-packs at most grocery stores across the East Coast.
- Zero Gravity Brewery
"The best brewery in Vermont" - me. Smack dab in the middle of Burlington's artsy Pine Street, Zero Grav's perfect tap list, twinkling patio lights, and overall cool vibes push it to #1 on my list. Grab a flight in-house, or pick up a 4-pack of Little Wolf (APA), or Madonna (IIPA) at City Market. While on Pine street, hit up: Queen City Brewery for another round (right across the street), Arts Riot for live music and vegan eats, and Lake Champlain Chocolates for an end of the night treat.