Quick – think of a product that exemplifies Vermont. For many people, that product is maple syrup. While we can’t fault anyone for answering that way, there’s another liquid that Vermont might be even better at, a challenger to the throne of syrup supremacy. That’s right, we’re talking about craft beer.
Craft beer in Vermont isn't ust a hobby. For many, it’s a full-blown obsession. Vermont currently has more than 40 operating breweries and brewpubs, giving it the most breweries per capita of any state in the U.S. Furthermore, some of the country’s most popular and sought-after microbrews come from the Green Mountain State, including the famed Magic Hat #9 and the Alchemist Brewery's legendary Heady Topper. These breweries are only the tip of the iceberg, thou when it comes to Vermont craft beer. Be sure to add these new and notable Vermont breweries to your tab the next time you visit.
It might look like a restaurant, but don’t be fooled – Whetstone Station is about as micro as a microbrewery can get. Along with their delicious food and outdoor biergarten, the restaurant operates an “experimental nano-brewery” that only produces about six kegs worth of beer at any one time. These brews are totally unique – so unique, in fact, that they even publish the recipes on their website so you can tell what’s going on in your mouth as you drink. They're not worried about the competition stealing them, because they'll never make the same beer twice, anyway.
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Hermit Thrush Brewery, Brattleboro's newest puts its tagline, “Belgian Inspired Ales, Brewed Responsibly.” to good use. The brewers use a combination of oldschool techniques and green technologies to produce top-quality Belgian-style beers with a contemporary twist and minimal environmental impact. Visitors to Hermit Thrush Brewery can take a tour, enjoy beer tasting flights, or fill a growler to take home with them with their choice of beer. Currently they have about nine varieties on tap, but they change their brews frequently so be sure to check ahead if you’re looking for something in particular.
Hop 'n Moose
Another brewery-slash-restaurant, Rutland’s Hop ‘n Moose combines great locally produced foods with even better locally produced beers. Enjoy a flight of house beers alongside a platter of delicious Vermont cheeses, or enjoy a sandwich or wood-fired pizza alongside a pint of your favorite brew. Hop ‘n Moose also features live music acts many evenings, and 32 and 64-ounce growlers for sale with your choice of beer inside. Either way you’ll enjoy some great unique craft beer and some tasty treats.
Okay, so this one isn’t technically a brewery, but if you’re a craft beer fan you’ll want to check it out anyway. Pizzapalooza serves a combination of local craft beers and Vermont brewery favorites, making this the perfect one-stop-shop for your Vermont craft beer search. You’ll find some of the most famous and desired Vermont beers for sale in this Wilmington pizzeria, meaning you won’t have to drive across the entire state just to try another great beer.