Favorite Vermont Breweries and Beers from 2017

Winding down the inaugural year of Stowe Beer and looking back over breweries visited and beers tasted … here is a short list of some of my favorites!

Favorite Breweries … based on coolness vibe, views, eats, etc.

  1. Stone Corral Brewery
    Stone Corral Brewery

    Stone Corral Brewery (Richmond, Vermont). Original beers, great food, inside/outside seating and situated in scenic Richmond. Love the beer garden on a sunny Fall afternoon!

  2. Lost Nation Brewing (Morrisville, Vermont). Combine great beer with some of the best BBQ around, and this is a place you’ll come back to often. It’s also situated next to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, so you can pull over for a quick refresher during your bike or snowmobile trip!
  3. Whetstone Station (Brattleboro, Vermont). For those of you traveling to Vermont from the south, stop by this restaurant/brewery located abreast of the Connecticut River. Beautiful views, interesting pub food, and some fine beer make it a worthwhile visit.
Whetstone Station
The view from Whetstone Station


Favorite Beers

  1. Frost Beer Works’ (Hinesburg, Vermont) “Plush” double IPA (8.0% ABV) which glows hazy-orange in the glass and combines hoppy bitterness with slight fruity aftertastes.
  2. Upper Pass Beer Company’s (Tunbridge/Stowe, Vermont) “Cloud Drop” double IPA (8% ABV). “Cloud Drop” is brewed with six varieties of hops and is a tasty, yet smooth-drinking beverage. This is currently a hard beer to find, and supplies are being rationed.
  3. Lost Nation’s (Morrisville, Vermont) “Petit Ardennes” (4.2% ABV). This beer is rarely available outside the brewery … you may find the occasional Stowe restaurant with Petit on draft. This is a Belgian-style pale ale and is exceedingly crisp and not too bitter. I especially like the elevated carbonation level which gives it a biting finish on the tongue.

Favorite Brewery in the Field Research Series (clearly need to do more field research in 2018)

  1. November 3, 2017 - Logo of NOLA Brewing Company in New Orleans, LouisianaNOLA Brewing Company (New Orleans, Louisiana). With a huge selection of great beers and a scenic perch by the Mississippi River, I recommend a visit should you be in New Orleans with a thirst to quench. Plus they have a really cool web site!

Favorite Logo/Beer Glasses (most Vermont logos are great, but it is the way they look on a glass that is most appealing). Here are three of my favorites.

  1. Lost Nation’s pint glass
  2. Stone Corral’s snifter (hard to see the logo in the photo)
  3. Goodwater Brewery’s taster

The Cicerone says: I just scratched the surface of what Vermont has to offer … did you know that the Vermont Brewers Association now lists 56 breweries in the state, up from 51? I hope you get a chance to visit these and try some great beers. Much more to explore in 2018!

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