Although Burlington is not the capital of Vermont, it is the largest city and home to popular universities. Burlington is a great place to tour many breweries within a short distance.
1st Republic Brewing Company & Homebrew Supply Store
39 River Rd #6, Essex Junction, VT (map)
Open 10am – 9pm on Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday, 3-7pm on Wed & Thurs, and 3pm – 8pm on Friday. (Closed Mon & Tues).
Our take: 1st Republic Brewing is a veteran-owned small craft brewery
Zero Gravity Brewery
716 Pine St, Burlington VT (map)
Open Sun – Thurs Noon – 9pm, Fri & Sat Noon – 10pm
Our take: The IPAs are superb, but give the Bretthead a shot. Also, enjoy the vibe of the Burlington tech and art scene at this brewery.
740 Marshall Ave, Williston VT (map)
Hours: Sun 1pm – 5pm, Closed Mon / Tues, Wed – Fri 3pm – 8pm, Sat Noon – 8pm.
Our take: If you’re looking for a bright, clean, friendly escape from the shopping madhouse that is the Williston area, stop in for a pint at Goodwater Brewery.
Frost Beer Works
171 Commerce St, Hinesburg VT (map)
Open only Friday 4pm – 7pm and Saturday Noon – 7pm
Our take: Frost Beer Works makes great beer and is one of our favorites. Their Lush Double IPA is their flagship and extremely popular.
112 Lake St, Burlington VT (map)
Open Tues & Wed 12p – 9pm, Thurs 12p– 10pm, Fri – Sat 12p – 11pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm.
Our take: Situated in an ideal location right on the Lake Champlain waterfront.
Simple Roots Brewing Company
1127 North Ave #8, Burlington VT (map)
Open Wed: 4-8pm, Thurs 4-9pm, Fri 3-pm, Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-5pm
Farnham Ale & Lager VT
82 Ethan Allen Dr, South Burlington VT (map)
Open Thurs & Fri 3pm – 9pm, Sat 1pm – 9pm, Sun 1pm – 6pm
Magic Hat Brewing Company
5 Bartlett Bay Rd, South Burlington VT (map)
Open Mon – Sat 11am – 7pm, Sunday Noon – 5pm
Burlington Beer Company
25 Omega Dr, #150, Williston VT (map)
Open Mon – Thurs Noon – 8pm, Fri & Sat Noon – 9pm, Sun Noon – 7pm.
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
144 College St, Burlington VT (map)
Open daily 11:30am – 1am
Queen City Brewery
703 Pine St, Burlington VT (map)
Open: Tues & Wed 12-8pm, Thurs – Sat 12 – 10pm, and Sun 12-7pm. Closed Monday.
Switchback Brewing Co, 160 Flynn Ave Burlington
Switchback has been a long-time staple of the Vermont beer scene. [Website]
Three Needs Taproom & Brewery, 185 Pearl St Burlington
A fun bar scene and pool hall that also makes it owns drafts. [Facebook Page]
House of Fermentology, 777 Pine St Burlington
A rare destination for beer tourists but an eclectic set of beers including ales aged in oak barrels. [Website]
Halyard Brewing Company, 80 Ethan Allen Drive #2, South Burlington
Taproom and small food selection. Positive reviews for their ginger beer! [Website]
Four Quarters Brewing, 150 W Canal St, Winooski
Located a short drive from Burlington in Winooski with a tasting room open only on weekends. [Website]
Fiddlehead Brewery, 6305 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne
One of the more popular breweries across Vermont and the New England area — well known for their IPAs. Worth the stop if you are in the Shelburne area. [Website]