Vermont Pub and Brewery, in downtown Burlington, Vermont, lays claim to being the first (thus oldest) brewery in Vermont where you can actually consume onsite what is brewed onsite. In other words, in 1988, through its efforts to get Vermont’s laws updated, VP&B ignited the whole brewpub/taproom movement that we love and take for granted today.
On one particular Saturday, I finally had my chance to visit this landmark, to try some of their beers and to have some lunch.
Food: classic pub food … our party started off with poutine which was chalk full of fries, loaded down with thick gravy and topped with cheese … fantastic! For our main courses, we were served up a pulled pork sandwich and a burger. Both satisfied our raving appetites.
I also decided to try four of their beers during this visit; here is what I found:
Tulach Leis (6.0% ABV). A sour red ale (didn’t look as red as I would have expected), brewed with Brettanomyces yeast to give it the sour flavor. Very faint hints of cherry.
Appearance: 4.2 | Aroma: 4.0 | Feel: 4.2 | Taste: 4.3 | Overall: 4.2
Grand Slam Homerun American Pale Ale (4.8% ABV). Nice amber color; brewed with Citra hops … very light on the aroma, but drinkable.
Appearance: 4.0 | Aroma: 3.5 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0
Dogbite Bitter (5.4% ABV). Blended with several kinds of hops … didn’t quite live up to its name.
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.0 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Overall: 4.25
Blackwatch IPA (5.8% ABV). This was the best of the samples … a black IPA with definite caramel/coffee tastes on the palate. Could have used some more aroma, but still a very good drinking beer.
Appearance: 4.8 | Aroma: 4.0 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5
The Cicerone says: Thank you Vermont Pub and Brewery for your contributions to the great Vermont beer scene (and your awesome poutine)!