Do-Re-Mi to von Trapp Brewery and Bierhall

von trapp brewery

Ahhhh, a sunny Fall afternoon … the hills were alive with the sweet aroma of barley and hops … and of course the fumes of tourist-laden buses trekking to this newest mecca of the Stowe beer scene, the von Trapp Bierhall (located at the von Trapp Brewery off Luce Hill Rd in Stowe). I had been holding off on a visit to the von Trapp brewery, nestled on the eastern slopes of the Trapp estate, but now the time had come. The facility is quite impressive, featuring a brewery, restaurant (inside and outside

The mascot at von Trapp Brewery Bierhall in Stowe, Vermont

seating), bar, and merchandise area, as well as two function spaces on the 2nd floor.

The food is Bavarian-Vermont themed … I guess that is a thing. von Trapp brewery itself focuses on Bavarian-style lagers, ales, and Pilsners … no IPAs served here. But that’s ok … like I said, it was a beautiful Fall afternoon, and I wasn’t looking for anything too heavy.

Squeezing into a seat at the crowded bar, a tasting flight of four beers ($7) was placed in front of me. You can choose four beers per flight, and I went with:

  1. Vienna (5.2% ABV, 33 IBU). This is an amber lager with a definite taste of hops. Good aromas and tastes.
  2. Pilsner (5.4% ABV, 42 IBU). This was my favorite of the four. Very crisp and dry, and although it has a higher IBU rating than the Vienna, it was much softer on the tongue.
  3. Hoppy Märzen (6.4% ABV, 40 IBU). This amber lager is hoppy with citrus aftertastes. Almost passes for an IPA.
  4. Kölsch Style Lager (5.0% ABV, 28 IBU). As much as I tried, I couldn’t get into this German ale. Is Kölsch German for Budweiser?The tasting flight at von Trapp Brewery Bierhall in Stowe, Vermont

The Cicerone says: choose the timing of your visit carefully. There are spectacular views that can be enjoyed late in the afternoon, after the lunch/tourist crush and before dinner swings into action.

von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall
1333 Luce Hill Rd, Stowe VT
Open daily 11:30am – 9:00pm

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