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Old 07-24-2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Best of Vermont's Breweries?

SWMBO and I are headed to Burlington, VT in another week. I can probably squeak out 3-4 brewery tours before her patience wears thin. Any suggestions on the best of the best? I am not terribly interested in Magic Hat but really love Otter Creek. Other than that I haven't tried much of VT's brews.

My tastes tend toward lagers and hoppy brews if that helps at all ...

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Old 07-25-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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Switchback's Roasted Red ale is one of my favorite beers, Vermont or otherwise. The brewery's tough to get into for tours because they only do them on Saturdays and you need to reserve a spot, but it's definitely worth going. Look them up on Facebook. Long Trail is also a good one. No real brewery tour to speak of, but they have really good pub food in a beautiful location.

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Old 07-25-2011, 12:15 AM   #3
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I know you said you arent interested in Magic Hat, but I would still try to check it out. Their brewery tour is right in South Burlington, so it's convenient. Also, you can drink as much as you want for free from their samples bar. They usually have a few decent IPAs.

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Old 07-25-2011, 12:35 AM   #4
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When in Burlington please visit my old watering hole "Three Needs". Have a pint of Long Trail Ale for me. It's a great place for some different beers on tap.

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Old 07-25-2011, 12:38 AM   #5
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Oh ya and make sure you go to Nectar's late night for some gravy fries.

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I just moved back to Michigan after 7 years in Burlington, VT. The Alchamist in Waterbury is by far my favorite brewery. It's about 20-30 minutes east of Burlington. They have the best beer I had in Vermont. VT pub and brewery is Greg Noonans old brewery, and it is in Burlington. I was never blown away by anything there, but it's not bad. American Flatbread is also in Burlington, and they brew their own beer and are pretty good. These places are all brew pubs, I don't think they do tours. There is also The Shed in Stowe. Another brewpub that is pretty decent.

I drank a lot of Long Trail, also, but never made it to the brewery, it's down in southern VT.

I'm not a fan of Magic Hat either, but I've been on the brewery tour, and it's probably worth going.

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Long Trail in Bridgewater
Rock Art in Morrisville
Trout River in Lyndonville
Harpoon in Windsor
Shed in Stowe

I'm not sure when these guys do tours, but they all produce some pretty good beer. Harpoon does tours at the least on weekends, same with Long Trail. Trout river is really small, but they have some good brews. I've never been to Switchback, but drink their pale ale all the time.

Alchemy in Waterbury is pretty good too. I don't think they do tours, but someone may chime in here.
There are a number of small places right around Burlington. Enjoy VT.

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I forget the name but theres a wood fired pizza brew pub right downtown that's delicious.

Can't do a tour but find yourself some lawsons finest liquids beer. Absolutely amazing stuff.

Plus one on the magic hat tour, it's right there and sampling is not strictly regulated (read free beer).

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When in Burlington please visit my old watering hole "Three Needs". Have a pint of Long Trail Ale for me. It's a great place for some different beers on tap.
Why in the world would you have a Long Trail at Three Needs? The beers they brew at Three Needs off the chain! (with all due respect to Long Trail). I do agree that one should go there. Switchback is fantastic, as well. Stay away from Magic Hat. Their beer used to be something before it was available outside of VT. Check out Hill Farmstead: http://hillfarmstead.com/wpblog/
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Can't do a tour but find yourself some lawsons finest liquids beer. Absolutely amazing stuff.
Sean Lawson = Vermont legend

You can get a pint at American Flatbread it Waitsfield. Especially if you are going to Rock Art.
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