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Old 05-26-2010, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default Going to Vermont: Brewery Suggestions?

I'm planning a short 4-day vaca to Vermont the week of July 4th because I need to use up a free plane ticket before it expires. Definitely plan on hitting Long Trail, Harpoon and Magic Hat breweries.

Any other suggestions? Majority of my stay will be in Burlington.

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Old 05-26-2010, 01:17 AM   #2
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American Flatbread in Burlington has very good beers and pizza - it's always crowded. The alchemist is supposed to be very good. I've been to Long Trail, I like their beers but the brew pub (if you can call it that) is nothing special.

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Rock Art Brewery is right outside of Burlington. Harpoon also has a brewery in VT that is south of Burlington. Both would be very good visits IMO.

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Went to Magic Hat last summer... it was GREAT!!!

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I second American Flatbread, we really loved that place. Great (and interesting) pizza and beers. Also, if you want to take any beer back with you, hit up the co-op (City Market) on S. Winooski near College St. Good selection of beers, and you can always wrap up at least 2-3 22 oz bottles in your clothes and put them in your suitcase (maybe pack Ziplocs just in case). Wish I were going, I love Burlington!

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American Flatbread in Burlington has very good beers and pizza - it's always crowded.
This is the place to go. Vermont's beer really isn't very good, compared to even the rest of New England, but American Flatbread is a world-class pizza joint. Spend your time there focusing on the amazing food, but don't get too involved with the beer scene; look for top imports from the Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts breweries.

It's worth noting that even when you tried to name 3 decent breweries, one of them (Harpoon) is out of state. And Magic Hat and Long Trail are both fine, but neither's going to introduce you to a really cool, innovative new beer--compare to Portsmouth in New Hampshire, Allagash, Maine Brewing Co, or Geary's in Maine, or plenty of other New England breweries that really make awesome, innovative new beers--Vermont simply can't compete with that. The beer drinking scene there is strong enough that I'm guessing they'll have some great breweries soon, but so far they don't. Drink the regional imports while you're there, and view the local stuff for what it is--good, but nothing fantastic.

That said, Vermont has by far the best pizza north of New Haven, and the top joints (Flatbread at the top of the list) are really worth a visit. There's nothing in Maine or New Hampshire that really approaches that. Take the state for what it offers!
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If you have a dog, check out the Dog Chapel. It's less than an hour away:http://www.dogmt.com/

Then there's the Spider Web Farm. Yeah, the guy makes art out of spider webs.
http://www.spiderwebfarm.com/

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Vermont Pub and Brewery (Greg Nolan's old place, before he passed away) is an absolute must.

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If we are suggesting non beer related places, the Ben and Jerry's and cabbot factories are cool!

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