Vermont Craft Beer and Brewers
The Vermont craft beer business is thriving and the Mad River Valley is right in the middle of it all. We are home to Lawson's Finest Liquids who makes some of the most sought-after beers in the country and just around the corner from the Taste Place is the small Cousins Brewery located at Local Folk Smokehouse.
Route 100 Beer Trail: 8 Breweries in 40 Miles
Travel north on Route 100 from the new home of Lawson's Finest Liquids Brewery in Waitsfield, and in just 40 miles you will come upon 6 more breweries including the Alchemist, world-famous for their Heady Topper. With a designated driver at the wheel, visiting these breweries with tasting rooms and gastropubs that flank the eastern side of the Green Mountains is a great way to spend a day in Vermont.
A relative newcomer to the Vermont Brewery scene,Cousins Brewing is a true micro-brewery located in the Localfolk Smokehouse in Waitsfield. The team there isdedicated to brewing with the finest local ingredients including Peterson’s Quality Malts and locally grown hops. They brew a variety of styles inclucingIPA, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Session Stout, Maple Amber, Pilsner, Kolschand Hefeweizen.
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Building on 20 years of home brewing experience, Sean Lawson started a 1-barrel home brewery in 2008. In no time,his specialty maple beers and IPA’s developed a cult-like following and have won awards at the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, and two National IPA championships. Following this success, Lawson’s finest grew from a 1-barrel system to a 7-barrel system and soon will be expanding to a much larger brewery in Waitsfield.
Vermont Craft Beer Festivals in the Valley
The Valley hosts two annual beer festivals. Sugarbush's Brewgrass Festival marks the beginning of the summer in Mid-June and Siptemberfest held at Mad River Glen closes out the summer at the end of September just as fall foliage is bursting into full color.
Prohibition Pig Brewery
Prohibition Pig, located in Waterbury, VT started as an eatery in 2012 focusing on all things pig along with an extensive offering of craft beers. In 2013 they added their own craft brew to the tap system and at the end of 2014 opened a brewery behind the restaurant.
von Trapp Brewing
For two decades Johannes von Trapp, the youngest son of Maria and the Baron, dreamed of building an Austrian-style brewery at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. In 2010 that dream came to fruition with a humble brewery producing crisp, clean lager beers similar to those he grew fond of during visits to Austria over the years. A new brewing facility and bierhall were completed in 2015 enabling the family to expand beyond their home territory and spread the gospel of craft lagers.
Idletyme Brewing Company
At Idletyme Brewing Company in Stowe, Vermont, you will find lagers from straw golden to big and malty; ales that are intensely quaffable; double IPA’s, Belgian influenced ales, very limited seasonal experiments, as well as classic Bavarian weizens. The brewmasters at Idletyme are always walking the line of balance between malt and hops.
The Alchemist is a family run brewery specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA. John and Jen Kimmich originally opened The Alchemist as a 60 seat brew pub in the village of Waterbury in 2003 (in the space where Prohibition Pig is now located). After eight years of success and growing popularity, they opened a small production brewery/cannery. Demand for their beers continued to grow and in July 2016, they opened a state of the art brewery and tasting room in Stowe, Vermont.
Rock Art Brewery
Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville is one of the oldest Vermont craft beer breweries, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017. The 100% solar-powered operation produces some of the highest rated craft beers in Vermont in a full range of styles. Ridge Runner Bold Vermont Ale and Vermonster Barley Wine are steeped in Vermont craft beer history.
Lost Nation Brewing
This Morrisville Brewery is located right on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and is a popular stopping point for bicyclists traveling east and west across Vermont. Lost Nation Brewing produces many style of ales and lagers taking their inspiration from lesser known European beer styles, along with local Vermont life to guide our brews.