VERMONT

The 14th state.
Capital: Montpelier
Motto: Alki , or "Bye and Bye"
Flower: Red Clover
Bird: Hermit Thrush

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

 

Weston

Not a "brewery" in the common sense of the word, Backacre Beermakers may be the first example of a "blendery" in the United States. We work with nearby brewers to produce wort (unfermented beer) that we then take to our place for its long transformation into beer. From this stock we carefully blend a single product: BACKACRE sour golden ale.
The idea of making wort at a central brewhouse and fermenting it in other places is a very old one, and still practiced in a few areas of Belgium and Germany. It allows a community to make more efficient use of its resources, especially for beers that are made in small volumes and take a great deal of time to produce.

Burlington

Foam Brewers was started in 2016 by an eclectic group of industry professionals with a shared appreciation for brewing, science, art, music, and culture. If you would like to get to know more about the individuals behind the brewery, stop on by for a little Foam.

Brandon

We brew in small batches in  our 15 barrel brewery and we’re always experimenting with new recipes. Dan and Pat ,with previous experience from the  wine world, get to marry the  fascination with the natural world and the art and science of fermentation.
Dan keeps cooking up some good recipes and Patrick the builder keeps finding ways to add more tanks and increase our production.

Middlebury

Vermont's Otter Creek Brewing Company has been hitting, hopping and dosing brews with creativity since acid-wash jeans were hip. Following the addition of a state-of-the-art brew house and more canning capacity, the OCB Crew is continuing down the path of innovation, throwing a bit of kind into the kettle whenever possible. OCB's hop-soaked ales and lagers are available throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

Shelburne

Fiddlehead Brewing Company is located just outside of Burlington, VT in the scenic town of Shelburne. Our owner and Brewmaster Matt “Matty-O” Cohen opened the doors on New Year’s Eve of 2011 and since then we have gained worldwide acclaim with our lineup of approachable, multidimensional beers.
When we first opened in 2011, we did so with a completely manual 15 barrel system and just 30 barrels of capacity. Within the first month Fiddlehead IPA, the flagship ale, was on tap with at over 50 bars and restaurants in Vermont.
With the immediate success, we quickly outgrew the 3,000 sq foot space that was split between retail and production. After the last fermenter was added in 2015, we knew we needed a bigger boat.

North Greensboro

Hill Farmstead Brewery is the culmination of many years of travel and insight—of experience and education—of friendships and explorations. The brewery is the revival and continuation of 220 years of Hill heritage and hand crafted history in North Greensboro, Vermont.

Waitsfield

Lawson’s Finest Liquids produces beer of the highest quality with outstanding freshness. We emulate the best of widely appreciated styles of beer, featuring world class IPAs and unique maple brews, while quenching the thirst of beer lovers from near and far.
Lawson’s Finest Liquids is a valued leader in the craft beer culture.  Our customers are excited and engaged by our high-quality beer and memorable experiences. We create economic vitality in the local community through beer tourism and by providing rewarding careers within a vibrant company culture. We further support our neighbors and local charitable organizations through philanthropic giving.

Waterbury

In early 2011 we built the Alchemist Cannery, a 15 barrel brewery and canning line, for the production of our flagship IPA Heady Topper. The first cans of Heady Topper rolled off the line just two days after Tropical Storm Irene demolished The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. Today, we move all of our beer weekly in a concerted effort to provide the freshest, hoppiest packaged IPA on the market. Heady Topper is brewed only in Waterbury, Vermont and is distributed throughout the state. Our Waterbury brewery is not open to the public. However, we distribute a portion of Heady Topper to our Stowe brewery and Visitor’s Center for retail sales and tasting.

Atlas Medstaff Reviews "Heady Topper" HERE

Bridgewater Corners

The first batch of Long Trail Ale® rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery—known as the Mountain Brewers—was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, with the goal to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves. 
At the time, the craft brewing industry in America was on the rise and Vermont was better known for maple syrup than beer. In 1989, Long Trail Ale® hit the taps at local watering holes; blazing the trail for Vermont's craft brewing industry.

Burlington

The Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002 with one goal in mind – to brew unexpected, relatable, great tasting beer. Business partners Bill Cherry and Jeff Nieblum combined Bill’s expertise in brewing and science with Jeff’s experience as a business entrepreneur. The very first pint of Switchback ever served was at Ake’s Place in Burlington, VT on October 22, 2002. 
The idea that became Switchback Ale was developed in Bill’s imagination, with no test brewing. He envisioned maximizing complexity, flavor, and delivering beer the way a brewmaster experiences it. To do this, the beer is left unfiltered and is carbonated 100% naturally in a special process using the yeast. The result is a beer that defies easy description, because it is brewed to a flavor idea and not based on any existing style guidelines. All Switchback beers are brewed this way.
Today, the Switchback lineup has grown to include over 20 beers as year-round offerings, rotating specials and limited releases and we haven’t stopped reimagining flavor.

Burlington

In 2012 we began distributing Zero Gravity for off-premise sales, and two years later we had maxed out the production at the Flatbread Brewpub. Needing more space we found a beautiful location in Burlington’s South End Arts District, and in the spring of 2015, the Pine Street brewery came to be.


A 30-barrel brew house, full canning line, tasting room, retail shop and a sun-drenched beer garden make this spot a premier destination for beer travelers and regulars alike. This location also houses our barrel aging program and allows us to make styles that we previously did not have the space to attempt.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Burlington

Our region offers a range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, from scenic drives along the lake to hiking one of the family friendly Champlain Area Trails (CATS) paths to rock climbing in Ausable Chasm. Fall is also peak harvest time in the region, so expect an abundance of farm fresh treats and fall festivals, like the Adirondack Harvest Festival, Essex County Cheese Tour, and the Penfield Apple Folkfest. You can’t have fall without apples and cider donuts, so make plans to visit the world famous Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards Olde Farmhouse Bakery & Gifts. Once you’ve had your fill of apples, take on the region’s rich history at Fort Ticonderoga and the 18th century fort ruins at Crown Point State Historic Site. Both have breathtaking scenery, and Fort Ticonderoga also adds historical reenactments, exhibits, a corn festival, and a corn maze to the mix.

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Hartford

The park's location along US Route 4, and its proximity to many upper-valley attractions make it a popular tourist destination. Hundreds of thousands of visitors stop each year to take in the breathtaking views of the Quechee Gorge. Other visitors seeking an overnight stay enjoy the easy access to the park’s spacious campsites.
The focal point of the park is Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago. Visitors can look down at the Ottauquechee River, flowing 165 feet below viewing points along Route 4.

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Westmore

Lake Willoughby snakes through the state forest offering a variety of fishing, boating and hiking opportunities. Many great fishing ponds including Newark Pond and Bald Hill Pond are just east of the Forest while Crystal Lake and Crystal Lake State Park are located just west of the Forest. Natural areas are located within the State Forest including Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area. The vertical cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor which provide an environment conducive for arctic and cliff-alpine plants. The sheer cliffs also offer natural nesting habitat for peregrine falcon. Marl Pond is also known for being surrounded by a beautiful white cedar swamp.

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Warren

A natural waterpark, the Warren Falls is fun for all ages.   With pools of crystal clear water ranging in depth from 1 to 10 feet, the Falls are a local summertime tradition that no one should miss.  Prehistoric boulders serve as diving platforms at heights for everyone to enjoy.
From the intersection of Route 100 and Route 17 travel south on Route 100 for approximately 8 miles.  Parking lot is on the right side of Route 100.  Follow the path down to the base of the falls.

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Waterbury

Waubanaukee Indians first named it "Tah-wak-be-dee-ee-wadso" or Saddle Mountain. Samuel de Champlain's explorers in the 1600's called it "lion couchant" or resting lion. The name "Camel's Rump" was used on a historical map by Ira Allen in 1798, and this became "Camel's Hump" in 1830.
The park came about as an original gift of 1000 acres including the summit from Colonel Joseph Battell, who originally bought Camel's Hump to preserve the wooded mountainous view from his home. In 1911, care of the mountain was entrusted to the State Forester who managed with the aim to keep it in a primitive state according to Battell's wish.
The State of Vermont eventually adopted a policy of development regulation on all state forest lands to preserve aesthetic values. It fought proposed intrusions by communications towers and ski resorts until the summit's Natural Area was set aside; then special legislation was passed in 1969 to create a Forest Reserve whose state-owned acres (about 20,000 by 1991) form Camel's Hump State Park.

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Stowe

Welcome to Smugglers’ Notch State Park. The famous Smugglers’ Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. Lined with 1,000-foot cliffs, the winding road is closed in winter. In the earlier days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed here.
In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada. This was a severe hardship for northern Vermonters, since Montreal was closer than other markets in the US. Many local people continued illegal trade with Canada, herding cattle and carrying other goods through the Notch. Later, fugitive slaves used the Notch as an escape route to Canada. During the Prohibition years, liquor was smuggled from Canada over the improved road built in 1922.
The avalanche rapidly released pressurized gases within the volcano. A tremendous lateral explosion ripped through the avalanche and developed into a turbulent, stone-filled wind that swept over ridges and toppled trees. Nearly 150 square miles of forest was blown over or left dead and standing.
At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. Wet, cement-like slurries of rock and mud scoured all sides of the volcano. Searing flows of pumice poured from the crater. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.

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Windsor

Mount Ascutney State Park was one of the first Vermont State Parks. It was built between 1935 and 1938 through the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era program aimed at putting young men to work.
The original park consisted of the summit road, the stone toilet buildings, campsites 1 - 18 and the ranger’s quarters. The original stonework is all of Ascutney granite.
Mount Ascutney, which is named from the derivative of several Abenaki words meaning "mountain of the rocky summit," has long been a popular hiking destination. Vermont's, and possibly America's, first organized mountain-hiking trail was cut through its forests in 1825.

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Hubbardton

Nestled away in the forests of 3,500-acre Bomoseen State Park sits the quiet camping area of Half Moon Pond State Park. The park is located in the dense woods of a small, sheltered basin, surrounding Half Moon Pond. The campground offers camping for all tastes with its waterfront campsites and lean-to's and five furnished cabins. For those seeking more creature comforts, Tall Timbers Cottage, with its waterfront location and private boat dock, offers all the amenities of home.
A perfect place for campers seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the park offers a vast trail system including a short walk or, for the more ambitious, a full-day’s hike. Hikers are likely to see a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer or an occasional moose.

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Between the cities of Bennington and Wilmington

This is a wooded peak with gentle slopes tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont and has a fire-tower-turned-lookout on the summit. Unfortunately since 2003 the lookout is closed. Goddard Shelter has been replaced with one of the same design possibly to be named Keenan. At least that is what the memorial plaque inside declares. Completely unforested and grassland for profitable sheep-herding 150 years ago, the forest has returned and now new stands of trees cover it's slopes. 
I believe it is the 9th highest summit in Vermont. The fire-tower is off limits, but from the top four states could be seen and endless rows of mountains like the Adirondacks, the Tactonics and the Berkshires.
The summit is traversed by the famous Long Trail of Vermont. The same treadway is also a small part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This ensures that not just locals get to enjoy this mountain.

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Manchester Center

The Green Mountain National Forest in western Vermont and the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York State's Finger Lakes region are Vermont's and New York's only public, federally managed national forests. Both Forests offer extensive multi-use advantages to the public, providing ecological and science-based forestry stewardship, clean water, diverse vegetation, high-value, high-quality forest products, economical and educational contributions, and trail-based backcountry recreation.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Shelburne

It all started 35 years ago when Ken Albert planted grapes in his backyard while working as an engineer at IBM.  Inspired by the new wine industry he discovered on trips for IBM to Quebec, he leased 3 acres of land from Shelburne farms and began his commercial vineyard venture believing that viticulture and winemaking could be a success in Vermont. Scott Prom a Shelburne neighbor (still working at his “day job” as a mechanical engineer) joined as a partner early on.  Aided by decades of Ken’s backyard grape growing experience, Scott’s home winemaking experience and seminars at Cornell University, trade conferences, professional journals, and books, the first commercial vintage was released in 2000.

Cambridge

If you’re like most folks today, you enjoy tasting wines, a glass of cider or trying a new cocktail. Our Vermont winery produces products that can tap into all of your tastes. Boyden Valley Winery is known not just for our award-winning wines and Vermont Ice wines, but also for renowned ciders and spirits. Our diverse and old-world style handcrafted products ensure that the tasting experience at Boyden Valley is uniquely yours.

South Hero

Snow Farm Winery and Vineyard began as a dream in 1996 – to preserve Vermont’s agricultural land in the face of rapid development by providing an alternative for farmers. Our location, on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain permits us to grow cooler climate vinifera grapes, Pinot Noir and Riesling, as well as the more cold hardy French Hybrids, Vidal Blanc and Baco Noir. Thanks to Vermont’s cold winter temperatures, Snow Farm also produces an ice wine, a product that cannot be made in many other places in the world.

Poultney

Founded on an old farm in Southern Vermont, Whaleback Vineyard and winery offers a diverse selection of Vermont wines that include white, red, rosé, fruit wines and a honey mead.  Located in Poultney, VT between the scenic Green Mountains and the water of Lake St. Catherine, Whaleback Vineyard cultivates over 6,000 vines of wine grapes across 9 acres of land. 
We offer wine tastings Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tours  are available upon request. All our wines are crafted from the highest quality grapes, grown in our own vineyard.  The varieties of grapes we cultivate St. Croix, Marquette, La Crescent, Frontenac, and Frontenac Gris.

Montpelier

Family owned and operated, established in 2007, North Branch Vineyards is a small winery, which lies beside the North Branch River, a branch on the Winooski River in Montpelier's picturesque valley, producing unique wines using locally and regionally grown grapes.Nearly half of Barnard Griffin’s wine production comes from our estate vineyard, Caroway, while the remaining fruit is sourced from some of the best vineyards in Washington State.

Barnard

We are located on Mount Hunger at the edge of the forest in the Chateauguay and in the Piedmont chain of hills in Barnard, Vermont.  Here we grow alpine wine and ciders.  Our land has been part of small homestead farming for over two hundred years. On the farm, we attend to the care and observation of our native terroir, a whole-farm and diverse agriculture where we are not only growing wine, but also vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for ourselves and our tiny kitchen and for our spontaneous, always last minute pop-up tasting room/wine bar and supper club Hart: tavernetta + bar a vin .  We farm four parcels of vineyard: the homefarm vineyard les bonnes femmes, a joint project just across the road which will become part of the homefarm cuvees, les forestieres, and two older parcels of vineyard in the Champlain Valley, les carouges and i selvatici .   The work we do at the farm and winery, both in the field and in the cellar, is guided by organic, permaculture, and biodynamic thought.  We try to let all elements of the farm speak for themselves accompanied by our stewardship

Putney

At Putney Mountain Winery we create Vermont fruit wines of complexity and finesse. They’ve been described in the press as “extraordinary,” “love at first taste,” and even “an intensely remarkable treasure.”
Whether you’re looking for a sparkling wine to tickle your palate, a table wine to complement a meal, or a dessert wine that elevates the simplest dessert to a new level, we have a wine you’ll savor.

Groton

Located in beautiful Groton, Vermont, Artesano produces high quality, hand crafted mead, vinegar tonic, and ice cream from local Vermont ingredients. Small batch sizes and attention to detail transform one of nature’s sweetest gifts to a fine wine that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Artesano believes in keeping it local and all natural. We use no artificial ingredients and only honey for our sweetness. Our fruit is all sourced in Vermont. We believe in knowing where your food comes from and what you are putting in your body.

Jacksonville

At our Tasting Rooms, you can enjoy tastings of our wines.  Honora Winery shares the tasting room with J’Ville Brewery so you can also have a flight of beer if you want!  We carry a wide variety of Vermont Artisan cheeses which we custom-cut for you while you wait.
Jacksonville offers glasses of wines as well as tastings.  We  have various gourmet treats for you to explore. Enjoy our outdoor space with a glass of wine while listening to the stream or watching for Heron at the pond with the beautiful pines stretching up the hillside.

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