Vermont is known for its craft beer, with over 25 craft breweries in the state making some of New England's best-known and most sought-after beer. If you're a hop head coming to Stowe for the coveted Heady Topper, here are three breweries in Stowe (including the famed Alchemist) worth a stop for some Vermont beer fresh from the source:
The second location of this well-known brewery opened in Stowe in July 2016, in order to meet the demand of beer tourists seeking Heady Topper. While Heady is brewed nearby in Waterbury, the Stowe location brews Focal Banger, another popular IPA, and several seasonal styles. Samples and a rotating selection of cans are available for purchase at the Stowe brewery.
Located just up the street from our boutique hotel, Field Guide, this is one of the breweries in Stowe that also has a full restaurant, so it's a great stop after a day on the mountain or when you first arrive into town. Idletyme brews a variety of styles, so everyone from lager lovers to hop heads will find something they like on tap. Order a flight of six to try different styles or dive right into the Doubletyme DIPA or Bohemia, a Munich-style Pilsner.
Brewed at the von Trapp Family Lodge (yes, the same family whose story inspired The Sound of Music), von Trapp's beers take inspiration from styles popular in Austria—crisp, clean lagers. Few craft breweries choose to make lagers, due to their longer brew time, so fans of them will love the large selection here. But for the beer drinkers who can't go without hops, don't despair—there's even an India Pale Lager. Enjoy an afternoon in the lodge's bierhall with an Austrian-inspired menu of hearty pub fare.