Top 7 Vermont Craft Beer Tour – Best Vermont Breweries to visit

Drink-Vermont-Beer (2)Beer lovers are heading up to Northern Vermont to taste (and fill their trunks) with all the nationally  award-winning craft beers made right here in the neighborhood. Our “Top 7 Local  Breweries Tour” features the best of the best for Vermont (and nearby White  Mountains).  Case in point, the world famous Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro  Vermont has  become the ultimate beer pilgrimage. This is why we proudly place it in  the first position for  our Top 7 Brew Tour.  Here’s what you need to know:  

 Hill Farmstead in Greensboro, VT.  This is the ultimate beer pilgrimage. Hill Farmstead Brewery has been named 2013 Best Brewery in the World, as well as Best Brewery in Vermont and  New England by RateBeer. Also, many of its beers were listed in the top ten new beers in the world. DO NOT MISS a visit to Hill Farmstead. Make sure there is ample room in your trunk (They do not fill clear glass or metal vessels).   Hill Farmstead Brewery, 403 Hill Rd, Greensboro Bend, VT (802) 533-7450   OPEN WED – SAT, NOON – 5:00 pm / CASH ONLY

The Alchemist in Waterbury VT.  Home of the flagship double IPA, Heady Topper – 3rd highest-rated beer in the world. Beer pilgrims come from afar to get their hands on this beer. People hoard Heady Topper. Sadly, the brewery is now closed to the public. But you CAN get Heady Topper. The website will guide you to the daily list of nearby locations that received deliveries.  Alchemist Brewery, 35 Crossroad, Waterbury, VT (802) 244-7744   

Trapp Lager Brewery in Stowe, VT Known for their traditional European style Lagers. You can taste a flight of 7 varieties in their bakery/Deli. Brewery not open to the public.  Trapp Lager Brewery , 700 Trapp Road, Stowe VT  (802) 253-5709  

Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville VT.   These guys produce a large variety of craft beers, 17 at our last count.  Tastings and self-guided tours await you here. OPEN MON-SAT, 9 am – 6 pm. Credit cards accepted –  except American Express. Rock Art Brewery,632 Laporte Rd/Rt 100, Morrisville, VT  (802) 888-9400 

Lost Nation Brewing Co in Morrisville VT. Great beers AND good food. Several brew varieties are crafted here.  OPEN WED-SUN, 11:30 am – 9 pm. Credit cards accepted.  Lost Nation Brewing, 254 Wilkins St, Morrisville, VT (802) 851-8041

Trout River Brewing Co. in Lyndonville VTVariety of seasonal brews here.  And great grilled pizza. VERY LIMITED hours. ONLY OPEN FRI & SAT. 5-9 pm   Trout River Brewing Co, Route 5, Lyndonville VT (802) 626-9396

Schilling Brew Co in Littleton NH.  Just 15 minutes from Rabbit Hill Inn. WE LOVE THIS PLACE!! Outstanding microbrewery producing fantastic Belgian style brews. Awesome taproom, small menu offering great food (brick oven flatbreads & more). DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! Schilling Beer Co., 18 Mill Street, Littleton, NH. (603) 444-4800. OPEN 7 days. In winter, check website for accurate hours.  Credit cards accepted.

*** For more current/updated Vermont Beer Trail information, see the  Top Ten Vermont Beer Trail posted Nov 2014

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