Category Archives: Stowe

Idletyme Brewing Company

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Idletyme Brewing Company is an 8.5 barrel, 3 vessel brewhouse located in Stowe, the second largest town in the Green Mountain State and among the most mountainous, scenic and beautiful.

Foster’s Cider Mill operated out of this location in the heart of town in the early 20th century, paving the way for contemporary fermentation a century later. From 1965 to 2011 it was the Shed Restaurant, which served hungry skiers in between days on the mountain. Shed Restaurant opened a brewery on site in 1995. Pretty soon Shed’s Mountain Ale was quenching Après-ski thirst across the state of Vermont and beyond, finally outgrowing its original Stowe brewhouse and decamping for Middlebury in 2011. Fast forward to 2012 and husband and wife restaurant team Michael and Laura Kloeti take over Crop Bistro & Brewery to create Idletyme Brewing Company. 

Brewmaster Will Gilson oversaw the transformation from The Shed to Crop Brewery including the installation of Idletyme’s German built, 8,000 lb. copper brew kettles. Gilson continues to manage brewing operations and maintains Idletyme’s on site vegetable garden, making this a true Vermont farm-to-table  experience! We recommend starting with the 6-sample “Brew-ski” beer flight. CHEERS!

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Idletyme Double IPA, Doubletyme Double IPA, Bavarian Weissen, Vermont Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Porter, Bohemian Pilsner, Dunkel Lager and Maerzen (German fest beer)!

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In addition to Idletyme’s many well crafted house brews (which would be more than enough to satisfy local tastes in most places), there are some fine local guest appearances, including this American IPA from The Alchemist: Focal Banger!

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Idletyme Brewing Company is located at 1859 Mountain Road in snowy Stowe, Vermont – check them out!

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Von Trapp Brewing

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What is there not to love about Vermont? The Green Mountain State is home to more breweries per capita than any other including, as of 2010, Von Trapp Brewing.

Johannes Von Trapp dreamt of opening a brewery at his family’s eponymous Lodge in Stowe over a decade ago. The Lodge, 2500 acres in all, was founded by the family after touring America as the Von Trapp Singers in the 1940s. Stowe reminded the Von Trapps of their native Austria.

You really have to see the Lodge and Brewery for yourself to believe it. It’s one of those places time forgot. But this is no mom-and-pop operation. Von Trapp built a brand new 50,000 barrel per year brewhouse in 2015 and they are cranking out farm fresh craft beer for the Vermont market as fast as they can!

Beer flight on deck: Bohemian Pilsner, Golden Helles, Oktoberfest and Trosten Lager. CHEERS!

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$20 case of Von Trapp Oktoberfest on clearance? Yes, please. Only in Vermont!

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