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The Brewery at the Norwich Inn

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The Norwich Inn has a long and storied history, going back to 1797. President James Monroe dined at the Inn in 1817 during the first year of his presidency while exploring what was at that time America’s Northern Frontier by horse.

Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse came to the Norwich Inn much later, in 1993, and remains true to it’s Vermont small batch roots, producing only enough beer for the Inn’s Restaurant and Pub guests  (including 22 oz, cases and 5-gallon kegs to go). They are known for finely crafted English Style Ales and Lagers and using only the freshest ingredients, including hops from their on site hops garden, making this a shining example of Vermont farm-to-bottle goodness.

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The Victorian style Inn as it stands dates back to 1890.

Today’s selection includes a Bohemian Pilsner, Old Pewt Pale Ale, Whistling Pig Red Ale, Private Stock ’15, and Second Wind Oatmeal Stout. Out favorite in the Belgian Strong Ale! CHEERS!

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Brewmaster Jeremy Hebert pipes the finished beer straight from the brewery into Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse in a nearby building on the expansive Norwich property.

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Nowich is one of the few towns in America with an interstate public school system. Local students study alongside those from Hanover, New Hampshire, across the Connecticut River. Indeed, the two towns are intertwined culturally and economically by proximity to Ivy League educator Dartmouth College. The Brewery at Norwich Inn is a great place to stop when you are visiting Dartmouth as it is only a mile and change down the road from campus. Check them out at 325 Main Street when you’re looking for a fresh beer and a taste of Vermont!

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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Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse

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The Berkeley beer quest continues at one of America’s original brewpubs – Triple Rock Brewery, founded by legendary craft beer brothers John and Reid Martin in 1985. Fast forward 30 yeras and they own and operate Jupiter Beer (also in Berkeley, California), Drakes Beer (San Leandro) and Big Time Brewery (Seattle)…not too shabs! The Martins clearly have a recipe for success in the beer business, and this is where there remarkable beer story began!

Perhaps no other Berkeley brewery embodies the college spirit like Triple Rock, itself an institution of beer knowledge and the preferred public house of professors and pupils alike. Cheers!

Beer flight on deck at Triple Rock Brewing: Lead Belly (Ales for ALS), Rye Smile IPA, The Constable (made with Vermont yeast), Pinnacle English Pale Ale, SHE Idaho #7 (Single Hops Experience), Black Rock English Porter, Small Talk American Pale Ale and last but not least Red Rock American Red Ale. CHEERS!

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Hop Dogma Brewing Company

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El Grenada, California is a pretty relaxing and peaceful place all right. It’s located on the Pacific Coast just north of beautiful Half Moon Bay. Life seems pretty sweet here from the looks of it. There’s an old western post office across the street from the beach, a beachy gourmet sandwich shop and one of the best breweries on the Pacific Ocean – Hop Dogma Brewing Company.

Hop Dogma swung its doors open on the 4th of July in 2013 after founders Ethan Martini and Dan Littlefield took their “hobby business” into the San Francisco Peninsula brewery big leagues. They are known for brewing small batch, hop forward “adventurous” ales, and we couldn’t agree more with their reputation for brewing quality beers made with the freshest ingredients. Grab a sandwich from across the street and get comfy in this superb ocean view craft beer bar!

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We may be in a little over our heads at Hop Dogma! Beer flight on deck = Waddell Creek Saison, Kara’s Kolsch, Here’s You’re Hefe, Pyros Prost (American Rye with chili peppers), Cornshucker Cream Ale, Walk to Me Pale Ale, We All Grin for Lupin IPA and last but not least Fides in Fermento. CHEERS!

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Long Trail Brewing Company

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Long Trail Brewing Company was founded by Andy Pherson as Mountain Brewing in 1989 in the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. In 1995 Long Trail moved down the road to their current production facility while blazing another trail…in green brewing, employing an ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Brew process. Named after the 272-mile Long Trail which runs the length of the Green Mountain State, flagship Long Trail Ale (a German Altbier) is the number one selling craft beer in Vermont! Long Trail Brewing, owned by private equity investors since 2006, merged with Otter Creek Brewing / Wolavers Organic Brewing in 2010 and bought The Shed Brewery in 2011. We love LTB’s Vermont pride, farm fresh brewpub fare (try the hot wings!) and ridiculously good beer (especially after a few runs down the mountain!). And on a hot summer day, nothing beat wading into the Ottauquechee River with a nice cold one!

Beermaking (observation) in progress!

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Beer flight on deck = Harvest Ale, Summer Ale, Long Trail Ale, IPA, Double Bag IPA and Limbo IPA. Cheers!

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And because one beer flight is never enough at Long Trail, we are trying the Berliner Weisse, Mostly Cloudy Belgian Witbier, Imperial Pumpkin (8% ABV) and Pumpkin Ale – it’s that time of year again!

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Our trip to Long Trail would not be complete without a few roadies! Back up the truck…

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Back in the day, Long Trail used recycled Beck’s and St. Pauli Girl bottles in production. They’ve come a long way baby!

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This is where they ferment the beer at Long Trail!

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Take a hike in the Ottauquechee River at Long Trail!

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Alameda Island Brewing Company

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If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, hop in to Alameda Island Brewing Company for a refreshing beer flight! AIBC was founded by Matthew Fox after home brewing for eight years. If you are a fan of fresh craft beer and expert beer tending, this is your place!

Beer flight on deck = Cavanagh Kolsch, Control Alt Delete, Exiled (Kottbusser), Neptunes Pale Ale and Alameda’s IPA. CHEERS!

To go, we could not resist the most badass and car-safe growler ever invented at AIBC – that’s the Alameda Island flag in their logo!

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North Coast Brewing Company

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Pushing further North on our Pacific Northwest brewery quest, we stumbled into North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg along the Mendocino Coast in beautiful California! Brewing quality craft beer since 1988, you can find these mouth watering brewskis in 47 US States. That’s serious distribution!

Why choose when you can simply drink them all at North Coast Brewing Company?! On deck we have a beer flight of 13 lucky tastings. Our favorites would have to be classic Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Red Seal Ale, Acme California Pale Ale (brewed with Yakima Valley Hops) and of course Brother Thelonious Belgian style Abbey Ale! Cheers!

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Stumptown Brewery

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Stumptown Brewery is brought to you by the bar genius behind Zietgeist in San Francisco. Stumptown is a fine little brewery located on the Russian River in Guerneville, Sonoma County.

We hopped into Stumptown Brewery for a beer flight between wine flights and could not be happier with Stumptown’s laid back, riverfront location and of course a few delicious house craft brewskis! The Redwoods in Stumptown’s logo represent a throwback to the ancient forest that blanketed Sonoma County before humans cut them all down (hence the name…Stumptown)!

When in Sonoma, take a break from wine tasting, with beer tasting at Stumptown Brewery! Cheers!

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Beer flight on deck at Stumptown Brewery! Rat Bastard Pale Ale, Blimey the Wanker ESB (LOL!) and Bushwhacker Wheat. Our personal favorite is the Rat Bastard…you are what you drink!

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Bixel Brewery

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Bixel Brewery has operated continuously as a saloon since 1861! It is located in Columbia State Historic Park.

Columbia, California was known as the “Gem of the Southern Mines” after prospectors discovered gold in the neighboring Sierra Nevada foothills during the California Gold Rush. Those were the days!

Columbia’s historic district includes Bixel Brewery in the old Alberding Building of 1851- a National Historic Landmark! Bixel’s house beers on tap include Columbia Gold (Blonde Ale), Pinelog Pale Ale & Railtown Steamer!

Taster’s choice = Pinelog Pale Ale! Cheers!

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Bring the pooch, because Bixel Brewery is dog friendly! They won’t mind at all rolling around the floor among countless discarded peanut shells.

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And for the non-imbibing Bixel Brewery patrons, give their house brewed root beer a go!

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