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Hop ‘n Moose Brewing Company

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What would a trip to Rutland, Vermont be without a stop at Hop ‘n Moose Brewing Company?! While the Green Mountain State has more breweries per capita than any other, you probably still have to drive a ways to find one depending on location. This is idyllic New England after all!

Hop ‘n Moose is like a beer oasis in Rutland, a.k.a., Rut Vegas, a city of nearly 20,000 with but one little brewing company that could. And they certainly can! Since opening in 2014, Hop ‘n Moose has built a loyal following (including ourselves) and a reputation for brewing a wide variety of Vermont fresh Ales and Lagers.

Brewmaster and owner Dale Patterson got his start home brewing before opening the brewpub, which is Rutland’s very first! Patterson, essentially a one-man-brewing-show, seems able to harness super-brewing strength and keeps a dozen taps of Vermont fresh house beers flowing at all times! We highly recommend the Rutland City Red and Swamp Jack (Jack Daniels bourbon barrel aged Stout)!

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Last but not yeast: Marsh Monster!

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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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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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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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Hop’n Moose Brewing Company

Hop’n Moose Brewing Company was founded in 2015 (a busy year for American brewery openings!) by Dale Patterson, meeting demand for locally produced craft beer as Rutland, Vermont’s very first brewpub. Their 7 barrel brewing system keeps a dozen taps flowing steady with the good stuff! Not only does Hop’n Moose brew great beer, they also make a damn good pizza – try the buffalo chicken with your flight!

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Beer flight on deck = Lake Monster Lager, Blueberry Blonde (served with whole blueberries), Waloony Farmhouse Ale, Off White (witbier with orange peel), Heart of Darkness Coffee Porter (brewed with local co-op coffee), Swamp Jack (aged in Jack Daniels barrels), Head Doctor IPA and SolarCity IPA. Cheers!

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Vermont Pub and Brewery

Vermont, the aptly nicknamed Green Mountain State (errr…Beer Mountain State?) is home to more craft breweries per capita than any other. But where did it all start? Right in Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, at Vermont Pub and Brewery! Greg Noonan first authored ‘Brewing Lager Beer,’ the seminal American beer making guide, in 1986 followed two years later with the launch of Vermont Pub and Brewery. Vermont Pub and Brew’s 14 barrel brewing system cranks out Noonan’s original recipes for deliciously fresh, unfiltered craft beer. Noonan went on to write more beer books and open Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon, New Hampshire and Amherst Brewing Company in Amherst, Massachusetts. John Kimmich got his start in the beer business under Noonan, working his way up to Head Brewmaster before leaving to start The Alchemist and bring Heady Topper into the world!

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