Vermont is known for many things - from mountains, to maple syrup, to cheese, our small state has a distinct and mighty presence. Lesser known, is that Vermont boasts the most breweries per capita of any state! Stowe is a microcosm of this robust industry, with a vibrant craft beer and cider scene, all nestled in the beauty of the Green Mountains. Join us as we take a journey through Stowe's iconic brew landscape. 

The Alchemist: Pioneers of the Haze Craze

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No exploration of Stowe's craft beer scene would be complete without a visit to The Alchemist Brewery. Started in Waterbury, this renowned brewery gained acclaim for its flagship beer, Heady Topper, an Imperial IPA that helped ring in the New England IPA craze. Visitors to the Stowe location can experience the Beer Cafe, with a selection of taps only available in house. With its laid-back vibe and commitment to quality, The Alchemist is a must-visit destination for beer aficionados.

Stowe Cider: Orchestrating Flavors of the Orchard

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For those craving something a bit sweeter, Stowe Cider offers a tantalizing array of craft ciders that celebrate the flavors of Vermont's orchards. All apples are locally sourced from within 150 miles of the cidery, resulting in a diverse range of ciders to suit every palate. From crisp and dry to fruity and complex, each sip tells a story of the region's rich agricultural heritage. Visitors can enjoy weekend music events while they imbibe, as well as tastings at the cidery's taproom where they can learn about cider making, a process that predates beer-making in Stowe!

Idletyme Brewing Company: A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation

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Idletyme Brewing Company blends tradition with innovation to create a diverse lineup of craft beers that reflect Stowe's unique character. Situated in a historic barn (at a site formerly known as Camp Idletyme in the 30s and 40s), the brewery offers a warm and inviting atmosphere where visitors can sample a variety of beers, from classic ales and lagers to experimental brews infused with locally-sourced ingredients. With a focus on quality and creativity, Idletyme Brewing Company is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

von Trapp Brewing: A Taste of Austria in Vermont

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Inspired by the von Trapp family's Austrian heritage, von Trapp Brewing brings a touch of Old World charm to Stowe's craft beer scene. Situated on the picturesque grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge, the brewery specializes in traditional lagers brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law). Visitors can sample classic styles like pilsners and helles, all crafted with the same attention to detail and dedication to quality that the von Trapp family is known for. With stunning views of the surrounding mountains and a cozy fireside atmosphere, von Trapp Brewing offers an unforgettable beer-drinking experience.

From hoppy IPAs to crisp ciders, Stowe's craft beverage scene has something for everyone to enjoy. Wherever you imbibe, each sip tells a story of craftsmanship, innovation, and a deep connection to the land. So raise a glass and toast to the vibrant flavors, as well as the local innovators and craftspeople who produce these world-class libations. Cheers! 


Written by Kathleen Chaput

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