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The Key to Uncommon Hoppi-ness

North, South, Yeast, and West…Waterbury is at the center of it all. Whatever direction you go, sample Vermont’s beer culture and take your taste buds on a magical microbrew tour. Vermont’s beers have garnered national, and even global, accolades. Here in Waterbury, you can find these craft brews and many more on tap or by the bottle at pubs, select farmers markets, and food shops. Or base yourself here to head out on your own beer tour!  

Breweries to visit while staying in Waterbury:

Prohibition Pig, Waterbury (0 miles)

von Trapp Brewery, Stowe (11.7 miles)

The Alchemist, Stowe (11.8 miles)

Idletyme Brewing, Stowe (11.8 miles)

Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield (13 miles)

Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond (13.5 miles)

Rock Art Brewery, Morrisville (18.6 miles)

Lost Nation, Morristown (19.4 miles)

Good Measure Brewing, Northfield (22 miles)

Frost Beer Works, Hinesburg (22 miles)

Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro (47 miles)

Don’t forget to ask for a Vermont Brewery Passport at any of Vermont’s participating breweries or download the free app. Submit your stamped and completed passport for Vermont beer gear!

The Reservoir Restaurant and Tap Room features more than three dozen draught beers, among the most in the state. It is one of the only places in the world where you may access on draft brews handcrafted by the winning duo of Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest. Enjoy a pint on the outdoor patio in summer, and sample delicious eats locally sourced from Vermont’s farms.

Prohibition Pig and its brewery in the back serve an extensive selection of craft beer and serious southern-style barbecue. Serving lunch and dinner, Prohibition Pig taps mostly Vermont beer, with some notable exceptions. The Pig has expanded its pen with the addition of a brewery out back with a seperate menu of lighter fare.

Blackback Pub is quintessential local’s beer bar. With over 30 beers on tap from all over New England and the world, it’s have been named the best beer pub in the state. Sit at the bar amongst locals and visitors alike, or settle down for something from the food menu showcasing Vermont’s farm to plate movement.

Craft Beer Cellar features more than 700 and counting different craft beers, beer, cider and mead from Vermont, New England, and all over the world. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide tips on beer and food pairing and answer any other questions related to beer.

Lost Nation Brewery in Morristown has a taproom serving lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Nearby in Morrisville, growlers, bottles, and tastings are available at Rock Art Brewery, which sports a birds-eye viewing area and more formal tours twice each afternoon.

The Von Trapp Brewery in Stowe is located high on the hill at the Trapp Family Lodge known for its innkeepers, the von Trapp’s of Sound of Music fame. Spend a day Nordic skiing or mountain biking on Trapp’s 2,500 private acres and then grab your lager-filled stein and sing an Austrian ballad at the Australian-style bierhall.

Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro is worth the 75-minute drive from Waterbury to the Northeast Kingdom, the rural crown of Vermont. Hill Farmstead was recently named the best brewery in the world by RateBeer.com, a worldwide crowd-sourced beer review and rating site. This rustic farm is open to the public on Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. Before you go, check their website for their growler policy.