The leaves are finally turning up here in Vermont, and it's a glorious sight to be seen. Along with the foliage come the many leaf-peepers! And nothing pairs better with Vermont leaf-peeping than some delicious Vermont beer, so we've put together a list of some of our favorite breweries or beers that we suggest adding to your trip's itinerary.
The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, VT
Unfortunately, the brewery of the famous Heady Topper is currently closed to the public as they continue construction on building a second brewery (in order to keep up with the demand). But a goose hunt for the Heady Topper delivery truck does make the liquid gold that much tastier. We also recommend finding a bar that offers cans of their relatively new Focal Banger.
Backacre Beermakers in Weston, VT
If you're a sour ale fan, you definitely need to find some bottles of Backacre's Sour Golden Ale. This stuff is absolutely delicious and pairs very well with a block of extra sharp Vermont cheddar.
Fiddlehead Brewery in Shelburne, VT
We're big fans of stopping by the Fiddlehead brewery, refilling our growlers with their Second Fiddle Double IPA and then heading next door to Folino's pizza where you can enjoy your beer with a pie.
Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT
This is definitely a brewery worth visiting. It does tend to get crowded so be prepared for a wait. One of our teams' favorites is the Edward, which is a delicious American Pale Ale.
Lost Nation Brewing in Morrisville, VT
Their Gose is a UM office favorite, but we're always eager to taste their limited releases. If you're up this fall, give their Oktoberfest a try.
Von Trapp Brewery in Stowe, VT
The Trapp Family Lodge is definitely worth a visit. Go for a walk on their extensive trails then stop by the brewery for a post-jaunt Vienna Lager, our favorite.
Zero Gravity in Burlington, VT
Just down the street from the Ursa Major office in the trendy South End neighborhood, Zero Gravity's new brewery is a new hot spot in town. Our favorites are Conehead and Green State Lager.
What are your favorite Vermont beers and breweries? Share in the comments!