When in Vermont…

When in Vermont…stock up on beer! Oh the selection, it’s a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Did you know that Vermont has the most craft breweries per capita in the US?! The state of Vermont even has a whole website dedicated to the state’s beer industry. Is it fair to say that Vermont is the Napa of Beer?

My go to breweries in Vermont are (in no particular order) Otter Creek, Long Trail, Harpoon and Magic Hat. During our brief visit to Vermont this past weekend, I stocked up on some breweries we haven’t tried yet.When I first met my husband, the only beer I drank was Bud Light. He was mortified, literally. He grew up in California and had a great respect for good beer.  There were many dates when I would order a bud light and he would change it to something else. Over the years, I became a beer snob who loves her IPAs. We also homebrew, not as much as we used to with Isabelle, but we’ve finally brewed our first batch in the new house and since Isabelle was born. Only took a year 🙂

So let’s get back to Vermont. These are the beers I went with. They are all breweries I was trying for the first time. I opted for the 4 pack tall boys, which I don’t think I’ll ever finish on my own these days, but c’est la vie.

Foley Brothers Brewing (Brandon VT) | “Prospect” an Imperial India Pale Ale. They brew this beer with local grains from VT & Maine. The only way to track these guys down is on Twitter @Foleybrewingvt

Burlington Beer Co. (Burlington VT) |  “Light in the Window” a Rye IPA. Lately, I’ve had an obsession with rye bread, so I obviously needed to try the Rye IPA.

Lost Nation Brewing (Morrisville VT) |  “Mosaic IPA” a Mosaic IPA (the name says it all!)

Rock Art Brewing | “Limited Access” a Double IPA

Collective Arts Brewing | “Ransack the Universe” an American IPA  (went a little rogue with this one – it’s Canadian!)

I haven’t made my way through all of the beers yet, because #MOMLIFE. But I am enjoying trying all of them, and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try some new beers this weekend. It’s not only tasty, but you are supporting small local businesses which is always awesome. Happy Drinking!

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