Top 6 Best Breweries in Vermont

Food Travel LogoVERMONT - Vermont is renowned for its skiing and leaf-peeping, but the state also has an exciting craft beer scene to boot. No matter if you're a beer drinker or not, make time for one of these 6 Best Breweries in Vermont! If you're lucky, maybe even get treated to an awesome beer flight!

6 Best Breweries in Vermont

What Are The Best Breweries in Vermont?

1. Foam Brewers

Foam Brewers' philosophy is founded in the original motivators of the craft-beer movement: stylistic experimentation, support for local farmers and artists, pursuit of quality, and dedication to running a small business correctly. In 2016, the brewery opened with a five-person team dedicated to creating the kind of creative, locally rooted brewery they had experienced at Magic Hat and Switchback. That mission has paid off for all five partners - they now enjoy an enthusiastic following both within and outside Vermont..

2. Four Quarters Brewing

Four Quarters Brewing, established in 2014, specializes in sours and stouts. Its Star Crossed Berliner Weise and First Light India pale ale are two of its most renowned beers; however, Four Quarters also makes an amazing mojito, ginger beer with surprising depth, and cider that rivals any in the region. Four Quarters' latest iteration includes a 29-tap taproom in the city center, an expansive menu and outdoor beer garden/patio to match. Our visit to Vermont had to include a stop at Four Quarters; it earned itself a place on our list of 6 Best Breweries in Vermont - we can't wait to visit again soon!

3. The Alchemist Brewery

The Alchemist is a small Vermont brewery that has become a landmark in the beer world. Their signature creation, Heady Topper, a hazy New England IPA that has achieved cult status among craft beer connoisseurs.Waterbury, Vermont began as a 60 seat brew pub in 2003. By 2011, they transformed from being just another pub into an operational production brewery with 15 barrel system that only brewed the famous Heady Topper ale. As news of Heady Topper spread, people flocked to Vermont in an effort to acquire as many cases as they could. One family even flew in from South Africa just for a couple of bottles!

4. Lawson’s Finest Liquids

Lawson's Finest Liquids produces premium ales and beers in Waitsfield, Vermont. Their award-winning Sip of Sunshine IPA and rotating Super Session series are distributed throughout nine states in the Northeast. Sean Lawson began as a hobby business, building a small brewhouse in his backyard shed. After one year he had enough to fill 1,200 bottles for sale at the town's Saturday farmers' market. Today, Lawson's is a beloved destination brewery, taproom and retail location in Waitsfield that strives for excellence, innovation, sustainability and fun. As part of their Social Impact Program, Lawson's has implemented the Green Is Grand initiative which strives to reduce its environmental impact.

5. Whetstone Beer Co

Whetstone Station in Brattleboro, Vermont, offers a diverse menu of craft beers with stunning views of the river and Mount Wantastiquet. Whetstone Brewing Company's partnership with Craft Vermont has allowed them to expand their beer distribution beyond their restaurant and brewery to restaurants and pubs throughout the state of Vermont. By building a 15-barrel production brewhouse just up the road from their 3.5BBL nano-brewery, Whetstone can now offer their craft beer products beyond just their restaurant and brewery locations. The new packaging takes inspiration from the iconic "travel by rail" posters popular in the early 1900s. The labels come in three different sizes, including a mini version that fits onto the can itself.

6. Switchback Brewing Co

Switchback Brewing Co in Burlington, Vermont is a must-stop if you're visiting the state. Their taproom offers plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy their craft beers. Switchback Ale, their flagship beer, has been a mainstay at bar taps statewide for years and continues to gain in popularity. As one of the few beers that doesn't fit into any style guidelines, it offers something special for many beer drinkers. This rare, barely flavored beer offers a delicate balance of hops, malts, caramel and apricot flavors with other mild fruit undertones. It's refreshing and pairs perfectly with comfort food dishes like burgers, cheese, salads or spicy food dishes.