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Vermont Breweries to Take in the Best Fall Foliage

09/05/2018 10:47PM ● By John Gales

Vermont Breweries to Take in the Best Fall Foliage

Fall in Vermont is undoubtedly the best time of the year to explore the Green Mountain State with ample fall color in every direction. Foliage season also brings to the state many travelers from all over the world to take in, photograph, and admire the changing leaves. While leaf peeping across Vermont, visit these craft breweries that are some of the best locations to enjoy a local brew and scenic views.

Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, Brattleboro, Vermont

Voted Vermont’s “Great American Beer Bar” in 2018 by, Whetstone Station located in Southern Vermont overlooks the Connecticut River with beautiful views in every season. This fall, bundle up and head for the rooftop BierGarten, which is perched over the river with long views of fall color, or cozy up to their fireplace in the main dining room. Whetstone is one of Vermont’s smallest exploratory nano breweries, where with a few exceptions, they never make the same beer twice.

Long Trail Brewing, Bridgewater Corners, Vermont

Take a hike on the Long Trail in Vermont and stop by Long Trail Brewing, in one of Vermont’s most beautiful regions in the fall. Long Trail is one of Vermont’s oldest operating breweries; they launched in 1989 and have been making Long Trail-inspired beers since. At their pub and restaurant, which is located at the junction of Route 4 and Route 100a, sit outside on their back deck with a tiki bar or enjoy their lawn space in an Adirondack chair next to the Ottauquechee River with awesome fall colors and views. Don’t miss the self-guided tour inside either!

Von Trapp Brewery, Stowe, Vermont

The hills are certainly alive in Stowe during foliage season between Routes 100 and 108, where the brewery at Trapp Family Lodge, von Trapp Brewery, is a popular spot for sipping some lagers and enjoying Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, knackwurst, Bauernwurst, and more German- and Austrian-inspired meals. When you stop by the Bierhall, you’ll be surrounded by the rich colors of fall. Take a drive up to the lodge and explore the extensive grounds.

Brewster River Pub, Jeffersonville, Vermont

Located on one of the most scenic routes in Vermont, Brewster River Pub is near by Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville. Take Vermont Route 108 from Stowe to the pub. The road, that cuts through Mount Mansfield, is steep and winding and is stunning during leaf peeping season. At your destination at Brewster River Pub, try a flight of their own brews alongside a bison burger or smoked chicken wings, or sample other beer from Vermont breweries, like 14th Star, Otter Creek, 1st Republic, Rock Art, Lawson’s and more.

Hill Farmstead Brewing, Greensboro, Vermont

Off the beaten path in Greensboro, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, is the best brewery in the world, according to Rate Beer. Hill Farmstead is a beer pilgrimage site for craft beer connoisseurs and the drive to the remote brewery in the fall couldn’t be more beautiful. Stand on the wrap-around porch with a on-site pour of a rare beer offering and take in the long views of the mountains in the distance.

By Erin McCormick

Erin is a Vermont and craft beer enthusiast who runs the popular blog Travel Like a Local: Vermont. When she’s not sampling new brews, road tripping across the state or boating in Lake Champlain, she is a Vermont marketer and Realtor and manages the popular Vermont band The Grift.

Photos courtesy of Erin McCormick