While in Vermont at the kingdom trails I sampled a variety of beers brewed in state. I’m no beer snob, but I think I have educated taste buds. Here is my take on each one in completely random order:
I think it was last summer this brew became one of my all time favs. The blackberry flavor is not overwhelming (full discloser: I LOVE BERRIES) and the beer watered down like too many other berry brews. Long Trail of all variety’s are readily available across all of New England so it wasn’t a rarity, but it sure was the perfect refreshment choice to cool down with after an epic ride.
This a brewery I have not seen anywhere other than VT, and for good reason, it sucks! The Rainbow Red was completely MEH, not a big fan of reds in the first place, but this one was completely bland with no identity. I think i may have tasted a hint of hops in the Hoppin’ Mad Trout, but tests would need to be done to verify. Trout River’s brewmaster needs some lessons in brewing or a new set of taste buds, maybe both. Fortunately I was able to sample a single from the gas station and saved my dollars for a better draft at the bar next door.
These guys actually know what they are doing. Otter Creek has a red that I actually do enjoy and the Wolaver’s IPA, which i sampled was delicious. Wolaver’s is Otter Creek’s completely organic selections. The IPA had that customary hoppy bite I love so much, it may have even been better than Harpoon IPA, which I consider the measuring stick of New England IPA’s.
This brew is only available on draft, and a favorite among apres ski locations across VT and NH. Its got flavor, its got hops and goes perfect with a greasy burger and fries, what else could you ask from a beer? I will definitely be enjoying a few of these come ski season, which hopefully comes earlier than later.
As of 2008 Vermont has the most breweries in the US per capita. So get yourself to Vermont, enjoy the outdoors, and drink some beer!