(Source USA Today): Vermont is a hotbed of craft brewing, with the most beer makers per capita in the USA, part of a much larger craft food culture that was way ahead of the curve on the localvore, farm-to-table, and artisan cheese and bread trends. At brewpubs across the state, it would be odd not to have burgers made with some nearby farmer’s grass-fed beef, topped with award-winning local cheddars, and augmented with craft cured natural bacon. Most recently, Vermont has jumped into distilling, and here’s where travelers can taste both movements.
Stowe, Vt. is home to one of the nation’s first ski town microbreweries, The Shed, which serves tasting flights on antique skis. The original Shed closed after a fire, and the brewery, pub and restaurant are now in Middlebury, Vt., while the beer is widely available across the state. The Shed
Fortunately the void has been filled by several newcomers. The recently launched Von Trapp Brewery is located at the famous Von Trapp Family Lodge, which was opened by the real life version of the signing family immortalized in the movie, ‘The Sound of Music’. Von Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe also has the Crop Bistro & Brewery, an intimate dining spot right on the main access road that takes a true microbrewery approach to its in-house beers. Crop Bistro & Brewery
On November 11, Crop Bistro & Brewery will become Idletyme Brewing Company. Curran Photography