Trapp Family Lodge Brewery
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 256
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3 | $$
So I've known about this place for years, passed by it several times (well, the signs for it anyway), but I finally had the time to visit recently. It's a bit confusing finding the actual bar here. You go up the deadly winding road to the lodge, and if you don't know what you're looking for you may get faked out more than once, as I did. There was a sign for the "brewery," so I tried that road, and found a dead end--apparently this is where they're building a new brewing facility. Fair enough. Then I passed a sign for the "deli/bakery." FYI, this is where you turn in. Anticipating an actual brewpub, I drove a bit further to the main office and "dining" area. But no, this isn't where you go either, unless you're actually a guest of the lodge/hotel. And I wasn't, nor will I ever be, not being a skier, and not being willing to spend more money on my hotel than on the beer I'm bringing home.
Anyway, with some help from the front desk, I found my way to the deli/bakery/brewpub. Walking in, the layout is pretty simple actually, baked goods and lots of touristy merch available in the first room. You can also order your meal here. Walking into the next area, there was a good-sized bar, with a tremendous panoramic view of the beautiful state of Vermont. There's also a nice balcony area. So I bellied up, ordered a beer and a simple meal.
Beer selection was not too impressive. First of all, everything was--obviously--German-style, so you have to be a fan of lagers and such. And I am a fan of German beer to some extent, even if it's not my style of choice. There were only four brews on tap, I think two lagers, a schwarzbier, and a holiday ale of some kind. I've had a few of their beers before, and they're all fairly good for their respective styles, but really nothing unique or amazing.
The food was not really impressing me at all. I ordered a soup, a gorgonzola-pear panini, and took a lemon bar back to the hotel. The soup was Campbell's quality, the panini was skimpy and sub-diner quality, and the lemon bar was tasty enough, but not very well-made. Funny side story: there was a woman visiting from NYC, who was RAVING about the tomato bisque being so unique, and that she comes to the Trapp lodge just for that, because she can't find anything like it anywhere near her. I gotta say, if you can't find soup five or more times better than what Trapp is serving in any random neighborhood in NYC, then there's something seriously wrong with you, and you're coming to VT for all the wrong reasons.
Service was fine. The bartender wasn't exactly on the ball, especially since there were only about 6 people at the bar, but he was within tolerance. Prices were decent, I suppose, but the quality really just wasn't there as far as I could see.
I'm pretty sure I'd never go back here again. It's more of a tourist trap than anything, and to me, it's really just not worth the slight deviation from the main path. If you find yourself staying at the hotel/lodge for whatever reason, then yeah, sure, hop on in and check it out. Otherwise, if you really want to try some of their beers, I've seen them on tap at the Farm House and the Reservoir.
04-03-2014 19:02:35 | More by Rifugium
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
And to Greensboro Bend the long way around; I have time. After my previous visit, I may have let a ‘The Sound of Music’ quip fly to which someone, I think Randy, said, “Idiot, it’s them”. What? I call ‘bullshit’. Yeah, right; I’m not buying, it cannot be true. Oh really? We’ll just have a looksie at their website and see what they, oh, escaped Austria from the Nazi regime, I see, and oh, then settled in Stowe, Vermont. Um, yeah, my bad...
So, there’s a lodge that this is not, and a deli/bakery/brewery across the street where I’ve set up in the lunch hour, or there about. Deli counter up front with cheese & deserts, and a board listing food selections. Order, pay, and go away, but to where? Step through to the rear room. Dark red walls over dark wood benches, white ceilings with timber cross beams. 7 mix & match tables, some sharing common benchings. Central fireplace with a phat timber mantle, landscape paintings, & a few small pen & inks. Wall mounts and a drop chain lamp. And further through to the side room.
The whole food & drink area question mark shaped; the run of the bar serves to service, the hook of it an ‘L’, light slat laminated wood topped, with a dark trim, seating for 10 on swivel hightop chairs, and the far end ‘round the bend morphing into a bar counter corner seating another 5. Food prep area behind the stretch and the rear wall of glass looking in on the kitchen proper, and out the backside over the mountains and valley below.
The room done in wood slatted walls and ceiling backside with baby hairdryer drop glass lamps tracing the bar, and worn wood plank floors. A single flat on the far wall, ESPN’ing me up, thank you. Mounted lanterns & small wreathes between the multiple doors to the side deck, with green outdoor carpeting there holding half a dozen+ black steel mesh square and circular tables bellow umbrellas. The wood railing with sprawling vineyness and colorful flowers plantered on its sills.
A pair of stand up cylinder bar towers with a pair of taps on each, 4 in all on logo ram horn shaped handles, the sampler served on a paddle. Golden Helles, 5%, crisp, spritzy, with a light hop bite; Vienna Amber, 5.3%, nice malt backbone, slight hoppiness, nice; Dunkel Lager, 5.5%, chocolate malt, smooth chocolate goodness, this is very good; Summer Lager, 5%, the rotating seasonal, pilsner style, or so they say, Hallertau hop, floral, bright, & citrus. The Helles & Vienna really get nice as they warmed, especially the Helles. They were all well made beers, but if I had to put it down on paper, I would say the Dunkel was Win and Summer Lager stood out the least.
I need to get my snack on; Buttered toast at the hotel and a double espresso at Muddy Waters are not holding me. I opted for the turkey club (smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, cranberry mayo), and traded up the focaccia for the hearty deli bakery bread; a champion decision. And I will side it with the salad. It was a killer turkey club.
Seating area has a rack with bottles for sale, tempting, but the car is full of Heady and Maine awaits. Not your usual brewpub make up. It’s more a deli/bakery with a basement brewery (you can hear them clunking around down there). The girl running the counter and bar is doing some running; fielding phone orders, too. And the sandwich lady jammed. Nice folks up on a mountain in Stowe, Vermont. They make some solid lagers here.
12-28-2013 17:11:04 | More by slander
3.46/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Copied from my TripAdvisor review
It's a little drive up the mountain from Stowe. Parking can be tricky when it's busy, you may end up parking at the lodge just up the road and walking down. The front section is a deli area when you can order sandwiches, paninis, and pastries. The back area is wher you can order beer. I have no idea why they are separate. There is some dining space inside but the view on the deck is brilliant, WATCH YOUR STEP! In the afternoon with the fall colors and a sunny sky you have an amazing vista of red, orange, yellow covered mountains. The beer is decent, the food is typical for Vermont, nice but overpriced. Service is weird. They claims to have European service, but you go get your food when your # is called, that's not my understanding of European sevice. Oh, if you get the panini, expect to make the other patrons upset because it takes so long to prepare and you hold up the line. So, come for an amazing view and beer passport stamp.
Visited October 2013
11-12-2013 20:53:55 | More by DesMoinesMike
3.44/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Nicely located at the bottom of the Vermont green mountains with a perfect view from the patio. The beer is very well brew with clean crisp version of Austrian lagers. The pastries and cake are not bad either. The food and drinks are a bit pricey but that is probably the price to pay. Nice stop when coming back from Stowe or Smuggler Notch
07-25-2013 18:37:26 | More by Phyl21ca
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We went here as the second stop on day three of a VT brewery tour. We had some nice food, my friends and I went for the meat and cheese plate, I think we ordered this around fiv times around VT, never disappointed. The beers here were a let down for us. We had the Golden, Amber, Dunkel and Summer. One person in the group commented that the Summer tasted like cigar ashes and another person chimed in with hot garbage. So I am going to have to say that was not the winner for us. The location is beautiful and the food was fine. We just expected more from the beer.
12-16-2012 21:13:01 | More by laurastradford
4.73/5 rDev +26.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wow. I tacked a stay at the Trapp Family Lodge onto my Vermont trip because the beer reviews sounded promising. Incredibly rewarding gamble.
There's no way to give the atmosphere a sufficiently high rating. It's a big open patio and yard with a gorgeous view of the mountains. There's an adjacent disc golf course that looked pretty fun. Gorgeous view and setup.
The selection isn't gigantic - only four beers on draught - but oh, my. So amazing. Just spot-on interpretations of various lager styles. I had the Helles, Vienna, Dunkel, and Trostenbier - a smoky schwarzbier type - and all ranged from very good to excellent.
To make things even better, the manager, Timothy, was an incredibly nice guy. Answered all of my questions, told me all about the brewery, and really treated me right. They're obviously excited to have this brewery on the inn grounds, and I really hope they start large-scale bottling.
Only quibble is that beers are a touch expensive at $6.50 a pint, and the quart swing-top bottles are quite pricey at $15 and change per. I understand that they're hand bottling them and the swing-tops aren't cheap, but I'd rather get a 64-ounce growler fill for that kind of cash.
Overall: if you appreciate lagers at all, you have to visit this place when you're in the area. Just amazing. Definitely the best lagers I've had outside of Germany. These aren't hit-you-in-the-face beers with a ton of bitterness, sourness, or barrel character, but they're subtle, exquisitely crafted, and flawless. I'm going to be blabbing about this place to my beer geek friends for months.
06-10-2012 00:44:05 | More by whartontallboy
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Just a quick review to say that you shouldn't pass up a visit to this place. The brewery is part of a detached, small building adjacent to the actual lodge perched up on a hill. It embodies a cafe where you can get sandwhiches, wurst plate, or just some coffee and baked goods. You can buy beer at the register as you get your sandwhich, or you can just go to the bar in the other room (that I didn't see until after I bought my sandwich/beer) and order stuff from there. The interior is quaint with all wood structures and Austrian details. However, there's a very modern kitchen with a large window looking into it from the bar area.
I had a steak sandwich which was delicious. Recommended. It's small and artisnal and I actually appreciated its size. I didn't want some huge honkin' greasy steak sandwich like from a pizza joint. It had a nice chimichuri sauce on it.
There was an outdoor deck that would phenomenal to have a beer on when it's nice out but it was too cold when we were there. The deck overlooks rolling hills and mountains. Really picturesque.
My wife and I tried all 4 lagers available (Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Helles, and Vienna Lager) and they were all fantastic. All were on point to style and elegantly done, super drinkable yet full of flavor. You can buy large bottles of them to take home as well.
Definitely visit this place if you're doing the Alchemist Cannery - Hill Farmstead route. You won't regret it.
04-10-2012 14:00:53 | More by jbertsch
2.8/5 rDev -25.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$$
I stopped here during my beercation to VT and found it disappointing. They had two beers on tap, the Golden Helles Lager and (I believe) the Maibock. Tried both and they were good, but nothing to blow you away. However, I noticed a very familiar aroma in each. It took me a while before it hit me: malt extract! As in the stuff homebrewers use. I'm going to guess liquid extract at that which can give a bit of a "homebrew twang" as I've heard it described. Now I had heard some pros use it, too, but this was my first experience with one using it. It's possible I'm wrong here, but that's my semi-educated opinion. Extract aside, it was actually a nice place to have a beer, assuming it's nice enough to be outside and take in the view and check out the hops growing outside the basement brewery. The inside seemed a bit sterile. I probably would have been satisfied enough if it wasn't so damn expensive. It came out to $20 before tip for two full pints and one half pint! That's like $8 a beer for some mediocre, medium alcohol brews. Sorry, but next time I'm up in Stowe, I won't be back.
07-27-2011 19:31:28 | More by epb2001
2.9/5 rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$$
I went here for lunch at 12:30 on a Monday. I was expecting low key and got anything but.
Let's start with the good:
The beer was excellent. Nice clean super fresh lagers. The food was also pretty good - nothing terribly creative, but nice and fresh local ingredients. The food also came out fairly quick.
The view outside is fantastic. The building is up on a hill, and there is a nice big deck that overlooks the trees and a pond down below.
Now the bad:
The layout and ordering methodology is a complete mess. If you haven't been here before, and the place is busy, godspeed. This place apparently hates signs (which would fix numerous issues), so you're kind of on your own to figure out the system.
You walk in and there is a bakery counter with a register next to it. On the register is a stack of menus. Seems like the right place to order food. I'm 3 people deep in line, and of course none of the 3 people in front of me thought to look for a menu BEFORE they got in line. (Recommendation: the menu isn't big, just put it on the wall like every other deli) So it takes way too long for my turn to order. Now it's my turn, and I'm interrupted twice by customers asking the same question that would be obvious if they just put up a sign - where is the bathroom? As I order, I ask how the beer works and what they have on tap. They tell me I can pay here and pick up my beer at the bar - ok fine. So after my order I walk into the next room, and note another 3 person deep line. Apparently you can also order the exact same food at the bar line too, and now I'm told that I need to wait in line AGAIN to get my beer that I have already paid for. So I painfully wait another 5-10 minutes for 3 more people to figure out how to order a ham and cheese sandwich before I get to ask for my beer.
Which brings up problem #2 - They only had 2 beers on tap. One is on tap everywhere in Stowe (the Helles), so half the reason for going here was to try the others. Disappointing.
Problem #3 - This place is incredibly expensive, and I say that as someone who spends 50 hours a week in downtown Boston. $10.50 for a ham and cheese sandwich (+$1 if you want it heated, ridiculous). $6.50 for a 16oz mug of a beer brewed on premise. Lunch for two was more than a two hour dinner at the Alchemist last night.
Back to more sign/layout issues - there is a badly placed and non-obvious step at one end of the bar - I watched one woman trip and spill coffee everywhere, and another stumble. Again, a simple "watch your step" sign would do wonders here.
As I left this place was getting even busier, and with rain coming in the small inside seating was cramped with people shuffling to and fro trying to figure out how to order and where to sit.
I hope my experience was out of the ordinary, as I see this place otherwise has great reviews. And I would go back to try it again some day, though not at lunchtime. Because the beer really is good, and I could imagine it being nice and relaxing to waste away an afternoon drinking fresh lager on the deck.
07-25-2011 19:54:57 | More by cbeer88
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Made the trek to Trapps for the second time last Friday.
This small establishment is more of a deli/restaurant than bar. That said they are finishing up installation of a bar that should make it a bit more beery. The view from the back deck on a nice day is spectacular.
Service was decent and all beers (Trapp only at the moment) were in exquisite condition. Had the Helles and Vienna. Overall a nice spot to drink some fantastic lagers.
Prices have gone up since my last visit. Not a good thing.
06-30-2011 15:44:17 | More by Cascade77
Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT
87 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.