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Trapp Family Lodge Brewery

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Trapp Family Lodge BreweryTrapp Family Lodge Brewery
BA SCORE
86
very good

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 304
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

700 Trapp Hill Rd
Stowe, Vermont, 05672-5074
United States
phone: (802) 253-5709

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @trappfamily

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(Place added by: TrappBrewery on 04-08-2010)
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Reviews by cbeer88:
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2.9/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

cbeer88, Jul 25, 2011
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One of my favorite breweries to stop by and hang out at in VT. Its pretty obvious that the brewery is a very secondary aspect of the trapp business, but they do an excellent job nonetheless. They focus exclusively on brewing lagers and they are some of the best lagers i have ever tasted. As long as you dont go on a bad day, the view from their back deck is amazing and it is very relaxing to order a beer to try while sitting out there. It seems like this brewery has set very solid goals for what they want to make and the inage they want, and i think they have achieved them. Not the most dynamic or creative brewery in VT, but definitely one of my favorites.

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Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.