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Trapp Family Lodge Brewery

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

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
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 slander:
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3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

slander, Dec 28, 2013
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Resuin, Oct 10, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +5%

Small little brewery in the basement of the complex's Deli/Bakery. Not in the Lodge itself, but down the road.

5 taps on, all house beers, all classic German styles. Got the flight- the Dunkel and the Helles won out. Didn't get any food, but it looked solid anyway- German classics, with the local flair Vermont is known for. Food didn't look super expensive, but the flight kind of was ($10 for 4 samplers of low ABV beer, hm)

Worth a stop for sure. They have bottles of everything available to take home, too. Couldn't tell if they did growler fills.

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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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Me and my particular group of friends got spousal permission to go to Germany but alas the trip fell through. Settled on Waterbury and beer camping. Loved the area which is pretty special. For some German (or Austrian) atmosphere we decided to take a ride to The Trapp Lodge. I love history, Germany, beer and the movie so I was looking forward to it. Lodge was nice, would not mind staying there with the family one day but we were camping. We were pointed down to the brewery which we had apparently passed and was a bit down the road we came up. Bakery was downstairs and the bar is on the second floor (there is a new brewery site further down the road). The German food, beer and view were spot on to Bavaria (relatively speaking). Nice to have a helles in IPA land. People were friendly, but it is Vermont people and good reliable help is hard to find- you have to understand that wherever you go.
Not bavaria- but a close as I am getting this year. Recommend.

Flashy, Jun 11, 2014
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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.

Rifugium, Apr 03, 2014
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Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.