Trapp Family Lodge Brewery
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 293
Beer Avg: 3.74
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.33/5 rDev -10%
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 +7.6%
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 -6.5%
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
Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.