Trapp Family Lodge Brewery
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4.73/5 rDev +26.1%
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
4.5/5 rDev +20%
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.
08-18-2014 15:08:31 | More by KingCobra686
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
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
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
Make no mistake, this is a great Austrian Deli built upstairs of the brewery.
They have an incredible selection of sausages, meats, salads, pastries and all sorts of tasty goodies.
There is a great selection of Trapp beers. There is no bar here, it really is primarily a deli that serves beer from the brewery.
There is a great gift shop with lots of merchandise for both the brewery and the Trapp Lodge and properties.
This is a great place to stop for lunch if you are in the Stowe area. It also has the most complete selection of Trapp brews in one place.
08-23-2010 12:21:11 | More by youbrewidrink
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
After almost a year since opening the brewery, brewer Allen Van Anda & assistant Jamie seem to be getting everything spot-on. Their beers are clean, tasty, and now quite varied with some cool seasonals augmenting their three flagships. The brewery is tiny and very tightly-packed with tanks & equipment, so a tour is not really an option without prior arrangement, but no matter. The goods are all served upstairs in the deli, in classic knobbed-glass mugs, with an amazing selection of Alpine-inspired sandwiches and pastries to enjoy with your beers. Soon artisanal cheeses will be available too. You can have a very filling lunch with a couple of pints for under $20. The view off the back through the large panoramic windows is gorgeous, all year round. You can put in a long day of mountain-biking or x-c skiing on their trails, then pull right up to the building for a good feed in front of the fireplace if it's chilly, or out on the deck if it's warm. No growler fills - yet.
03-10-2011 20:51:23 | More by duchessedubourg
4.23/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
06-11-2014 11:08:45 | More by Flashy
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
Stopped in here on 02APR11 with Alewife during our Vermont Weekend.
The small wooden structure housing the Deli/Brewery is set apart from most of the rest of the Trapp Resort buildings, and is set into a small hillside facing east down into the valley. The upstairs has the dining/drinking area, the deli and a deck overlooking the valley. Downstairs are restrooms and the actual brewing area. Upon entering you'll find 6 or 7 small tables to the left and right, a drink cooler and some clothing for sale to the left, and some nice cabinetry with glassware on the right. Continue ahead, where you can turn left for more seating, or head right to the deli. A nice assortment of sandwiches, snacks and A-1 desserts will meet you there. The Trapp taps are also parked here. Tell a member of the top-shelf Trapp staff what you'd like, then pay at the end of the counter. If your food needs prepping, just grab a seat and they'll courier it over to you. Otherwise, start munching and quaffing. We passed on the food, but it looked mighty tempting.
They had 4 biers on tap, a Helles, Dunkel, Vienna Amber, and a Baltic Porter. Paying $5.00 (plus tax) for a 0.5l glass is quite reasonable. We parked at a table just inside the deck area (not yet open for the season) and laxed. The biers were very well made and quite tasty. The place had a very comfy vibe, all in all, with plenty of people chatting things up and slaking their thirsts. We both really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent just chillin' here at the Trapp Deli.
A- / 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
04-16-2011 19:59:44 | More by Bierman9
Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.