Trout River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 471
Beer Avg: 3.24
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev +30%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
As a local, I can't believe it has taken me this long to make my first trip to Trout River. Their hours aren't great if you want to make a beer run while passing through town, but they're great if you want a place to sit, have some pints, and eat some pizza.
The atmosphere is very relaxed with lots of decorations and pictures that are skiing and mountain biking related or scenic vistas of Burke. This was counter paired with what seemed to be a hard rock pandora station, or an iPod containing Godsmack, Billy Idol, etc. Which pairs well with some of the names of the beers in the Darkside Series (Boneyard, Knightslayer...) It made the atmosphere seem more genuine to the locals and local culture, not some expected easy listening folk station to pair with a folky VT atmosphere. There isn't a lot of seating for groups of 5+ people, but grab a few friends for some beers and you'll be fine. Just don't come on an empty stomach.
I had the smoked Trout pizza, which was phenomenal, but the 14" size only is a disappointment. Which leads me to the second disappointment, the only food is 14" pizza. However the beer selection far surpassed my expectations. I got a classic pint of Knightslayer and their "Lambic." I was scared to try the Lambic, but oh my god was it good. For a Lambic style to be made in the US, and served on draft, it was everything it needed to be. Sour, sweet, funky, and kinda pushing the boundaries of what Trout River is used to. I ended up having an empty growler in the car and bringing a fill of the Lambic home with me.
I think it's that boundary pushing that Trout River needs (Barrel aging, style variations, a serious bottled Lambic) and some more accommodating hours to people who would like growler fills while passing through town.
01-05-2014 02:54:16 | More by KingdomBobcat
1/5 rDev -63.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$$
BLACK MOLD growing everywhere in this place. I would advise to stay away from this beer. Could this be the reason the beer I had tasted bad and infected?
As far as the atmosphere, they were quite busy, but this place is very small. It fills up quick and gets extremely loud, uncomfortably so. The service was also horribly slow. The waitress seemed more interested in a table full of guys and while they were a large party, she didn't seem to care about her other tables, you would expect this of a teenager, but this was an older woman. The pizza was under cooked. Overall not worth the trip and the mold is beyond acceptable. With so many great breweries around you can avoid this one and save time for the good ones.
03-27-2013 11:56:09 | More by GloriaHayes
Trout River Brewing Company in Lyndonville, VT
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.