Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail Brewing Co.Long Trail Brewing Co.
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Place Score: 91
Ratings: 159
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.06
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5520 US Route 4
PO Box 168
Bridgewaters Corners, Vermont, 05035-0168
United States
phone: (802) 672-5011

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @longtrailbeer

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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by laurastradford:
Photo of laurastradford
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was the third stop on our VT brewery tour. We arrived starving and in desperate need of a bathroom in the middle of a rain storm. We were soon put in a good mood. We ordered the sampler that had Blackbeary Wheat, Belgian White, Long Trail Ale, Pale Ale, IPA. I ordered the pulled pork. Everything was amazing. The service was a little slow but we pulled in right behind a big tour bus so we understood. The three of us fell in love with the Blackbeary Wheat and we ended up getting a 6 pack to go. This brewery is in a beautiful area and if you have time to drive up the moutain it is worth the visit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of VTBeerDrinker
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Living only 30 minutes away, our family makes regular visits to Long Trail. While there isn't a large selection of food, whatever they do offer is great...although a little pricey. The real treat is getting freshly made Long Trail beer on tap. We'll continue being regular visitors.

Photo of Rutkiller
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

One of the first breweries I ever visited. Love this place, especially in the summer when you can sit outside along the river. The burgers are excellent. Nothing beats a Blackbearry Wheat and a burger sitting outside.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A bit overpriced for the portion sizes. Good selection. Stale "tour". Good beer.

Photo of Jake_eff
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Food was decent. Atmosphere felt rushed.

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Needs a real tour

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

We take our winter ski vacation in Vermont every March in Killington VT. . Our favorite place to visit during our vacation is the Long Trail Brewing Pub. Good food and great brews. We have spent many afternoons sitting at the pub talking and enjoying the brews. If you get the chance to visit the area you have to put the Long Trail Brewing Co. on your to do list. You won't be sorry.

Photo of RalphWiggum
1/5  rDev -75.4%

For a craft brewery that is so litigious, you would think they would have their house in order when it comes to their beer. But after tasting a bottle of the used dishwater they call an IPA, and then accidentally taking a sip of my wife's glass of their long trail ale, I instantly questioned their legal strategy. Suing another craft brew half way across the country for alleged trademark infringement only serves to benefit you if their product cheapens the value of yours. I would say that you could drink straight kerosene and get a better experience than one receives from drinking a Long Trail beer.

Photo of Mini4x
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

The tour is sad, just a self guided enclosed catwalk that you can look down into the brewery, but still slightly interesting. Long Trail makes great everyday beer nothng to surprising on the menu, other than their normal day to day beers, the nachos were outstanding though, excellent patio area to hang out and enjoy said nachos as well, if you are in the area worth a stop for a meal but don't go too far out of your way for it.

Photo of Christopher22
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Live about 40 mintues from it in the Okemo Valley. I go there as often as I get a craving for there wings or to get some fresh from the brew draft. Love sitting out by the river in the summer as well. Only thing that does get me is the tour, it's ok. I would love though if they did a second tour on the floor of the brewery.

Photo of Marcusg10
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited with a friend on a crisp and clear Vermont day. The pub was busy, generally good atmosphere. We had chili and nachos which I would have to say we're only "fair". I would say the burgers that some seated around us were getting looked terrific. A odd quirk is that although they fill growlers, they will only fill their own growler, supposedly due to the local beverage control laws. Worth a trip if you are in the area.

Photo of Owl-Head
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a great brewery! Served the beer at the just the right temperature out of a pint glass and also did flights. Beer prices were relatively cheap which I didn't expect and the brewery itself was located right near Killington, Pico Peak, and the Appalachian Trail. The brewery also provided a self guided tour of their brewery which was cool but not extremely personal by any means. The atmosphere was superb, offering both a tap bar and tables for if you wanted some lunch (only downside was the kids running around the brewery, but it was still really good). The wait staff clearly knew their stuff and were very friendly and quick to get you whatever you wanted! The food was typical kind of bar food, pretty good, but the beer on tap really made the experience. I was never a huge fan of Long Trail until this visit. Their beer on tap is two times better than it is served from the bottle, trust me! Their Limbo IPA and Blackbeary IPA out of the tap is almost too much to handle (not the best while eating a meal though). Absolutely worth a visit

Photo of TroyS62
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Long trail in a fun brewery to visit. They brew good solid beer. Limbo ipa is one of my favorites. Vibrate atmosphere while waiting for a table. Grab a brew or two, if weather is nice head outside or just hang inside. The pulled pork sandwich was excellent.

Photo of RichIron883
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The wife and I stop here on our way to NH every once in a while. Overall, we really enjoy the beer and the food but we have found that the food quality can be a little in consistent. Fortunately this is not the case with the beer, i will usually get the sampler to try the selection out, the staff is very helpful with recommendations.

Photo of ZEB89
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a Vermont trip for dinner. The atmosphere perfectly captures the local trail lodge feel they are going for. The quality of the actual restaurant was very good, and the map with pins from where people have come from is entertaining. The quality of the beer was ok, but not amazing. The selection was smaller than I would have imagined, supporting the local feel but dissapointing for a visitor. The various series beers does help this problem though. The service was excellent and timely, they were knowledgeable about both the food and beers. Overall a solid place, worth a stop if in the area.

Photo of Ron860
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited this wonderful little brewery twice on recent trips to Vermont. I was quite impressed with the overall operation and quality of the beer. Having the ale pulled directly into your pint glass is a treat. I tried every available beer they had and was not disappointed. Came back with a couple of cases of Long Trail Ale as well. This will be my mainstay watering hole whenever I'm in the neighborhood!

Photo of williamjbauer
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This was one of the first breweries the wife and I stopped at on our on year road tripping around the US. The location is stellar, tucked in the beautiful VT rolling hills with greenery in every direction. The selection of beer included just about every distributed LT beer, but the quality is a bit lacking, only slightly above average for many of their brews. Service was great, these folks are super friendly. You can do a self guided tour of the brewery upstairs and be sure to place a pin on their map for your home town.

Photo of ACD
3.98/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A great brewery/ pub tucked into the Green Mountains of Vermont! Very laid back and friendly! A great place to spend an afternoon for lunch or an early dinner. It is the kind of place made to stop in after a day of skiing or leaf peeping! Or just to spend a lazy afternoon tasting a few of your favorite beverages!

Long Trail make some great beers and they have many of their selections on tap for your enjoyment.

They also have a decent pub menu to go along with their fine beer selections.

Very rustic but also very clean and family friendly. Definitely worth your time to stop in, if you are in the area.

Photo of maribeth_13
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I go to Vermont every year for vacation and my family and I finally took the hour and half drive to Long Trail. When I got there I was worried because it didn't look open, the parking lot was empty but a few motorcycles. When I walked in I was welcomed by the staff and asked if I needed help or a table. We took a self guided tour of the factory. At the time they were bottling their long trail ale. After we were finished checking that out we went down stairs where they had awesome fireplaces and huge deer heads on the walls, very Vermont! We went outside to their deck which is right on the river and ordered food and beers! The fish and chips were probably the best I've tried! The sample beers come out in a muffin pan which was very unique and a cool way to serve them. The prices were good not too much. Overall I really enjoyed myself and would take the trip for the food! We will be returning for a day at Long Trail!

Photo of KDawg
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Long Trail brewing almost seems very touristy on first looks. The place was packed on a saturday afternoon with a stiff wait to go with it.

Eating wasn’t happening, so I’ll more comment on the beer and service. The selection was very good when it came to their own beers. They offered up plenty of their year round beers to drink+buy along with being able to get some of their more special releases very easily too.

The service was great and fast. Everyone was extremely nice there and very friendly.

The only real downside was the lack of a real brewery tour. It’s just a open walk around which is nice, but it would’ve been better to have someone give us more info than just walking around.

Photo of tylerprince
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I went to Long Trail BC in February 2011 and was somewhat disappointed. While the beer is probably the best marketed beer from VT, the tour was nonexistent, consisting only of a platform from which you could look down into the brewery. Other than the tour, it was a cool visitor's center, with a great selection of Long Trail ales and souvenirs and some pretty decent food. It was even pretty crowded. Word is that Long Trail was working on developing an actual tour program, although they may have been set back by an unfortunate hurricane this summer (2011).

They had a good deal of beer on tap, and typical American fare of slightly above mediocre quality. If you're on your way to a real brewery tour (try Harpoon, such 30 mins away) or trying to knock off all 21 Vermont breweries, then stop by. But if you're just looking for a good tour, this is a waste of time.

Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited this place on a trip to Vermont. It's kind of tucked away in the middle of nowhere.

Food is good and the beer was great. What I really like about this place is the atmosphere. It's kind of rustic. Two things I love. First, the wall of old antique beer cans. I love sitting in a place that's filled will antique crap.

Second, they have a catwalk that hovers over their entire operation. You can stand up there and stair at the fermenters or watch the bottling line run.

It's a fun place to eat and have some great beers. I had my kids with me that day, and they seemed more than willing to accommodate them too.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

First stop of our unofficial 2011 new england beer tour. Stopped in for lunch after a drive through mid Vermont and a stop at Killington's gondola ride. Had to wait for 15 minutes for a table so we go to check out the interior as we were waiting for a seat on their great deck. Entrance from the parking lot is straight into a seating area that is split by the bar, with a gift stand opposite of the bar. Atmosphere was great for a mid afternoon saturday, nicely packed, good wait, everyone excited to try some brews. The bar is horseshoe shaped with a tap setup in the middle. All year round and selected brews for the season were available on draft. Once we were seated outside it was nice to experience their deck. One of the most unique setups for a brewery, as the deck has the location of their sourcewater well, in addition to being right along the creek. Most of the area is covered by umbrellas and a large tent, great for the summer months. We sat a high pub table, which was nice, but a seat right along the creek would have been great.

Quality was good, food was prepared pretty timely and decent, drinks were all served well, no off flavors from serving equipment.

Selection was good, all year round ales, plus the dipa, tripel and summer. My favorite was the tripel and summer wheat.

Food was decent, standard pub fare prepared well.

Value was great, the sampler was 6 for for 6 4 oz samples, and pints were 4ish, more for the brewmaster series.

Overall, a great start to a new england brew tour, from a brewery that does well in promotion; a great, unique location.

Photo of steelerguy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cool German looking brewhaus. Sat at the bar to check out the bar, see the bottling line going, and look at the cool map. This really paid off as the bartender could tell I was interested in a few beers and he was free and open with the samples and they were nice sized. Described the beer very well and had good suggestions.

Beer was good to great, really enjoyed the DIPA and 3 Bag which are only available there I believe.

Food was good, standard pub fare done well. The prices were right for both beer and food and I will definitely be back when in the area.

Photo of thor638
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited in March 2011.

I decided to take the trip to the brewery after reading the morning ski report. It's a beautiful drive into town (if that matters to anybody).

The place is very home-y & ski-lodge like. It's got a nice warm feel to it. When I arrived I found a seat at the bar and was welcomed by a friendly bartender -

I ended up three beers, one of which was a specialty brew for that time of year. As with Long Trails, all were good but nothing out of this world. The food was very good as well; had a nice warm bowl of tasty chili.

They also have a great selection of 'souvenir' type stuff to purchase on your way out. I did not do the brewery self-guided tour; once you've seen a mashing tin I feel like you have seen em all--

If I spent a week up in Vermont, I'll most likely swing through again although I hope to go at a slightly more quieter time so I can enjoy the place slightly more.

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Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewaters Corners, VT
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