Otter Creek Brewing

Otter Creek BrewingOtter Creek Brewing
Otter Creek BrewingOtter Creek Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

793 Exchange St
Middlebury, Vermont, 05753-1193
United States

(800) 473-0727 | map

Notes: Formerly Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Acquired by Long Trail Brewing Company in 2010.
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 96
Photo of ryanm3850
5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The best beer in the great state of Vermont and that is saying something. Sit on the patio and enjoy the scenery or head inside for amazing pub food (vegetarian/vegan available) and tons of bottles, cans, and swag to take home. The beers rotate occasionally and sampler flights are offered for each of their brands (Otter Creek and Shed Brewing). The Couch Surfer on Nitro will blow you away (if available).

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Photo of kool-aid
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The revamped taproom is attractive with lots of seats and much improved food. (Trust me, the food was awful before.) The beer selection is standard OC fare which is found everywhere, but it's clean and tasty from the source. Often there's a pilot brew on tap and sometimes it's for sale in cans. The merch here is great and I think could be expanded even further, considering the strength of their design branding. Service is friendly and excellent- it's easy to leave here happy.

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Photo of byronic
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Worth the trip to Middlebury! Wasn't expecting too much but was pleasantly surprised. A nice shop, a great bar area with really good small bites for lunch/dinner. Good selection on tap and best of all the staff was phenomenal. We dealt with three different staff members and all were some of the best we've had in any brewery visit. The acoustics are a bit overwhelming and it tends to get loud quit quickly. Other than that, top notch place.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

In a small town off the beaten path of Burlington. Has a modest taproom/pub that is fun and simple looking into the brewery through windows. Food is snack to light lunch or dinner and very tasty. Staff are attentive and very helpful. Glad I stopped in on my way through.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

The sandwich I had was amazing, thanks in large part to the Jamtastic Jam they used. I decided to go with Shed IPA instead of Otter Creek, as I had never had Shed prior to that. It was definitely worth the stop on the way home from skiing.

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Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My fourth visit here, never really crowded and never disappoints. Menu is SO good with healthy offerings all showcasing locally sourced products. the first time I was here they were aging triple bag in oak barrels. Great people great food great beer!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Smallish tasting room with a bunch of high top bar tables situated around a horseshoe bar that seats about a dozen. Retail store is situated nearby and stocked with signs, glasses, Frisbees, etc. You can see the tanks through a glass separator.

You can expect a broad clientele here. From group tours to families to aficionados. Doesn't seem like many locals go here, but I did go on a weekend. Can get quite loud.

You can get wolavers, shed, and OC beers here. About a dozen overall. I'm pretty sure all are avail in stores except their pilot batches. The one when I went was an English mild, and I could definitely drink it all day. OC beers are pretty good to semi-spectacular. Prices for beers are $5/pint, and tasters are avail, but they choose the beers.

I didn't expect to order food, but after seeing and smelling the smoked buffalo wings I gave it a shot. They have wraps, paninis, nachos, and vermont cheese board for mostly under $11. I had pulled pork, smoked gouda, and jalapeƱo pesto on crostini. Very delicious and reasonably priced.

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Photo of The_Librarian
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Good vibe from the staff very clean bar and tables. Ordered a flight and revived a complementary beer sample. The food seemed a little expensive so we opted not to eat there.

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Photo of Billquirk
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Where else can you go in Vermont and try three distinct lines of beer under one roof? A fun, happy place to drink. Went there for a bachelor party, and they treated us so wonderfully. I had a blast and would go back any time.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Having friends living in Vermont has made Otter Creek a regular item on my agenda for years. Recently, they added a full menu to their tap room and now they have achieved beervana. The brewery is an active one and a busy one; all of this seen from the windows that surround you as OCs great beers are imbibed. The tasting room is rather small: there is a moderate size bar surrounded by high-tops for dining; to the right is an enclosed area where beer-to-go can be purchased along with plenty of OC merchandise.

Middlebury is a beautiful town and Otter Creek makes for an excellent excuse/reason (?) to visit.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Not a very large area to drink beer in, but it was a nice space. The beers were quite good. Not a huge selection. Very friendly and helpful servers that were eager to share info about each beer.

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Photo of TroyS62
4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Enjoy visiting Otter Creek. Last trip was for the release of Double Dose, what great a beer. Very nice place,clean and good atmosphere. We did not eat so can't comment on the food but what I saw sure looked good. Looking forward to more great releases this yr. Double Dose and Kind Ryed were great, haven't tried the citra mantra yet but I'm looking forward to it. Sure glad I live in Vt surrounded by so many great breweries.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Copied from my TripAdvisor review.

Whilst out touring covered bridges I happened upon this little treasure in the Champlain Valley. OK, I mapped out all the good beer spots for a family vacation, this was worth the extra drive. It's probably 10 minutes north of Middleburry. The atmosphere is relaxing. You can order food and beer by the glass. The brewery is behind a wall of windows. When we got there is was bottling day, whicj is interesting to see. We ordered there pumpkin and octoberfest, both very good.

Caution, the loose gravel entryway is a bit tough to navigate an umbrella stroller

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Photo of hphilip456
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Went here as part of the Vermont Passport and had a fun lunch with friends. I had already tried most of their beers having gone to school in Middlebury for four years. Recently I have become a big fan of the Shed Mountain Ale. The bar/tasting area has large windows on one side that allow you to see the brewery and botteling line. The day we went they were botteling Wolaver's IPA and it was fun to watch during lunch.

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Photo of laurastradford
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopeed in here as part of Vermont Brewery tour. This was our fourth brewery of the day and one that we were very excited about. The waitress was amazing. We told her we wanted a well balanced sampler and she delivered. We tried the Spring Bock, Wolavers IPA, Oatmeal Stout, H2, Berliner, and Russian Stout. We were having a great time and took a growler of the H2 to go. We wanted the Russian Stout to go as well but it wasn't available. We would have stayed longer but we had two more breweries to go to.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I stopped by Otter Creek on a recent VT trip to get my buddy a few bottles of Shed Mountain Ale. It's a pretty nice facility, located vaguely within an industrial park just on the edge of the town. Walking in you'll find a shop where you can purchase bottled beer and all sorts of merch from the three brands brewed at the location (Otter Creek, Wolavers, Shed). Take a few more steps and you'll find yourself in the brewpub. There's a fairly small bar and a few tables to sit at. Decor is simple, but the brewery is within plain site, and self-guided tours are allowed. There's a decent amount of beer on tap, again including selections from all three brands, and you have the option of full- or half-sized pours or samplers. Service is fine, bartenders are friendly and educated. As far as food goes, the website displayed a menu, but when I got there, there was nothing other than popcorn available. I suppose I was too early for lunch, and as I was on a tight schedule, I didn't bother to ask.

It's an interesting stop, and obviously if you like OC's beer, then you should definitely take the time to go here. Try the Hop Session Ale if you haven't already!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had been here before a few times to sample and buy, but now that they have food, it's more of an incentive to stop by. Alewife and I hit it up on 02SEP12, after biking from Bristol.

Same look to the place; big warehouse/factory feel from the outside, save for the silos...
In the small foyer first where cool bier and souvenirs are available for sale. Then the old sampling room and almost-octagonal bar on the right. About 10-12 seats there, and another 10 or so small tables scattered about. Place is bright and airy, with nice tunes filling the airwaves. Beyond all this is the production brewery, where you can watch them make it. Had about 12 or so diff OC and Wolavers brews on tap, including some of the 20th Anniversary Ale leftover, which was real nice. Thought that was the best of the lot, though their new Oktoberfest Lager was nice. Our servers were quite good, being readily available, friendly and offering assistance with bier questions. Had a bowl of chili myself, and Alewife a very cheesy panini. Both hit the spot, as did the bottomless bowl of popcorn!


3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$


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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

On our way from NYC to Burlington, VT, and after hopping on the quaint Ticonderoga ferry, the wife and I stumbled upon Middlebury, home of Otter Creek.

The Otter is outside of town, a cool-looking and compact brewery with shiny tanks. Step inside and you'll see a small gift shop and a rather spacious pub with lots of tables and a wrap-around bar.

I like the atmosphere. You can really feel you are in a brewery and not in some cleaned-up chain brewpub. Lots of classic locals with their sandals and hippie-rural looks, convivial ambience.

Service is friendly and prompt both at the bar and at the tables, and the food menu is heavy (and I mean HEAVY) in local ingredients. Welcome to the Republic of Vermont! We got the cheese-and-meat plate, a steal at $4.99 and full of all-local goodies (apples and walnuts too). Not much else to choose from, though, a couple of sandwiches and two soups.

13 beers on tap, of which 7 are from Otter Creek (including a brewpub-only "Test Batch"), 4 are Wolaver's and 2 are Shed's, that little brewpub and restaurant in Stowe that closed and was bought by Otter Creek.

Problem is, none of these 13 beers is really great. They are drinkable enough but not super satisfying. I had the Anniversary Ale and liked it better than in a bottle, and the wife and I both thought the Black IPA was rather average. The Shed IPA was outright boring. Sorry... that is why I'm rating quality and selection a little low. I wish they had their Otter Creek Imperial Stout, Imperial IPA or some sort of pub-only brews to spice things up. Reasonable beer prices, at $4.50-$5 per pint.

But still, you'll have a good time here trying brews, local cheeses, getting a growler to go, chatting up the friendly bartenders and looking at the map where visitors from all over the world leave their mark. Literally from ALL over! A very cool thing to have.

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Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury, VT
Brewery rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 7576 ratings