von Trapp Brewing

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von Trapp Brewingvon Trapp Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1333 Luce Hill Rd
Stowe, Vermont, 05672
United States

(802) 253-5716 | map

Notes: A humble brewery with the capacity of 2,000 barrels per year attracted attention under the name Trapp Lager, and the brewery received requests from all over the United States. The von Trapp family, who had always been reticent to commercialize their family heritage, realized that they had a product deserving of the family name. The new 30,000 sq. ft. facility, completed in 2015 under the name von Trapp Brewing, allowed the family to expand beyond their home territory and spread the gospel of craft lagers throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, and Philadelphia.
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Photo of NCSapiens
4.09/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Really large, fantastic location next to the ski slopes that is definitely worth seeing. The beer ranges from good to very good in terms of quality. Choices are mostly lighter European styles. The bartender we had was great. Austrian/German food is pretty decent. Overall a memorable stop.

May 09, 2022
Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

So, right up front, this place is crazy lit. I really had no clue von Trapp had such a huge draw. Of all the renowned breweries in the area, this is the one that's most built up, and most ready for the massive dinner crowd it seems to be confident it can steadily bring in, which it does with panache.

On our way here, we decided to peruse the website and look at the reservations page, only to find they were booked solid. As we continued our drive, a spot fortuitously popped up, and we took it. Good thing, too, because there was a 30 yard line out the door just for drinks and a pretzel, which is all you can get without resos, and the reason we wanted to come here in the first place was for the full dinner menu. I can't imagine coming here not knowing the scene, AND not having a reso--this review might have taken a turn.

The food is obviously German themed--and especially Oktoberfesty this day, given the season--and the beer is fine to good. But considering how little awareness I had around this brewery relative to others, I'm just absolutely floored at what I'm witnessing. I know they have their own sort of captive audience here, considering they also host guests at their lodge, but they've clearly made a name for themselves some other way, and I'd love to know more. Between the leaf peeping and skiing seasons, I'm sure they've become a reliable standby to visitors who come back yearly anyway.

Whatever the case may be, service was excellent. Beyond excellent. They were all really on top of their game. From front of house, to waitstaff, to the kitchen, things were buzzing. Like a well-oiled machine, they readily checked up on tables and brought orders in and out efficiently. I couldn't be more impressed, even if it was a little weird just how asses to elbows it was here, particularly in the middle of a pandemic. In a state that was otherwise very cautious everywhere else we went, it felt a little unusual, and oddly defiant. Despite the somewhat grandiose setting, it felt a little clunky and messy inside due to the crowd, but I can't imagine how difficult it must be to keep in order, so I can't ding them too much for it.

The visit turned out to be serendipitous in more than one way, as a storm that we otherwise might have gotten caught in whipped through right during dinner service, complete with tornado watches. And just as it was over, we were off on our merry way.

Oct 21, 2021
4.25 by Handz from Rhode Island on Aug 30, 2021
Photo of Giantspace
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

We stopped by to have a beer at the end of the day last weekend. We ordered a beer at the inside bar and were told we could sit at the outer picnic tables outside. Dog friendly and kid friendly and most people were eating. The beer is very good as it is from cans at home. The selection was the core lineup and nothing you cant get in a can in their distro. Service at the bar was fine, we only ordered one draft each and there was no crowd. The view was lauded as amazing, its not. A very open nice field with little view but trees. Quite a relaxing location with large loose stones to walk on. I could see hanging out here for a long period of time drinking a few good beers.

Jul 30, 2021
Photo of erosier
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
by erosier from Connecticut

Amazing location located on the von Trapp resort about a mile or so from the main lodge. Big beer hall with excellent food options and an excellent assortment of lagers. Everything was extremely fresh, crisp, clean, very good! The service was excellent, the selection was awesome, and the food was really great too! It has a very lodge/beerhall vibe that I imagine is a good time all year round. Overall it's worth a stop if you're in the area!

Jul 23, 2021
4.4 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 02, 2021
3.66 by Noelito76 from New York on May 30, 2021
Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Fitting that it's located on top of a mountain, The place is very nice and definitely has a tourist(y) feel to it. The service was good despite having longer waiting times due to Covid protocol and such. The food was good and the selection wasn't too bad but there were a couple beers I was hoping to try there that weren't on at the time. That's on me more than them since I was there during the wrong time of year. Overall it's a nice spot.

Oct 15, 2020
4.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 06, 2020
4.53 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Aug 25, 2020
5 by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan on Apr 25, 2020
4.55 by BubbleBobble from New York on Dec 19, 2019
4.05 by jheimbigner from Washington on Oct 24, 2019
4.31 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Sep 30, 2019
4.21 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Aug 17, 2019
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Feels new and old at the same time. Beautiful location. Indoor, bar, pub, patio and outdoor seating available. Tins of space with walking trails and a chance to really relax and take it all in. Bring the whole family!!
The authentic old world styles are brewed perfectly. A must go!

Jul 29, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Tons of parking available, the hilltop location (well, almost) gives views reminiscent of Bavarian bierkellers, lacking the chestnut trees but being family-friendly. There is even a small pond available if the kids want to terrorize frogs. All of their very authentic German/Austrian style beers are (usually, seasonals vary) on tap as well as available in cans and/or bottles. The food is very good and pretty authentic, with even the wursts being ground more like true wursts rather than the American take on sausages found in most "authentic" German food stores (If you have access to an Aldi's, you can get wursts that are properly ground.) Indoor and outdoor seating. Gift shop.

Jul 27, 2019
Photo of Zraly
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
by Zraly from Virginia

Cool brew hall with a nice selection of European-inspired lagers and ales. If you sit at the bar, you can order food so if the line for a table is long, keep this in mind. We tried a flight and then ordered the Helles lager, which was crisp, clean, and sessionable. We tried pretzels with beer cheese and we were happy that they actually served enough beer cheese for both pretzels (some places can be skimpy -- no names mentioned here). We also tried the salad plate which consisted of five different types of root vegetable salads (beet, carrot, celeraic, turnip, fennel) and they were all very good. The combo of sharing the pretzels and salads with someone hit the spot for a hot summer day. Service was also prompt and everyone seemed nice enough despite the fact they were slammed. Good beer, good food, good service. Check them out.

Jul 13, 2019
4 by O-Meg from New York on Jun 28, 2019
3.94 by Arg914 from New York on Jun 28, 2019
4.04 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2019
3.85 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Apr 11, 2019
4.61 by Bitburger from Vermont on Mar 29, 2019
Photo of RockHop
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
by RockHop from Massachusetts

Mixed gift shop, ski lodge, hotel vibe. Restaurant is the prominent feature. Pretzels and beer cheese is great, ribeye was great, and chicken schnitzel was fantastic. Had the Dunkel and Bienna lagers. Both tasty and traditional. In comparison to Alchemist brews down the hill, they will seem thin and weak, but they are great for their style and pair well with the food.

Feb 12, 2019
4.4 by eddiefl from New York on Dec 28, 2018
Photo of SomethingClever
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by SomethingClever from Ohio

Huge place with a big bar, several tables, an outside picnic seating area, and separate retail area. Von Trapp doesn’t make a ton of beers, but the ones they do are spot on great beers. Their Vienna is amazing. The service was great as we sat at the bar. The selection is fairly limited as far as beer, but they have a nice German leaning food menu. I tried the wurst sampler and enjoyed it the mash potatoes were a highlight. If you like well executed German beers you aren’t going to be unhappy here.

Oct 06, 2018
4.35 by JeffSK from Wisconsin on Aug 17, 2018
Photo of Mysticmage
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25
by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

Simple, clean, cozy, fresh

Jun 14, 2018
3.9 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on May 19, 2018
4.6 by Didier from New Hampshire on Apr 25, 2018
4.33 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey on Apr 18, 2018
3.45 by jwilson8316 from Georgia on Mar 10, 2018
3.88 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jan 26, 2018
3.42 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Jan 14, 2018
Photo of Woody53
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
by Woody53 from New Hampshire

Recommend the brat sandwich. Notch above a pub menu, big open atmosphere with great views and good beer.

Dec 09, 2017
Photo of neliam24
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3
by neliam24 from New York

Great service but the beer just isn't that good.

Nov 30, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 26, 2017
3.94 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Nov 26, 2017
4.01 by DaveCash from New York on Oct 28, 2017
Photo of ManapuaMan
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Swung by the bierhall for lunch while in VT for a few days. In so many ways it's the cure for the hop-saturated visitor. Beautiful location that's a fork-in-the-road away from The Alchemist. Long winding dirt and gravel road through the trees brings you to a lager-oasis. Sparkling new beer hall that's clean and spacious. Nice large benches and tables with a view of the brewing equipment. Merch out front if you fancy.

Half dozen of their beers on tap; we enjoyed the pilsner, Vienna and Oktoberfest. All crisp, clean, fresh and delicious. No guest beers for sale so the selection is limited to their own beer; bottles/cans available to go. The food was awesome - super tasty and runs the gamut from light (sliced and salted radish) to heavy (freshly cooked brats). We had the radish, salad sampler, chicken schnitzel and pretzels. So good. Sauerkraut-mash is heavenly.

Great vibe, cool scene and fresh beer abound. Like I mentioned - it was the break I was looking for, and the kids had a great time as well. Worth a visit.

Aug 18, 2017
von Trapp Brewing in Stowe, VT
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 2467 ratings