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von Trapp Brewingvon Trapp Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1333 Luce Hill Rd
Stowe, Vermont, 05672
United States

(802) 253-0900 | map

The new von Trapp Brewery built in the spring of 2015 is located on the von Trapp property just South of the Trapp Family Lodge. Doors to the Brewery as well as our 6,000 square foot Bierhalle restaurant will officially open to the public late Summer 2016. Tastings and purchases of von Trapp year round and seasonal lagers are still available at our Deli bakery. Open: 7:00 AM-7PM (Food at 6:00).

Added by TrappBrewery on 04-08-2010

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Reviews by cbeer88:
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2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I went here for lunch at 12:30 on a Monday. I was expecting low key and got anything but.

Let's start with the good:

The beer was excellent. Nice clean super fresh lagers. The food was also pretty good - nothing terribly creative, but nice and fresh local ingredients. The food also came out fairly quick.

The view outside is fantastic. The building is up on a hill, and there is a nice big deck that overlooks the trees and a pond down below.

Now the bad:

The layout and ordering methodology is a complete mess. If you haven't been here before, and the place is busy, godspeed. This place apparently hates signs (which would fix numerous issues), so you're kind of on your own to figure out the system.

You walk in and there is a bakery counter with a register next to it. On the register is a stack of menus. Seems like the right place to order food. I'm 3 people deep in line, and of course none of the 3 people in front of me thought to look for a menu BEFORE they got in line. (Recommendation: the menu isn't big, just put it on the wall like every other deli) So it takes way too long for my turn to order. Now it's my turn, and I'm interrupted twice by customers asking the same question that would be obvious if they just put up a sign - where is the bathroom? As I order, I ask how the beer works and what they have on tap. They tell me I can pay here and pick up my beer at the bar - ok fine. So after my order I walk into the next room, and note another 3 person deep line. Apparently you can also order the exact same food at the bar line too, and now I'm told that I need to wait in line AGAIN to get my beer that I have already paid for. So I painfully wait another 5-10 minutes for 3 more people to figure out how to order a ham and cheese sandwich before I get to ask for my beer.

Which brings up problem #2 - They only had 2 beers on tap. One is on tap everywhere in Stowe (the Helles), so half the reason for going here was to try the others. Disappointing.

Problem #3 - This place is incredibly expensive, and I say that as someone who spends 50 hours a week in downtown Boston. $10.50 for a ham and cheese sandwich (+$1 if you want it heated, ridiculous). $6.50 for a 16oz mug of a beer brewed on premise. Lunch for two was more than a two hour dinner at the Alchemist last night.

Back to more sign/layout issues - there is a badly placed and non-obvious step at one end of the bar - I watched one woman trip and spill coffee everywhere, and another stumble. Again, a simple "watch your step" sign would do wonders here.

As I left this place was getting even busier, and with rain coming in the small inside seating was cramped with people shuffling to and fro trying to figure out how to order and where to sit.

I hope my experience was out of the ordinary, as I see this place otherwise has great reviews. And I would go back to try it again some day, though not at lunchtime. Because the beer really is good, and I could imagine it being nice and relaxing to waste away an afternoon drinking fresh lager on the deck.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattmarka1
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Nomis
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of coz
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of JLK7299
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

i love this place, nestled way up in the hills in stowe, and part of a much larger compound that includes a hotel and events center and a whole bunch of other fun stuff, sound of music related i think. you take a winding wooded dirt road up to the brewery, which actually is just a taproom now, there is a new brewery being built on the property, but there remains a bar in the bakery where the small old brewery used to occupy the basement. this is a wonderful place to have a beer, thats for sure. they had only four beers pouring while i was there, mostly their traditional german and austrian styles, but also a fantastic india pale lager. if you arent familiar with their beers, they are extremely high quality lagers, often very classic styles. the minimal selection is not a turn off, all four of these are summer session beers, and i was happy with the narrow selection. there is a great patio with astonishing panoramic views of the green mountains, and there is a large grassy area beneath it with lots of space and picnic tables to relax and sip. so mellow up here, hours go by like minutes. they had some nice looking food coming out too, but we only grabbed a chocolate chip cookie, which was awesome. overall this is one of the coolest spots in vermont, well worth the drive to get up there. we had an absolute blast here and will definitely be back!

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Photo of zotzot
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Huge new brewery
Nice view gone
Same mediocre beer

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of bobv
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SpoiledInVT
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of KirleyBrew
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
2/5  rDev -48.2%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of JKV96
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of TBonez477
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited the Trapp Family Lodge between 12/23/14 & 12/24/14. The brewhouse itself is located below the deli and not at the lodge proper, at least for the interim until the expansion down the road is completed. Generally speaking, the deli is a decent place to grab a quick bite - menu consists of standard fare (e.g. wraps, salads, etc.), as well as some German cuisine (e.g brats, spaetzle, etc.), with some rotating specials. The deli (as well as the lodge proper) generally has the three standard drafts (helles, dunkel, and vienna lagers), as well as a seasonal (the Trosten Bier was being served at the time of my visit). The front space is comprised of glass cases and counters where pastries, coffee, souvenirs (e.g. glassware, hats, etc.) and pre-filled growlers can be purchased. The connecting rooms consist of a small seating area with approximately 8 tables and an adjacent bar space with approximately 12-16 stools and a wonderful scenic view of the surrounding area. The food was quite good for a what it was and the service was friendly and prompt. If you're in the area, it's worth a stop; however, I wouldn't call it a beer destination per se. However, it is quite nice to see traditional German lagers being brewed in VT.

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Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Spectacular views, impeccable service, and well constructed lagers. The seasonals in particular are recommended - their schwarzbier was a lovely surprise. The structures are starting to show their age, but still hold a ton of charm. The taproom is newer than most facilities here, but is small.

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Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Great view and decent lager

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Photo of whitenads
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Small little brewery in the basement of the complex's Deli/Bakery. Not in the Lodge itself, but down the road.

5 taps on, all house beers, all classic German styles. Got the flight- the Dunkel and the Helles won out. Didn't get any food, but it looked solid anyway- German classics, with the local flair Vermont is known for. Food didn't look super expensive, but the flight kind of was ($10 for 4 samplers of low ABV beer, hm)

Worth a stop for sure. They have bottles of everything available to take home, too. Couldn't tell if they did growler fills.

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