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von Trapp Brewing

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3.89/5
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von Trapp Brewingvon Trapp Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1333 Luce Hill Rd
Stowe, Vermont, 05672
United States

(802) 253-0900 | map
vontrappbrewing.com

Notes:
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

BEER STATS
Beers:
13
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
1,393
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.87/5
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
81
pDev:
11.89%
 
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Photo of slander
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

And to Greensboro Bend the long way around; I have time. After my previous visit, I may have let a ‘The Sound of Music’ quip fly to which someone, I think Randy, said, “Idiot, it’s them”. What? I call ‘bullshit’. Yeah, right; I’m not buying, it cannot be true. Oh really? We’ll just have a looksie at their website and see what they, oh, escaped Austria from the Nazi regime, I see, and oh, then settled in Stowe, Vermont. Um, yeah, my bad...

So, there’s a lodge that this is not, and a deli/bakery/brewery across the street where I’ve set up in the lunch hour, or there about. Deli counter up front with cheese & deserts, and a board listing food selections. Order, pay, and go away, but to where? Step through to the rear room. Dark red walls over dark wood benches, white ceilings with timber cross beams. 7 mix & match tables, some sharing common benchings. Central fireplace with a phat timber mantle, landscape paintings, & a few small pen & inks. Wall mounts and a drop chain lamp. And further through to the side room.

The whole food & drink area question mark shaped; the run of the bar serves to service, the hook of it an ‘L’, light slat laminated wood topped, with a dark trim, seating for 10 on swivel hightop chairs, and the far end ‘round the bend morphing into a bar counter corner seating another 5. Food prep area behind the stretch and the rear wall of glass looking in on the kitchen proper, and out the backside over the mountains and valley below.

The room done in wood slatted walls and ceiling backside with baby hairdryer drop glass lamps tracing the bar, and worn wood plank floors. A single flat on the far wall, ESPN’ing me up, thank you. Mounted lanterns & small wreathes between the multiple doors to the side deck, with green outdoor carpeting there holding half a dozen+ black steel mesh square and circular tables bellow umbrellas. The wood railing with sprawling vineyness and colorful flowers plantered on its sills.

A pair of stand up cylinder bar towers with a pair of taps on each, 4 in all on logo ram horn shaped handles, the sampler served on a paddle. Golden Helles, 5%, crisp, spritzy, with a light hop bite; Vienna Amber, 5.3%, nice malt backbone, slight hoppiness, nice; Dunkel Lager, 5.5%, chocolate malt, smooth chocolate goodness, this is very good; Summer Lager, 5%, the rotating seasonal, pilsner style, or so they say, Hallertau hop, floral, bright, & citrus. The Helles & Vienna really get nice as they warmed, especially the Helles. They were all well made beers, but if I had to put it down on paper, I would say the Dunkel was Win and Summer Lager stood out the least.

I need to get my snack on; Buttered toast at the hotel and a double espresso at Muddy Waters are not holding me. I opted for the turkey club (smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, cranberry mayo), and traded up the focaccia for the hearty deli bakery bread; a champion decision. And I will side it with the salad. It was a killer turkey club.

Seating area has a rack with bottles for sale, tempting, but the car is full of Heady and Maine awaits. Not your usual brewpub make up. It’s more a deli/bakery with a basement brewery (you can hear them clunking around down there). The girl running the counter and bar is doing some running; fielding phone orders, too. And the sandwich lady jammed. Nice folks up on a mountain in Stowe, Vermont. They make some solid lagers here.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

*This review is for the old brewery/deli space. I visited the new (and amazing!) bierhall recently (Nov16) and will update my review soon.)

So I've known about this place for years, passed by it several times (well, the signs for it anyway), but I finally had the time to visit recently. It's a bit confusing finding the actual bar here. You go up the deadly winding road to the lodge, and if you don't know what you're looking for you may get faked out more than once, as I did. There was a sign for the "brewery," so I tried that road, and found a dead end--apparently this is where they're building a new brewing facility. Fair enough. Then I passed a sign for the "deli/bakery." FYI, this is where you turn in. Anticipating an actual brewpub, I drove a bit further to the main office and "dining" area. But no, this isn't where you go either, unless you're actually a guest of the lodge/hotel. And I wasn't, nor will I ever be, not being a skier, and not being willing to spend more money on my hotel than on the beer I'm bringing home.

Anyway, with some help from the front desk, I found my way to the deli/bakery/brewpub. Walking in, the layout is pretty simple actually, baked goods and lots of touristy merch available in the first room. You can also order your meal here. Walking into the next area, there was a good-sized bar, with a tremendous panoramic view of the beautiful state of Vermont. There's also a nice balcony area. So I bellied up, ordered a beer and a simple meal.

Beer selection was not too impressive. First of all, everything was--obviously--German-style, so you have to be a fan of lagers and such. And I am a fan of German beer to some extent, even if it's not my style of choice. There were only four brews on tap, I think two basic lagers, a schwarzbier, and a holiday ale of some kind. I've had a few of their beers before, and they're all fairly good for their respective styles, but really nothing unique or amazing.

The food was not really impressing me at all. I ordered a soup, a gorgonzola-pear panini, and took a lemon bar back to the hotel. The soup was Campbell's quality, the panini was skimpy and sub-diner quality, and the lemon bar was tasty enough, but not very well-made. Funny side story: there was a woman visiting from NYC, who was RAVING about the tomato bisque being so unique, and that she comes to the Trapp lodge just for that, because she can't find anything like it anywhere near her. I gotta say, if you can't find soup five or more times better than what Trapp is serving in any random neighborhood in NYC, then there's something seriously wrong with you, and you're coming to VT for all the wrong reasons.

Service was fine. The bartender wasn't exactly on the ball, especially since there were only about 6 people at the bar, but he was within tolerance. Prices were decent, I suppose, but the quality really just wasn't there as far as I could see.

I'm pretty sure I'd never go back here again. It's more of a tourist trap than anything, and to me, it's really just not worth the slight deviation from the main path. If you find yourself staying at the hotel/lodge for whatever reason, then yeah, sure, hop on in and check it out. Otherwise, if you really want to try some of their beers, I've seen them on tap all the time at the Farm House (Burlington) and in Waterbury.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Bierman9
4.22/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here on 02APR11 with Alewife during our Vermont Weekend.

The small wooden structure housing the Deli/Brewery is set apart from most of the rest of the Trapp Resort buildings, and is set into a small hillside facing east down into the valley. The upstairs has the dining/drinking area, the deli and a deck overlooking the valley. Downstairs are restrooms and the actual brewing area. Upon entering you'll find 6 or 7 small tables to the left and right, a drink cooler and some clothing for sale to the left, and some nice cabinetry with glassware on the right. Continue ahead, where you can turn left for more seating, or head right to the deli. A nice assortment of sandwiches, snacks and A-1 desserts will meet you there. The Trapp taps are also parked here. Tell a member of the top-shelf Trapp staff what you'd like, then pay at the end of the counter. If your food needs prepping, just grab a seat and they'll courier it over to you. Otherwise, start munching and quaffing. We passed on the food, but it looked mighty tempting.

They had 4 biers on tap, a Helles, Dunkel, Vienna Amber, and a Baltic Porter. Paying $5.00 (plus tax) for a 0.5l glass is quite reasonable. We parked at a table just inside the deck area (not yet open for the season) and laxed. The biers were very well made and quite tasty. The place had a very comfy vibe, all in all, with plenty of people chatting things up and slaking their thirsts. We both really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent just chillin' here at the Trapp Deli.

Zum Wohl!!

A- / 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

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4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rjp217
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.91/5  rDev +1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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von Trapp Brewing in Stowe, VT
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,393 ratings
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