The Alchemist

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Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

100 Cottage Club Rd
Brewery & Visitors Center
Stowe, Vermont, 05672-4139
United States

(802) 244-7744 | map

Notes: Opened in July 2016, The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center in Stowe provides samples of beer for tasting, retail beer sales, merchandise and a fun, educational experience.
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 223
Reviews by DoctorZombies:
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4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Free tastings of 3 beers, fast service, world class beers, great vibe space and graphics, outdoor area with frisbee golf, huge parking lot. Only downside is you can’t buy a pint or take your tasting outside. Otherwise one of the best set up brewery/welcome centers I’ve been too!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerBucks
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited here in the summer of 2017. Such a well designed and modern looking facility. Easy to find once you make it to Stowe. They had free samples of 3 of their beers including Heady Topper and all were very tasty, and generous. The line up to purchase beer took no time to get through. The only real negatives is no tours (although you can easily see the brewery from the tasting area) and no beer samples outside, which is too bad since the surrounding property was really nice, and would be a great place to relax and have a beer.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.33/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What's left to say? State of the art building. Beautiful location. Outdoor activities and plenty of room to spread your wings. Sample the beer, gawk at the beautiful brew house and tanks. The merch is excellent. Fun stuff.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Zraly
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Super cool tasting and retail room out in the bucolic and cool area around Stowe, VT. Open and airy as long as the line is short. Can art is on the fermenters, and you know where you are at all times.

Free tasters of Focal Banger, Heady Topper, and a limited or seasonal on tap. This place makes enough that there is no need for anyone to sweat the small stuff. $4 for a full pour. Any tips are donated to local charities. Outside there is seating and a few lawn games for entertainment. All four packs are $12.50. The business model of compensating your employees properly and thus not relying on tips, etc. should be a model for other successful brewers.

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Photo of M_chav
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.04/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Husky-Topper
4.88/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JoelDPTAT
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of BillRoth
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Ok... let’s start off with that this is a beer store... not a brewpub or typical tasting room. Had not read earlier reviews and was not aware Stowe facility was largely for retail / come and go. So a bit disappointed when arrived inside, but .... wow what a great place. First thing is the outside and inside aesthetics; gorgeous modern building with lots of idiosyncratic Alchemist design and decor. Having a glass wall view of tanks is nothing new... but when they are designed to look exactly like cans of Heady; Banger and Crusher...very cool vibe.
Everything is bright, new, shiny and spotless.
Everyone working there was just awesome to talk with and help in anyway. Actually reminded me of Ritz Carlton like customer service in how much they just ask/offer to help. You being happy seems to be a goal while you’re there. The very generous free half pours of Heady; Banger and Crusher was just great. Having a dedicated station just to provide free beer is inspired. No seating; but quite a few freestanding columned high tables to rest a glass or arm. There was a great selection of their beers; and super accessible pricing.
While it was not a place for sitting and sipping; it was probably best place I’ve been to buy beer and a little swag. Throw in a great business culture; cool building; great people and free beer??? Let’s just say don’t miss this stop. Top of the top notch!

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Photo of ssorohan
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Kind of like a first love, I was introduced to IPA's with a Heady Topper in 2015 by waiting in line at a beverage store in Vermont in a snow storm and was excited by the opening of the brewery. Have made a couple of trips there and just enjoy the whole experience. I will say there's not a lot to keep you there after you have a couple of samples and buy your cans, but I still enjoy it enough that I will include it on any of my long range beer runs that I go on.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Really cool spot, wish you could get full pours rather than just samples. Also, I wish there was more variety. Pretty much it's Heady, Focal, Crusher and maybe one other. Mostly IPAs, which I love, but I've outgrown these IPAs.

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Photo of Cwarwick812
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Griffith
4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jrc1093
4.33/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of egrandfield
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Such an efficient line process. Really a good idea that you get a free half pour in the same line as you stand in to get beer. Also, the $12.50 per 4 pack price for everything makes ordering super simple (also, kudos for not gouging people).

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Photo of Pinkylives
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of RockHop
4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Mostly a retail storefront with sampling line. Shirts and swag. Sample line sold full pours too and there are high tops to perch and chat. Only had Heady Topper, Focal Banger, and Crusher to sample while I was there; would have been nice to sample their lesser-known beers. No one available to talk about the beer, the process, etc. Upscale vibe. But the place is beautiful. Likely even better when the weather is warm.

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Photo of Userme59
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Max_W
4.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

As you’d expect, amazing spot!

Incredibly friendly people, free tasting pours of a variety of their beers (mid-January they had HT, Focal Banger, Crusher, blanking on others...) plus full pours for purchase (new since my first visit in 2017)

Handful of standing tables in the middle to hang at while you sip/stare at the fermenters, section on the right for can/merch purchases

Easy to find, lots of parking too

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The Alchemist in Stowe, VT
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