VT Beer Question

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  1. bLanders

    bLanders (0) Mar 25, 2013 Illinois

    Heading to Lake Placid (from midwest), not sure how much time I will have to make my way into VT. Wondering if anyone can guide me in the right direction. Do I have to make my way to Stowe/Waterbury if I want to pick up cans of HT, Focal Banger, Sip of Sunshine? Or can I get some cans without going all the way to the sources, burlington area or south of burlington? Will be out there from a Monday-Thursday. Also, what else should I be looking to pick up out that way. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  2. jojo2112

    jojo2112 (0) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    You can definitely get cans of Heady & Focal Banger in Burlington. Sip of Sunshine you can get pretty much anywhere even on your way in PA or NY (although it might not be fresh as it tends to sit on the shelves).
  3. bLanders

    bLanders (0) Mar 25, 2013 Illinois

  4. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower (0) Dec 2, 2010 New York

    You should be grabbing everything you see from Four Quarters.
  5. jojo2112

    jojo2112 (0) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Agree. I think people also sleep on Burlington Beer Co.
  6. shkin

    shkin (0) Feb 6, 2011 New York

    If you're looking for IPAs, there are plenty of high-quality breweries besides the ones already mentioned: Frost Beer Works, Foam, River Roost, Fiddlehead. I'm probably missing something. Although you can find many of these beers across the state, keep in mind that there are usually brewery-only releases at the breweries like Lawson's and Alchemist.
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  7. bLanders

    bLanders (0) Mar 25, 2013 Illinois

    Thanks for all the input so far, appreciate it!
  8. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer (0) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    If you're going to Burlington, definitely check out Foam if you like NE IPA. Zero Gravity is good stuff, and you'll be able to find other beers from Lawson's besides just Sip of Sunshine. The Beverage Warehouse has a great selection of beer.
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  9. ToasterKlay

    ToasterKlay (0) May 15, 2017 California

    Following this thread closely as I will be heading up through Vermont (coming from Boston). Just a short 2 day trip with a 1 night stay over in Burlington. Not to high jack this thread but is this two way route good - going up stopping at River Roost then to Hill Farmstead to pick up cans/bottles (haven't been able to book an on-site reservation), then on to The Alchemist and finally ending at Foam, etc. in Burlington for the night. On the way back, hit up Lawson's and then head to Boston. Good route?
  10. Stormfield

    Stormfield (0) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

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  11. papposilenus

    papposilenus (1,106) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    Depending on the day of week, you could even scoot down 91 and pick up easy cans at the Tree House in Deerfield after Lawsons. Late enough in the day, and you can add on Brick & Feather and Honest Weight.
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  12. shkin

    shkin (0) Feb 6, 2011 New York

    If you like lagers, von Trapp is about 5 minutes away from the Alchemist. You can also hit Four Quarters, Fiddlehead, and Frost while in Burlington. Plus if you're in Waitsfield, I'd start with Mehuron's and Shaw's for Lawson's and other VT beers at great prices.
  13. Piels25

    Piels25 (310) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    Four Quarters is across the river from Burlington in Winooski and easily accessible. Fiddlehead and Frost, however, are both about 20-25 minutes south of Burlington (about 15 minutes from each other).

    If you do go to Winooski (easy Uber from Burlington), Mule Bar usually has Hill on tap and a stellar tap list. Same for the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington. Depending on your timing, make a reservation for dinner at Hen of the Wood in Burlington. Easily one of the top 3 meals of my life (multiple times!).

  14. Jbrews

    Jbrews (478) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Sipping four quarters Sundog now and it’s fucking amazing
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  15. Piels25

    Piels25 (310) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    Had it on tap last weekend at Middlebury Flatbread and agree 100%.
  16. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc (0) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    Depending on your entry route (ferries vs bridge) into VT you could hit Middlebury/Brandon instead of points north, and have some other delicious options with a similar trip time. (I was blown away by Red Clover when I visited recently) https://www.redcloverale.com/
  17. Piels25

    Piels25 (310) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    I will second that emotion. I got to Red Clover for the first time recently and enjoyed their beers a lot. The only challenge is their limited hours so you have to plan accordingly (Friday, Saturday 12-7).
  18. blynchus

    blynchus (0) Jul 15, 2014 New Hampshire

    What stores are the best bets to get Alchemist beers in Burlington?
  19. Piels25

    Piels25 (310) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    Beverage Warehouse in Winooski.
  20. Stormfield

    Stormfield (0) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    You can get the stuff almost anywhere that sells beer around Burlington. You’ll be tripping over it. No kidding.
  21. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood (494) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)

    Is there any Alchemist distro that hits WRJ or the surrounding area?

    Last time I drove through VT, it was summer of 2019, and like @Stormfield said I was tripping over HT. It was everywhere, but that was along Route 7 and probably closer to HT region.
  22. shkin

    shkin (0) Feb 6, 2011 New York

    In 2019 I got Alchemist beers as far South as Brattleboro Food Co-Op, just a few miles past the state border on I-91. At that time it was available on certain days of the week. This year it is everywhere at all times it seems.
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  23. ajthegreat

    ajthegreat (0) Nov 11, 2010 Vermont

    I wouldn't head to Stowe JUST to get Alchemist beers. This weekend they just had Heady, Focal, Rapture and Luscious. Is Rapture sells out quickly, you can pretty much get Heady and Focal at most beer stores. Stowe is great. But I wouldn't go out of my way just to head to Alchemist. I'd also recommend Von Trapp for lunch or something.
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  24. JTreehorn

    JTreehorn (0) Sep 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Spending the week in Stowe and usually love loading up on a bunch of different styles from The Alchemist. I was really surprised to see only Heady, Focal, Luscious on their website the last week or so. Is stuff just selling out way faster or are they making extra Heady and Focal? ...just curious.
  25. Stormfield

    Stormfield (0) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    They release Skadoosh about once every three weeks and Rapture once a month. They are usually available for a few days before selling out.

    They did have a summer saison that was available for a couple of months but is now gone. It was awesome. There was a spring saison that was around for a few months before that.

    Perhaps they will release something in anticipation of the fall during your visit.

    Their release schedule has pretty much looked like what I described above since the beginning of COVID.
  26. shkin

    shkin (0) Feb 6, 2011 New York

    They release Rapture, Skadoosh, and Crusher every 3 weeks or so. They do have more choices in the beer garden (last Friday it was Kenny's Kolch, Light, and Zomerbier), but it is a somewhat awkward experience since they just sell cans with no glassware or anything else. This is also the reason they don't offer more beers for curbside pickup since all small batches are sold for on-site consumption only.
  27. BigStein88

    BigStein88 (300) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire

    Absolutely. Both the CoOp and Fattys Crowler Pit get Heady and Focal (but none of the others as far as I know). The nice thing about Fatty's is you can order ahead and have it waiting for you if you like, as it has been a bit more spotty at the CoOp the last couple times I was up there this summer...
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  28. Streaky

    Streaky (0) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Everyone okay with another hijack?

    Coming up from NJ for a few days of beer and travel with the Mrs...here's the agenda, if anyone else has any tweaks or suggestions let me know. We've broken up the trip to cut back on super long drives / see more.

    Friday: Hudson Valley, Suarez Family, stay around Hudson.
    Saturday: head to Burlington. Red Clover on the way in, then Fiddlehead, then Foam.
    Sunday: day two in Burlington. Four Quarters and Alchemist.
    Monday: Trying to figure out best route back - likely hitting Tree House at the original location and staying around there.
    Sunday: Head home, pizza in New Haven for lunch, natch.
  29. Streaky

    Streaky (0) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey

    *edit, the last day is Tuesday not Sunday
  30. Piels25

    Piels25 (310) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    Looks like a great agenda (and I'm very jealous!). A few things to point out:

    * The Alchemist is located in Stowe, VT, about a 45 minute drive from Burlington, depending on traffic. They are offering one tour daily at 5 PM and they have a beer garden with a few other beers besides Heady and Focal, but that's about it right now. You can find Heady and Focal at just about any bar in and around Burlington, and the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski is your go-to if you want cans and prefer not to make that drive.

    * Make a reservation for dinner at Hen of the Wood in Burlington if at all possible. Farmhouse Tap and Grill is also a great spot, albeit more casual, with arguably the best tap list in town.

    * Mule Bar in Winooski, just down the hill from Four Quarters, has a great tap list and usually 2-3 taps of Hill Farmstead.

    * Depending on where you stay near Treehouse in Charlton and timing, Armsby Abbey and BTs Smokehouse should be on your dining agenda.
  31. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower (0) Dec 2, 2010 New York

    So near Suarez (8 mi away) there is a VERY under-the-radar spot called From the Ground Brewing. It's literally a repurposed shipping container on a farm right next to a pond, and they make very solid farmhouse stuff (among other styles) and it's a real relaxing place to grab a beer.

    Actually, since I assume you'll be coming up on 87, I'd stop quick in Kingston to go to Rough Draft for coffee and/or a beer (bookstore with bakery/beer bar, terrific selection), maybe grab lunch there in town (El Mercadito, Sea Deli, Lunch Nightly), then hop over the river and FTG is on your way to Suarez which is on your way to Hudson.
  32. shkin

    shkin (0) Feb 6, 2011 New York

    If you're heading to Stowe for Alchemist, consider stopping by von Trapp for great lagers, good food, and nice views, and Lawson's for great IPAs and nice location.
  33. Streaky

    Streaky (0) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Just want to say thanks to all the BAs on this thread who came through with great tips. Very excited for this trip. Definitely adding Von Trapp to the list, I didn't realize it was so close to Alchemist, and I love me some crispy boiz.
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