Great Beer From A Great State
On a recent ski trip to Sugarbush (Vermont), I had the opportunity to taste some great beer. Our rule on this trip was that we could only drink beer that was brewed in Vermont. Why would we do such a thing? Weren’t we limiting ourselves? Not in the slightest way. Vermont is home to lots of great breweries that consistently put out awesome beer. Here are a few of the beers that were tasted:
You can only find this beer on tap since they don’t bottle their beer. A Switchback employee said that they don’t bottle because they want to stay as a small brewery and not turn into a “once small, now big” type of sellout. That mentality is extremely rare these days, and quite frankly, pretty refreshing. Anyway, back to the actual beer. The ale is dark orange/amber in color and crisp in taste. It is not an outstanding beer, but one I would definitely recommend if you find yourself in Vermont.
We enjoyed this surprisingly outstanding Vermont brew with the crew at Infinite Sports ski rental shop in Waitsfield, VT. Rainbow Red Ale is a sweet, red beer that was quite refreshing after a long day of skiing. It is a simple, drinkable brew that I would highly recommend.
This india pale ale, from Harpoon Brewery has a lot of citrus notes and tastes a bit floral as well. It is definitely not the greatest IPA I have ever consumed (stay tuned to find out what is), but it is surely a top 5 IPA. Harpoon has two breweries, one in Boston and one in Windsor, VT. I had the opportunity to visit the breery in Vermont last summer and it was a really enjoyable experience. It helped that we had a funny and enthusiastic tour guide from England.
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