Vermont trip – Harpoon and Long Trail Brewing

Vermont Brewers

So you want to experience some of North America’s finest craft beers, well heading out to Vermont you cannot go wrong!Twitter for the Vermont brewers association

We spent 7 days drinking some absolutely awesome beers from a whole host of brewers and managed to get invited to meet a couple outstanding breweries.

Dan Kenary and his team Harpoon Brewery made us most welcome at the Riverbend Taps & Beer Garden

Harpoon Riverbend Tap

Harpoon RiverBend Brewery Vermont North America

They have an absolute unbelievable range of incredible beers

Craft Beer from Harpoon

Harpoon vast array of superb taps!

There UFO range (Unfined Ales) are truly sensational.  Exported into the UK you can get hold of these beers. The Take 5 and the Harpoon IPA were 2 of my favourites although with such a selection it was hard to choose.  The original brewery was set up in 1989 and the second brewery in Vermont was purchased in 2000.     Rated 19th by Volume in the Brewers Association of America this breweries beers are always worth looking out for.


Long Trail Brewing Here it is in their words

The first batch of Long Trail Ale rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery—known as the Mountain Brewers—was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, with the goal to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves.

At the time, the craft brewing industry in America was on the rise and Vermont was better known for maple syrup than beer. In 1989, Long Trail Ale hit the taps at local watering holes; blazing the trail for Vermont’s craft brewing industry.

Long Trail in Cans!

Long Trail Ale Can

The Limbo IPA was the beer that really stood out from these guys.  It was available all over Killington and slopeside.  The 7.6% gravity was well masked by the malt and hop balance.

The bar, shop and brew house are well worth a visit.

Long Trail Brew house and restaurant bar and gift shop

Long Trail Brewery