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Take an Epic, Beer-Fueled Road Trip Around Vermont

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It’s Road Trip Week at Bon Appétit! Which means every day, we’ll be sharing stories about food on the long and lonely highway. Or not so lonely if you grew up traveling across the country in a minivan packed with six of your closest brothers, sisters, friends, and Poochie the carsick beagle. So buckle up, and don’t make us turn this car around.

It’s hard to drink bad beer in Vermont. The number of small breweries doing incredible things with hops, malt, yeast, and water is staggering. And they’re producing more than just brash Heady Topper–style IPAs. More than 30 such spots have opened in the past decade, hidden in rural towns around the biggest city, Burlington, amid the Green Mountains’ stunning scenic overlooks. The catch is that most of these places don’t distribute nationwide; you have to go there to get their beers. That’s why we spent three days looping around the region, trading driving duties as we filled our car with a world-class take-home haul. Follow our lead, and check off these seven points on the brew trail.

1. Build a Vermont Six-Pack

Collect ’em all from the state’s top producers.

Taps at Burlington Beer Co.

Burlington Beer Co., Williston
You wouldn’t expect to find such beautifully branded cans coming from a warehouse in an industrial park. Try the slightly odd varieties—including the rye IPA and dry-hopped table beer—then get some late-night picks for places nearby from the in-the-know staff.
Grab: Barista Coffee Porter

Fiddlehead Brewing Co., Shelburne
The perfect first stop for a beer road trip: Pours are small and free; growler fills are cheap; the brewery frequently releases new cans of its approachably hoppy ales; and the chatty folks behind the bar are exactly the crew you want to welcome you.
Grab: Second Fiddle Double IPA

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