It’s no secret that we headed up north to my mother land of Vermont this past weekend. Hubs and I left wicked late on Thursday night after he got out of class and arrived in CT as the sun was beginning to peak out. Well, would have been if it hadn’t been overcast.
After a couple hiccups in the late morning/early afternoon, we made it up to my sister’s place in Vergennes around 8pmish and promptly after some fun hellos, put baby to bed. He travels well considering but I still try to keep him on schedule and by 8pm he was spent.
However, being it vacation for us, we didn’t want to go from point A to point B without anything fun along the way. So we had a planned pit stop at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, VT.
First of all, we drove through Woodstock, and I’m pretty sure I want to live there. Open a yoga studio (after I get the certification I’ve been talking about getting for years), write, and sell baked goods at the local farmers market. Or a yoga studio/bakery combo.
We didn’t do the tour due to time constraints, but from what I’ve heard it’s a bit lackluster. It’s free though, so you can check it out or skip it. I’m of the mindset that if you’ve been on one brewery tour, you’ve seen them all. I, on the other hand, was more concerned with getting the tasting in.
I offered to drive the last 1.5 hour – 2 hour stretch after Long Trail so I only took a few sips from each of the beers on the tasting tray we got.
Long Trail sampled a great variety of their seasonal beers (Harvest Ale & Pumpkin Ale), their Long Trail Ale, blackberry wheat, their IPA and the Double Bag. Adam was a big fan of their Harvest Ale – but I tend to be more of a lighter beer gal, so the blackberry wheat and the ale were my two favorites.
I loved the presentation – a muffin tray! Convenient, practical and original. I love little kitschy touches like that.
We grabbed a snack while we tasted – we knew my sister had dinner waiting but we were starving so we grabbed some nachos. I can’t really say much about their food – the nachos were delicious and hit the spot, had we had more time I probably would have gone for something else but it seemed to be mostly pub type food so really you never know what you’re going to get.
I did love the patio and lawn that Long Trail had with the picnic tables and Adirondack Chairs. The lawn was right next to the Ottauqueechee River – giving a beautiful outdoorsy atmosphere to spend an afternoon with good beer and good company. The brewery itself is located just past Woodstock on Route 4 between I-89/91 and Rutland (heading West you’ll drive past Killington and Pico – loved that drive over the mountains!).
Ethan loved the stop, he loves the outdoors. He’s not a beer fan so he laid off the sauce – ‘natch. Adam how ever did enjoy a Vermont Mug of Harvest Ale while I sipped some H2O before getting back on the road. Naturally we left with a mixed sixer of the Belgian White and Harvest Ale. Which we then proceeded to leave at my sisters on Sunday when we left. $#!*[email protected]!!!!
All in all, well worth the trip! If you’re in Vermont and looking for a fun stop on some back roads? I highly recommend Long Trail Brewery.