After the whirlwind that was Day 2 of my travels, it was time to use Day 3 to revisit my most favorite places from my trip in December.
BRASS LANTERN INN
With Stowe, Vermont being so central to the various towns I wanted to stop at in the next 2 days, I stayed at the Brass Lantern Inn. The circa 1810 brick B&B has comfortable, cozy rooms and common areas making you feel right at home. You get a great view of the mountains and ski slopes from the back porch and patio area as well as while you’re eating breakfast in the dining room each morning. A simply breathtaking view.
The innkeepers George and Mary Anne are so friendly and accommodating. I was very thankful for the many suggestions they provided on what to checkout in the town of Stowe from quaint little shops to fabulous restaurants. Site seeing recommendations. You name it. They know about it. They’re awesome.
AND… The Alchemist is planning on building their new brewery in Stowe if the plans get approved and they’re able to move forward with construction. Even more reason to stay at the Brass Lantern Inn!
HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY
The destination of all beer destinations… for me, anyway. I have fallen in love with their IPAs. So it’s well worth the 1-2 hour wait in line to get the growlers filled. Back in December when I visited, the brewery was in the process of building a bigger, better retail shop so that folks no longer had to stand outside while waiting for their delicious brew. So it was nice to see that completed.
Seeing as it was July 4, the line to purchase beer was a little longer than normal. Everyone made the best of the wait as I chatted with and met new fellow beer lovers while the alternative rock music pumped through the room. One guy even busted out his dance moves when his favorite jam started to play. Fun crowd!
What I Sampled:
- George – Brown Ale (ABV: 6%)
- Walden – Pale Ale (ABV: 4%)
- Abner – Double IPA (ABV: 8.2%)
- Society & Solitude #4 – Double IPA (ABV: 8%)
TIP: The retail shop does not open until Noon. I would recommend eating lunch before you go or bring lunch with you to eat while you stand in line. Also, be well acquainted with their growler policies, what’s currently on tap, and more need-to-know info found on their website.
LOST NATION BREWING
This was my stop on the way back to Stowe from Hill Farmstead Brewery. I wanted to check out their newly opened bier garten as well as try my very first Gose beer (pronounced: goes-uh). It’s a german-style beer brewed with coriander and sea salt. I went straight for a full pint! So good that bringing home 4 corked, 750ml bottles of the unique, refreshing beer was a must!
The food menu is now expanded and includes many items that are smoked on premise like baby back ribs, pork belly, etc. My husband and I shared mussels steamed in Gose as well as the daily special: soft tacos filled with a generous portion of smoked pork and beef, red cabbage, carrots, cilantro and their special blend of spicy goodness. I could have eaten 500 of these. Just look at the picture below and you’ll see what I mean.
TIP: Get a growler filled here and be mesmerized by their state-of-the-art filling station. It lights up and glows. Neat!
I thought that Lost Nation was going to be my last brewery stop of the day but out of nowhere I saw a sign for Stowe Cider. I had no idea it was there. Just a tiny little place not far from the Brass Lantern Inn.
I’m a pretty big hard cider fan and am pretty picky about my selections. I was pleasantly surprised that this handcrafted, small batch cider wasn’t your average ho-hum variety. My personal favorite was the General’s Reserve that was aged in whiskey barrels. A growler of that came home with me. Yum!
All of the samples I tried were tasty. It’s a drier, less sweet cider – my preference. I also enjoyed talking with the brewer (who was the one serving the beverage) about his process, where he sources apples, logo design and other random topics. Friendly, good folks that run this place!
What I Sampled:
- General’s Reserve (ABV: 6.5%)
- Spiced (ABV: 6.5%)
- Cider Blanc (ABV: 6.5%)
Later in the evening we headed to a great place to kick back and enjoy some comfort food: Prohibition Pig. Since they serve large portions, we shared 3 small plates: fried oysters, duck fat fries and fried pimento cheese balls. This was no time to be counting calories or fat intake. This was about being on vacation and indulging.
The pub has an impressive beer list that is stocked with some of the best that Vermont has to offer. You can get Heady Topper, Lawson’s, Hill Farmstead, Lost Nation and more as well as Prohibition Pig’s very own brews. In addition to beer they have an extensive selection of whiskey and liquors.
TIP: While there, say “Hi!” to Kate behind the bar. She’s knowledgable about what she serves and can recommend a drink based on your preference. A lady that knows her beer and booze. My kind of gal!
What I Drank:
- Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine Double IPA (ABV: 8%)
- Hill Farmstead’s George Brown Ale (ABV: 6%)
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