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Grab a Cold One at Some Badass Breweries in the Burlington Area

Hannah Palmer Egan Sep 11, 2018 10:00 AM
Luke Awtry
Queen City Brewery

Queen City Brewery

703 Pine St., Burlington, queencitybrewery.net

Five friends — all with an affinity for old-school European beers — opened this Pine Street brewery in 2014 on a hunch that locals would embrace delicate, balanced beers as a break from IPA mania. Today, folks crowd into the airy warehouse-style bar for glasses of copper-toned Landlady ESB Ale, as well as German styles such as steinbier, rauchbier, dunkel and maibock — most of which are still uncommon, even in Vermont's fast-expanding beer canon.

Burlington Beer Company

25 Omega Dr., Suite 150, Williston, burlingtonbeercompany.com

Frequent can and bottle releases draw the beer-loving crowds, while daily hours offer a casual experience. Play a game of Jenga and order a round of tacos.

Citizen Cider

316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, citizencider.com

This is the spot for getting apple-sauced — responsibly, of course. The lively tasting room offers 10 ciders on draft, plus local beer, spirits and nonalcoholic concoctions.

Colchester's Mead Hall

856 Hercules Dr., Suite 20, Colchester, colchestersmeadhall.com

Beowulf would feel at home among the craft meads and honey wines that flow through these draft lines. Sample a Scandinavian cheese plate or pickled herring.

Foam Brewers

112 Lake St., Burlington, foambrewers.com

The brews are imaginative, the waterfront location unbeatable. World-class cheese and charcuterie, live music, standup comedy, and local art make it a very happy hour indeed.

Four Quarters Brewing

150 W. Canal St., Winooski, fourquartersbrewing.com

Fancy a Belgian-style beer? Get to this Winooski brewhouse for a tasting. Occasional live bands and vinyl nights provide a solid soundtrack.

Switchback Brewing

160 Flynn Ave., Burlington, switchbackvt.com

Get the inside scoop on Switchback's unfiltered ales during a Saturday production-area tour, then kick back for a pint or a hot dog in the sunny tasting room.