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Southern Vermont Breweries & Fun Beer Trail

Southern Vermont Breweries and Beer Trails may not be the first image you conjure up when planning your dream Vermont vacation. Vermont is often thought of as the Maple Syrup Capital of the World. And indeed, our state is home to many lovely family farms producing home-grown goodies from maple syrup to veggies and cheeses to handcrafted garments and textiles. Lesser known, however, is that we are a hidden gem in the craft beer world. Thanks to our clean, fresh spring water and local, organic farms, Vermont has become a highly regarded beer destination with some incredible Vermont breweries to choose from. Whether you’re a serious micro brew connoisseur or a teetotaler along for the ride, Vermont brewery hopping is sure to be a most memorable part of your Bennington, Vermont getaway. Read on to learn about the scenic Southern Vermont Beer Trail we’ve put together for you, plus the Vermont Brewer’s Association Brewery Passport Challenge!

**Many brewery photos for the video provided by Whetstone Station

Embark on the Southern Vermont Beer Trail

Top 9 Southern Vermont Breweries

Madisons Brewing Co

1. Madison’s Brewing Company

428 Main Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Phone: 802-442-7497
Brewery and pub-style restaurant. Award winning beers!
Madison’s Brewing Company recently took home two awards at the 23rd annual Great International Beer, Cider, Mead and Sake Competition. First prize was awarded to one of their flagship brews. This was out of 730 total entries in the competition. That’s pretty good for our little town!
Approximately 5 minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
Open 11:30 am to 10 pm
**Member of the Vermont Brewer’s Association
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Beer Tasting in Bennington VT

2. The Tap House at Catamount Glass

309 County Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Phone: (802)753-7589
Approximately 5 minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
Open Mon-Sat 11:30-9pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Tap house  and pub serving 16 different beers.
Technically a tap house, not a brewery, but definitely worth a stop!
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VT Beer Trail

3. Harvest Brewing

201 South Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Phone: 802-681-8520
Approximately 7 minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
Nano-brewery and Beer Parlor..
Open 5pm – 10 pm. (limited menu)
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Beer Tasting Man in Vermont

4. Northshire Brewing

108 County Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Phone: (802)681-0210
Approximately 5 minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
Independent brewery producing small batch artisan beers
(Does not serve food. Open Thurs- Fri 1pm-6pm, Sat.10am-6pm)
**Member of the Vermont Brewer’s Association

Craft Beers in Vermont

5. Backacre Beermakers

12 Lawrence Hill Rd
Weston, Vermont
Approximately 45 Minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
Modern American brewery embracing heritage, Old World techniques
(Does not serve food)
**Member of the Vermont Brewer’s Association
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Drinking Craft Beer

6. Hermit Thrush Brewery

29 High Street, Suite 101C
Brattleboro,Vermont 05301
Phone:(802) 257-2337
Brewery focused on creating new takes on the Sour Ale
Approximately 45 minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
(Does not serve food. Summer hours: Mon-Thurs 3pm-8pm, Fri& Sat Noon-9pm. Sunday 11am- 6pm)
**Member of the Vermont Brewer’s Association
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Date Night Beer Tasting

7. McNeill’s Pub and Brewery

90 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
Phone: (802) 254-2553
Brewery and pub often featuring live music
Approximately 45 minutes  from The Four Chimneys Inn
(Open 1pm-2am)
**Member of the Vermont Brewer’s Association
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Whetstone Brewery**Photo provided by Whetstone Station

8. Whetstone Station

36 Bridge Street
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
Phone: (802)490-2354
Award winning nano-brewery with waterfront dining
Approximately 45 minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
(Open 11:30am to 11pm seven days a week)
**Member of the Vermont Brewer’s Association
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Beer Taps in Vermont

9. Beer Naked Brewery

7678 VT- Rte 9
Marlboro, Vermont 05344
Phone: (802) 464-7702
Mountain top brewery producing a variety of ales and beers
Approximately 25 minutes from The Four Chimneys Inn
(Open Wed-Thurs 4pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-8pm. CLOSED Mon-Tues)
**Member of the Vermont Brewer’s Association
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Please remember: Bring a designated driver. Do not drink and drive.
Brewery hours subject to change.

Take the Brewery Passport Challenge

But with so many independent, unique breweries spread throughout our little state, how can you be sure you’ve enjoyed them all? The Vermont Brewer’s Association has you covered.

The Vermont Brewer’s Association is a 56 member association, each of which produces unique kind craft beers found only here in Vermont The Brewery Association offers an extensive, beer by beer tour of the state with its Brewery Passport Challenge. Find your way into every nook and cranny of our beautiful state as you get stamp after stamp from each local craft brewery. Whether you’re an IPA lover, Porter fan, Stout aficionado or Ale head, there’s a perfect brew to be had here for everyone.

With a stamp for every brewery, the tour takes you on a beautiful, meandering drive through the Green Mountain State, stopping in picturesque small villages and towns to enjoy some delicious food and drink! The trail winds around our beautiful  corner of Southern Vermont, then takes you northward, brewery by brewery.

Here’s How to Participate

  1. Pick up an official passport at a participating brewery and/or brewpub. Or download the app to your phone or tablet.
  2. Hop from one brewpub and breweries to another around Vermont! (Definitely the best part)
  3. Get your passport stamped by each Association member you visit. Or, check in using the app.
  4. Mail your physical passport to Vermont Brewers Association, P.O. Box 985, Burlington, VT  05402. If you qualify for a shirt prize, be sure to indicate your shirt size.

Hopping along your own customized beer trail is an event upon itself, However, be sure to check out their calendar to see what events might be happening during your visit!

Stay at The Four Chimneys Inn

Located just 4 miles from the New York State border and 10 miles from the Massachusetts border, our historic Bennington bed and breakfast  is the perfect location to launch your Southern Vermont Beer Trail or your Brewery Passport Challenge. Our rooms are sparkling clean and very spacious with every comfort of home!

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The Four Chimneys Inn Micro Brew Snack Pack

And don’t forget to add-on a Vermont Micro Brew Snack Pack when making your reservation. We’ll have cold Vermont craft brews, pretzels and Vermont Maple dipping mustard (that is oh-so-good!) waiting for you upon arrival.galvinized tub with vermont craft beer pretzles and maple mustard jar