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Local Craft Breweries

Local Craft Breweries

Vermont’s craft breweries create economic vitality in the local community through beer tourism and by providing rewarding careers within a vibrant company culture. Throughout the state, craft beer connoisseurs will find different styles, different tastes and a community created through generations of passionate innovators who have fostered the state into one of the world’s most respected beer destinations.   Zero Gravity – Burlington – 716 Pine St - Situated in heart of the budding arts district of Burlington. Zero Gravity has rapidly become an institution for craft beer aficionados. The taproom is a beautifully constructed space that is a great hangout year-round. The outdoor deck is one of best patios on sunny summer days in Burlington. Since reopening the taproom this spring, their outdoor space for plenty of seating;
                A selection of Zero Gravity’s tap list have become premier examples of local craft beers. The brewery also offers a rotating collection of specialty brews that are sporadically available throughout the year. Always evolving and experimenting, the rotating taps creates a need to try as many different beers as possible, because some may disappear forever. Zero Gravity is located directly next to The Great Northern, which offer an inviting collection of New American fare, along with craft cocktails and coffee.

Switchback – Burlington160 Flynn Ave – The first 100% employee-owned brewery in New England. Opened in 2014 as Switchback continued is meteoric rise in the craft beer community, the taproom was created as an outlet to showcase experimental brews and limited release batches that can’t be found anywhere else. Created inside a renovated food processing space, the modern offers a gorgeous interior as well as a batch of outdoor tables and is the perfect space for entertaining large tour groups or the occasional beer enthusiast.

                Built on the ideals of maximizing complexity and flavor, the flagship Switchback Ale was the launchpad for a brand that prides itself on defying easy description and existing style guidelines. Switchback’s lineup has grown to over twenty-year round offerings, rotating specials and limited releases. Switchback began as a Vermont craft beer brewed for Vermonters, and unrelentingly authentic to  the vision individualistic brand that vows to forever be made locally by real brewers.

Fiddlehead – Shelburne – 6305 Shelburne Rd – Ascending into the Vermont craft beer scene at a breakneck pace. Fiddlehead opened the doors to their Shelburne brewery in 2011 with only a thirty-barrel capacity, and a completely manual brewing process. Less than a month after opening for business, their flagship Ale, Fiddlehead IPA, was on tap at over fifty bars and restaurants throughout Vermont.

Necessitating an expansion, and some massive upgrades, in 2017 a new 10,000 sq foot brewery opened for production behind the freshly renovated tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating. Offering pints, flights, and 32oz and 64oz growlers, the taproom offers all of their preeminent multidimensional beers along with a guest list of other local and imported brews, wines, and ciders. Folino’s Pizza in Shelburne opened in the same building as the taphouse, uniting great woodfire pizza with local craft beer in a delectable union.

The Alchemist – Stowe – 100 Cottage Club Rd – Foregoing the stale title of “taproom” The Alchemist in Stowe boasts a beer garden on the front lawn of the brewery while their tasting room undergoes renovations for a future reopening. The Beer Garden was opened on July 1st and has operated all summer long between Thursday and Sunday, and The Alchemist plans on keeping this fun outdoor space operational through the fall season, when they will resume serving beer inside.

                Widely known for its hoppy Heady Topper New England style IPA, The Alchemist has been on the front line of Vermont craft beer craze that has become the foremost brewery achieving distinguished status outside of the state. The beer garden is a sophisticated solution to continue serving patrons during COVID and an extensive remodeling of The Alchemist’s taproom, which they plan to reopen in 2022. If you are in the Stowe area this summer, be sure to support some of the great local restaurants in the area, pack a picnic and kick back some fresh and unfiltered craft beers.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Waitsfield – 155 Carol Rd - Nestled in the picturesque Mad River Valley, Lawson’s Finest Liquids has become a valued leader in the craft beer culture. Equipped with a taproom and outdoor beer garden, Lawson’s brewery has become a beacon for craft beer enthusiasts traveling through the sleepy town of Waitsfield. Continually focused on producing widely appreciated styles of beer with outstanding freshness, Lawson’s has quenched the thirsts of beer lovers near and far.

The brewery has also become host to weekly concerts with local musicians and bands, as well as live music events throughout the state. In addition to weekly concerts, Lawson’s Finest Liquids also hosts a monthly disc golf tournament in Jeffersonville culminating in the State Championship event in October. While every brewery host events, and integrate live music into the culture of their company, Lawson’s events set them apart from their competitors, and has become a hallmark of their company and the sense of community that has been an integral piece of their brand.

Spotlght On: Burlington Parks

Oakledge ParkOakledge Park – ­Located in the South End of Burlington, along the shoreline of Lake Champlain, Oakledge boasts over 2400’ of waterfront including two natural sand swimming beaches and a rocky shore which are both perfect spots for watching spectacular sunsets. Oakledge is also home to a playground, three tennis courts, two softball fields, walking trails, picnic shelters, and lots of grassy areas. The park marks the southern end of the Burlington Bike Path, which winds through the entire park.

Waterfront ParkWaterfront Park - Waterfront Park is at the heart of Burlington’s lakefront, home to several large music and food festivals, the large regional park is now host to some of Burlington’s most popular eateries and captivating attractions. After a vibrant rehabilitation, the Burlington waterfront has become so much more than a great place to watch beautiful sunsets, it has become a focal point for culture and community in the Burlington area.

North BeachNorth Beach Burlington’s largest beach has something for everyone. With a full campground, snack and beach bar, a playground, as well as kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals, North Beach is a premier natural sand beach with lifeguards on duty in the summer season. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, North Beach is an essential summer getaway for beachgoers of all ages. Right off of the Burlington Bike Path, North Beach is the perfect day trip for whatever kind of adventure you are looking for.

Leddy ParkLeddy Park Overlooked by a grassy picnic area, Leddy is a very quiet and secluded beach in the North End of Burlington. Tucked away in Appletree Bay, Leddy is a 1500’ sandy beach that is relatively shielded from the elements. The perfect spot for a midday picnic or twilight bonfire. Leddy Park has extensive athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and an Ice Arena on it’s property.

Spotlight On: Burlington Waterfront

Burlington Community BoathouseBurlington’s waterfront is expansive and also the city’s most popular amenity, it is a unique destination that offers Burlington residents and visitors a place to discover, celebrate, play, and relax. The waterfront is home to Six major waterfront parks and many other local attractions that are connected together by the Burlington Bike Path.


Burlington Bike Path
Burlington Bike Path Operating as the arteries of the Burlington Waterfront, the 8-mile-long Burlington Bike Path hugs the shoreline and travels from Queen City Park in the South End to the Northernmost tip of Burlington, bordering the Winooski River. The Bike Path connects all of the waterfront parks together. Offering some of the best views Lake Champlain has to offer, along with the Adirondacks to the West. There are hidden beaches to swim from, rocky ledges to sunbathe on, and hiking trails to explore, the Burlington Bike Path has something for everyone.

Lake Champlain Community Sailing CenterLake Champlain Community Sailing CenterA vital hub on the shores of Lake Champlain, the Community Sailing Center is a staple of the Burlington Waterfront. Whether you are spending half an hour on a stand-up paddle board or half a day exploring Burlington Bay in a sailboat, the Community Sailing center has a wide variety of opportunities for adventures on the lake, regardless of experience level or limitations. Built on the ideals of fostering a community that is connected to the lake and each other. Offering a unique educational experience while promoting Lake Champlain as Vermont's most valuable natural resource.


Marinas Burlington Community BoathouseBurlington Community Boathouse Marina - At the centrally located Burlington Community Boathouse, boaters can find hourly and overnight dockage, fantastic services and even a dockside restaurant. The boathouse has over 45 transient slips available, with electricity and water at every slip, boater restrooms with showers are offered on site. The docks at the Community Boathouse also house a variety of different sailing charter companies. The Spirit of Ethan Allen cruise boat also calls the boathouse home. Possibly the best location of any marina in Burlington, within close walking distance of shopping, grocery stores and fantastic restaurants.

Perkins Pier Perkins Pier Marina – After completing a massive expansion before the start of this summer season, Perkins Pier is a seasonal boater marina in the Burlington Harbor predominately used for smaller boats. All Perkins boaters can utilize any service offered at the Boathouse. A unique urban stop on the Lake Champlain Paddler’s Trail, Perkins Pier offers free kayak/canoe storage as well as paddleboard, kayak, and canoe rentals everyday through Wind and Waves. Perkins Pier is also home to the Maritime Museum’s Louis McClure, a replica of a 1862 canal schooner and also a waterside maritime history exhibit.

Burlington Harbor Marina Burlington Harbor Marina – Completed in 2019 to make boating on Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront more accessible to transient and local boaters alike. Designed to provide the finest facilities to satisfy all of your boating needs, the newly constructed marina breathes life into a burgeoning area of the waterfront. The Burlington Harbor Marina is rooted in a completely remodeled section of the Burlington Waterfront, directly adjacent to the recently renovated Water Works Park. Only two years after being completed, the Burlington Harbor Marina has become a hub for summer boating activity.