Craft Sellers Spotlight - Stowe Public HouseJan 23, 2019 10:29PM ● By John Gales
Stowe Public House & Bottle Shop was built in the 1800s which gives the space a lot of personality. With over 700 different craft beers from Vermont and around the world, they take pride in educating and sharing the delicious brews. The bar also offers cheese plates consisting of local meats and cheeses from award winning creameries that you are able to shop as well. Here’s what Stowe Public House manager Tori Lockhart has to say.
Thoughts on the craft scene: Vermont is coming to be known as the Napa Valley of craft beer, and I agree with that. With over 70 breweries in the state, each and every one brews a unique and delicious beer that we are able to enjoy. As more breweries and cideries are popping up, the more people are being educated on different styles of beer which helps them expand their palette and enjoy something that they may not have picked off the shelf themselves.
Biggest sellers: Vermont IPAs! Most people are looking for that good hoppy, hazy, New England style IPA that many local breweries create so well.
A popular cider is Stowe Cider, as they are right around the corner from us. They make semi dry and refreshing cider that I like to describe as apple-y champagne!
Boyden Valley Winery is up and over the mountain which makes it easiest to travel to when the Notch is open to drive through in the summer and fall. They are the closest winery to us and make some of the more unique wines you won’t find anywhere else, such as their tart Rhubarb wine which is very popular in the summer, or their Glogg wine that will warm you up in the winter.
Out of state customers: Out of state customers always come in for the staples ... Alchemist, Lawsons, Upper Pass, and Von Trapps but then leave with a bunch of other beers from our amazing nano breweries. With such a large selection and the option to buy single beers, I'm sure the stories are better told when they are home drinking rather than when they are in the store on a focused mission!
Recommendation for those who want to try Vermont craft beer, wine or cider: The world is in your hands! There are so many different beers, wines and ciders in Vermont that makes it easy to have options. I would recommend starting with a lighter beer such as a lager or pilsner, and working your way up to the hoppiness of an IPA or the dark and rich flavor of a porter or stout.
Any cider from Vermont is a great cider, it’s hard to say which one I would recommend! Vermont ciders tend to be more on the dry side, as a lot of the local cideries do not add any extra sugars or additives which tend to keep them dry and crisp.
All Vermont wines are going to be more on the sweeter side, as we are limited to what grapes we are able to grow in our climate. I enjoy and would suggest starting with a glass of a semi dry white wine, such as Fresh Tracks Backcountry Blanc, which is not too sweet but not too dry. A good “right in the middle!”
To learn more about Stowe Public House please visit stowepublichouse.com.