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6 New Breweries In Vermont from St. Johnsbury to Bennington

"Our best friend Whisky enjoying a Pulp Friction NEIPA." Photo courtesy of Harvest Brewing (Bennington) on Facebook

The New Year means new beginnings. As we lean into new opportunities to explore, we can't forget our local breweries. Quite a few unfamiliar faces in the craft brewing scene have popped up of late. Here are six that we think you'd like!

Catamount Brewing Company - 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, VT

Catamount Brewing Co. incorporated with the State of Vermont on Halloween of 1984, making it the very first craft brewery in the state of Vermont as well as a pioneer of small-batch brewing on the east coast.

In collaboration with Mass. Bay Brewing Company, Catamount Brewery is back with styles both new and old (and more to come). Every drop of Catamount beer is proudly brewed in Windsor, where it was originally brewed years ago. 

Main Brews: Catamount IPA (flagship), Catamount Porter (classic)

For more information, click here.

Big Tree Brewing - 1 S Main St, Waterbury, VT

Brewed out of The Reservoir Restaurant in Waterbury, Big Tree partnered up with Reservoir owner Mark Frier in 2020, who was looking to expand from his existing nano-brewery. Like its parent organization, Vermont Beer Shepherd, Big Tree is a huge supporter of the Waterbury Area Trails Association (WATA) and other local organizations that support the community.

Main Brews: Dur Camp, REZ, Mr. Waterbury, Yacht Rock

So far, all the Big Tree beers are leaning towards the sessionable side of IPA. They are hazy and juicy, but all reasonable ABV’s. For more information, click here.

Whirligig Brewing - 397 Railroad St, Unit 2, St. Johnsbury, VT

Whirligig is a small brewery focusing on traditional methods and modern creativity. In light of the global pandemic, Whirligig closed its taproom for sit-down service. However, customers can still come in and grab cans and growlers. Pickup hours are 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. There are also restaurant pop-up events occurring sporadically.

Main Brews: Toolmaker Stout, Smooth Lines (pilsner-style lager), Loral Gose, Sour Oranges, Sour Pineapples, Rounded Angle (New England IPA), West Coast Haze (double IPA)

For more information, click here.

Farm Road Brewing - 400 Main Street, Bennington, VT

Yet to open, Farm Road Brewing is aiming to debut in early 2021. The new brewery is veteran owned and sits in the heart of downtown Bennington. Beer is currently being brewed at the new location using local ingredients and Vermont-grown hops. As of Jan. 30, 2021, renovations were still underway.

Main Brews: Bronson (New England IPA), Native (Maple Brown Ale), 767 (American Red IPA), Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Mr. Errol's Pale Ale

For more information, click here.

Harvest Brewing - 201 South Street, Bennington, VT

Harvest is a nano-brewery in the heart of downtown Bennington. The local small business is currently offering curbside pickup of its craft beer and food Friday’s from 2 to 6 p.m. Pre-orders should be placed through the website by 6 p.m. Thursday for Friday pick up.

Food classics include lentil chili, mac and cheese, hot dogs, appetizers, and desserts. Homemade dog treats are also available for sale, and the brewery administers a Silent Donor program to help provide meals to neighbors in need.

Main Brews: Laurel Canyon (New England IPA), Fresh Traxx (New England IPA)

For more information, click here.

Vermont Beer Makers - 100 River St, Springfield, VT

Originally founded in 1996, Vermont Beer Makers is one of 10 original Vermont craft breweries still in operation today. Formerly Trout River Brewing Company, Vermont Beer Makers has evolved into a brewery that is simultaneously steeped in history and driving the cutting edge of craft beer innovation. 

The owners are proud to bring patrons high-quality, carefully crafted, delicious beer from the heart of the Green Mountain state. 

Main Brews: Pebble (double IPA), Feather (session pilsner), Verd (Vermont IPA)

For more information, click here.
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