What’s your Vermont Dream Team Six Pack?


VT Beer Dream Team Six-PackWhile reading an 2013 post by one of my favorite New England beer bloggers, I came across an older post called Maine’s Dream Team Six-Pack. In this post, Chad Lothian refers to a post from 2011 titled “What’s Your State’s Dream Team Six Pack?.” Chad’s post provided three simple rules and then asks local brewers and beer related businesses about their “dream team six-packs.”

Using the same rules, I reached out to local bloggers, beer enthusiasts, business owners, and homebrewers. To clarify some rules, I added three new rules concerning seasonal and collaboration beer and bottle/can sizes.

The given requirements were:

  1. The beer must be brewed in Vermont
  2. The beer must be available in bottles or cans
  3. The beer must be available off site
  4. (Added) Seasonal beer is allowed
  5. (Added) One-time collaborations are not allowed
  6. (Added) Any size can or bottle is allowed (12oz, 16oz, 22oz, 750ml)

There’s a lot of great Vermont beer; however, a large portion of Vermont beer becomes excluded for being draught-only or only purchasable at the brewery.

I would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to those who responded. I plan on doing a few more community survey posts later in the year to help highlight local blogs and beer related businesses. If you’d like to take part in future community posts, please send me a message via the Contact link in the website menu.

Note: We learned that Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat was discontinued after the initial emails were sent, so that offering was ‘grandfathered’ as a valid selection.

Adam JacksonAdam Jackson

Vermont & New Hampshire regional administrator for RateBeer

Alchemist Heady Topper
Lawson’s Finest Liquids Knockout Blonde
Long Trail Brewmaster Series Coffee Stout
Rock Art Black Moon IPA
Long Trail Limbo IPA
Backacre Sour Golden Ale

For me, nothing beats a chilled Heady Topper. I’ve gone on long trips and been without Topper for a few weeks and miss the grapefruit forward hop-bomb. These days, I travel with 2-3 cans in my suit case. Knockout Blonde from Lawson’s is seasonal, but is an enjoyable crisp summer beer best shared with a friend. At $7 a bomber, it’s not a bad deal either for such a small nano-brewery. Long Trail still has some pizazz with their yearly coffee stout and now more often available Limbo IPA. Limbo is a packaged beer I’d drink while camping on times when Heady isn’t available. While Rock Art is slowly beefing up their barrel aged beer program, their Black IPA is one of my favorites just after Lawson’s Toast & Hill Farmstead’s Society & Solitude #2. Since Black Moon IPA is brewed a lot more and available around Vermont, it is definitely in my 6-pack. Finally, a small upstart in southern Vermont is new to the scene as of 2013 but their Sour Ale is making waves around the country. If you see it on the shelves, grab a bottle.

Brittney HibbsBrittney Hibbs

http://www.mychamplainvalley.com, @brittneyhibbs
Fox44/ABC22 Morning Anchor/Reporter &
“What’s On Tap” Producer/Reporter

Otter Creek Fresh Slice White IPA
Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA
Fiddlehead Hodad
Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat
Alchemist Heady Topper
14th Star Brewery Valor

Brittney Hibbs is the morning anchor for Fox44 & ABC22 News. Brittney is also the Reporter & Producer for the segment called “What’s on Tap?” where she travels all across Vermont to visit breweries and interview brewers. You can watch her segments online at Fox44/ABC22 What’s On Tap

Chad BrodskyBurlington Brew Tours

http://www.burlingtonbrewtours.com, @BrewTours
City Brew Tours

Alchemist Heady Topper
Fiddlehead Brewery Hodad
Long Trail Ale
Switchback Ale
Rock Art Ridge Runner
Harpoon Leviathan IPA

Burlington Brew Tours gives visitors and residents in state of Vermont an opportunity to learn and sample handcrafted beers at local breweries and brew-pubs, while leaving the driving to us. Whether you’re a light beer person or connoisseur, Burlington Brew Tours provides a safe and comfortable way to visit the region’s top breweries.

Jason StuffleGreen Mountain Mashers

President, Green Mountain Mashers

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Double Sunshine IPA
Alchemist Heady Topper
Fiddlehead Hodad
Rock Art Vermonster
Otter Creek Kind Ryed
Switchback Roasted Red Ale

The Green Mountain Mashers is a homebrew club of about 50 members who meet once a month to discuss homebrewing, brewing techniques, activities, and beer-related information. We also share our homebrewed beer and interesting commercial beer. In addition to our regular meetings, we sponsor a competition, a summer picnic, a spring party and a “trub trek” which has taken us to breweries in Vermont, Montreal, Maine and Massachusetts. Anyone interested in homebrewing or becoming a member is encouraged to attend a meeting (meeting date and location are specified on our facebook page).

Liz Crawford & Ian DavisIan & Liz: Vermont On Tap

http://www.vermontontap.com, @VermontOnTap
Bloggers at VermontOnTap.com

Alchemist Heady Topper
Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat
Magic Hat #9
Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat
Trout River Rainbow Red
Lawson’s Finest Liquids Double Sunshine IPA

You can read VermontOnTap’s full post detailing their choices at Our Vermont Craft Beer Dream Team Six-Pack.

It’s impossible to talk about Vermont craft beer and not mention The Alchemist’s Heady Topper. Heady, a hop-forward double IPA, is arguably Vermont’s most sought after beer and is continuously flying from shelves. Long Trail’s Blackbeary Wheat is effervescent and finishes with a nice note of blackberries. This beer is made for easy drinking days at the beach, on the slopes, or at home. Magic Hat #9 may be the most widely available beer that is brewed in Vermont. Dependable, consistent, and tasty, #9 highlights what craft beer can become with enough time, passion, and a bit of quirk. Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat may only be available in the spring and summer, but its sweet finish and crisp flavor leaves you very satisfied. Trout River’s Rainbow Red is an American Red ale that is fruity, slightly malty, and refreshing. Double Sunshine IPA is a hoppy, slightly fruity beer from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. It may be a little difficult to find but it is well worth the search.

Scott CampThatVermontBeerGuy

http://thatvermontbeerguy.blogspot.com, @ThatVTBeerGuy
Blogger at http://thatvermontbeerguy.blogspot.com

Alchemist Heady Topper
Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout
Long Trail Ale
Fiddlehead Hodad
Lawsons Finest Liquids Double Sunshine IPA
Trout River Rainbow Red

Heady Topper is a juicy, citrusy, resin hop bomb that does not disappoint. A perfect beer for any occasion, enjoy fresh and “drink it from the can.” The Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout is a delicious creamy, complex and well-balanced organic stout. A deep roasted, coffee and chocolate malt with just enough hop to keep you guessing. One of Vermont’s iconic beers, Long Trail Ale and my personal favorite choice for bars, golf courses, music festivals. A seemingly endless all season beer built for Vermont. Fiddlehead Hodad is a chocolate vanilla toasted coconut porter and is an uniquely assembled concoction of epic proportions. Rich chocolate malts balanced with the sweetness of vanilla and a toasted coconut finish. Double Sunshine is another hop bomb and perfect DIPA. The juiciest of hops and a booming hop aroma. Trout River Rainbow Red is everything Vermont crammed into perfect Red Ale. This was my first ever purchased 6-pack and also the first beer I had at a bar in Burlington. It has a special place in my heart and I will love it forever.

Steve KoenemannSteve Koenemann (vthophead)

http://www.vthophead.com, @VTHopHead
Blogger at VtHopHead.com

Harpoon IPA (really my first craft beer)
Rock Art Ridge Runner
Otter Creek Copper Ale
Long Trail Ale
Magic Hat Blind Faith
Shed Mountain Ale

As I thought about all of the great beers available here in Vermont (we *are* blessed), I decided that there was a good chance that many of people’s “dream six-packs” would contain a lot of the same beers. As I thought more about the beers available today from the 30+ brewers here, I began to think of something slightly different. Many of the newer VT brewers, which are (unquestionably) producing fantastic beers, owe a lot to some of the the brewers that have been a part of the Vermont brewery scene the longest… in a sense, those that paved the way and brought early notice to Vermont beers. So my six-pack pays tribute the Vermont beers that started me and many others down the craft beer path many years ago. Although no longer “trendy” these classic VT beers formed the foundation of the successes we are seeing today and I still enjoy some of them occasionally.

Tom BedellTom Bedell

http://theaposition.com/tombedell, @tombedell
Member of Golf Writers Association of America &
North American Guild of Beer Writers

Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter
Backacre Golden Sour Ale
The Shed Mountain Ale
Foley Brothers Brown Ale
Otter Creek Citra Mantra IPL
Long Trail Limbo IPA

You can read Tom’s full (and updated) post detailing his choices at Vermont Six-Pack Project Redux.

I decided to maintain one of the provisos I used last time—that the beers also had to be generally available to me here in southern Vermont. Which is to say, the southern Vermont beer gulag, since there’s obviously an imaginary iron beer curtain somewhere north of here, that breweries like Hill Farmstead, the Alchemist, Lawson’s Finest Liquids are chicken to cross. Yeah, that’s what I said, chicken! So any time you lily-livered brewers want to prove me wrong, just start shipping your beer down here. If you dare!

Jim Welch

http://www.vtbeer.org, @vtbeer
Blogger & news curator of VtBeer.org

Alchemist Heady Topper
Long Trail Limbo IPA
Long Trail Farmhouse White IPA
Foley Brothers Ginger Wheat
Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat
Rock Art Golden Tripple

My six-pack weighs heavily towards IPAs, Belgian, and Wheat beer. Heady Topper is my first choice for my dream team six-pack. Heady provides the most incredible hoppy aroma and taste that I’ve experienced from a Vermont IPA. Second, Long Trail Limbo has quickly become my “go to IPA” due to its availability, hoppiness, and great taste. Long Trail Farmhouse White IPA (from the Farmhouse IPA Variety Pack) is a great gateway between IPAs, Wheat, and Belgian styles. The Long Trail Farmhouse IPA variety pack has a great mix of American, Session, White, and Black IPAs for very reasonable price. With summer approaching, I’ll be reaching for my favorite low ABV summer/lawnmower/grilling beers such as Foley Brothers Ginger Wheat, which has just the right amount of ginger. Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat is a great sessionable wheat beer that’s also perfect for hot, humid summer days after doing gardening and yard work. Lastly, Rock Art Golden Tripple is a great locally made Belgian-style beer with hints of spices and ginger.

What’s your Vermont Dream Team Six-Pack? Leave your comments below or post to our Facebook page.


About the Author

Jim is a web developer living in Burlington, Vermont and founder of vtbeer.org. He enjoys all of Vermont's craft beer and visiting the numerous breweries and pubs across Vermont. He spends too much time reading about beer and learning how to become a better homebrewer. While he favors Belgian beer and IPAs, he'd rather try a new beer than one he's already had.


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14th Star Brewing Company

14th Star Brewing Company

Website: http://www.14thstarbrewing.com
Address Work 133 North Main Street #7 St Albans VT 05478

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Alchemist Brewery

Alchemist Brewery

Website: http://www.alchemistbeer.com
Address Work 35 Crossroad Road Waterbury VT 05676

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Backacre Beermakers

Backacre Beermakers

Website: http://www.backacrebeermakers.com
Address Work Weston VT 05161

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Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Website: http://www.fiddleheadbrewing.com
Address Work 6305 Shelburne Rd Shelburne VT 05482

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Foley Brothers Brewing

Foley Brothers Brewing

Address Work 79 Stone Mill Dam Rd Brandon VT 05733

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Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Brewery

Website: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com
Address Work 336 Ruth Carney Drive Windsor VT 05089

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Lawson's Finest Liquids

Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Address Work Warren VT 05674

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Long Trail Brewing Company

Long Trail Brewing Company

Website: http://www.longtrail.com
Address Work 5520 US Route 4 Bridgewater Corners VT 05035

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Magic Hat Brewing Company

Magic Hat Brewing Company

Website: http://www.magichat.net
Address Work 5 Bartlett Bay Road South Burlington VT 04503

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Otter Creek Brewing

Address Work 793 Exchange Street Middlebury VT 05753

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Rock Art Brewery

Rock Art Brewery

Website: http://www.rockartbrewery.com
Address Work 632 Laporte Road Rt 100 Morrisville VT 05661

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Switchback Brewing Company

Switchback Brewing Company

Website: http://www.switchbackvt.com
Address Work 160 Flynn Avenue Burlington VT 05401

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Trout River Brewing Company [Closed]

Trout River Brewing Company

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The brewery is closed.
3 comments on “What’s your Vermont Dream Team Six Pack?
  1. Chad Lothian

    I’m so glad to see someone picked up the Dream Team Sixpack post for Vermont, i grew up in VT and had my first craft beers there.

    My Dream Team VT Sixpack looks like this:

    Vermonster – Rock Art Brewing
    Switchback Ale – Switchback Brewing
    Heady Topper – The Alchemist
    Rainbow Red Ale – Trout River Brewing
    Session in the Rye – Lawsons Finest Liquids
    Double Bag – Long Trail Brewing.

    Heady and Vermonster fall into my top 10 beer list, i love them and dont get to have them often enough. Switchback is the first beer i look for when i travel home and the one beer that makes me homesick when i find it on tap here in Maine. Lawson’s is a great brewery and Session in the Rye is just one that sticks in my mind, this could have easily been swapped with Double Sunshine though. Double Bag and Rainbow Red take me back to the early days in college when i was just starting to sample what Craft Beer had to offer.

    Cheers to all the participants in this post, Great picks. I think i need to get home and try a few of these new breweries soon.

    Chad Lothian
    If My Coaster Could Talk

    • VTbeer.org

      Thanks Chad. You certainly need to sample the new breweries. Hopefully, you’ll visit during the Brew Fest weekend. Most (not all) of the new brewers should be there.

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