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Vermont Biking, Hiking, & Beer with Brew Your Own Magazine

June 27 - July 2, 2021

Main photo credit: Von Trapp Brewing

“For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.”

William Shakespeare and Otter Creek Brewing (Middlebury, VT)
Brad Ring BYO Magazine

Brad Ring, Publisher of Brew Your Own Magazine, personally invites you to join him on this exclusive and epic beer adventure.

Vermont has the highest number of breweries per capita of any US state. It also regularly ranks as the top state for bicycle touring and is a fantastic hiking destination due to its lush Green Mountains. 

We have hit the trifecta for an active beer tour!

For beer lovers, Vermont has become an international beer destination thanks to being the birthplace of the New England IPA. It is also famous for having so many of its sought-after beers available only in state.

The breweries and beer are an important part of the tour and Brad, who lives in Vermont, will be working with his local friends to give us inside access to some of the breweries we visit. Our list includes:

• Alchemist Brewing
• Lawson’s Finest Liquids
• Foam Brewers
• Queen City Brewing
• Von Trapp Brewery
• Prohibition Pig Brewing
• Otter Creek Brewery
• Drop In Brewing (home of the American Brewers Guild)

In addition to the incredible beer scene, we love Vermont for the following:

  • The second lowest population of any state in the country with only 625,000 residents
  • Over 500 hiking trails, including the 272-mile Long Trail, inspiration for the Appalachian Trail which coincides with 100 miles of its route
  • The beautiful Champlain Valley, a flat-to-rolling agricultural landscape perfect for biking
  • The cosmopolitan and hip city of Burlington, the mountain town of Stowe, and the college town of Middlebury – our three overnight destinations

Our biking and hiking routes are designed with maximum flexibility, giving you the option to do short or long rides each day. No advanced fitness level is needed but we’ll have enough distance for you if you want it.

Whether you come for the biking, the hiking, the beer, or just the loveliness of the state of Vermont, you will have a great time on this tour!

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Other Info: Bicycle rental included

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit up to 15 Vermont breweries with Vermont-based Brew Your Own Magazine Publisher, Brad Ring
  • Bicycle along the scenic Lake Champlain shoreline and in the rolling Champlain Valley
  • Mountain bike and hike on the beautiful trails of the Von Trapp Family Lodge in the ski town of Stowe
  • Sample beers only available in Vermont from The Alchemist, Lawson’s Finest Liquids and smaller, local breweries
  • Hike through the Middlebury woods to the American Brewers Guild for a craft beer education session
  • Overnight stays in three great Vermont beer-kissed locations: Burlington, Stowe, and Middlebury
DAY 1

We meet as a group after lunch in Burlington, Vermont. After introductions, we'll walk 1.6 miles south along “Pint Street” (actually Pine Street) to Citizen Cider, Zero Gravity Brewery, and Queen City Brewing for our first exposure to Vermont breweries. On our way back, you'll have the option to take the same street or the beautiful Burlington Waterfront path. You can settle in to your room at the Hotel Vermont, the best hotel in Burlington, and famous for its focus on local and international craft beers before we meet again for a short walk to dinner at Vermont Pub & Brewery.

Walking Distance: 1.6 or 3.4 Miles

DAY 2

After breakfast, we will get you fitted for a bicycle and go over a few safety precautions. Then, we are off pedaling on the Burlington Greenway, continuing on the Island Line Trail. In addition to the water and mountain views, the highlight is the old railroad bed jutting out into Lake Champlain that leads to a small passenger (and bike) ferry to South Hero Island. We'll continue biking on the small, rural roads of the island and continue to the town of South Hero for lunch. You can ride back to Burlington or catch a shuttle. In the afternoon, we'll walk to Foam Brewers and then over to The Farmhouse for dinner. Check out this video of the amazing Island Line Trail and bike ferry.

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Biking Distances: 18 or 32 Miles

DAY 3

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, which is known for its Vermont ingredients, we'll shuttle to the famous mountain town of Stowe. (Note: you have the option to drive your own car on this tour to avoid all shuttles.) Stowe is famous for its mountain scenery capped by Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont, as well as the Trapp Family Lodge, original home in the United States of the famous Von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame - and our lodging for the night. We'll do a morning hike (or optional mountain bike ride) on the beautiful Trapp Family Lodge property followed by lunch on your own at the Von Trapp Brewery. In the afternoon, we'll walk from the lodge downhill to Alchemist Brewery for a tasting followed by dinner at next door Idletyme Brewing.

Walking Distances: 3, 6, or 9 miles or optional mountain biking

DAY 4

We'll start the day with another morning walk on the Von Trapp property to get our last up-close experience with the Vermont mountains. After that, it is a roving travel day with plenty of tasting stops en route. We depart Stowe for nearby Waterbury and a tasting at Cold Hollow Cider Mill before heading to Prohibition Pig Brewing & BBQ for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, we stop at the flagship Ben & Jerry's (a must while in Vermont) for a tour and ice cream tasting before heading to Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Waitsfield. We eventually make our way to Middlebury, Vermont's most famous college town, for a relaxing evening at our inn.

Walking Distance: 3 or 5 Miles

DAY 5

Today we switch gears, literally, by jumping back on bicycles. Middlebury is located in the Champlain Valley, which is the best biking terrain in what is considered the best biking state in the country. With rolling hills, flat agricultural plains, small villages, and mountain views, the biking is excellent. Our destination is the Hired Hand Brewing Company in Vergennes for a tasting and lunch on your own, with an optional return by a different route. Heading back into Middlebury, we'll stop at Woodchuck Cider, Appalachian Gap Distillery, and Otter Creek Brewery - all members of the Middlebury Tasting Trail. This evening we'll walk to dinner at Two Brothers Tavern.

Biking Distances: 15 or 30 miles

DAY 6

On our final morning, we'll walk from our inn through the Battell Woods to Drop In Brewing, home of the American Brewers Guild for an education session with Steve Parkes. Steve is a Brit who owns and runs the Guild, which trains brewers across the country. You can optionally walk back to the inn, where we'll say our goodbyes. You can catch a shuttle with us back to Burlington and the airport or if you have driven your car en route, be on your way.

Walking Distances: 2 or 4 miles

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Trip Accommodations

NIGHTS 1 & 2 >> HOTEL VERMONT / BURLINGTON, VT

The Hotel Vermont is the top-ranked hotel in Burlington and is nicely situated in the pedestrian-friendly downtown and near the shores of Lake Champlain. The hotel specializes in locally-grown food in its restaurants and craft beers on its menus. Burlington itself is a fantastic small city with farmer's markets, bike paths, interesting shops, and plenty of breweries.

NIGHT 3 >> TRAPP FAMILY LODGE / STOWE, VT

Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge is a unique mountain resort featuring Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations. The Lodge offers stunning mountain views, old-world comforts, and impeccable service, along with activities for every season. We especially love it for the onsite brewery and hiking trails.

NIGHTS 4 & 5 >> SWIFT HOUSE INN / MIDDLEBURY, VT

Claiming to be "Vermont's only full-service inn", the Swift House is composed of three historic buildings on four acres just a short walk from the city center. The inn's 21 rooms are updated to contemporary styles and with modern amenities. Middlebury is considered Vermont's college town and is a great place for beer.

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Arrival & Departure

We will meet you just after lunch at our hotel in Burlington, Vermont. If you are driving to the tour, you can leave your car there as you will not need it during the tour. Alternatively, you can choose to drive your car to our subsequent destinations of Stowe and Middlebury. On the last day of the tour, we will provide a shuttle back to Burlington.

What's Included?
  • One Zephyr guide will accompany the trip and additional guides are added as necessary.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • All of your dinners and breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. In general, we leave lunches open so that you have time to explore and enjoy the local flavors en route.
  • Brewery tours are included. Your first beer is included during officially brewery visits.
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages during meals, desserts, lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.
Weather

The biking and hiking seasons in Vermont run from about mid-May through mid-October. In late June and early July, average highs during the day are in the upper 70s, perfect for outdoor activities. It does rain or snow in Vermont pretty much year-round (that is why it is so green) so be prepared and we'll adjust as needed. Nights should be pleasant as we are before the hottest part of the season.

Extending Your Stay

You will need a car if you wish to extend your stay in the area. There are dozens more breweries worth visiting in Vermont. We visit three of the nicest towns in the area but the state is full of small nice towns. It is also a short drive to New Hampshire to the east or to the Adirondack Mountains in New York to the west.

Changes to Your Itinerary

While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a brewery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

 

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