Long Trail Brewing operates a large facility where one can enjoy a self-guided brewery tour or enjoy a nice meal indoors, or relax on the patio overlooking the river/creek/stream running behind the brewery. We opted for the patio and enjoyed several brewery only beers. There is plenty of brewery swag available to-go along with beers, including a sneak peek at their upcoming winter seasonal, "Sick Day" IPA. The food was quite tasty and featured local ingredients well prepared by the kitchen. The service was very good and remained attentive.
Big, high-ceilinged pub with an industrial brewery wrapped around it. Nice large windows looking out over a small wooded valley. There is a fairly sizable patio as well which was mighty inviting on the unseasonably warm day that we were here. Friendly service with a decent, pubby menu. Nothing on here is going to blow your mind, but it is a friendly place with serviceable, if not awesome, beer... exactly as an apres-ski place should be. I liked it in here.
This brewery taproom is quite large; I was expecting an industrial tasting room, but the cozy pub and its wonderful terrace by the river is memorable. They are only open till 6pm (no one would want to come out here to spend the evening, I suppose), so a visit for lunch is a good idea. Although their beers are all very drinkable, I admit Iím not the biggest supporter of Long Trail beers. But their Double IPA on tap was simply wonderful. You can buy bottles to go too, in singles or six-packs. All in all, a quaint stopover if you are in the area.
I went here last December with some friends. This place is in the absolute middle of nowhere. It was the longest drive in the world to get there. The brewery doesnít even have any sort of tour, which really sucked. Thereís a restaurant with a bar and some picnic tables. This is at the bottom of one of the big VT ski resorts, so there were a ton of skiiers there. It was rather spacious and bland with lots of windows. There were some nice antique beer can collections on the walls, though. They also had a little gift shop.
Iíve never had a bad time at Long Trail Brewery and the win here is that I always get to leave with fresh beer to take home.
We went recently on New Years Day and it was packed with tourists, locals and skiers who just left Killington. The tap was full of year-round and seasonal beers. I always get the latest Brewmaster Series beer to start followed by the seasonal offering and then finishing things off with the Blackberry Wheat.
The wait staff was awesome and our waiter chatted with me about cellaring beer right after I asked if they had any Imperial Porter left from last quarter because I have a few bottles aging in my basement. He sat down and spent some time with us and talked me into buying two packs of Triple Bag.
Long Trail is a fine brewery with a non-pretentious atmosphere and friendly employees. I wish they had an official brewery tour but itís not a huge deal.
Visited July 27, in late afternoon. A brewery in the middle of the Green Mountains, at US 4 and Vermont 100A. Plenty of parking and plenty of room to eat and drink, especially in the restaurant section, I enjoyed the terrace by the river, but I drink at the bar. I drank their Double IPA, very good, but the IPA was so-so and I had some nachos, they were OK. There was self-guided tour, is I wanted to and there was a store to buy beer, clothing and nik naks!. Nica place, not far from Killington ski resort.
If you get good weather this place is the bees knees. Indoor and outdoor seating, with a lower level down by the river where you can sit on benches and drink and relax. Very nice. About ten taps total; half being the year round selections and half being one offs and seasonals. If you live in the northeast, Long Trail sees pretty wide distribution, so you wonít get many ticks, but damn it this isnít a damn fine place to drink a beer in the late spring/early summer. And probably the fall too.
I enjoyed my visit to the brewery. It has a decent tasting room but small gift shop. All of their active bottled beers are available on tap along with 2-3 special brews. At least one of those brews was only available at the brewery and that was the Hefe I drank. You can take a self-guided tour of the brewery by walking across scaffolding that overlooks the entire process. Open seven days. I also picked up a nice tulip glass. If you are a brewery fan this is worth the stop.
Their standard 6 beers are on tap and donít expect any surprises or anything on cask. The food is good and you can sit on the outside patio by the river. Beware, THEY DONíT SELL GROWLERS. Why is that you may ask? The company line is that they got complaints from people that didnt drink the whole growler and it wasnít fresh the next day. That may be the saddest excuse I have ever heard. Whatever, the beers are mediocre at best and if youíre not in the area, it is NOT worth the trip. Until these guys start brewing something worth drinking, they are officially on my shit list.