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Look both ways, then cross the street to QUEEN CITY BREWERY for European-style ales and lagers made the


traditional way — we’re talkin’ steinbeers brewed with hot rocks in the kettle. Down the road, CITIZEN CIDER is a hot spot for getting apple-sauced — responsibly, of course. Ciders here range from sweet to dry-hopped. By now, you’ll need a bite to eat. VERMONT PUB & BREWERY, located downtown since 1988, was Burlington’s first brewpub and Vermont’s second microbrewery. So pair your housemade Wee Heavy Scotch ale with pub classics like jalapeño poppers, fish and chips, or a corned beef sandwich. Pizza, pool and arcade games make for a relaxed atmosphere at THREE NEEDS BREWERY & TAPROOM, on Pearl Street, a couple of blocks north. Up to four housemade beers — original Three Needs recipes brewed across town at Queen City Brewery — are on tap throughout the year. Swing by at 5 p.m. on weekdays for Duff Hour: a double dose of “The Simpsons” and $1 Vermont drafts.

Vermont Pub & Brewery

Next, head down to the waterfront, where you can nibble on charcuterie while trying FOAM BREWERS’ wild fermentations — we’re partial to the wide array of farmhouse-style ales. There’s also cold-brewed coffee on nitro and locally made kombucha. Time to hail a cab or enlist a DD: It’s up and over the river to our final destination, just outside the city limits — Winooski’s tiny FOUR QUARTERS BREWING, which pours creative small-batch suds. It also brews specialty beers for nearby bars and restaurants, including the Monkey House and Mule Bar. Check ’em out if you want to continue your brews cruise. Have yourself a good ol’ time and get home safely. wg

Where it all began...


STILL THIRSTY? Expand your sudsy search, and you’ll encounter these establishments within a seven-mile radius of Burlington:

BURLINGTON BEER, Williston COLCHESTER’S MEAD HALL, Colchester MAGIC HAT BREWING, South Burlington FIDDLEHEAD BREWING, Shelburne For a guided tour, check out Burlington Brew Tours at And find more breweries, cideries and tasting rooms at

144 College St Burlington 802-865-0500 43

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