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Trapp Family Lodge Brewery
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 161
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
700 Trapp Hill Rd
phone: (802) 253-5709
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wow. I tacked a stay at the Trapp Family Lodge onto my Vermont trip because the beer reviews sounded promising. Incredibly rewarding gamble.
There's no way to give the atmosphere a sufficiently high rating. It's a big open patio and yard with a gorgeous view of the mountains. There's an adjacent disc golf course that looked pretty fun. Gorgeous view and setup.
The selection isn't gigantic - only four beers on draught - but oh, my. So amazing. Just spot-on interpretations of various lager styles. I had the Helles, Vienna, Dunkel, and Trostenbier - a smoky schwarzbier type - and all ranged from very good to excellent.
To make things even better, the manager, Timothy, was an incredibly nice guy. Answered all of my questions, told me all about the brewery, and really treated me right. They're obviously excited to have this brewery on the inn grounds, and I really hope they start large-scale bottling.
Only quibble is that beers are a touch expensive at $6.50 a pint, and the quart swing-top bottles are quite pricey at $15 and change per. I understand that they're hand bottling them and the swing-tops aren't cheap, but I'd rather get a 64-ounce growler fill for that kind of cash.
Overall: if you appreciate lagers at all, you have to visit this place when you're in the area. Just amazing. Definitely the best lagers I've had outside of Germany. These aren't hit-you-in-the-face beers with a ton of bitterness, sourness, or barrel character, but they're subtle, exquisitely crafted, and flawless. I'm going to be blabbing about this place to my beer geek friends for months.
06-10-2012 00:44:05 |
More by whartontallboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Just a quick review to say that you shouldn't pass up a visit to this place. The brewery is part of a detached, small building adjacent to the actual lodge perched up on a hill. It embodies a cafe where you can get sandwhiches, wurst plate, or just some coffee and baked goods. You can buy beer at the register as you get your sandwhich, or you can just go to the bar in the other room (that I didn't see until after I bought my sandwich/beer) and order stuff from there. The interior is quaint with all wood structures and Austrian details. However, there's a very modern kitchen with a large window looking into it from the bar area.
I had a steak sandwich which was delicious. Recommended. It's small and artisnal and I actually appreciated its size. I didn't want some huge honkin' greasy steak sandwich like from a pizza joint. It had a nice chimichuri sauce on it.
There was an outdoor deck that would phenomenal to have a beer on when it's nice out but it was too cold when we were there. The deck overlooks rolling hills and mountains. Really picturesque.
My wife and I tried all 4 lagers available (Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Helles, and Vienna Lager) and they were all fantastic. All were on point to style and elegantly done, super drinkable yet full of flavor. You can buy large bottles of them to take home as well.
Definitely visit this place if you're doing the Alchemist Cannery - Hill Farmstead route. You won't regret it.
04-10-2012 14:00:53 |
More by jbertsch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Make no mistake, this is a great Austrian Deli built upstairs of the brewery.
They have an incredible selection of sausages, meats, salads, pastries and all sorts of tasty goodies.
There is a great selection of Trapp beers. There is no bar here, it really is primarily a deli that serves beer from the brewery.
There is a great gift shop with lots of merchandise for both the brewery and the Trapp Lodge and properties.
This is a great place to stop for lunch if you are in the Stowe area. It also has the most complete selection of Trapp brews in one place.
08-23-2010 12:21:11 |
More by youbrewidrink
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
After almost a year since opening the brewery, brewer Allen Van Anda & assistant Jamie seem to be getting everything spot-on. Their beers are clean, tasty, and now quite varied with some cool seasonals augmenting their three flagships. The brewery is tiny and very tightly-packed with tanks & equipment, so a tour is not really an option without prior arrangement, but no matter. The goods are all served upstairs in the deli, in classic knobbed-glass mugs, with an amazing selection of Alpine-inspired sandwiches and pastries to enjoy with your beers. Soon artisanal cheeses will be available too. You can have a very filling lunch with a couple of pints for under $20. The view off the back through the large panoramic windows is gorgeous, all year round. You can put in a long day of mountain-biking or x-c skiing on their trails, then pull right up to the building for a good feed in front of the fireplace if it's chilly, or out on the deck if it's warm. No growler fills - yet.
03-10-2011 20:51:23 |
More by duchessedubourg
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on 02APR11 with Alewife during our Vermont Weekend.
The small wooden structure housing the Deli/Brewery is set apart from most of the rest of the Trapp Resort buildings, and is set into a small hillside facing east down into the valley. The upstairs has the dining/drinking area, the deli and a deck overlooking the valley. Downstairs are restrooms and the actual brewing area. Upon entering you'll find 6 or 7 small tables to the left and right, a drink cooler and some clothing for sale to the left, and some nice cabinetry with glassware on the right. Continue ahead, where you can turn left for more seating, or head right to the deli. A nice assortment of sandwiches, snacks and A-1 desserts will meet you there. The Trapp taps are also parked here. Tell a member of the top-shelf Trapp staff what you'd like, then pay at the end of the counter. If your food needs prepping, just grab a seat and they'll courier it over to you. Otherwise, start munching and quaffing. We passed on the food, but it looked mighty tempting.
They had 4 biers on tap, a Helles, Dunkel, Vienna Amber, and a Baltic Porter. Paying $5.00 (plus tax) for a 0.5l glass is quite reasonable. We parked at a table just inside the deck area (not yet open for the season) and laxed. The biers were very well made and quite tasty. The place had a very comfy vibe, all in all, with plenty of people chatting things up and slaking their thirsts. We both really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent just chillin' here at the Trapp Deli.
A- / 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
04-16-2011 19:59:44 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Made the trek to Trapps for the second time last Friday.
This small establishment is more of a deli/restaurant than bar. That said they are finishing up installation of a bar that should make it a bit more beery. The view from the back deck on a nice day is spectacular.
Service was decent and all beers (Trapp only at the moment) were in exquisite condition. Had the Helles and Vienna. Overall a nice spot to drink some fantastic lagers.
Prices have gone up since my last visit. Not a good thing.
06-30-2011 15:44:17 |
More by Cascade77
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We went here as the second stop on day three of a VT brewery tour. We had some nice food, my friends and I went for the meat and cheese plate, I think we ordered this around fiv times around VT, never disappointed. The beers here were a let down for us. We had the Golden, Amber, Dunkel and Summer. One person in the group commented that the Summer tasted like cigar ashes and another person chimed in with hot garbage. So I am going to have to say that was not the winner for us. The location is beautiful and the food was fine. We just expected more from the beer.
12-16-2012 21:13:01 |
More by laurastradford
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$$
I went here for lunch at 12:30 on a Monday. I was expecting low key and got anything but.
Let's start with the good:
The beer was excellent. Nice clean super fresh lagers. The food was also pretty good - nothing terribly creative, but nice and fresh local ingredients. The food also came out fairly quick.
The view outside is fantastic. The building is up on a hill, and there is a nice big deck that overlooks the trees and a pond down below.
Now the bad:
The layout and ordering methodology is a complete mess. If you haven't been here before, and the place is busy, godspeed. This place apparently hates signs (which would fix numerous issues), so you're kind of on your own to figure out the system.
You walk in and there is a bakery counter with a register next to it. On the register is a stack of menus. Seems like the right place to order food. I'm 3 people deep in line, and of course none of the 3 people in front of me thought to look for a menu BEFORE they got in line. (Recommendation: the menu isn't big, just put it on the wall like every other deli) So it takes way too long for my turn to order. Now it's my turn, and I'm interrupted twice by customers asking the same question that would be obvious if they just put up a sign - where is the bathroom? As I order, I ask how the beer works and what they have on tap. They tell me I can pay here and pick up my beer at the bar - ok fine. So after my order I walk into the next room, and note another 3 person deep line. Apparently you can also order the exact same food at the bar line too, and now I'm told that I need to wait in line AGAIN to get my beer that I have already paid for. So I painfully wait another 5-10 minutes for 3 more people to figure out how to order a ham and cheese sandwich before I get to ask for my beer.
Which brings up problem #2 - They only had 2 beers on tap. One is on tap everywhere in Stowe (the Helles), so half the reason for going here was to try the others. Disappointing.
Problem #3 - This place is incredibly expensive, and I say that as someone who spends 50 hours a week in downtown Boston. $10.50 for a ham and cheese sandwich (+$1 if you want it heated, ridiculous). $6.50 for a 16oz mug of a beer brewed on premise. Lunch for two was more than a two hour dinner at the Alchemist last night.
Back to more sign/layout issues - there is a badly placed and non-obvious step at one end of the bar - I watched one woman trip and spill coffee everywhere, and another stumble. Again, a simple "watch your step" sign would do wonders here.
As I left this place was getting even busier, and with rain coming in the small inside seating was cramped with people shuffling to and fro trying to figure out how to order and where to sit.
I hope my experience was out of the ordinary, as I see this place otherwise has great reviews. And I would go back to try it again some day, though not at lunchtime. Because the beer really is good, and I could imagine it being nice and relaxing to waste away an afternoon drinking fresh lager on the deck.
07-25-2011 19:54:57 |
More by cbeer88
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$$
I stopped here during my beercation to VT and found it disappointing. They had two beers on tap, the Golden Helles Lager and (I believe) the Maibock. Tried both and they were good, but nothing to blow you away. However, I noticed a very familiar aroma in each. It took me a while before it hit me: malt extract! As in the stuff homebrewers use. I'm going to guess liquid extract at that which can give a bit of a "homebrew twang" as I've heard it described. Now I had heard some pros use it, too, but this was my first experience with one using it. It's possible I'm wrong here, but that's my semi-educated opinion. Extract aside, it was actually a nice place to have a beer, assuming it's nice enough to be outside and take in the view and check out the hops growing outside the basement brewery. The inside seemed a bit sterile. I probably would have been satisfied enough if it wasn't so damn expensive. It came out to $20 before tip for two full pints and one half pint! That's like $8 a beer for some mediocre, medium alcohol brews. Sorry, but next time I'm up in Stowe, I won't be back.
07-27-2011 19:31:28 |
More by epb2001
Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT