Brewery Name: Burlington Beer Company
Type of Brewery: Retail Brewery
Location: Williston, VT
Facebook: Burlington Beer Company
Growlers: You bet! Full and half available for a few of their beers on draft.
The Beers: Well let me start this by saying that Burlington Beer was one of my personal favorite brewery visits that we fit in on our trip. A major part of that was the beer. We had been planning all along to track down a few of their more well known canned beers during our escapades and were able to find a few where we picked up our Heady Topper earlier in the day. The rest we planned to pick up from the brewery. Here’s what we walked away with:
When we were able to grab the seasonal pack of cans AND all three of their staples that we were going for, we were ready to retire happy with out BBC lot. However, once we got inside, it became clear that we were in for a great tasting experience. Burlington Beer does what I’d argue is the best job of any place we went to on the trip of making a lot of different styles of beer really well. Here’s a list of all the others we got to try at the brewery:
Look at all those amazing things! Spruce, cherries, coffee, bourbon, peanut butter...not to mention all those lovely adjectives like Robust, Imperial, Double, Dry Hopped, Sour...on and on with great moves! I’ll let the others speak for themselves, but I found myself in love with the Echo Chamber and really enjoyed the drinkable pine tree known as Coniferous as well as the Chunky for good fun.
Vibe: Vermont. Does that sum it up? It’s not much to walk up to, but this place is about as chill as one could possibly want. It’s a relatively small tasting area but there are a few tables, a bar area and although we didn’t notice any furniture, presumably some outdoor space available. There are board/card games spewed about the seating area, tons of really cool art, and a list of food and other events posted near the bar.
The seating area is right next to their awesome open style brewing section so you get a great view over to their tanks and aging barrels. The artwork these guys use is another huge highlight. Their brewery is painted white and then some simple art is added so the space is really bright. They have very minimalist base designs for their branding with a flare of color and shine for special releases. This branding translates really well onto swag like glasses and t-shirts too! We all walked out with a mix of shirts, stickers, and pint glasses.
As if the great atmosphere and excellent beer wasn't enough to draw you in yet, we got EXCEPTIONAL service from the guys working that day. Trevor was behind the bar and sat to chat with us for almost an hour about BBC's story and some of the other seasonals that were scheduled to come out. A few of the other brewers came and went through the area and always popped into the conversation as well.
We were there in the middle of the day on a weekday, so I can only imagine that all of these things are even more impressive when there’s a small crowd and some more bustle!
Shane’s Thoughts: Man did we have a great time here. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a brewery with so many beers on tap and available for samples. I’m glad we just split a full flight, because I don’t think I’d have been fit to drive back to the hotel if I had sampled the whole board myself. BBC is doing great things with their beer--and also with their can art, which is some of my favorite around. Bright colors, minimalist designs, and fun names all make Burlington Beer Company a cool and recognizable brand. I hope I get the chance to visit them again soon.
Pete’s Thoughts: This brewery initially caught my eye because they have a really cool look to them. The white cans with colored hieroglyphs made them stand out right away. They have a great spot and a lot of fun beers that really makes this place worth a visit. They had a lot of their special limited releases on draft which is always a plus. Overall a really solid brewery that has a good look and makes great beer.
Dogs: Like many small breweries out this way, it wasn’t immediately clear if dogs were allowed but my guess would be yes.
Price ($ to $$$$$): $$. BBC sells their 4 packs at the brewery for between 11 and 13 dollars each. They’re a buck or two more elsewhere but fair either way. The brewery itself is VERY affordable, offering 5 dollar pints of most things on tap, as well as 2 dollar samples or 5 dollar flights. Swag is fair as well, with stickers, shirts, posters, and glasses all fairly priced.
Food: They offer small meat/cheese boards on the premises, but based on some of the events posted it looks like they partner up quite often with food trucks or other vendors.
Final Thoughts: This was the brewery I called dibs on to write up. One of my favorite stops of the whole trip!
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