Adrian Tierney-Jones, Telegraph
October 23, 2010

There are 21 breweries in Vermont. Most have visitor centres in which you can taste the beer. Some offer tours but it's wise to telephone before you visit. Download a copy of the Vermont Brewers Association Tour Map, a specialised tour around the state's breweries with all contact details (www.vermontbrewers.com)

Recommended breweries

McNeill's Pub and Brewery

90 Eliott Street, Brattleboro (www.mcneillsbrewery.com)

Try Pullmans Porter: dark, chocolatey and luscious

How to get there

Amtrak's Vermonter travels daily from New York City to St Albans; it stops at Brattleboro and Waterbury-Stowe as well as Burlington-Essex (www.amtrak.com) There's also a Greyhound station (www.greyhound.com) in town with a daily bus to Burlington that leaves at 6.55pm and arrives at 4am the next day. There is a six-hour stop at White River Junction and the Norwich Inn brewpub is about six miles to the north (www.norwichinn.com/new-england-microbreweries.php)

Long Trail Brewing Company

Bridgewater Corners, jct Route 4 and 100A (www.longtrail.com)

Try Long Trail Ale: crisp with a dry finish

How to get there

No public transport: catch a lift or enjoy a strenuous cycle ride from Rutland.

Otter Creek Brewing

793 Exchange Street, Middlebury (www.ottercreekbrewing.com)

Try Oatmeal Stout: roasty and creamy

How to get there

Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express travels daily from New York City to Rutland. Two buses leave Rutland in the early morning for Middlebury, with returns in the afternoon (www.thebus.com/routes.htm) The brewery is a mile out of town. Bobcat Caf & Brewery 5 Main Street, Bristol (www.bobcatcafe.com)

Try Pocock Pilsner: excellent Czech-style lager

How to get there

A low-cost shuttle service can be caught from Middlebury, see www.actr-vt.org

Magic Hat Brewing

5 Bartlett Bay Road, South Burlington (www.magichat.net)

Try #9: flowery nose and hints of apricot on the palate How to get there Burlington Link Express (www.actr-vt.org) or taxi.

Zero Gravity at American Flatbread

115 St Paul Street, Burlington (www.americanflatbread.com)

Try Masticator: magnificent interpretation of a German Doppelbock

How to get there

Located just off Main Street, a few minutes' walk from City Hall. The Vermont Pub & Brewery 144 College Street, Burlington (www.vermontbrewery.com)

Try Tulach Leis: tart and refreshing Flemish red ale

How to get there

Two minutes' walk from Zero Gravity.

The Brewery at Trapp Family Lodge

700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe (www.trappfamily.com)

Try Vienna Amber: crisp with toffee and caramel hints

How to get there

Amtrak's Vermonter travels once a day from Burlington to Waterbury-Stowe. The Green Mountain Transit Agency runs frequent shuttles in the area (www.gmtaride.org) In Stowe, mountain bikes can be hired (www.pinnacleskisports.com) It's a four-mile cycle up to the brewpub, much of it along a well maintained path.

Rock Art Brewery

254 Wilkins Street, Morrisville (www.rockartbrewery.com)

Try Vermonster: strong and rich barley wine How to get there The Green Mountain Transit Agency runs frequent shuttles (as before). Getting around (without public transport)

Vermont Backroad Tours with Kelly M Socia (802 446 3131; www.vermontbackroadtours.com) offers brewery tours. Latchis Hotel (802 254 6300; www.latchis.com) Holiday Inn (802 773 6130; www.hivermont.com)

Burlington Courtyard Harbor Hotel (802 864 4700; www.marriot.com/hotels/travel/btvdt-courtyard-burlington-harbor) Ye Olde England Inne (802 253 7558; www.englandinn.com)

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