Stowe Reporter - Online
August 2, 2012

Stowe's Trapp Family Lodge has big beer plans for the future.

A new brewery — which appears intended to take Trapp Lager beer into retail stores in cans or bottles — and an Austrian-style restaurant are being proposed at the resort.

Trapps submitted the plans to town officials Friday.

Sam von Trapp, vice president of the lodge, declined comment on the proposal until town and state officials review the plans.

The Stowe Development Review Board will look at the proposal Aug. 21.

According to the plans, Trapps wants to build a full-service lunch and dinner restaurant, and build a significantly bigger Trapp Lager brewery, near the intersection of Trapp Hill and Luce Hill roads.

The current brewery, which opened in 2010, can produce 2,000 barrels of beer a year, about 62,000 gallons.

The new brewery would produce up to 50,000 barrels per year, about 1.5 million gallons.

The beer is now brewed in four varieties: Golden Helles, Vienna Amber, Dunkel Lager and a rotating seasonal lager.

Most of the beer is now sold in kegs onsite and to bars and restaurants.

The expansion, which includes a “packaging” facility, seems to expand production so that Trapps beer could be canned or bottled and sold at retail stores.

Von Trapp, however, did not confirm any plans to bottle or can the beer.

The brewery would become another attraction at the fabled resort, and plans indicate that visitors would be able to take a self-guided tour of the new brewery.

The restaurant would seat 150 people indoors, with outdoor seating for 140, according to the plans.

The brewery would be built in late 2012, and the restaurant would be built in 2014 or 2015.

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