Stowe Reporter - Online
September 6, 2012

Stowe's storied Trapp Family Lodge has big plans — a large brewery and Austrian-style restaurant — and is asking town officials to approve them.

On Sept. 11, the Stowe Development Review Board will visit the Luce Hill Road location proposed for the brewery and restaurant. Trapps needs zoning approval to build it. The board first looked at the project Aug. 21.

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

Its current brewery, which opened in 2010, can produce 2,000 barrels of beer a year — that's 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 sold in kegs onsite and to bars and restaurants.

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

According to Town Zoning Administrator Rich Baker, town officials want more details on how the project will affect nearby residents, how delivery trucks will affect traffic, what the brewery will do to control odors and stormwater runoff, and the effect on nearby deer habitat.

The board will visit the location Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.; it's on Luce Hill Road, just below the intersection with Trapp Hill Road. The board will reconvene for a hearing on the project at about 6 p.m. at the Akeley Memorial Building at 67 Main St.

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