A Guide to Vermont’s Cideries and Breweries

A flight of 4 cider samples for tasting.
Hard Cider Sample Flight

If you like delicious cider and good beer, then you’ve come to the right place. Vermont is home to over 70 breweries where you’ll find different styles, tastes, and taprooms waiting to be discovered. Explore some of our favorite Vermont local cider houses,  breweries, distilleries, and vineyards.

LOCAL TO MIDDLEBURY

Woodchuck Cider 3 Minutes Away 

Hop on over to our neighbors at Woodchuck Cider home to America’s original hard cider. Enjoy a crisp pint from one of their 20+ ciders on tap like their classic Amber, Bubbling Pearsecco, and more. Charcuterie boards are available to order and visitors are also welcome to bring their own food! The tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday for tastings and self-guided tours.

Drop in Brewing Company 6 Minutes Away

Drop in for a tasting, growler, or cans Monday – Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Friday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The taproom itself could be considered a small museum, with a collection of brewery memorabilia that any beer enthusiast wouldn’t want to miss. Focusing on crafting beers that are unique, worldly, crips, and always drinkable, the beer at Drop-In Brewing is a must-try.

Appalachian Gap Distillery – 4 Minutes Away

Crafted from local ingredients and flavors, Appalachian Gap Distillery offers a variety of craft spirits from whiskey to tequila and more! As America’s first climate-neutral certified distillery, all spirits are hand-crafted right here in Middlebury, VT. Visit the tasting room on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Golden Rule Mead – 1 Minute Away

Just a  hop skip and a jump down the road you’ll find Golden Rule Mead. Brewing a variety of delicious meads (otherwise known as honey wine ) from 100% Vermont raw honey and other ingredients from farms around the state.  Visit their tasting room on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard – 5 Minutes Away 

Enjoy curated wine flights, wine by the glass, or a bottle to share when you visit Lincoln Peaks’ cozy tasting room. You can snack while you sip with a selection of local cheese and crackers. The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Make a reservation today or walk in for a taste of delicious wines made from grapes grown right here in Vermont.

BOOK A TASTING TOUR

If you don’t feel like creating your own brew tour no worries. Book one of these local tours for the ultimate taste of Vermont experience.

  • Green Mountain Tourism offers a variety of tasting tours that will take you to some of Vermont’s very best breweries, cider houses, and wineries. They provide door-to-door pickup and drop-off from your location! 
  • The Vermont Tasting Tour is the ultimate tour for everything you can drink, eat, see, and do for a day booked full of Vermont bucket-list activities.

Fiddle Head Brewing Company variety of beer.
Fiddlehead Brewing Company Beer || Photo by Fiddlehead Brewing Company

BURLINGTON & BEYOND

If you are an avid beer lover check out vermontbrewers.com for a list of all Vermont breweries and curated beer trails.

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