We can’t say we didn’t have fun in 2016. Maybe a little too much. Here’s how it went down.

26 Breweries

Count ’em: Fiddlehead, Magic Hat, Zero Gravity, Queen City, Goodwater, Burlington Beer Company, Foam, Switchback, Alchemist, Norwich Inn, Idletyme, Deciduous, Earth Eagle, Bissell Brothers, Tree House, Trillium (Fort Point and Canton), Otter Creek, Foley Brothers, Drop In, Night Shift, Harpoon, Whetstone Station and Brewery, Maine Beer Company, Prohibition Pig, and Long Trail.

We’re lucky enough to live in one of the best beer locations in the world, so choosing a favorite brewery is near impossible.

My top picks for 2016:

Deciduous in Newmarket, New Hampshire

Aside from the amazing brews, Deciduous made my list because of the quiet, cozy taproom and friendly staff. We stop in every time we visit the coast.

Foam in Burlington, Vermont

Foam’s Built to Spill double IPA holds its own against Vermont’s finest and their charcuterie board is the perfect snack after a day of brewery hopping. You won’t find a more beautiful spot for a beer and a snack.

Trillium in Canton, MA

Trillium’s was already a favorite of mine, but their 90’s hip hop playlist earned them some serious bonus points. Not to mention their selection of amazing beer available on-site.

Checked in my 500th Unique Beer on Untappd

Favorite Beers of 2016:

Double Dry Hopped First Drop from Upper Pass Beer

Madness and Civilization #7 and Birth of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead

Farm to Face from Allagash

Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson’s

Built to Spill from Foam

Nothing Gold from Bissell Brothers

King Jjjuliusss from Tree House

All. The. Food.

Favorite eats of 2016:

Worthy Kitchen, Woodstock, VT

Our go-to for a quick date night. 18 taps, farm fresh food, and our favorite bartenders (hi Jamie and Rich!)

Favorite dish: Worthy Poutine – hand cut fries smothered in VT cheese curds, peppered bacon, and duck fat gravy.

Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, ME

Fresh oysters and the most epic New England clam bake. Ever.

Favorite dish: Brown butter lobster roll and the New England clam bake

Juniper at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, VT

After a marathon New Year’s Eve celebration that didn’t end until 5:30am, we hit Juniper for brunch. They had me at bloody mary bar.

Recommended dish: Seriously, anything from their brunch menu and pair it with a make-your-own bloody mary.

4 Concerts:

Zac Brown Band, Badfish, Dave Matthews Band and Flogging Molly

Countless trips to Portland and Burlington, and one to Boston

Highlights:

  • Adopted a puppy from a Cattle Dog Ranch in Maine
  • New England clam bake at Eventide Oyster Co.
  • Dinner at Warden Hall in Boston
  • Our first Dinner Release
  • Visits to Tree House, Night Shift, and Bissell Brothers

 

Plans for 2017

  • Burlington in February
  • Stowe with Upper Pass Beer in March
  • Boston in March
  • Niagara Falls in April
  • Zac Brown in May
  • Badfish in July
  • Montreal date TBD

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