A few weeks ago we managed to knock four more breweries off of our Vermont Brewery Challenge, and I’m just getting around to writing about it now because, well, I’m lazy 😉 …oh, and because beer.

Related:  Vermont Brewery Challenge. Day One.

So it’s a beautiful day, no kids… why not drive north, find some great food and brews, and enjoy the sunshine?

Harpoon Brewery

First stop was Harpoon in Windsor, VT. We’ve been a million times, but we wanted to try their new Hoppy Adventure double IPA (and grab a punch for our passport), so we swung in for a couple crowlers and a bottle of their Czernobog Russian Imperial Stout.

Taps at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT

If you happen to be in the area on a nice day, they have a beautiful outdoor area with deck seating, a fire pit, and corn hole. Plus, it’s dog friendly 🙂 I also highly recommend the annual Champions of New England BBQ Festival in July. Amazing food, lots of Harpoon beers on draft, and ALL THE FRIED FOOD!

BBQ Fest at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT

BBQ Fest at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT

Related: New England Beer Events

Norwich Inn

Next stop was the Norwich Inn in Norwich, VT. We sampled 6 of their offerings, and grabbed a quick bite before our next stop.

Beer smapler from Norwich Inn, VT

The food was phenomenal. You can’t go wrong with poutine. Ever. Throw a fried egg on top and you’re just winning at life. Oh, and best pot stickers I’ve ever had. Seriously.

Poutine and pot stickers from Norwich Inn, VT

Idletyme Brewing

On to Idletyme Brewing in Stowe, VT. It was getting later in the day, and we were 2+ hours from home, so we grabbed a small plate of edamame and their Brewski sampler, featuring six of their offerings. We could decide on which six, so we tacked on the remaining four they had on tap. I was bummed that their Doubletyme imperial IPA wasn’t available when we visited, but I did enjoy their Vermont Pale Ale and Helles Brook Lager (weird, since I don’t usually enjoy lagers).

Like many restaurants in the Stowe area, you can usually find Heady Topper and Focal Banger here.

Brewski Sampler at Idletyme Brewery in Stowe, VT

Prohibition Pig

Our last stop was Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. They have one of the best selections of local craft brews in the area, where you can usually find Heady Topper, Focal Banger, Lawson’s Finest, Hill Farmstead, and several of Pro Pig’s offerings.

We went with their Reverse Whirlpool IPA, Winter IPA, and Vanilla Bean Porter. All of which were amazing, but I particularly enjoyed the Whirlpool and porter.

Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

Side note: Prohibition pig is located in the same spot as the former Alchemist pub, which was forced to close after being damaged by flood waters from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Vermont Brewery Challenge – eight down, thirty-two to go.

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