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Vermont Brewers Fest 2005


Fest entrance line just before gate opened


At first, it was easy to grab a beer


Then more people started showing up


Eventually, it was a 10 minute wait for a beer


Some of us made new friends


Others got closer to our current friends


And we all enjoyed sharing good times with those around us, like our campground neighbors

Even with the heat and crowd we all had a great time at the fest. Although, I think next year we're going to stay in an air conditioned hotel room.

The Vermont Brewers Fest in Burlington, VT is held each July on the shores of lake Champlain. It's a beautiful outdoor location that offers many VT, New England and New York beers. There's even some beers from Canada.

Some of the Brewers we Visited

The Alchemist
Rock Art
The Shed
Switchback Brewing Co.
Endurance Brewing Co.
Zero Gravity Brewing Co.
Woodstock Inn
Jasper Murdoch Inn
Vermont Pub & Brewery
Unibroue
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
American Flatbread
Tuckerman Brewery
Magic Hat
Long Trail

The day we went was very hot and humid. It was the last session of the fest and had the largest crowd of the two day event. Towards the end of the fest many brewers ran out of beer. The ones that had beer had a 15 minute wait to get a sample.

Our Top Picks

Heady Topper double IPA - The Alchemist
Hefty weizen - The Alchemist
Extra Stout - American Flatbread/Zero Gravity
Black IPA - VT Pub & Brewery

 


All the brewers were set up under tents


It was the only place available to stay dry if it started to rain


There was even an area to grab a bite to eat


Luckily, the fest is large enough to hold all the people


Even though there were thousands in attendance, there was enough room to not be crowded in


As night fell the crowd really grew

 

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