After the long drive to Vermont for the 6th Annual Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival at Mount Snow in Dover, Vermont and our quick tasting at Northshire Brewing, we had to stop for lunch. A brewpub? Why not!? We stopped at the Madison Brewing Co, located in Bennington, Vermont.
I ordered the Southwest Chicken Sandwich (grilled chicken, pepperjack cheese, bacon, lettuce… Chipotle aioli and tomato were also part, but I left those off) which came with a side of fries. Mark ordered the Brewmasters Steak Sandwich (sliced bistro steak, portabella mushrooms, shallots, Vermont smoked cheddar, and garlic mayo served on herb ciabetta) which came with ale fries.
Sucker Pond Blonde
Mark: really, really light with a dull, citrus flavor
Megan: tasted like tap water mixed with cheap beer
Buck’s Honey Wheat
Mark: Not very honey-ish. I think I should be able to taste honey and would expect it to be sweet.
Megan: good balance of honey and wheat. More honey would be too sweet. Once we added the lime wedge, I enjoyed it even more
Wassick’s White Wall
Mark: nothing “standoutish,” which is good. Liked.
Megan: Similar to a Blue Moon or Shock Top. Good with the lemon added
Crowtown Pale Ale
Mark: Light start with a hoppy finish. Like
Megan: similar to the first beer, but slightly more hoppy. Unfiltered water flavor
Mike’s Irish Red
Mark: Like it (usually does)
Megan: Don’t mind it, which is surprising because I typically don’t like reds. Might be more flavorful or different
Old 76 Strong Ale
Mark: agrees with the description provided. Fruity undertone for such a “heavy” beer
Megan: Indifferent, would drink it if it were given to me, but I wouldn’t choose it
IPA (seasonal selection)
Mark: Almost tastes light, better than the average IPA
Megan: love the smell. Rich, complex. Very flavorful
Mark: good flavor, a little sweet on the tongue
Megan: Interesting smell, good flavor. A good stout
Mark: They seem to be more about the variety… good to be a local kind of place…. Odd choices, but a little bit of everything (in regards to both food and beer)
The food was really good, but none of the beer really stood out. If you are in the area and looking for a bite to eat, I would recommend it, just stick with the style of beer you usually drink.
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