Our second stop before we arrived to John and Lindsay’s was Long Trail, located in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. Long Trail was number 50! Our 50th visit! We parked farthest away from the doorway, not on purpose, and went in and took a seat at the bar.
Our second stop before we arrived to John and Lindsay’s was Long Trail, located in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. Long Trail was number 50! Our 50th visit!
We went in and took a seat at the bar.
There were two beer samplers to choose from. We chose the one we had tried less beers of.
Brown Bag: Hefeweizen, 5.4%, 10 IBU
Tastes like a Hefeweizen, Mark said it reminded him of Blue Moon.
Farmhouse: White IPA, 6.2%, 55IBU
“Long Trail’s brewers are proud to offer you a series of unique and exclusive Farmhouse Artisanal Ales, crafted with care in our new farmhouse pilot brewery, located at the far corner of our property. These beers are unfiltered and unscripted expressions of Long Trail’s individual and collective brewery personalities. We dropped our little pilot brewery in the Farmhouse so we would have someplace to play and exercise our creative brewer chops outside the rigid confines of our big production brewhouse, which restricts us to producing a minimum 800 cases per batch.
At the Farmhouse, we are able to brew one barrel at a time, so each of these special offerings are very limited. You will not find these unique ales anywhere else but here at the Long Trail Pub and select locations. When it’s gone, it very well might be gone forever. There’s no set schedule, and very few rules. When inspiration strikes, we fire up the kettle! Some of these offerings might be refined into production beers down the road, but most of them will simply end up as fond memories.”- From Long Trail’s website
Very fresh smelling – almost like celery. Mark thought it tasted like spruce tips. Megan wasn’t a fan – the flavor was too different.
Limbo IPA – 7.6%, 80 IBU
Bigger flavor palate than a typical IPA. Not as heavy upfront, but had a different aftertaste – almost earthy.
Brush & Barrel Saison – 7.1%, 30 IBU
“The Brown Bag concept was developed in 1993 as a method for developing and test marketing new products quickly and affordably. The challenge was that developing a recipe was the easiest and least costly aspect of launching a new product. We could quite easily come up with a number of different flavor, color and character options, but getting them in front of customers was difficult and expensive. The time and expense required to come up with artwork and graphics for packaging, as well as printing costs (and the fact that Brown Bag was offered in very small batches) all presented a challenge for a fledgling brewery with limited resources.
That challenge was met by using simple, generic branding. A craft background and a bold, blocky font printed in a single color (black) created a look reminiscent of a brown paper bag stamped with a rubber stamp. The only unique parts were the label and the liquid inside the bottle. Messaging on the outer cartons and six packs read “Check inside the bag for style.”
Removing the time and expense on the package side gave us the freedom to experiment and push the limits of the art of brewing with styles that may have been too risky otherwise. Additionally, the fast path to market resulted in the ability to kick out new beer options quickly and kept our customers engaged and excited.” From Long Trail’s website
Other Beers that went into production after being in the Brown Bag series were Double Bag, Hit the Trail Brown Ale, and Ramble.
Good, what I expected from a Saison.
Blackberry Wheat: 4%, 12 IBU
While looking at the samplers, this was the one beer from the other sampler plate I had wanted to try. The bartender overheard us talking about it, and he let us try it. Good flavor, sweet. Reminded me of summer weather.
Ramble: 5.25%, 25 IBU
Seeing that Ramble was a Kolsch, I mentioned that I had liked the Lemon Pepper Kolsch that was a Brown Bag last summer. Apparently, people liked it so much Long Trail decided to make it their spring beer. They made some changes, but it is still very good!
As like most brewery’s, they have beer there that you can’t get everywhere else. They have 12 packs samplers that they sell only in Vermont.
Want to visit?
Open Daily, 10-7, Kitchen: 11-7
We’ve been told that Long Trail is GORGEOUS in the Summer!