I’m a beer snob. *puts on hipster glasses* I freely admit it. You’ll never find something like Bud Lite in my fridge. Not ever. I’m simply a product of my environment. That environment being the beer blessed state of Vermont. With more (craft) breweries per capita than any other state, and the best beer in the world it’s hard not to be a beer snob.
At times it’s hard enough to find the beer I want in PA. Even in the most well stocked beer stores (I won’t get into PA’s weird beer laws look ’em up…it’s annoying. I want my beer where I get the rest of my necessities: the grocery store) don’t have what I’m looking for. I JUST wanted Otter Creek’s Maple seasonal! (Because Maple beer is literally the best thing in the world and I love it and can never find it anywhere) I’m the one standing in the east coast craft beer section frowning because they only have a few of Magic Hat’s selections and some Long Trail (where’s my Black Berry Wheat?) and not the particular VT brew I’m looking for.
So in no particular order are the beers I love that I can only get in state. This list is far from complete, mostly because there are so many new breweries popping up since I’ve been gone. You can only get these in state. So me trying them becomes difficult!
1. VT Pub & Brewery‘s Forbidden Fruit
This is my most favorite beer (except for maybe Magic Hats Maple Stout, or the one time a friend of the family made the best Maple Beer I’ve ever had in my life). You can only get it at VPB, and while they do offer growlers, they don’t offer them for this beer. It’s a raspberry beer that manages to not be sickeningly sweet (like the other raspberry beers I’ve tried in a vain effort to find something comparable) but a pleasant combination of beer & raspberry deliciousness.
For a long time this was only available on tap. When it was finally bottled it was so popular Facebook groups cropped up to help people find the stuff, it’s been a long time favorite in Vermont. Now finally in bottles and available only in and near Vermont.
3. Long Trail‘s Black Berry Wheat
For whatever reason, this is difficult to find in PA. While they may often have Long Trail, they often don’t have any Black Berry Wheat! Seriously, not cool guys.
Okay, so this one isn’t a beer. It’s pure deliciousness. It’s a maple liquor. I prefer drinking it on the rocks, but it’s great in coffee too (and I assume in a mudslide type drink but haven’t tried that yet). Don’t even compare it to those other maple flavored liquors. Maple flavoring is blasphemy and terrible. Real maple syrup should only ever be used in maple flavored anything. Basically it tastes like alcoholic maple syrup – so amazing would be the correct term to use.
Sorry guys, no Heady Topper will make my list. I’m not an IPA kinda girl. However, I will say if I had to drink an IPA it would be Heady Topper, it’s the only IPA I can stand! So I guess that means it’s good!
Fortunately, I won’t be without beer while in Korea! The commissaries or px sell Magic Hat. My favorite being Circus Boy, followed by a good old #9. They also sell Woodchuck, cuz cider is delicious! And I believe they also sell some Long Trail and maybe even some Otter Creek.
Want to learn more about VT Beer, craft beer lovers? Well, I’m out of date, there’s tons I haven’t tried yet and it seems like more every day! Check out VT Beer or the VT Brewers Association for all your VT beer needs.