“Take a Hike,” and sip a cold, local craft-brew while lounging by the river.

Long Trail BreweryIt’s an early spring this year at the October Country Inn.  Winter didn’t offer much opportunity for snow travelers to enjoy what Vermont winter typically offers.  But, despite disappointing conditions for snow related activities,  travelers to the area could always depend on sitting down to a frosty pint of a local Long Trail craft-brew, and  a hearty lunch at the nearby Long Trail Brew Pub.   October Country Inn is strategically located in this regard.  We are across the street from the Long Trail Brewery.  No need to drive.

Green BlazeOriginally called Mountain Brewers, what is now the Long Trail Brewing Company started-up in the basement of the Bridgewater Woolen Mill in 1989. It changed its name to Long Trail Brewing Company in 1995 and relocated to its present location on the banks of the Ottaquechee River in the heart of the Green Mountains.  Long Trail Ale, a German Altbier, is the company’s flagship beer. It is the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont.  The Brown Bag concept was developed as a way for Long Trail’s brewers to develop new recipes quickly. These small batch brews have produced Long Trail favorites like Double Bag, a Strong Ale; and Hit the Trail Ale, a limited release English Brown Ale; an American IPA; Belgian Smoked Porter; Milk Stout; and Maple Maibock that is fermented with maple syrup.

Sipping a cold frosty pint alongside the river at Long Trail's Brew Pub.

Sipping a cold frosty pint alongside the river at Long Trail’s Brew Pub.

Now you know!  No area visit would be complete without a visit to the Long Trail Brew Pub to sample Long Trial’s most recent craft-brew. Today, that would be a frosty pint of Green Blaze IPA.  This newest addition to Long Trail’s craft-brews features big pine, tropical fruit and resin hop notes with a light, biscuit malt backbone.  Green Blaze IPA pairs well with: blue cheeses, sharp cheddar, colby, grilled meats, barbecue, hamburgers, spicy dishes, tacos, blackened chicken, pickled vegetables, shellfish and outdoor adventure.  Speaking of outdoor adventure, spring is here.  It’s time to “Take a Hike.”