Back in 1989, craft brewers were a rare breed. It was before the hype and the popularity soared, and when the soon-to-be trend-setters were getting established. That’s when Long Trail Brewing Company, then known as Mountain Brewers, took shape. The name, Long Trail, comes from the 273-mile hiking trail through the Green Mountains, and seems a fitting title for trailblazers.
Today, Long Trail Brewing Company is a bustling business, community leader, green advocate, and brewer of more than 20 beers. Its headquarters is in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, about a 30-minute drive southwest of Maple Leaf Inn. Head there for a visit and you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner at Long Trail Brewing’s riverside pub too.
The restaurant, inspired by the Hofbräu House in Munich, has a down-home feel, perfect for hunkering down for a meal with a brew. The flagship pour here is the ever-popular Long Trail Ale®, a full-bodied amber ale. Several IPAs, pale ale, and a double altbier are year-round choices. Long Trail also brews specialty and seasonal beers, such as Trail Vision, its spring seasonal brew that’s nice and crisp with a touch of floral hints—just like a bright spring day.
While brewing beer is the main focus of Long Trail Brewing company, being a good community leader is part of its DNA. Partnering with non-profit organizations, the brewer hosts charitable events throughout the year, most notably, the Long Trail Century Ride, June 23, 2018, to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. In addition to functions like these, Long Trail hosts events at its pub, such as the up-coming Feel Good Friday party on March 30, a kind-of sign-off to this year’s ski season.
Long Trail Brewing Company
5520 U.S. Route 4
Bridgewater Corners, Vermont
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pub & restaurant hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.’ Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Long Trail Brewing Company is one of the many delightful excursions that make Maple Leaf Inn such fun place to stay. There’s something delightful in every direction, and then you’ve got a great place to come home to when you’re done!