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Vermont Craft Beer Safari

We know: We had you at “Beer Safari.”

Vermont is a national center for craft brewing. Given that America is a global leader in that department, it follows that the Green Mountain State is one of the best places in the world to have a locally made microbrew. And the Pitcher Inn’s headquarters here in the Mad River Valley turns out to be a pretty unbeatable springboard for tasting some top-quality suds. We make it easy for fans of craft beer to do just that with our special Beer Safari package!

Beer Safari Treats

The Beer Safari provides two nights of brew-themed accommodations at the Pitcher Inn, where we’ll greet you with what we call our “Welcome Brewski Basket.” There are other on-site goodies, too. Along with daily breakfast and afternoon tea, you’ll be treated to dinner for two at Tracks—an appropriate venue, given our Pitcher Inn tavern has one heck of a beer menu spotlighting local breweries. Nothing like gazing into Tracks’s crackling fire with a cold pint in hand!

Guided Brewery Hopping

At the heart of the Beer Safari experience is the safari itself. You can choose between half-day and full-day outings, including an all-day version with some hands-on brewing involved.

Your safari tour leader is Chris from Vermont Farm Tours, who will start things off right for you with a morning visit to Frost Beer Works in Hinesburg. You’ll get the lowdown on this seven-barrel, hop-happy brewery from head brewer Mike Lieser, and have the opportunity to taste both current releases and hard-to-find specialty beers—plus the rare chance to buy some Lush Double IPA, tagged with an “outstanding” 94 score over at Beer Advocate.

Full-day safari-goers enjoy lunch at Frost Beer Works before spending the afternoon touring several other awesome regional epicenters of craft beer: Fiddlehead Brewing Company (Shelburne), Zero Gravity Craft Brewery (Burlington), Foam Brewers (Burlington), and Burlington Beer Company (Williston).

Tasting Champion Beers

Whatever you end up imbibing—maybe a Belgo-IPA (Ostara) from Zero Gravity, or the fruity goodness of Brett’s Berry Medley from Fiddlehead, or the Chasing Rabbits hoppy wheat ale from Burlington Beer Co., or Foam’s Circa Now Saison—The Pitcher Inn Beer Safari puts the Green Mountain State’s quality-obsessed microbrewers front and center.

And don’t forget: The Pitcher Inn always has awesome local beer on tap (including Lawson’s Finest Liquids, right here in town), and the Warren Store, a stone’s throw away, also has plenty of Vermont brews to choose from.

Don’t miss the Beer Safari: Instead of lions or elephants, make top-grade Vermont beer your quarry. And make The Pitcher Inn your home-away-from-home for the adventure!