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Sample the Suds at These Burlington-Area Breweries


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Burlington Beer Company

25 Omega Dr., Suite 150, Williston,

Creativity fuels the kettle at this airy warehouse brewery, where you might find an oatmeal-cranberry stout aged on red oak or bright IPAs brewed with pea flowers, pawpaw or dragonfruit. Frequent can and bottle releases draw the beer-loving crowds, while daily hours offer a more casual experience, complete with games of Jenga. Hungry? Snack on the pub fare — think grilled sandwiches, tacos and nachos.

Citizen Cider

316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington,

This is the spot for getting apple-sauced — responsibly, of course. The lively tasting room offers 10 ciders on draft, plus local beer, spirits and nonalcoholic concoctions.

Colchester's Mead Hall

856 Hercules Dr., Colchester,

Beowulf would feel at home among the craft meads and honey wines that flow through these draft lines. Sample a Scandinavian cheese plate, pickled herring or the Wednesday special: $4 Nordic pulled pork.

Foam Brewers

112 Lake St., Burlington,

The brews are imaginative, the location — in sight of Lake Champlain — unbeatable. World-class cheese and charcuterie, live music, standup comedy, and local art make it a very happy hour indeed.

Four Quarters Brewing

150 W. Canal St., Winooski,

Fancy a Belgian-style beer? Get to this Winooski brewhouse for a tasting. Occasional live bands and vinyl nights provide a solid soundtrack.

The Taproom at Switchback Brewing

160 Flynn Ave., Burlington,

Get the inside scoop on Switchback's unfiltered ales during a Saturday production-area tour, then kick back for a pint or a hot dog in the tasting room.

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

716 Pine St., Burlington,

In summertime, sip a sunset brew on a wide, west-facing deck. There are always pints of the flagship Green State Lager and Conehead IPA, but you can also match a seasonal gruit, sour or saison with a handmade pretzel or brat.

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