The Vermont Brewery Tourey, offered through the Fullerton Inn in Chester, Vermont, has been a fan favorite for a number of years now. With packages available from March to November every season, the ‘Tourey’ embarks on one, two and three day tours for a tour of up to five Vermont breweries and breweries each day.
The first stop on the trip is the Northshire Brewery in Bennington. The craftsmanship at this brewery is paramount, with pilsners, stouts and ales focused on subtle floral notes, hints of chocolate and even coffee flavors. Their Hefeweizen also has wells pronounced esters.
Next stop is the Madison Brewery Company, also in Bennington. Converted from a burned out storefront nearly 20 years ago, Madison Brewery was Bennington’s first brewery. Now a staple to the local beer culture and community, this tour stop features six regular brews and a seasonal brew. Favorites include their IPAs, ales and their famous ‘Old 76.’And if hunger strikes, this stop is also a great one to grab a bite.
Then it’s time to head up to Brattleboro to pay a visit to McNeill’s Brewery. A perfect place to sample microbrews on tap, McNeill’s offering runs the gamut of draught offerings, with a massive collection of nearly 20 beers on tap. These include a variety of summer and spicy IPAs and a robust, spicy Kolsch. This is also a great place to take in some live tunes if you catch it at the right time of day.
The next stop is the Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, featuring a full selection of the world famous Harpoon beers. Harpoon beer speaks for itself, with a huge collection of ales and pilsners. In addition to the delicious beer, an awesome feature of this stop is the seating inside the brewery overlooking our bottling line or outside in the Beer Garden area.
Last but not least is the Whetstone Station of Brattleboro, the final stop for the first day tour. Featuring homebrewed, regional micro-brewed and international beers made with local products whenever possible, the Whetstone Station boasts a large collection. The Brewery atmosphere is second to none, seated on the Connecticut River you can take in their great product on one of their two outdoor decks overlooking Mount Wantastiquet.
Dates for the one, two and three tours are March 20, 21, & 22, April 24, 25, & 26, May 22, 23 & 24 & 25, June 26, 27 & 28, July 24, 25, & 26, August 21, 22 & 23 and September 11, 12, & 13, October 23, 24 & 25, and November 13, 14, & 15. Prices vary based on how many tour days you partake in. These packages are also available with dinner and Fullerton Inn hotel packages.