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How many types of craft beer can there be?
Many. Since we lost count of finding them, we offer you the list of some commonly known and must-know types here. Have a look, and you will be astonished.
1. American Lager
American lagers are light with little hop or malt presence. This quality makes them perfect for outdoor events such as fishing, camping, or kayaking. They are straw or golden colored.
It has an alcohol composition of almost 6%.
2. Vienna Lager
Vienna Lager is darker in color, primarily in amber shades. It has a light flavor. It has an alcohol composition of 4.5 to 5.5%.
3. Japanese Rice Lager
Japanese Rice Lager contains rice, as the name suggests. The rice flavor makes it unique with a dry finish and pairs best with sushi. It has an alcohol composition of 4 to 5%.
4. German Pilsner
German Pilsner is sweet and malty. It is flavored with a slight bitterness to balance out the sweetness. It has an alcohol composition of 5%.
Helles German beers are light-colored and sweet. They are slightly spicy, and their malt quality is bread-like. This composition makes them fuller. It has an alcohol composition of 5.5%.
Kolsch is spicy with an herbal infusion. They are similar to ales. This similarity is because they are made in ale temperatures using large yeasts.
7. Cream Ale
Cream ales are creamy with lesser alcohol content. They also little on carbonation. They are one of those hybrid beers brewed with ale yeast and finished with lager yeast.
8. Blonde Ale
As the name goes by, Blonde Ale is blonde in color, similar to blonde ales. They are smooth in flavor and have no prominent malt or hop presence. The alcohol content range is from 4 to 5%.
German hefeweizen beers are 50% barley and 50% wheat. Hence they are light in color with a chewy texture. The yeast has a banana flavor, and some beers have a clove flavor attached. They have a cloudy appearance.
10. American Wheat
The American Wheat is the American version of German hefeweizen beers. They are clove flavored along with extra fruit elements. But they don’t have the cloudy appearance of German hefeweizen beers. Americans add slight bitterness to balance the flavors. They have 4 to 7% alcohol.
11. Belgium Witbier
Belgium’s Witbier is a wheat beer with oats addition. Hence they are dark and pale in color and have a cloudy appearance. The yeast makes it spicy, and the added coriander and orange peel give the fruity feel. The alcohol content can be as high as 7%.
12. Farmhouse Ale
Farmhouse ales are a group of beers. They are farmhouse flavored with a crisp finish and reminders of wet hay. They are funky and low in alcohol.
Saison is a Belgian beer. It is the most popular farmhouse ale. They are extra yeasty-flavored and are generally light and crisp. Their alcohol content can be as high as 8.5%.
14. Session Beer
A session beer can be an IPA, pale Ale, and amber. It is easy to drink, light, and revitalize. They have an alcohol content of 5%.
15. American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale can be dark gold to amber. It is caramel flavored. Their alcohol content is from 4.5 to 6.5%.
I found some early foliage while I was out and about in Calais.
Craft beer is beer not brewed by brewery corporations. Instead, it finds its home in small, independent, traditional breweries. These craft breweries are independent and produce smaller amounts of beer.
The art of traditional artisanal brewing began in Europe and spread to other countries. The microbrewery movement began in both the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1970s. These breweries are keen on introducing new flavors and using varied brewing techniques. Then came craft beer.
Microbrew vs. Craft Beer
The small, independent brewers’ crafted beer changed its name from microbrew to craft beer now. The name change is due to the change in the size of the breweries. A Microbrewery must produce a limited number of barrels of beer only.
The age of “Craft” Beer
The Brewers Association defines craft beer. Along with the definition, they also host their annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
The Brewers Association helps new breweries with guidance and resource allocation. In addition, they publish beer books on brewing, beer styles, and reports.
The microbrewery was the rage of the 1980s and produced fewer than 15,000 U.S. beer barrels annually.
Nano brewery is a down-sized microbrewery. An independent entrepreneur runs it.
Craft brewery gains popularity in the late 20th century. It is typically a small, independent commercial brewery. It employs traditional brewing methods and accentuates beer’s general flavor and quality.
Farm brewery is old and traditional. However, it has a distinct style of brewing and fermenting compared to the larger breweries. This particular style creates unconventional beer flavors.
A brewpub combines a brewery and a pub or a public house. It sells 25 percent or more of its beer on-site, along with selling food. The beer is primarily for sale in the taproom.
New Age Developments
Craft beer is successful because of its marketing strategy. Quality and low price make it the winner of beers.
Craft beers adopt new technology to stay ahead in the market. For example, they use cans, which are resistant to oxygen and beer-degrading light and are portable. They also require less area for storage or transportation.
Craft beers age in barrels. They are called sour beers. This variation is a new trend and gives a twist to age-old technology.
Non-alcoholic craft beers
Some breweries produce unique beers with non-alcoholic elements. There is a massive market for non-alcoholic beer and wine, and this need will grow daily.
Craft beers originated in the United Kingdom as microbreweries in the 1970s. Inspired by this, Canada started producing all of its beers by itself. This change became possible by the 1990s. Before all this, the American era of craft beers started as early as the 1960s. Apart from this, craft beers have origins worldwide and are still spreading.
Vermont’s famous foliage season is quickly approaching! The bursts of color that sweep over the Green Mountain State bring ‘leaf peepers’ from across the world. Being nestled in between the Green and Taconic Mountain ranges makes Manchester, Vermont an incredibly unique place to witness this beautiful change of season. As you stroll along the marble sidewalks, shop our boutiques, or dine al fresco in Southern Vermont’s culinary mecca, don’t forget to stop and take in the pops of yellows, oranges, and reds that can be seen throughout the valley and picturesque mountain ranges that can only be experienced here in Manchester.
With an impressive mix of locally owned boutiques, designer outlets, a famous indie bookstore, artisan galleries, and local cafés and bakeries, you can look fabulous, find great treasures, and dine to your heart’s content, all on a single tranquil and beautiful stroll. Find the latest Fall fashions at many of our local boutiques and designer outlets featuring autumn-inspired clothing, including cozy sweaters, scarves, and other accessories.
For the outdoor enthusiast, stop into locally owned and operated The Mountain Goat. Located on historic Main Street, the Mountain Goat offers the best in backcountry clothing and equipment for travel and trekking. You’ll find jackets and outerwear for rain, casual sportswear in all fabrics, and a full selection of gear which includes backpacks and luggage, sleeping bags, tents, trekking poles, and accessories, including the best footwear. What better way to prepare for Fall’s splendor and outdoor activities? Best of all, they have something for all ages.
If you’re looking for indoor or outdoor Seasonal Décor, stop in at any one of our boutique stores or local artisan galleries and craft shops. Artists will be showcasing their fall-themed creations, including paintings, pottery, and other handmade items, and browse a variety of Fall-themed decorations, such as pumpkins, wreaths, and other items to help you embrace the Fall spirit.
A visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a local Farmers Market, especially with the Fall harvest season in full swing. You can pick up fresh apples, pumpkins, gourds, pies, and other seasonal produce and handcrafted items. The Manchester Farmers Market takes place each Thursday from 3pm – 6pm through October 12 on Adams Green, in the heart of Manchester, and the Dorset Farmers Market is every Sunday from 10am – 2pm year-round.
Just a hop, skip, and jump from Manchester Center, kids of all ages, (yes that includes adults) can enjoy traditional Fall activities. From apple picking at Mad Tom Orchards – pumpkin picking at Equinox Valley Nursery’s Pumpkin Patch, where you can also take a wagon ride with Green and Taconic Mountain Range views or get lost in their expansive corn maze.
There is so much more to EXPERIENCE in Manchester.
Hungry for autumn flavors? It’s easy to work up an appetite strolling through the many wonderful places to shop and experience Manchester. Stop in at one of our local cafes and bakeries for a delicious breakfast or hearty lunch and indulge in seasonal treats. Conveniently found next to Northshire Bookstore is Charlie’s Coffee House, where not only can you fulfill all your coffee and fresh baked goods needs, but also offer grab-and-go sandwiches, soups, salads, and much, much more! Don’t forget to ask about their seasonal offerings- from pumpkin spice lattes to a Maple Bonfire Latte to other Fall-themed goodies. Take a seat on their front porch or sit at one of the outside tables and enjoy Mount Equinox Views.
For dinner, enjoy the culinary creations of the Raven’s Den Steakhouse and Taproom. Catering to a variety of tastes – from tender and juicy Black Angus steaks to classic seafood dishes to a salad bar stocked with seasonal produce, handcrafted dressings, Vermont cheeses, and freshly baked bread – there is truly something for everyone. In celebration of the harvest season, enjoy some of their specialty seasonal desserts!
Enjoy your meal in their upscale relaxed dining room, quench your thirst with a custom cocktail in front of the stone fireplace, or enjoy some casual eats including a grass-fed burger in the tavern. Plus, you’ll love their seasonal outdoor seating with beautiful Vermont views to take in all that autumn beauty!
Fall is a popular time to visit Manchester, so it’s advisable to book lodging as well in advance as possible. Offering a wide range of lodging options from grand resorts, boutique hotels, quaint Inns, modern motels, and vacation rentals, Manchester, Vermont has something to fit every taste and budget and they are all ready and waiting to welcome you and your traveling companions to Southern Vermont.
Stay in the heart of historic Manchester Village at Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel, the Reluctant Panther. A quintessential New England getaway known for its historic charm, luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, and exceptional service. Guests will have unparalleled views of Equinox Mountain, from their luxurious rooms featuring antique furnishings, fine art, luxury bathrooms, and cozy fireplaces. Whether choosing from their selection of packages or allowing the staff to curate your Vermont experience, The Reluctant Panther provides exceptional service to all who visit. From fly-fishing to skiing, theatre, and the arts, to shopping and farmers markets, the Panther takes great pleasure in making every day an unforgettable adventure!
The North Shire Lodge, nestled in the historic Battenkill Valley, affords sweeping views of the Green and Taconic Mountain Ranges. Guests delight in this special place of tranquility and natural beauty. Set on five-and-a-half acres and surrounded by mountain landscapes, it is suited to host all types of travelers, from singles to couples and families, and friends traveling together. It’s the perfect location for family reunions, getaways, and those attending events at nearby Manchester venues. Each of the 14 “attached cabins” features unique rustic Vermont décor, cathedral ceilings, comfortable beds, an ensuite bathroom, and a private patio to take in the lovely garden, lawn, and mountain views. All the modern conveniences are provided by this top-rated lodging property.
Whether you are just visiting, planning to move, or are already living in the Manchester area, please stop by the Manchester Visitor Center at 58B Depot Street to find FREE brochures, magazines, maps, and a team of local professionals ready to guide and answer all your questions!
Picture perfect foliage. Quintessential New England charm. Annual fall festivals. Tasty local bites & brews.
It’s hard to describe fall in the NEK – it’s more about looking around and soaking it all in. Vibrant hues of red, orange, yellow, and gold. Local folks selling pumpkins and apples on countryside roads. Breweries crafting up a taste of the season. And communities reveling in the opportunity to host a celebration under a cascade of color.
Peak foliage viewing is typically the first week of October. Follow Vermont’s Foliage Forecaster for weekly updates throughout the season or sign up for their Fall Foliage Report e-newsletter to get updates sent to your inbox.
Explore Season-Long Autumn Activities
Head to the Eastern Trek to meander a side of the Kingdom where recreation, arts, food, and history are thriving. While in this area, don’t forget to check out the Kingdom Corn Maze & PYO Pumpkin Patch in Sutton or one of the many live performances presented by Catamount Arts. Looking for the ultimate fall excursion along the Eastern Trek? Take a scenic drive:
St. Johnsbury – Spaulding Road Afternoon Trip, 5.6 miles
Start at the First Congregation Church in St. Johnsbury on Breezy Road, turn left on Lackey Hill Road and take a slight right onto Spaulding Road. Continue on Spaulding Rd to Sweet Seasons Farm & Artisans Confections in St. Johnsbury for apple picking and treats. Then head southeast on Spaulding Rd for a visit to Dog Mountain (hiking trails, Dog Chapel, scenic views) before stopping for lunch at Papa Tirozzi’s new location (2165 Portland Street). Stop at Maple Grove Farms of VT on your way back into town for a maple creemee and to learn the history of the industry that made St. Johnsbury the Maple Center of the World.
Upcoming Eastern Trek Events
Burke Fall Festival
Saturday, September 30, Beginning at 10am
This annual festival takes place in the East Burke Village and features fun for the whole family including a parade and craft show, children’s activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, a rubber duck race, food & drink, live music, and more.
Festival of Traditional Crafts, St. Johnsbury
Saturday, September 30, 10am – 4pm
Savor the lovely fall weather while learning about traditional crafts of the region at the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center. Watch demonstrations, enjoy hands-on experiences, and browse exhibits showcasing candle making and quilting.
Fall for St. Johnsbury
Saturday, October 7, 8am – 7pm
Enjoy a day filled with seasonal fun and Fall for St. Johnsbury! Start your day at the Pancake Breakfast or Fall Brunch before shopping sidewalk sales at businesses across town. Bring your old Halloween costumes for the Halloween Costume Swap, listen to live music at the bandstand, or catch a show at the Athenaeum. Find a full schedule of events here.
Fall Dog Party, St. Johnsbury
Saturday, October 7, Noon – 4pm
The perfect fall festival for your four-legged friends! Enjoy live music, delicious eats, sweet treats, special events, and contests for the pups including the Doggie Walk of Fame with Pup-arazzi. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.
Farm & Field Autumn Activities
Riddled with rolling hills and curving valleys, you’ll encounter quiet back roads with stunning views, farm stands stocked with fresh VT produce, and plenty of State Parks perfect for walking, biking, bird watching and sightseeing.This area is also home to the largest maze in New England thanks to the Great Vermont Corn Maze, which is now open six days a week. Plan out your own itinerary or spend a day soaking up the scenery on a ride from Hardwick to Craftsbury.
Hardwick to Craftsbury Scenic Route, 18 miles
Before starting your drive, stop in Connie’s Kitchen for a breakfast sandwich or pastry. Then head east on VT-15 East, take Center Rd to E Craftsbury Rd/Town Highway 1 continue straight through Greensboro where you can take in the views of Caspian Lake. Continue heading north and turn right onto S Craftsbury Rd. Continue straight onto Wylie Hill Rd and finish your route at Mill Village Pottery to check out some beautiful handcrafted pottery.
Upcoming Farm & Field Events
20th Annual Autumn on the Green, Danville
Sunday, October 1, 10am – 4pm
Over 200 vendors will be set up on the Danville Green offering a large array of specialty items during this award-winning showcase. Shop original artwork, pottery, antiques, knitwear, quilts, baskets, and much more or get a taste of the season with Vermont-made maple, cheese, pumpkin, cider, jams, jellies, and more. Food vendors, live music and stunning fall foliage round out this free event.
Fall Foliage Day, Peacham
Thursday, October 5, 10am – 6pm
Spend a day in historic Peacham! Shop local VT art and craft vendors, visit the Northern Sky Observatory, watch a blacksmith demonstration, or browse the historical displays at the Historical House. A Spaghetti Dinner at Peacham Congregational Church will conclude the festivities.
Fall Foliage Day, Groton
Saturday, October 7, 10am – 7pm
Fall Foliage Day has something for everyone. Visit Peter Paul Historical House to view artifacts and collections of Groton’s rich history. Visit the Library to check out the Book Sale, or stroll down Main Street and shop with local vendors.
At 10:30am, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In will take place, followed by the Annual Parade. The celebration will end with a Chicken Pie Supper, with multiple serving times available.
Mountain & Lake Autumn Activities
Considered one of the most authentic and pristine areas of New England, the Mountain & Lake Getaway is the northernmost region of the NEK, offering vast open land, towering mountain peaks, and pristine waters that somehow turn even more gorgeous this time of year.
Take in the views during a fall cruise on the Northern Star or PYO apples at Rooty’s Apple Orchard. The Old Stone House Museum & Historic Site, which is well-known for its stunning autumn vistas, will remain open through mid-October; the route to get there is something in itself!
Old Stone House Scenic Drive to Newport, 9 miles
After visiting the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village, take a scenic drive up to Newport for a late lunch or dinner in Newport. Head northwest on Old Stone House Rd and take a right onto Hinman Settler Rd. Turn left onto Schuler Rd and continue onto VT-191 N/Access Rd. Turn left onto Western Ave, then right onto Railroad Square crossing over Lake Memphremagog heading into downtown Newport.
Upcoming Mountain & Lake Getaway Events
Newport Fall Festival
Saturday, September 23, 11am – 2pm
Celebrate the turning of the leaves at the Newport Fall Festival! Taking place in downtown and throughout Main Street, this year’s festivities include a photo contest, scarecrow contest, Farmers’ Market, Quilt Show, and of course, the Chilifest Contest.
Alexander Twilight Day, Brownington
Sunday, September 24, 1 – 3pm
Celebrate the birthday of Alexander Lucius Twilight and his life of accomplishments at Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village. This year’s celebration features a Twilight Cake Bake-Off, ice cream singing and birthday songs, and plenty of seasonal festivities. This event is free to attend, donations are appreciated.
Fly to Pie Kingdom Marathon, Various Locations
Saturday, October 7
Lace up and head out on a fall foliage run, walk, or bike through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom. There’s a route for every type of athlete (26.2-mile, 17-mile, 13.5-mile, 10 km races), making this a great race for both individuals and families. Each route leads to Parker Pie in West Glover, where you’ll find great pizza, beer, and live music.
10th Annual Fall Festival at Vermont Reindeer Farm, Orleans
Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 10am – 3pm
Bring the family to Vermont Reindeer Farm for their 10th Annual Fall Festival, featuring a variety of activities for all ages and interests. Go on a tractor drawn hayride, walk through the nature trail, visit with reindeer, Highland Cows, goats, ponies and more. Sample pressed apple cider, maple cotton candy, and other tasty treats. Admission is $10 and proceeds from the event help care for the animals.
14th Annual Bean & Brew Festival, Jay Peak
Saturday, October 14, Noon – 6pm
Head to Stateside Base Lodge on Saturday, October 14 for Jay Peak’s 14th Annual Bean & Brew Festival. This event features locally-roasted coffees and some of New England’s finest beers, ciders, and more – it’s the perfect place to quench your thirst and savor the flavors of fall! Live music and lawn games will round out this afternoon of sampling. Tickets are $30 and you must be 21+.
Grateful 2023, Newport
Saturday, October 21, 8:30am – 4pm
This event combines the excitement and pace of cyclocross with the grueling slog of singletrack mountain bike racing. New this year, participants also have the option to run a 5k or 20k course. After the race, enjoy local vendors, live music, dancing, food and drink.
Enjoy More Scenic Drives
Craft the perfect playlist, gas up the car, charge your camera batteries, and head out on a scenic drive to experience the glorious colors. Take a ride along one of our suggested routes – or head out on a journey of your own.
I thought I would go out yesterday and check on the foliage. It’s still a little early but, it’s starting.
Whether you are traveling to Stowe or another destination, we like to encourage responsible travel. From your transportation choices to avoiding single-use plastics, here are five tips to be a more sustainable traveler.
1. Choose Transportation Wisely
Whether planes, trains or automobiles, there are so many ways nowadays to get from point A to point B. It helps to think like a more sustainable traveler when booking your trip. If you choose to fly, choose a low-carbon airline and try to fly nonstop if you have the option. Pack lighter or only bring a carry-on as heavier luggage contributes to more CO2 emissions. If you are driving to your destination, carpool if necessary to minimize the number of cars on the road. Once at your destination, try to explore on foot or by bike if possible and only drive when you have to. The Stowe Recreation Path is a great way to explore without your vehicle. Utilize public transportation when available, such as our Mountain Road Shuttle.
2. Pack Reusable Items
Reusable is the name of the game! Travelers will often bring a refillable water bottle for their trip, but other reusable items such as snack bags and shopping bags can also be an environmentally friendly way to travel. Many hotels have incorporated filling stations in common areas for travelers to access water without having single-use bottles available. If a traditional size water bottle is too bulky to pack, there are many new collapsible alternatives that are a lighter option for travel. In addition, Vermont no longer allows plastic shopping bags. While many outlets offer a paper option, it is encouraged to carry your own reusable tote for shopping. Hitting the slopes or the trails while you’re here? Packing snacks in silicone or reusable snack bags can help limit discarded wrappers.
3. Leave No Trace
Carry in, carry out is fairly common practice, but everyone’s collective effort to leave no trace supports a sustainable destination. Help us protect the integrity of our beautiful spaces by picking up after yourself and disposing of waste properly during your visit. Respect our wildlife by observing from a safe distance and do not follow or approach them. Help preserve the ecosystem by not disturbing rocks, plants and other natural objects. Stowe’s vast, extraordinary scenery is what makes our destination truly special so we ask that guests cherish it the same way locals do.
4. Help Preserve Our Trails
Stowe is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Offering a plethora of outdoor recreational activities all year round, it is extremely important to preserve our trail system. The northeast experiences all sorts of weather conditions that impact our trails and knowing how to navigate and respect changing trail conditions will help preserve our trails for the future. Please check trail conditions before heading out: Green Mountain Club, Stowe MTB Trails, Trapp Family Lodge Trails. If trails are very muddy, please do not hike or bike on them. If trails are mostly dried out but have a few puddles, they can be used but hikers and bikers should go through the puddles instead of walking around as that hurts the surrounding vegetation, widens the trail and causes more erosion.
5. Shop Local
Another aspect of sustainable tourism, supporting local businesses is an important part of preserving a destination. Vermont is known for its locally sourced ingredients, handmade goods and artisan crafts. Shopping at the local farmers’ market is common amongst locals and guests, which supports our local farmers and artists. Restaurants all around Vermont often feature local ingredients on their menus as well as local craft beers and spirits. Stowe is home to locally owned boutiques, country stores, galleries, specialty markets, sporting goods stores and more. Be sure to stop by when you’re in town.