How to celebrate a friend’s 32nd birthday? With beer of course!
For fellow New England residents, I highly recommend a Vermont beer tour as a fun summer activity or to celebrate a birthday with a group of your closest beer lovers.
Here’s what we did (from Albany):
First stop: Fiddlehead Brewing Company – Shelburne, VT
While it’s a small shop, you can get a great view of the brewers doing their thing, not to mention some cool Fiddlehead gear and growlers.
MUST SEE: Magic Hat Brewing Company and the Artifactory – South Burlington, VT
This is by far the highlight of the journey for me, and the tour is absolutely the best part. The art alone is worth the trip, not to mention the samples at the end. A huge gift shop and a full bar.
Dine at Prohibition Pig – Waterbury, VT
The sandwiches are phenomenal, and the beer selection is huge. Need I say more?
Last call for beer at The Alchemist – South Burlington, VT
We stopped by this joint right before they were about to close for the night, and the staff was not very friendly, despite a dramatic spike in business due to it’s Heady Topper double IPA recently being ranked #1 out of 250 of the world’s top beers by Beer Advocate. The retail shop closed to the public earlier this month so unfortunately it is a stop you will not be able to make on your road trip. Sorry folks!
And for dessert: Ben & Jerry’s – South Burlington, VT
Also a must-see if you happen to be in South Burlington… while we did not take the factory tour, there was plenty to see, including the “flavor graveyard”.
Make sure you bring a DD or sign up for a tour with Burlington Brew Tours so you can drink without worry. Also, plenty of tunes for the car so you can enjoy the scenery!
One of my favorite websites, Offbeat Home & Life, is always asking for submissions about DIY projects and ways to funkify your home. I decided to submit one this morning… it’s this photo of my porch step which has been jazzed up with some Mexican ceramic tile from the Seaport Tile Shop in San Diego. I brought the tiles home with me after visiting my cousin and figured I would find a way to use them. At Michael’s I bought some mosaic materials which were really inexpensive and here is the result! It’s a definite conversation starter and it makes me love my porch even more.
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