You’ve probably heard the rumors swirling the athletic community about whether one of the world’s most popular beverages – beer – is actually a good performance recovery beverage. The jury is still out on that one, but you should take the time to do some personal research the next time you are in Burlington, Vermont. Vermont has the most microbreweries per capita of any state in the U.S. When in town you’ll have ample opportunity to hit up a local establishment and sample some of their varieties.
Magic Hat is a local brewery that ranks high among BTG’s Burlington-based researchers. A tour of their premises takes about five minutes, and is followed by unlimited sampling of the beers. While we highly enjoyed their #9, a not-quite-pale ale, the Single Chair was our favorite. This golden beer is sold only in Vermont, and is named for the U.S.’s last single-chair chairlift, which operates at nearby Mad River Glen ski area. The Single Chair’s warm flavor instilled in us a deep feeling and commemorative love for old ski lifts and the good days we’ve had out on the slopes.
Switchback is another well-known brew from the area. Its brewery is located right in downtown. This reddish-amber ale goes down smoothly at the end of a long summer day.
In addition to these better-known brands, however, there are many up-and-coming breweries, and innovative young brewers, in the area. Keep your ears open and tastebuds primed for the work of Tudyke’s Brewing Company. Tudyke’s fresh honey ale and crisp Belgian witbier are infused with a special ingredient – love – that fills you with a warm contented feeling. The ladies who craft this beer make sure you get a good shot of that stuff in every glass you get.