We try not to be negative, but we do have opinions which we like to share. We won’t say you shouldn’t visit these locations (well, except McNeills- it was horrible), just that we didn’t enjoy them as much as we had hoped we would.
Magic Hat Brewing, South Burlington VT
Their hop-centered lineup was disappointing but unsurprising. They did offer free tastings, which was nice. The space was primarily a retail space, and their edginess we liked but it was a bit overblown.
Long Trail Brewing, Bridgewater Corners VT
This was a recommendation of a friend, so we had big expectations. The beer was all hop-balanced and not to style. The scenery was amazing- right on the river on an outdoor deck- and the food was fantastic.
McNeill’s Brewing, Brattleboro VT
Live Irish music, a cozy Irish pub, what’s not to like? The service and beer were both atrocious, and we expect this business is not long for this world.
Rising Tide Brewing & Bunker Brewing, Portland ME
We’ve talked about these elsewhere– the beer is just not good and the ambiance was very uncomfortable.
Although contemporary, this place had a chill atmosphere we appreciated. The ‘clever’ names they had for their beers made it difficult to order and determine the style. Everything was over-hopped for the style, and only the stout was even drinkable.
Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem NC
The only place on our trip that charged a splitting fee. Sharing meals is how we can afford these trips, so this was a major strike against. Also, the beer wasn’t good- everything was too extreme in one direction or the other.
I’m sure there are many who would disagree with us, especially about Magic Hat and the Rising Tide/Bunker Brewing vibe. That’s perfectly fine. But we do encourage you to check out our favourite New England trip locales for a more likely positive experience.