Park City, Utah
The next time you head to the Sundance Film Festival, make sure you carve out time between screenings for High West Distillery. The “gastro-distillery” as the brand calls its duel Saloon and production center offers a taste of Western whiskey. Pay extra special attention to their special releases—if you’re in town for the festival in January, consider the Midwinter Night’s Dram. Then stop in for high class cocktails at any number of expensive joints catering to the movie star crowd.
If you know anything about beer, you know that Stowe is one of the most cherished towns with one of the most cherished breweries: The Alchemist. The Alchemist
’s Heady Topper and Focal Banger are extremely hard to find outside of Stowe, and are worth the trip on their own. Beer lovers will also need to visit Idletyme Brewing Co.
and the von Trapp Brewery and Bierhall
. Outside of beer, Stowe has an impressive apres ski scene thanks to live music bars like the Rusty Nail Stage
and the food, drinks and dancing at the Matterhorn Restaurant.
While Middleburg isn’t quite known as the Napa of the East, it does pack in three wineries and a cidery/distillery into a tiny town of 800. Boxwood Estate Winery
, Chrysalis Vineyards
and Greenhill Winery & Vineyard
flood this northern section of Old Dominion with plenty of vino, while Mt. Defiance
fill out the region’s boozy portfolio with an absinthe, amaretto, apple brandy, rum, cassis and whiskey. A marathon of tours across all four producers would make a lovely day trip from D.C.
Washington state is home to an overwhelming number of wineries and breweries. Chelan is a prime example of why. There are 20 wineries
in the area—one for every 200 people. Spending a day in a tasting room in Chelan for the local wines would be an exercise in tasteful endurance. Then there’s the two breweries and five cideries
. The lakeside town has so much to do and so many places making local alcohol that you might as well pick up and move there if you want to experience it all.
Lewisburg, West Virginia
If you’re selecting a small town for a getaway event, consider hosting your party at the Smooth Ambler
distillery in Lewisburg, which offers cocktails and space for 60. Pop in for a tour if you’re on your own, and then check other local producers, like Hawk Knob
cidery and meadery, or Greenbrier Valley Brewing
, before settling in for some high end French grub and craft cocktails at The French Goat
or catching a show at one of the old school theaters around town.
New Glarus, Wisconsin
You could describe New Glarus as quaint, but you can’t describe the eponymous brewery with the same word. New Glarus Brewing Company
has overtaken the town in fame thanks to world-class beer made from natural ingredients. There are a number of things that you can only get in and around the brewery, making it a destination in and of itself no matter how many times you’ve seen Spotted Cow before. Your time in the town doesn’t have to be over after you see the brewery. Swiss inspired spots like Glarner Stube and the Ott Haus Pub & Grill can make any drinkers day.
You can get a sense of all of the Cowboy State, as Wyoming is sometimes called, by stepping into The Mint
in Sheridan. The bar’s walls sport over 9,000 brands (the singed flesh kind, not the whiskey brand kind) from cattle ranchers all over the state, along with plenty of taxidermy. The rest of the watering holes in town emulate this rustic Western vibe either in practice, with their own taxidermy like at Rails, or in name, as at Beaver Creek Saloon, Pony Grill and Bar or Open Range Bar and Grill. Picking up on the theme here?