Vermont may be small, but they’re blessed with some of the best breweries in the country (what up, Alchemist?). And in Burlington -- the state’s biggest city, which says something considering it’s only 42k-deep -- the historic, Rockwellian streets near Lake Champlain flow with beer.
There’s roughly one brewery for every 3,800 people, making for a high concentration of great beer from the likes of Infinity, Vermont Pub & Brewery (the state’s oldest craft brewer), Three Needs, Magic Hat, and Switchback. And if for some reason the breweries aren’t offering up what you crave, hit up the myriad beer bars, including Das Bierhaus, which curates a tap selection of German pours and carefully selected local rarities, like Phish's "Spock's Brain," which hasn't been played since Camden in '03, man.
Essential beers: Vermont Pub’s Burly Irish Ale, Switchback’s Slow-Fermented Brown Ale, Zero Gravity’s Weed Wacker cream ale
Essential event: The Vermont Brewers Fest (July)