Magic at Magic Hat Brewery
A friend here in Dallas turned me onto Magic Hat #9. This caramel-colored beer bills itself as a not quite pale ale, and although I am not a big fan of pale ales in general, I really liked this one. One day, I was throwing away a six pack of #9 when I looked at the bottom of the carton. It said “next time you’re in Vermont, come visit the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington”. I happened to be planning a trip to Vermont at that very moment, so I decided to go. I’m very glad I did.
Memorial to Dead Beers
Another Kind of Magic Hat
Beer Taps for Sale
Vermont has very little suburban sprawl, but it does have some. Magic Hat’s brewery is located just off of a strip of chain stores and restaurants that looks like it could be anywhere in the US. Once you pull into the parking lot however, you’ll see that the Magic Hat has gone out of its way to make a unique destination. Out front is an old rusty tank with funky decorations on it. There’s a staircase inside, and you can go up to the top and take pictures. Inside the building is an extensive gift shop, with a bar. There you can sample a half-dozen kinds of beer for free, or buy a pint or a growler. You can even take a tour (guided or solo) of the working brewery and bottling plant. If you’re a beer lover, and you’re ever in Vermont, I highly recommend Magic Hat.