Vermont Beer

Today in 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.


Vermont Breweries

Vermont Brewery Guides

Guild: Vermont Brewers Association

State Agency: Vermont Department of Liquor Control


  • Capital: Montpelier
  • Largest Cities: Burlington, Essex, Rutland, Colchester, South Burlington
  • Population: 608,827; 49th
  • Area: 9615 sq.mi., 45th
  • Nickname: Green Mountain State
  • Statehood: 14th, March 4, 1791


  • Alcohol Legalized: January 1, 1934
  • Number of Breweries: 20
  • Rank: 26th
  • Beer Production: 479,810
  • Production Rank: 48th
  • Beer Per Capita: 23.9 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 41.5%
  • Cans: 49.2%
  • Kegs: 9.3%

Beer Taxes 6% and below:

  • Per Gallon: $0.27
  • Per Case: $0.60
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $8.22
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $8.22

Beer Taxes above 6%:

  • Per Gallon: $0.55
  • Per Case: $1.24
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $17.05
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $17.05

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $96,367,211
  • Direct Impact: $229,529,964
  • Supplier Impact: $140,810,643
  • Induced Economic Impact: $92,151,994
  • Total Impact: $462,492,601

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 8 a.m.–2 a.m.
    Off Premises: 6 a.m.–midnight
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Licensed supermarkets, convenience stores, and gas stations may sell beer and wine. ABV >14% wine and spirits sold in state stores. Off-premises sales no later than 12 a.m. Numerous dry counties exist.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. James says

    Three Needs Taproom & Brew Pub is near VPB and American Flatbread in Burlington. There’s aslo Switchback Brewing. The Thirsty Bull Brewery at the Peavine is defunct.

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