Vermont Recap- Beer, Shrimp, Cocktails & Pancakes

It's been such a crazy summer it's hard to believe August is here and I haven't even talked about July!  So here's a quick recap of some great moments over the Independence Day weekend in Vermont.

The first stop of the trip on Thursday was Prohibition Pig Brewery for beers and some of the best Peel N' Eat Shrimp we've had in years.

These were plump, juicy and dusted with the perfect amount of seasoning on top. I would expect shrimp like these on the coast somewhere but certainly not in Waterbury, VT. 

The following day we drove out to Hill Farmstead and spent the day drinking some wonderful beers on their patio including 2014 Flora and Juicy Batch 3.  Then we made the obligatory pit stop at Parker Pie for a surprisingly great Steak Sandwich, that was so good I forgot to even snap a pic.

Saturday we checked out the new Lawson's Brewery in Waitsfield.  We've been enjoying their beer for years at various can sales, but to see the new facility was really amazing.  The space was absolutely beautiful with wooden beams overhead, an ample amount of tables both inside and out and a small but well curated menu of food including an enormous Everything Bagel Spiced Pretzel with beer cheese.

On Sunday we watched the Women's USA team win the World Cup at McGillicuddy's, then headed into Burlington, where we continued the celebration by working our way through through the cocktail list at Mad River Distillers.  

My favorites of the night were the creamy Pina Colada and their Espresso Martini made with Vanilla Rum, maple syrup, maple creme and cold brew coffee.  

 I seriously could have drank about ten of these but I kept it to a somewhat respectable order of two.

After dinner at Burlington Hen of the Woods we woke up and sauntered over to Juniper restaurant for one final breakfast.  I almost always end Vermont trips with a stack of Blueberry Pancakes doused in maple syrup and these were right on point. Until next time Vermont!

Lawson's Finest
155 Carroll Road
Waitsfield, VT 05673

Mad River Distillers
137 St Paul Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Juniper Bar
41 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401