Parker Pie: West Glover, VT

If you’ve taken the trip up to Hill Farmstead, why not go a little further North? Parker Pie is only 20 minutes from Hill Farmstead and a nice place to grab a pint, grab some pizza, do some beer shopping and relax outside. They consistently have great beers on tap and there has been regular sightings of Cantillon bottles for sale (in house consumption). The general store and small pizzeria is open during the day, the larger bar portion opens up at night and the outside deck is always open.

Parker Pie
161 County Rd
West Glover, VT 05875

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Lost Nation Brewing: Morristown, VT


If you’ve driven to Hill Farmstead from Waterbury, then chances are you’ve likely driven right past Lost Nation. Take a few minutes on your way up next time to stop here. The food is excellent, they have a large outdoor beer garden and offer a flight featuring all of their beers for a reasonable price. Although they do several different styles of beer, their flagship Gose is the way to go.

Lost Nation Brewing
87B Old Creamery Road
Morristown, VT 05661

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Craft Beer Cellar: Waterbury, VT

In an obviously good choice of locations, this craft beer store opened a location sandwiched between Prohibition Pig, Blackback and The Reservoir. This is basically a one stop shop for all things beer. They have an excellent selection of Vermont beers along with variety of others available from other parts of the world. They have a growler filling station with a tap list that changes regularly. They also sell home brewing equipment and supplies and have a constant fresh supply of hops and yeast. In addition, they sell different types of artisinal mustard, jelly and maple syrup for those that aren’t into beer. This is worth checking out – especially since it’s so convenient and located centrally in beer alley.

Craft Beer Cellar
3 Elm St
Waterbury, VT 05676

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Toronado: San Francisco, CA

An institution of the west coast craft beer world. This place has been a staple of the San Francisco craft beer scene for over 25 years. No frills, cash only, metal blasting and 30+ taps. Struck out on finding Russian River around the city? No need to look any further because it’s flowing here on the regular. Word class beer served without any pretentious attitudes that may go along with it. You won’t find any food, but can feel free to grab some tacos or pizza from one of the neighboring spots. Be prepared to throw some money in the juke box, grab a beer and bang your head. Worth visiting.

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La Trappe Cafe: San Francisco, CA

If you wound up going to Rouge Public House, then this is only a block away and is the only place where you should go for Belgian beers. Period. The outside is a little bit deceiving because after you walk through the front door, you’re pretty much in a kitchen. Don’t get worried though. Just head down the spiral staircase and you’re at the bar. The bar area is small and intimate with plenty of exposed brick and archways with some accents of brass. Bartenders here are patient and will typically be able to give you some great recommendations. However, they may require that you at least attempt to pronounce the beer you’re ordering. This place really gives off the vibe of an actual Belgian bar. You won’t find too much American craft beer here because the concentration is mostly Belgian where bottles of vintage Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen are common and flowing. Take your time while you’re here. Examine the extensive beer menu, grab some geuze and eat some mussels. Although the prices are a bit higher, it’s worth it to try at least one authentic lambic in a cozy atmosphere.

La Trappe Cafe
800 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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Rouge Public House: San Francisco, CA

This is one of several “Outposts” that the Rouge Brewery has along the West coast. Outpost basically means that it’s operated by Rouge Brewery (Oregon) and you can find a ton of their beers on tap here. This places offers the normal staple beers but also has a ton of their more limited edition beers on too. Although I’m not a HUGE fan of the Rouge beers, I still like visiting this place while in the city. There’s an outdoor drinking area which makes it a nice place to visit and drink outside – something that’s not super-common while in a major city. The prices are very reasonable and even if you don’t like Rouge beers, there are usually guest beers on tap to satisfy your needs. Taste something you like? To-go bottles are availble for a wide variety of beers and you can add them on your tab. They have a food menu and sell the typical bar food but if you’re not into the menu, there’s a ton of other places to eat in the area (this is located on the edge of Little Italy and North Beach).

Rouge Public House SF

673 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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Hopwater Distribution: San Francisco, CA

This is a newer bar (yes bar, not a distributor) that opened up in the middle of the city bordering Nob Hill and Tenderloin areas. Although this place is large, it may be a little difficult to find since there isn’t a sign for it outside. The building looks a bit old, but the inside is comfortable with two floors of seating and a pretty large bar space. Hopwater specializes solely in California breweries that are located mostly in the Bay area. They also feature a great menu that is designed to pair well with the beers you’re drinking. One plus of this bar was that they bring in a lot of lesser known breweries that aren’t in other bars around the city. This was the bar that introduced me to Tahoe Mountain’s beers and I’ve been thankful since. Order the chicken sandwich and support some Cali goodness.

Hopwater Distribution

850 Bush St, San Francisco, CA

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