Moe’s

My friend and I took a sweet 150+ mile ride out to Lee, MA to visit a place I have heard so much about called Moe’s Tavern. I had a feeling the moment we pulled up that Moe’s was my kind of hang-out. Walking through the door, I was immediately struck by the very cool decor, the music, the fresh smell and cleanliness of everything…and of course the many taps of craft beer.

Josh, the owner and our host, couldn’t have been any nicer to us. It was easy to tell that he takes a lot of pride in what he has created and truly cares about providing a superior experience to his guests. We sat down right at opening (1PM) and the bar seats quickly filled up. Josh took great care of everyone and we all had an awesome time!

Moe’s does not have a kitchen (they do sell snacks) but this is not a big deal because a) there are lots of restaurants within steps of the tavern, and b) you can simply bring in take-out and eat while you are enjoying a pint. Also within a 30-second walk is Trader Moe’s, a beautifully laid out craft beer shop. We stopped by before we left Lee and I managed to score two bombers of Stone’s latest Enjoy By. Good thing my bike has luggage…

Front and center parking:

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A few shots of the exterior:

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The skateboard deck is the push bar for the door, and a truck (complete with wheels) is the pull handle when you leave!

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The view as you walk in:

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Some more shots of the interior:

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Guest lid in the second obligatory helmet photo!

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Draft list:

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Free sticker – woo hoo!

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Boy, that Hop Head guy sure gets around…

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Now for a little Trader Moe’s action:

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Do yourself a favor and go to Moe’s Tavern!

 

 

 

Farmhouse

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in downtown Burlington is nothing short of phenomenal. My wife and I were in the city for two nights (for the Vermont Brewers Festival) and we chose to eat dinner there Friday and Saturday; that says a lot if you consider all of the culinary and craft beer options within walking distance of our hotel. The amazing tap list alone is worth the visit, and the incredible food, super friendly staff, and relaxing venue seal the deal.

It was an extremely busy weekend due to the fest (never mind Farmhouse’s well known awesomeness) so I didn’t even try to take photos of the interior this trip. Even with the massive beer crowd descending upon the restaurant, the service was outstanding and our food/drink orders were brought to us promptly and with a smile 🙂

Get me inside ASAP!

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Just one of the chalk boards:

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Hill Farmstead Abner:

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14th Star Tribute:

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All kinds of fresh VT beer:

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Some starters:

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My wife and I agreed that this burger was the best we have ever eaten:

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We can’t wait to bring our family there when we are in Vermont next!

July 2015:

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Maine Beer Company

I have always been a fan of Maine Beer Company and was excited to find myself close enough to the brewery to stop by. Maybe a little too excited, as I didn’t take any photos of the outside, the seating area, etc. What I did do is sample lots of awesome beer and buy bottles of Lunch and Another One to take home. So I have that going for me, which is nice.

Speaking of Lunch and Another One, they rank right up there with my favorite IPAs of all time, with Another One reminding me of the top IPAs coming out of Vermont. I sleep better at night knowing my refrigerator is well stocked with MBC bottles…at least for now.

Eight fresh and tasty beers on tap:

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Love this:

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Had to go with “The All In” flight!

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Looking through the viewing window:

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Have cooler will travel:

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On the deck at the hotel. Pure awesomeness:

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Update (August 2014): A friend in VT was kind enough to give me this…outstanding!

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January 2015 visit:

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