About Long Trail Brewing Company
The Long Trail Brewing Company began its mission to brew high quality craft beer in November 1989. A humble beginning in the basement of the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill along the Ottauquechee River in the Green Mountains of Vermont was soon outgrown so the brewery packed up and "Hit the Trail" up the road to a riverside hay field where they now reside.
Long Trail takes the words "Environmentally Conscious" very seriously. Appreciation for our surroundings and an understanding of the resource limitations of our local environment have inspired our company to consider ways to minimize the environmental impact our brewery has on our area. All spent grain and spent hops are fed to local dairy cattle as a valuable food supplement, steam from the brewing process is condensed into hot water and the thermal energy is used to heat water for the next brewing cycle saving up to 2,000 gallons of propane a month. By combining the very best ingredients available - like pure Vermont drinking water - and environmentally minded brewing processes with a genuine passion for brewing high quality craft beer, Long Trail proudly produces an extraordinary Family of Fine Ales.
Enjoy the taste of Vermont with a cold Long Trail Ale.
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Enjoy the taste of Vermont with a cold Long Trail Ale. Take a hike in the Green Mountains as you sip on this cool beverage. Brewed and bottled by Long Trail Brewing Company at Bridgewater Corners.
History of Long Trail Brewing Company
Andy Pherson, founder of the Long Trail Brewery, began his quest in 1989, in the basement of the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill here in Vermont's Green Mountains. His goal was to brew and sell beer that would be an American-made alternative to imported German and English ales. At that time the brewery was called the Mountain Brewers, though a name was still needed for the beer(s). While contemplating names Andy passed a Long Trail hiking trail marker on his way home in the nearby area and had an epiphany. Seeing the hikers on the sign and the words 'Long Trail' he knew right away that it was what he was looking for! Not long after naming his beer Long Trail Ale the name caught on and the brewery began to be referred to as "the Long Trail guys." The name Mountain Brewers was then dropped and the name 'Long Trail Brewing Company' was kept and continued on as the brewery we are today.
The first batch of Long Trail Ale was ready for customers in November 1989. In May 1990, Long Trail entered into our first distribution agreement with a Vermont distributor. Farrell Distributing, Vermont's oldest and largest distributor, was chosen to partner in this endeavor. Long Trail has been distributed by this family owned company in the state of Vermont ever since. Through the years Farrell Distributing has seen first hand Long Trail's growing popularity, its dedication to product quality, its commitment to the environment and its successful growth of Vermont beer market share. Long Trail Ale has been Vermont's best selling amber ale since 1990 and not long after Long Trail's start, the brewery set their sights on becoming Vermont's best selling craft beer. Long Trail draught is only outsold in the state of Vermont by 'mega-brewer' Anheuser Busch!
By 1994, the brewery had begun to outgrow its basement home in the local Bridgewater Woolen Mill. Long Trail then decided to 'Hit the Trail' just down the road to the current location where our state-of-the-art brewery resides today here along the banks of the Ottauqueechee River.
Since opening the doors to our new brewery in 1995 business has continued to grow, as has the size and popularity of Long Trail's Visitor Center. With a tap room featuring samples, sandwiches, gifts and beer to-go, the Long Trail Brewing Visitor Center has become a local watering hole for vacationers and locals alike. Today the Visitor Center annually caters to an estimated 72,000 visitors each year, making our brewery one of Vermont's most frequented attractions.
Although in the beginning Long Trail's beers were only distributed here in Vermont we have since spread our distribution throughout 13 additional states in the Northeast: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Due to the rapid success and popularity of the Long Trail brand, expansion of the brewery itself has been necessary, though never at the expense of our local environment. (Check out our ECO-Brew info to learn more!)
Founder Andy Pherson retired in 2006. The Long Trail Brewing Company is still privately owned, and business continues to grow with the same, environmentally minded business philosophy that started it all long ago.