Take 10 - Après ski destinations
Caleb Kenna for the Boston Globe
The Alchemist has been around only since 2003, but it has already gained a reputation for offering the finest craft brews in Vermont. Located in an unassuming storefront, it serves up quality food and beverage while supporting the community. The Lightweight, a pilsner, won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup (though the hop-heavy Holy Cow IPA and Holy Moly are more to my liking). The menu offers ingredients from local farms like Jasper Hill and Misty Knoll (try the roasted vegetable and goat cheese lasagna), and the walls feature works of local artisans. If you spend the day at Stowe, Sugarbush, or Mad River Glen, its well worth the drive.
23 South Main St., 802-244-4120, www.alchemistbeer.com