While not the oldest brewery in town, Magic Hat Brewery was one of the first that really put Burlington on the map for craft brews. A stop by the South Burlington brewery is a great way to taste their wide variety of beers – in addition to their popular and widely available #9 beer (a pale ale with an apricot flavor).
Even if you’re not a fan of the #9, the brewery is definitely worth a stop. They offer 15 beers on tap, free beer tastings, guided tours (Thursday through Sunday afternoons), a growler bar, and a large gift shop. There’s also a limited menu if you want to grab a bite, including a selection of panini, local cheeses and salads (the burrata salad is particularly good.) The interior décor alone is worth a visit, with a funky, somewhat psychedelic vibe to it.
Magic Hat also sponsors Burlington’s Mardi Gras celebration each March – a fun weekend featuring live music and a parade of locally-owned and decorated floats. Check out the parade but keep your eyes open for unbelievable amounts of flying beads, candy and whoopee pies coming your way.