After writing a blog on cider and hard cider in the area, I got to thinking about the great local beers produced right in our area. This may in fact be my best and most useful blog yet, I am thinking of a tour of sorts…….. Starting from the Hanover area, my first stop on this theoretical drinking tour would be in Norwich VT at the Norwich Inn. A guy named Patrick Dakin is now the brew master there and he has kept up the high standards of the Jasper Murdoch Ale line set by prior Inn owner/brew master. My particular favorite is the Whistling Pig Red Ale, a fine and flavorful brew. Another great destination brew experience is the Long Trail brewery located just north of Woodstock in Bridgewater VT.. They have a great brew house tour along with a very enjoyable lunch environment in a large building inspired by the Hofbrau House in Munich, Germany. Next on the tour is Windsor VT to the Harpoon Brewery which is located in the same business park as Simon Pearce retail store and the Path of Life Garden. You could spend the better part of the day here and again, the pub food, fine beer and tours offered by Harpoon make a great destination all on its own. Another favorite is the Flying Goose Brew Pub located in New London NH. These guys not only have great beer and food, they also have a live music Thursday evening concert series that draws in some pretty good talent, John Gorka will be there November 5th. Wrapping up the tour, the last stop would be the Seven Barrel Brew Pub located in Lebanon, NH. While last on my list from a charm and location perspective being located in the retail shopping area of town, they do offer finely brewed beer and a good selection of pub type food. Your basic good joint for a beer with the “guy’s kind of place” atmosphere. So, there you have it your ‘beer drinker’s’ tour guide to the Upper Valley.