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Learn About Our Stowe, VT Brewery

It was more than a decade ago when Johannes von Trapp started thinking about starting a brewery at his family’s lodge in Stowe, Vermont. He had a dream to brew an American version of lagers he enjoyed while traveling to the countryside near his ancestral Austrian home.

With this dream in mind, Johannes worked to start a brewery at Trapp Family Lodge. It became a reality in the spring of 2010, when von Trapp Brewery officially opened. Our brewery was originally a modest facility located in the lower level of the Lodge’s Kaffehaus. In 2015 we opened our 30,000 sq. ft. brewery located on Luce Hill Rd. featuring a Rolec Brew House and capable of producing up to 36,000 barrels of beer annually.  You can enjoy our beers at the Lodge or in multiple restaurants and bars throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee and Washington DC. 

von Trapp Brewing Bierhall with Solar Panels

Vermont Lodge and Bierhall Goes Solar

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Electric Department and Encore Renewable Energy Announce the Commissioning of a 200kW Roof-Mounted Solar Array at von Trapp Brewing & Bierhall in Stowe

Stowe, VT — Encore Renewable Energy announced today the successful commissioning of a 200kW roof-mounted solar array at the von Trapp Brewing & Bierhall in Stowe, Vermont. The electricity generated by the array will provide a clean source of electricity for Stowe Electric Department, with all renewable energy credits associated with the array being retired for compliance under the State of Vermont’s recently enacted Renewable Energy Standard. As the host and customer for the project, von Trapp Brewing & Bierhall will receive an up-front lease payment as well as net metering credits purchased at a discount compared to their face value, providing the Brewery & Bierhall with a lower cost electricity option.

“Following discussions with Stowe Electric Department, we reached out to Encore Renewable Energy to help develop and finance a solar project that we were interested in pursuing on the roof of our new brewery and bierhall. The Encore team delivered this important project for our company, which will allow us to minimize annual electric costs and support the statewide renewable energy initiatives” said Walter Frame, Executive Vice President of Trapp Family Lodge.

“Stowe Electric Department was interested in helping one of our major customers secure a commercial scale solar project to support their operations, which provide significant value to our community. Having worked with Encore in the past, we understood the professional and comprehensive can-do approach that Encore Renewable Energy brings to the development of complicated solar PV projects.” said Ellen Burt, General Manager of Stowe Electric Department. “We look forward to working with Encore again.”

Encore was responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of the project including navigation of complex roof issues, project design, permitting, financing, construction and commissioning activities.

“Encore is thrilled to have been able to support both the Trapp Family Lodge and the Stowe Electric Department in helping to deliver this exciting project”, said Chad Farrell, Encore’s Founder and CEO. “Renewable energy projects such as this are often highly complicated, and this project is the culmination of a significant amount of work across a number of different organizations. We are pleased to have been able to be of assistance in bringing it to the finish line for these two forward thinking customers.”  MARCH 2018

Meet the Owners

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