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 new 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 and Pennsylvania.
Meet the Brewmaster
JP Williams has been with von Trapp Brewing since October of 2012. His experience as a brewmaster and passion for his craft are a valuable addition to our expanding operation.
Williams grew up in New Jersey and attended college in New Hampshire. It was during his college years that he took a trip to Dublin, Ireland, and visited the iconic Guinness Brewery. There, he became fascinated with all things beer. Upon his return to the states, he traded in some of his old textbooks for homebrew equipment. He even changed his major to bring in more of a chemistry background. Making test brews in college was easy because he always had research subjects—a.k.a. roommates—to try each of his concoctions.
As his love for alchemy quickly spread, Williams and his wife packed their cars and made the pilgrimage to the great beer state of Vermont. His first job in the industry was as a brewer for Magic Hat in South Burlington, the sixth biggest craft brewery in America. Four years later, he became their General Manager, overseeing all operations from grain to glass.
The city life started to become a bit of a bore for the Williams family, so they decided to move out to the country and bought a house in Waterbury. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had her own plans, as Tropical Storm Irene decided to drop a couple feet of water in the couple’s new living room. As they patched up the house and moved on with life, Williams realized that the “super-giant” brewery life was not for him. He missed the small artisan breweries, which drove his interest from the beginning.
Williams started the next chapter of his life at von Trapp Brewing and his love affair with lagers continues. Williams is thrilled with his new role, saying, “My quality of life is up tenfold, the people are outstanding and the scenic views are breathtaking. Waking up every day and seeing the Worcester Range while brewing the state’s best lagers is just heaven.” We’re thankful for Williams and look forward to seeing all the ways he’ll contribute to von Trapp Brewing.
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