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Apres Vous in Wilmington, Vermont

At the beginning of March, Garrett, Russ, and a group of friends took a weekend trip up to Mount Snow in Vermont to do a little skiing and get away from the seemingly-winterless Northern Virginia area. After doing some research and realizing that we would not be close to Hill Farmstead or The Alchemist, we decided to just drink whatever local brewery we could get our hands on and still call it a win. Needing a place to stop for dinner, Russ located Apres Vous on BeerAdvocate with some quick research, and it seemed like the perfect fit. Good food, above average tap list, dim lighting, and a small town ambiance all made us giddy to sit down inside after a long day at the slopes and enjoy a few brews.

The weather didn’t permit the skiing part on Saturday, sadly, but it didn’t stop us from getting dinner and some flights at this delightful little restaurant/bar. We started off with a sampler including multiple beers from across the globe offered on tap. Russ went with: Long Trail Apres Brew, Chimay Blanche (Cinq Cents), Harpoon Leviathan Barleywine, Goose Island Honker’s Ale, and Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Garrett opted for the Founders Dirty Bastard over the Honker’s Ale.

Garrett's flight: Apres Brew (top-left), Dirty Bastard, Cinq Cents, Leviathan Barleywine, Trois Pistoles (bottom-right)

Apres Brew really piqued our interests. It’s a blend of Long Trail’s IPA and Pale Ale made specifically for this bar. Russ was unable to located it on Untappd or Beeradvocate, which made everybody excited to see what it was all about. After the first sips of their beer and being just thrilled by the diamond in the rough we had stumbled across, Garrett and I decided we had to do a post.

Long Trail Apres Brew – Russ
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Yellow pour that hints towards orange with a finger of very sticky white lacing. The retention isn't great, but the lacing is phenomenal and coats the glass beautifully.
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Hardly any bitterness, the aroma is dominated by tropical fruits, mostly mango. Just a huge amount of fruit here, it's phenomenal and sweet.
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Following the aroma, the taste is very fruity. A bit light, some pine comes through at the end. The beer paired beautifully with my Mahi Mahi. The tropical tastes lent themselves to the spicy and delicious fish, grilled veggies, and potatoes.
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Very light, very drinkable, dry finish, and fruity. It's a great combination, but low in carbonation.
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Got it as part of a $9 for 5, 4oz samples. The selection for the different samples was phenomenal, so I think I got a great deal here. The pint prices seemed really fair as well.
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I was so impressed with this, afterwards I wish I had gotten a full pint! If you're in the area and are looking for a place to grab some food, make sure you grab this beer. You won't regret it.

Beer Stats
Style: American IPA
Serving: On-Tap
Size: 4oz
ABV: 5.80%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: N/A
Long Trail Apres Brew – Garrett
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Your typical yellow-orange pour, a bit pale. Little head, which by the time I was able to photograph this, had mostly diminished. Laced well on the way down, however. Solid presentation.
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My thoughts echo Russ' above - incredibly fruity nose, and I couldn't wait to dive in. Very sweet and inviting.
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I'm not sure how tastes this fruity and tropical found their way to Vermont, but I'm glad they did. Not overpoweringly sweet, but the fruit definitely takes center stage here. Not a ton of hoppiness on the backend, or anywhere for that matter. I'd have desired a bit more balance in this regard, but still very enjoyable.
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Phenomenally drinkable. I could put away quite a few of these. Just thrilled with this - this could be a 'lawnmower beer' if you really wanted it to be. I would be just as happy drinking this on a hot summer day as after a long day on the slopes.
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This was $5 for a pint, with a 20 oz option for just a dollar more. Priced very fairly as most things were at Apres Vous. Had a great night here that absolutely did not break the bank.
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Overall, I was thrilled with Apres Vous as an establishment, and very happy with the Apres Brew house beer. If I find myself in the area again, I definitely plan to stop by - and will be certain to buy myself a pint of this. Highly recommended if you ever find it.

Beer Stats
Style: American IPA
Serving: On-Tap
Size: 16oz
ABV: 5.80%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: N/A

Apres Vous prides themselves on offering top notch food at prices you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy. Overall, our group was very impressed with not only the food/price ratio, but the quality of the food we were served. Everything from Russ’ fish to Garrett’s steak to the grilled veggies and mashed potatoes with blackened skin were crafted in a perfect manner. Add that to great beer and better prices, and I’d say we had a pretty pleasant experience.  Highly recommended.

Russ' Mahi Mahi

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Written by Garrett Miller and Russ Beck

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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