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The East's Best Beers: Heart of Darkness

This may sound silly, but I plan trips to mountain towns around the brews that flow from their taps. What would you say are the East’s best craft and microbrews that come from mountain towns?

beer magic hat heart of darkness stout

Heart of Darkness.     Photo: Tim Bounds/Flickr

A:Magic Hat Brewing Company
Burlington, Vermont

A stout should be thick and hearty enough to be a meal in itself. Heart of Darkness serves as dessert, too, thanks to its chocolate aftertaste. It’s best from a tap, of course, poured by a barkeep who knows the importance of a frothy top-layer, thick enough so you can stand a pencil upright inside the glass. The beer is crafted by one of my favorite breweries, Magic Hat, which is a social and economic fixture in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. Turn off Route 7 near Shelburne and take what might be the best self-guided brewery tour in the country.

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