Now Open: Inside the von Trapp Bierhall

This post is more than a tad after-the-fact, but if you didn't know, and haven't yet been to the Bierhall, read on:

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Posted By Hannah Palmer Egan on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 5:42 PM

Ten years ago, the Trapp Family Lodge was a stodgy resort for tourists seeking an Alpine escape. In 2010, the family started brewing lager on the premises; by 2014, that operation had expanded its capacity from 2,000 to 50,000 barrels per year. And two years ago, executive vice president Sam von Trapp told Seven Days that workers had broken ground on a new Austrian-style bierhall, which would welcome mountain revelers for steins and sausages, hopefully by summer, 2015.

As with most construction projects, things didn't go according to plan. But after nearly two years of building and preparation, the bierhall opens tomorrow with an all-star team.

Jack Pickett — whose Phoenix Table and Bar, Frida’s Taqueria and Blue Moon Café fed locals for years — is leading the kitchen. Former Gracie’s Restaurant owner Paul “Archie” Archdeacon will run the front of the house. “It’s been really neat bringing two really popular Stowe restaurateurs together,” Sam von Trapp said,  speaking by phone on Tuesday. 

The menu offers exactly the kind of food one might expect from an Austrian beer hall in central Vermont. Snacks such as pretzels, cheddar-beer soup and savory dips whet a palate for sausages including bratwurst, knockwurst and bockwurst. These can be paired with potato salad, sauerkraut and an array of mustards. “We’re calling it a ‘relatively authentic Austrian bierhall menu,’” Pickett said, adding that he’s firing meats and fish on an Argentine wood grill. The menu also includes seasonal salads and fried vegetables along with burgers and sliders, which are pressed with grassfed or von Trapp farm-raised beef.

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A little piece of Austria in a lot of Vermont

A little piece of Austria in a lot of Vermont

Somewhat of a different approach, a bit irreverent, for a getaway review. Here's a snippet, with a link to the complete story. What do you think?

by Sandra O'Connell, The Irish Times
August 22, 2015

"In the rousing final scene of The Sound of Music, we leave the Von Trapp family, in a crescendo of capes, escaping over a mountain. How nice, therefore, on the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, to see where they fetched up – in a ski lodge in Vermont.

Boy, was it worth the walk. The Trapp Family Lodge (they lost the Von somewhere over the Alps) is nothing less than a little piece of Austria in a lot of Vermont. You’ll know because that’s what the sign at the gate says.

Of course, the people in the movie weren’t the real Von Trapps, just Julie Andrews and that bloke with the whistle. It’s a subtle distinction, which these real, live, non-movie star Trapps seem at pains to point out.

The walls of their gorgeous Alpine-style hotel (lots of dormer windows and decorative fascia) are bedecked with posters from the movie. But despite the weekly Sound of Music events and occasional sing-songs, you can’t help but feel the descendants, at best, ambiguous about the movie."

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The first-annual Green Mountain Showdown is in the books.

It was on Saturday at Trapp Family Lodge. For those of us here in Vermont, it was Irene Eve, and it was a perfect 10 -- sort of the calm before the storm -- literally. I had a great day of riding, including 2 demo rides on a Giant 29" and a Giant 26" -- both sweet bikes, and vastly superior to my ancient K2 that I've been riding for more than 5 years. I couldn't give you a recap any better than the complete story already posted at Bicycling Online. But first, I tip my hat to my friend and neighbor, Ryan Thibault, who produced this magnificent event.


BICYCLING ONLINE August 29, 2011

The first-annual Green Mountain Showdown is in the books. Photographer Bear Cieri took home first-place, while his fellow Vermonter Berne Broudy came in a close runner-up. Scroll down for all five final slideshows.

Despite an apparent hurricane bearing down on the entire East Coast more than 150 people showed up to the sprawling grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge Saturday night to watch as each presentation was unveiled with introductions from the respective photographers. The Stowe Mountain Bike Club hosted a variety of group rides all day (including a tour of a recently opened Grade-A trail called Kimmers).


In total five photographers were tasked with capturing bike culture in Vermont, and they worked for more than a month to come up with their presentations. A panel of judges critiqued the slideshows on three key criteria: aesthetic quality, technical merit and originality. A $1,500 cash prize from MTBVT was at stake, as well as a fat prize package of photography equipment from PocketWizard and sunglasses from Native Eyewear. The runner-up took home a complete Thule rack system with a pair of SideArm bike mounts, as well as an F-Stop bag and a new pair of shades.

Event producer Ryan Thibault says he couldn’t have been happier with how the first-time event played out—a sentiment echoed by the considerable crowd that came to watch the photo comp unfold.

“Trapps, Giant, Thule, Darn Tough, and particularly PocketWizard came through for us huge,” Thibault said. “And the support form the Stowe Mountain Bike Club was amazing.” Thibault added that this first year was a learning experience, and he hinted he’s already got a few ideas simmering to take the format to the next level in 2012.

Without further ado, your 2011 Green Mountain Showdown Slideshows, each of which include a short introduction showing images from the respective photographers’ portfolios.

First-place photographer Bear Cieri wowed the crowd with a stark and honest look at mountain biking in Vermont. A Tom Waits soundtrack made for an appropriate score for Cieri’s slideshow, much of which was shown in black-and-white, and none of which used fill-flashes. See more of Bear Cieri’s work at

Berne Broudy shoots anything and everything outdoors and active, though mountain biking is her greatest passion. Her show features not only talented pro rider Kyle Ebbett and daredevil Josh Gee, but female Vermont rippers, huckers and jumpers Ali Zimmer and Kim O’Connell, who she shows have no problem keeping up with the boys. Broude’s images have appeared in publications such as Bike, National Geographic Adventure, Skiing, Backpacker, Women’s Health and others. See more of her work at

This native Vermonter headed West for a spell to hone his photography skills on the big stage of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. He has since returned to document life in the Green Mountain State. Cash’s images have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Outside, Men’s Journal, Powder, SKI, Skiing and The Fly Fish Journal. For more go to

Yarmouth, Maine, resident Matthew DeLorme is no stranger to Vermont. This entirely self-taught photographer has captured East Coast gravity racing like no other. DeLorme is constantly working his way up and down the East Coast shooting mountain bike racing, and if you’ve seen a race shot from a Gravity East event or the U.S. Open at Diablo, chances are he’s the one who snapped the shutter. His photos have appeared in Decline magazine and The Forecaster. See more of his work at

Photographer Aaron Rohde hails from Dover, New Hampshire, which sits on the Granite State’s scant 20-some miles of coastline and allows Rohde proximity to skiing in the winter and surfing and mountain biking in the summer. Rhode shoots everything from weddings to newspaper assignments to the sports he loves. His commercial Web site is and he blogs at