Micro hikes and Microbrews: Kingsland Bay and Drop-In Brewery
Kingsland Bay State Park sits right on the shore of Lake Champlain and is open for day use. There are several historic buildings on site that are available for groups to rent out. When we arrived at Kingsland Bay, preparations for a wedding were well underway. With the sun starting to peek out from behind the clouds, we could tell it was going to be a beautiful event.
The State Park also offers two different hiking trails. We were able to sneak around the wedding preparations and take the first hike that led us from the main state park grounds and along the lake to a small vista point. We then drove out to the Ferrisburgh town beach and took the second hike out to the park's remote camping site. It is also possible to access this site by water from the main state park grounds. Because these were relatively short hikes, we were able to complete both in the same morning.
After completing the hikes, we headed south on Route 7 to Drop-In Brewery, which has been in operation for about two years. They had several tasty beers on tap, which you can taste and purchase to-go in one of three sizes: Squealers, Grumblers, and Growlers. We picked up two Squealers to take home for a BBQ later that night. For those looking to enjoy some food with their beer after their hike, they can do so right next door at the Grapevine Grille. Sabina, who was pouring beers during our visit, also let us know that Branbury State Park is located nearby right on Lake Dunmore. We'll be sure to check out that park on our next visit to Middlebury.