5 Bartlett Bay Road, South Burlington, Vermont 05403

Phone Number

(802) 658 - BREW

Date Visited



Link to Website

Magic Hat Brewery


Magic Hat Brewery is located at 5 Bartlett Bay Road, South Burlington, Vermont. There is a paved parking lot with no noticeable handicapped spaces.

Street level, double doors lead to the large main floor area where you will find the bar (no seats) , tour ramp entrance, and selling area.

A ramp leads to the upper-level, viewing area. There are also steps to get up and/or down. The upper-level, brewing video area has benches. Other than these, there is no seating available.

Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located on the main level.

There is no food served at this establishment.  Of course, if you are old enough, you can purchase beer!


    Surface of lot:  paved
    Distance to venue:  close
    Terrain:  flat
    Places to rest:  not outside
    Paths and walkways:  none
    Doors:  double doors
    Number of floors:  2
    Elevators:  none
    Ramps:  up to viewing area
    Steps and staircases:  to upper level
    Width of aisles:  spacious
    Places to sit:  none
    Location of restrooms:  on main level
    Type of restroom:  multi-stall, handicapped-accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  very easy, no doors
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  only beer
    Friendliness of staff:  extremely friendly

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After our visit to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, we decided to check out some of the other tourist spots in and around Burlington.

The next place on our list was the Magic Hat Brewery, a funky place, established in 1994.  One of the bartenders told us that it got its name because one of the founders was known to always be able to pull things together quickly, as if out of a magic hat. The industrial building, off the main road, has an interesting design. The place is known as the “Artifactory.”

Parking was easy in the large, paved lot (we didn’t notice any handicapped spaces). Street level double doors lead to the heart of this venue, a large area with lots of Magic Hat stuff to buy, a very long bar (48 taps) at which to drink, and the tour entrance. There are no seats at the bar. The metal architecture and decor of this establishment would be enough to interest most people.  The tour ramp was open for self-guided tours . The wide, winding ramp has lots of artifacts to see and read as you make your way up to the viewing area. A guided tour is probably most interesting,  Since we were not there on a tour day, we were left to checking it out for ourselves. At the top of the ramp, we sat on benches to view a brewing video and then saw the brewing and bottling area from above. You can go down the stairs or work your way back down the ramp (as we did) to the bar area for a free tasting of some of their many flavors.  All of the servers seemed quite happy to talk about the beers.

Large, multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms with baby-changing stations are located on the main level.  Entry and exit is quite easy as there are no doors to contend with.

This was a very cool place to stop, look around and get a taste of the local brew. The only downside seems to be the fact that they don’t serve any food. That, however, did not stop us from leaving with a six pack!

As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website,, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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