Johannes von Trapp, the mountaintop resort's president and the youngest son of Baron George and Maria von Trapp, "has been wanting to do a brewery for over 25 years," Van Anda told me. According to the Brew Master, von Trapp's rationale for getting into the beer business now was: "The economy's bad. We need to do something to make us happy. We're going to build a brewery."
A year after he was hired--and nine days before the April 17, 2010 grand opening of the Trapp Lodge Brewery--Van Anda offered me a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewhouse and revealed why Trapp lagers are destined to become a local favorite in Vermont and beyond.