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When you want a drink, head to the Forbes Travel Guide recommended The Essex Resort & Spa's bar, The Tavern. There choose from among Vermont microbrews such as Switchback, a pale/brown ale with a nutty finish, or Trout River Rainbow Red, a red ale with fruit esters. The Tavern also has its own private label — Plate Chucker is a classic brown ale. Bottled beers such as Chimay Red, Guinness and Harpoon UFO Pumpkin Ale are available as well.
If you prefer a cocktail, order a fun Big Kid Rootbeer Float, made with Rookie's root beer, Stoli Vanil and Baileys, or the Vermont Maple Martini, mixed with Green Mountain vodka, maple sapling liqueur and soda.
The Tavern has a nice wine list, too, with selections by the glass and the bottle. White wine fans should try the 2010 Ned sauvignon blanc, which has traces of lime and fresh grass, while red aficionados will enjoy the 2011 Belle Glos Meiomi pinot noir with notes of cola, blackberries and sweet cedar.