Recently my writing for Localvore Today has morphed into a beer travel column. At first, I was a bit skeptical if I could write in this style, but not I’m feeling more confident. Check out a few of my recent trips below and let me know what you think.
The state of Vermont has become synonymous with maple syrup, artisanal cheese, and craft beer. Vermont producers consistently take home the gold in all these categories at national and even international competitions.
But syrup, cheese, and beer aren’t the only things bringing home the gold to little ol’ Vermont. Craft cider is on the rise and Vermont is home to some of the best cider makers and highest quality orchards in the country. Recently, I took a trip out to visit Eden Specialty Ciders (Newport, VT). Among many other accolades, Eden Specialty Ciders was just named 2015 Best Cidery in the World by RateBeer.com. I looked them up, and they were just shy of two hours from my home base in the Burlington, VT area. Keep reading….
The Northeast has a rich and vibrant brewing tradition and I’m continually amazed at how many world-class breweries are within a day’s drive from Vermont. For this edition, I headed west to Cooperstown, New York, to visit Brewery Ommegang (656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY 13326).
At just under four hours drive-time from Burlington, VT, a day-trip to Ommegang is totally do-able. The drive will surely be glorious when spring and summer work their magic on Upstate New York with all that farmland and trees. Keep reading…
When you’re maniacal about drinking the freshest, hoppiest beers available and you find yourself in Southern California, you know there’s only one thing to do: visit Stone Brewing Company.
Stone has been cranking out some of the finest hoppy beers in all the land since 1996. Yup, that’s right – this is their 20th Anniversary. Twenty years of making arrogantly hoppy brews. If you worship the Holy Hop, this is a pilgrimage you need to take. Keep reading…