I was sitting at my kitchen table on a Saturday afternoon, making a grocery list when my phone buzzed twice. I had two text messages from Shaun Hill, owner of Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro, VT. One text was a screen-shot of an Instagram photo and the other was a link to a vermont.gov web … More Vermont beer is from Vermont, isn’t it?
I wondered what the market looks like to a brand new brewery owner who is just starting out, some 40 years into the craft beer ‘movement.’ … More A look at the beer industry from the view of two new brewers
My good buddy Nate Johnson, brewmaster for Prohibition Pig Brewery (Waterbury, VT), gave me the idea to write about session beers that are good to drink whilst watching football (or hockey!). “If you’re watching football, you pretty much have to be drinking beer,” recently joked my friend, Nate Johnson, brewer for Prohibition Pig Brewery in … More Vermont session beers for watching sportsball (and sportspuck)
Oh, sure – wine is fine with holiday meals. But when the meal is so big that it’s gonna make you sleepy, I’m not sure that drinking red wine all day is going to work out too well. Consider grabbing some of these stunning beers this year to share with your dinner guests during the … More Beers for the holiday table
I’ve been on the road a lot this year, traveling the country looking for the finest beverages this country has to offer. Below is a round-up of my travel columns from this year for the Burlington Free Press. Trillium Brewing Co. (Canton, Mass.) My travels recently landed me in Boston with a little free time … More On the road: Mass., Maine, Denver & Baltimore
Beers and spicy food go together like…well, hot & cold! Pairing hot cuisine with crisp, cooling beer is one thing, but I wanted to see what happens when the beer itself is spicy! A recent trip out to my garden left me a little disappointed with Vermont’s short growing season. This Florida man keeps forgetting … More Spicy @$$ beers!
It’s finally September and that means it’s time for my favorite beer season: Oktoberfest! Some of you might be scratching your head and wondering if I’ve given in to “seasonal slide,” the phenomenon of a season being celebrated earlier and earlier each year. Fear not, dear readers! Oktoberfest is actually celebrated in the waning days of … More Oktoberfest beers & history