Monday, August 25, 2014

My Vermont Beer Trip - And Two Great Books (VT)

Went to Vermont with the family, but of course had to turn it into a research trip as much as possible. One has to take advantage of his opportunities. I brought two books before we left.  I wanted to be able to make informed decisions. That, and I love local beer books.
The fir book I bought was the FarmPlate Vermont Beer Book by Kim Warner. It's part of the FarmPlate series. As We all know, Vermont brewers are emerging as some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial crafters on the American beer scene.
A great guidebook to Vermont’s 32 breweries. Includes interviews with these inspired visionaries. Also included are a curated guide to the top 100+ beer-focused restaurants and markets; easy-reference maps charting the featured
craft breweries, restos and markets; a calendar of annual beer 
events; a preview of On Tap Soon breweries set to open in 2014; and a resource for local homebrewing supplies, hops and grains, etc.
I found it a tad confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it (the maps in the back are keyed to the pages the beers and stores are written about on - fantastic), it's absolutely wonderful. If you are in a town and can reference the maps, you are very happy, and I was. A handy, useful guide.

The second book was Vermont Beer by Ken Staudter and Adam Krakowski. This is a history of craft brewing in the Green Mountain State for more than twenty years. Early Vermont brewers, though, faced many obstacles in bringing their beer to the thirsty masses, including a state-imposed prohibition beginning in 1852. Conditions remained unfavorable until Greg Noonan championed brewing legislation that opened the door for breweries and brewpubs in the 1980s. About the same time, beloved Catamount also began brewing, and Vermont's craft beer scene exploded. Years ahead of the rest of the country, local favorites like Hill Farmstead, Long Trail and Rock Art Brewing have provided world-class beers to grateful patrons. From small upstarts to well-recognized national brands like Magic Hat and Harpoon, Vermont boasts more breweries per capita than any other state in the country. Includes brewer interviews and historic recipes.

I found this highly informative and very enjoyable reading. A great book.

Both these books are the ultimate gifts for Vermont beer lovers.
We were headed to Killington, Vermont, so that predetermined some of our choices. First stop was Long Trail Brewing. A well-oiled machine of a brewery and restaurant/brew-pub. We ordered two different samples and tried a sip of each. The Imperial Pumpkin was better than I thought it was. Several IPAs were very nice. And I liked the 25th Anniversary stout the best!!!
Then we arrived in Rutland and we visited the Griffon Publik House. A nice menu of local craft beers were available on tap, and the bartender knew her stuff when talking about craft brews.

First I had the Drop In Wit beer.  Drop In is a craft brewer from Middlebury, VT of very good reputation. A lovely drinking beer. Easy to drink. Nice flavor Fantastic!


Zero Gravity was another of the two beers I had. Another fantastic medium bodied beer. Lots of flavor. Really nice.

Lots more to report, but a fun adventure!!!!