Saturday October 11th, join us at the first annual West Canal Block Party! Live music, good eats, fall foliage motorcycle ride, and Winooski-made craft beer. Continue reading
Thanks for joining us at this year’s Vermont Brewer’s Festival. It was a great time, we really enjoyed pouring our beers for everyone and listening to your feedback. We also really enjoyed tasting everyone else’s beers!
We poured Sundog, Fleur de Lis, Opus Humulus, Janus, Maison, and had three casks: Opus Ferum (wild fermented Patersbier), Fleur de Lis on blueberries, lemon zest, lavender, and honey; and our whiskey sour on sour cherries. Let us know what you thought!
We debuted our Whiskey Sour at the Vermont Brewer’s Festival this past weekend. We offered a cask pour of the whiskey sour on sour cherries at the Saturday night session. We will be dosing the rest of the barrel with sour cherries this coming week, and hope to start bottling within the next 4-6 weeks. Look for a bottle release around mid-September.
More fresh fruit harvesting… this time fresh peaches from dutch country in Pennsylvania. We’ll be using these in a special batch of Fleur de Lis, as well as a sour ale we have aging in barrels at the moment.
Fleur de Lis bottle release is scheduled for Sunday July 20th, 11AM-3PM at the brewery. We will have Skinny Pancake on hand making some deliciousness that will be paired with our cask conditioned Fleur de Lis on strawberries and rhubarb with a touch of basil. We will have 250 750mL bottles that are corked and caged. These were bottled on June 17th, and conditioned over the last month. They should have a decent shelf life, we’ll be testing that out with this first batch. Cheers!
Sour cherry season has started in Vermont. We’ll be hand-picking as much as 300 lbs of fresh, local, organic sour cherries from a number of orchards. These will be frozen and vacuum-sealed for use in a few batches over the next 12 months. These batches include our Whiskey Sour, Cerise, and Sour Brown. Every sip triggers a trip back to summer days.
Based on discussions with several people that participated in the homebrew rally, we have decided to have three rounds of the competition. The first round will be August 1st, the unofficial beginning of fall, and the time period when saisonnières were out harvesting grains in the fields. Please drop off your entries – two 12 oz bottles – anytime before we close on Sunday July 27th.
We will post entry labels on this page in the next week or two, and we will announce the 2nd and 3rd rounds soon as well. Second round will be later this fall, most likely early November.
Let us know if you have any questions, we’re really looking forward to trying them all out!
We are releasing a small number of bottles of Sundog, 100 now, and 100+ on July 11th. Some people were asking what Sundog means. A sundog, officially called a parhelion, is an atmospheric phenomenon when a pair of bright spots appear on either side on the sun. Sun dogs are a member of a large family of halos, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere. Sun dogs typically appear as two subtly-colored patches of light to the left and right of the sun, approximately 22° distant and at the same elevation above the horizon as the sun. You can see them throughout the year, but we really wanted to offer a special release for the Summer Solstice, and this fit the bill.
We’re brewing a new batch today… a bright luscious Vermont pale ale, slight toast and caramel notes alongside big fruity hops. Will be released on draft and (hopefully) in bottles on the Summer Solstice, June 21st.
Thanks to everyone who made it out last Saturday for the 1st annual Homebrew Rally. We filled somewhere between 35-40 fermenters, lost track along the way, and managed to squeeze out 2 gallons for myself. The recipe came out great, and we hit all of our anticipated numbers.
As for the bottle round up and competition… we’re shooting for sometime in late August, early September. We’ll finalize a date in the near future.
Let us know if you have any questions, and we hope you have fun with it!