Posts tagged “craftbeer”

August 24th, 2014

It’s no secret, Vermont makes great beer. An efficient way to confirm this is to attend the Vermont Brewers Festival. The recent growth in breweries has risen from thirty to well over 55, earning its tag-line of Small State Big Beer, and a reputation as the Disneyland of Beer. 

This gem of a beer festival is held at Waterfront Park in Burlington (July 18 - 19). As we approached the site we were struck by the spectacular Lake Champlain backdrop, the lush green, spacious and well-laid out grounds, and the natural stillness … just the happy sound of people talking about and drinking beer.

There are three sessions and $30 buys you 15 tickets (3 oz tastings) with 1 ticket for tastes under 8% and 2 for anything over. With an option to purchase 5 additional tickets, we found this plenty to explore the tastes of Vermont on our first day.

We looked for the longest line up and joined it for our very first taste of Alchemist and crushed (ha!) the Crusher American DIPA at 9% and Focal Banger an APA at 7%. (No Heady yet, but we would track that down later.) We then made a beeline to Hill Farmstead where they were pouring Edward a dry-hopped APA with beautiful floral notes and tastes of citrus and pine (just the way we love it) and Grassroots Brewing Brother Soigne (a collaboration with former Dieu du Ciel brewer Luc Bim Lafontaine) with hibiscus, lime and blood orange which was super refreshing. Another memorable summery moment was Otter Creek Fresh Slice White IPA with coriander and clementine. While chatting with others we learned that Fiddlehead Second Fiddle was one we had to try and we were not disappointed with this big juicy Double IPA. Just to compare we tried a Spruce Tip IPA brewed by Vermont Pub & Brewery with Lawson’s Finest Liquids and found it to be a touch more medicinal tasting than BC’s spruce tip brews. There was no shortage of big beers here so we went all in and indulged in Rock Art’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Scottish Ale (at 10% it was big and heavy) and their Belvidere Big IPA (which later would end up coming home with us). To round things out we sampled the Trapp Dunkel, Four Quarter’s Fleur de Lis session saison and Opus Ferum Patersbier with Brett Bruxellanis (cask) and many more.

We were proud to see Canada well-represented by neighbouring Quebec breweries who were in such great company. It was nice to see several cross border collaborations with Vermont Pub & Brewery such as Lemongrass Saison with Hopfenstark, Sunset Vibrations an oak-aged Scotch ale with Dieu du Ciel, and Sour Rhubarb Saison with Le Trou du Diable.  Benelux, Dieu du Ciel, Dunham, Le Trou du Diable and Hopenstark breweries were all present at the festival so if you don’t have time to visit Quebec you can sample their finest here.

We highly recommend this one - it is one of the best beer festival experiences we’ve had to date. Thanks to the brewers, the volunteers and to the Vermont Brewers Association for giving us such a welcoming taste of Vermont.

August 16th, 2014

Mikkeller Open Windows Open Hills Tiger Baby with mango and passion fruit. Pretty damn delicious.

August 13th, 2014

Hello Hilde! Driftwood’s Naughty Hildegard Extra Special Bitter is back and tasting fresh and hoppier than ever. Saint Hildegard was a German composer, philosopher and writer and was apparently the first to record the use of hops in beer in her botanical writings. She also had visions which may be why her parents offered her up to the church at a young age. I wonder if she ever had visions of hiking up her hop-filled habit to the Lord, while wearing fish-net stockings and red high heels…but we digress…damn this beer is tasty.

August 7th, 2014

It’s a lovely day for IPA - Happy IPA Day beer friends! We have much to celebrate with this treasure from our beer tickle trunk.

August 3rd, 2014

Dear Annette, these beer travellers are getting ready for their journey home. Say a prayer to the heavenly beer lord for us!

Your beer buddy, Cherryl xo

July 16th, 2014

God love the depanneur. A few provisions to get our Quebcois chops on while visiting beautiful Montreal. 

Microbrasserie Dunham, Trou du Diable, Boque Biere, La Chouape, Charlevoix, Brasseurs du Monde, Farnham, Belgh Brasse, La Barberie, Microbrasserie Lac Saint-Jean, Dieu du Ciel.


July 13th, 2014

Grabbed all that was craft at the LCBO: Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA, Beau’s Ashnan Wheat Wine and Festival Altbier, Trafalgar Blueberry Mead, St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale, Double Trouble Hops and Robbers IPA and Fire in the Rye Roasted Rye Pale Ale, Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale, Mad and Noisy Hops & Bolts IPL.

June 8th, 2014

Checkin out @mainstreetbeer offerings. #craftbeer #brewerycreek #tastingrooms (at Main Street Brewing Company)

May 31st, 2014

Two warm-ups @bittervancouver before Rodney Graham opening at the Rennie Collection. A wheat and a blonde from @townsitebrewing … cheers to the Summer of Rodney!

May 24th, 2014

Kermit the Hop makes it easy to be green @bisonbrewing with double Simcoe IPA. Highly drinkable for a DIPA. Hi-ho!

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We are two good friends who love beer and will travel far to find it. We make notes of the beer we discover and share our musings with others because we believe beer is a tradition that is best shared, and because otherwise we wouldn't remember them.