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Old 05-12-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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It's on draft at the bars but not avaolable at the brewery for growlers.. sounds like it could be next week - I'll be there.

and i'll get more tonight because I'll be heading back for my credit card which I left at a bar. good thing I took a bus.
Ha! Nice! I had it at the brewery and brought home a growler. I think that was my first trip there a few months after he opened.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Ha! Nice! I had it at the brewery and brought home a growler. I think that was my first trip there a few months after he opened.
well I went back and had a Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale - it's in the running for my favorite HF.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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I tried Edward at theMad Taco today. It is very good. Nice and hoppy, it sort of tastes and feels bigger than it is if it is only 5.1%. Mad Taco is another good place to go with a nice selection of beers on tap.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Live - VT, Work - MA
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It's on draft at the bars but not avaolable at the brewery for growlers.. sounds like it could be next week - I'll be there.

and i'll get more tonight because I'll be heading back for my credit card which I left at a bar. good thing I took a bus.
I believe I saw it yesterday, on the board. They had to change their tasting offering of $7 for 7 due to VT laws, so now you pay $5 and choose 4 to try.....

We walked away with a good amoung of Everett, some Solitude #3, Enlightenment, Abner and Arthur.

Looked in the basement and I evidently sitll have two bottles of Damon and one Mimosa as well.....nice!!!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Vermont Beer Makers Bring Back Old-Time Maple Sap Brews : The Salt : NPR
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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There seem to be quite a few beer connoisseurs on this thread. I've been trying to find good, readily available Vermont beers that are reasonably priced since I moved here last year but haven't had much success. I didn't like any of the Long Trail, Harpoon, Otter Creek or Rock Art beers I tried. Wolaver's seems slightly better but not great. I tried several of the beers at the Bobcat Cafe and wasn't impressed at all (though, as vter says, the food is pretty good). I recently tried The Alchemist's Heady Topper and found it quite good. Do you guys have any recommendations?
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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There seem to be quite a few beer connoisseurs on this thread. I've been trying to find good, readily available Vermont beers that are reasonably priced since I moved here last year but haven't had much success. I didn't like any of the Long Trail, Harpoon, Otter Creek or Rock Art beers I tried. Wolaver's seems slightly better but not great. I tried several of the beers at the Bobcat Cafe and wasn't impressed at all (though, as vter says, the food is pretty good). I recently tried The Alchemist's Heady Topper and found it quite good. Do you guys have any recommendations?
I enjoyed all the beers I had at Bobcat Cafe (which is pretty much all 10 they had on tap when I was there). I also enjoy Harpoon (especially the Leviathan and 100 Bbl series beers) and Long Trail (especially the Brewmaster's Series). Rock Arts standard beers aren't anything to write home about, but their bigger beers (the ones in the bombers) are all pretty good, some better than others. I've never been a huge Otter Creek fan (and if you didn't know, Wolaver's is Otter Creek, just their organic lineup... and technically Otter Creek is now Long Trail as they were bought out not all that long ago, but I think they run themselves independently).

So... if none of the "standard" beers are good enough for you, you will have to go with Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson's. Luckily, you aren't too far from Warren being in Middlebury. Hill Farmstead will be more difficult to get though. I also have enjoyed every Switchback beer I've had (which I think is 3 of them).

The only other brewery I've had was Trapp, and I really enjoyed all the beers I've had from them (which I think is only 2, I need to get my butt up to the brewery at some point).

The brewpubs in Burlington are also great... check out Vermont Pub and Brewery and Zero Gravity at American Flatbread.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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There seem to be quite a few beer connoisseurs on this thread. I've been trying to find good, readily available Vermont beers that are reasonably priced since I moved here last year but haven't had much success. I didn't like any of the Long Trail, Harpoon, Otter Creek or Rock Art beers I tried. Wolaver's seems slightly better but not great. I tried several of the beers at the Bobcat Cafe and wasn't impressed at all (though, as vter says, the food is pretty good). I recently tried The Alchemist's Heady Topper and found it quite good. Do you guys have any recommendations?
I realize heady topper is 12.79 a 4 pack, but I consider it a full blown bargain considering the quality and alcohol level.

Hill Farmstead growlers at $15 and $18 make a reasonable two night supply.

As for the rest of them mentioned - all ok, but I'l scrounge up an extra four or five bucks for Heady or Hill Farmstead every time. I'll try to make a cut somewhere else on the grocery list.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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i don't love any of the normal 6pack line up of any of these breweries either. it seems like you have to look outside of 12oz bottles to get the really good VT beers. and then the price is significantly higher. 4pack of heady topper is the same price of a 12pack of the bigger brands!

heady topper is still imo one of the best deals for how much i enjoy it though.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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i don't love any of the normal 6pack line up of any of these breweries either. it seems like you have to look outside of 12oz bottles to get the really good VT beers. and then the price is significantly higher. 4pack of heady topper is the same price of a 12pack of the bigger brands!
The Harpoon 100 Barrel series beers are about $5 per bomber, not a bad deal. The Long Trail ones are slightly more. The Harpoon Leviathan series beers are about $10 per 4 pack of 12 oz bottles (I have yet to have a Leviathan beer I didn't like).

I am a fan of some of Harpoon's regular lineup. Their IPA isn't a great IPA, but it's not bad in a pinch. Their regular Ale is pertty tasty as well. And I love the Munich Dark (I think that's now just called Dark). I also like their seasonals. Their summer seasonal is one of my favorite summer seasonals because it's not a light wheat beer. It's a tasty kolsch.
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