Drinking Vermont beers with T-Day leftovers

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Otter Creek Copper, Otter Creek Kind Ryed, Long Trail Double Bag, Magic Hat G-Thing, and Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

We have plenty to be thankful for in Connecticut, including our breweries, but it would be selfish not to show some out-of-state gratitude to our neighbor to the north: Vermont.

The land of the maple tree is also the land of many breweries for a state so small. With nearly 3 million fewer people than our state, it has 29 up-and-running breweries compared to our 17, according to the Vermont Brewers Association and CTBeerTrail.net.

Maybe it’s the fact that they’re landlocked or have thirstier skiers, but Vermonters support their beer with righteous vigor. They live the motto of “Freedom and Unity.” For example, locals show pride in North Greensboro’s Hill Farmstead Brewery, which RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com gave rare 100 ratings.

Like most states, post-Prohibition craft brewing is a recent thing: the oldest functioning brewery is Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, and it’s only 25 years old. What Vermont does well is use artistry to set itself apart from the rest of New England in its dedication to beer diversity, usually on a small scale.

Unfortunately for us, most of Vermont’s beers are only available across state lines, including Hill Farmstead beers and the critically revered Heady Topper, a complex and vibrant India pale ale by The Alchemist brewery in Waterbury. Continue reading “Drinking Vermont beers with T-Day leftovers”