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Contrary to popular belief, Halloween isn’t just about kids dressing up and getting candy. It’s also about adults dressing up, unwinding, and having some mischievous fun with friends and family. We love Halloween for just those reasons and like to put on as many parties as possible to help fuel your fun. Check out our Facebook Page for more details throughout the week and have a fun, safe Halloween!

October 31: Clear River Tavern, Pittsfield VT

Come to the Clear River Tavern in Pittsfield VT from 8pm-12am for some Halloween fun! We’ll be giving away prizes all night from Otter Creek, Pabst and Switchback. Costumes optional, but highly encouraged.

October 31: CJ’s @ Than Wheelers Tavern Quechee VT

We’ll be hosting a fun Halloween bash at CJ’s @ Than Wheelers Tavern in Quechee VT from open to close. Join us for drink specials, good company and giveaways from Pabst.

October 31: Shepard’s Pie, Quechee VT

Join us at Shepard’s Pie in Quechee VT from 8pm-12am for drink specials and giveaways from Pabts and Magic Hat. Loosen up a bit and dress up!

October 31: JD McCliments Pub, Putney VT

In the Putney area for Halloween? Join us at JD McCliments Pub for drink specials, amazing company, and giveaways from Sam Adams Rebel and Angry Orchard.

November 1: Eagles Club, Brattleboro VT

Come to The Eagles Club on Saturday, November 1st, from 7-11pm dressed in your spookiest costume for the chance to win great prizes! Giveaways from Coors Light and Guinness. Learn more about this event here.

November 1: Crossroad Bar & Grill, South Royalton VT

Join us at Crossroad Bar & Grill on Saturday, November 1st, from 8-12am. Costumes are optional but highly encouraged. Giveaways from Pabst and Magic Hat happening throughout the party.

Learn about more Halloween happenings on our Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!

winter-seasonal-beersWe know, we know; we’re always just a few steps ahead of the weather, anticipating its next move and making sure there are enough seasonal-appropriate beers for you to enjoy.  And now that it’s mid-October, we’re thinking winter seasonals. YUM!

We really like beer, almost any beer, but wanted to share a few of our favorite winter seasonals with you. Now, close your eyes and imagine yourself in front of a roaring fire, drying off after a long day on the slopes. THAT’S how we feel each time we sip these delicious winter beers.

Magic Hat never disappoints with their seasonal brews and this year is no different. Their new winter seasonal is Snow Roller, a hoppy brown ale that is a perfect combination of hoppy, bitter, and malty. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! You’ll be able to pick up this delicious beer at most bars, restaurants, and stores throughout Vermont.

Otter Creek’s winter seasonal is a favorite with almost any beer drinker. They describe it as, “A big, unfiltered American IPA built to accompany the big Eastern Winter. Just like an epic bluebird day follows a snow storm, a peppery build from the Rye-malt accompanies glorious hop notes of pine, citrus and fresh grass.” I don’t think we could ever explain it better than that. You can find the Otter Creek Kind Ryed at your favorite bars and stores throughout Vermont.

Sam Adams Winter Lager is a bold, rich brew made with orange peel, ginger, and cinnamon, adding a slight hint of spice to it. A definite go-to for any occasion, as long as there is a little snow on the ground. You can find Sam Adams Winter Lager at almost any bar or store in Vermont.

Shiner, a Texas Brewery that has recently found a sweet spot in Vermonter’s hearts (and stomachs), has a popular winter seasonal called Holiday Cheer. Brewed with Texas peaches and pecans, caramelized malts and a lot of love, this holiday dunkelweizen is sure to hit home with us snow-crazy beer enthusiasts. You can find Holiday Cheer at select bars and stores throughout Vermont.

What are your favorite winter seasonal beers? Please share on our Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!

We’re excited to announce a new hard cider from Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge, Vermont. The Vermont Ice Royale cider has a distinct flavor, unlike any other cider you’ve experienced. This unique cider is made from Vermont grown McIntosh, Northern Spy, and Empire apples. Vermont grown, organic black currants are then added to create a distinct fruity flavor.

The process is simple; the cider is cold fermented in stainless steel, lightly carbonated, and finished with a labor of love. Boyden Valley is calling this cider “Vermont’s version of a Kir Royale,” which is typically made with champagne, raspberries and Chambord. Ice Royale Cider is a versatile beverage and can be paired with anything from a dark chocolate dessert, cheesecake, to a large salad or sandwich.

Vermont Ice Royale is available on tap only, so be sure to ask for it at your favorite bars, restaurants, and more!

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We’re always up for watching funny videos, especially when wine is involved. J. Lohr Estates does not disappoint with their series on their spectacular Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir. The videos feature their Red Winemaker, Steve Peck, and the Assistant Red Winemaker Brenden Wood. Steve says about the wine, “The 2012 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir offers complex varietal aromas of cherry preserves, violets and dried herbs lifted by vanilla spice. Brushy red fruit on the palate finishes with talc and a touch of rhubarb pie. The fresh acidity invites a wide range of food pairings.”

In their funny videos, they give tips on the best food, events, and mistakes to pair this delicious wine with. We hope you enjoy as much as we did! View more of their videos on their website here, or on their Facebook Page.

What did you think of their videos? Please share your thoughts on our Facebook Page.

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As the summer winds down, there are still several things to look forward to: Apples, foliage, and a few end-of-summer events. One of these events that we don’t want you to miss is Eat X Northeast, an extravaganza of local food and drinks. Several of our favorite beverage companies will be there, including Switchback Brewing Company, Boyden Valley Winery, and Infinity Brewing Company. The festival is happening September 19-21 at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont, giving the entire event a scenic backdrop.

Oh yeah, did we mention the festival is free?(!) All of the live music, classes and food testing are free. Three events are ticket only: Brewhaha (local beer and cider tastings), Beer & Chocolate Tasting, and The Great Harvest Supper. If you want to participate in these events that fill up fast, purchase tickets here.

Eat X Northeast is a family event – Although there will be plenty of adult beverages to consume, there will be kid-friendly programming all day Friday and Saturday, including nationally-acclaimed children’s performer Dan Zanes. There will be dozens of Vermont’s best farmers, chefs and food producers, working together to provide a unique and memorable menu for festival-goers. And let’s not forget the beer – There will be plenty of beverage choices from local breweries and cideries.

Looking for entertainment besides eating and drinking? No problem, there will be free live music all weekend long from acts such as Josh Panda and the Hot Damned, Hug Your Farmer, Ballroom Thieves, and more. The free music acts are accepting donations, with 100% of the money going to Vermont food non-profits.

If you’re into things like learning, Eat X Northeast is the place for you. There are over 30 free seminars throughout the weekend, taught by entrepreneurs, chefs, and other local figures. Classes included cooking demonstrations, pickling and preserving classes, ways to eat local on a budget, and more. The free seminars are accepting donations, with 100% of the money going to Vermont food non-profits.

This fun festival is a great way to come out and support Vermont’s talented and dedicated farmers, chefs, and brewers. Although the festival is happening rain or shine, we hope it’s a beautiful weekend and are excited to enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Champlain from Oakledge Park.

Purchase tickets for the main events here and learn more information on their Website or Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!

As Vermonters, we have a certain sense of superiority when it comes to things like beer, skiing, and beer. This is why it excites us when one of our local breweries does something like create a specialty draft that is only available in our beautiful Green Mountain State! Straight from the geniuses at Magic Hat and Speeder & Earls comes the new specialty brew, “Hop Drip” IPA.

Combining two of our favorite drugs – er, drinks – coffee and beer, the Hop Drip IPA is brewed with a special blend of malts, hops and coffee beans from one of Vermont’s favorite coffee roasters. Hop Drip is a medium-bodied American IPA that boasts a subtle, yet intriguing coffee flavor that percolates through the senses. A gentle rush of citrus and grapefruit from the hops finishes the flavor profile, making for a unique and wicked beer. Did we mention that this deliciousness has an ABV of 6%? Sign us up!

Which brings us to the next point, where can we experience this illusive brew? Catering to our love of exclusivity and home-state pride, the Hop Drip IPA will only be available for a limited time on tap at restaurants and bars throughout Vermont. Starting in late September, head on down to your local watering hole and ask your bartender for a try!

We’re curious to know what you think, although you really can’t go wrong with this combination. Please share your thoughts on our Facebook Page.

Within the past few years, Hard Cider has become a fast growing alternative to beer. Whether you don’t like the taste of beer (!!), are practicing a gluten-free philosophy or just love apples, Hard Cider is a delicious choice at any time of the year.

But let’s face it; Hard Cider is best in the fall. What’s better than curling up on cold, windy evening with a beverage that simultaneously tastes like apples, cinnamon, AND helps warm the body with its alcoholic content? We would say almost nothing. We distribute a nice collection of Hard Ciders, but wanted to give a special shout out to the varieties coming out of our great state of Vermont. Bring it on, fall!

Woodchuck Cider

Also known as the Vermont Hard Cider Company, Woodchuck Cider has really taken off and made quite a name for itself not only in Vermont, but also throughout the US. They recently built a new Cidery in Woodstock, Vermont, and we suggest making a trip to go check it out. From the tour of their brewing process, to the gift shop, and the gorgeous tasting room with a variety of their ciders (many you can’t find in stores and restaurants) – It is definitely worth the drive!

If you’re looking to enjoy a Woodchuck at your home or local bar, there are a variety of delicious ciders to choose from. The Amber was their first cider, crafted in 1991, and is a traditional cider with a distinct red apple taste. If you’re looking for something more tart and crisp, try the Granny Smith Apple Cider. Their 802 Dark & Dry has a strong, dry flavor with a bite at the end. Looking for something unique? Try the Pear Woodchuck, which boasts a sweet, crisp pear flavor. If you love raspberry, you’ll love their Raspberry brew. Light and refreshing, it’s perfect for a warm summer evening. Woodchuck Hopsation takes the original small batch cider and adds pine and citrus hints to it, making it slightly bitter in taste.

Boyden Valley Vermont Ice Cider

Boyden Valley’s new Ice Cider is an absolutely spectacular cider, made from only Vermont grown Northern Spy, Macintosh and Empire apples. They claim it to be “America’s first ice cider” and this flavorful cider is aged in French oak barrels. Ice Cider is sweet and boasts a complex combination of apple flavors and the oak from the barrels. This tasty drink makes a wonderful accompaniment to dessert, but is also delicious on its own.

Vermont Ice Cider has won several awards: The 2013 Double Gold Medal at the WSWA Tasting Competition, the 2013 Silver Medal at the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Competition, the 2014 Silver Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, and a score of 93 at the 2014 Chairman’s Trophy Ultimate Wine Challenge. This unique cider has a 12% alcohol content and is absolutely worth a try.

What is your favorite local Vermont Hard Cider? Please share on our Facebook Page.

With the transition of summer to fall, and the inevitable (but welcome) shift from shandy to fall brews, also comes several end-of-summer festivals and concerts. Although we’re sad to see summer go this year, we’re excited about these fun events happening throughout our great state of Vermont. We hope to see you there!

WYSIWYG Festival: August 23-24 at Burlington College in Burlington, VT Get Tickets Here.

This artsy farm, food, music & art festival is new this year and promises a spectacular mixture of delicious, farm-fresh food and eclectic music. Set at the gorgeous Burlington College campus, you’ll be able to enjoy your music and food with a stunning view of Lake Champlain.

Enjoy food from Fork in the Road, Bluebird Group, Barrio Bakery, Hen of the Wood, Kismet Kitchen, Misery Loves Company, Woodbelly Pizza, and Hindquater. Each restaurant has paired up with a local farm to bring fresh ingredients to the festival.

Listen to music from Lee Fields, Patrick Watson, Moon Hooch, Shakey Graves, The Barr Brothers, Kishi Bashi, Anais Mitchell, How Sad, Barika, Big Bhangra Brass Ensemble, and much more.

Along with the amazing food and music there will be a variety of speakers, farmers, entertainers, activities for kids, and more to keep you busy during the two days of the festival.

We saved the best for last. The WSYIWYG Festival is also featuring over 16 of Vermont’s finest craft brews, a tasting event and daily showcases and programs hosted by the brewers. We hope to see all of you there for some local food, music, beer, and fun! Get Tickets Here.

Mount Snow Brewer’s Fest: August 30-31 at Mt. Snow Resort in Dover, VT Get Tickets Here.

This popular Brewer’s Fest is celebrating it’s 18th year and is famous for great beer, interesting music, fun crowds and more. This year, the festival will be hosting more than 35 breweries with 80 different varieties of beer and cider.

Drink as much beer as you like while taking in the gorgeous Southern Vermont scenery. There will be Scenic Chairlift Rides available and a Team Tee Shirt Contest. The team with the best tee shirts win free passes to the Winter Brewers Fest in April. This event is worth a trip down south and there is plenty of lodging in the area. Get Tickets Here.

Grand Point North Festival: September 13-14 at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT Get Tickets Here.

This local music festival highlights bands that are easy to dance to and great for the entire family. Enjoy music from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Trampled by Turtles, Lake Street Dive, The Devil Makes three, Dr. John, The War on Drugs, Lucius, Rayland Baxter, and much more.

Children 12 & under are welcome for free and there will be a variety of local food and beverages for sale at the festival. Get Tickets Here.

Which end-of-summer events will you be attending this year? Please share on our Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!

06 Aug / 2014

Beer: The Fall Lineup

We know it’s only August, but on the other hand – It’s already August?! It’s time to start thinking about fall and all of the delicious fall seasonal beers we get the privilege of enjoying in our great State of Vermont. We wanted to highlight a few of our favorite seasonals to get you as pumped up for fall as we are!

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!

“Dear great pumpkin…” This flavor has been taking the US by storm, even more so in the past few years. We love the trend and are excited about all of the different seasonal pumpkin brews that are coming in fall 2014.

Magic Hat’s new Wilheim Scream boasts a flavor profile including Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Allspice. We can’t wait to try the newest addition to the Magic Hat Family (5.4% ABV).

Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ale’s has a unique Pumpkin Brew. If you’re looking for a truly local beer, look no further – Their Pumpkin Beer is made with organic pumpkins that are grown by local Vermont farmers less than 15 miles away from their brewery. This golden amber ale is mildly spicy and has a delicious taste (5.35% ABV).

Sam Adam’s brings all the flavor and drinkability of their name to their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. This inviting beer is smooth and delights with flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, rounding out the pumpkin flavor nicely. (5.7% ABV)

Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale is malty, spicy, and wonderfully rich. They recommend pairing it with beef dishes and fall seasonal soups. (5.7% ABV)

The Traveler Beer Company, based out of Burlington, Vermont, has a seasonal Wheat Ale brewed with real pumpkin. They describe their “Jack O’Traveler” beer as a delicious, dark hued, Shandy-inspired beer. (4.4% ABV)

Other Delicious Seasonals

Switchback’s Slow-Fermented Brown Ale has a gorgeous, deep chestnut color to it. The flavor is crisp, similar to a lager, also boasting a smooth fee. The tasty brown ale has a rich roasted caramel flavor, subtle sweetness and hoppy undertone. (5.2% ABV)

Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest is a traditional Marzen-style beer with a toasted malt flavor and slight, spicy hop note. A true German beer! (5.1% ABV)

Sam Adam’s Octoberfest is a fan favorite and is their version of the classic, German-style Oktoberfest beer. A great combination of hearty malts makes for a deep, smooth flavor with hints of caramel. An amazing fall brew! (5.3% ABV)

What fall seasonal beers do you look forward to every year? Please share on our Facebook page.

Happy Drinking!

We’re excited to be adding the Shiner Beer family to our offerings for the year. This craft brewery is located in Shiner, Texas, and has been brewing delicious beer since 1909. They are known for their Shiner Bock, which is a unique take on the American-style dark lager.

About

Shiner Beer has been brewed at the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, since 1909. Now, in 2014, Shiner sends 6 million cases of beer across the country. Their founder, Kosmos Spoetzl, was known to leave a cold bottle of Shiner beer for the farmers around the town, which they call the ‘original Shiner Beer Break.’

The Beer

Now, to the important stuff. Shiner has 12 different brews that all have a unique, satisfying flavor.

Shiner Bock: This is Shiner’s flagship beer and we’re not surprised! Our general manager Dave described their Bock as “creamy and excellent, not something I had expected at all. I normally wouldn’t order a Bock but Shiner’s is one I’ll definitely keep drinking.” It is lightly hoppy and brewed with rich roasted barley malt. We are excited to bring this beer to bars and stores near you!

White Wine Belgian White: Brewed with authentic Belgian yeast, coriander and orange peel, if you’re a Belgian White fan this is the beer for you! It’s refreshing and very drinkable.

Wild Hare Pale Ale: This American pale ale boasts rich, hoppy flavor and is one of their most classic brews.

Premium Golden Lager: A local Shiner, Texas favorite, the Premium Golden Lager is a blonde-style brew that has a crisp taste and is slightly sweet.

Oktoberfest: An authentic Marzen-style ale, their Oktoberfest uses traditional German malts and has a definite hoppy feel to it.

Light Blonde: At only 99 calories, if you’re watching your figure or just want an amazing, flavorful light beer, Shiner’s Light Blonde is the perfect choice for you.

Holiday Cheer: With hints of peaches and pecans, this Dunkelweizen is brewed with caramelized malts, giving it a rich taste. Perfect for sipping by the fire!

Kolsch: A small batch favorite, their Kolsch is inspired by the beers from Germany. An extremely refreshing beer!

Bohemian Black Lager: This smooth, black lager is one of their fan favorites and is  brewed with roasted malts, Czech saaz and Styrian hops.

Kosmos: Named after Shiner’s founder, Kosmos Spoetzl, this malt lager has an outstanding aroma and flavor. You’ll have to try it!

FM 966 Farmhouse Ale: Named after a road just south of Shiner’s brewery, this spring provisional ale is the perfect mix of fruity and spicy.

Ruby Redbird: This summer seasonal beer is extremely drinkable, brewed with tart grapefruit and ginger.

I bet you’re wondering, where can I get one of these delicious beers? We’ll be distributing them to many bars and stores throughout Vermont, so simply go into your local corner store or watering hole and ask!

Happy Drinking!


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