20 May / 2016
Celebrate Shmaltz Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary under the Big Tent!
Three is the Magic Number! Join Shmaltz Brewing Company for an epic 3rd Anniversary Bash at their Brewery in Clifton Park!
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Showtime begins at 1pm and the curtain drops at 5pm!
All of the Shmaltz lineup of beer including year round offerings, seasonal favorites, rare vintage offerings and one of a kind beers. Each guest brewery will be offering three of their favorite beers. There will also be live music, loads of comfort food + BEER…lots of beer!
Guest Breweries include:
Rare Form | Common Roots | Ommegang Brewery | Singlecut Beersmiths | C.H. Evans Brewing | Big Alice Brewing and MORE.
Added Bonus: Casks, barrel tastings and plenty of rare finds! As well as , Games and prizes.
Plus! A Killer Lineup Of Live Music:
Richie Ortiz Solo Guitarist 1-5pm
Bohm Dialogue – Experimental Fusion Jam Trio- 1 – 2:30pm
Super 400 – Rock Trio – 3-5pm
Bring your appetite for delicious comfort food from THE RUCK, ESPERANTO’S of Saratoga and more to be announced!
General Admission: $25.00 – Includes 10oz commemorative snifter + 6 drink tokens + 15% off all beer to go!
Designated Driver: $10.00 – Includes general admission 15% off all beer to go!
Proceeds to benefit the New York State Brewers Assocation.
We hope you can join us for this fun summer event!
Magic Hat Brewing Company is gearing up for it’s 6th annual Heavyfest event Saturday, May 21st, and you’re invited! Enjoy an all-day event filled with sunshine (hopefully, you know Vermont’s weather can be so unpredictable), live music, art, food trucks, brewer-lead tours, and specialty beer to sip on in the outdoor beer garden.
Not only is this event filled with fantastic Vermont artists, beer makers and local food providers, it’s also an event to recognize the amazing Vermont music industry. Magic Hat is once again teaming up with Big Heavy World, to help support local music! A $5 donation to Big Heavy World at the door will get you access to this glorious day of fun.
Big Heavy World is a Burlington-based non-profit established to preserve the historical record of music originating in Vermont; to create economic opportunity for Vermont’s musicians and the industries vital to them; to develop community among Vermont musicians and their patrons; and to accomplish this mission in a substance-free environment that empowers and educates youth.
06 May / 2016
May has arrived, let the Brewer Festival season begin! With that said, clear your calendar and join us next Saturday afternoon, May 14th, for the Brattleboro Brewers Festival, taking place in Southern, VT! This one-day event will feature a fun day of beer sampling, eating and live music. If you can believe it, there will be over 85 taps pouring delicious beer and cider for your drinking enjoyment. While you sip on some tasty beverages, enjoy delicious edibles from on-site food vendors including: Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Ro’s Petite Fête, & Taste of Thai. After you fill your belly, get down to the tunes of Vermont band ‘Blues for Breakfast‘!
There will be 33 featured brewers/Cider Makers at this festival including: Brown’s Brewing Company, Goodwater Brewery, Magic Hat, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Sam Adams, Sea Dog Brewing, Shipyard, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Woodchuck Cider, Angry Orchard Cider, Two Roads Brewing, Truly Sparkling, and many more!
Interested in buying a ticket? If you pre-purchase your ticket, the cost will be $30. On the day of the event, the cost will be $35 (Cash Only). You can purchase your online tickets here, or at the following locations: Hermit Thrush Brewery, The People’s Pint or Whestone Station Restaurant & Brewery.
A ticket to the event includes the following:
- Entrance to the Festival
- Your First 8 Sample Pours of Your Choice
- Souvenir Brattleboro Brewers Festival Tasting Glass
- Live Performances by Mister Charlie and the Blues for Breakfast Band
- A Chance to Win Some GREAT Raffle Prizes from Attending Brewers
Please note that this is a 21+ event! No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to enter the festival. This also includes designated drivers, so plan accordingly. The event will take place from 12pm-4m and will be located in the VABEC Fields at 40 University Way, off of Old Guilford Road in Brattleboro, VT.
For more information on the Brattleboro Brewers Festival, be sure to check out their Facebook page. We hope you’ll be able to join us next weekend and you all have a great time. Enjoy!
28 Apr / 2016
Now that Spring has finally sprung, it’s time to dust off your mountain bikes and start off the upcoming biking season with some good ol’ fashioned fun! Come out and support your local mountain bike club and the WATA, this Saturday, April 30th, in downtown Waterbury. As an added bonus to this event, local sponsoring restaurants are donating 5% of their draft sales all day to WATA.
Head to The Reservoir Restaurant & Taproom, Blackback Pub and the Prohibition Pig, to enjoy special beers to be tapped from Allagash Brewing, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Prohibition Pig, Big Tree, Frost Brewery, Foley Brothers, Bissell Brothers, Zero Gravity, Four Quarters, Fiddlehead, Oxbow, and Foundation Brewing Co.
The Blackback Pub will open at 11am and will feature Allagash Brewing’s beer the ‘Northman’, which is a French farmhouse aged in Calvados barrels for 4 months. Aromas of toffee, toasted grains, and candied apples and followed by flavors of apple brandy, vanilla and Graham crackers.
The Reservoir Restaurant & Taproom will also open at 11am, and will feature Allagash’s ‘Helena’, which is modeled after a traditional Flemish- Style Sour Red. It opens with aromas of apple and pear, imparts flavors of caramel and fruit, and is followed by a clean, assertive tartness. They brew Helena with Special B, Munich, Raw Wheat, and our 2-row blend. Hopped with Hallertau, and ferment this beer with their house yeast strain in an oak foudre and finish with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. Its clean fruity flavors and tartness make it an excellent base for many of Allagash’s sour fruited beers.
Head to the Prohibition Pig at 11:30am to sip on Allagash Brewing’s ‘Uncommon Crow’, an American Wild Ale, that is a sour/wild beer brewed with raspberries. This beer is amber in color with light head. The aroma is berries, grapes, oak, and bready malts, and the taste has dry tartness and tannic oak with some berry accents. Tasty and drinkable. What more could you need?
About the Waterbury Area Trail Alliance: WATA is a new VMBA Chapter built from the ground up to support the Waterbury area trails and community and is a proud chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. The group was founded by a dedicated, skilled, and diverse group of local leaders. WATA represents a growing segment of trail users and businesses that are committed to enhancing and maintaining our Waterbury area trails for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. Their mission is to build and maintain recreational trails for a healthy, vibrant & sustainable future. Curious to know how you can get involved? WATA will be hosting trail work days regularly through the Spring, Summer, and Fall. They will post the dates on their Events page and through their Member Newsletter. If you’d like to attend a monthly organizational meeting, join them on the 3rd Tuesday of every month upstairs at the Reservoir.
We hope you can join us for the 1st Annual Gears & Beers Weekend. For more information regarding this upcoming event, please see the Waterbury Area Trail Alliance’s Facebook page for updates and other general information.
Enjoy Beers & Gears!
Attention Craft Beer Lovers! If you can believe it, the time to purchase your tickets for this year’s Vermont Brewers Festival is quickly approaching. You heard it right, tickets go on sale next month, on Monday, May 16th. And for all of you who worry you might not get tickets this year (last year, the event sold out in less than ten minutes), there is a ticket registration to register for the chance to purchase tickets on May 1st & 2nd. To make that more clear, here’s a bit more information on the pre-sale ticket registration and general ticket information.
Pre-sale ticket registration begins Sunday, May 1st at 9:00AM and closes on Monday, May 2nd at 6:00PM. Register for a chance to purchase tickets prior to the general on-sale date! Registration Rules: Limit 1 tasting session per name, address, e-mail or credit card (required to register). Duplicates will be deleted. When you register for two tickets to the Vermont Brewers Festival May 1 & 2nd, you are agreeing to purchase those tickets, Your Credit Card Will Be Charged. If you are chosen, your tickets will be sent via a “WOO HOO-YOU ARE IN” e-mail. If you are NOT chosen by the Randomizer, your card will be refunded -and you will receive a “SO SORRY – Try again May 15” email. Foreign Credit Cards refunds are subject to day of exchange rate.
Retail tickets go on sale on Monday, May 16th at 4:00PM. Tickets are non-refundable and their are no exchanges, rain or shine. Please note: There is a 2-ticket limit per person/credit card/email for this event. Tickets are non-transferable, and ID is required for the ticket purchaser. Orders exceeding the ticket limit may be canceled without notice by Ticket Alternative at its discretion. This includes duplicate orders having the same name, billing address or credit card. For ticketing questions, please contact Ticket Alternative at 1.877.725.8849. Looking for tips on how to buy tickets? Click here. Lastly, the Guest Name/Secondary User Policy is: You may add a guest name at time of purchase or registration only. Either purchaser or guest is permitted to use the ticket with ID.
The Vermont Brewers Festival is “An Artisan Craft Beer Festival celebrating Artisan Craft Beer and the Brewers who brew them.” This year, the festival will take place at the Burlington Waterfront Park, on Friday & Saturday, July 15th & 16th. The cost for the festival is $35 + $2 Burlington Impact Fee & a Service Fee. Your purchase also comes with a 2016 2016 souvenir tasting glass & 15 beer tickets. Please note that this is a 21+ event and a photo ID is required to enter the festival. No persons under 21 years of age will be admitted to the festival.
Not only can you taste amazing craft beer from Vermont and beyond, this festival also offers some fun educational components, including “Meet the Brewer” and various sessions of beer, cheese and chocolate pairings. If you’d like to know more about this year’s festival, click here for general information.
We’re looking forward to attending this year’s festival. Have you been to a Vermont Brewers Festival in the past? If so, what’s your favorite part of the event? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!
14 Apr / 2016
Brown’s Brewing Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery in Hoosick Falls, New York invites you to celebrate Earth Day at their taproom, on Friday, April 22nd, beginning at 5pm. This event is the kick off for a season of “I Heart Hoosick” community-wide programs. In addition to celebrating Earth Day, the gathering at Brown’s will recognize and thank the various entities that were instrumental during the recent water crisis. As area residents and brewery owners for over 20 years, Garry and Kelly Brown realize the importance of good quality water in the region.
“We are grateful that our neighbors in the village of Hoosick Falls now have clean drinking water. There are so many people to thank including the Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation as well as all the volunteers who brought bottled water to those in need. It is truly a time for renewal and celebration and no day is more appropriate than Earth Day to gather,” said the Browns.
During the Earth Day celebration at Brown’s, enjoy the emerging landscape of spring and the breathtaking view of the Walloomsac River and waterfall from the patio or inside the historic brick structure built in 1854. Flood Road’s
fast paced bluegrass, rock, folk, and country blues from 7 to 9 pm guarantees to get your feet stomping.
As a special feature of the evening, the $10 admission includes a pint of Brown’s beer, a brewery tour, and a sampling of offerings from the full kitchen scheduled to open in early summer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rensselaer Land Trust, and organization that Brown’s Brewing has supported for more than a decade. The RLT is committed to conserving the open spaces, watersheds, and natural habitats of Rensselaer County for the benefit of communities and future generations. Everyone will receive a commemorative packet of sunflowers seeds package locally in Cambridge, NY.
Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge states, “This year Earth Day has a special significance for those of us who call the greater Hoosick community home. As we emerge from a very difficult time for all and reflect on the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature, let us celebrate the simplicity of clean water and thank those who have helped us in our time of need.”
Hoosick Town Supervisor Mark Surdam notes “Earth Day reminds us to consider our environment and how fragile it can be; especially, when it comes to our drinking water. The Hoosick area has learned first hand just how important it is to care for our environment not only for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren. Let’s be thankful for the NYS employees working countless hours on our behalf through this environmental challenge. May we celebrate knowing that we are strong, we are healing, we will overcome, and that this is a wonderful area to call home.”
Brown’s Brewing’s Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery in Hoosick Falls opened to the public in 2014 in a beautifully renovated 19th century brick factory building on the Walloomsac River, also housing Brown’s bottling facility. The comfortable taproom allows for peaceful relaxation paired with freshly brewed beer and delicious food.
We hope you can join us at Brown’s Brewing Earth Day event and celebrate the importance of quality water!
07 Apr / 2016
If you’re looking for an excuse to dance the night away with one of Burlington, Vermont’s biggest bands, then look no further! This Friday, April 8th, head to the Champlain Valley Exposition for Madaila: The Fair! If you haven’t heard of Madaila before, then you are in for a real treat. The Burlington based band features five members that come together to play upbeat, pop and dance rock music that makes you want to move and groove all night long. So get your dancin’ shoes, and get ready to party!
This night will also feature some other great talents, including special guests: Superhuman Happiness, Billy Dean & The Honor Roll and selections by Disco Phantom. Brought to you by Nectar’s Presents, The Fair will be held in an awesome indoor space at the one and only Champlain Valley Exposition! Don’t have your tickets yet? Click here to purchase them now! As an added bonus to this event, there will be round-trip transportation available from Nectar’s as well. Yes, you heard that right, you can catch a ride on the Unified Back Berner bus, that allows you to sip on several Citizen Ciders and Otter Creek Brewing ales that will take you directly to the fair!
The Unified Back Berner Bus ticket is good for a bus ride to the Champlain Valley Expo for the Madaila: The Fair concert! Busses will leave from Nectar’s (188 Main Street) at 6:45pm SHARP and will bring all passengers back to downtown Burlington once the show is over. Interested in reserving your seat? Purchase your $7 ticket here, so you’re guaranteed a seat. Please note that this is an 18+ show and the doors will open at 7pm. The show will begin at 7:30pm
We hope that you can join in on the action this Friday at the Fair and enjoy the sounds of one of BTV’s hottest bands! So what are you waiting for, get your tickets and have some fun!
Pop juggernaut Madaila’s debut record, “The Dance”, is upbeat, synth-heavy, and catchy. Vocal skill and range are immediately apparent. But in the tradition of Prince and more recently Frank Ocean, there is an ornateness and occasional darkness to this pop music that exposes Madaila’s complexity and musicianship. Tight arrangements and multi-instrumental performances showcase musical minds at work. Tight spandex and technicolor attire showcase a different side. When playing live, both powerful and playful elements of Madaila are present as the five-piece finds the deeper possibilities within their concise recorded material. On stage, spontaneous expression and contagious melody coexist.
30 Mar / 2016
With the winter ski season winding down, and nice spring weather ahead, ski resorts all over Vermont are preparing for some end-of-the season fun in the sun this weekend and you’re invited! On Saturday, April 2nd, three of Vermont’s ski resorts including Mount Snow, Okemo Mountain Resort, and Smugglers’ Notch are all hosting beer festivals, so you and your family can celebrate the season on and off the snow! Find all the details below…
Join Mount Snow for their 8th Annual Winter Brewers Festival:
- When: Saturday, April 2nd
- Time: 12pm-5pm
- Location: Main Base Area
- Details: A one-day celebration of springtime, beer and live music!
- This year’s breweries include: Otter Creek, Switchback, Shed, Lord Hobo, Shmaltz Brewing, Woodchuck Cider, Goodwater, Baxter, Allagash, Sebago, Founder’s and many more!
- Admission: Drinker admission is $20 if bought in advance online before 11:59pm March 31st. Drinker admission will be $25 at the window. There is a $5 window discount if you show a Season Pass or valid lift ticket for April 2nd. Drinker admission includes a 10oz souvenir glass as well as two tokens for 10oz samples. Tokens are then $3 each. Non-drinking admission is $5 for designated drivers and anyone ages 6-20. Kids 5 and under are free. Non-drinking admissions include a souvenir water bottle and free soda.
- Tickets: Buy Them Here
Join Okemo Mountain for their Hops On Snow Brewfest:
- When: Saturday, April 2nd
- Time: 11am – 4 pm
- Location: Jackson Gore Courtyard
- Details: This one-day beer festival, will feature new seasonal beers and cider. Enjoy beautiful spring conditions on the mountain in the morning, then quench your thirst by sampling some brews in the afternoon. We will be firing up the BBQ for the occasion and offering delicious eats. Don’t forget your sunscreen! Open to the public. Must be 21 years old (with valid ID) to participate.
- Prices for beer tasting: Souvenir (6oz.) glass, including four samples: $20.00 & Additional sample tickets: $4.00
- Sample Brews From: Goodwater Brewery, Magic Hat, The Shed, Otter Creek, Sebago, Allagash, Baxter, Lord Hobo, Tow Roads, Woodchuck Cider, and more!
Join Smugglers’ Notch Resort for their 21st Annual BrewFest Part 2:
- When: Saturday, April 2nd
- Time: 6pm-10pm
- Location: Meeting House
- Details: Join us in the Meeting House and sample the finest in Vermont and regional craft beers and ciders.
- Admission: Tickets are available at the door; $20 entry includes 8 samples and souvenir glass. 21 and older, please. For information on BrewFest group lodging packages, please call 800-521-0536.
- Enjoy samples from: Sam Adams, Woodchuck Cider, Angry Orchard, Traveler, Long Trail and more!
- Bonus: Jammin’ Sam plays all your dance party hits and the Morse Mountain Grille provides the snacks.
We hope you have a wonderful day on the hill this Saturday, and you can join in on the fun this weekend at one of these exciting beer festivals. Enjoy the last days of the ski season as well!
17 Mar / 2016
Have you had the pleasure of indulging in Magic Hat Brewing Company’s seasonal brew ‘Feast of Fools’ before? If you haven’t had the chance to try this decadent chocolate & raspberry stout, then you are in luck! Our friends at the Beverage Warehouse, Vermont’s largest craft beer, wine, & liquor store located in Winooski, will be hosting a Magic Hat Tasting & Feast of Fools Growler Bar release from 4-6:30pm, on Friday, April 1st. Typically this delicious seasonal brew debuts once a year in the winter. However, they saved a special keg for a release and want to share it with you!
If a rich, chocolatey stout might not be your favorite Magic Hat beer, don’t fret. They will also be offering Magic Hat’s Low-Key session IPA and some other tasty beers for your drinking delight! In addition to this evening, the Beverage Warehouse will be making a donation to the Vermont Foodbank. Beverage Warehouse encourages all who can, to join them in the fight against hunger. With your help, they will provide 15,000 meals for Vermont community members in need. Let’s stand together in the fight to end hunger!
Want to know more about Magic Hat’s Feast of Fools Raspberry Stout? “In medieval times, the celebration of darkness and light was marked with great halls filled with smoke and mirrors. Gilded goblets brimming with seasonal brews were lifted to lips speaking a language no longer known. The present connects the past through the brewer’s art and a beer of utter darkness is born – Feast of Fools Raspberry Stout. Gather thy friendly fools for a round and celebrate the oncoming darkness with sweet ale and glee,” states Magic Hat. The Feast of Fools Stout is made up of Pale, Caramel 80L, Caramunich 120L, and Roasted Barley malts. It contains Apollo hops, English Ale yeast and Raspberry. It is 6% a.b.v with 28 ibus & 50srm.
Lastly, this is a FREE EVENT! Spend your April Fool’s Day in style this year, gather your friends, and join us for this fun event!
Have you heard of Good Water Brewery? If you haven’t, then you are in for a real treat! Good Water Brewery, located at 740 Marshall Avenue in Williston, is Vermont’s newest Craft Brewery and Tasting Room. Owners Marty Bonneau & Chris Capetz and their team have been hard at work putting together the final touches to their 20-barrel brewhouse in the 5,000-square-foot facility. Even though the brewery and tasting room are not quite officially open for business, the brew crew has been busy crafting English and American Style beers, including their Sweet Winter Brown, Hoppy Side of Pale and inspiRED Ale. They also plan to include some session beers to their brewing lineup, so be sure to keep an eye out for those tasty low-alcohol brews as well.
Come and celebrate with us at McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House located at 28 Walnut St (Maple Tree Place), in Williston, this Thursday, March 10th from 5:30-7:30pm for Good Water Brewery’s Launch Party. Bring your friends, sip on three special featured Good Water beers and have the chance to win some awesome swag! For updates to this event, check out their Facebook page.
Lastly, be sure to save the date for: Monday, March 14th at 7pm, for the March 2016 Club Meeting, which was started by the late GMM Greg Noonan. Marty will give a tour of the new brewery and answer any questions you have. They ask that you please bring a glass for sampling, labeled home brews and snacks to share. For more details, please visit the Green Mountain Masher’s Facebook event page.
The McGillicuddy’s kitchen will be open, so be sure to pair your tasty Good Water beer(s) with some delicious eats! Have you had the chance to try any of Good Water’s beers on draught yet? If so, which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!
We hope to see you!