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The Killington Wine Festival “has earned a reputation for being one of the Killington’s region’s signature summer events”. Entering into its 14th year, the festival has expanded over the years, and currently features more than 500 wines from a vast collection of over 40 vineyards from all over the world. This year’s festival will be taking place in July on Friday, the 17th & Saturday, the 18th. If you are still in the Killington area on Sunday the 19th, a “Wine & Nine Golf Tournament” will be taking place for you to round out your weekend!

So let’s talk about the details….

Estate Wine Tasting, Killington Peak Lodge, Friday, July 17, 6:00pm

This night includes a scenic gondola ride to kick off the Killington Wine Festival at the Killington Peak Lodge for an exclusive estate wine tasting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk to the vintners and representatives behind the weekend’s wines and enjoy some of the best views in Vermont. This ticket includes light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets cost $85/person and you can purchase them here.

Wine Trail, Killington Road, Friday, July 17th, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Multiple restaurants along the Killington Road will transform into ‘tasting rooms’ to feature a special wine, or a food and wine pairing. These specials will take place on Friday from 6:00pm-10:00pm at various restaurants on the Killington road. Each of these stops along the way will showcase a different wine or wine portfolio paired with various edibles including gourmet cheeses, Italian tapas and desserts. There is free transportation provided between restaurants and will be available from 6-10pm. Gramps’ Shuttle will be providing the scheduled pick-ups. Please call 802-558-1543 to schedule a pick-up 30 minutes in advance.

The Grand Tasting, Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar, Saturday, July 28th, 1:00-4:00pm

The Grand tasting is at Killington Resort’s K1 Base Area & Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars under a large, festive tent from 1-4pm. This is the “premier event of the Killington Wine Festival”. You’ll have the chance to choose from over 400 wines from 40 different wineries for your sampling pleasure. Pair your wine with complementary hors d’oeuvres and samples of Vermont specialty products. The scenic Green Mountains will be your backdrop, so why not enjoy a round trip ride on the K1 gondola to the top of Killington Peak. Tickets include a signature tote bag and wine glass as well as the round trip gondola ride on the K1 Express. Tickets are $65/person and you can purchase them here.

Wine and Nine Golf Tournament, Green Mountain National Golf Course, Sunday, July 19th, 2:30pm

Round out your Killington Wine Festival Weekend with the perfect conclusion. Nine holes of fun scramble golf, an assortment of delicious wines and a gourmet dinner to finish off the evening. You can sign-up as a team or as a single and you’ll have the chance to enjoy a great day of golfing! The cost is $65 per player ($55 for GMNGC Members), which includes golf, cart, dinner and some fabulous prizes. $45 for the dinner and wine tasting only. Space is limited, so call and sign-up today! You can make a reservation with the Green Mountain National Golf Course by calling 802-422-4653.

Upgrade Your Wine Festival Experience

Wine Festival Patron Ticket is perfect for those planning to attend Friday’s Estate Tasting and Saturday’s Grand Tasting. This money saving ticket includes entry to the Estate Wine Tasting and also allows VIP early admission to the Grand Tasting on Saturday. This upgraded ticket costs $150/person and you can purchase your ticket here.

Please note that all information, dates and times are subject to change. You must be 21 or older to attend the tasting events. For additional event information, please contact the Killington Pico Area Association at 802-773-4181 or visit their website for more any other inquiries.

We’re looking forward to being part of the 14th annual Killington Wine Festival! If you are attending this year’s event, we hope you have a wonderful experience.

Oktoberfest Vermont will take place this fall, during the last week of September at the Waterfront Park in Burlington. This first-annual event is a Bavarian themed weekend-long festival that offers local food, a live performing 6 piece professional Bavarian Orchestra, contests and games, German-style decor and of course, beer!

This weekend-long gathering will feature over 40 breweries on premise, including Hop N’ Moose Brewing, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Sam Adams, The Shed Brewery, Switchback Brewing Company, Traveler Beer Co., and Woodchuck Cider, just to name a few.

This event will also feature local food vendors highlighting authentic German eats as well as a wide variety of other culinary delights. Enjoy tasty treats from Bluebird Barbecue, where they will offer Bavarian inspired BBQ. Myer’s Bagels will also be on site, providing you with a voucher for a FREE Myer’s product. If you’re not familiar with Myer’s famous wood fired bagels, do yourself a favor and head to their shop on 377 Pine Street in Burlington and indulge in their tasty Montreal-style bagels. Last but not least, Kountry Kart Deli, which is known as Burlington’s favorite deli, will be making a German-themed version of their famous “Rise and Shiner” for you to indulge in.

Now that you’ve got your favorite Vermont beer in one hand, and your German-inspired food item in the other, it’s time to boogie! Oktoberfest Vermont will feature The Jolly Kopperschmidts German Band, a 6-piece talented Bavarian Orchestra that is fully equipped with a trombone, flutes, trumpets, accordion, drums and a tuba. Enjoy the sounds of New England’s best Bavarian music crew! Let’s raise a glass and get ready to Oompah!

Do you like games? Oktoberfest Vermont wants to make this event as authentic as they can, so they have teamed up with some amazing brands to bring you a variety of competition and games throughout the festival. All games are FREE for all in attendance. Contestants will compete for the chance to win round-based prizes and major prizes for the winning champion of the event. One winner will be crowned for each of the games offered, and have his or her name added to the annual Oktoberfest Vermont trophy. The competition events are open to men and women who are 21+. All participants will be timed and recorded into the Oktoberfest Leaderboard to determine who the overall champion will be. A cash prize will be awarded to both the male and female champion. Think you have what it takes to win the Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition? The winner of this National Competition will win a trip to the 2016 Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany!

Tickets are NOW ON SALE and are available for three separate sessions. Purchase your tickets here and decide which session you’d like to attend. The tickets cost $35(+ $2 Burlington impact fee + Service fee).The sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 24th: “Meet Your Maker” VIP Benefit Dinner, which includes one ticket to the Friday session of Oktoberfest. You can find more information on the VIP Benefit Dinner here.
  • Friday, September 25th: 5-9pm Oktoberfest Vermont Festivities
  • Saturday, September 26th: 5-9pm Oktoberfest Vermont Festivities

Authentic German-style clothing is not required, but highly encouraged! The Oktoberfest Vermont crew will be crowning a King & Queen for a costume contest, so be sure to get your Lederhosen and Dirndl out of the closet and get ready to look the part! This is a rain or shine event, so please make sure to check the weather before you leave the house and dress accordingly. For more information on the event, please visit the Oktoberfest Vermont website.

One last note, tickets to Oktoberfest Vermont are limited, so be sure to get yours today! Zicky, Zacky!

Stowe, Vermont is the place to be this Saturday, as hundreds of runners and walkers will be joining the Craft Brew Race. Participants will compete in the 5k road race, which is then followed by a local craft beer festival. The post race beer festival will take place immediately after the race featuring 30+ breweries, including some of our favorite brands such as, Sam Adams, Switchback Brewing Company, Infinity Brewing, 1st Republic Brewing, Otter Creek Brewing,Magic Hat Brewing Company, and for the non-beer drinkers, Woodchuck Cider. Sounds like a good time, right? Well, what are you waiting for? Register now and join the fun, however, all participants have to be 21+ to do so!

Now that you know what the event is all about, let’s get into the details, so you can be totally prepared for when the big day arrives! A list of FAQ’s is provided below, so you can know what is happening at the race and craft beer festival:

1. Where is the Stowe Craft Brew Race taking place?

The race will be hosted by The Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa.

2. When does the race take place and when does it start?

The race will be held on Saturday, May 30th. The race will begin at 12:00pm and the festival will take place from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.

3. Who can participate in the race?

The Craft Brew Races is for runners and walkers who love local craft beer. All participants must be 21+ to run the race. The post-race Brew Festival is open to 21+ race participants, OR anyone wishing to purchase a Festival Only ticket or Designated Driver ticket.

4. How do you register and how much does it cost?

You can register as an individual or a team. To register online as an individual or as a team, sign-up here. Every race and festival has an early bird, regular, and on-site price based on the date of the event. Each individual city participating has a page for you to view the specific pricing.

5. Are there awards given out after the race?

Yes, the top three male and female finishers will receive a Craft Brew Races branded award. For team awards, a 1.0 Liter Bavarian beer mug will be awarded to the Largest Team, Largest Brewery and Fastest Teams.

6. What do you get?

You will get entry into the 5k Brew Run and post-race Brew Festival, an official pint glass (or other branded promotional items where glass prohibited), Finisher’s medal, Live music, & Food vendors will be selling at each event

7. If you don’t want to run, can you still join the event?

There is a Brew Fest and Designated Driver ticket available for each event, so sleep in then show up for the festival!

8. Do you need you ID for the event?

Yes, you will need your ID in order to receive your 21+ bracelet when you pick up your race bib prior to the race. The bracelet must be worn during the race and presented for entry into the Festival. Also, festival only and designated driver participants must present their ID at the gate of the Brew Festival following the race.

For any other information regarding the event, please visit the Craft Brew Races website for any other inquires you may have. You can also “Like” the race event on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Good Luck to everyone competing in this year’s Craft Brew Race! Enjoy the run, the food, live music and most of all the delicious craft beer. Cheers!

802 BWS is a beverage, wine and spirits store located on North Avenue in Burlington. Formerly the Merola’s Market, the 802 BWS store relocated less than a mile down the road in the Ethan Allen Shopping Center. They are located between Aaron’s and Snap Fitness. The 802 BWS store is also a Vermont State Liquor outlet, carrying over 1200 wines, a wide variety of spirits, an impressive craft beer selection as well as a 12 tap growler station. Their growler station typically has eight or nine Vermont craft brews on at all times and they fill 32oz. & 64oz. growlers. They also offer “featured tastings” a few times a month, where a representative from a specific sponsor comes in and offers free samples of their products. Need a keg filled? They can do that too!

The 802 BWS store carries some of our top Vermont brands such as Otter Creek, Switchback, Wolaver’s, Woodchuck Cider, Boyden Valley and Magic Hat. We thought we’d take the opportunity to highlight the unique Vermont store, and interview their Growler Supervisor Cian McGuire. Our first encounter with Cian was on Twitter. We often noticed That802BeerGuyretweeting and favoriting our posts. We were thrilled to know that we had such a dedicated fan following us, and sharing his passion for craft beer and the industry. From this, we thought it would be fun to meet Cian and ask him a few questions about himself, his job, how he got into the craft beer scene and also because he seemed like an interesting guy.

We met with Cian earlier this week and decided that the taproom at Switchback Brewery would be the perfect place to meet and enjoy a few pints while we chatted. It was a dreary Monday afternoon, so sitting indoors and sipping on delicious craft beer was the perfect setting for a casual interview. We sampled a few beers, then ordered our beverage of choice and got down to business. Here is our Q & A of that conversation:

Baker: When did you end up in Vermont?

Cian: The tail-end of 2010. It’ll be five years in December.

Baker: Can you tell me a little bit more about yourself?

Cian: I’m a 33 year old artist/sculptor/photographer/musician/jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none who’s worked a long and varied selection of jobs in my 17 years in the workforce mostly concentrating in sales and customer service. I have at various times slung cheesesteaks, wings, and deli meats; worked retail in a department store, a Deck the Walls, a Verizon Wireless, and an American Eagle; QC’d at a rolled metals producer; worked for a direct mailer; oversaw the weekend produce section of a local, organic foods market; and currently am Growler Supervisor at 802 BWS, bartending at La Boca Pizzeria, and as of (hopefully) this weekend working sales with Four Quarters Brewing. It’s been a long and varied employment history during which I’ve been grateful to learn the ins-and-outs of an endless series of disciplines.

Baker: You mentioned you got into the craft beer industry by accident. Can you expand on that?

Cian: My love for a good beer was something that blossomed during my explorations of the burgeoning mid-aughts craft beer scene. Growing up in Philadelphia my first exposure to brews were Yuengling and Guinness – that quickly branched out to the likes of Magic Hat, Victory, Stoudt’s, and Lionshead, along with a heavy compliment of great, established European breweries like Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner. I came to learn to appreciate an enormous variety of beers; even today, a brew has to work very hard for me to not find some aspect of it that I can enjoy. However, it had never been a deliberate cultivation of a palate or experience to further my professional goals. So, in that manner, I have come to call this career trajectory “accidental”.

Baker: How long have you worked at 802 BWS?

Cian: I have worked at 802 BWS since March of last year when the 10,000 square foot beer, liquor, and wine superstore was still the slightly smaller Merola’s Market.

Baker: Were you involved with setting up the growler program at 802 bws?

Cian: I wasn’t involved in the initial formulation of the growler program – the owner of 802 BWS, Jason Beaudoin, originally had the idea. I have, however, been instrumental in overseeing the day-to-day maintenance and week-to-week cultivation of product, and I proudly believe a big driver of our early success has been my establishing a rapport with our customer base.

Baker: How often do you hold tasting events at 802 BWS?

Cian: A few times a month – we’re looking at expanding the tasting program this summer for our anticipated larger customer base.

Baker: What are some upcoming tastings that are happening?

Cian: We are featuring a Smugglers Notch tasting this Saturday, May 23rd at 4pm. We also have Two Roads Brewing Company from Stratford, CT, scheduled for Friday, June 5th.

Baker: How have you seen the craft beer industry change over the years?

Cian: Oh man, I could discuss this particular question for hours, but I’ll keep it short and say that the evolution of the sophistication of both product and consumer has been the biggest driver for change. One could – even as recently as a few years ago – make a decent, if not overly profitable, living making mediocre beer that those inclined to enjoy would see favorably and continually return to. I think at this state of maturation of this still-nascent industry that such a thing is not really possible anymore – which is of the biggest benefit to those devotees of craft, both new and old.

Baker: You mentioned to us that you are interested in making a film about Vermont Pub & Brewery’s legendary owner Greg Noonan. Can you tell us more about that?

Cian: Mr. Noonan has done so much for the furtherance of this industry and altered my own personal trajectory in this field that I feel compelled to try to give something back. Every person who interacted with Greg has a plethora of stories to tell about him, his personality, and his generosity of spirit. This coupled with the significance of his actions in the craft scene cements his legacy. I wish to celebrate that.

Baker: What is the one thing you like most about working in the craft beer industry?

Cian: Getting to share my love and experience with a diverse crowd of consumers. Their experiences further color my knowledge base and their receptiveness to me and my suggestions is gratifying and rewarding in a manner I’ve not experienced elsewhere in my life.

We want to thank Cian for taking the time to meet with us to talk shop about the 802 bws, himself and the craft beer industry. We look forward to possibly partnering with 802 BWS in the future, so stay tuned!

Have you had the chance to visit 802 BWS? Share your experiences with us!

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The flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green, the trees are budding and the birds are chirping, it must be Spring! Great weather is the perfect reason to get outside and enjoy yourself! Our friends at Magic Hat Brewing Company know how to take advantage of great weather and great company. They just recently announced some super fun upcoming events happening next weekend and throughout the summer, so clear your schedule and head on over to the brewery in South Burlington for live music, food, beer and entertainment!

Have you ever heard of Big Heavy World? Located in Burlington, Big Heavy World is Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office. Big Heavy World was started by roommates James Lockridge and George Webb. Their mission is to preserve the historical record of music originating in Vermont to create economic opportunity for VT’s musicians and the industries vital to them. Magic Hat is partnering with Big Heavy World for an exciting benefit event happening next Saturday.

The event is called Heavy Fest 5 and it’s taking place at the Magic Hat Brewery on Saturday, May 16th from 1-6pm. This event will feature a live art expo, outdoor beer garden, brewery tours, food trucks and of course, live music from some of Vermont’s most talented artists. Here’s all you need to know about next week’s event:

  • 100% of the $5 donation at the door will go directly to Big Heavy World
  • Feeling hungry? Taco Truck All-Stars, Dolce VT & Queen City Pops will be there feeding the crowd
  • Live music from Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Soule Monde, Rough Francis, Swale and Gowanus
  • Live art expo with Jason Tooth and Brian Capes
  • Brewery tours led by the Magic Hat Brewers
  • Outdoor Beer Garden featuring speciality beers

On June 5th, join the Magic Hat Artifactory for Nicole Christman’s Art Opening. Nicole was last year’s winner of the Labels for Libations contest. You can find Nicole’s artistic label on Magic Hat’s Art Hop Ale which will be showcased on their Spring Fever variety pack, which debuts this spring. Come and hang in the Art Space, see more of Nicole’s art work, mingle with friends and sip on tasty pints. There will be free snacks available as well as 220z. bottles of Art Hop Ale for sale. As a bonus, Magic Hat will donate $1 for every bottle sold, to benefit Burlington’s South End Arts and Business Association.

Did you experience Magic Hat’s Summer Sessions series last season? If not, don’t worry, it’s coming around again! Summer Sessions Music Series is the brewery’s free music series happening at the brewery every Sunday afternoon in June! This event also features an outdoor beer garden and the Taco Truck All Stars food truck. They currently have four sessions lined up and ready to go! All artists are scheduled to perform from 2-4:30. Here are the scheduled Summer Session Music Series dates and participating artists:

  • June 7th, live music with Josh Panda
  • June 14th, live music with Stone Bullet
  • June 21st, live music with The Growlers
  • June 28th, live music with Ben Donovan and The Congregation

We hope that you can make it to one or more of these great summer events! If you do go, share your experiences with us on Facebook!

“Celebrate Fine Craft Beer with the Brewers Who Create Them and the People Who Love Them” is the theme to this year’s Stowe Brewers Festival, taking place Friday, August 14th & Saturday, August 15th. This inaugural festival will feature the best craft brewers from Vermont and other surrounding New England states and will showcase 40 Brewers, 120+ craft beers, ciders & mead!

This event is one you do not want to miss! Tickets are on sale now, we recommend getting them soon, as ticket prices go up $10 per ticket beginning August 7th!

We thought that we would take this opportunity to give you all the event details, so you can have all the information that you need to know. Below, we’ve outlined the highlights of the event, including details on the festival, tickets, hours, brewers and the more here:

When: Friday, August 14th & Saturday, August 15th

Hours: 3:00-6:30pm

Location: Mayo Events Field – 80 Weeks Hill Road, Stowe, VT 05672

Tickets:

  • Friday & Saturday Standard Admission – (3PM-6:30PM) – $45.00
  • Friday & Saturday VIP Admission – (2PM-6:30PM) – $75.00
  • Friday & Saturday Designated Driver – (3PM-6:30PM) – $20.00
  • Friday & Saturday VIP Designated Driver – (2PM-6:30PM)
  • Ninkasi-Stowe Pass (A town wide celebration, beginning August 10th *more details below) – $15.00
  • Buy your tickets for either session here.

Brewers/Cider/Mead:

Other:

The event will also feature the following: Live Music, Great Merchandise, Delicious Food and Beer Vendors, Free Workshops, Demostrations, Fresh Water, Parking, and secure Bike Valet! The special events, discounts, and offers from 60+ Stowe businesesses take place all week long. If you purchase a Ninkasi-Stowe pass, you will recieve an all-access pass to every fantastic discount, tasting, event, all entertainment, and special offers being extended by various generous Stowe businesses. The pass is FREE with your Stowe Brewers Festival ticket. You can view a complete lisitng of offers and events here.

The Stowe Brewers Festival is an outdoor, rain or shine event, and is for patrons 21+ (that includes designated drivers). Be sure to bring your valid ID or passport. The festival gates open 30 minutes prior to the start of each tasting session. If you would like more information on the festival, please visit the SBF website. You can also Like the Stowe Brewers Festival on Facebook, or Follow them on Twitter.

We hope you enjoy the 1st annual Stowe Brewers Festival!

A few weeks ago, we traveled to beautiful Middlebury, Vermont where we made our way to Otter Creek Brewing Company. Not only did we get a private tour of their incredible brewery, we also got the chance to sit and chat with one of the coolest Brewmaster’s around, Mike Gerhart. We were thrilled that the crew at Otter Creek could take time out of their busy day to give us a behind the scenes tour of their amazing facility. We were warmly welcomed by Social Media Marketing Manager Ben Bonaccio and he gave us a brief overview of Otter Creek, it’s team and it’s awesome beer. After we chatted with him, he handed us our safety glasses and told us that Mike would be waiting for us in the brewery to give us the tour.

otter-creek-3When you meet Mike, it’s like you’ve known him all your life. He has a very kind and laid-back demeanor, and immediately made us feel welcome. You can tell he has an extreme passion for beer and all that comes with brewing it. Mike came to Otter Creek in January of 2007. Since then, the Otter Creek team has grown and Mike now oversees the production and is also responsible for re-charging the Otter Creek and Wolaver’s Organic brands.

The tour began with Mike introducing us to a few of Otter Creek’s other key players, including Head Brewer and Production Manager Ryan Mckeon and Brewer Jim Lomax. We shook hands, exchanged a few words, then they were off to do that important stuff they do…brew the beer! Mike gave us the full rundown from start to finish, including how the beer is brewed, how it’s stored, bottled, packaged and sold. All in all, it was extremely exciting to see first hand how an operation of this size runs. You can really feel the positive energy on the brewing floor. It could have been the Grateful Dead playing in the background that made the vibe so relaxed, but every employee– whether they were brewing, bottling, or manning on the packaging line– they all had smiles on their faces. You could tell there was a great level of respect and love for the job. They run a tight ship, and you can tell. They work hard and produce some of the best beer in Vermont!

After the tour came to an end, we got the chance to sit in their Pub and Restaurant where we chatted with Mike for a little Q&A session. Want to know more about what we talked about? Read more here…

otter-creek-2Q: Mike, what’s your favorite beer to brew?

A: As a Brewer, I prefer to brew the lower alcohol session beers, as they tend to be harder to brew. I like the challenge of making low alcohol beers and sticking to the specific style of this type of brew.

Q: You mentioned you use chocolate malts to brew some of your beers. Is there actually chocolate in the malt?

A: No, the way it’s roasted gives the malt a very mild cocoa, almost cacao flavor, but there is no chocolate in the malt.

Q: Do you ever brew cask conditioned ales?

A: We do! Every Friday, that’s our Firkin Friday brewing rotation. All we basically ask the brewer, is not to take any safe bets. We try to push the envelope and brew really interesting, unique casks. We’ve been brewing cask conditioned brews for quite awhile now, and it took some time for the hype to catch on, because people associate cask beers with tasting “warm” or “flat”, but realistically, cask ales are served at room temperature and are less carbonated than normal drafts. Now, our customers have really come to enjoy them and often show up for our Firkin Friday events all the time now!

Q: Do you ever experience with brewing sour beers?

A: A little. We don’t really have room in our large tanks to experiment with sour brews. We did however, do a collaboration with Zero Gravity Brewery in Burlington, were we made a sour beer called the Berliner Weisse, which is a German sour beer, that we brewed for the Vermont Brewers Festival last year. Sour beers are something that as we evolve, we would definitely be into brewing, but at the moment, we are sticking to what we do best. Perhaps in the future we’ll try one.

otter-creek-1Q: Do you ever experiment with barrel-aged brews?

A: Sometimes, at the moment, we offer an aged Russian Imperial Stout, which is a highly coveted beer here. When we can find the time to brew them we try to fit it in, but it’s not something that gets brewed all the time. Finding the time is the hardest part, but we’re always open to adding that into the mix.

Q: What do you do with your spent grain and yeast?

A: We actually give it to a local farm. All the spent grain and yeast and anything that liquefies on the floor, we segregated it, then it’s pumped out right to the source. They can use it to feed their animals or use it as fertilizer. It’s always something that we’ve always done and we’re glad to be helping out our local farmers.

Q: What’s in store for the future at Otter Creek?

A: I’ve been here eight years, and I don’t see myself going anywhere. I love my job. We’ve got a solid team, we’re passionate and we love what we do. We’re going to continue to give our customers the highest quality and tastiest beers we can brew and continue to push ourselves stylistically and experimentally to produce new and exciting beers for you to enjoy!

We want to thank Brewmaster Mike, Social Media Manager Ben and the entire Otter Creek crew for letting us indulge in a true craft brewing experience in Vermont! Keep up the good work!

Let’s face it, Monday’s can be a drag. However, next Monday, April 20th, there’s a reason to come and join in on good time after work. Get together with Otter Creek Brewing Company for a special Launch Party at Nectar’s in downtown Burlington for 4/20! Celebrate the first day of the week in style.

The party will be taking place at Nectar’s from 6:00-9:00pm. Otter Creek is proud to debut two new year-round offerings, including Backseat Berner, which is their first year-round IPA in Otter Creek history. This special brew is named after Brewmaster Mike’s 150 pound Berense mountain dog (which we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and he’s adorable)! The Backseat Berner weighs in at 7% ABV with 68 IBU’s and is loaded with loads of tasty American hops. The other premier beer is the ‘Over Easy’, a year-round session ale. This tasty straw colored brew is 4.6% ABV with 40 IBU’s. This is an extremely “crushable ale” that is easy to drink and won’t over weigh your palate with hops.

Want to know more about the Otter Creek Launch Party? Here is all you need to know for the big event:

  • Brewmaster Mike Gerhart will be present and will be giving a brief history on the background and development of both of the featured brews
  • Both the Backseat Burner and the Over Easy brews will be flowing from the taps all night long
  • It’s FREE admission and there will be awesome beer specials available
  • Be sure to get there early, for FREE munchies and swag
  • Make sure to RSVP on Facebook, so we’ll know you’ll be joining us

So, come light up your taste buds and join the Otter Creek crew for a blazin’ good time!

Winter is finally over, and spring has finally arrived! So, let the fun spring skiing events begin. With the amount of snow that we recieved this winter, it’s no suprise that the slopes are still rockin’ and rollin’ with exceptional conditions and plenty of action. We teamed up with the folks from the Killington Ski Resort this winter, and overall, it was a great ski season and we were very happy to be a part of it!

With that said, the party isn’t over yet! As the ski season winds down, why not attend one of the most fun events of the year-Killington Mountain’s Dos Equis Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, which is taking place this Saturday. The highly anticipated competition and on-snow party returns to Bear Mountain. The annual competition will heat up again on Saturday as amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. The top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a head-to-head competition for the mogul challenge cup!

Have you already registered to compete? We hope so, because the deadline to do so was on March 30th. If you are a pre-registered competitor, be sure to check-in at the third floor of Bear Mountain Lodge between 7-8:30am on Saturday. If you are not checked in by the 8:30 time slot, your spot may be given to another person on the waiting list, so be sure to get there on time! Want to know what Saturday’s event schedule looks like? Check it out here:

  • Registration/Check-in: 7:00-8:30am on the 3rd floor of the Bear Mountain Lodge
  • Wait List Raffle: 8:45-9:00am at Outer Limits
  • Competitor Meeting: 8:45-9:00am at the Top Of Course
  • Qualifiers (All Divisions): 9:00-12:00pm at Outer Limits
  • Finals: 1:00-4:00pm at Outer Limits
  • Awards: After Finals conclude at the bottom of Outer Limits
  • BMMC After Party: 8:00pm-2:00am at the Pickle Barrel Night Club in Kiilington
  • All information, dates, times, locations subject to change

We hope that you had a great ski season and we look forward to celebrating with you this weekend! Have you ever been to the Mogul Challenge before? What part of the event do you look most forward to? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!

Vermont recently made headlines this week, when magazine Craft Beer and Brewing wrote an article entitled “Beercation: The New Burlington Beer Scene.” The in-depth article takes a look at the Vermont craft beer scene and the inspired brewers that make it all happen. Did you know that Vermont has the second most breweries per-capita in the country? Burlington, which is Vermont’s biggest city, has the most craft breweries in the state, but if you travel outside of BTV, you’ll definitely find a many other fantastic breweries, including 1st Republic Brewing Company based out of Fairfax, Vermont.

We are very excited to offer 1st Republic Brewing Co. and are looking forward to sharing their amazing brews with our customers. 1st Republic’s owners and brewers Kevin Jarvis and Shawn Trout, who are two friends and military veterans, began crafting beer out of their garage using only a single burner system and “maintains the dream and perseverance to grow while staying true to their hometown values. 1st Republic Brewing Co., as accomplished Vermonters, creates unique brews, while enjoying the fruits of their labor.” They give respect and honor to their Vermont roots and want to represent the “heart and soul of the hardworking people of this great state.”

At the moment, 1st Republic’s facility is only for brewing beer, which means that no tasting room is available. They do hope to debut one sometime this year and encourage their fans to follow them on Facebook, to receive updates and information on their brewery. Regardless of a tasting room, you can still try 1st Republic’s brews at a number of bars and restaurants around the state including: Cody’s Irish Pub and Grill, Pleasant Valley Brewing, Vermont Tap House, Monkey House, Brown Dog Bistro, Worthy Kitchen, Farmhouse Tap & Grill and Bluebird Barbecue, just to name a few!

Now that you know where you can find their delicious beer, let’s explore a few of 1st Republic’s stellar brews. Here you can find information on three of their current draughts offered:

  • Republic Pale Ale- Is their flagship Pale Ale, which is an interpretation of the classic British ale style, that is a clean, clear and an extremely drinkable brew. It is an unfiltered pale ale that has a combination of malt sweetness and hop forwardness that finishes clean, and offers aroma’s that have distinct tropical blends. (5.4% ABV)
  • Windsor Ale- This brew is an unfiltered American Red Wheat. The red wheat added in the beer combines nicely with the caramel and chocolate malts to give it a sweet, creamy traditional style ale, with a new feel. This beer is a more dark cloudy beer due to the wheat malts added. (4.8% ABV)
  • 104 Porter- This brew is an unfiltered Brown Porter, which is balanced perfectly between malt sweetness and smoke malt. Four distinct malts were used in the Porter, to blend in great body with notes of chocolate and caramel. This is a very smooth and drinkable beer. (6.4% ABV)

We hope you get the opportunity to try 1st Republic’s brews. If you do happen to indulge in their tasty beverages, share your thoughts with us on Facebook!


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