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Friday, September 6, 2019

Foam Brewers to Open a Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 at 11:12 AM

Restaurant will be in site of Foam art exhibit - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Restaurant will be in site of Foam art exhibit
Foam Brewers on the Burlington waterfront plans to open a restaurant in the Lake Street building that houses its brewery and taproom, according to co-owner Jon Farmer.

The new restaurant, which Farmer expects will open in late winter or early spring, has yet to be named. It will be a quick-service, farm-to-table restaurant whose concept and menu will be further developed when Foam hires a chef/kitchen manager to run the new business, Farmer told Seven Days.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Dining on a Dime: Stone Corral Brewery

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 12:41 PM

Grilled corn and a chickpea taco at Stone Corral Brewery - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Grilled corn and a chickpea taco at Stone Corral Brewery
The server at Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond used perfect timing when he spoke these words to me:  ”The tyranny of choice.”

He was looking at me with a smile as I studied the menu, trying to choose what to eat with my grilled corn on the cob ($4). I felt the pressure, but kept reading the list. When I selected the last thing on the menu, a taco called Ganesh to Meet Yah, he was kind enough to affirm my choice with a quiet “Yay!”

The name of the taco meant nothing to me, but its ingredients were irresistible: curried vegetable chickpeas, cucumber, apple, Napa cabbage and pea shoot slaw, toasted sesame, coconut yogurt dressing. With a green salad, this beautiful assemblage totaled $7.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Four Quarters Brewing Turns Parking Lot Into Beer Garden

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 10:10 PM

Beer garden at former bank in Winooski - COURTESY OF FOUR QUARTERS BREWING
  • Courtesy of Four Quarters Brewing
  • Beer garden at former bank in Winooski
The drive-up lanes of a former bank in Winooski are dispensing beer instead of bucks. Customers can walk up and score a hometown IPA.

Four Quarters Brewing is opening a satellite beer garden at the site of the old KeyBank on 70 Main Street. After a trial run last weekend, the parking-lot beer joint will be open Thursday through Sunday (weather dependent) starting on Friday, June 21. Four Quarters’ new site is about five blocks from its primary location, where owner Brian Eckert opened Winooski’s only brewery in 2014.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dining on a Dime: Magic Hat Artifactory

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2019 at 5:38 PM

Magic Hat #9 - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Magic Hat #9
No. 9, No. 9, No. 9, No. 9, No. 9, No. 9, No. 9.

I knew what I wanted before I walked in the door of the Magic Hat taproom in South Burlington, a beer bunker called the Artifactory.

Too much time had passed since I drank a Magic Hat #9 in its long-neck amber bottle with the psychedelic orange label that says it all: # 9. (That first mark is a number symbol, not a hashtag; the label was designed pre-hashtag: #artwork.)

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hired Hand Brewing Co. to Add Full Brewery in Vergennes

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Hired Hand brews - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • Hired Hand brews
Ian Huizenga had not planned on adding a full-fledged brewery to his pair of neighboring Vergennes food and beverage businesses. But then 23,000 square feet next door became available and, he said, he really had no choice.

“I knew it was my only shot at doing a brewery right here,” he said.

Huizenga is chef and co-owner of Bar Antidote, a restaurant and bar, and a brewpub, Hired Hand Brewing Co., for which he brews beer at the Bobcat Café & Brewery in Bristol. He had just finished installing two fermenters and a chiller in the basement of Bobcat last March when he found out the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, previously in the School Street space, was moving to a new location.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hill Farmstead Top Brewery in the World for Fifth Year

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 4:13 PM

The team at Hill Farmstead, founder Shaun Hill standing fourth from left - HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY
  • Hill Farmstead Brewery
  • The team at Hill Farmstead, founder Shaun Hill standing fourth from left
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro was named the best brewery in the world for the fifth straight year by RateBeer,  which announced its annual ratings on Tuesday. The brewery on a dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom beat out more than 34,000 breweries  to win the 2018 title,  according to RateBeer.

"At this point, it's kind of like we really hope we get No. 1," said Phil Young, who works in production and retail at Hill Farmstead.  "If you're at the top, there's nowhere to go but down, so you want to stay there."

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Debuts a New Collaboration: Beer

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Jukebox starts its third season September 1 at ArtsRiot - COURTESY OF ELLEN VOORHEIS
  • Courtesy of Ellen Voorheis
  • Jukebox starts its third season September 1 at ArtsRiot
Not long ago, it was considered impolite to let out a cough during a classical music concert. Now audience members can clink their glasses and cheer.

That is, if they’re listening to a Vermont Symphony Orchestra string quartet perform at ArtsRiot in Burlington, site of a musical series called Jukebox. The collaboration of the symphony and the bar kicks off its third season this Saturday night, September 1, at the Pine Street club.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Long Trail Brewing Makes Vermont's First CBD Beer

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro - COURTESY OF LONG TRAIL BREWING
  • Courtesy of Long Trail Brewing
  • Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro
First there were cannabidiol (CBD) pastries, sold in retail packages at free-thinking retailers such as Burlington's Green State Gardener. Then, restaurants began jumping on the bandwagon with CBD pastries, breakfast and lunches, and special CBD cocktail nights. Now, Long Trail Brewing (LT) head brewers Ian Harbage and Sam Clemens are piloting  a beer infused with the cannabinoid compound.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

Posted By on Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Coney Island hot dogs and beer at Zero Gravity - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Coney Island hot dogs and beer at Zero Gravity
There are tougher choices in life, to be sure. But, when I became a regular at Zero Gravity Craft Brewery last winter, the burning question of the day was often: lamb sausage or bratwurst? Coney Island dog or Italian sausage?

Those Frank Pace-made bar snacks are available at the Pine Street brewery, where you can eat and drink for less than $12.

As with most crucial decisions, a number of factors figured into my choice: Was I alone or with a pal? In the mood for Dijon or yellow mustard, kimchi or kraut? Did I feel like smushing a sausage down into its roll so I could take a bite without peppers and onions spilling onto the bar? Or did I desire a less messy eating event?

In short, I became a pro at making the call.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

New Brewers Festival Coming to Killington

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Vermont Brewers Festival on the Burlington Waterfront - COURTESY
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  • Vermont Brewers Festival on the Burlington Waterfront
The Vermont Brewers Association announced on Monday afternoon that it will host a brewers festival at Killington Resort next March, to be called — wait for it — the Vermont Brewers Festival at Killington.

The VBA hosts the annual Vermont Brewers Festival at Waterfront Park in Burlington in July (this year Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22). The organization that represents 52 Vermont craft brewers has been considering for some time adding a second festival to its lineup, according to marketing and festival director Amy Cronin.

"We wanted to play into Vermont being so beautiful," Cronin said. "And offer something in another part of the state, and make it special."

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