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Let’s start off with the fact that we were featured in a really cool way by a really cool guy doing really cool things: it might be hard for you to get your brain around trail running this time of year since, well, usually it’s assumed that trails to run on can only be had during the summer months. However, those of us (the few, the mentally tapped in some way/shape/form) who have this addiction, we tend to think and/or run on trails year around. It’s kind of like a hobby that turns into a lifestyle, forcing you to find yourself knee deep in snow and freezing, loving every second of it.


We were recently visited by the really cool Peter Maksimow (a Colorado folk) and he got to taste (literally) the joys that we have around here. If trail running is something that gets your plasma churning then you should read this, it’s great.


That’s the first thing I wanted to talk about.


The second thing I wanted to discuss was the fact that it’s “pieces of paper with red hearts on them” day next Tuesday. So, you know, give love and stuff.


Directly after that day, which would be Wednesday (February 15th, if you’re still unsure of what day St. Valentine’s Day falls on), we’re doing another one of those things where we are donating 5% of ALL OF OUR SALES (both food and drink) to the Family Center of Washington County. When the old saying of “it takes a village to raise of child” comes in to your brain, think of these folks. They are the village. Please take the time to visit with them HERE and learn a little about them before coming in next Wednesday and helping us donate to them.


Some beers that you may enjoy this week include but are not limited to:


- Upper Pass Moove On Up Stout: they put everything into this one and it shows. Want coffee in that stout? Sure, why not. Want some lactose (milk)? Got you. Want it to still be drinkable and medium bodied? You’re asking a little too much but it’s got that too.


- Lagunitas High Westified: yup, it’s the time of year for stouts. This one is an Imperial Coffee Stout that’s been aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Because, why not. It’s exactly what you’d expect from all of those words you just read about it.


- Idletyme Joy & Laughter: Firstly, the proceeds from this beer will be donated to help veterans and you can read all about it HERE as part of the Black Ale Project. It’s a great cause for those that have served our country in the greatest way possible. Idletyme took the opportunity to make a crisp golden ale, which will be nice and refreshing and smooth.


- We will have a specialty offering coming in from Lawson’s Finest Liquids, who you made of heard of, and it will be good. Oh yes, it will be good.



And, I’m not much of one to gloat, never have been, so I’ll just leave this HERE and walk away (spoiler alert – It’s not about hockey – there’s more to life than hockey, not much, but there are other things – and if you want to know WHY they are the team that I root for you can blame Ben Watts and Zak Wieluns – since it might be confusing to you why I root for all Philly teams, minus American Football).




See you in the future,




5 Percent to the Food Bank as well...

I hope you know, in addition to the Firkin (YES! We have a Firkin, not a PIN!) of Lost Nation Keller Pils (their unfiltered and dry hopped (with Mandarina Bavaria Hops) Pilsner), we’re also donating 5% of our daily sales to the Vermont Food Bank for tomorrow’s Beer Advocate Throwdown.  

I know that’s a lot to consider so let’s just break it down:


- It’s tomorrow, Thursday, the 26th of January in the year Two Thousand and Seventeen.

- It’ll basically be all day but I think we’ll tap the cask (the Firkin that is to say) at 3 or so and the Beer Advocate folks will be arriving in the evening-ish.

- Beer Advocate will be in the house.

- We will have a Firkin of Lost Nation’s Keller Pils dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops and it will be a beer you’re going to want to drink.

- We will have other special drafts to celebrate with you as well.

- We’re donating 5% of our Daily Sales to the Vermont Food Bank because that’s what you should do.

- You’re invited.

- So, you should come.



Also, we are TOTALLY CLOSED THIS SUNDAY because that’s the day we’re doing our Staff Party and exchanging the “Secret Santa” gifts that we got each other. I, personally, have been waiting way too long to give my gift to my secret reverse Santa or whatever you call it, since in this situation I would be considered the Santa and they would be the child. But, they’re not a child, they are a fully grown human.


Other things that we’ll have on for you include but are not limited to:


- Hill Farmstead Florence: a Wheat Saison that you want to drink.

- Smuttynose Smuttlabs Orville: a Single Hop Saison (Falconer’s Flight is the name of the hop) that’s drinking probably better than you’re expecting and your expectations are high.

- Lost Nation Roll Away: a fantastic IPA from our friends that are sending us a cask. It really is impressive.



Others and others to mention but it’s hard to predict what to tell you about that won’t be on the tap for about half a second for the people that have good timing that day.


So, I’ll leave you with a “good on ya” and “see you soon.”


Also, I’ve been listening to THIS non-stop.




The Throwdown, Advocate...

I was going to be really funny and create a link to Pinterest (I think that’s what it’s called) because the pun was there to allow you in the information that we’re going to have a pin (a smallish firkin or cask) from Lost Nation NEXT THURSDAY to celebrate the arrival and hang time with BEER ADVOCATE (you may have heard of those guys and gals) as well as some rarities from the basement but I had to create an account with Pinterest and that’s not something I want to do, so you’re just going to have to manually be informed without pun that we’re going to have a PIN FROM LOST NATION NEXT THURSDAY TO CELEBRATE SOME HANG TIME WITH BEER ADVOCATE.  

For those of you on that site, please “pin” it. I think that’s how it works, no?


So, yeah, the preeminent beer review site (and magazine) will be in the house, ready to hang and talk to all of you who know their beers. You may have heard of them before; they’re known as Beer Advocate. Well, they’ve become pretty good friends throughout the years and they wanted to come up and be around so we felt it necessary to bring some tasty treats in to share with them and you. Most notably, a Pin of Lost Nation Pilsner, kellerbier style. Also, we may just also have another pin (dueling PINS!) from Upper Pass as well. But I’m not sure which one that’s going to be so let’s keep that between you and me. I’ll also bring some aged offerings from the basement so we’ll have those too.


For the time period leading up to then, you can count on the following:


- Hill Farmstead Florence: they make Saisons very well. This one has wheat regardless of how you say “wheat.”


- Lawson’s Finest Fayston Maple Stout: they make Imperial Stouts with Maple very well, regardless of how you say “maple.”


- Brooklyn 2010 Monster: let’s see how this massive Barley Wine has aged. I’m willing to put a dollar to the donut that there’s a really good chance it’s delicious.


- Hermit Thrush Rye Barrel Rye: which, immediately made me think of THIS for some reason. And, just as the name implies, it’s a sour rye ale that’s been aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.



And so on and so on.



Short and sweet today y’all; I’ll give you the secondary heads up next week about NEXT THURSDAY!!!



Cheers bud,


THANKSMARTY Taproom (yes, I watched the whole thing)

You're the teapot...

Well, you made it. Good for you [he says in a Jersey accent – which sounds more like “Gud Fah Ewe”].  

We’ve entered what I’d like to call “We are going to have a good amount of Stouts on for the month of January” January.


It’s a bit of a mouthful but we’ll get through that too.



I’m simply implying to we’re in the midst of the Stout season (that is, the season of which Stouts, in all of their varieties and styles, are enjoyed more often than say when it’s one hundred degrees Celsius) and you’ll have an opportunity to try a good amount of them in the next couple of weeks. There is a good chance, as well, that “We are going to have a good amount of Stouts on for the month of January” January will leak into “We still have a good amount of Stouts to pour for you that we didn’t pour for the part of the ‘We are going to have a good amount of Stouts on for the month of January” January and now we have them for February” February. But, I’ll keep you posted.


Some of the hits that will be rolling include but are not limited to:


- Zero Gravity Oyster Stout: brewers used to use oyster shells as a form of filtration before someone invented something that works better. The good folks at Zero Gravity are not time travellers (well, not all of them) and they have the modern conveniences needed for their filtration so I imagine they’re adding the shells for the salty flavor they impart. People with shellfish allergies might not want to try this one.


- Lawson’s Finest Fayston Maple Imperial Stout: it’s a large Stout made with Maple Syrup from a brewery that knows a thing or two about using maple syrup et al in their beers.


- Idyetime Oatmeal Stout: I love stouts when they’re somewhere close to 6% ABV and under and use a good portion of oatmeal because it makes it fuller in the body and creamyish.


- Upper Pass Moove on Up Stout: a coffee milk stout because it’s kind of like a really good breakfast.


- Founders NITRO Breakfast Stout: higher in the A to the B to the V than the Upper Pass and also includes chocolate and is also nitro’d.



And many more, for the whole month, just for you, don’t tell no one else [double negatives be damned].


And don’t worry, we won’t have ONLY stouts on, I wouldn’t do that to you.



Stay tuned kittens.







Happiest, to you...

We will not be open this coming Sunday. It’s typically the day with which we lend our staff the ability to share the day with their friends and family so it is suggested that you do the same. You don’t have to, it’s just a suggestion, but it would be nice if you did.  

For starters, you may need a last minute gift idea and we have a couple for you: we have new glassware with our logo emblazoned on it and they’re really nice. For this week (leading up to the day we’re closed) you can get one for $7 or TWO for $12! Also, if you want a T-Shirt to accompany that fantastic glass you can get a T-Shirt AND a glass for $25. Both of these things save you $2 each. Also, we have gift cards, lots of them.



The following really doesn’t have much to do with giving or receiving or anything that this time of the year brings about but it was what was going on with me at the time and I felt the need to share. It’s like when Neil Young sits down at the piano at that BBC concert and makes a joke about their cups (the song is at around the twenty minute mark but the joke about the cups is in there somewhere) but it’s unlike that scenario because it’s way less depressing.


I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!




Here goes:





I bought myself a record player the other day.



[Beer and music, that’s where I’m going with this…]



It’s been probably ten years since I’ve owned/possessed a record player let alone any records to play on it. In my past life (I believe lives start and end with either a decade or an event, whichever comes first) I had a vast collection of records to play ranging from Patsy Cline to the very first Incubus album and everything in between, with the lion’s share of the collection consisting of seventies jazz fusion, which was kind of my modus operandi during my later teenage years when I was learning guitar. I wanted to be the guy in this band. I’m still not that guy but I’m a lot closer now than I was when I wanted to be that guy.


So the other day I ended my shift at the Taproom (I still bartend two days a week so that all of you can still see me – stop by! I’m there Tuesdays and Wednesdays and I’m the one who works with Bart but I’m not Bart) and made my way home. Usually, I’ll hop on the computer and watch Youtube videos (example 1) until I can’t keep eyes open anymore. This specific evening I knew that I had two cans of Almanac Pilsner left in the reefer to finish off my evening and after I walked through the door, settled in, made sure I made the bed in the morning (nope) and kissed the lintel between the kitchen and the room that one would assume to be a dining room, I put one of those cans on top of the upside down lobster crate that I use as a coffee table and sat on the couch.


My computer sat there with the screen closed.


Before I opened the flappy of the CPU I paused.


I now have a record player.





When I purchased the turntable (from Buch Spieler in Montpeiler! Greatest record store on Earth!), I figured it would be pretty stupid not to also purchase a couple of records as well.




This is where another story has to be told because it’s awesome.



It involves a pick em up truck.



But it makes sense with the other story as well.




My grandfather had a 1994 Chevy S10 that he had modified to basically resemble an 18 wheeler, complete with running outside lights and toggle switches on the dashboard that controlled them all. I really can not tell you why. I was told as a younger version of the man I am today that he, at some point, was a trucker, which would explain the need for him to install running outside lights on a relatively smallish pick up. The entire time I knew him he worked for some sort of plastics company in Trenton that, unfortunately, did not make the same kind of plastic that hockey boards are made of, which would have been very convenient to my excitement level towards hockey and not to plastic at that time in my life. The lights ran along the entire outside of the cap that covered the bed of the truck. They’re these kinds of lights.


Well, my grandfather used to drive around with the radio off. As in, it was never on. Music was an extremely important facet of who I was as a person all growing up (not because my parents were overly musical or that I grew up in a “musical” family, I just gravitated towards it, personally) and I couldn’t comprehend how he could do that. Seriously, there was not one time that he would even put the radio on, let alone something musical.


So, for some sort of holiday one year I decided it would be a nice gesture to purchase some cassette tapes (they were ALL the rage back in that day) for him to actually have in his truck to listen to because that must have been the reason why he never listened to music, he didn’t HAVE any. I went to my local Hess Gas station during the time when you could buy those collectable trucks, which leads me to believe that this was around Christmas time, and got him a four pack of tapes (variety!) to crush the silence that was his commuting time (spoiler alert: turns out my grandfather just likes to listen to the traffic around him because him gave him a sense of where he was in relationship to the other cars on the road and music and/or the radio got in the way of his concentration). In the four pack were the greatest hits collections of: Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.


The time came and went that I gifted them to him and I assumed that he put them in his truck.



One day, he was giving me a ride to a sporting event of some sort (I was always coming and/or going to a sporting event and sometimes my grandfather was the driver when my brother also had a sporting event or if the timing seemed correctly necessary for him to do so) and I noticed them in the bottom part of the door; the junk collector that is basically a plastic pocket at the bottom of the door used to store things unspecifically but also make it so that a vacuum will never be able to make it one hundred percent clean.


I opened the package that was holding them all together and undid the wrapping around the first one that I decided should be opened. It was the Patsy Cline one.


Without asking him, I put it into the tape player and pushed the cassette into the hole.


Patsy Cline filled the cabin like his cigarette smoke. The sound was awesome. Turns out, that truck had great speakers. Well, I figured, they better since this was the very first time that they’ve ever been used.


About two or three years later I ended up purchasing the truck from him so that he can buy a exact newer version of the same exact truck and put outside running lights on it.


The very first thing that I did, without even having driven the truck, is make four anchors out of wood and then put a piece of plywood over the top of these anchors, essentially creating a second layer to the truck bed under the cap. I would use this area for the next four years as my bedroom as I travelled around the eastern seaboard, climbing up hills and mountains.


But the first time that I got behind the wheel of the truck and put it in drive I reached down to turn on the radio. A tape started playing. It was Patsy Cline.


Here I was, driving around the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, with the windows rolled down, blasting Ms. Cline as if the speakers in the cabin had never been used and I was seasoning them for future enjoyment.


Apparently, after I had left the truck the day that my grandfather and I were in it listening to Patsy for the first time, he immediately turned it off after I had exited the vehicle and it hadn’t been turned on since.


I recently also purchased a pick up truck. It has the ability to play cassette tapes. I went over to Buch Spieler in Montpelier and looked for some tapes to put in the truck to keep me company. You’ll never guess what I found.



You just did. You just guessed that I found a copy of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits on cassette that I immediately purchased and put in the truck, driving around Montpelier, Vermont, blasting Ms. Cline through the streets and smiling.



Let’s get back to the record player.



With the player under my arm I went about using my fingers like little legs running on top of thin rocks, pushing these imaginary rocks out of the way in search for other titles behind the ones in front of them. I landed on the very first album I was given as a teenager by the clerk at the Princeton Record Exchange, with him saying that I should buy it and listen to it carefully, having, at that time, just acquired my first record player.


It was John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.


It seemed only fitting that I, now seated on the floor in the room of my apartment that could be considered another bedroom but just so happens to not have a closet, would play that album as the first one on my brand new record player.


There’s something so finitely perfect about listening to records. You are given a set time to be able to sit and listen. You are told when the album starts and when it finishes, it’s dictated for you in the form of sides. And nothing is more pensive and reflective than just simply stopping your day, sitting on the floor and just listening.


As my grandfather liked to listen to the traffic around him, giving him a sense of place amongst the cars, I like to listen to the people around me, giving me a sense as cat whiskers do, a feel for where I can fit through and what my surroundings entail. At the end of the day, it’s nice to put a pause to that noise with the start of a needle being pressed against wax.


I listen to music like I drink beer.


There are times when I’m just putting the beer on in the background, letting the sheer fact of noise happen. Other times, I’m engaging myself within it, sitting on the floor and staring into the depths of a window pane while the world goes on around me and I, there in silence, studying.




So, if you made it this far, here’s what you can possibly expect on our taplist in the next few days:


- Scaldis Noel: we laid this one down in the good old days of two thousand and ten and allowed it to resurface so that we may have it to celebrate with you. It’s a wicked big Belgian Strong Ale from the family owned brewery of Brasserie Dubisson. Basically we’re talking about fruitcake in a glass with alcohol. That’s the worst generalization you can possible make about this beer because fruitcake has a bad rap. However, all of those raisin/plum/spice characters are there and the 12% ABV will warm you right up. The age on the beer should subdue a little bit of the heat associated with the higher alcohol and make for a mellow, yet potent ale.


- Hill Farmstead Harlan: if I’m not mistaken, this is an IPA that has a boatload of Columbus hops (earthy yet a little citrusy when really fresh) and a great malt profile to balance it out. The part that I may be mistaken on is the aspect of exactly how much Columbus is in the recipe and how much of other hops play a part. Either way, I’m going to stay, right here, with you.


- Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break: I was going to make a joke about butter but I stopped myself because I should. Someone out there will get that reference and they’ll find it amusing. Anyway, this is a big old Imperial Stout that we’ve aged for two years to maximize the flavor and minus the heat. Enjoy this for the sake of being a beer and allow it to soothe you.


- Citizen Cider Citizen Sour: I always feel redundant when I say something twice. It’s like being from the Department of the Office of Redundancy Department. Anyway, the way in which folks are making “kettle sours” these days in regards to beer (souring in the kettle, as opposed to the lengthy process of aging for months or years) is the same way that the folks at Citizen approach this cider. Expect it to be sour.



And, stay tuned for next week, we’re doing a fire sale on our bottles so WATCH OUT!



Happy Holidays folks! Thanks for coming.




We have a new menu with new things...

Hello Friends!  

Well, we’ve had or new menu online for less than a week but, well, it’s incredibly exciting and delicious.


Some highlights (not trying to exclude anything here, I don’t want to hurt the burger’s feelings but, well, you already knew of him and he’s already been in you and I figured I would mention some of the newer folks on the block so stop sulking Mr. Burger):


- Chorizo Piquillo Peppers: imagine a slightly sweet/spicy pepper with our chorizo inside of it. Now imagine it in you. All good things.


- FIVE different ways to enjoy our hand cut world famous French Style Fries (House Fries (you know this one, it’s with the highly addictive TPT sauce and sautéed onions), Chili Fries (our “coney sauce”), Cheese Fries (that cheese sauce that comes with the pretzels, that one) and Chili Cheese Fries (because you know what you’re doing – even says that on the menu)!


- FOUR different kinds of Burgers! The aforementioned Mr. Burger, the TPT Burger with the pickled hots and our peanut butter, a Quinoa-Black Bean Burger and a Falafel Burger.


- Scotch Egg.


- Scotch Egg.


- Scotch Egg.


- New Comprised Salad! Grilled Radicchio ‘Wedge’ with blue cheese dressing (yes, you can now have our Buttermilk Wings with blue cheese dressing, just ask), pork belly lardon, chopped egg and croutons.


- Other stuff as well but I don’t want to write out the whole menu.





We’re still on the train of giving (different than the Wayne Train – anyone who knows me knows what I’m talking about Go Flyers) and next Tuesday we’re going to be donating 5% of ALL SALES to Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom. This is a great organization working to ensure that Women have the right to control what happens to their health and bodies. As I’m sure you’re inclined to not only agree but also want to support this great cause, you should come in a donate to them by eating awesome food and drinking awesome libations. Did I mention that we have a new cocktail list coming soon?


On to the beer:


- You’re going to see a LOT of Hill Farmstead coming down the pipeline in the next few days if it hasn’t already. Expect Sumner, Harlan, Susan, a whole host of different versions of Society & Solitude including #2, which is like an Imperial Black IPA. Well, it’s not “like” an Imperial Black IPA, it IS an Imperial Black IPA. Also, Of First & Last things…I’m not going anywhere with this, that’s the name of the beer. Oh, and Abner, which you love.


- Lawson’s Finest Equinox will also be on but it won’t be long, won’t be looooooooong…


- One of these days (that’s the song I just referenced) we will also have Evil Twin’s Imperial Biscotti Break that’s been hanging out in our basement for two years waiting for the opportunity to introduce itself to you. Well, it got called to the show and it’s on deck.





That should be good enough for you for this week but if it’s not, send me a line ( and I’ll basically write as fast as I can at you in a non-secular format.







Give it. Give it real good.

Ok folks, here’s the rubdown of what we’re going to be doing for the entire month of December:  

This past Tuesday we donated 5% of our sales for the whole day to the Montpelier food pantry. We are given so much by our community that we’ve decided to do this every Tuesday for the month of December.


It just seems that this is the right thing to do and the right time to do it, you know?


So, next up is Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. We’ll be giving them the same treatment (donating 5% of our sales (that’s for both food AND drink) for the entirety of Tuesday) this Tuesday coming up, the 13th of December. For 40 years, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont has been working effectively to prevent child abuse and neglect through parent education, support and public awareness. Their mission is to promote and support healthy relationships within families, schools and communities to eliminate child abuse. Please join us in supporting this great organization.


The other part of business to discuss is the fact that we’re going to launching our new menu VERY soon. As in, next week, so stay tuned for some highlights here and there to wet your whistles so that you can, you know, whistle better.


One of those additions to the menu that you should probably know about is the permanence of the Chorizo Stuffed Piquillo Peppers. Why am I singling this out? Because on one of my bar shifts I had a gentleman come in who had a wonderful time. We were running the stuffed peppers as a little teaser/appetizer that day and he ordered it. And then he order another. And another. And another. All in all, he consumed five portions of the special and then order three to go, ultimately ending the possibility that we could serve it to anyone else because he ordered the rest of them. They’re that good.


Oh, and two different “veggie” burgers? Yup, we’re caring deep about you.







Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy: when one Galaxy isn’t enough.


Smuttlabs Coffee Brown: think about the Old Brown Dog, it’s good right? Add coffee.


Oxbow Luppolo: man, am I excited about this one. I like the gents from Oxbow. They make the good beer. They also went and made an Italian Style Pilsner (think about that time I gushed over the Tipopils) and we’re going to have it on tap. I’m am the excite.


Also for the psyche bank: River Roost’s (White River Junction, Vermont) Martian Moon House will be on soon with all of its Galaxy and Mosaic goodness wrapped up in a 7% American IPA.



There you have it.



The past couple of weeks I’ve been putting a non-spaced link before the word “Taproom” at the end of each blog post. My intention is that, if you wanted to, if there was a group of you that felt like getting me a gift for any reason whatsoever, that’s just plainly what I’d want. However, that should not be a gift from a singular person, it’s just too expensive. BUT, if a whole GROUP of you wanted to go in on it, well, if you’re wondering what you could possible get me, that’s it.



Aside from that, we’re in the giving mood and we love you all.



Upper Pass Next Thursday!!!

I’ve been around the beer industry a very long time. I’ve seen breweries start and breweries end and I’ve tasted their wares in the in between time when they were still making beer. I entered the industry even before I was legally allowed to drink the beer that I was making.  

That is all to say that when a childhood friend of mine, Chris Perry, started the process of opening his own brewery a bunch of years ago I wished him luck with the most whole-hearted sincerity and waited. Not that my opinion or my “luck” mean that much in the universe but I knew that the day would come where Chris “made it.” He’s too talented and too driven not to. Along with his business partner, Andrew Puchalik (who also grew up in the same area that Chris and I did and is just as determined and talented), they’ve grinded and worked hard to make their brand, Upper Pass Brewing Company (as well as a coffee company and a whole array of other things these guys do) a success.


It is an absolute pleasure to be able to have them on tap and next Thursday, the 8th of December, we’re going to throw down with them to show you what these guys can do.


We will have 4 (four!) offerings from Upper Pass including a pin (a smaller version of a cask but a cask nonetheless) of the one that you’re all coming to love since it’s been on tap for a while now, the First Drop American Pale Ale dry hopped with Azacca hops. Here’s what we’ll have in addition to the aforementioned cask of phenomenal dry hopped Pale Ale:


- Cloud Drop Double IPA: expect all of the things you’ve come to expect from a double IPA made in Vermont. It’s going to be amazing.


- Yuzu Buckwheat Saison: the base of the beer is the sun that shines through the use of Saison yeast but there’s going to be a spicy character from the buckwheat and a citrusy aspect from the yuzu (it’s a citrus fruit after all).


- Moove On Up Coffee Milk Stout: NITRO!



It’s going to be a great great day. We’ll have them all on all day and probably tap the cask closer to 3 o’clock in the post meridian, which is completely different than the prime meridian, let me tell you.


For this week we’ll have all the hits:


- Multiple different versions of Hill Farmstead’s series Society and Solitude. We have THREE, NINE and FOUR in house and you’ll see them all soon.


- We’re going to go through another round of Idletyme’s Bohemia Pilsner! I love the fact that Vermont has so many great examples of the classic style to choose from. We will always have one on tap and we like to show you what these great breweries are putting out there, so we rotate them. Idletyme’s is a little softer and more floral than the others, which is awesome and good.


- Oxbow Loretta is on tap and the description “Rustic Blonde” is under the name on the chalk board. What it should say is “Grisette,” but since that term is not as well known as “rustic” and “blonde” we went with the other one. Grisette translates to “little grey” and it was originally made for the miners of southern Belgium, specifically the Hainaut province. The term was said to have come about because of the aprons worn by the people doling out the beer, which were grey because of the ore and dust being mined. It’s lower in alcohol and made with spelt, giving the saison aspect a slight crispness.



That’s what I got for you this week.



Tune in Batman, drop out Robin. I don’t know what that means. It just came out.








And they gave thanks by not being open...

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re closed tomorrow…  





We live in a city of dreams. We ride on a highway of fire.




Not really.




The city of dreams part is right but the highway of fire would be completely illogical since it’s kind of cold out now and I’m pretty sure tarmac doesn’t just light on fire in the winter. I could be wrong but I rarely am these days especially when it comes to fire and especially when I’m just basically quoting THIS song because it’s stuck in my head. Also, THIS song has been on constant loop since THIS came out because I’m basically listening to nothing but THAT right now.






We’re geared up for the fact that the Holiday season is upon us and you’re right in the middle of it. That’s a good thing. It’s good to be in the middle of things.


I just wanted to, this week, put some songs in your head and also let you know that [hint hint] Gift Cards make an excellent addition to someone’s day when presents are being exchanged. They can then exchange (see how this works?) for not only libation but gestation devices as well. Also, merchandise falls under that category so feel free to use those trading chips for that as well.


That’s basically it.




We will have beer for all of your holiday needs:


- Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude: we will have many many incarnations of these ever rotating variations of American Double IPAs in the next couple of weeks, basically too many to list off here but I’ll just give you the numbers FOUR, THREE and NINE and let you go from there.


- Mayflower Oatmeal Stout: it’s that time of year folks, which could mean that I’m talking about the Holidays when in fact I’m actually talking about Stouts, especially Oatmeal Stouts, because they’re made with Oats, which gives the Stout a bit more body. They are also made with a high proportion of highly roasted malts, which makes it all black like.


- Speaking of Stouts, we will also have Stone Brewing’s 2015 Russian Imperial Stout, which will be much more in the way of higher alcohol than the Oatmeal Stout aforementioned.


- Oh! And Oxbow Loretta will be on soon and it makes me happy because I love the style of Grisette. It’s basically a funky table Saison. Not basically. It’s a funky table Saison and I love them.



And I love you mean it.




Until then






Bottles, Bottles, Everywhere!

You should know that we give our staff off on Thanksgiving so that they may continue the tradition of sitting around all day and playing epic, longwinded games of Risk and drinking good beer and eating Stove Top. So, we will not be open on that day. However, it did occur to me that something goes perfectly with you being home for the holiday and me playing epic, longwinded games of Risk:  




You knew that was coming from the lack of creativity being generated by the brain computer today, right?


What more, something about beer that you may not consider when you’re in our shop is the bottles that we carry. Our list is pretty fun and very Saison heavy, which is great when you’re in the mood for a Saison and we don’t at present have one on the draft list. At the end of the year we’re going to be doing a bottle sale to allow ourselves a refresh of the system and to get you these bottles at a discounted price.


But for now, why not come in a get a bottle to share?


I have one up my sleeve that’s ruining my shirt because the bottles are the same size as wine bottles but they have been in them and shoving a bottle up my sleeve is stretching the shirt out.


It’s an absolutely lovely sour made by Cascade Brewing in Oregon. It’s aged for seven months with 200 pounds of cranberries, hibiscus, sweet orange peel and Thai cinnamon. They don’t make beers more perfect for Thanksgiving than this one. It literally screams Thanksgiving, so much so that I’ve seen a therapist because I thought I was hearing voices but it was just the beer talking, literally.


So when you’re in the shop (Three Penny Taproom 108 Main Street Montpelier Vermont USA), why not try out a bottle to share?


Here are some highlights:


Brasserie Dupont – the eponymous Saison, dry hopped. The word “horse blanket” was basically entered into the lexicon of words used to describe beers because of this beer.


Hopfenstark Saison Station 55 – an incredible Saison from our friends up el norte. Super dry and with a little less funk but more drinkability, this is a wonderfully surprising and refreshing beer.


Echt Kriekenbier – a wonderful Kriek (sour ale made with cherries, which is the predominant flavor of the beer) that’s sure to suit the time when you’re looking for a beer made with cherries.



That’s the thing, we have bottles and they’re awesome to share with friends so why not consider it?



Just a suggestion…



I’m not going to “should” on you…






I hope the day finds you well and smiling lots.









Let's do something.

We may appear to just be people who work at a restaurant with an amazing selection of beers but we take seriously basic human rights and as with most of you, we are always concerned with the health and well being of our fellow humans.  

On Tuesday, the 15th of November, we will be donating 5% of ALL SALES to help send much needed aid to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and those that are working along side them. We wish them success in their efforts for the dignity of democratic representation and the basic human right of access to clean water as well as the protection of their sacred sites, all of which are under threat by a proposed oil pipeline. If you can not join us physically, or if you wish to make a personal contribution to their cause, click HERE, which will take you to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s website and at the bottom of the first page is a link where you can donate to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. There are many times in life where a stand must be taken; for those that are there on the front lines, we feel compelled to support them in any way possible.


We are proud and humbled that one member of our extended family and a past part of our kitchen team is currently on sight in North Dakota and was a part of the over 130 arrests that happened at the end of October. All the aid that we are able to raise will be going directly to people like our friend Jonah who are walking the walk for social justice.


We will have our friends at Zero Gravity sending us a very special offering and, as we do every Tuesday, we will have a can of Heady Topper and 4 of our buttermilk chicken wings for $9 on special; all the more reason to come out and contribute to this important cause.


Thank you for helping out.


And, you can also have these other offerings at the same time!


- Hill Farmstead Susan – it’s a fan favorite and is also your favorite.


- River Roost Harmonious Caper – we’re psyched to bring in some offerings from this White River Junction brewery that’s been getting rave reviews. First, we’re going to introduce you to their session IPA and follow it with others that you’ll enjoy (like the hop choice for their IPAs, just saying).


- Lawson’s Finest Maple Nipple – it’s like an 8% amber ale made with a ridiculous portion of maple syrup and maple water and maple thoughts and maple wishes and maple kisses.


- Four Quarters Little Umbrellas – if you like your wild ales (or beers made with wild yeasts) with coconut and pineapple then, well, this is where you already get the picture.


That’s what’s going on this week (actually next week – or, some of it is this week)!



Cheers to you.







Vote Hextall.


We’re going to be CLOSED this Sunday the 6th because we wanted to get the staff together all in one room and let them know how awesome they are and how much they are appreciated. And, then we’re going to put them to work and deep clean the place. It’s a blast.


That all being said…


I’m not one to stand on a soapbox (I’ve been looking for an actual soapbox for quite some time simply to carry around the cumbersome wooden crate (I’m imagining that it’s made of wood and probably has the words “soap” on the outside, hence the proclamation of said box being specifically created to carry said products) and place it on the ground whenever I feel like I have important news for the world to hear and I’m at present eschewing social media) but I do have something that I think is important to say in regards to the time in between us talking today and next week.



You really should vote.



It doesn’t really matter to me which color you fly on your flag or which issue requires the most tissues for you, what matters is the act of voting. In a world where we can all get caught up in bumping into poles while looking down at technological advances, it’s important as members of this society to fill out those little ovals as best you can and then come get a drink to toast the looming apocalypse. I’m kidding about that last part for the most part. I’m totally not kidding about getting a beverage after you vote, the two go hand in hand. That’s why there’s so many legislative people that come in after their day is done. There’s a lot of politicking that goes on here and you can be a part of it. Although, you probably shouldn’t bring up politics to anyone here, it’s like walking into a room of doctors trying to relax after their long days and randomly selecting one of them to look at that weird patch on your back. But, you can swim in the warm glow that is your votes in action. That’s worth the price of admission alone.


In short, go vote, please.



And here’s your reward when you return to us:


- Four Quarters Little Umbrellas: how about a sour ale made with coconut and pineapple? Ok. That was an odd request but I think we can manage.


- Hill Farmstead Harlan: we all know him and we all love him. Cast your vote for this incredible IPA.


- Hermit Thush Brattleberry: a sour pale ale made with apples and aged with raspberries. No capitalization was needed in that previous sentence.


- Lawson’s Finest Big Hoppy: I love it when people specifically request Black IPAS (or India Black Ales – get it? The Black replaces the Pale in India PALE Ale) and we have this one on so’s I can say, yes, and it’s good.



And others and others.



Until the next we lay eyes upon each other,




Why don't YOU have a pink elephant?

Many of you who have actually been in our establishment over the years (I imagine that it’s most, if not all of you) may have noticed that throughout the changes that occur with life our pink elephant has moved.  

If you didn’t notice or weren’t aware of the pink elephant in the past then you’re probably going to look for it now. At least, one would assume.


Why do we have a pink elephant?



Why don’t you have a pink elephant?




Here’s the story: I sculpted the pink elephant in elementary school as a side project for the science fair because I had to. I did my project in the second grade on mixed fermentation cultures of wild yeast strains and the city (I was born in a city), more importantly the school itself was not keen on a four year old (I skipped a couple of grades – more like I was younger than my age) doing alcoholic fermentations for a science fair project because of the rise in alcoholism associated with such scientific processes. Alcoholics, I researched, were said to see pink elephants and blue mice but the mouse that I sculpted didn’t really look like a mouse (I had smaller hands than I do now). The pink elephant came out great though. And, it’s been with me ever since.


If that story had been true I wouldn’t need to tell you what really happened.


When we first opened the doors to the Taproom we had not much to work with, just a couple of stools and some beer and some spirits and, well, you. It worked.


A little bit into our exisitence (the bar – not our spiritual journey) we obtained a singular tower with a really fun devise that we could put a glass upside down on and it would shoot water into the glass, giving it a quick rinse before we put beer in it. The company that supplied us with the tower makes the beer Delirium Tremens. These fancy devices are everywhere now and they very well should be. We have three now because we do everything in threes. We have three now because we do everything in threes. We have three now because we do everything in threes.


On top of the tower there was nothing.


In the box that the tower came in had a lot of pink ceramic pieces that, when painstaking put together over the next three weeks with no sleep it kind of resembled an elephant. That’s when the connection was made. Delirium Tremens is another word (or words, or description, or diagnostic explanation) for the shaking associated with alcoholic withdraw. It’s said to be violent. So, naturally, the folks who made the beer called Delirium Tremens would want a pink elephant associated with their beer. However, the long voyage from Belgium didn’t do the ceramic elephant any favors and we requested another one; one that was intact.




Fast forward three years later.



Wow. It’s been three years?!?!


Time flies.



One day I was outside cleaning something (I’m always cleaning things) and the friendly neighborhood UPS woman came up and handed me a box. I wondered what was in the box. I told her my last name and went back to cleaning something because I’m always cleaning something. When I went inside I opened the box.


There were papers wrapped around an object. I pealed the layers back one by one because I like being dramatic. Without warning, without any sense of a premeditated “heads up” or anything of the sort, there was the elephant.



He was intact.



So, we put him (or her) atop her (or his) rightfully awaiting home and there she (he) sat for about two more years until we got new coolers for the beer and didn’t need that tower any more because the new coolers all had those glass bursters built into them.



But we kept the elephant. It had taken him (her) so long to get to where he (she) needed to be, there was no way that we were going to let her (him) just leave.



She’s (he’s) not that hard to find. He’s (She’s) facing the door in the bar side. Stop in and say “hi.”


If you lick her eyes THIS may or may not happen to you.



Here’s the beers to keep her (him) company this week:


- Lost Nation Mosaic: if you like mosaic hops in your beers then you might want to try this one out as it’s got a lot of those hops. Actually, those are the only hops that are in this single hop IPA. If you don’t know if you like mosaic hops are not you might want to try this beer and find out.


- Burlington Beer Company [probably one of my favorite names for a beer ever] It’s Complicated Being A Wizard: Double IPA from the state that is famous for making Double IPAs and this fits into the spectrum of really good Double IPAs.


- Idletyme Vanilla Porter: It’s getting to be that time of year where I start bringing in darker beers and sometimes they have flavorings with them. This is one of those instances. At the base, it’s a really solid porter and the vanilla that they’ve brewed it with is high quality, which means that the vanilla aspect fits as opposed to it either being over or under whelming. It’s a really solid take on the style.


- Foundation Epiphany: for those looking for this beer I’ll let you know where you can find it; a highly sought after Double IPA from Portland, Maine.




And many more!





I’ll chat with you next week folks.





The Deets, Por Mañana...

This is going to be everything you’ll need to know about the Allagash event tomorrow night.  


First, you should put THIS on in the background to help get yourself in the correct mood.



Don’t worry about the advertisement before the actual video. It was different for me.





Here you go.



This is what we will have on tap starting right when we open Thursday until they run out (click on the names of the beers to go into greater detail straight from the mouths of horses):


- Allagash 2016 Fluxus: So, at the base of the beer we have a Saison that’s made with ginger. But, the beer spent some time on barrels that previously housed Caledonia Spirits’ Tom Cat Gin. That’s the element of surprise right there and we’ll have a Tom Cat cocktail special to go along with it because we like our friends up at Caledonia.


- Allagash One T: That’s one that you should click on because it goes into better detail about how beer used to be transported and how hops were added as a preservative and sometimes wild yeasts would invade the barrels and you’d get a slightly soured beer that’s also very hoppy so they wanted to replicate this experience and made a hoppy beer and fermented it with brettanomyces claussenii, which gives the beer a more tropical sourness if you can even call it sour. I guess you don’t have to click on the link anymore but you should.


- Allagash Ghoulschip: pretty psyched to have this on tap and it probably won’t be for too long me thinks. Ghoulschip is a resident microflora beer made with molasses and local (to them) pumpkins. Meaning, they brew a beer with molasses and pumpkins and then, while still hot, they pump it into their coolship (play on words going on – just so you’re aware) where the wort (unfermented beer) cools overnight and is inoculated with any and all yeasties that are already present in the atmosphere. It then spend up to three years in barrels only to be blended with 3, 2 and 1 year old versions ultimately resulting into the beer you’re going to drink. Fun.



And for the bottles:


- Allagash Hive 56: A dark sour beer made with honey and aged on oak.

- Allagash Tiarna: A blended beer one part wild fermented and one part Belgian yeast strain fermented. Dark golden in color.


- Allagash James & Julie: Their take on a Flemish Sour Brown, fermented with various yeast strains and aged, as you can have guessed by now, in oak.


- Allagash Farm to Face: It starts out as a house fermented beer and then, for their secondary fermentation, they add a whole host of yeasties and peaches. Basically drinks like you’re biting into a peach.





And Allagash Ben will be here with some great things to give away!


Everything will be available all day long so get here early and often.



That’s what I got for you today dudes and dudettes!







You get a day off, it's Georges out...

For this week [Simon here – every time, every single time he writes ‘this week,’ which he does a lot, he just erases a lot as well, all of us in here immediately go back to his childhood where we would make him wait all week to watch THIS. We loved it. He did too but we loved it more and every time he writes ‘this week’ we all think of that and chuckle to ourselves because we don’t let him remember much about his childhood except for that.] we here at the Penny that is Three and also a Taproom wanted to give you a little glimpse of what it’s like working here.  



It’s great.


You’re the one who makes it great, because, you’re really great.



And while the world outside turns all the leaves to flowers during the second spring and while I’m paraphrasing someone who is more betterer with the wording than I am we’re gearing up to provide you with the best way in which to spend your weekend where you may or may not have the next Monday off from work in order to travel.



That all being longwindedly said…




We wanted to see what you’re going to do with your three day weekend this weekend?



We’ll have THESE for you.




Some of the highlights:


- Hill Farmstead George: you’re in the mood for a Brown Ale, aren’t you? It’s the perfect time of year for them and that’s why you’re in a good mood now.


- Oh, a bunch of other things as well from Hill Farmstead. We’ll have basically 4 on all weekend and there’s a great chance that we’ll actually have 5 and that first part will just be a straight up lie.


- We’re getting 5 gallons of Lawson’s Finest Chinooker’d on Thursday, which will go on as soon as we empty another keg and then we’ll be out of it because it’ll go fast.


- We’re also getting Burlington Beer Co’s Orbital Elevator in soon (Double IPA w/ Oats) and that’ll go on soon as well as soon.




As always, we’ll compliment all of this with the best service you’re ever going to get in an establishment that we think is very pretty.



Be safe this weekend and we’ll see you soon.








HOT JAZZ! And, curation...

Just to let you all know: WE HAVE HOT LIVE JAZZ THIS SATURDAY, THE FIRST OF THE MONTH WITH THE LIKES OF CARR, MORSE AND SELLENRAAD!!! They’ll probably start around the tune of 9:30 at night and they’re really really amazing. So, if you like incredible music, you should make it a point to be there.  

And that’s where I let the right side of my brain take over:





To the person who has taken over the duties of curating the tap list, allow me to offer a couple of pieces of advice from someone who has been doing it for a while. Thank you for your work and I hope you take these words to heart but with also a piece of “thanks for the words dude but I found a better way” in you.


With that being said, here’s what’s worked for me:




Firstly, listen to this VERY LOUD while you pour over the chalkboards.


Next, assign yourself a clipboard, one of the long ones, preferably with some sort of profanity written on the back using one of those label making machines that you bought with the intention to actually get your space organized but you, in certainty, just labeled unnecessary things like water bottles and, well, clipboards. Also, you will need something to write on. If you’re smart, you’ll get a legal pad that either is the same length as your clipboard or one that’s a little shorter. If you’re REALLY smart, you’ll get a legal pad that either is the same length as your clipboard or one that’s a little shorter. The second time around is meant to let you know that you should probably get a shorter than clipboard legal pad.




The point is, be prepared. Write down what you have currently on tap and then lay out what you have stocked to come on when something kicks. Once you have your inventory locked in, it’s time to choose other beers and ciders and kombucha to replace the beers and ciders and kombuchas that you will no longer have once the vessel that they are in are empty.


This is called “curating.”


It’s kind of like an art gallery that you get to drink. Well, not you, someone gets to drink it.


The thing with curating is that you want the ability, at any given time, for a singular person to walk through the door and have something specifically available for them to choose that’s going to blow their beautiful minds.


That’s the trick.


Well, that and you need to really serve the beer. You’re not going to serve hoppy beers ANYTHING but fresh. Serving a month or two (or, gasp – MORE than that – it should be illegal – and, whenever the Beer Police actually is formed I think you’re going to see some crack downs but for now we’ll just have to weigh on moral and professional values) hoppy beer is not doing the customer OR the brewery any favors. That beer isn’t the way in which the brewer who spent eons getting that beer to be what they wanted it to be should be. Beers like Saisons or Imperial Stouts or Barley Wines actually like a little age to them so keep that in mind as well.


So, here’s the setup, ask yourself these questions. And, if you can answer yes to ALL of them, you’re well suited to having everyone happy, which is the point, right? [editor’s note: the named beers that we, Three Penny Taproom, have on right now for you will be in brackets (“[ ]”) next to the questions so that we can be as transparent with you as possible.]


Do you have?:


- Something hoppy but not high in alcohol? [Hill Farmstead Edward – upcoming: Lost Nation Mosaic]


- Something “light” like a Pilsner? [Green State Lager from Zero Gravity – not everyone is in on Craft Beer – some people like the light lagers of yore – that’s not a bad thing – it’s your job to introduce everyone to something they may like – GSL is a fantastic representation of a Pilsner and could be a gateway.]


- Something malty/amber? [Smuttynose Old Brown Dog does the trick here.]


- Something really hoppy? [Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine and Hill Farmstead Abner/Society & Solitude while we have it.]


- Something under $6 a pint? [This is a big one. Your doors are open to everyone. The $6 pint is something that has become something of a rarity these days, which is kind of a shame, especially in beer bars. Beer can be expensive to buy as a business in order to serve your customers. Beer can be not as expensive as the other ones. Plan accordingly and spread the margin, that way, your prices are fair for both parties. But, always have something that helps your customers first; right now we presently have 12 out of our 24 at or under $6. You’re welcome.]


- Something in the Belgian category? [Allagash White for the time being but we’ll have Hill Farmstead Dorothy and Anna on tap fairly soon – also, Allagash White is under $5 a pint with the tax and everything.]


- Something like a Porter? [Mayflower – one of the best available]


- A Stout? [when available, look for Dry Stouts, they go over well. But, Imperial Stouts are very popular as well and can be aged. So, order two, pour one, put one away for the instance that you need a stout.]


- Gluten Free? [in this town? Absolutely. Always have at least one cider on tap [Citizen Unified right now] but try and give options, like having more than one. Also, drink nothing but Gluten Free Beers for about two months looking for one that rises above the rest. Then, try and make sure it’s available readily. In my research, Groundbreaker IPA is the best. We have that now.]


- Something Sour? [Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge and Rodenbach Alexander right now with Almanac Honey Lavender de Brettaville fading fast (selling quickly)]


- Pale Ales? [galore.]


- Lastly, because of the state that you’re in, always have an IPA, a standard to which all others can be judged. I’ve chose Smuttynose Finest Kind because it’s really hard to find one that you can get on a regular basis that is as consistent and as defining as it is. Sure, you’ll have Susan and Mystic Mama from Jackie O’s on, but what I’m really saying is having an IPA ready for when you’re really busy and your customer is in a rush and all they blurt out at you is, “IPA.” (It happens) They won’t be disappointed.



That should be a good start.



Just remember, bringing in the beers that you want to bring in because they’re the shiniest and trendiest out there is great and you’ll have plenty of time to do that (and make sure you do your research); establishing a complete vision is more important than shock value.



- end –




Well, that didn’t go as intended. I didn’t mean to be that serious. That’s what I get for letting righty take over…


So, for an apology, check THIS out.











Frequent to be asking...

Welcome to the frequently asked question page!  

Here you will find questions that are frequently asked to the person who’s writing the words that you’re reading because that’s the perspective that works best in this format. They are unsure of the inquiries that YOU, dear reader, are posed in any given time frame so they are working with what they know and expounding on that for now.


Would you agree?


[That’s a rhetorical question and will not be covered in the section that answers these frequently asked questions; oh, there’s going to be a section with answers as well, just, you know, For Your Information.]


How are you today?

I’m good. Wait, I’m fine. No, well. I’m well. That is to say I’m doing well. There, that’s grammatically correct.


What time are you open?

The collective We are open seven days a week. We serve food from 11-9 Monday through Thursday, 11-10 on Friday, 12-10 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. The rest of the establishment (the Bar side of things) is open also during those time periods as well as after them.


Do you have any specials?

Yes we do. Right now we have an incredible Buffalo chicken sausage the Chef made. Think of it as if it were a sausage made with chicken that also has a little spice to it because that’s exactly what it is.

What’s your favorite beer?

Well, you’re just jumping in here aren’t you. Ok, this is by far my most frequently asked question. I’ve been in the brewing and beer industry since 2001 and have had many beers that, at the time, I’ve thought, “this is probably the best beer I have ever had because of the situation that’s going on right now.” Mostly, these epiphanies are generated with experiences. That is to say, it’s never really about the beer, per se, as it is the surrounding circumstances around said beer. One that I can think of was a beer that I shared with my best friend leaving Bratislava on a bus, headed toward the country side of Slovakia so that he can have his “bachelor” party, which was basically he and I eating really great food whose name I couldn’t decipher since I had been in Slovakia for about three hours total at that point but I was pretty sure it was meat based. I’m not sure what beer it was but I remember there was beer involved and it was a good day.


The other way I can answer this question is to say, “the next one” as people sometimes do but I can’t say that without thinking about THIS GUY, which kind of bums me out because I want to root for him but I REALLY don’t like the team he is on so we’ll just insert THIS GUY into that category in my brain from now on, ok?


Another way that I can answer that question is if I put it in the context of: if I were to have only one beer for the rest of my life, what would that beer be?


Well, that’s an easy question.


I would have Hill Farmstead Edward. The whole staff knows it. I’d be lying if I said another beer. It’s my desert island beer. Why? Because I’m one of those people who loves Pale Ales. I love what they stand for, I love what they’ve become. A lot of Edward’s success can be attributed to the fact that it’s impeccable and a craft of genius and science. But how we came to drink this beer, historically, is also worth mentioning since it’s always about the bedrock. Pale Ales when I first started brewing were much more in the way of the British style than what you see today, specifically in the northeast. British Pales (an American example: Smuttynose Shoal’s Pale – a British example: Bass) tend to be more ruby in color than what we’re getting now. They were crystal clear with a medium body and were more a balance of the sweetness from the malt to the hops employed than anything. Then came Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (as well as others, I’m sure, but you’d be hard pressed to argue this). Sierra basically dropped the caramel malts and went full hop. It’s actually funny seeing how Sierra Pale became the PBR of craft beer heads. Over the years, these different shifts and avenues allowed brewers to stop making the same styles over and over and branch out into the new directions, with new ingredients and new techniques. Sierra Pale is made with a healthy portion of a hop called Cascade; during my tenure in the brewing world Cascade was the most readily accessible and most highly used hop in the industry. Now, there’s different kinds of hops with different flavors available. Edward itself takes these to it’s advantage and uses a collection of different hops to impart that slight citrus punch that it does. The fact that we have the opportunity to be able to drink this on a daily basis, super fresh, is something that might have been what it was like to be around Chico, California during the time of Sierra’s rise. I love hops but I don’t love them that much. I love beer so I like to have more than one. Therefore, I want a beer that hovers around 5% ABV and has some hops in it but no too many that it’ll kill my palate. Therefore, American Pale Ales are what I gravitate towards. I hope that answers your question.


Who let you in here?

[I stole this joke from HERE.]

I did. I let myself in.


Where have all of the crocodiles gone in the Amazon?

I don’t know, Florida? [This joke only survives if you personify Florida. That is to say, the answerer of the question is kind of like turning to someone named “Florida” to answer the question for them. However, Florida, the now human, is unaware of what actually has happened to all of the crocodiles in the Amazon and is now shrugging inaudibly.]


Do you like Hockey?

Very much.


Do you have a list of the other beers that you have on tap?

Yes, and I try to update it as often as is humanly possible, sometimes even down to the minute. You can always access it HERE.


Where does he get those wonderful toys?

I don’t know. He’s Batman, though, so being a billionaire ninja probably doesn’t hurt his chances from either building them himself or knowing someone who can build them for him.


How many more questions are you going to put on here?

This is the penultimate.


Is this is the last one?









Thank you for visiting!






Small Screen Theatre (depending)...

In order to accurately and professionally let free the information that is needed this week, we must first turn to a piece of art which has no relevance to the reasoning behind why our name is what it is but it is very similar to our name and was once a play (is still) so, on this day some eighty eight (88!) years after it’s premiere we will run through the play to let you know about chicken wings. But first, we must establish the characters used (or about to be) and give them a little back story. By the by, the play (film, eventually) is called “Die Dreigoschenoper” but is also called, when translated, “The Threepenny Opera.”  

Here are the characters/players:


- Mack (“Mack the Knife”): total criminal but seemingly OK dude since he is totally besties with the police chief even though he’s a criminal.

- JJ Peacham: he controls the beggars, all of them.

- Celia Peacham: married to JJ, helps him run the ship, totally breaking hearts and shaking confidences, daily.

- Polly Peacham: not just a really great name for an ice cream flavor, she’s the daughter of Celia and JJ and, after having known Mack for about 48 hours, decides to accept his offer of marriage, much to the behest of her parents but if they accepted the union then we wouldn’t have much of a conflict with which to build a plot.

- Tiger: Chief of Police, head honcho of the policia, Army buddies with Mack and it’s weird because we’re pretty sure he knows that Mack is a criminal but he’s still chummy with him.

- Lucy: Tiger’s daughter and the background pretty much stops there.

- Jenny: former fling of Mack’s and bribed to try and get Mack in trouble and/or hanged.



And here’s the rundown, from memory (which might be a little hazy – it’s not like I can look up the plot synopsis on the internet as reference or anything (kids these days – back in MY day we actually had to reads these things)):


JJ opens us up with a bout between him and Filch, one of his beggars under his employment. JJ then learns that his daughter didn’t return home the previous evening and he’s not amused and comes to the conclusion that she’s in cahoots with Mack and then he gets red in the face.


Then, Polly and Mack are hanging out in a stable and it’s kind of like a wedding but no vows are exchanged and then everyone in the posse gets to eat stolen food. There’s a little tense moment when the police chief arrives (Tiger) but it’s all kind of a show since Mack and Tiger are tight and Tiger is one of the reasons that Mack isn’t in jail or hanged because he’s got his back on numerous occasions.


Polly goes back home and goes full bore into the “I’m going to love him no matter what you say” thing when talking to her parents. In this fit she kind of lets the cat out of the bag that Tiger and Mack are homies, which her parents are probably going to use against one of them in the future.


Polly goes back to Mack and tells him that her father is going to have him arrested, via song (the telling, not the arresting). Mack is all like “peace, then, I’m out and here’s how you run my business whilst I’m out.” On his way out of town he stops to see an old fling (Jenny) to talk about the good old days but Mack doesn’t know that Celia has bribed Jenny to turn him in.


Tiger is there to get him and is all like, “sorry bro, just doing my job” but they take Mack away anyway. Lucy and Polly get into it over their shared man and it’s like a wigwam and a teepee, it’s two tents. Polly leaves and Lucy conspires to get Mack out of jail. JJ learns about this and goes right to Tiger and gives him the old, “if you let this happen I’m going to end you by releasing all of my beggars during the Queen’s coronation parade and she’ll be Royally pissed in the actually proper sense of the word.”


Jenny goes to the beggar’s banquet to get her money for turning Mack in but Celia isn’t having it. Tiger gets there ready to arrest JJ when he learns that the beggars are already in position to ruin the parade and the only way to stop them is to actually REALLY arrest Mack and have him torn down so that JJ will stop the beggars, which will in turn save Tiger’s job/life.


With Mack back in jail he’s scrambling to try and get the money needed to get out of there and, turns out, no one’s helping this time. Just as the gallows are nearing for Mack he gets one of my absolute favorite Latin phrases handed to him and ultimately gets pardoned, granted a title, a castle and a pension from the Queen for, well, practically nothing that the audience ever figures out. Then they all sing about wronging the wrong is wrong because life is harsh.






And because we think you’ve all waited long enough for it to happen, we’re bringing back OUR BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN WINGS!!!


Yup. You loved them, we took them away for a hot second and now they’re back, for good this time.


We also have beer (man, describing a play I saw probably once took up a LONG time) and it’s worth mentioning:


- Lost Nation House Pale Ale Is Quite Good And It’s An American Pale Ale That’s About As Good As You’re Ever Going To Have.

- Speaking of the hoppity: We have a very small amount of both Jackie O’s (Ohio – if you know, you’ll know) Mystic Mama IPA (West Coast Style IPA) and Matriarch (Triple IPA). One of them is on right at this moment.

- Let’s keep on with the hops and talk about Double Citra from Hill Farmstead. There, we just talked about it. It’s got Citra hops in it. Like, lots.

- On the other side of the spectrum we will be pouring Cigar City’s God of Fear soon, which is an incredible Imperial Stout from the state of Florida.




Be Excellent to Each Other.






Quick! Come Here!

I have a fairly active mind, always have and hopefully always will, that those who regularly actually read these email blasts will attest (to – I’ve also been taught to not end my sentences with a preposition, which is why I luckily avoided that embarrassment with these parenthetical offerings even though I kind of actually did end the sentence with a preposition – what would I do that for?).  

It should be no surprise to you, dear reader, that when I have something to tell you about that’s kind of aside from what you normally associate the regular pieces of beer stuff found here to contain my brain instantly plays THIS over and over again.


For those of you who will not click on that link I’ll let you know that it takes you to the magically delicious world of the internet where a clip of the show Twin Peaks will play highlighting a specific segment where the protagonist explains a philosophy in which he believes that every day you should “gift” something to yourself. In his case, he “gifts” a cup of coffee. Since I, personally, do not drink coffee for reasons not important here I usually “gift” myself soup. Or, you know, something gifty like lemonade or being able to walk on a trail.


It’s also a rare situation in life where you get to pull someone aside and use the phrase, “I’m going to let you in on a little secret.” Which, is awesome. It’s right up there, for me, with “I’m sorry you feel that way” or “who’s this clown?” [The former of those two is generally my way of exiting an argument that I know that I either don’t want to be in or can not win and the latter of those is awesome because it implies that A: the other person is, in fact, a clown (not that there’s anything wrong with that – some of my best friends are clowns) and B: they’re not even one of the better known clowns.]


Because, when you’re letting someone in on a “secret” you’re basically welcoming them into a club of knowledge, an open cellar door of information that they didn’t know and now they will know, which usually makes their life a little easier and/or better.


That all being said, most people who come in to our shop are looking for a whole host of the amazing beers that we have on draught from Vermont and beyond but there’s only a small hand full of folks who’ll go straight for the jugular when they’re here; they’ll order a Backacre. It’s not so much a secret as it’s more of a “if you haven’t tried this beer yet, you might want to put it on your list because it’s phenomenal.”


Backacre is a beer from a small operation out of Weston, Vermont and, by all means other than the actual place that it’s being made, it’s a Gueuze. We can’t call it a Gueuze because it isn’t made in Belgium but, for all intents and purposes, it’s the same thing. They (Backacre Beermakers) purchase wort (unfermented sugar substance intended to be combined with the powers of yeast to create beer) from a brewery and ferment them with their own lovely strains of yeast and let them hang out for a while in large barrels. When the time is correct, they then blend various years of these barrels to create the bottles that we serve to you. It’s really actually incredible. And, because I spend most of my time talking about the draught beers that we have, I thought it only fitting to let you know about a highlight from our bottle list. The bottle size is about the same as a bottle of wine so it’s also a perfect beer to share with others. After that, you’re in DA CLUB and you can spread the word to your fellow patrons about how good it actually is/was having already had it.


But if you’re not looking for something in bottle format and you really just want a pint/glass of beer we do have those too. For instance, this week we will have one of my favorite beers in all of the world, Hill Farmstead Mary. It’s no secret that I love Pilsners and believe that most of them do not get even close to the same recognition that, say, a Double India Pale Ale does. The Hill’s Mary is as close to perfection in this regard. And speaking of the Hill and also speaking of Double India Pale Ales that you might want to drink we also have Society & Solitude #4 right now, which will be followed by Burial Beer’s Gang of Blades (conjuring THIS to the mind space), which is also a Double India Pale Ale. We are also carrying (keeping with the hoppy side of things) Lost Nation’s Mosaic single hop (the secret here is that the hop is called Mosaic) India Pale Ale, which, when we’re empty on that front, will be followed by Lost Nation’s House Pale Ale. Moving a little further away from the hops we will also be pouring Farnham’s (Burlington by way of Quebec or it’s the other way around, I’m not entirely sure) Bitter, which is kind of fun because a Bitter is not often looked at twice but most people enjoy them especially if you’re looking for a medium bodied amber ale. Also, you should know that in England (so I’m told) a “bitter” just means a beer. So, it’s not really bitter per se. Moving even further away from hops we can then talk about Shacksbury Millrace, which is a naturally fermented cider from Vermont in the United States.













Arms in air.




Sui Generis.




Olympicsover=finallyhockeyseason Taproom



The W's and the H.

Ok, here goes y’all.  

Because of my degree(s) I feel it necessary to go through the good old “Five W’s and one H” partly because I walked past a gentleman yesterday carrying Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style and I hope I referenced that correctly so as to avoid the slap of a ruler against the other side of my palms as is custom for me to replicate upon myself when mistakes are made. So, after a brief introduction we will go into the deep and classically trained world of the most boring yet informative way in which to go over situational needs.




I’ve told y’all about the takeover that we’re doing this Friday (the 19th (Nineteenth)) with our friends from Burial Brewing out of Asheville, North Carolina and Bissell Brothers Brewing out of Portland, Maine and now I’m going to give you the run down on what we’ll have on tap and when.




In this corner:


Weighing in at a combined IQ of 201,087, Bissell Brothers Brewing from the southpaw city, Portland, Maine.


And in this corner:


Weighing in on the situation with their opinions that are always apt and humorous, Burial Brewing from Asheville, North Carolina.




It’s what people used to consider a “tap takeover,” which basically means that the majority of the beers available in a bar for a specific time are generally consistent of a few in not only one brewery. This will be the case. The majority of our taps on Friday (all day long) will be either that of the Bissell Brothers or Burial Brewing.




I’ll be in here like a busy beaver early on Friday morning and late on Thursday night getting everything ready for this and we should have everything on tap right when we open at 11 in the morning. Keep in mind that many of these beers will be limitedly available and it might be best for you to get here as early as you can in order to make sure you get to try the beer that you really want to try. I’ll be holding some beers in reserve so that you’ll be excited even if something goes quickly. But, it’s probably best for me to tell you that we want it available all day so people don’t have to wait around for something to go on because that’s not fair.




I don’t feel like I need to answer this.





Does anyone remember an advertising campaign during the (probably) late 80s, early 90s when a major brand ran the “Why Ask Why, Try…” campaign? Looking back with a more assertive tone that just seems like placation to me.


In this case, you should know that these two breweries make incredible beers. And, we wanted to have them at our spot because they’re our friends and we wanted to introduce you, dear reader(s), to them. That’s why.




How! You good?




Ok, here’s the list:


Burial Brewing –


- Tin Cup Camp Stout: a low alcohol Coffee Milk Stout with Counter Culture Coffee beans.

- Two Prophets Summer Saison: a Saison brewed with Rye and Oats and inundated with local Carolina Peaches. Finished with basil

- Ulfberht Baltic Porter: a dark lager fermented with juniper berries and aged in oak casks for 6 months.

- Surf Wax IPA: the description that Burial sent me had nods to the greatest film ever set to celluloid (THIS ONE) so I asked them to get me two, Utah. Anyway, This is their IPA loaded with Mosaic, Citra, Centennial and Columbus.

- We will also have a couple of cans of their collaboration with Other Half Brewing from Brooklyn of the New York called Prismatic Eye Double IPA, which is a double IPA with NC grown six-row grain and Citra, Summer and Centennial hops.

- The curve ball here that will go on after on of the above kicks will be The Parable of the Sower Herbal Saison, which I’m going to tell you about now because I won’t be able to actually write all of the below on a chalkboard: it’s a Saison that’s fermented on Rooibos tea, sweet orange peel, barberry, golden raisin and Calmyrna figs. So, when you see “Herbal Saison” that’ll be what that means.


Bissell Brothers:


- Substance: their flagship, one of my favorites. It straddles the areas between an American Pale Ale and an IPA, completely fitting both styles yet making it’s own case as the Substance from Bissell Brothers.

- Baby Genius: kind of a “session IPA” with Citra, Ella and Topaz hops.

- Lux: a Rye Pale Ale with Mosaic and Centennial hops.

- Diavoletto: one that I haven’t tried yet and I’m wildly excited for (which reminds me of my friend Andrew because whenever something really cool would happen to us either individually or as a group his reaction was to put his arms in the arm, spin around and yell, “THESE ARE THE PARTY DAYS!!!” much like the Mr. Show skit that I’m not going to link to here because I’m trying to not be inappropriate today) because it’s a beer with great body and flavor yet it stands at a mighty 2.6% ABV.




Couple all of that with the fact that crews from BOTH breweries will be around to give you hugs if they want to (if they want to) and you’re set for an incredible time.



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See you this Friday.