Beer Store – Richmond Beverage

I stopped by here a few weeks ago to check it out… in downtown Richmond, Vermont. My son had passed along a tip that they had a decent beer selection… very true! The owners were extremely nice and knowledgeable about the beer that they carried… pointed out the new arrivals and expressed an interest in my beer “collection” on RateBeer. Not a big store mind you, but they do carry a wide variety of beers; some of which I had not seen in Vermont yet. I bought a few to add to the collection and I’ll definitely be back…. 🙂

Rock Art Brewery – Belvidere Big IPA

Pours a quite dark and hazy orange-amber in color with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is very hoppy with citrus/grapefruit, but balanced with a nice sweetish malty background. Flavor is initially strong with hops… plenty of citrus and pine… slightly sweet too. Eventually it is all about the hops, however, and those and their bitterness continue into the lingering finish. Does not have the palate/body that would truly define it as a great IIPA, but this is a good one. Rock Art continues to improve and impress with their “Extreme” series of brews.

Stoudt’s Brewing Co. – Stoudt’s Triple

Pours a hazy orangish amber in color with a small white head that fades to a very thin covering over the beer. No lacing. Aroma is strong of Belgian yeast, spices (cloves, nutmeg) and a light fruitiness. Flavor is very fruity… apples, melon… and slightly sweet. Alcohol is apparent, but muted by the intense fruity flavors and maltiness. Finish is slightly bitter and lingering. I am impressed… a quite decent tripel. This is the first of Stoudt’s for me and I look forward to more from this brewer.