Three Penny Taproom “MontBeerlier” Festival

In celebration of the Three Penny Taproom’s First Anniversary, on Saturday, May 1, 2010 the Taproom will host the First Annual “Montbeerlier Festival”. Montbeerlier will be held under a tent in the Onion River Sports parking lot on Langdon Street, Montpelier from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Along with house-made sausages on the grill and live music from Primate Fiasco from 6:00-8:30, the main attraction will be approximately 12 different cask conditioned beers (or “firkins”).

Expected casks and other special beer available at this event to include:

  • Hill Farmstead Abner- A Double IPA (this is the public premier of Shaun Hill’s 2nd awesome beer from the new brewery)
  • Trapp Family Brewery Bourbon Barrel Bock- Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels (I’ve tasted, heaven in a glass)
  • Trapp Family Brewery Helles Lager
  • Lawson’s Finest Liquids Weiss-K- Sean’s Weiss beer poured out of a gravity Firkin
  • Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout- A fresh batch of RIS with added Oak Staves that were soaked in Port wine!
  • Stone Double Dry-Hopped Ruination
  • Stone Vanilla Oaked Smoked Porter
  • Berkshire Brewing Imperial Stout
  • Smuttynose Brown Dog Dry-Hopped with Sterlings
  • Stoudt’s American Pale Ale
  • Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB
  • In the taproom, we have decided to dig deep in the caverns of our basement for some aged goodies to put on tap, so expect to be blown away!

To go along with these, Joey and Jake will be churning out fresh sausages, plus the good folks from Vermont Butter & Cheese Company will be here to give out free samples of their beautiful cheeses! The tickets will cost $5 a piece or 5 for $20, and will be worth either a beer or a sausage, what a deal, four beers and a homemade sausage sandwich for $20!!! And to top it all off, The Primate Fiasco will be tickling your earbuds starting around 6:30

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From the Hop Press: Vermont Takes WBC by Storm

The Hop Press

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, April 24th.

What’s that you say?! I have talked before about how statistics can be manipulated to produce the desired results, but that is certainly not what I am attempting here. Vermont is truly “beer country” and the World Beer Cup is the perfect place to showcase the talent of the brewers and the quality of the beer which they produce here in this small state.

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Photo by Shaun E. Hill

The Magic Hat Experience

The Hop Press

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, April 17th.

A while back I had the very great pleasure of again visiting the Magic Hat Brewery in South Burlington, Vermont. I say again, but you should understand that my visits to their facility were about 15 years apart. Though not first on the Vermont beer scene, Magic Hat embodies the essence of what is “right” about many of the brewers in Vermont.

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Beers to Your Health?

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, April 10th.

In today’s world of chronic information overload, it is often quite easy to find a study or report that supports a “pro” or “con” position on just about any topic. The relative healthiness of beer drinking is not immune to this infuriating phenomenon and there are many recent examples which proclaim that either beer is good for you or bad for you. I wasn’t able to find an example of those two positions appearing on the same Internet media page, but it would not surprise me one bit if that hasn’t occurred somewhere before. Today we will delve into some of these claims and try to make some sense of this topic in a look at beer from a health perspective.

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