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From the HopPress: Made in Vermont – The Deep South

From the HopPress: Made in Vermont - The Deep South

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, March 5th.

This is the last article in my 4-part series on the 21 breweries that can be found within the borders of this very small state. This final chapter of the series will focus on the southern most portion of the state. Both the people population and the breweries are spread farther apart in this region than in the other 3 regions that we have discussed so far, but that takes nothing away from the availability of their beer to the rest of us. In fact, two of the breweries in this southern region are among the largest in the state and have their beer distributed state-wide as well as outside of the state’s boundaries.

The three previous articles in the series, in the order that they appeared, are:

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From the HopPress: Made in Vermont - The Deep South

From the HopPress: A Brewer’s Best

From the HopPress: Made in Vermont - A Brewer's Best

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, January 22nd.

Like many of you, keeping up with the deluge of e-mails, RSS feed articles, Facebook pages or people, tweets and the like can be pretty overwhelming at times. I sort through hundreds and hundreds of them each week and that does not even begin to include what I see at work during the same period of time. Some of this, of course, I bring upon myself through my insistence on subscribing to as many beer-related sites, pages and newsletters as possible in order to keep my pulse on this beloved industry and I must admit that it is a “burden” that I will continue to willingly bear!

Earlier this week I received a “Friend of Harpoon” newsletter, which is distributed by the folks at Harpoon Brewery. “Friend of Harpoon” is a fan club of sorts for people who enjoy Harpoon’s fine selection of beers; which I definitely do. As a club member, you are entitled to the newsletter, of course, which contains a listing of upcoming Harpoon events and special news about just about everything else Harpoon-related. They even issue a membership card to their “Friends”, which can be used to collect member-only discounts at events and at the Harpoon company stores… but I digress. This particular edition of the newsletter also contained an announcement of the 35th beer to be released in Harpoon’s “100 Barrel Series” of beers; a rebrew/reformulation of a previously released beer, called Catamount Maple Wheat, which was also #26 in the series.

My interest in this beer was not so much its imminent release (early February), though I did like it the first time they produced it, but it really got me to thinking about other brewers that have their own special series of beers that they distribute only seasonally, at odd times (when the whim strikes them) or on an annual schedule. As I poked around on Ratebeer, I first discovered that there are, in fact, quite a number of brewers that do this and, secondly, some the beers in these “brewer’s best” series of beers are some of my favorite beers from those brewers.

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From the HopPress: Harpoon BBQ Championships of New England

The Vermont Brewers Festival

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, July 31st.

Each July for the last 10 years some of New England’s best barbequers and grillers have descended upon tiny Windsor, VT for the New England Championships of BBQ, which is hosted on the grounds of the Harpoon Brewery. This New England Barbecue Society supervised event is attended by thousands of hungry BBQ fans all hoping to get a taste of some of the best BBQ this side of Kansas City and, of course, to sample some of Harpoon’s great beers.

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The Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue

It has become a summer tradition over the last several years for us to attend this wonderfully fun event in Windsor, VT. For details you can visit the Harpoon Brewery site at http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/index.cfm?pid=28568.

  • What:
    • Celebrating our 10th year in 2010
    • A celebration of the best of Summer—Fresh beer, great BBQ, & live music
    • The Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, Vermont offers an ideal setting for the event
    • 40 BBQ Teams from all over will be competing for prize money & trophies
    • A select few teams will be selling their award winning BBQ to the public
    • Great live music provided by the hottest local bands from Vermont
    • Come sit back, relax and enjoy the summer with friends at Harpoon Brewery
    • Brewery tours offered through out the weekend

  • When:
    • Saturday, July 24th, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Entrance closes at 6:30 pm)
    • Sunday, July 25th, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Entrance closes at 3:30 pm)

  • Where:
    • At the Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, VT. Map/Directions
    • Off Route 5, next door to Simon Pearce, exit 9 off Interstate 91
    • Free parking available in the fields surrounding the event site
    • Camping at the event is for competing teams only.

  • How Much:
    • Door charge is $15.00 per person. This admission fee includes 2 Harpoon beer tickets or non-alcholic beverage tickets. It does not include food. Children under 12 are admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Cash bars serving a selection of Vermont-brewed fresh Harpoon and UFO beer for $4.25 a pint
    • Various BBQ teams will be selling a wide variety of hot delicious BBQ
    • The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets not sold in advance.
  • Pets:
    • Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed at all times. Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs and must clean up after their dogs. Harpoon reserves the right at any time to ask that a dog and its owner leave the event if the dog in not leashed, cleaned up after, or is misbehaving in our opinion. No refunds will be issued if a dog owner and dog are expelled.

See y’all there!

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