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From the HopPress: Made in Vermont – The Spine of the Green Mountains

From the HopPress: Made in Vermont - The Spine of the Green Mountains

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, December 4th.

This is the second in a series of articles which highlight the wonderful variety of breweries available to us Vermonters. As I have told you before, with 21 in-state breweries and less than 650,000 people in the entire state, Vermont has the very best ratio of breweries to people in the country. In my first article in this series – Made in Vermont: Burlington Region – I included a brief review of seven of the breweries in Vermont’s northwest corner. In today’s article I will focus on the more northern central region of the state and another six breweries which can be found within this region.

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Made in Vermont - The Spine of the Green Mountains

From the HopPress: Rock Solid Rock Art Brewery

My featured article for Ratebeer’s The Hop Press… this article was posted on Saturday, May 29th.

Matt and Renee Nadeau started the Rock Art Brewery out of the basement of their house near Johnson, VT in 1997. Then a one-man operation, Rock Art has seen significant growth since then. In 2002, the Rock Art operation moved from Matt’s house to their current location in a very industrial looking warehouse in Morrisville, VT and they have been expanding ever since.

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Rock Art Wins “Monster” Battle!

Late in the day on Wednesday Rock Art Brewery, makers of “The Vermonster” beer, and Hansen Beverage Company, makers of Monster energy drinks, reached an agreement that will allow Rock Art to continue to use the name “Vermonster” for its beer, so long as it stays out of the energy drink market.

Matt Nadeau, Rock Art owner, is ecstatic, but is still adamant that there needs to be additional trademark reform that would prevent similar situations (big corporation bullies abusing the small business owners) from happening in the future.

The month-long battle was fought on two fronts… Rock Art and the lawyers fighting the legal battle against Hansen in the courts and the very public battle waged on-line and in the media by craft brewers and other concerned individuals. Hansen had their hands full on both fronts. It quickly became evident, to many, that Hansen’s legal pursuit of the Vermontster name was probably not going to hold up in court and, perhaps more significantly, Hansen’s reputation as a beverage manufacturer began to take a real beating in the marketplace as beverage retailers, distributors and tens of thousands of everyday consumers rallied against Hansen’s efforts against Rock Art.

Stay tuned for an official statement from Rock Art at their Web site… http://www.rockartbrewery.com/

It’s nice to see the little guy win for a change… and justifiably so! Thanks everyone for your help in winning this epic battle against “evil”!!

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.