Category Archives: Food

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

  • 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 HopPress: Celebrating Independence Day

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The HopPress… posted on Saturday, July 3rd.

Its hard to believe that we are half way through the summer already. The 4th of July is generally the height of the summer weather we have here during Vermont’s short summer. Before long the nights will begin to cool down and we will start back into our long winter weather cycle. The weather so far this summer has been hit or miss… sometimes pleasantly sunny, but also a lot of rain. We even had a chance of frost for a couple of nights just a few weeks ago. This weekend, however, the “weather gods” have seen fit to provide us with perfect weather for the long holiday weekend… temperatures in the 80s to near 90F, a small chance of rain and plenty of sunshine… love it…

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From the Hop Press: Super Bowl: Perfect for Beer/Food Match-ups

The Hop Press

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, February 6th.

Like many, I plan to take in pro football’s finale, which is on tap for later this weekend. Neither of the teams involved this year fall into the list of favorite teams that I follow regularly (those would be the Patriots and the Steelers), but I do plan to watch anyway and it should be a good game. If I had my druthers, I guess, the Saints would win their first Super Bowl, but I really don’t have a strong preference. My cousins in Indy aren’t going to like that assessment very much.

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