With summer just around the corner, we’re already compiling the tasty drink recipes we want to try out while soaking up some sun. Luckily our friends over at Polar Seltzer have given us plenty of material to work with.

One in particular we can’t wait to try is Very Berry Punch. This recipe is great because it gives you the right portions of the ingredients to start with, and from there you can get creative with the flavors and fruits you want to add. It makes for a fun project to enjoy with the kids and the perfect beverage to serve at a family BBQ!

With the wide array of Polar Seltzer flavors available, we’re already picturing the endless array of combinations we can come up with. Strawberry-watermelon perhaps? Or maybe even pomegranate-lime. Oh the possibilities. Whatever flavors you choose, we hope you enjoy every sip!

There is no better way to welcome Spring than with the flavors of refreshing Vermont craft brews that perfectly highlight the season. What do our Baker Distributing brewers have in store? Let’s take a look at the brews you won’t want to miss out on.

singlechairMagic Hat: Single Chair Golden Ale– We like to think this easy drinking ale is best enjoyed in the sun, or after a long day on the slopes. Why just a single chair you may ask? It commemorates the single chair lift that resides at Mad River, one of only two in the country. As stated on Magic Hat’s website, “As winter’s cover melts to reveal spring’s hidden life, take a ride to the topon the Single Chair and celebrate your independent spirit.”

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Otter Creek- Citra Mantra IPL– This refreshing India Pils Lager is single-hopped with Citra hops. The flavor is highlighted by Pilsner, Munich and Vienna malts that give it a crisp tropical and citrus finish. At 5.75%, this IPL makes for smooth sipping.

 

Switchback- Smoked Märzen- If you like a balanced and hoppy brew that helps you welcome the sites and sounds of spring, this Rauch Bier style Märzen does the trick. With it’s unique smokey flavor from Munich malt, and a touch of bitterness from German Magnum hops and Vanguard hops, you’ll be enjoying every sip of smokey deliciousness. Available in 22oz bottles and in the tap room.

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Switchback- Citra-Pils Keller Bier– Now available year-round, this is another great beer to reach for when you need a light and drinkable brew. It’s citrusy flavor combines characteristics of both a pilsner and IPA, presenting the palate with a unique spin on the typical lager style beer. The key to it’s flavor comes from dry hopping the beer with both Citra and Saaz hops. Expect a touch of lemony flavor on the palate to give it a delightfully refreshing taste. Available in 12oz bottles and in the tap room.

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 8.30.21 AMGoodwater- Hoppy Side of Pale– If you like pale ales and you like IPAs, you’ll definitely love a beer that combines the best of both beers. The preliminary flavors of this beer indicate the smooth notes of a full bodied pale ale. Once it lingers longer, you then get a slightly hoppy finish. With these complex flavors to enjoy, you’ll certainly be hopping over to Goodwater for another taste.

 

 

These are just a few reasons to celebrate the long anticipated arrival of spring. It’s time to get outside for some adventure! Whether you sip your next beer from the top of a mountain, at the bottom of the slopes, or simply outside in your yard while grilling with friends, we hope you enjoy every second!

 

The sunny, spring weather we’ve been dreaming about all winter long has finally arrived. This means it’s time to treat ourselves to just the right beverages that complement warmer temperatures. Here at Baker Distributing, we recommend a drinkable Rosé wine. Let’s take a look at some of our new offerings for 2017.

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This wine is made locally right in Cambridge, Vermont. It is dry in taste and full of raspberry flavor that complements its vibrant acidity. It’s made using Frontenac and Cayuga White grapes. Fun Fact: The Rosé is named after the Boyden daughters Juliette and Laurence.

 

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Enjoy a delicate, fruity flavor of strawberry and citrus when you uncork a bottle of this Rosé. It is rich with aromas of watermelon, nectarine, ruby red grapefruit, lilies, and orange blossoms. 

 

 

 

Martin Ray Vineyard and Winery: Pinot Noir Rosé

Treat yourself to a blend of blood orange, kiwifruit, passionfruit and coconut flavors, mingling with the aromas of watermelon and orange creme. This Rosé would be ideal for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. 

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With Easter and Mother’s Day just around the corner, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate with the ones you love. Keep these rosés in mind when you’re looking for the perfect wine for the occasion. Happy sipping!

 

There’s nothing like a refreshing cold beer to quench your thirst after a long run or a relaxing yoga session. In fact, the two have been known to pair quite well together, giving Switchback Brewing Company the perfect opportunity to give customers some spring events that warrant a well-deserved carbonated beverage.

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The Half Marathon Unplugged is this Saturday April 8th, 2017. It’s organized by RunVermont and presented by Switchback. The finish line on Flynn Avenue conveniently puts runners right at the brewery after party where they get to enjoy one complimentary beer and various food offerings. After running 13.1 miles along Lake Champlain while battling potentially chilly spring temperatures and wind, we can’t think of a better way to refuel and recover. Read more about the event here.

Stretch and Sip in the Switchback Taproom

Stretch and SipCheck out Switchback’s recurring “Stretch and Sip” events that take place one Sunday a month. The session happens right in the tap room and you simply have to BYOM- bring your own mat. After a 60-minute Vinyasa flow class that allows you to relax and unwind, you get to enjoy a pint or flight of your choice that’s included in your $20 registration fee. Maybe you’ll even try your luck at balancing in tree pose while sipping your way through a sampler. Not a bad way to wrap up a weekend and prepare for the work week ahead! Check their Facebook page to learn how to sign up for the next Stretch and Sip session.

 

 

If you’re looking to combine your favorite spring activities with your love of Vermont beer, be sure to keep an eye out for other Switchback events like these in the upcoming months. Staying fit while enjoying the beers you love has never been easier!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Baker family to yours! In honor of one of our favorite holidays we have compiled three classic Irish recipes all made using Bakers Irish brands of course!

First up is Smithwick’s Irish Beer and Cheese bread! This bread is hearty enough to be a meal in itself but we prefer it as a before dinner snack or paired it with eggs and bacon for a filling breakfast.

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Next up we have an Irish classic – Guinness Beef Stew! This recipe is great for family dinners or a small dinner party.

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Last but not least we have an Irish twist on an American classic – Magners Irish Cider Mac & Cheese. The perfect combo of sweet and savory, we cannot get enough of this stuff!

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Be sure to comment and let us know which one is your favorite!

Spring is in the air and on the shelves here at Baker! We have a variety of spiked seltzers in the warehouse including Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer and for the kids Polar Seltzers.

Truly Spiked & Sparkling

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Truly’s Spiked & Sparkling comes in four varieties:  Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Sicilian Blood Orange, Pomegranate. All four beverages offer a fruity flavor at half the calories of most pre-mixed adult beverages. Even if you aren’t counting calories, Truly, comes in small cans that can be easily toted to the beach making it the perfect refresher on a spring break vacay.

Aside from being a great drink for the beach, Truly can be used to make tons of tasty mixed drinks like this Sangria! After mixing up our own batch we can we have to say this quite delicious. Fruity and sweet yet still refreshing – perfect for a light lunch on the shore or dinner with friends.

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Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

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Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer comes in three varieties: Watermelon, Cranberry Lime and Orange Mango. Unlike Truly these guys are only sold in cans and a variety pack that is perfect for a barbecue or day on the water. Our team has been loving the Cranberry Lime flavor so we decided to mix up our own little twist on the Moscow Mule.

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Polar Seltzer

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Spiked Seltzer may be all the rage but when it comes to vacations it’s always nice to have something for the kids as well. Polar seltzers are a great substitute for soda without sacrificing the fruity flavors kids love, just the sugar. Polar comes in a variety of sizes and flavors making it an easy beverage for on the go. Our team even made our own Polar mocktails!

 

Let us know what you think of these recipes in the comments!

It’s that time of year again in Burlington, in just two short weeks the streets fill with gold, green and purple and the community comes together for three full days of fun and philanthropy! The Baker family is excited to once again be participating in this amazing event and we are so proud of our friends over at Magic Hat for putting this on. All events over Mardi Gras weekend will serve to bring awareness and support to the Vermont Foodbank. Over the years, Magic Hat Mardi Gras weekend has raised more than $250,000 for the Vermont community and this year will be the 22nd anniversary of the event. 

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Aside from great beer and great company this event offers a number of events including live music, a parade, food trucks, the fun run and more. This year the event will feature two special guests Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan of Super Troopers. For a full list of activities and details click here. 

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We at Baker pride ourselves on being members of the Vermont community for the past 52 years and it is events like this that remind us just how lucky we are to live and do business here.


About The Vermont Foodbank

The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry. Three locations throughout the state including Barre, Brattleboro and Rutland, help to feed the 1 in 4 Vermonters who are struggling with hunger. Last year’s Mardi Gras celebration raised enough funds to provide over 50,000 meals for our neighbors in need.

Volunteer to help with the parade and sell beads, sign up for the Fun Run, or buy some stylish Mardi Gras beads.

 

The Baker Distributing family will be showing their VT pride at the Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic this weekend! Presented by Labatt Blue – this event is tailored to it’s participants starting with the tournament all the way down to the after game activities.

We are excited to see our friends at Labatt putting on such an awesome event yet again for the Vermont community and across the country!

 

For more information on this event visit: http://bit.ly/2k3VU87

Wine & Chocolate Weekend

At Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits

Featuring STiR Chocolates and Snowflake Chocolates

Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits will be participating in the Vermont Grape and Wine Council’s Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, February 11th & 12th, 2017.  Join us for a fun and romantic wine and chocolate experience from 10am-5pm at our winery in Cambridge, Vermont.

We are proud to feature chocolates from local chocolatiers , STiR Chocolates and Snowflake Chocolates, with FREE Chocolate and Wine pairings.  Experience the decadent flavors of Boyden Valley wines, cider, and Vermont Ice crème liqueurs perfectly matched with dark chocolate truffles infused with our liqueurs and wine, cranberry orange bark, and sea-salted caramels.

Valentine’s Themed Cocktail Tasting made with Boyden Valley Wines, Ciders, and Liqueurs will be the perfect way to experience the variety of ways you can enjoy our products.  The cocktail tasting will come with a handy laminated recipe card so you can mix up your favorite cocktails at home and fall in love all over again!

One stop shopping is our goal this year to make all your Valentine’s Day needs easy and thoughtful with the perfect gift set including Boyden wine, local chocolate, and beautiful white roses in a galvanized bucket with chalkboard for your personal message to the one you love.

FREE Wine & Chocolate Pairings

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STiR Chocolates on site with more chocolate samples & products to purchase.

Snowflake Chocolates on site with more chocolate samples & products to purchase.

Beautiful gifts featuring Boyden Wine, Local Chocolate, & White Roses in a reusable bucket.

FREE to attend.  No Reservations needed for the weekend event.

Plus Celebrate your love with a special evening on Saturday, February 11th or Tuesday, February 14th – Reserve your table at our Wine & Cheese Fondue Dinner in our gorgeous carriage barn loft.  A fun evening with a Swiss style cheese fondue served with baguette, fingerling potatoes, & cornichon with a glass of Boyden wine for the main course followed by a delectable chocolate truffle and cordial of our Vermont Ice Creme Liqueur for dessert. -$39.99+tax per person

Make your reservations Today! The dinners book up quickly with limited capacity of 50 people per night with seatings available every 15 minutes from 5pm-7pm.  Call 802-644-8151 to lock in your reservation with a credit card.

 

Contact Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits at (802) 644-8151 or by email at info@boydenvalley.com with questions.  No Reservations necessary for Daytime Weekend Event.

Just because the holidays have ended doesn’t mean you should sacrifice all the good food, sweet treats & yummy cocktails (even if that was your resolution – we all deserve cheat days.) If you’re anything like us then you probably have a lot of leftover beverages from the holidays and we want to help you put them to good use. That is why we found three tasty recipes that incorporate your favorite Baker brands – and if you don’t have these drinks on hand all it takes is quick trip to the market for these recipes to come alive!

 

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The cold weather is here to stay so why not warm up with this deliciously sweet hot cider!

 

Second we have a match made in heaven: cheese and beer!
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We recommend using Otter Creek’s Russian Imperial Stout for this recipe and for our resident vegetarians feel free to leave out the meat or make substitutions. For cooking details click here.

 

To finishing things off we found this incredible dessert recipe. Spoiler alert – it’s Red Wine Brownies!
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We recommend 14 Hands Winery 2014 Merlot for this recipe. For cooking details click here.

Comment and let us know your favorite!


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