“Jamie Lee Thurston is a Country music success story. He’s had a hit record. A top charting video. Played with superstars such as Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. And performed on some of Country’s biggest stages.” 

Join Splash at the Boathouse in Burlington, Vermont on Wednesday, August 17th for a special performance from New England native Jamie Lee Thurston!

The show will begin at 7pm and is free to attend. Interested in meeting Jamie Lee Thurston? Come to Splash at 6:30pm for a special Meet and Greet from 6:30-7pm!

We hope you can make it to this fun summer concert series event, presented by 98.9 WOKO & Samuel Adams. RSVP to the event here.

For more information, please visit the Jamie Lee Thurston website.

If you like craft beer and you’re in Vermont this week, then you are one lucky beer drinker! This week is jam packed with beer tastings, tap takeovers, special releases, and one of the VT’s biggest events of the year, the Vermont Brewers Festival.

We are excited to announce the following events:

Wednesday, July 13th: Barrel-Aged Release Party at the Magic Hat Brewery. From 6-8pm, Magic Hat Brewing is releasing their aged ale from the depths of their brewery. While you sip, you’ll also be able to sway to the soulful sounds of Joshua Panda while you nosh on local grub. Magic Hat brewers will also be on hand to talk about the beer, its inspiration, and its influence on the future.

Wee Heavy Champ is a Scotch Ale brewed for the love of Lake Champlain. Magic Hat teamed up with the Lake Champlain Committee for this release, pledging them their time and resources, to help them continue to protect our lake’s environmental integrity. During this event, $1 from each beer served will benefit the Lake Champlain Committee.

Thursday, July 14th: Lord Hobo – Meet & Greet w/ Brewery Owner Daniel Lanigan at the Worthy Burger. Head to the Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT from 3-8pm, sip on some tasty Lord Hobo draughts (Boom Sauce – IPA, Steal this Can – IPA & Hobo Life – Session IPA) & chat with the owner of the Lord Hobo Brewing Company.

Thursday, July 14th: Allagash Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Hotel Vermont. Head to Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington from 6-11pm for a tap tap takeover, featuring a variety of delicious, hard-to-find specialty Allagash beers.

Thursday, July 14th: VT Tap Takeover at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. Come to the Farmhouse Tap & Grill at 5pm to help Allagash Brewing Company celebrate the start of the Vermont Brewers Fest. 14 Allagash brews will be on draught!!

Thursday, July 14th: The Courtyard Summer Music Series at Halvorson’s Upstreet Cafe. From 8-11pm, head to Halvorson’s outdoor courtyard & listen to the smooth sounds of the Audrey Bernstein quartet while you sip on tasty Switchback Brewing beer specials!

Friday, July 15th: Allagash Brewing Tap Takeover at Bleu Northeast Seafood. Head to Bleu Northeast Seafood restaurant from 6-11pm for an evening featuring tasty Allagash Brewing draughts & specials.

Friday, July 15th: Founders Brewing Beer Event at the Scuffer Tap & Table. Head to the Scuffer at 10pm sharp for the tapping of the only CBS draft in the state! The CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout), is brewed with chocolate and coffee that’s been aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels (10.6% abv).

Friday, July 15th – Saturday, July 16th: The Annual Vermont Brewers Festival! One of the biggest summer events in Burlington located at the Waterfront park. This festival celebrates Artisan Craft Beer and the Brewers who brew them. Please Note: There are still sessions available for the Friday: Session 1, beginning at 12 noon! Unfortunately, Friday’s evening session & both sessions on Saturday are sold out! Buy tickets for the Friday day session here.

Lastly, is beer isn’t your thing, there’s another fun event happening in Southern Vermont. It’s the Killington Wine Festival, taking place Friday, July 15th – Saturday, July 16th!

We hope you can make it to some of these exciting events.

Enjoy!

Have you had the pleasure of visiting Goodwater Brewery? If not, do yourself a favor, rally your friends and check this place out! Located at 740 Marshall Ave in Williston, Vermont, this brewery has everything you need: Amazing locally crafted beer, friendly staff, a cozy atmosphere, snacks, and air conditioning! What more could you possibly want?

We had the pleasure of chatting with co-owner Chris Capetz (pictured below), one Friday afternoon, to take photos of their amazing new space, and tour the brewery. Upon greeting us, we were immediately handed a beer, now that’s service!

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Chris handed Topher, Goodwater’s “InspiRED” (Irish Red Ale), a slightly malty, balanced beer, that’s clean, smooth and has moderate carbonation. I opted for the sampler which includes their four beers: The Proper Mild – a classic English style ale, Sweet Winter Brown – a medium bodied brown ale, InspiRED – the easy drinking Irish style red ale & the Hoppy Side of Pale – a smooth drinking full bodied pale ale.

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All of Goodwater’s beers are fantastic! It was really hard to choose a favorite. But there was just something so fresh and delicious about that Proper Mild, I couldn’t resist getting a pint for myself. Just look at that beer…!

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I paired my Proper Mild with a Goodwater housemade pretzel that also happens to have their logo incorporated into the design. How cool is that?

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After we enjoyed our beers, Chris took us on a tour of the brewery.

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Just look at those beauties…

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Where the magic happens…

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The tools to help produce the sweet nectar…

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Brew Magic!

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Custom beer holder. Well played Goodwater, well played!

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Kegs on kegs on kegs!

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This batch is ready for the drinking!

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Pour us another please!

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Not only does Goodwater offer pints ($5), samplers and growler fills, they will also start selling kegs later this month!

We were so thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the Goodwater Brewery & want to thank owners Marty Bonneau and Chris Capetz for the awesome hospitality! If you are interested in learning more about Goodwater Brewery, visit their website and Facebook page.

You can enjoy Goodwater beers at a few upcoming events in the area including: The Vermont Brewers Fest (July 15th-16th), Stowe Brewers Festival (July 29th-30th), the 22nd Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival (September 3rd-4th), Oktoberfest Vermont (September 22nd-25th) & SIPtemberfest (September 23rd-24th).

Goodwater Brewery Hours:

Mon-Tues: Closed

Wed-Fri: 3pm-8pm

Sat: 12pm-8pm

Sun: 1pm-5pm

Enjoy! 

 

Are you free next Wednesday, July 6th? If you love wine and like contributing to a good cause, then look no further! We are excited to announce that we are partnering up with Dan & Whit’s, a true Vermont General Store located in Norwich, to bring you a special wine tasting to be held at the historic Norwich Inn from 5-7pm.

Tickets are available for purchase for $15.00, or at the door the night of the event for $20.00. A portion of the proceeds from this night will be donated to the National Nordic Foundation For every ticket sold, they will donate $6.00 and for every bottle of wine sold, a $1.00 will be donated as well!

As a bonus, you will also receive a $5 coupon to The Norwich Inn to be used for food/dinner that night or anytime you choose within 30 days of the event.  The Featured wines showcased at the event will be from Vineyard Brands. Light hors d’oeuvres will also be served.

About the National Nordic Foundation:

The NNF’s mission is to support athletic excellence in developing nordic athletes in the United States.

“At the National Nordic Foundation, skiing is the first thing on our minds, even in July! Join us to share our love for skiing (and wine!) to help support U.S. Cross Country Skiing development. The Upper Valley and New England have a legendary skiing history, come out on July 6 to show your skiing pride, too!”

 

This summer, compete for undomesticated glory! Introducing the Labatt Undomesticated Games! It’s time to grab blue, your crew, and get completely ridiculous. Join 101.3 ESPN & Labatt for a chance to qualify for the Labatt Games in Saratoga Springs in August. Achieve Labatt Blue Glory, and you could earn a trip to Vegas!

For complete rules & registration, see the details below! Registration is now open, and there are limited number of spaces. Don’t miss your chance to compete! Get Undomesticated!  Sign up today!

 

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It’s that time of year again! The University of Vermont Athletic Department will  host the annual Catamount Golf Classic & it’s being presented by yours truly! On Monday, June 20th, join us at the Vermont National Country Club in South Burlington. Shotgun start time will start at 12:30pm.

There are several registration options for the 2016 tournament:
$125 for a UVM graduate of the last 10 years (2006-16)
$175 for an individual golfer
$650 for a foursome
$750 with a corporate or individual sponsorship of a tee and a foursome
$150 for a tee or green sponsorship
$500 for a tee party or contest sponsorship

You will be able to be matched with other golfers if you do not have a full foursome and all registration fees include food on the course, giveaways, greens fees, cart, and the post-golf reception where the prizes will be distributed for net and gross winners (first, second, and third).

Following the round of golf, there will be a reception and awards ceremony starting approximately at 5:30 p.m., which will be open to the public.  Reception tickets for those not participating in the tournament can be purchased for $10 per person and can also be purchased via online registration.  Silent auction and raffle item winners will be announced at the reception.  Last year, participants in the Catamount Golf Classic contributed over $17,000 to the Victory Club Scholarship Fund.

To help support the pursuit of excellence by Vermont student-athletes, register for the 2016 Catamount Golf Classic today by clicking here.  The deadline to register for the 2016 Catamount Golf Classic is June 6, however recent years have sold out quickly so participants are encouraged to register early.

For additional information on the Catamount Golf Classic tournament or ways to support Vermont student-athletes, please contact the Victory Club at 802-656-0956 or victory.club@uvm.edu.

To keep up-to-date with the Vermont Catamounts Sports Teams, visit their Facebook page.

Good Luck to all those participating!

We’ve Added A New Wine To Our Portfolio! Learn More About Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rosé.

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Shmaltz 3rd Anniversary Bash

 
Celebrate Shmaltz Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary under the Big Tent! 

Tickets Now On Sale

Three is the Magic Number! Join Shmaltz Brewing Company for an epic 3rd Anniversary Bash at their Brewery in Clifton Park!

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Showtime begins at 1pm and the curtain drops at 5pm!

Featuring:

All of the Shmaltz lineup of beer including year round offerings, seasonal favorites, rare vintage offerings and one of a kind beers. Each guest brewery will be offering three of their favorite beers.  There will also be live music, loads of comfort food + BEER…lots of beer!

Guest Breweries include:

Rare Form | Common Roots | Ommegang Brewery | Singlecut Beersmiths | C.H. Evans Brewing | Big Alice Brewing and MORE.

Added Bonus: Casks, barrel tastings and plenty of rare finds! As well as , Games and prizes.

Plus! A Killer Lineup Of Live Music: 

Richie Ortiz Solo Guitarist 1-5pm

Bohm Dialogue – Experimental Fusion Jam Trio- 1 – 2:30pm

Super 400 – Rock Trio – 3-5pm
 

Bring your appetite for delicious comfort food from THE RUCK, ESPERANTO’S of Saratoga and more to be announced!

General Admission: $25.00 – Includes 10oz commemorative snifter + 6 drink tokens + 15% off all beer to go!

Designated Driver: $10.00 – Includes general admission 15% off all beer to go!

Proceeds to benefit the New York State Brewers Assocation.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

We hope you can join us for this fun summer event!

Magic Hat Brewing Company is gearing up for it’s 6th annual Heavyfest event Saturday, May 21st, and you’re invited! Enjoy an all-day event filled with sunshine (hopefully, you know Vermont’s weather can be so unpredictable), live music, art, food trucks, brewer-lead tours, and specialty beer to sip on in the outdoor beer garden.

Not only is this event filled with fantastic Vermont artists, beer makers and local food providers, it’s also an event to recognize the amazing Vermont music industry. Magic Hat is once again teaming up with Big Heavy World, to help support local music! A $5 donation to Big Heavy World at the door will get you access to this glorious day of fun.

Big Heavy World is a Burlington-based non-profit established to preserve the historical record of music originating in Vermont; to create economic opportunity for Vermont’s musicians and the industries vital to them; to develop community among Vermont musicians and their patrons; and to accomplish this mission in a substance-free environment that empowers and educates youth.

Heavyfest will feature an incredible musical lineup, featuring performaces by  Gang of Thieves, Dwight & Nicole, Jimkata, Michelle Sarah Band and Casio Bastard!

While you’re enjoying the scene, enjoy food from Taco Truck Allstars & Dolce VT. Also, be sure to watch local artist and tattooer extraordinaire, Jason Tooth , rocking a live art expo to create a masterpiece! 
Lastly, an appearance by the non-partisan voter registration organization, HeadCount, is also expected at this year’s Heavyfest. “Magic Hat and HeadCount have collaborated many times over the years in getting people registered to vote through the brewer’s quadrennial Participation campaign. Unregistered voters are encouraged to visit the HeadCount table where volunteers can register them so that they may participate fully in America’s democratic process.” Have Fun. Drink Beer. Support Your Local Artisits. Don’t forget to vote!
 

May has arrived, let the Brewer Festival season begin! With that said, clear your calendar and join us next Saturday afternoon, May 14th,  for the Brattleboro Brewers Festival, taking place in Southern, VT! This one-day event will feature a fun day of beer sampling, eating and live music. If you can believe it, there will be over 85 taps pouring delicious beer and cider for your drinking enjoyment. While you sip on some tasty beverages, enjoy delicious edibles from on-site food vendors including: Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Ro’s Petite Fête, & Taste of Thai. After you fill your belly, get down to the tunes of Vermont band ‘Blues for Breakfast‘!

There will be 33 featured brewers/Cider Makers at this festival including: Brown’s Brewing Company, Goodwater Brewery, Magic Hat, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Sam Adams, Sea Dog Brewing, Shipyard, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Woodchuck Cider, Angry Orchard Cider, Two Roads Brewing, Truly Sparkling, and many more!

Interested in buying a ticket? If you pre-purchase your ticket, the cost will be $30. On the day of the event, the cost will be $35 (Cash Only). You can purchase your online tickets here, or at the following locations: Hermit Thrush Brewery,  The People’s Pint or Whestone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

A ticket to the event includes the following:

  • Entrance to the Festival
  • Your First 8 Sample Pours of Your Choice
  • Souvenir  Brattleboro Brewers Festival Tasting Glass
  • Live Performances by Mister Charlie and the Blues for Breakfast Band
  • A Chance to Win Some GREAT Raffle Prizes from Attending Brewers

Please note that this is a 21+ event! No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to enter the festival. This also includes designated drivers, so plan accordingly. The event will take place from 12pm-4m and will be located in the VABEC Fields at 40 University Way, off of Old Guilford Road in Brattleboro, VT.

For more information on the Brattleboro Brewers Festival, be sure to check out their Facebook page. We hope you’ll be able to join us next weekend and you all have a great time. Enjoy!


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