We’re pleased to have Goodwater Brewery joining us for our Baker’s Dozen Pub Crawl this Thursday!

Goodwater Brewery is a 20 BBL brewery and tasting room located in Williston, VT. They began operations in the beginning of 2016, and currently produce a variety of brands in both kegs and cans.

Their current lineup consists of 8 different beers in their tasting room which can be enjoyed in sampler flights, pints, or growlers to go. These include the Hoppy Side of Pale, Stange (kolsch-style ale) and their newest release, Hop Collusion IPA- a deliciously drinkable IPA featuring a blend of Simcoe and Citra hops.

Other beers available in the tasting room include Proper Mild, inspiRED, Not for the faint of Tart, (Flemish sour ale), and current seasonal releases of Sweet Winter Brown and Porter 86.

Be sure to visit their Facebook page for more information about current events and tasting room hours!

We’re excited to be adding Brown’s Brewing Co. to our lineup of breweries joining us for the Baker’s Dozen Pub Crawl next Thursday, May 18th.

Back in 1993, before the surge of craft breweries, Garry and Kelly Brown opened a brewpub in then-blighted Troy, NY, more or less to make the beer they wanted to drink. The Browns were undaunted and compelled by a need to share what they made with everyone looking for something new and fresh.

What do they have to offer?

Brown’s Brewing Company has become what it is today through grit and determination with two very popular taprooms, an R&D pilot brewery in Troy, and a full scale production brewery and canning facility in North Hoosick. Distributed in three states, Brown’s cans and draughts are among the most enjoyable and celebrated locally brewed and hand crafted ales and lagers around. Whether you visit the Walloomsac Taproom or the Troy Taproom, you can expect to enjoy delicious beer and food accompanied by a fun atmosphere.

Brown’s Brewing Co. Beer Highlights:Cherry Razz: Tart and sassy like its name, this Amber Ale features a generous amount of whole crushed cherries and raspberries balancing a sweet malt forward character and a slight hop zest. When you need an easy drinking beer, this amber ale is a great choice.

Coast-To-Coast IPA: With a mighty malt backbone, this trend defying IPA balances west coast bitter with east coast juice for an unmistakably drinkable and engaging beer. IPA lovers get the best of both worlds in every sip.

Oatmeal Stout: Engaging, dark, and bold, our ever popular ode to the classic English Stout earned Brown’s the prestigious gold medal at the World Beer Cup but that hasn’t prevented the brewery from refining this defining brew into an approachable easy to drink, rich, and silky smooth glass of pure deliciousness.

Spring Seasonal released in May:

Krüsh Kölsch: Featuring a low ABV and an IBU exactly right for those summer days you never want to see end. Brown’s Krüsh Kölsch is nimble and very easy to drink. Cold conditioned and fermented using a blend of lager and ale yeast, this beer’s complex flavors finish clean and refreshing, beckoning you to keep going.

 

 

Leading up to our Baker’s Dozen Pub Crawl event on May 18th, we’ll be introducing you to some of the breweries that will be joining us! First up is Ithaca Beer Co.

Nestled in the heart of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region, Ithaca Beer Company demonstrates its pride by brewing world-class craft beer inspired by its home. At Ithaca Beer, they are driven to reflect the culture, creativity, and diversity of the area in everything they do. From their complex and innovative beers to the local fare served in our lively Taproom brewpub – their unwavering attention to detail and passion for their community and our craft is unmistakable.

What does their tasting room have to offer?

In addition to year-round favorites like our popular Flower Power IPA, you can also choose from new five barrel beers, a special Thursday night cask, and seasonal selections on rotation. Enjoy dining indoors, soaking up the scenery on our patio, or relaxing on the lawn in the warmer months. We are also pleased to offer brewery tours on weekends and by reservation, giving our customers a behind-the-scenes look at our facilities. It’s easy to get in the spirit, at Ithaca Beer!

Ithaca Beer Co. Highlights:

Flower Power IPA: Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously Punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.

 

Happy Pils: Brilliantly clear and refreshing, this German Pilsner boasts a healthy amount of spicy noble Germans hops, and a dynamic, yet restrained malt backbone. Our Happy Pils is bound to bring a smile to any craft beer lover’s face.


May Xipaa “Alexir”: The Alexir is an exuberant New England IPA with a generous and unique pairing of Citra, Chinook, and Simcoe hops throughout the boil, whirlpool and double dry hop additions. This Spring potion balances malt sweetness with a confident thirst quenching mouthfeel. Golden in color while hazier than previous XIPPA!s. You’ll find the bold character of big pineapple, fresh citrus and tropical fruit makes this entry a perfect hoppy tonic for May afternoons and evenings – indoors or out, standing or sitting. For added intrigue, the discerning drinker will enjoy a small amount of Pacific Jade that brings in a small element of citrusy zest, pepper and funk.

Baker Distributing is excited to announce we’re teaming up with the Burlington Firefighter’s Association (BFFA) Local 3044 to aid in their efforts to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For every person who attends our upcoming first annual Baker’s Dozen Pub Crawl on May 18th, Baker Distributing is donating $10 to the cause. Here’s a little more information about our fundraising partner, the BFFA.

The Burlington Firefighter’s Association (BFFA) is a collection of just under 60 Burlington Firefighter/EMT’s, Lieutenants, and Captains that operate under the Local chapter (L3044) of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The BFFA serves as both the labor union body that represents Burlington’s line firefighters and officers with management and City Administration as well as the collective outlet for Burlington Firefighters to give back to the community they serve.

Burlington’s Firefighters and EMT/medics protect the Queen City 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and it is the BFFA that has made sure the men and women on the job have fair pay and benefits as well as a safe work environment.  The BFFA also serves the men and women on the job during their times of struggle; be it financial support during periods of injury or illness, long term support to a member’s family upon a line-of-duty death, or periods of emotional support to cope with the scars we bear during our careers.

The BFFA also acts as the path for Burlington Firefighters to give back the the city they call a second home.  Every year, the BFFA hosts, or participates in, events that raise money for charitable organizations:  A scenic train ride fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, a Fill-the-Boot and Hero Run 5k to support the MDA, and Operation FireCuff’s to collect toys for the Vermont Children’s Hospital during the holiday season.  This year they also embark on a new venture, a joint effort with Baker’s Distributing to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The BFFA has a long and dynamic history of protecting and supporting the men and women of the Burlington Fire Department while also giving back to the city we know and love. Our Baker Distributing team is excited to join forces to engage with the community, celebrate craft beer and raise money for such a great cause!

The flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green, the trees are budding and the birds are chirping, it must be Spring! Great weather is the perfect reason to get outside and enjoy yourself! Our friends at Magic Hat Brewing Company know how to take advantage of great weather and great company. They just recently announced some super fun upcoming events happening next weekend and throughout the summer, so clear your schedule and head on over to the brewery in South Burlington for live music, food, beer and entertainment!

Have you ever heard of Big Heavy World? Located in Burlington, Big Heavy World is Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office. Big Heavy World was started by roommates James Lockridge and George Webb. Their mission is to preserve the historical record of music originating in Vermont to create economic opportunity for VT’s musicians and the industries vital to them. Magic Hat is partnering with Big Heavy World for an exciting benefit event happening next Saturday.

The event is called Heavy Fest 5 and it’s taking place at the Magic Hat Brewery on Saturday, May 16th from 1-6pm. This event will feature a live art expo, outdoor beer garden, brewery tours, food trucks and of course, live music from some of Vermont’s most talented artists. Here’s all you need to know about next week’s event:

  • 100% of the $5 donation at the door will go directly to Big Heavy World
  • Feeling hungry? Taco Truck All-Stars, Dolce VT & Queen City Pops will be there feeding the crowd
  • Live music from Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Soule Monde, Rough Francis, Swale and Gowanus
  • Live art expo with Jason Tooth and Brian Capes
  • Brewery tours led by the Magic Hat Brewers
  • Outdoor Beer Garden featuring speciality beers

On June 5th, join the Magic Hat Artifactory for Nicole Christman’s Art Opening. Nicole was last year’s winner of the Labels for Libations contest. You can find Nicole’s artistic label on Magic Hat’s Art Hop Ale which will be showcased on their Spring Fever variety pack, which debuts this spring. Come and hang in the Art Space, see more of Nicole’s art work, mingle with friends and sip on tasty pints. There will be free snacks available as well as 220z. bottles of Art Hop Ale for sale. As a bonus, Magic Hat will donate $1 for every bottle sold, to benefit Burlington’s South End Arts and Business Association.

Did you experience Magic Hat’s Summer Sessions series last season? If not, don’t worry, it’s coming around again! Summer Sessions Music Series is the brewery’s free music series happening at the brewery every Sunday afternoon in June! This event also features an outdoor beer garden and the Taco Truck All Stars food truck. They currently have four sessions lined up and ready to go! All artists are scheduled to perform from 2-4:30. Here are the scheduled Summer Session Music Series dates and participating artists:

  • June 7th, live music with Josh Panda
  • June 14th, live music with Stone Bullet
  • June 21st, live music with The Growlers
  • June 28th, live music with Ben Donovan and The Congregation

We hope that you can make it to one or more of these great summer events! If you do go, share your experiences with us on Facebook!

Vermont recently made headlines this week, when magazine Craft Beer and Brewing wrote an article entitled “Beercation: The New Burlington Beer Scene.” The in-depth article takes a look at the Vermont craft beer scene and the inspired brewers that make it all happen. Did you know that Vermont has the second most breweries per-capita in the country? Burlington, which is Vermont’s biggest city, has the most craft breweries in the state, but if you travel outside of BTV, you’ll definitely find a many other fantastic breweries, including 1st Republic Brewing Company based out of Fairfax, Vermont.

We are very excited to offer 1st Republic Brewing Co. and are looking forward to sharing their amazing brews with our customers. 1st Republic’s owners and brewers Kevin Jarvis and Shawn Trout, who are two friends and military veterans, began crafting beer out of their garage using only a single burner system and “maintains the dream and perseverance to grow while staying true to their hometown values. 1st Republic Brewing Co., as accomplished Vermonters, creates unique brews, while enjoying the fruits of their labor.” They give respect and honor to their Vermont roots and want to represent the “heart and soul of the hardworking people of this great state.”

At the moment, 1st Republic’s facility is only for brewing beer, which means that no tasting room is available. They do hope to debut one sometime this year and encourage their fans to follow them on Facebook, to receive updates and information on their brewery. Regardless of a tasting room, you can still try 1st Republic’s brews at a number of bars and restaurants around the state including: Cody’s Irish Pub and Grill, Pleasant Valley Brewing, Vermont Tap House, Monkey House, Brown Dog Bistro, Worthy Kitchen, Farmhouse Tap & Grill and Bluebird Barbecue, just to name a few!

Now that you know where you can find their delicious beer, let’s explore a few of 1st Republic’s stellar brews. Here you can find information on three of their current draughts offered:

  • Republic Pale Ale- Is their flagship Pale Ale, which is an interpretation of the classic British ale style, that is a clean, clear and an extremely drinkable brew. It is an unfiltered pale ale that has a combination of malt sweetness and hop forwardness that finishes clean, and offers aroma’s that have distinct tropical blends. (5.4% ABV)
  • Windsor Ale- This brew is an unfiltered American Red Wheat. The red wheat added in the beer combines nicely with the caramel and chocolate malts to give it a sweet, creamy traditional style ale, with a new feel. This beer is a more dark cloudy beer due to the wheat malts added. (4.8% ABV)
  • 104 Porter- This brew is an unfiltered Brown Porter, which is balanced perfectly between malt sweetness and smoke malt. Four distinct malts were used in the Porter, to blend in great body with notes of chocolate and caramel. This is a very smooth and drinkable beer. (6.4% ABV)

We hope you get the opportunity to try 1st Republic’s brews. If you do happen to indulge in their tasty beverages, share your thoughts with us on Facebook!

Vermont recently made headlines when an article from the Burlington Free Press announced that the House of Representatives is proposing a new bill that encourages Vermont farm-grown beer into the state’s already expansive craft beer scene. The new bill would allow for local Vermont farmers to acquire a new farm brewer’s license that would encourage them to brew beer on premise while incorporating at least one ingredient, that has been grown on their farm.

The article states that “The farm beer would need to include at least 20 percent local hops and at least 30 percent other local ingredients, not including water, to be considered ‘Vermont Beer’ under a new legal definition,” says the Free Press. The bill could also generate licenses for Vermont wine and cider makers, if they too, incorporate local ingredients into their products. With this new bill, the farmers could also offer to host special events, tastings, and acquire permits, to help serve and sell their specific products to consumers.

The bill is currently in the initial stages of creation, and some Vermont brewers are concerned about the bill’s stern meaning of the term Vermont beer. Kurt Stauder who is president of the “Vermont Brewers Association states that “It’s very early, I understand the aims and I find them to be admirable, but I do have some concerns…I think that the big point that is sticking with some if the brewers is the definition of Vermont beer.” It could also bring more revenue to the state, and encourage Vermont farmers to grow more hops, grain and malts.

House Representative Bill Botzow says that “he modeled the farm brewer’s bill after a similar law in New York that took effect in 2013. The Bennington County Industrial Corporation suggested that New York had a competitive advantage in recruiting breweries.” He goes on to say that the new bill “would stimulate an emerging part of Vermont’s economy and promote diversified agriculture and agrotourism.”

What are your thoughts on this proposed bill? Do you see a future in Vermont Farm-Grown beer? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!

The flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green, the trees are budding and the birds are chirping, it must be Spring! Great weather is the perfect reason to get outside and enjoy yourself! Our friends at Magic Hat Brewing Company know how to take advantage of great weather and great company. They just recently announced some super fun upcoming events happening next weekend and throughout the summer, so clear your schedule and head on over to the brewery in South Burlington for live music, food, beer and entertainment!

Have you ever heard of Big Heavy World? Located in Burlington, Big Heavy World is Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office. Big Heavy World was started by roommates James Lockridge and George Webb. Their mission is to preserve the historical record of music originating in Vermont to create economic opportunity for VT’s musicians and the industries vital to them. Magic Hat is partnering with Big Heavy World for an exciting benefit event happening next Saturday.

The event is called Heavy Fest 5 and it’s taking place at the Magic Hat Brewery on Saturday, May 16th from 1-6pm. This event will feature a live art expo, outdoor beer garden, brewery tours, food trucks and of course, live music from some of Vermont’s most talented artists. Here’s all you need to know about next week’s event:

  • 100% of the $5 donation at the door will go directly to Big Heavy World
  • Feeling hungry? Taco Truck All-Stars, Dolce VT & Queen City Pops will be there feeding the crowd
  • Live music from Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Soule Monde, Rough Francis, Swale and Gowanus
  • Live art expo with Jason Tooth and Brian Capes
  • Brewery tours led by the Magic Hat Brewers
  • Outdoor Beer Garden featuring speciality beers

On June 5th, join the Magic Hat Artifactory for Nicole Christman’s Art Opening. Nicole was last year’s winner of the Labels for Libations contest. You can find Nicole’s artistic label on Magic Hat’s Art Hop Ale which will be showcased on their Spring Fever variety pack, which debuts this spring. Come and hang in the Art Space, see more of Nicole’s art work, mingle with friends and sip on tasty pints. There will be free snacks available as well as 220z. bottles of Art Hop Ale for sale. As a bonus, Magic Hat will donate $1 for every bottle sold, to benefit Burlington’s South End Arts and Business Association.

Did you experience Magic Hat’s Summer Sessions series last season? If not, don’t worry, it’s coming around again! Summer Sessions Music Series is the brewery’s free music series happening at the brewery every Sunday afternoon in June! This event also features an outdoor beer garden and the Taco Truck All Stars food truck. They currently have four sessions lined up and ready to go! All artists are scheduled to perform from 2-4:30. Here are the scheduled Summer Session Music Series dates and participating artists:

  • June 7th, live music with Josh Panda
  • June 14th, live music with Stone Bullet
  • June 21st, live music with The Growlers
  • June 28th, live music with Ben Donovan and The Congregation

We hope that you can make it to one or more of these great summer events! If you do go, share your experiences with us on Facebook!

Nothing quite says, “celebrate” like the sound of the champagne bottle going “POP”! So pour yourself a glass of bubbly and let’s party.

Champagne is an elegant and festive drink. Even though it seems like it’s a varietal of it’s own, champagne is characteristically wine that is derived from a blend of grapes. Genuine Champagne can only come from the Champagne region in France. Any other “bubbly” from around the world is called “Sparkling Wine”; depending on which region you are in. Sparkling Wines and Champagne offer the following varietals: sec, demi sec, extra dry, brut and extra brut. The sugar levels are what make these varieties different. Similar to wine, the term ‘dry’ means the opposite of sweet. Extra Brut and Brut will be your drier less sweet options, while sec and demi-sec will be on the sweeter side. You’ll also notice that Champagne or Sparkling Wine is refered to as “Bubbly.” All those bubbles that elegantly grace and dance around your glass are formed during a second fermentation that processes in the bottle. This is caused from the added sugar and yeast, when the two ingredients react they produce carbon dioxide and the result is tiny bubbles that are confined to a small space.

Here are some of the varieties we offer:

  • Korbel: This California Champagne maker offers multiple varieties ranging from dry to sweet, while leaving you with a lingering light tasting, refined and balanced finish. They also offer Brut Rose and Sweet Rose, offering crisp, bright flavors with aromas of raspberry and vanilla.
  • Rosatello: This wine maker has been in business since the 1950’s. They make their wine from the grapes of the sun soaked vineyards in Italy. They also offer multiple varieties, including a Sparkling Rose. This delicate pink Sparkling wine has fruity aromas with a balanced and clean finish.
  • Krug: This brand hails from the Champagne region of France where they produce just six varietals. They offer fresh, citrusy fruit notes, ending with a dry finish.
  • Veuve Clicquot: Also coming from the Champagne region, where they specialize in premium products. They are known for being one of the first producers in “modern” Champagne making due to their technique and style.

Now that you’ve got the facts, you’re ready to pop some bottles and celebrate. Enjoy!


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