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!

winter-seasonal-beersWe know, we know; we’re always just a few steps ahead of the weather, anticipating its next move and making sure there are enough seasonal-appropriate beers for you to enjoy.  And now that it’s mid-October, we’re thinking winter seasonals. YUM!

We really like beer, almost any beer, but wanted to share a few of our favorite winter seasonals with you. Now, close your eyes and imagine yourself in front of a roaring fire, drying off after a long day on the slopes. THAT’S how we feel each time we sip these delicious winter beers.

Magic Hat never disappoints with their seasonal brews and this year is no different. Their new winter seasonal is Snow Roller, a hoppy brown ale that is a perfect combination of hoppy, bitter, and malty. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! You’ll be able to pick up this delicious beer at most bars, restaurants, and stores throughout Vermont.

Otter Creek’s winter seasonal is a favorite with almost any beer drinker. They describe it as, “A big, unfiltered American IPA built to accompany the big Eastern Winter. Just like an epic bluebird day follows a snow storm, a peppery build from the Rye-malt accompanies glorious hop notes of pine, citrus and fresh grass.” I don’t think we could ever explain it better than that. You can find the Otter Creek Kind Ryed at your favorite bars and stores throughout Vermont.

Sam Adams Winter Lager is a bold, rich brew made with orange peel, ginger, and cinnamon, adding a slight hint of spice to it. A definite go-to for any occasion, as long as there is a little snow on the ground. You can find Sam Adams Winter Lager at almost any bar or store in Vermont.

Shiner, a Texas Brewery that has recently found a sweet spot in Vermonter’s hearts (and stomachs), has a popular winter seasonal called Holiday Cheer. Brewed with Texas peaches and pecans, caramelized malts and a lot of love, this holiday dunkelweizen is sure to hit home with us snow-crazy beer enthusiasts. You can find Holiday Cheer at select bars and stores throughout Vermont.

What are your favorite winter seasonal beers? Please share on our Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!

We’re excited to announce a new hard cider from Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge, Vermont. The Vermont Ice Royale cider has a distinct flavor, unlike any other cider you’ve experienced. This unique cider is made from Vermont grown McIntosh, Northern Spy, and Empire apples. Vermont grown, organic black currants are then added to create a distinct fruity flavor.

The process is simple; the cider is cold fermented in stainless steel, lightly carbonated, and finished with a labor of love. Boyden Valley is calling this cider “Vermont’s version of a Kir Royale,” which is typically made with champagne, raspberries and Chambord. Ice Royale Cider is a versatile beverage and can be paired with anything from a dark chocolate dessert, cheesecake, to a large salad or sandwich.

Vermont Ice Royale is available on tap only, so be sure to ask for it at your favorite bars, restaurants, and more!

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Happy Drinking!

As Vermonters, we have a certain sense of superiority when it comes to things like beer, skiing, and beer. This is why it excites us when one of our local breweries does something like create a specialty draft that is only available in our beautiful Green Mountain State! Straight from the geniuses at Magic Hat and Speeder & Earls comes the new specialty brew, “Hop Drip” IPA.

Combining two of our favorite drugs – er, drinks – coffee and beer, the Hop Drip IPA is brewed with a special blend of malts, hops and coffee beans from one of Vermont’s favorite coffee roasters. Hop Drip is a medium-bodied American IPA that boasts a subtle, yet intriguing coffee flavor that percolates through the senses. A gentle rush of citrus and grapefruit from the hops finishes the flavor profile, making for a unique and wicked beer. Did we mention that this deliciousness has an ABV of 6%? Sign us up!

Which brings us to the next point, where can we experience this illusive brew? Catering to our love of exclusivity and home-state pride, the Hop Drip IPA will only be available for a limited time on tap at restaurants and bars throughout Vermont. Starting in late September, head on down to your local watering hole and ask your bartender for a try!

We’re curious to know what you think, although you really can’t go wrong with this combination. Please share your thoughts on our Facebook Page.

Within the past few years, Hard Cider has become a fast growing alternative to beer. Whether you don’t like the taste of beer (!!), are practicing a gluten-free philosophy or just love apples, Hard Cider is a delicious choice at any time of the year.

But let’s face it; Hard Cider is best in the fall. What’s better than curling up on cold, windy evening with a beverage that simultaneously tastes like apples, cinnamon, AND helps warm the body with its alcoholic content? We would say almost nothing. We distribute a nice collection of Hard Ciders, but wanted to give a special shout out to the varieties coming out of our great state of Vermont. Bring it on, fall!

Woodchuck Cider

Also known as the Vermont Hard Cider Company, Woodchuck Cider has really taken off and made quite a name for itself not only in Vermont, but also throughout the US. They recently built a new Cidery in Woodstock, Vermont, and we suggest making a trip to go check it out. From the tour of their brewing process, to the gift shop, and the gorgeous tasting room with a variety of their ciders (many you can’t find in stores and restaurants) – It is definitely worth the drive!

If you’re looking to enjoy a Woodchuck at your home or local bar, there are a variety of delicious ciders to choose from. The Amber was their first cider, crafted in 1991, and is a traditional cider with a distinct red apple taste. If you’re looking for something more tart and crisp, try the Granny Smith Apple Cider. Their 802 Dark & Dry has a strong, dry flavor with a bite at the end. Looking for something unique? Try the Pear Woodchuck, which boasts a sweet, crisp pear flavor. If you love raspberry, you’ll love their Raspberry brew. Light and refreshing, it’s perfect for a warm summer evening. Woodchuck Hopsation takes the original small batch cider and adds pine and citrus hints to it, making it slightly bitter in taste.

Boyden Valley Vermont Ice Cider

Boyden Valley’s new Ice Cider is an absolutely spectacular cider, made from only Vermont grown Northern Spy, Macintosh and Empire apples. They claim it to be “America’s first ice cider” and this flavorful cider is aged in French oak barrels. Ice Cider is sweet and boasts a complex combination of apple flavors and the oak from the barrels. This tasty drink makes a wonderful accompaniment to dessert, but is also delicious on its own.

Vermont Ice Cider has won several awards: The 2013 Double Gold Medal at the WSWA Tasting Competition, the 2013 Silver Medal at the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Competition, the 2014 Silver Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, and a score of 93 at the 2014 Chairman’s Trophy Ultimate Wine Challenge. This unique cider has a 12% alcohol content and is absolutely worth a try.

What is your favorite local Vermont Hard Cider? Please share on our Facebook Page.


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