Also joining our lineup of 13 brewers for the Baker’s Dozen Pub Crawl is the Boston Beer Company!

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation’s great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

What do they have to offer?

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the ‘extreme beer’ movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker’s perceptions of what beer can be.

The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its primary focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America’s leading craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America.

Key Players:

Boston Lager: After being on the market for over 30 years, this refreshing lager is still a staple within the lineup. It’s a full-flavored beer both robust and rich with character.

Summer Ale: This refreshing American wheat ale is returning to the market for the 21st year, this time with limited edition packaging to compliment summer adventures. It’s crisp, citrusy flavor will keep you coming back for more.

Rebel IPA: This IPA has undergone a few recipe alterations over the years, and now offers an intense, juicy, tropical and citrusy flavor that highlights its unique hop character. It is now only brewed with Samuel Adams special two-row malt blend. It also comes in a variety pack featuring an exclusive lineup of variations including the Rebel Juiced IPA, Rebel Grapefruit IPA and Rebel White Citra IPA.

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!

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.

Run Vermont Half Marathon Unplugged

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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!

 

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. 

Mardi-Gras-IIIPhoto from VT Foodbank Website

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. 

Mardi-Gras-VIPhoto from VT Foodbank Website

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.

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

Valentine’s Themed Cocktail Tasting

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.

The Vermont Cider Classic is back! Join Arts Riot  on Sunday, October 9th from 1pm-5pm and enjoy an afternoon of drinking, eating and merriment.

Vermont’s Cider makers come together again for a day of tasting, eating and competing. Makers are bringing their favorite pours for you to indulge in, while hoping they’ll get your vote for Vermont’s Best Cider Maker and Vermont’s Best Cider. There will be over 35 ciders to taste this year. Drink. Eat. Vote.

LIVE music throughout the night, along with ArtsRiot Food Truck, Taco Gordo and Vermont Creamery and much more.

Attending Cider makers:

Citizen Cider
Champlain Orchards
Woodchuck Cider
Hall Home Place
Windfall Orchard Ice Cider
Stowe Cider
Boyden Valley Winery
Eden Ice Ciderr
Whetstone CiderWorks
Urban Farm Fermentory
Shacksbury Cider

Food:
Taco Gordo
ArtsRiot Food Truck
Vermont Creamery

21+
1-2 PM VIP Tasting $55
2-5 PM General Admission $25pre/$30 day of
**RAIN OR SHINE

We hope to see you there!

It’s that time of year again! The second annual Vermont Beer Week is taking over the entire state and coming to various bars, restaurants, and breweries, to give you the ultimate beer drinking experience with tastings, giveaways, special releases, parties, beer festivals and more!

During Vermont Beer Week, 50% of all proceeds raised will be donated to the Vermont Food Bank for the second year in a row.

This year Vermont Beer Week has over 50 events scheduled from Friday, September 16th through Sunday, September 25th. To view the entire list of events happening throughout the week, please click here.

Keep it social! Follow Vermont Beer Week on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to keep up-to-date on events throughout the week!

Lastly, we all know that “Beer is big business in Vermont”! Read the Vermont Biz article on Vermont’s wholesale beer industry and the industry employees that are making it a success!

Enjoy #VTBW!

We are excited to announce that we’ve added Ithaca Beer Company to our beer portfolio and they launch in Vermont next Tuesday, September 13th! Ithaca Beer Co. has been crafting award-winning ales in Ithaca, NY since 1998. They craft year-round, seasonal & speciality beers including: Nut BrownApricot WheatHappy Pils & Embrr Rye Porter, just to name a few!

Let’s give Ithaca Beer Co. a warm welcome to Vermont by participating in these upcoming events: 

  • Ithaca Beer Co. Launch Party at Mule Bar – Wednesday, September 14th from 5pm-7pm.
  • Ithaca Beer Co. Tasting- at Woodstock Hops and Barley, on Thursday, September 15th.
  • Beer Social with Ithaca Beer Co. at the Vermont Tap House in Williston on Thursday, September 15th.
  • Beer Social with Ithaca Beer Co. –Worthy Kitchen 9/15.

Wondering what may be on tap or available for tastings?

At the Mule Bar, they will feature the following Ithaca Beers:  
Flower Power IPA
Cascazilla Red IPA
Creeker Dipa
Super Stout Coffee Stout
Happy Pils
Cranbretty Cranberry Beer with Brettanomyces

Vermont Tap House, Woodstock Hops & Barley, & Worthy Kitchen beers, TBD.

For more information on Ithaca Beer Co., check out their Facebook page & follow them on Twitter and Instagram!

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