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!

 

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! 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 Baker Distributing is a sponsor to the first ever “Steeple Market Brewfest”, that’s taking place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the J&L Field in Fairfax, VT!

Steeple Market’s brewfest will feature: Craft Beer, Live Music, and Great Food to support the Fairfax Fire Department and Survivorship NOW Vermont! There will be two tasting sessions, the first being 12pm-3pm, and the second 5pm-8pm.

Tickets are Limited!

Steeple Market Brewfest tickets are $35 each and include event entry for one person as well as (15) tasting tickets and a commemorative beer glass. Some of the breweries in attendance will be: Goodwater Brewery, Otter Creek, Shed, Woodchuck Cider & Sam Adams, just to name a few!

For more information regarding ticket sales, music performers, parking, etc. please click here. Keep up-to-date with Steeple Market by following them on Facebook

*A friendly reminder, this is a 21 age required event.  Anyone without appropriate ID will not be permitted.

We hope to see you at this first ever event!

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.

IMG_0311We love how you can see inside of the brewery from the bar.

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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! 

 

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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