Vermont Beer Travelogue – The Pillaging of Route 7

welcome-to-vermont-road-signVermont, a land of keeping it local to a level rarely seen apart from rampant inbreeding in the Ozarks. As the rest of the country shifts to farm fresh, locally-sourced food about as quick as a slug trying to free itself from a greased KFC bucket of molasses, Vermont’s been living it.

The OG of farm to table, they believe it, be it, eat it. This is a state that still has huge tracts of open land and a populace just under three quarters of a million protecting it. We saw a few chinks in that handmade armor over our three days, namely a LongHorn Steakhouse and McDonald’s, but the resistance is strong.

So yes, Vermont is a magical shire of mountain greenery that’ll make you want to dig in your roots and maintain your lawn (one of the main activities we observed). You may even be compelled to produce maple syrup and advertise it every five feet, but communing with nature isn’t what brought us to this land of hippies and trees.

We came to partake in a beer scene that fervently sticks to its oddly drawn borders. One where “distribution” is a dirty word, where locals buy up every brewed drop, and where  a couple thieving bastards from Pennsylvania can sometimes steal it away a case at a time (and with a little sloshing around in our guts). Here’s what we did and what you can do too.

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Vermont Beer for You!

usa-welcome-signs-vermontIn a week’s time, I’ll be leaving my loving and understanding wife and child at home for the mountains of Vermont with my partners in beer for a Viking-level beer pillaging (I promise the villages and woman will remain pillage free, probably). Over the course of 4 days and 16 hours of driving, we’ll be hitting many of the 40+ breweries that make it the great state of IPAs. The residents of Burlington, Waterbury, Montpelier and many locations in between (looking at you Hill Farmstead) may notice a significant dip in their beer reserves. I plan on documenting the beer, locations, and people we meet on the way, but how does this benefit you?

Well, in an effort to pay it all forward to readers of my blog, I’ll be sharing the wealth of my travels. As I don’t know what and how much I’ll actually be able to acquire, that will remain as a TBA. But, the idea is to bundle one each of several different beers (say, Heady Topper, Second Fiddle, and Sip o’ Sunshine) and trade them to beer enthusiasts in a 1:1 ratio. I’m not being precious here, so I’m willing to trade for just about anything as long as I haven’t had it and you think it’s good (for the full list, check my Untappd – DrewsBrewsReviews). The goal is to try some new beers and to help out fellow beer lovers with a couple high profile brews fresh from the source.

Woodstock-VermontThis is open to anyone that follows my blog (twitter, facebook, whatever). I’ll provide further details once I’m back with my full haul. If this appeals to you, get in touch so I can gauge the level of interest and figure out where to spend my money. Prost!