Somewhat recently I joined the family for a short holiday down to New Hampshire. Naturally, the most exciting prospect of this whole road trip was the opportunity to sample new-to-me beer from the East Coast of the US. On our first stop into a tourist info. centre I picked up a map of the breweries of Vermont so I could strategically let my car companions know when I needed to take a wee break from driving.
It has been a very long time since this West Coast gal has made it down to the New England states and I was blown away with the quantity and quality of craft beer – dare I say it felt almost west coast-like (high praise indeed!). Based on the map of Vermont alone I think I would need months, not days, to hit all the interesting looking beer hot spots. Undeterred I made the best with the time afforded me.
And I have to say I was beyond impressed with the beer I tried. It was a veritable paradise for sour enthusiasts like myself with not only sour beer options but whole breweries, literally, getting their funk on!
Here are a few highlights…
Rock Art Brewery, Vermont
Schilling Beer Co., New Hampshire
Hermit Thrush Brewery, Vermont Green St. SIPA (Sour IPA)
Allagash Brewing Company, Maine Uncommon Crow
Chutters Candy Counter (world’s longest), New Hampshire Draft Beer Jelly Belly