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beer http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/723/all en Greg Dennis: This Copper Ale's now not for you http://addisonindependent.com/201503greg-dennis-copper-ales-now-not-you <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennnis </div> </div> </div> <p> Here&rsquo;s a recipe for a fun evening. Grab a six-pack of New Coke, hop in your Ford Edsel, and come on over so we can discuss Starbucks&rsquo; wildly successful campaign to get its customers to talk to each other about race.</p> <p> When we&rsquo;re done dissecting how well it worked for Starbucks to have their baristas write &ldquo;Race Together&rdquo; on their incredibly wasteful paper cups, we can turn to the subject of beer.</p> <p> Local beer, I mean. In particular, Otter Creek Brewing Co.&rsquo;s shocking decision to retire its flagship Copper Ale.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29341">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503greg-dennis-copper-ales-now-not-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion beer Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:29:11 +0000 Zach Despart 29341 at http://addisonindependent.com Otter Creek brews new ales http://addisonindependent.com/201503otter-creek-brews-new-ales <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29282" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201503otter-creek-brews-new-ales"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/OtterCreekBrewer.thumbnail.jpg" alt="OtterCreekBrewer.jpg" title="OtterCreekBrewer.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OTTER CREEK BREWER Mike Gerhart inspects on of the two new beers the Middlebury company is offering, starting this spring. The year-round beers replace two long-time staples of the Otter Creek lineup. Courtesy photo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Lovers of Otter Creek Brewing Co.&rsquo;s Black IPA, Copper Ale and Hop Session beers might want to buy and savor them while they can.</p> <p> The Middlebury brewery is phasing out those year-round products in favor of two new brews, the company announced last week: Backseat Berner IPA and Over Easy.</p> <p> Otter Creek marketing director Jed Nelson said the brewery&rsquo;s several seasonal beers, like the firm overall, have been performing well.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29283">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503otter-creek-brews-new-ales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury beer brewing Featured Long Trail Otter Creek Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:29:25 +0000 Zach Despart 29283 at http://addisonindependent.com Bristol's Bobcat brews a Vermont beer for flood relief http://addisonindependent.com/201207bristols-bobcat-brews-vermont-beer-farmers <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12500" style="width: 154px;"><a href="/201207bristols-bobcat-brews-vermont-beer-farmers"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/floodsuds2292.thumbnail.jpg" alt="floodsuds2292.jpg" title="floodsuds2292.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="154" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TOM MCELHANEY, ASSISTANT grocery manager at the Middlebury Natural Food Co-op, holds a bottle of Flood Suds. The new beer was brewed by the Bobcat Brewery in Bristol with 100 percent Vermont hops, wheat and malted barley to raise funds for farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> VERMONT &mdash; Amidst the thick muck and agricultural destruction at the University of Vermont&rsquo;s Borderview Farm in Alburgh last September, walked a seemingly unlikely pair: UVM agronomist Heather Darby and Bobcat Caf&eacute; and Brewery brew master Mark Magiera.</p> <p> For several years, the two have been studying hops together. And as they strolled through the UVM hop, barley and wheat farm, they couldn&rsquo;t help but think about the many farmers who were reeling from the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Irene.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12501">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207bristols-bobcat-brews-vermont-beer-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bristol beer food tropical storm irene Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:17:53 +0000 Andrew Stein 12501 at http://addisonindependent.com Excitement, suds brewing at new Middlebury beer school http://addisonindependent.com/201204excitement-suds-brewing-new-middlebury-beer-school <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-11432" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201204excitement-suds-brewing-new-middlebury-beer-school"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/brewers0442.thumbnail.jpg" alt="brewers0442.jpg" title="brewers0442.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> STEVE PARKES AND Christine McKeever-Parkes are co-owners of a new brewery and beer-making school in the former Dundon Plumbing and Heating building on Route 7 South in Middlebury. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; For two decades, Salisbury residents Steve Parkes and Christine McKeever-Parkes had dreamed of owning and operating their own small brewery.</p> <p> That dream is now becoming reality.</p> <p> Workers on Tuesday were finishing installation of 10 gleaming stainless steel tanks and related conduits that will soon be producing 450-gallon batches of what will be the couple&rsquo;s signature &ldquo;Sunshine and Hoppiness&rdquo; beer at Drop-In Brewing Company at 610 Route 7 South, former home of Dundon Plumbing &amp; Heating.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11433">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201204excitement-suds-brewing-new-middlebury-beer-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury beer brew school business Featured food & drink Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:19:37 +0000 John Flowers 11433 at http://addisonindependent.com After explosion, Otter Creek brews again http://addisonindependent.com/201111otter-creek-brewing-back-line-after-explosion <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-9911" style="width: 151px;"><a href="/201111otter-creek-brewing-back-line-after-explosion"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/ottercreek8785.thumbnail.jpg" alt="ottercreek8785.jpg" title="ottercreek8785.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="151" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A FERMENTATION TANK exploded inside Otter Creek Brewing on Exchange Street in Middlebury Monday morning. No one was hurt, but a portion of the building’s wall was blown out by the force of the explosion. Middlebury firefighters and rescue personnel responded to the scene. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; As sirens sped toward Otter Creek Brewing of Exchange Street Monday morning, hundreds of gallons of amber-colored beer soaked slowly into the earth.</p> <p> It might seem like a scene from a beer-lover&rsquo;s nightmare, but the 40-barrel fermenting tank that exploded inside the Middlebury brewery around 10 a.m. was no figment of the imagination. The explosion damaged pipes and another tank, blowing out an outside wall panel and dumping beer across the brewery floor and the parking lot outside.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9917">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201111otter-creek-brewing-back-line-after-explosion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury accident beer food Otter Creek Brewery Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:57:22 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 9917 at http://addisonindependent.com Beer tank explodes at Otter Creek http://addisonindependent.com/201111beer-tank-explodes-otter-creek <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-9911" style="width: 151px;"><a href="/201111beer-tank-explodes-otter-creek"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/ottercreek8785.thumbnail.jpg" alt="ottercreek8785.jpg" title="ottercreek8785.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="151" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A PUDDLE OF beer leaked out of Otter Creek Brewery following an explosion in one of the Middlebury facility&#039;s fermenting tanks Monday morning. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1"> <strong>Update 11/15/11, 3 p.m.: </strong>Vermont Public Radio <a href="http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/92510/">reports</a> that normal brewing operations resumed at the Middlebury factory on Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p class="p1"> A beer tank at Otter Creek Brewing exploded around 10 a.m. on Monday, according to Middlebury fire chief Rick Cole.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9909">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201111beer-tank-explodes-otter-creek" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury accident beer food Otter Creek Brewery Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:10:14 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 9909 at http://addisonindependent.com Otter Creek buys Shed Brewery http://addisonindependent.com/201111otter-creek-buys-shed-brewery <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; For Vermont microbrew enthusiasts, the shuttering of The Shed Restaurant and Brewery in Stowe on Oct. 17 w as a sad occasion.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> But Monday brought brighter news: Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury agreed to purchase the brewing arm of the 46-year-old Stowe fixture from owners Ken and Kathleen Strong, and announced plans to transfer the brewing equipment down to the Middlebury location and begin brewing The Shed&rsquo;s signature Mountain Ale.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9778">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201111otter-creek-buys-shed-brewery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury beer business food Otter Creek Brewery Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:00:01 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 9778 at http://addisonindependent.com New brewery, school proposed http://addisonindependent.com/201107new-brewery-school-proposed <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-8487" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201107new-brewery-school-proposed"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/dundonbldg0482.thumbnail.jpg" alt="dundonbldg0482.jpg" title="dundonbldg0482.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE FORMER DUNDON Plumbing and Heating building on Route 7 South in Middlebury could soon be home to a small brewery and school for aspiring beer producers. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; A Salisbury couple is seeking permission to transform the former Dundon Plumbing &amp; Heating headquarters at 610 Route 7 south into a small brewery and trade school for aspiring beer producers.</p> <p> Steve Parkes and Christine McKeever-Parkes are advancing the project, which would provide a base of operations for the American Brewers Guild (ABG) Brewing School. Steve Parkes &mdash; former brewmaster for Otter Creek/Wolavers Organic Beers &mdash; has been leading the ABG&rsquo;s school since the late-1990s.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/8477">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201107new-brewery-school-proposed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury beer brew school brewery food Thu, 07 Jul 2011 16:00:22 +0000 John Flowers 8477 at http://addisonindependent.com