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Thirsty Thursday | Vol. 8 - July 28th, 2022

The Vermont Brewers Festival (Part 2), Valley of the Dolls, and Burlington Breweries Redux

Welcome to the first edition of Thirsty Thursday, our weekly update on all things craft beer and beverage. As always, our goal is to help you find your next craft beverage.

Featured Article: Vermont Brewers Festival 7/21-7/23

We attended the Annual Vermont Brewers Festival last weekend and had a blast. We sponsored the event, so there was some business to be conducted: meeting, greeting, handing out stickers and magnets. But we also had time to have a few cold pops lakeside. It was an excellent event and we recommend you consider attending some day.

We met many great brewers as well as the good folks at Champlain Valley Hops.

Foam Brewers unleashed their Valley of the Dolls IPA on the beer fest, and we partook. The Triple IPA cost us 2 punches on the beer card because it was over 8% ABV - it comes in evenly at 10%.

Foam said that Valley's tasting notes are Piña Colada, Peach Cobbler, Pie Crust. We think they are pretty spot on.

We made sure to stop by Foam Brewers' Burlington Taproom after the event for a charcuterie board and an additional pint. They've got a great set up at the Waterfront and the outdoor beer garden has enough space to satisfy several large parties.

Beers we recommend:

  • All Night Long
  • Endless Afternoon
  • Smirk of the Dolphin

Once again, a great beer city. We started our weekend off at the Vermont Pub & Brewery right across from City Hall Park. The food was tasty, the beers delicious, and the service was excellent. If you're in history and short on time, this is the brewery you need to visit.

We took a tour through the South side of town, stopping by Burlington Beer Co., Citizen Cider, and Switchback to name a few. You could do worse than planning your next trip to Lake Champlain's best city.

Check out our Burlington Brewery Guide.

Whoa. If you're from the Northeast, as we are, then this is quite intriguing. This isn't the first time that the brewery has had to scale back their growth, as they sold off their distribution business last year to a competitor. What does it signal for the future of Night Shift Brewing? ... We don't know.

Read the article: Night Shift Prepares to Scale Back Production at Everett Brewery in Favor of Contract Brewing at Jack’s Abby and Isle Brewers Guild; 12 Employees Affected​

Wrapping Up

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