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Vermont Brewer’s Festival (July 19th, 2008)

Gathered up the straight up mutt crew for another rainy July weekend in VT. Got in some great tubing runs on the White River in the Gayesville/ Stockbridge area. We arrived at the brewfest at about noon on Saturday the 19th. It is held at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Prices have gone up in recent years because the event is gradually becoming more commercialized.  I immediately b-lined right to the Trout River Brewing stand to snag a scotch ale…not too robust but crisp and refreshing! Also hit up Otter Creek/Wolavers with their Saki infused Otter San brew. Some other highlights were the Long Trail folks dropping fresh blackberries into their Blackberry Wheat, the Peak Organic guys and their Expresso Stout,nice and hoppy and Orlio Organic which is apparently made by Magic Hat. At the end of the day I found most of the mutt doggs back at Trout River Brewing Co. enjoying their famous Rainbow Red, Chocolate Oatmeal, Scotch Ale, Altered Trout, Hoppin’ Mad Trout and Boneyard Barleywine. Trout River Brewing Co. is located in the town of Lyndonville, Vermont. They make some of the best beers on the planet, but only distribute within the Green Mountain State. They had this one wheat beer that reminded me a lot of the Sunshine Wheat made by  New Belgian Brewery in Fort Dank, CO.

I ran into Chris Greene from Greene’s Gourmet of Vermont (Gourmet Hot Sauce). I couldn’t resist a hint of his Texas Chipotle. It is pure smoky  heat … BANGIN!!! This stuff is phenomenal on cornbread crackers!

Their were lots of great eats to offer, everything from shish cabobs to pulled pork

sandwiches to brick oven pies (at $4 for a mini slice). Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, and Palatable Pepper Products (out of upstate NY) didn’t show this year. We retreated back

to the campsite to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mighty White River. There is nothing like Summers in Vermont.

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