Lagers and ales brewed when we like. Often and without notice, they appear in the night. Obscure ingredients and myriad styles, these are the finest of potions to be kept on file.
"Created to aid in deciphering the puzzles along life’s road, and to interpret signs in the voyages of the spirit. Our interpretation of an I.P.A. Extremely well-balanced with a deep rich malt body and a crisp refreshing hop bitterness, this beer is full of citrus and other fruit aromas. Balance is the mantra of this beer."
A highly hopped India Pale Ale, which was formerly our spring seasonal. It began and ended with a hop bite that is itself forever balanced on the brink by a steady rhythm of malt. The label was designed by artist Stanley Mouse who is internationally acclaimed for his iconographic concert posters for venues like the Fillmore Auditoriums and the Winterland Ballroom as well as his classic album covers for the Grateful Dead and other bands.
"A paler shade of ale. Under and Over the Fat Angel lurks, Aligning the cosmos with all of its quirks, The ruler and keeper of opposite keys, The Fat Angel does what the Fat Angel please. Fat Angel balances the rich pleasures of malt with the crisp refreshing flavor of hops with a finish that is fresh and clean. Eminently drinkable, Fat Angel brings divergent tastes together to create a satisfyingly smooth harmony."
"Beer Kitty, Kitty... Lucky Kat purrs as he pours with a grin on his mangy face and a grin in his searching eye. He sits on the fence he calls home, dividing up from down. Is he an imperial beast or a pale soul from the east? Only he knows and we know only this: if you reach out to pet him he'll bite back with a big, hoppy kiss."
"Aged Barleywine Ale -
Infused with the copper glow of more than 1,000 setting suns. This exceptional offering had infinite body ... a big, sweet malty tumult followed by a long, balanced, hop symphony."
"Irish-Style Red Ale. A silky smooth brew with tantalizing layers of flavor that dance across the tongue from sip to swallow. Humble Patience aims to please those who can wait for a good thing. This malty, sessionable offering is brewed with a complex combination of malts, imparting hints of caramel and chocolate, and beautifully balanced by a most modest addition of hops."
"A Black I.P.A. Demo is a deliciously dark riff of an India Pale Ale. Its medley of roasted malts provide a rich backbone and heady hops help balance the beer while accentuating the roasted flavors. Demo will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different I.P.A."
"A Scrumptious Amber Lager. Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns. She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring's sweet green return...Her metamorphosis becomes our own. Her thirsts are shared by all. Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again. Vinyl is a deep amber-hued lager with a sweet malt taste and a slight balancing hop touch."
"Black-As-Night Lager. Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the Northeast’s longest night, Howl comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths our inner voids are warmed. Howl will remain until your bones are thawed, your spirit is freed…and until there is no longer a need. A dark, medium-bodied beer with a rich roasted malt flavor and smooth hop bitterness."
"An enormous play in one significant act. Ravell is a peculiar, palatable porter brewed with whole vanilla beans and Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts. The smooth malt body abounds with a mild, pleasant bitterness while the vanilla beans create a full-bodied, full-flavored finish perfect for pondering with each subsequent sip."
"Amber ode to the open road. As the leaves line the trees with colors bright, the Autumnal Amber Ramble comes into sight! Roxy Rolles pours in her wake foliage fallen and a perfect pairing of malt and hops."
"A Coniferous Concoction. Pine for this Extra Special Bitter whose medium body and spicy hoppiness with flavorful, aromatic spruce tips."
"The Liquid Song of Summer. Crisp like the morning, cool like the evening and quenching all day long. Pop the top and set your summer loose. Wacko is a delicious summer beer with a big malty aroma, a subdued hop bite and a clean, slightly sweet finish."
"Do Good, Drink Well, Be Saintly. A pious piece of a seldom-brewed German style, Saint Saltan is tart, light and crisp. Salt and coriander combine with traditional Hallertaur hops to create a holy and sessionable sipping experience."
"A big full-bodied, dark beer with a rich roasted malt flavor and balanced by an assertive hop bitterness, was our salute to the rarest Imperial Stouts of lore."
"The Evolved Euro-Style Lager. Brewed to spur the people to unite in the fight for imbibing emancipation and smash the oppressive tyranny of malt monotony! Mother Lager was a refreshing, evolved alternative to the familiar Euro-style imports, exported from the People's Republic of Vermont."
"Ludwidicus Gootz, a 14th century farmer with an unnatural thirst, concocted an ale born of deep snow and whirling winds in his Germanic homeland. Shunned by the brotherhood of monks, Gootz took it upon himself to spread this heavenly beer throughout the land. Upon his death, Gootz revelers rose up and demanded his induction into the Sainthood...and hence his ale became known as Saint Gootz."
"Braggot is a most remarkable honey ale, made with specialty malts & wildflower honey from Vermont's Champlain Valley. The honey adds smoothness with subtle hints of chamomile. Braggot is an ale of shining perfection that simply must be experienced to be understood. But hurry ... for Braggot, as with each entry in our Humdinger series, vanishes almost as soon as it arrives. Get a bottle of Braggot today and come to know a new 'Ale of Legend'."
"The result of mystical exhortation and strange portents in the sky. Bob's First Ale, our flagship ale is conjured forth from the fundamental elements of nature intended for those moments of spiritual freedom when artifice is finally abandoned. Bob's First Ale is complex without being heavy... a marriage of many riches. An Irish-style, deep ruby Red Ale with tantalizing layers of flavor that dance across the tongue from sip to swallow. An ale with an intoxicating nose, smooth malty palate and spicy finish. Fermented with our 150 year old strain of top-fermenting English yeast."
"A completely unique experiment in brewing, Rousing Root is a crisp, medium-bodied lager that digs down deep and offers a refined maltiness with hints of sweet potatoes, sourced from Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington, Vermont. Hallertaur and Northern Brewer hops round out the brew, giving it a pleasant floral and spicy finish."
"A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish."
"Our Juniper Rye has a spicy, herbal aroma and smooth, bready malt flavor with a hint of sweetness, which is quickly followed by a spicy graininess provided by the use of Rye malt."
"An otherworldly ale of unpredictability and discovery. - Between past and future, but slightly to the left of now, was another place entirely: The place of Un Natural Thirst. Brewed for the revelations of spring and the pith of the thawing of the earth, this medium-bodied amber ale had a crisp, refreshing finish. A single run, inspired by the Tale of the Middle Man, a most unusual installation of interactive exploration once shown at the Exquisite Corpse Art Gallery in Burlington, VT."
"Brewed with the tradition English style in mind, +/- aims to bring drinkers a truly sessionable craft beer experience. Tried it yet? "
"Put a Little Spice In Your Life - It’s time you had a beer that’s made up of more than just malted barley, hops, yeast and water. We’re entering a new era of craft beer, one where we need not be suppressed by outdated brewing standards and boring the purity laws of foreign countries. Coriander, orange peel, malted rye…Miss Bliss is all the rage of the future age! Put a little spice in your life, America, and kiss boring beer goodbye."
"A celebration of conviction, courage, and the difference one man can make. - An ale inspired by a Senator. Love him or hate him, he represents one man, one vote, one small state, one great nation. Jeezum Jim was brewed in the style of an English mild, with beautiful copper color, a medium body and, thank goodness, a very level head."
"This delectable new brewing experiment, harvested from the minds of our Vermont brewers, is made with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh Champlain Orchard apples grown right down the road in Shoreham, Vermont. Our Apple Pie Ale is full of scents and spices that will get your memory jogging to points long past, yet still golden delicious. "
"A Harmonious Happening of Hops. A brilliant golden ale that begins and ends with big, bountiful bites of hops, hops and more hops, while never losing its barest hint of malty middle. hI.P.A.’s label is designed by San Francisco 60’s rock poster artist, Stanley Mouse. Widely heralded and otherwise internationally acclaimed for his iconogaphic concert posters for venues like Fillmore Auditorium and the Winterland Ballroom, as well as his classic album covers for the Grateful Dead and other bands, Stanley Mouse is the man Bill Graham said 'put the face on rock & roll music'."
"A Rye I.P.A. that offers the imbiber an opening act of rye spice, nicely woven into a hearty, bitter backup from an entire band of Nugget hops. The harmony created by these ingredients is just what any epic show calls for."
"Perfect form with a smooth, malty opening line followed by a crisp, citrusy hop-filled second stanza. The final piece of its poetic existence is a dash of cool cucumber combined with the slightest of hibiscus tangs."
" A thin veil rests between two worlds, shrouding one’s view from the other. Lives of the present and those long gone may cross the boundary if they wish, but they must first awaken to the possibility. Once eyes have opened, a harmonious convergence of life and death can be seen, the oneness deveiled, shifting into sight."
"High in the hills of mountains white with winter, in the settled snow, there is a sudden shift. As bitter winds begin to blow, the packed Graupel moves mysteriously and creates a cascading avalanche of sound and change. Revealed are stalks of wheat harvested for a warming Wheat Wine. Apollo and Simcoe hops help to create a big-bodied beer – malty up front with a nice hop bite in back – and a 10.8% ABV that will thaw the coldest of souls. Behold Graupel, born of avalanche, brewed of wheat and imbibed below the swirling stars of the universe at large."
"A delectable Imperial Pilsner without comparison. Over the Pils features a smooth malt body that is paired with fruit and floral notes from generous additions of Brewer's Gold and Crystal hops. Beneath the bold hop aroma hides a subtle warmth brewed to bring to mind the rolling green hillsides of summer. "
"The signal we seek to send with our Smoked Porter, Burnpile, is this: It’s delicious. Six malts, ranging in roast from dark to darker, are used in its brewing, offering an aroma of caramel and chocolate with a subtle, complimentary smokiness. Burnpile is brewed with the goal of gathering kindred spirits seeking warmth, flavor and a small-batch craft beer."
"Beer has never known such sensuality as with Belgo Sutra. Brewed with six different malts and fermented over figs and dates, this Belgian-Style Dark Ale offers a deep complexity that caresses the palate to a scream-inducing climax."
"Some mysteries are more easily attainable through collected energies and certain assembled elements of seasons, dreams and that which is not at all what it seems. Hold a Séance and peer into an ethereal world of pleasures lying just on the other side of our psyche, floating on shifting winds, through blurred seasons and between waking and sleeping bends."
Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long-forgotten shadows of the human soul. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture."
Splendor and glory are yours if you can answer one riddle: when were you born?