2012 Vermont Brewers Festival

This weekend was the 2012 Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington Vermont. What a great weekend for a festival. This weekend marked the 20th Anniversary of the fest.

To celebrate the 20th year of showcasing beer, brewers came together to brew 15 collaboration beers. These beers were poured exclusively to festival goers and made the event that much more unique. Among the beers poured was Tarnation, a ridiculously dark and hoppy stout brewed by John Kimmich of Alchemist Brewery and Tod Mott of Portsmouth Brewery. Among the other excellent collabs was Walden, a Session IPA from Hill Farmstead and Alchemist, Collaboration Time #1, a Black IPA from Maine Beer Co. and Lawson's and a great Saison from Long Trail and Flying Goose.

Another highlight of the festival is the location. Nestled rght on Lake Champlain with a view across to New York. Adirondack chairs under big tents when you want to get some shade and chat with fellow beer lovers. Their was also a big water trunk where you an fill up your water bottle and rinse your glass.

Throughout the sessions there was a tent that would hold mini “Meet the Brewers” sessions. Among these they had a sensory class and a chocolate and cheese pairing. The “Long Line” award goes to Founders, a rookie to the festival, and Lawsons. While the lines were long at points they moved quickly so we weren't standing in the sun too long.

After the festival we grabbed am early dinner at Zero Gravity, a short walk from the festival grounds. I highly reccomend stopping by there and the Farmhouse Tap & Gril which has a beyond amazing taplist.

Three cheers to another grat year for the Vermont Brewers Festival. Tickets always sell quick so make sure to keep an eye out for whn the 2013 tickets go on sale.