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Zwanze Day Update!

Reminder that our retail shop IS open tomorrow normal hours, 12 - 5 p.m. during our SOLD OUT Zwanze festivities!

However, tastings will move back to the retail shop while work continues on the bar and interior over the weekend.

Zwanze parking will be in the normal event parking area, in the field just over the hill beyond the brewery (volunteers will be on hand directing cars), and retail parking will be in the normal locations.

Zwanze check-in will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the small white tent between the trees in the main lot (look for the signs).

Taps open at 2 p.m. except for the special Zwanze Day keg, which taps worldwide at 3 p.m. EST.

Bring your appetites, too!

The Mad Taco​ will be on hand slinging tasty smoked foods for both the retail shop guests and the event goers! Also joining us for the event will be our friends from Sawmill Brook Farm​ and a new vendor, Chole's Mexican Food from nearby Hardwick!

Music will be provided by Hillside Rounders​!

Beautiful weather on deck, amazing beer on tap, delicious food... see you tomorrow!


Ticketstoday Update For Zwanze Day 

From Ticketstoday:

"We at Ticketstoday apologize for the delay in shipping for the Zwanze Day 2015 tickets. If you are leaving for the event before the scheduled arrival date of your tickets, please contact Ticketstoday support at 1-800-594-8499 or email We will make sure your tickets are available to pick up at the event. If your tickets have been transferred to another person, please let us know and we will update the will call pick-up name for your order as well."


Zwanze Ticket Update

Ticketstoday let us know that all tickets went out this morning via expedited shipping. From Ticketstoday: "a delay in the ticket printing... caused the tickets to go out later than anticipated. Because of this, we upgraded the shipping method and absorbed the cost of the higher priced option."

Tickets should arrive by Weds. at the latest for almost everyone. If you would be traveling ahead of your tickets arrival (and would miss the tickets arriving), please contact Ticketstoday via email at or call 800-594-TIXX (8499)

We apologize for the delay, as does Ticketstoday!



Flora Cuvée Bottle Registration

Flora is the wine barrel-aged version of Florence, our grandfather's sister, as well as the name of our wheat farmstead ale. In her honor, we fill French oak wine barrels with Florence and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After extended aging, a beautifully complex beer emerges; Florence becomes Flora. 

On occasion, though, some portion of Flora exceeds even our highest expectations; Flora Cuvée represents that singular moment, a true zenith of Flora.

Each 750ml bottle is naturally carbonated and hand-waxed.

To make the sale of this special batch of Flora Cuvée as smooth as possible, we will use a registration system. Doing so will reduce parking issues, make travel arrangements easier for buyers and help improve the entire experience!

Each bottle is $42.40 ($40 plus 6% Vermont State Sales Tax), plus a Ticketstoday service fee.

The process will be in the same spirit as a musician with shows taking place over four days. Each day will feature its own registration drawing; just like a concert, you can try for one day or all four! Each registration is a separate drawing, so your entry is only good for one day; you must sign up for each day separately if you wish to be eligible for more than one day. One (1) entry per person per pick-up day; duplicate entries will be deleted.

Registration is now closed, thanks!


Ticketstoday will randomly draw winners from those who pre-register on Monday, August 24, by 5 p.m. EST. Winners’ cards will be charged immediately upon drawing. Entries are non-transferrable; no exceptions.

Ticketstoday will contact winners via email to confirm transactions. Please do not contact Hill Farmstead to inquire about refund status or winning charges.

Your entry serves as a request only. Filling out the entry form does not guarantee that you will a receive ticket - you are not actually purchasing anything at this time. This form serves as a commitment to purchase a ticket. If your request is selected, your credit card will be charged. All requests are subject to availability. No Refunds. No Exchanges. 

Please make sure your card is ready to be charged anytime between Sunday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 25. Only one request will be accepted per person, household, or credit card per day. We will conduct a thorough sweep of all orders and disqualify any order that exceeds our allotted limit.

Please do not contact the brewery to ask about your status!

Understand that in signing up, you agree to pay for the entire fee, plus tax and service charge immediately upon entering. Winning entries are nontransferable; so, if you cannot personally pick up your bottle(s) during the aforementioned pick up times, do not sign up.

All winning entries are Will Call; there will be no NO physical tickets issued. Winning entries may only redeemed by the winner/buyer in person on the date issued! You must arrive with a valid photo ID to claim your bottle.

Entries are ONLY good for the date of the winning entry for the individual who entered. This day cannot be changed, so plan accordingly.

The pick up dates are as follows:

September 9, 10, 16, 17, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Winners will present a valid, state-issued photo ID or passport to redeem the ticket and receive their bottle.

The Rules: 

  • By signing up and providing your information to Ticketstoday, you agree to the terms of the drawing.
  • Winners are purchasing an electronic Will Call entry good for redemption of one (1) bottle of Hill Farmstead Brewery Flora Cuvée (750ml) on the assigned date only.
  • Winners will be contacted upon draw with a confirmation of their winning entry and transaction details.
  • Entries are NOT transferrable; pick up requires an ID check in person that must match the name and information on file from Ticketstoday.
  • Ages 21 & Over Only. At time of purchase you are entering a registration drawing.
  • Winners must provide the following information upon signing up: Name; Billing Address; Working email address; Phone Number; Date of Birth (for age verification); and Valid Credit Card.
  • Each entry is good for only the day assigned to that winning entry.
  • Hill Farmstead Brewery will not be held liable for any loss, damage or expense arising from circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, any of the following: act of God, fire, flood, earthquake, bad weather conditions, technical failure or power failure. Exceptions for change of day, delay or inability to arrive during pick up window will not be made under any circumstances once purchase is completed.

Special Note:

Should buyer fail to pick up their bottle, he/she forfeits their bottle. Winners who fail to pick up their bottle will NOT be refunded the $42.40 or service charges. Forfeitures will be used to support local charities via donations and future fundraising events.


Weds., Aug. 19, Bottle Update!

On Weds., Aug. 19, we'll release the following in our retail shop:

Works of Love 2013: De Molen

In the summer of 2013, our dear friend Menno Olivier, owner and brewer of Brouwerij De Molen, visited Hill Farmstead and collaborated on an imperial stout, which was then aged for 20 months in hand-selected 25-year-old bourbon barrels. With classic De Molen malt character, rich body, beautiful barrel notes and appropriately light carbonation, this expresses beautifully what friendship and respect can contribute when creating a beer.

375ml $20/bottle, 2 bottles per person

Everett (Robust American Porter)

500ml, $8/bottle, 1 case per person

Convivial Sauréz (Farmstead ale brewed with hibiscus and lemon)

750ml, $10/bottle

Plus, Nordic Saison and Arthur!


Reminder: FoFA Retail Hours

Quick reminder:

Special retail hours on August 8 during our sold-out Festival of Farmhouse Ales

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Bottles and Merchandise Only; No Growler Fills or Tastings.



On-site Sampling of Beer

In light of our new retail area, we want to clarify the rules and guidelines for sampling beer here at tasting room and our brewery.

  • You may only drink within the marked boundaries in/around the brewery and retail area.
  • You may only consume beer purchased as tastings or pours from our tasting room.
  • You may NOT open bottles/growlers you purchased here to drink.
  • You may NOT drink beer brought from offsite from other breweries
  • You may NOT drink in the parking lot, driveway or any part of the property not mentioned above.

If you violate the rules, we are required to dispose of your beverage, and we will ask you to leave immediately.

Please respect and observe these rules. Failure to do so jeopardizes our license, our business and the livelihoods of everyone who works here.

Thanks for your consideration!


FoFA 2015 Fundraising Update

Ron Dufresne, charity coordinator, and Michelle Laflam, director of Four Seasons of Early LearningContinuing our tradition of raising money for local charities and organizations at our festivals, we are proud to announce that our local partner at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales will, for the second year, be Four Seasons of Early Learning.

Four Seasons of Early Learning is a non-profit preschool that serves Greensboro, VT, and the surrounding towns, with the majority of their students coming from single-parent and working families. Funds from our 2014 FoFA helped launch a new Farm-to-Preschool program that taught the children science, math, reading, and healthy eating through a curriculum that included planting a garden, writing recipes, and ultimately serving the food at community events to feed their neighbors. Last year, we raised over $4,500 through the amazing generosity of our attendees.

All funds from this year’s FoFA will go toward expanding the program by building a working farm stand at the preschool.

The fundraiser will be a bottle raffle, featuring several of our favorite bottles from our personal beer cellar. Each raffle ticket will cost $5 (cash only!). Please bring plenty of extra cash, buy plenty of tickets, (with luck) win some great bottles, and—most importantly—help us support the great work of Four Seasons of Early Learning.