On Wednesday, October 5, we're pleased to release two beers!
First, we are releasing this year's batch of Fear and Trembling.
500ml, $9 per bottle.
Fear and Trembling was Hill Farmstead's first collaboration—a Baltic-style porter originally brewed with malt that was hand-smoked over maple wood by our Danish friend, and former colleague, Anders Kissmeyer. This batch was brewed with malt that was hand-smoked onsite over a blend of native woods, then fermented in the traditional way, with lager yeast, and conditioned in stainless steel. 9% abv
Second, we are releasing Flora with Peaches and Pears.
375ml, $17, 2 bottles per person (credit card and matching ID required, please see our bottle release policy).
Flora is the wine barrel-aged version of Florence (1915-1967), our grandfather's sister as well as the name of our Farmstead wheat ale. A few barrels were selected—a portion of the beer was aged further on Vermont dessert pears, while another portion was aged on ripe northeast peaches. The independent threads were blended, resulting in a complex, delicate and slightly tart Bière de Table—an ale we would proudly have shared with Florence.
On Wednesday, October 5, we're pleased to release two beers!
We're releasing one new bottle on Wednesday, September 28:
Arthur: $10, 750ml
Our traditional farmstead ale is crafted from American malted barley, American and European hops, our farmhouse yeast and water from our well.
This beer is fermented with wild yeast and bacteria, which may result in a lactic and tart flavor profile.
Bottles of Anna, Brother Soigné, Elaborative Five (limit 3 per person), George, and Florence as all also still available for purchase in the Retail bottle shop. We're open Wedensday - Saturday from 12pm - 5pm.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, we're pleased to release bottles of two beers:
Florence: $10, 750ml
Belgian inspired wheat farmstead ale crafted from American malted barley, organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well.
George: $7, 500ml
American Brown Ale.
We also still have bottles of Anna, Dorothy, Brother Soigné, and Elaborative Five (limit 3 per person) available for purchase in the Retail bottle shop. We're open Wednesday - Saturday, from 12pm - 5pm.
Please stay tuned to www.hillfarmstead.com/cw for updated information on the relaunch of Collected Works. Complete information has been posted at the above link, and registrations will begin at 9 a.m. (link will be posted to that page as well).
On Wednesday, September 14, during regular retail hours, we are excited to release Elaborative Five, a spontaneously fermented ale aged in oak barrels with rooibos tea. Each 375ml bottle will be $18, with a limit of 3 bottles per person (credit card and matching ID required; please see our bottle release policy).
Elaborative Five was brewed March 2014 with our friend Brad Clark of Jackie O's Pub & Brewery. A simple wort with wheat, oats and aged hops was slowly cooled under the Greensboro night sky with whole leaf Amarillo hops and rooibos tea. Fermented entirely in oak barrels, the beer was allowed to evolve and establish its own unique character, one that represents the lively, enduring relationship of this collaboration of friends and nature.
The Elaborative: A brewing collaboration with like-minded friends. A fermentative experiment through thoughtful enquiry and discourse. A desire to further our understanding of the interactive complexities of our process while trying to abandon our preconceptions...
This week marks the commencement of the Brewer-in-Residence program at Hill Farmstead Brewery. The Brewer-in-Residence program is an extension of our experiences and travel, of our friendships borne from our explorations. We will offer invitations to our brewer friends to live and work alongside us for an extended duration of time. The invite-only program is more than a singular interaction, but it is an immersive experience for the Resident and a chance for all of us to continue learning and sharing educational opportunities. It is an idea borrowed from Shaun’s tenure in Denmark as head brewer at Nørrebro Bryghus. Nørrebro’s guest brewer program brought brewers from around the world to Copenhagen for a week in order to craft a beer while absorbing the brewing culture and knowledge of the region.
Our first Brewer-in-Residence is our friend Tim Clifford, co-owner and brewer at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) in Capitola, California. Tim, an accomplished homebrewer in California, opened SARA as a mixed-fermentation brewery and has a dedicated vision toward the beers he likes to brew and drink. Over the course of twelve days, Tim will work with and alongside us as we host him at the brewery. We will brew a number of beers together and will experiment and explore and push boundaries with various ingredients, processes, and techniques.
After Tim’s tenure here concludes, we will continue the program by inviting another Resident into the brewery. We are not, however, soliciting inquiries about joining the program at this time. Check back here for more reflection on the SARA Residence as it continues, as well as for foresight into the future of the Brewer-in-Residence program at Hill Farmstead.
A reminder that our retail hours this week will be the following:
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 -5, as normal
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bottles and merchandise only (no growler fills or tastings)
On Weds., Aug. 10, we're pleased to release three beers:
- Nordic Saison: $10, 750ml
In May of 2014, our friend and mentor Anders Kissmeyer visited Hill Farmstead Brewery, along with our dear friend Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Co., to brew a special collaborative beer. Inspired by our guests and their journeys, this beer was once again brewed with the resourcefulness and inventiveness of the Nordic tradition, as well as the creative spirit of its three architects. A lively, complex, slightly tart Farmstead ale with honey, local rhubarb, rose hips and heather flowers. Best enjoyed chilled between 40-45F.
- Elaborative 4: $10, 750ml
Originally brewed in August of 2015 with our friends Brad Clark of Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Artisan Ales and Cory King of Side Project Brewing, we once again brew this beer—inspired by the German radler—with ample amounts of grapefruit zest and juice, wheat, and oats. In perfect time for our Festival of Farmhouse Ales, where we'll be joined by these same friends again... this bright, aromatic Farmstead ale is a refreshing 3.2% abv and now in a larger format from the original release—for better sharing! Best enjoyed chilled between 40-45F.
- Vera Mae 2016: $20, 750ml, Limit 2 Bottles per Person (credit card and matching ID required; please see bottle release policy)
Vera Mae was our grandfather's eldest sister; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Farmstead ale is crafted from Vermont organic spelt, American hops, Vermont wildflower honey, dandelion flowers from our fields, our farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Aged in French oak wine barrels and bottled conditioned, the result is an elegant, luminescent representation of spring in Vermont: lightly tart, bright, effervescent and delicate—passing quickly while leaving just the slightest, most pleasing memory of sunshine, warmth and the promise of more. Best enjoyed chilled between 45-50F.
Continuing our tradition of raising money for local charities and organizations at our Festival of Farmhouse Ales, we are proud to announce that our local partner at this year’s FoFA will again be Four Seasons of Early Learning (www.4seasonsofearlylearning.org). 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 teaches the children science, math, reading, and healthy eating through a curriculum that includes planting a garden, writing recipes, and ultimately serving the food at community events to feed their neighbors. Our 2015 fundraising helped expand the program, as will this year’s festival fundraising. The Northeast Kingdom faces persistent food insecurity, and the nearly $14,000 we have raised so far for Four Seasons of Early Learning is helping to address this problem through early childhood education.
The fundraiser will be a bottle raffle, featuring several of our most 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 special bottles, and--most importantly--help us support the great work of Four Seasons of Early Learning.