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Digital Construction (Nearly) Complete - What's New?

Welcome to the new (and we hope, dramatically improved) Hill Farmstead Brewery website! As you’ve probably noticed, there are changes and additions. We’ve made every effort to give you all the information you want and need about our beer, our brewery, our events and much more.

Let’s highlight some of the new features: 

  • Up-to-date, easy-to-find draft list (over there on the right side, updated daily, and in our Retail section)
  • Complete event listings (up there in the Events tab)
  • Extensive information about our beers (up there… oh, you get it)
  • Freshly pressed FAQ coming very soon.
  • Streamlined contact page
  • Detailed directions to visit us with built-in Google Maps
  • Snappy new photo gallery for past events and more
  • New newsletter signup page for those of you who want up-to-date information delivered directly to your email.
  • Twitter and Facebook integration (hit those Tweet and Like buttons to your heart’s content, won’t you?)

Not bad, eh?

So, go explore, enjoy the new features, Tweet and Like your favorite beers, join our newsletter and stay tuned for even more new features, posts, pictures and updates.


May 5, 2012: Bottle Release


Beginning at 11 a.m.

  • E. : Our rustic Belgian inspired farmhouse pale ale. This year, we aged this beer in white wine barrels that previously held our “Mimosa”… 15$ 750ml (Limit 3) 600 bottles released.
  • ART: Our wine barrel aged and blended Saison. 15$ 750ml (Limit 2)  400 bottles released.

All bottles from each release are first come, first serve, in person only. Please be respectful of our time and our craft – don’t ask if we’ll save them for you. Or ship them. Thanks.


2nd Anniversary Celebration Music Update

Our first musical announcement of this year's Aniversary Celebration is...

The Eames Brothers Band!

More updates coming soon, of course, but we're pretty excited about The Eames Brothers Band joining us to celebrate.


2nd Anniversary Celebration


May 26, 2012 - Hill Farmstead Brewery:
12-6 p.m.

Another year, another monumental occasion!

Plan ahead to join us for what is already shaping up to be even better than last year. 


  • Beers from near and far (including beers brewed for the occasion!)
  • Camping
  • Live music
  • Food Pavillion

Taplist will be posted closer to the event, but rest assured, it will be special. 

As with other Hill Farmstead events, beer will ONLY be served in Hill Farmstead stemware, so remember to BYO Hill Farmstead stemware from this or previous events! In the event you forget, or would like more, we will have stemware available for purchase.


 Friday - VIP SOLD OUT

  • VIP Early Camping sign-in/setup: 12 – 7 p.m.
  • Check-in at brewery retail shop until 7 p.m.
  • VIP check-in: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • VIP Event: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.


  • Camping sign-in and setup: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Gates and taps open: 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Retail Open and Growler fills: 11 – 6 p.m.


 General Admission 

  • $10 per person - Includes admission and one (1) complimentary tasting ticket. 
  • Tasting tickets are $5 for each pour.

Stay tuned here and for all the updates. All information is subject to change, but we make every effort to be as accurate and timely as possible.


Thanks Given...

On November 19th, 2011 we will be releasing some of my favorite beers thus far produced at Hill Farmstead.  Dan and I spent a significant portion of our spring brewing beer destined entirely for oak barrels.  One of these beers was my conception of the "Imperialized" version of our winter porter, Twilight of the Idols.   We brewed Birth of Tragedy way back, 6 months ago, and aged it in Blantons, Buffalo Trace, and Elijah Craig bourbon barrels.

Also, over the last few months, we have been joined by some of our closest friends in the brewing world - Mikkel Bjergsø of Mikkeller, and Tim/Doug/and Joey from Cigar City Brewing Company.

With Mikkel, we constructed a unique Imperial Stout/Porter with 1,000 ICUS (international citrus units)  of Orange.  Hopped with Galaxy and Citra - bottle conditioned - and more than 10% abv.  We also redesigned our label concept for this special beer - Alex Peltz, best friend and graphic designer, reworked our original concept (which was designed by Søren Varming of Copenhagen) and Natalya Zahn (, another childhood friend, provided a profile sketch to mimic Mikkel's already brilliant logo.

With Tim, Doug, and Joey we constructed an Imperial Pale Ale ("Nor") that would be the antithesis of Or (Imperial Black IPA brewed at Cigar City last September).  We used an abundance of Motueka, Cascade, and Simcoe Hops - and chose to use some rice syrup solids in the kettle and toasted rice flakes in the mash.  Words of Wisdom: never use Rice Syrup Solids.  You will thank me later.   9.2% abv. 170 theoretical ibus.

We will also be releasing Civil Disobedience #3 - a blend of barrel aged Arthur and barrel aged Vera Mae.  6.5% abv.

Hope to see you all on Saturday at 12pm.  I'll be pouring glasses of all of the above beers for 5$ - bring your own Hill Farmstead stemware.  No bottle limits on Daybreak and Tragedy.  Growler fills of Nor and Twilight....

So many things...

So many things to say and update.  It's been a long, long time since writing.  I promise to do it more frequently...

First anniversary party next weekend.  See the link under upcoming events for more information.

Been extremely busy filling barrels... and brewing as much beer as possible.  When we started this brewery, we brewed 2 batches a week.  No we are brewing 4.

By the end of next week we'll have 40+ oak wine/port/bourbon barrels filled with Spontaneous
Fermentation, Oud Bruin and Buckwheat Rye Imperial Porter (both brewed with
Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Company), Flanders Red, Flora
(buckwheat/spelt barrel fermented Florence Saison), Art (wine barrel
fermented Arthur Saison), Ann (Sauvignon Blanc barrel aged Honey Saison),
Mimosa (Sauvignon Blanc barrel aged Orange Saison... primary fermented with
B.Clausenii and tangello/tangerine juice and zest), Damon (Russian Imperial
Stout aged Blanton's Bourbon Barrels), Genealogy of Morals (Rye Coffee
Imperial Stout aging in Madeira barrels) and - Birth of Tragedy (Imperial
Porter brewed with Coffee, Cinnamon, and Honey - aged in Bourbon barrels and
conditioned on Madagascar and Papa New Guinea vanilla beans). Nearly all of
these beers will be released around the winter holidays. All of the
intentionally "sour" barrels have been inoculated with nothing other than
our own house spontaneous cultures from our winter cool-ship projects.
Thus, we are crafting a truly indigenous/chthonic flavor profile, unique
only to our brewery and Greensboro, VT.

The guys from Cigar City, in Tampa Florida, will be traveling to Hill
Farmstead in late June to complete the 4th element of our Collaboration with
Grassroots (our sister/contract brand in Denmark). Cigar City/Hill
Farmstead/Grassroots have released and brewed Either, Or, Neither, and, in
June, Nor. Neither and Nor are the opposite of Either and Or - rather than
11% abv Imperial Black IPAs - we are shooting for 9 to 10% abv
pre-prohibition Imperial Pale Ales. Our version will likely be brewed with
organic buckwheat, corn, and honey from one of our local Vermont Farms.
Expect "old school" hop varieties to be used, Cluster/Nugget/Cascade... and,
in the fall, for All Four Version to be on tap at the brewery for our annual
Fall Harvest Festival on September 24th.

We are also increasing our supply of bottled conditioned Saisons - and some
VT consumers could find 750ml bottles of Hill Farmstead Saisons on store
shelves.   Anna is being labeled today and is for sale this weekend...

Bottling update…

The final numbers from today's labeling session are in...

The following amount will be for sale tomorrow.  Limited to 3 bottles of each label , per person.  If there are still bottles remaining at 5pm, the limit will be removed...

F/T French Oak: 300 bottles
F/T Blend: 312 bottles
F/T Bourbon: 288 bottles
Jim: 216 bottles

Definitely a bit soggy outside - we suggest wearing proper attire.  The band has finally agreed to play.  Weather is clearing up.  We'll pour Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon and have also added our new saison, Arthur, to the draft line up.  Cheers!

Autumn Festival Updates

It's nearly 1 in the morning, Anders and I just finishing smoking the malt for tomorrow's brew - and I thought it beneficial to lay the ground work, a bit further, for Saturday's release event and beer festival.  In case there was any confusion...

-The entire event is cash only.

-There will be a number of local food producers on site... plenty of food to go around...

-It looks as if we'll have to limit the number of bottles that each individual can purchase.  Our of fairness, the initial limit is 3 bottles, of each type, per person.  If there is a significant amount of bottles remaining at the end of the day, we'll open it up with no limits on what is remaning.  Each of the 3 Fear and Trembling bottles is 15$ per 500ml. Jim will be released at 12$ (due to the lower alcohol %, etc).  There are approximately 350 bottles of each type...

- Each of the beers will be on draft - along with the first of the wild saisons.  Tasting tickets are 10$/4 tickets... or individuals for 3$.  This will retrieve a 6 to 8 ounce pour of each beer - depending upon the abv and treatment, etc.  You must purchase the Hill Farmstead Tasting Glass (which is a 12 ounce, branded wine glass) for the event... this is reusable at any future brewery event... (this will help keep the pour sizes consistent...).  The tasting glass is 5$.

- There will be a guest tap... which is still undecided.  We're accepting votes.

Email me if there are any other questions!