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.
For those of you who may have missed out on tickets for our Festival of Farmhouse Ales on August 13 via the lottery...Starting tomorrow, we will release five pairs of non-transferable tickets each day this week during normal retail hours!
$100 per ticket, limit 2 tickets per person (includes a designated driver ticket; see www.hillfarmstead.com/fofa for complete details).
These are first come, first served, available at 12 p.m., when we open each day!
It's Vermont Brewers Festival Weekend!
• Our retail shop and tasting rooms are open normal hours Friday and Saturday. Due to expected high traffic this weekend, and in an effort to expedite growler and retail bottle sales, our onsite draft pours (i.e. drinking an 8.5 oz. serving from a glass/cup at the brewery) for Friday and Saturday will be Edward, Dorothy, Mary and Karma Emulsion (all draft beers available for growler fills, except Dorothy; see www.hillfarmstead.com for updated draft list and bottle list)
• We'll be pouring all four sessions during the festival in Burlington in tent #7, right on the water.
• Juniper Bar & Restaurant at Hotel Vermont will host a huge tap event in the afternoon and all evening.
• Hen of the Wood - Burlington will host a shared tap event with Hill Farmstead and our dear friends from Micro-brasserie Le Trou du diable who have sent some serious treats!
Full tap event and party at Hen of the Wood - Burlington
All weekend, there will be lots of Hill Farmstead on tap around the city, as well as in Waterbury, Montpelier and more.
Check with the venues for times/details. Have a great and safe weekend!
Busy week around these parts this week...
Great lineup in the shop, including a new batch of Clara! See the retail page for complete details.
Brewing some collaborations up this week with our friend Jean from Tired Hands Brewing Company... AND our taproom will feature some Tired Hands guest pours on Thursday!
Plus, The Mad Taco joins us on site for some tasty treats!