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Curbside Continues, Thoughts on Growlers, and New Bottles

Thank you for your support these last few weeks, especially all of you in Vermont who came out to the brewery! This coming week, we will continue to offer onsite, curbside pick-up [link in bio], and expand our pick-up days to Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

In addition to a full shop of our regularly available bottles and cans, we find ourselves heading into uncharted territory in offering several new releases this week (for curbside pick-up) along with a seemingly uncharacteristic, unexpected packaged debut.

Flora Peach/Gooseberry

Flora is the wine barrel-aged version of Florence (1915-1967), Edward’s sister, as well as the name of our Farmstead® wheat ale. We selected a single barrel of Flora and conditioned it atop a blend of fresh peaches and gooseberries from nearby Elmore Roots Nursery. The result is a complex, elegant expression of the 2018 harvest.

Civil Disobedience #29

This 29th iteration in our series of blended, barrel-aged beers, weaves together several threads from a variety of barrels—ranging between 8 and 18 months—including Brother Soigné, experimental Farmstead® Imperial IPA, an unreleased beer to be named Wheat Blanc, and Self-Reliance Motueka. This pleasantly tart, hoppier offering has been bottle-conditioning for the last 14 months and has arrived at a pleasant intersection and expression.

Guest beer from Russian River for growler fills

We’ve been given permission from our friends at Russian River Brewing to fill growlers of Pliny the Elder in 750ml new swing-top growlers this coming week!

Edward for This Coming Week

Finally, for the first time (and perhaps the only time), after precisely 10 years of growler-only availability, we will offer our American Pale Ale, Edward, in unbranded 16 oz. cans.

We recognize (and appreciate) that Edward has been a Vermont cultural staple for a decade (precisely!). Reflecting on this last week’s growler offering of Edward, it’s apparent that new glass— ostensibly, the only safe option for growlers at this time—may leave many of us with far more containers than we can manage. While they are environmentally responsible and almost endlessly reusable under normal circumstances, we have not yet developed a safe, hygienic process whereby we can swap or refill used growlers. While we work on options for refillable containers, we will pause growlers of Edward in lieu of an expedient means to get Edward into the hands of Vermonters. These cans will only be offered for sale at the brewery.

As we continue to evaluate the changing landscape ahead of us all, we once more work to revitalize and prolong the memory and the present of Hill Farmstead. Through intentional, deliberate determinations toward whatever the future may hold and the health and well-being of our staff and community, one of our primary goals is to refocus on this ‘place’—not only its sense but its reality. As part of that, we will take a measured path to create a destination in the best, safest way possible.

Be well, and thank you all again.

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