Society and Solitude: The World’s Top Brewer, Vermonter Shaun Hill, Reconsiders his Business
In February, Shaun Hill was in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he spent two weeks in “managed isolation.” The mandatory quarantine, which he experienced across the world from his home in Vermont, offered Hill time to reflect.
Usually, he’s brewing beer at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro, the brewery he founded in 2010 at the farm on Hill Road where he grew up. Rated the No. 1 brewer in the world for seven straight years and eight of the last nine, Hill Farmstead was a subject of Hill’s reflection. (The ranking is by RateBeer, which most recently named Hill Farmstead the best brewer for 2020.)