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Retail Update for 2 September 2023

Flora: Cherry • Foster (redux) • Song of Autumn

The colors are hinting, peaking out, and giving sneaky glances that autumn is ahead. With that, Song of Autumn makes its return alongside a reimagined vision for Foster and a new expression of Flora with local fruit.

Once again, we will only have food vendors on Friday (MexiRico Authéntico!) and Saturday (New Deal!). We encourage folks to bring along food on Wednesday and Thursday! 

Flora: Cherry

Flora is the wine barrel-aged version of Florence (1915-1967), Edward’s sister, as well as the name of our wheat Farmstead® ale. Each blend of her namesake beer rests in oak for an undetermined period—from many months to several years—and embodies our progressive vision for Hill Farmstead, a pursuit guided by natural intuition, evolving experience, and optimistic forecast. 

On occasion, we select a portion of Flora and age it on a blend of local fruit; this one features a selection of cherries from Burtt’s Orchard in Cabot that includes Balaton; Juliet; North Star; Carmine Jewel; and Scandanavian. Following an extended and carefully monitored bottle conditioning period, this expression delightfully highlights the sympathetic natures of beer in barrel and fruit in season.

Foster Reimagined

In its previous incarnation, we had honored him in a different manner, one that was limited by its infrequency; we hope to reinvigorate his memory by adapting his namesake beer to an American IPA—brewed with Citra® and Simcoe® hops. Foster Hill (1904 – 1919) was Edward’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings.

Song of Autumn

Our seasonal cycle of hoppy offerings continues with the return of our seasonally appropriate red IPA. Brewed with a blend of Vermont-grown hops from Champlain Valley Hops in Starksboro, Vt., this autumnal India Pale Ale’s ruddy, reddish hue warmly reflects the seasonal foliage shift across the Northeast Kingdom, as well as the bounty of our burgeoning Vermont hopyards.

Flora Cherry Bottle