Beer is the drink of the people. It’s relatively cheap, tastes great, acts as a social lubricant, and is good for the soul. Of course, beers differ in quality, but in the end all beer is good beer. As the expression goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”
Unfortunately, with the rise of craft beer comes a rise in a new kind of quasi-class warfare — beer snobbery. Some folks, usually the types who take any opportunity to appear superior to others, look down on those who drink beers that don’t meet their supposedly careful screening process.
Courtesy of Liane Byrnes Sipping a tasty brew in Burlington, Vt., as the sun sets over Lake Champlain. The Vermont Brewer’s Festival is a must-attend event.
Ah, Vermont! The rustic land of mountains, farms, villages, and friendly folk is famous for its maple syrup, cheese, and (recently) beer. Oodles and oodles of beer. Vermont has the most breweries per capita in these United States of beer, and is a beer geek’s paradise.
The problem for beer lovers is that most of Vermont’s 32 breweries and brewpubs only distribute locally. While Magic Hat, Long Trail, and Otter Creek all have regional or national presences, almost none of the other breweries’ products are available out of state. This scarcity drives the incredible beer trading power of brewers like the Alchemist, Lawsons, and Hill Farmstead, and it also makes the annual Vermont Brewer’s Festival a must-attend event. Continue reading