One of my favorite things about craft beer — besides drinking it — is travelling for it. If you guys didn’t know, I’m an Australian living in Canada and I’d been unable to leave the country for about 3 years until I got my visa. So going anywhere further than Toronto, Ottawa or Quebec City (I live in Montreal) was never on the cards for me.
Since I received my golden ticket to travel, I’ve been to Vermont twice. The latest trip was a three day podcast extravaganza that produced our first podcasts in the States. We met with six different breweries and beer-related establishments, which made for a phenomenal experience. We got to drink some of the world’s greatest beer, right off the canning line and with the human who brewed it. We also got an amazing behind the scenes look at the inner workings of each of the breweries, and we learned a ton about the Vermont and New England craft beer scenes, all while being able to tap into the minds of some of the most innovate, forward-thinking brewers in America.
Our first stop was in the quaint ski town of Stowe at Idletyme Brewing Company, where we met and chilled with Head Brewer Will Gilson. Will was a total legend, warm and accommodating. He made sure we drank every damn beer they had on draught, and he even poured us multiple beers directly from the fermenter (their awesome Pink And Pale IPA and their brown ale).
Will even poured for my girlfriend Tiffany, who handles the camera stuff, and that’s one thing I especially appreciate when we record the podcasts. I feel that when our guests accommodate her, it really speaks to the character of the person we’re speaking with. I can say that the vast majority of people make sure she always has a beer in her hand, and when they don’t, it’s usually because we have them distracted, rather than there being any intent to dismiss ‘the camera chick’.
Anyways, I digress. I was ill prepared and neglected to clear the memory card for our microphone before leaving Canada, so the card filled up about half way through the podcast. Will didn’t even blink an eye. He took Scott downstairs to the brewhouse while Tiff and I figured the tech issues out. I thought that was really cool, as he’d taken out a couple hours from his busy day (they were brewing during the podcast, and his Assistant Brewer, Josh, regularly jumped in to ask Will questions) to speak to us — I felt terrible for not being as organized as I usually am.
So, enjoy the chat with Will at Idletyme. It was an entertaining one, and the beers were genuinely awesome. If you dig the video, check the full podcast on iTunes.
We haven’t posted on Brew Studs for a while (our bad), but we’ve been knocking out a ton of great videos lately. Check them out below. Cheers!