It’s not just a microbrewery in the middle of nowhere. Retail manager, Phil Young, describes how Shaun Hill’s “Hill Farmstead Brewery” has managed to become known as a mecca for the beer nerd community after just six years of brewing. Focusing on bottle sales and growler fills, customers from all over visit for exclusive bragging rights, to be able to say they have been to Hill Farmstead and enjoyed the beer that was once rated on Ratebeer.com as “World’s Best Beer.”
Phil also talks about the Hill Family and how they’ve been living in that region of Vermont since the early 1800s. We discuss Shaun Hill’s dedication and love for his ancestors, from naming his beer after family members to using a logo that once hung in a family member’s tavern. In addition to discussing Shaun Hill’s professional credentials, we also clear up a major misconception about Shaun Hill as a person.
Is it truly amazing beer that Hill Farmstead creates, or is it perhaps only the demand for a rarity that makes their beer marketable? Regardless, I can assure you that this brewery is on my bucket list. I look forward to visiting Phil and Shaun in Vermont in the future. Actually, I’ll suggest that we all go very soon to enjoy “Edward,” “Everitt,” “Susan,” and the others from Shaun’s Ancestral Beer Series.
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