To all of us beer nerds, the stuff we put in our chalices is much more than just liquid generally derived from malt and other plant matter. It’s the relationships, the people you meet, the experiences surrounding craft beer, and the love that goes into each batch that truly matters.
Vermont is a special place for us, as it’s the U.S. state right by the border of Quebec where I’m located, and it also happens to have the highest number of breweries per capita in the country. Convenient. Scott and I have been to VT on separate occasions, and we realized we both ended up at downtown Burlington’s Farmhouse Tap & Grill, a craft beer bar and restaurant that focuses on locally sourced food — somewhat of a trend in Vermont.
Personally, my lady and I had an amazing experience there. We happened to hit it up for their Oktoberfest evening in 2016, so we had some local festbiers and marzens (we even got to keep the big ass mugs), along with some other incredible beers from around the States. We also had some of the best meals we’d had in a while, including the legit dopest cornbread on the planet (the honey butter is the key, folks). So when we were planning our VT podcast trip, we just had to chat to someone from our favourite spot.
We connected with Justin Gould, the Bar Manager & Beer Buyer, who was a great dude and super gracious. We kicked it in the downstairs parlour, which has the feel of an aprés-ski lodge, and settled into a quiet corner to chat. Two amazing things came out of that convo, aside from the dope podcast that resulted. Justin popped our Hill Farmstead cherries with their single hop pale ale, Double Galaxy — it legitimately blew our minds. And as you’ll see in the video below, we were talking about other popular New England breweries that we had and hadn’t tried; we mentioned a specific brewery we hadn’t tried as yet and right after we wrapped the podcast, Justin hooked us up proper.
It’s this level of generosity that we experienced with everyone we met in Vermont, and it truly affected us. Everybody we met was so welcoming and giving with world class beers, willingly delivering fire. It was something we’d never really seen before at that level, so we’re now true believers in what Giles Smith calls “beer karma”. In that spirit, check out the highlights of our chat with Justin below, and head over to Apple Podcasts for the full convo. Cheers!
And if you missed the last few videos, mate, fret never. Crack a beer, kick back and take a geez (apologies for the Aussie slang).