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14: Neil FitzGerald, Homebrewer

Neil FitzGerald started out in his homebrew pursuits the way many people do: with recipes and techniques he learned among friends. After a couple of decades, he decided to upgrade to all-grain brewing in a dedicated kitchen in his basement. We discuss Neil’s evolution as a homebrewer and his...

10: Bent Hill Brewery – Unusual flavors, uncompromising taste

Mike Czok, founder of Bent Hill Brewery brings unusual flavor combinations to the Vermont beer scene. From coconut chili porter to cherry graham cracker and blood orange IPA, Mike’s not afraid to step boldly into experimental territory in his quest for great-tasting beer. But shock value isn’t what he’s...

Homebrew Video Tasting “Fruit Hoptail” Pale Ale

In this homebrew video, Rick and Sarah taste the first of the two homebrew beers made using the parti-gyle method of brewing. Rick explains the differences between this beer and the To Huell With It brew we tasted last week. In the pale ale version, Huell Melon hops lend...

Belgian Ale Called “To Huell With It” Tasting Video

While Belgian Ale is a style that’s often enjoyed during the warmer months, this effervescent and refreshing beverage can be the perfect accompaniment to rich holiday feasts. In the video, Rick and Sarah taste the second beer from the Parti-gyle brew day that Rick did a few weeks ago....

Brewing Beer: An Initiation into Home Brewing

When Rick first started experimenting with brewing beer in the early 1990’s, the available resources weren’t what they are today: no local home-brew store, no internet resources, no small craft breweries releasing recipe clones of their beers. Since moving to Vermont, brewing as a hobby has become much more...

4: Brocklebank Craft Brewing: Beyond pale ale

Ben Linehan, owner of Brocklebank Craft Brewing, knows what he likes: crafting easy-drinking beers with subtle flavors; brewing on a small-scale and part-time basis; keeping his beer and his community involvement engaged on a local scale. Join us for a conversation with Ben and Anne Linehan, the husband and...

Spiced Solstice Porter: A Beverage for the Holidays

The quick summary of this recipe is that it comes directly from Scott Russell.  Not just his web-published 2010 Holiday Porter recipe, but he was kind enough to collect the grains at the Lebanon Brew Shop for me.  I met up with him at the shop for an Oktoberfest event where...

2: Upper Pass Beer & First Branch Coffee For Local Brews

If you are familiar with Upper Pass Beer Company and products like Cloud Drop and Hip 2 the Hops, you know that Andy Puchalick and Chris Perry enjoy brewing hop-forward, East-coast style IPAs that the Vermont brew scene has made popular. But this brewery and the owners’ approach to...

Parti-gyle: Two Distinct Beers from One Grain Bill

The idea to brew a pale ale next, was inspired by a beer we had in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the excellent Earth Eagle Brewings. Their popular Shepard’s Crook pale ale uses the Huell Melon hop, with which we were unfamiliar. The hop has some honeydew melon and strawberry...

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