Friday, January 6, 2017

This new Vermont brewery can't get much smaller

Butcher brewing
What do you call a brewery that is smaller than a major commercial facility? No, I mean smaller than a craft brewery. No, even smaller, smaller than a microbrewery. No, even smaller than a nanobrewery.

Apparently it's called a picobrewery. I doubt you can get much smaller than that, which is how Butcher Brew, a one-barrel Warren, VT, brewery now in development describes itself.

The man behind the effort is Steve Butcher, a former Michigan resident who moved to Vermont in 1999. He is a longtime home brewer who decided to go pro in a business he has set up in the basement of his barn, not far from the famous Sugarbush Resort in the central part of the state.

Butcher is aiming for a spring debut for his kegs and bottles, to be distributed locally via the Mad River Food Hub.

Here's how he describes his journey: "I started Butcher Beer in Vermont officially in 2015 by incorporating and starting the Federal Brewer’s Notice process. After 18 months of brewing three out of four weekends -- and some weekdays -- a month, revision upon revision of recipes and many, many tastings with friends, I decided it was time to get serious."

Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook
Go here to visit Notes On Napkins 

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