Written by Celia Riechel Maple syrup and outdoor adventure may have put Vermont on the map, but increasingly, breweries are showcasing the best of the Green Mountain State. Vermont is at the forefront of a nationwide growth trend in the craft beer industry, ranking 1st in number of breweries and production…
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Vermont has more breweries per capita than any state in the country: 1 for every 20,193 residents! It’s not just the sheer number of local brews available that put Vermont on the map—it’s their exceptional quality too. RateBeer, a social networking site for beer enthusiasts, identified Hill Farmstead Brewery of Greensboro as the number one brewer on their list of the “Best Brewers in the World 2013” out of a field of more than 12,000. Hill Farmstead’s owner and brewmaster Shaun Hill was recently featured in Vanity Fair magazine. Lawson’s Finest Liquids of Warren also made the RateBeer list at number 55. The Alchemist Brewery’s Heady Topper, a double India Pale Ale (IPA), is currently ranked the best beer in the world on BeerAdvocate. In the summer of 2012, the Boston Globe ran an article highlighting Waterbury as “The Best Beer Town in New England.”
Data from the Beer Institute indicate that craft beer production has increased over 82%, from 6.3 million barrels (195 million gallons) in 2005—equal to 3.2% of total U.S. beer production—to 13.2 million barrels (408 million gallons) in 2012, equal to 6.7% of total beer production.
Vermont’s craft beer industry is in a strong—and growing—position. There are several ways to support growth of this industry, particularly in the case of marketing, distribution, and regulation. As for hops farmers, the greatest needs are in the areas of research, equipment and technology, and marketing. Strengthening demand for Vermont beer made with locally-grown ingredients will encourage more hops farmers to get established and expand production.
Written by Tim Perrin Beer matters in Vermont. Not only do we have more breweries per capita than any other state, we also consume 25 percent more beer than national average per capita. That’s not surprising -- if everyone else’s beer was as good as Vermont’s, they’d drink more of it…
Prepared by Sarah Galbraith, Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Program Manager, VSJF Highlights: Cost of biodiesel production = $2.29 per gallon ● Seed meal used as a co-product for livestock feed or crop fertilizer ● Central processing facility and shared equipment use maximizes efficiency for neighboring farms Download the pdf. Roger Rainville’s dairy-turned-energy farm in Grand…
- Adam Krakowski, A Bitter Past: Hops Farming in 19th Century Vermont, 2011 Winter Hops Conference, February 8, 2011.
- Rosalie J. Wilson, 2009-10 Feasibility and Market Research Study for Commercial Hop Production in New England, September 20, 2010.
- State of Vermont Permit and License Information, Small Business Fact Sheet – Operation of a Small Brewery, March 2011.