Brewing and farming go hand in hand but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy.
We work hard, have fun and always make sure to close the gate after we say goodnight to the tanks.
And if the work gets the best of you, we have one saying…
Just look up and drink it all in
Living and brewing off the land forces you to think about our role as stewards.
We have taken great strides to build the most sustainable and unique brewing operation in Vermont.
Because when you also raise cattle for a living, you are always worried about what’s going in and coming out…
It all starts with the water. It all comes pure and straight downhill from our wooded land right into our brewhouse at an accelerated PSI rate.
Then we heat everything with wood and lots of it. Our boiler runs year-round which is important when your avg yearly temp is only 42 degrees.
Our boiler system is one of a kind and with a few tweaks it provides heat and hot water for our brewhouse and the lucky residents upstairs.
It’s a fun operation, but it ain’t easy. Plumbing, welding, building and wiring are just a few of they joys of running the place.
With that 42 degree average temperature, we don’t run cooling systems. Our bedrock stays nice and cool, allowing us pump cool water from our ‘geo-thermal’ system into the fermenter further reducing energy use.
From our trees to the greenhouse, we use all sorts of homegrown flavorings and sugaring agents to create beers based upon a mixture of farm chemistry, heirloom recipes and local knowledge.
And it (ends) comes out here. All of our spent grains are fed to our Angus Cattle, who do their business which allows us to do our business re-fertilizing the greenhouse which provides the great ingredients we put in our beer.