Last and certainly not least, that inimitable brewery tucked away in Winooski. Four Quarters, host of Firkin Fest, has been brewing imaginative beers that defy intuition since 2014. Inspired by, but not limited to, traditional Belgian styles, a visit to the taproom and brewery may very well find you sampling anything from a patersbier to a sea salt chocolate porter to a roasty smoked brown ale.
Four Quarters will be pouring TWO beers at Firkin Fest:
Great Bear - Chocolate Oatmeal Brown ale brewed with coffee and maple syrup, 6% ABV
Pumpkin Wit - brewed with roasted pumpkin, ginger, and vanilla beans, 5.4%
Balance, subtlety, and nuance are the driving forces behind Threes Brewing. Flavorful, well-crafted beers pour from their taps, but you won't find anything that's going to leave your palate a barren wasteland. Or, in their words, "We believe good beer doesn’t need to be challenging to be complex, that it doesn’t need to assault your senses to be enjoyable..."
Threes Brewing is bringing a collaboration beer brewed with the Suarez Family Brewery. Look for Cool with Gravity, a mixed fermentation saison (6.2% ABV).
Finding inspiration from the classic styles, but determined to leave their thumbprint on the North American brewing revolution, Brasserie Dunham brews with one eye on history and the other lost in the depths of their collective imagination. Located in Dunham, Quebec, our northern neighbors have been producing quaffable notables since 2010.
Brooklyn-based nomadic brewers Lauren and Joe Grimm of Grimm Artisanal Ales, have been creating curiously delicious beer since 2013, In that short time, they've attracted quite a bit attention, earning copious awards and recognition for their concoctions. In fact, one Paste Magazine deemed them fit for the #1 and #4 spots on their list of 115 blind-taste-tested Double IPAs (Heady Topper landed at #16, Lawson's Sip of Sunshine at #10).
Grimm is bringing Super Symmetry, a dry-hopped, oaked Gose with lemon zest (5% ABV).
Small batch and vastly different than what you're probably drinking, Beer'd Brewing has been brewing in their seven-barrel facility in Stonington, CT, since 2012. Bouncing back and forth between experimental recipes and classic styles, their ever-changing tap list and small scale mean that just about every day will offer you something different. So bring some snacks, saddle up to their tap room bar, and have a pint of something new. Or save the trip and sample what they're offering at Firkin Fest.
The number of craft breweries in Maine that are doing ridiculous things continues to grow. And we're all the better for it. Urban Farm Fermentory, the first fermentory, hails from Portland, ME, and has been producing their brand of kombucha, wild-fermented cider, and mead since 2010. We could write plenty about UFF, but their own words do them so much more justice: "Our products, like our name, are distinct. Our products, like out people, are true to Maine."
Urban Farm Fermentory will be pouring TWO beverages at Firkin Fest!
Specializing in, but certainly not limited to, gruits, Earth Eagle Brewing is doing incredible things with their beer, exploring overlooked styles and mastering their craft with well known standards. Calling Portsmouth, NH, home since 2014, the tap list at Earth Eagle pours experimental recipes as well as other local favorites, and serves up a menagerie of paninis, mac & cheese, rice bowls, salads, and snacks.
Earth Eagle is bringing TWO beers to Firkin Fest:
Crabapple Ambrosia - A wheat/pils hybrid with a cacophony of special ingredients, 5.2% ABV
Brand new to the fast-growing NYC craft brewery scene, LIC Beer Project unites insight, experience, integrity, and imagination in their pursuit to "achieve a beer we have yet to discover." Boasting an impressive brewery and taproom space, and the simplest website you've ever seen, LIC Beer Project is already doing great things and garnering plenty of attention.
They'll be pouring their Brown Ale, Glassjaw Bully (6.5% ABV, 41 IBU), brewed with their House Saison Yeast and hopped with Zythos hops at Firkin Fest!
Neighbors to the North, Hopfenstark brews some of the best, most original Canadian craft beer you can get 'round these parts. Located 30 km northeast of Montreal, and a mere 2 1/2 hours from Burlington, Hopfenstark has become a staple at Vermont Brew Fest, constantly and consistently impressing with their unique take on beer.
They're bringing their Colonial IPA (6.5% ABV) to Firkin Fest! It's somewhere in between an English and American IPA, with malty caramel flavors balancing the strong American hops.
Our compatriots on the other side of Burlington, Burlington Beer Company has been innovating around a multitude of styles since 2014. Balanced somewhere between tradition and imagination, Founder and Head Brewer Joe Lemnah and Co. use local and international malts, hops, yeast, fruit, vegetables, spices, and herbs to brew distinctive, tantalizing beers.
They'll be pouring THREE beers at Firkin Fest:
Folk Metal w/ Peanut Butter - Oatmeal Stout with Peanut Butter, 6.5% ABV
Folk Metal w/ Berries - Oatmeal Stout with Cherries, Raspberries, and Blueberries, 6.5%