Yesterday, Denise and I ventured to the Essex Resort & Spa to Farrell Distributing’s 2015 Retail Portfolio Show. As the new beer buyer here at Stowe Mercantile I’m really excited as to what 2015 and the future of beer distributing in Vermont has to offer. These expos are great opportunities to cultivate long-lasting business relationships with individual breweries, wineries, and cider makers. Stowe Mercantile is committed to establishing an alcohol beverage market where an overwhelming amount of the product is sourced locally. With this in mind and our strict time budget, Denise and I figured our time would be best spent at the beer tables and we’re glad we did. The sun was out, a slight breeze was blowing, and the beer exhibitors had prime outdoor real estate. Before the event we decided there to be two things we really needed to pursue; find out who could hold Summer tastings and who had plans to bottle/can in the very near future. (besides the obvious of tasting great beer) We’re happy to report that within the next year, most of the beer that you enjoy at your favorite pub will be available in bottles or cans. My favorite brew pub in Burlington, Zero Gravity, has plans to open their new location on Pine St. next month and are planning to have canning capabilities before the end of the Summer! Matty O from Fiddlehead Brewing in Shelburne, VT. informed us that they are hoping to increase production, but for now we’ll have to join the waiting list…we’ll wait. Their Second Fiddle IPA is one of the better new offerings out there. Another company we’re happy to have run in to is Champlain Orchards out of Shoreham, VT. Dave Bridges, their brand ambassador, stopped by the store last week for a short chat about their new products and when we showed up to their booth he actually remembered my name. These guys are my new favorite cider maker in Vermont. For now, they are the only cider maker in Vermont sourcing all of their apples from the Green Mountain State. Be on the lookout for next month’s release of Champlain Orchard’s Macintosh and Maple. They’re even canning, and you can find it their VT Hard Cider in cans here at Stowe Mercantile. To wrap this up, as beer, wine, cider, and mead enthusiasts, you should be pumped about what we’ll have to offer you in the coming months. A big thanks to Farrell Distributing for inviting us. We hope to see you at our Summer tastings at Stowe Mercantile.
Here is a list of some recent beverage acquisitions we thought you should know about:
Champlain Orchards: VT Hard Cider (16 oz. cans), Cranberry (750ml), and Heirloom (750ml)
14th Star Brewing: A-Dog Ale Brown Ale (16 oz. Cans), Maple Breakfast Stout (16 oz. Cans)
Long Trail Brewing : Triple Bag (aged in oak barrels)
Harpoon Brewing: 100 Barrel Series Braggot Rights (American IPA w/ Wildflower Honey)