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--Katharine Hepburn

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Just call me the Microbrew Cowboy

No, corn is not the only grain I drink from a jar! I'm also a fan of fresh and tasty barley pops. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):


Long Trail Brewery
Bridgewater, Vermont

Long Trail Ale is tasty and not too heavy. Just right.
Hibernator is a Winter seasonal. High in alcohol content. Perfect for those cold Vermont winter days. And don't you just love brown ales? I do. Long Trail's Brown Ale is very, very good! The Pollenator, with just a hint of honey, is thrist-quenching on hot summer daze.

Catamount Brewery
White River Junction, Vermont

Catamount Amber is their best-seller, it is very tasty. Catamount Gold is lighter than the Amber. It is refreshing on a hot summer day. Catamount Christmas Ale is a tasty Winter seasonal. Some years batches are better than others. Seems to have become hoppier in more recent years.

7 Barrel Brewery
West Lebanon, New Hampshire

This is a restaraunt as well as a brewery. Good pub-style fare (I recommend the chili), and oh my what tasty beers! My favorites are the New Dublin Brown Ale and the Red 7 Ale, but really you can't go wrong with any of Brewmaster Paul White's offerings.Live music every Friday night, including one of my favorite bands, Currently Nameless.

Vermont Pub & Brewery
Burlington, Vermont

The sister-brewery of the 7 Barrel Brewery. Same pub-style fare and a great bar that serves two rooms.Fresh and tasty beers, try a sampler if you like. I like the Brown Ale and the Dogbite Bitter. Weekends the pub sometimes has live music (outside on their spacious and wonderful patio,weather permitting), including Currently Nameless.

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Magic Hat Brewery
Burlington, Vermont

Some of the tastiest brews in the state of Vermont (if not the entire country!).Their very popular Number 9 can be found on tap in many of the finest watering holes in the state. Magic Hat also makes my #1 favorite microbrew (see below).Don't forget to look under the cap to discover why it's called Magic Hat! You may get lucky, as I did, and win yourself a free t-shirt!

Smuttynose Brewery

Makers of Old Brown Dog ale, one of the smoothest tasting ales around.

Otter Creek
Middlebury, Vermont

Their Copper Ale is the most popular brew from this fine microbrewery. They also make several fine seasonals such as Summer Wheat and Harvest Ale.The former is great for those lazy summer daze, and the latter will take the chill out of a fall evening.

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Bourbon Cowboy's
All-Time #1 Favorite Microbrew

Bob's First Ale

Magic Hat Brewery
Burlington, Vermont

This is a real tough decision. There are so many fresh & tasty microbrews around these daze, but this one just edge's out the 7 Barrel Brewery's New Dublin Brown & Red 7 Ale. Bob's has a nice dark color, yet is not a heavy beer.It is delicious, smooth, and goes well with steaks, burgers, seafood or chili. For a special treat try a Humble Patience (formerly "Slow Bob's" ) with an order of Fish & Chips at RiRa, the Irish pub & restaurant on Church Street in Burlington.Poured Guiness-style from a nitrogen-equiped tap gives a nice, creamy head. Of course you don't get to peek at the witty phrase under the "hat" this way. Oh well, enjoy!!

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The Buffalo Theory

A herd of buffalo can move only as fast as the slowest buffalo. When the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, we all know, kills brain cells, but naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the
brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers.
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