Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 10
vermont tour: by janice hoppe-spiers
Albans, Vt. It is the only brewery in
town and is located in an old bowling alley. Gagner chose the name 14th
Star to mark Vermont's entry into the
Union as the 14th state in 1791. Because Kentucky joined shortly thereafter, it is rare to see an American
flag with 14 stars, which became the
14th Star Brewing's mission is to
brew high-quality beer while enriching the community. By taking over the
old bowling alley in downtown St.
Albans, the brewery played its part in
revitalizing Main Street and the strip
mall in which it is located.
The tap selection at 14th Star
Brewing is always rotating to include
staples, regular favorites, one-offs
and experimental brews. Tribute,
Valor Ale, Maple Breakfast Stout and
Recruit Golden Ale are the company's
signature brews. Being big fans of
Stranger Things on Netflix, the 14th
Star brewers developed "Eleven's
Eggo Dream" cream ale and Chief
Hopper's Single Hop IPA, which are
both on tap now.
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The craft brewing community is just
that - a community. 14th Star Brewing
features Citizen Cider's signature cider, Unified Press, on tap. The company also borrowed some equipment
from the larger Zero Gravity brewery
when it first started.
Zero Gravity got its start in 2004 inside
a Burlington restaurant called Brewpub at Flatbread. The company began
distributing its brews for off-premise sales in 2012, and two years later
reached capacity in the restaurant. The
company moved to the city's South End
Arts District in the spring 2015 and
Pine Street brewery came to be.
Today, a 30-barrel brew house, full
canning line, tasting room, retail shop
and beer garden make Zero Gravity
a premier destination for beer travelers and regulars. At the Pine Street
brewery, the company sells six packs
of Green State Lager, Conehead and
Little Wolf, as well as a rotating seasonal specialty can. Zero Gravity fills
more than 100,000 cans of beer per
month for statewide distribution.
Although Zero Gravity moved to
a larger space, the company's beers
can still be found on tap at Brewpub
at Flatbread. As Zero Gravity continues to grow, the company may have to
relocate in the next couple of years.
Co-founder Matt Wilson showed us
around the brewery and explained that
the company prides itself on creating
beers that are balanced. That balance
is characterized by the logo Wilson
created of a hummingbird in flight, yet
suspended, with zero gravity.