Hermit Thrush Brewery is the brainchild of President and Brewmaster Chrisophe Gagné and his beer-loving friend and Vice President Avery Schwenk. Together, Christophe and Avery are dedicated to providing top quality Belgian inspired ales to the residents and visitors of Brattleboro, Vermont. Through the use of historical brewing processes, oak casks, and new green technologies, we will be making exciting, yet accessible beer while keeping an eye on minimizing our environmental impact.Arrange to visit Hermit Thrush Brewery and other attractions in Brattleboro using our Brattleboro trip builder tool .
We will be using Vermont-made wood pellet steam boilers powered by local, sustainable biomass fuel to craft our product. We'll be reducing energy waste by working with Efficiency Vermont to design a super-efficient cooler and by limiting packaging by predominantly using refillable growlers for beer-to-go. Our beer will be aged primarily in oak casks, liming the use of stainless steel, while providing unique flavors and aging potential.
Hermit Thrush Brewery will be providing tastings, local art, brewery tours and beer-to-go for those visiting the site. We currently plan on opening in early November or December, so keep posted!
Hermit Thrush Brewery Reviews
If you love sour beers this is a great place to visit. Be prepared to spend some money on cans to go after you try some at the tasting room. We stopped by when they opened and tried a couple of flights. There was not a bad beer in the bunch and some really excellent ones. I especially enjoyed the hopped kettle sour ales which are great for hot summer weather. Ben the bartender was very knowledgeable and personable. He took the time to talk to my 10 year old about music while she waiting for us to finish our beers and do something interesting. The tap room is smallish but very attractive and inviting. All the beers are packaged in 16oz cans with active cultures, so they can be aged. When I was there there was even a 12 pack of 4 different beers marketed as "One to drink now and 2 for aging." It was a brilliant idea and and instant sell for me. A must-visit if you are in the area and a fan of sour beer.
Sour ales are rising in visibility and breweries like this deserve recognition for leading the charge. You WILL NOT find other styles here, be warned. But if you like them, you'll love the high quality product and laid back atmosphere in the shop-walk area of town. These beers stand out for the extra effort of barreling and aging for nuance and it reflects in a higher price point- but the occasional luxury is worth what you'll find here.
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