It’s time to Drink Green! And not just because it’s the season of shamrocks and leprechauns—although that’s what inspires this annual celebration of Vermont brews. In March we’re raising our glass to the long list of amazing breweries here in the Green Mountain State. And four in particular.
We’re excited to spotlight these local brewers—Vermont Beer Makers in Springfield, Ten Bends Beer in Hyde Park, Mount Holly Beer Co. in Mount Holly, and 14th Star Brewing Company in Saint Albans. Thank you to our brewers for taking the time to share their beer-making stories with us.
Plus, get 15% off beers by these four brewers all month long.
Q-and-A with Jason Powell of Ten Bends Beer
Q. Please tell us your name and your role at the brewery.
A. Jason Powell, co-owner and brand director at Ten Bends Beer
Q. Can you tell us the story behind your brewery’s name?
A. The Ten Bends Name is rooted in Vermont. The Lamoille River distinctly bends ten times between the towns of Morrisville, Vermont and Johnson, Vermont. Bends five and six are within one mile of our brewery location. The name “Ten Bends” is rooted in the area’s history. We are proud to hold the name “Ten Bends Beer” in an effort to tie ourselves to the local region, its natural wonders and strong community.
Q. Who does your brewing?
A. Our head brewer in Vermont is Chad McGinnis. We make some of our products at our Vermont facility and some at a contract partner facility in upstate New York.
Q. Does the brewer have any type of formal training? If not, how did they learn the craft?
A. Chad has gained his experience and knowledge through working his way up at various breweries and through working with the owners of Ten Bends to develop products and processes rooted in the origin of our brewing practices.
Q. Can you give us a brief history of your brewery? How did you get started and how long have you been in business?
A. Ten Bends Beer is a culmination of early workshop experimentation, creative discernment, business prowess, and raw perseverance that has resulted in some of the highest quality and most sought after small-batch ales in the Northeast. Our two co-owners, Mike Scarlata and Jason Powell, began brewing together in 2012 in a roughly outfitted shed in the woods just three miles from the current Ten Bends location in Hyde Park, VT, which opened in 2016. While facing the adversities of brewing craft beer in a harsh climate with homemade equipment, Ten Bends Beer was born. Today we operate a seven-barrel brewery where we produce distinct ales inspired by the unique nature of our origin and region. We have also partnered with one of the finest production breweries in the Northeast to expand the reach of our flagship brands to more than twelve additional states.
Q. How large is the brewery (# of barrels annually)?
A. Our total production is 3000-4000 bbl annually.
Q. How is your beer connected to the local area?
A. Our brewing origins are rooted in the local region of the Lamoille Valley and our products are inspired by that origin and region. Much of our branding speaks to the Vermont landscape and the natural wonders of our state. We make signature IPAs that we consider to be Vermont-style IPAs.
Q. What is your favorite style of beer to drink?
A. Vermont-style IPAs
Q. What is your “desert island beer”?
A. Rotary Chaos IPA by Ten Bends Beer
Q. If you could sit down with anyone (living or dead) and have a beer, who would it be and why? What would be the first question you would ask them?
A. Since my co-owner Mike and I both lost our fathers long ago, I know we would love to be able to get together with them and drink some Ten Bends. The first question would probably be, “What do you think of our beer?” You can see an illustration of them on the label of our lager “Reflections 101.” They are some of the people who we’ve lost who have inspired us to do what we do and to keep doing it every day.