Drink Green: Spotlight on Vermont Beer Makers

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. 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 Kelen Beardsley of Vermont Beer Makers

Q. Please tell us your name and your role at the brewery.

A. Kelen Beardsley. I am the General Manager of Vermont Beer Makers.

Q. Can you tell us the story behind your brewery’s name?

A. Our brewery came up with the name to pay homage to the beautiful Green Mountain State where we create all of our delicious brews. 

Q. Who does your brewing?

A. We have a small team of brewers led by Gabriel Streeter. 

Q. Does the brewer have any type of formal training? If not, how did they learn the craft?

A. Gabe began as a home brewer several years ago. Gabe and I began home brewing together around 2012. That is how we met. Gabe has gone on to further his skills by attending the American Brewers Guild program in Middlebury, Vt. 

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. Vermont Beer Makers began in the summer of 2020. It was formerly Trout River Brewing Company. We started right out of the gate with three beers (Pebble, Feather, and Verd) ; they remain our core beers to this day, and we continue to brew new beers constantly. 

Q. How large is the brewery (# of barrels annually)?

A. We have a 20 bbl brewhouse located in downtown Springfield, Vt. We are currently maxed out on production and should exceed 4,000 bbls this year. We are building a brand new facility down in Brattleboro, Vt., that we hope to open by the end of the year. 

Q. How is your beer connected to the local area?

A. Our entire branding model is based around the state of Vermont. We draw inspiration from the landscapes and beauty of this state. Many of our can designs and beer names come from places or things that we enjoy about this beautiful state. 

Q. What is your favorite style of beer to drink?

A. Depends on the season we are in. Colder months I’m usually sipping on a stout or porter. Warmer months I’m enjoying a sour or a nice lager. 

Q. What is your “desert island beer”?

A. Innovation 1 (which may be returning in the not-so-distant future). Our fruited sour with guava. Fantastic brew. If I have to pick a beer not from our own brewery, I would say Hodad from Fiddlehead. A lovely 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. That is insanely difficult to answer, there are so many people I would love to sit and chat over a pint. I would have to say, since music is my biggest passion outside of the beer industry…John Lennon. I would ask him what song of his meant the most to him. 

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