Vermont Is Suddenly Awash In World-Class Beers
on 10/04/13 at 6:07 pmBeer
Not that the craft beer movement is anything new to this tiny New England state, which sports the highest number of brewers per capita — roughly 25,030 people per brewery. But lately the attention those brewers have garnered is different. It’s not a hey-they-have-great-beers-in-Vermont. It’s a hey-they-have-the-best-beer-in-the-world.
No, really. Hill Farmstead Brewery recently was rated the world’s best brewer on the popular international consumer review website, RateBeer.com.
And that has triggered a rush of beer enthusiasm — and enthusiasts — that has bordered on fanaticism. Since Hill Farmstead opened three years ago, beer tourists have been coming from around the world to visit the micro-brewery on a farm off a dirt road in Greensboro to buy growlers and bottles of brewer Shaun Hill’s creations.
‘‘It’s like a cult following,’’ said Ben King, who with his wife Sarah flew up from North Carolina to sample Vermont’s beers. They even rented a car so they could stock it, then make the 13-hour drive home.