Featured Brewery of the Month: The Shed Brewery
May 02, 2018
The Shed has been a Vermont icon for generations. Born in the shadow of Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont , the original building served as a cider mill, where local farmers gathered during harvest season for a drink of hard cider and spirited conversation.
In 1965, tall tales of downhill glory filled the walls as skiers descended upon The Shed, setting the roots for Stowe’s après-ski culture. Steeped in history and rooted in Vermont lore, The Shed Restaurant became THE spot for locals and tourists alike.
Destroyed by a fire in 1994, The Shed rose from the ashes with a seven-barrel brewery, and Mountain Ale emerged as an icon of the Vermont way.
Today, The Shed’s legacy lives on in Middlebury, Vermont, where our ales and lagers are made available to a wider range of craft beer enthusiasts. Legendary Mountain Ale and newly anointed Mountain IPA provide a rock-solid foundation for our rugged year-round lineup while Hellbrook Pilsner provides a crisp, refreshing alternative in the heavily hopped world we live in.
Our Mountain Mixer variety pack brings together the aforementioned beers in a mix that’s rugged, refreshing and straight-up delicious. Later this year, we’ll branch out from the bottled variety pack to offer a nine-pack mix of 16oz. cans that we’re calling Full Cord.
This innovative format will feature a 3X3 cross-section of our favorite flavors, highlighted by Mountain Ale, Mountain IPA and Hellbrook Pilsner. Our goal is to showcase the versatility of our core lineup, which is recently available in easily transportable 16oz. cans that are great for hiking, hunting, fishing or whatever outdoor activity you prefer.
If time spent in the woods perks your ears, then you’ll want to track down the Barrel Aged Mountain Ale we bottled in November. A more robust version of our classic brown ale, this year’s limited release was aged in Heaven Hill Kentucky Bourbon Barrels and finished with cinnamon, cacao nibs and vanilla, which provide a sweet, spicy balance to the prominent notes of Bourbon and oak.
We only barreled and bottled a small amount, so this one requires a special trip to our pub and restaurant in Middlebury, Vermont, where you’ll also find a handful of small-batch pilot recipes pouring from our taps.