Last weekend my wife and I made a trip to one of our favorite places in America, Vermont. My primary desire was to replenish my stores of Hill Farmstead Brewery. This brewery is widely considered the best in America, and some would say the best in the world. Sean Hill, the brewer, is not a specialist, he makes world class hoppy ales in addition to sour, dark, farmhouse and everything in between. He is committed to a sustainable business that can support itself and although he has grown rapidly, there is a target size for the company that he does not want to exceed. This goal allows him to focus on doing the best possible work he can, which results in amazing beer. He utilizes growlers so that he can ensure that his beers remain fresh. I much prefer to support a "local" brewery than one of the large conglomerates. Also, Sean goes to great lengths to respect his community and helps support other local businesses. He takes great pride in working in a remote area, and although you have to actually go to the brewery to buy his beer, he avoids wasting resources on things like distribution to stores.
Edward - Flagship Pale Ale
Single Hop Pale Ale - Mosaic
Society & Solitude #5 Double IPA