It’s been a great year for Vermont beer. Since January of 2010 Vermont has welcomed three new breweries including Northshire Brewery in Bennington, VT; The Brewery at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT and Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro, VT.

In this video we meet Earl McGoff from Northshire Brewery. Earl and his friend Chris opened Northshire Brewery as a passion project. The both continue to hold their full time jobs, opening the brewery in a garage building right behind their current employer. Talk about taking your home brewing hobby to a larger scale. These guys scored a used 7 barrel setup from a brewery in Florida and are just putting beers into the market this month.

Their flagship beer is the Equinox Pilsner, which is kept in the fermentation tanks for a full 8 weeks. Earl realizes that this is not the most cost effective way to produce a Pilsner, but in his opinion it is the right way to produce a Pilsner. At 4.2% ABV this is the perfect summer beer. We hope you enjoy meeting Earl as much as we did and if you would like to try this beer, stay with us at Forty Putney Road B&B where we have it on draft. Or you could just try it at one of the other few lucky pubs to have it. But why not make a weekend out of it with us at our inn :)

Speaking of making a weekend out of it – this weekend we will have the opportunity to meet Allan Van Anda the brewer at The Brewery at Trapp Family Lodge and Shawn Hill from Hill Farmstead Brewery at the first annual Brattleboro Brewers Festival and Pub Crawl. Tickets are still available, we hope that you will join us there!

Tags: brewery, Vermont Beer Bars

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  1. Earl McGoff

    Read the article and it was great!!! Video shoot was better than i imagined it could be. You even made me look good and i’m not a handsome guy.
    The equipement was not bought on a credit card though what we had done was held it on a credit card until we could back to VT to get money for it. Christopher ( my friend, business partner and the guy who has the financing ) would appreciate it if you could change the part of the article where it says we bought it on our credit cards because he believes it will make us look financially irresponsible to suppliers.
    Looking forward this summer to coming down and having a beer with you two next year we will definetly being part of the festival. We have the poster hung up and we are telling everyone who stops in for a growler refill.
    With good timing , luck, and advanced notice I can see about getting shuttle bus out of Bennington for next year’s event.
    Once again thanks for everything.
    Your new friend,
    Earl

  2. Tim Brady

    Thanks Earl, no problem – changed that sentence for you. We only indicated that because we admired your passion and as fellow small business owners, we appreciate the challenges of financing. We hope to see you in Brattleboro sometime soon!

  3. Earl

    Thanks again for everything !! You guys rock. We’ll always be HERE FOR THE BEER .

  4. hen night party

    A good try and a good idea for this town, but it still needs some tastier selections and better service.

  5. Earl

    Better service????? We are a brewery not a brewpub. There is no “service”. We give a tour and we can only legally give you a sample. I do not believe you were ever actually here or you would have known that but I can guess who you work for. Don’t be a hater we can all get along in this town. We never say anything bad about you guys and actually tell people where you are and suggest you as a lunch choice.
    This is the beer business it’s great people and great times. No room for haters.

  6. Tim Brady

    Hi Earl, I wouldn’t sweat it – I think that comment was spam. Your beer is excellent!

  7. Jewell

    This is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate info? Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!