While a glass of local craft beer or a cocktail is (almost) always a good idea, Vermonters are rarely satisfied with the status quo. Here’s a look at some innovative — and delicious — ways to imbibe.
• Lost Nation Brewing of Morrisville’s Gose ale is a slightly salty, coriander-tinged beer that’s pretty food-friendly. The mongers at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro Bend took that relationship to the next level by using the Gose to wash the rind of their Willoughby cheese. The resulting partnership is a soft, funky, salty and delicious wheel that goes great with a glass of the original. The limited-edition cheese is available by chance at a few local retailers (the Stowe Public House in Stowe may have one or two left). Jasper Hill is working on another super-secret collaboration — they washed the Willoughby in the Alchemist’s Petit Mutant cherry bomb last time, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll use next.
• Sweet Rowen Farmstead in West Glover has a cheddar in the works that’s infused with Everett Porter, a malty, dark ale from nearby Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro.
• Elmore Mountain Bread mills flour on-site and bakes bread in a wood-fired brick oven for a rustic taste of place. Its Brewer’s Bread, a dark, chewy sourdough made with beer, rye and malted barley, is available locally on Wednesdays — pair it with a hunk of sharp cheddar, crisp apple slices and juicy sausages for a simple autumn supper.
• Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe often plays around with local libations, including creamy chocolate Heady Topper truffles and lime-spiked chocolates made with Barr Hill’s Tom Cat barrel-aged gin.
• Lauren Schalski of Stiff Peaks Macarons specializes in spiked sprinkles for her chewy cookie creations. She’s made the sugary sticks with Barr Hill’s Tom Cat Gin, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery Bourbon, and farther-flung liquors including Lillet, Fernet, Luxardo Maraschino and more.
• The Montpelier-based Butterfly Bakery specializes in booze-infused hot sauces and mustards, including Heady Pepper (Heady Topper IPA and jalapenos), Corn Corn Whiskey (Mad River Distillers whiskey and wax peppers), South End Lager (Queen City Brewery’s lager and red jalapenos), Peppercorn Porter (Queen City’s Yorkshire Porter, jalapenos and black pepper).