BURLINGTON, VERMONT—They’ve got a lot brewing in Burlington. Beer tourism is growing in popularity across Canada and the U.S. And I found the city that has it figured out: Burlington, Vermont.
The best place to start your beer pilgrimage is the Hotel Vermont and a conversation with their beer concierge, Matt Canning. That’s right, a beer concierge. With all Burlington has to offer, this is a necessary position in a hotel that’s right in the middle of the brewing community.
Canning is the man in the know. With the extreme popularity of many of beers from Burlington and the surrounding area, he can help explore as a local would and point visitors in the right direction of the breweries. And he knows the important secrets — when the special shipments arrive in town of the sought after brews such as Heady Topper, for example.
It turns out there is a purchase quota for individuals of this beer when the delivery arrives in town each week. Once you’ve had a sip or two of it, this starts to make sense.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Canning, and his colleague, in the Juniper Restaurant and at the Hotel Vermont to do some beer tasting. With each sip of the five beers he selected for us to taste, Canning spoke to the ingredients, influences and style of each brew.
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