Letter to the editor: Beer boom is a good thing

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Beer boom is a good thing

In response to Phil Holland's letter to the editor posted on Jan. 11 regarding UVM's new beer brewing course, it is important to understand what is happening in central and northern Vermont. I direct you to the January 2016 issue of Ski Vermont Magazine on page 40, "Vermont is on its way to becoming the Napa Valley of beer, if it's not already, which rate among the worlds best." Vermont's own Alchemist (of Heady Topper fame), Hill Farmstead, Lawson's (of Sip of Sunshine fame), Fiddlehead, 14th Star, Zero Gravity and others boast some of the best brewers in the country. People from across the U.S. travel to Vermont to taste these beers even though most stores only allow you to buy a limited amount and usually sell out within a few hours or at best a day. Take a trip to Waterbury or Burlington and you will find many of the most successful restaurants in the state leading with their tap menu along side their farm to table delicacies. In fact, many have petitioned for a portion of Route 100 to be designated The IPA Highway. You see, this is a booming industry for Vermont. And where better to be educated than a place that is home to some of the best at their craft? Vermonters and New Englanders alike have embraced the popularity of craft breweries. This should be celebrated as an example of the type of curriculum that may in fact keep grads and aspiring entrepreneurs in this state rather than moving away to find a decent job. Vermont needs more innovative companies with outstanding products people will travel hours if not days to enjoy. Kudos to UVM being at the forefront of this and recognizing an emerging industry that Vermont does better than anyone.

— Bryan Westford Boston by way of Shaftsbury


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