Venturing east off of Interstate 89’s Randolph exit, I traveled through the gorgeous countryside to come upon Brocklebank Craft Brewing in Tunbridge, Vermont. The brewery is located on the site of a former dairy farm, and the taproom is quaint and cozy, with scenic vistas off to the back. (BTW: its just a couple of miles from the Tunbridge World’s Fair fairgrounds.)
Brocklebank is a nanobrewery, and these brewers crank out everything from IPAs to pilsners, stouts, weissbiers, and fruit beers. (The founders have organized the Vermont Nanobrewhery Festival at the fairgrounds the last few years).
I ordered up some samples and set to work:
Black Mariah (5.5% ABV) A smooth porter with subtle chocolate flavors … ok, but expected more.
Appearance: 4.6 | Aroma: 4.3 | Feel: 4.5 | Taste: 4.4 | Overall: 4.4
Holy Saturday (5.6% ABV) A raspberry-infused pale ale … nice color with a very faint raspberry taste.
Appearance: 4.6 | Aroma: 4.3 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.3 | Overall: 4.4
The Drunkards’ Reunion (5.5% ABV) This wheat beer or “fairbier” has a hazy orange appearance, but is lacking in significant aromas and flavors.
Appearance: 4.7 | Aroma: 4.3 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.3 | Overall: 4.4
* Tripel Anniversarybier (~8.0 ABV) Brocklebank’s 3rd anniversary creation … a classic Belgian blonde ale, but aged in bourbon barrels … the bourbon flavors come through … excellent!
Appearance: 4.8 | Aroma: 4.6 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.6 | Overall: 4.6
Widow Maker (8.0% ABV) An American Imperial Stout with a super dark pour; definite chocolate overtones.
Appearance: 4.7 | Aroma: 4.3 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5
The Cicerone says: Planning a day trip to see the spectacular autumn foliage? Head towards Tunbridge, and while you’re touring around, drop in to taproom at Brocklebank Craft Brewing for a refresher!
* Added to my Favorites List. I am on the look-out for these beers when at a local restaurant, pub, or craft beer store.