Brewing In The Susquehanna Valley

Matt Barcaro of WGAL News 8 kicked off a series on the local television news tonight starring (yeah!!!) microbreweries of the Susquehanna Valley!

As a girl who just drove from Tröegs for Mad Elf to Iron Hill for Shokolad to Selin’s Grove for Framboise in a 24-hour period (and that was a slow weekend), this is no secret to me, but I’m glad to see the scene getting some light shed on it by the media.

It’s a three-part series that started tonight, and luckily, it appears you can catch it online if you can’t watch it live at 11 PM. Tonight’s segment featured Roy Pitz Brewing and Spring House Brewing.

Along with the video, there is a slideshow with beer facts and information (interesting stuff in the captions, but hard to scroll through) and a Beer Quiz with questions that span a wide range of beer experiences and include some slightly snarky commentary. My favorite question: “What ‘type’ of beer is Bud? Ale / Porter / Lager / Watery”.

Thanks, WGAL, for doing this!

Monster Mash!

By now, most lovers of craft beer have heard plenty about the maker of Monster energy drink, Hansen Beverage Co., initiating a trademark dispute with Rock Art Brewery, ordering it to stop selling, advertising and promoting a beer called “The Vermonster.” Additionally, the large corporation wanted the tiny brewery to compensate it for attorneys’ fees.

If you haven’t read this (because now it’s old news), you can read about it all over the place or watch the Matt and ‘The Monster” video. And you can also find the declarations that Hansen backed off, including a time line and sincere thank you from brewer/owner Matt Nadeau (you may also be interested in his video calling for support to Trademark Reform where he talks relatively kindly about the actions of Hansen.)

My reason for posting is to share the hilarious Halloween costume a Vermonster vs. MonsterBurlington, VT family created to commemorate the occasion. I send thanks to Beth and Jim for entertaining me (even if laughing that hard after my surgery wasn’t such a good idea…), and hope they don’t mind me sharing it with the world!

Now that the attack on Rock Art is over, I’m hoping to return to drinking Hansen Natural Green Tea Soda and hopefully LOTS of Vermonster!