855-856. Burlington: The Vermont Pub and Brewery

On Saturday Jadyn and I left the hotel and drove into downtown Burlington. On our way to rent bikes we stopped at a farmer's market and had some nice tamales and a black bean salad for brunch. Then we bought a loaf of bread, some peas, strawberries and some Willow Hill Farm Summertomme cheese, a sheep's milk cheese with an herbed crust.

After the farmer's market, we rented bicycles and rode the Island Line Bike Trail. The Island Line Trail is a 12.5 mile bike trail that begins at Oakledge Park in Burlington, runs through Burlington near the lake, crosses the Winooski River, runs through Colchester, and out onto a marble causeway originally built for a railroad that served the Lake Champlain Islands. The trail runs out to a gap in the causeway that's used by boats to pass from one side to the other. The trail continues on past the gap onto South Hero, but there's currently no means to cross it unless you arrange something ahead of time. We started at around mile 2.5 and rode to end of the causeway, where we stopped. We snacked on the peas, bread, cheese and strawberries, and then had a short swim before heading back. We stopped at North Beach on the way back, but didn't swim because it was crowded, so we snacked some more, and then sat on the grass resting for awhile.

After returning the bikes we walked around downtown some more, and then stopped at The Vermont Pub and Brewery to have a couple beers before dinner.

855. Spuyten Duyvil

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Vermont Pub & Brewery
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Tap
Style: Flanders Red Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.5 | Taste: 3.5 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Drinkability: 4.5

Overall: 3.9

Pours a hazed, brownish-red. The off-white head fades to a thin film leaving patchy lace. The aroma is lightly acidic. There are also notes of wood with a nice funky, lambic earthiness on the swirl.

Acidic tartness throughout, light cherry fruitiness in the center with a woody finish. It could use a bit more of a puckering quality in the finish. Light-bodied and moderately carbonated with a light dryness in the finish.

Really drinkable because it's not overly sour. A damn good shot at a Flanders Red.

856. Beetlejuice

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Vermont Pub & Brewery
Alcohol: 6.40%
Serving: Tap
Style: Hefe Weizen, BJCP Style Guide

Jadyn and I split this one.

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 3.5 | Taste: 3.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

Pours like a saturated yeast culture: cloudy and straw-golden. The head thins to a persistent film with good lace. The aroma is light with notes of citrus, banana, neutral grain and yeast.

Sweet upfront, but not overly so. There's nice banana and citrus fruitiness. Neutral graininess in the center with a yeasty finish. Light-bodied and moderately carbonated.

A perfect summer day beer.

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