August 6: The first thing I did today was go back to Magic Hat so I could meet Brewmaster Todd Haire in person and thank him for the $100-worth of Shell gasoline cards. We had a nice time chatting and then he gifted me a 6-year old champagne bottle of his Chaotic Chemistry wood-aged barleywine and a pound of vanilla beans. My husband Jon already has ideas for using those vanilla beans.
Then I visited Greg Noonan’s Vermont Pub & Brewery. Head Brewer Russ Fitzpatrick (photo above) was hard at work in the basement brewery. He gave me a full tour and then I enjoyed lunch with Greg’s partner Steve Polewacyk. The menu was extensive and the beers covered a broad range of hoppy and not-so-hoppy ale styles and a sour-mashed lager.
In the afternoon I headed for the local laundromat to pick up my bundle of fresh laundry. Greg cooked up a lobster feast for us including corn on the cob and grilled green peppers (photo below).