Kendall and I were traveling through Windsor VT last week, coming home from Plattsburgh and decided to stop in and see what all the fuss was about at the Harpoon Brewery. Dennis (our resident Vermont Woods Studios local craft beer expert) had mentioned it a few times — plus it was hot and sunny and we were thirsty!
What a great place: Harpoon's outdoor beer garden is a new addition to their brewery that sits on the banks of the Connecticut River in Windsor VT. It's one of Vermont's 21 craft breweries, including Long Trail, Magic Hat Otter Creek Switchback and Trout River and well worth a stop if you're traveling anywhere near the White River Junction area.
At the beer garden you can relax with one of the dozen or so varieties of locally made beer. The menu includes your favorite pub fare such as paninis, salads, burgers and wings.
Want to learn more about Vermont craft beers? Wikipedia has a nice write-up but a better way might be to experience the beers at one of our many craft beer festivals. Two are on tap in September (Mount Snow Brewers Festival and SIPtemberfest in Fayston VT) and one in October (Killington Brewfest). We'll hope to see you there!
Yesterday Shannon suggested take-out food from Brattleboro's newest restaurant, The Humble Kitchen. It's a food cart in the Harmony parking lot that serves Vietnamese street food, sourced locally where ever possible.
Wow, is it delicious and worth the trip, even if you're travelling from NH, MA or anywhere in Southern Vermont.
Fried mango wontons with a sugar lime sauce might sound a little exotic but you have to try them. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful they are.
In addition they have specialty dishes for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans, like the Banh Mi sandwich, Hot Noodle Soup, Summer Noodle Bowl and a salad with local greens & ginger-lime or toasted sesame vinaigrette.
Today was opening day for The Humble Kitchen and by all accounts they had a nice turnout of support from the community. If you live in the Southern Vermont area, be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy authentic fresh, Vietnamese cuisine. I guarantee you'll be glad you did.