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The Master of Craft

Consider this your official guide to the Green Mountain State's thriving microbrewery scene.

By Molly Triffin

Beer Is the New Wine

Wine may be the go-to beverage to accompany a meal, but beer lovers swear by the powers of a cold one to enhance and complement the flavors of your dish. Here’s how to mix and match brews with bites.

Because beer has a wide range of taste profiles, aromas, and mouthfeels, it’s ideal for pairing with food. “In addition, the carbonation helps to cleanse your palate,” says Buckley Frisch, a bartender at Stowe’s quintessential apres-ski bar, The Matterhorn Bar and Grill.

When deciding which can to crack open with your meal, follow this rule of thumb: “Delicate dishes work best with delicate beers [like a blonde ale or lager], while strongly flavored foods demand bitter, hoppy beers [such as an amber ale or IPA],” Frisch says. “You don’t want to have a subtle dish with an assertive beer or vice versa because one will drown out the other.”

Frisch urges drinkers to find harmonies between food and beverage. “Generally, crisp and refreshing beers are the best way to start a meal,” Frisch says. So pair a simple salad with a pale lager. A smooth, mellow lager is the perfect complement for roast pork or chicken. Imperial stout—with hints of coffee, caramel, and cocoa—enhances a chocolate dessert.


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Dear Friends,

We hope that you and your families are safe and well during these challenging times.

Recently, the Governor of Vermont extended the 'Stay Home Stay Safe' order until May 15, 2020. Additionally, he pushed the opening date for hotels and vacation rental establishments to June 15, 2020. This means the closure date for the Lodge will be extended through June 14, 2020.

Here at Spruce Peak, we are embracing the challenge of these circumstances and hope very much to return to normal operations this summer. Next week, we will announce plans for our summer events, the golf season and more. There is a lot to look forward to and there will certainly be better days ahead.

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