Otter Creek Brewing
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In March of 1991, Otter Creek brewed its first Copper Ale at 616 Exchange Street in Middlebury and shipped its first keg of beer shortly thereafter. Four years later, the brewery expanded and moved down the road to 793 Exchange Street where they expanded production to 60,000-barrels. Otter Creek Brewing distributes its year-round and seasonal beers to fifteen states in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.
Otter Creek brews and bottles all of its beers in small batches and uses natural Vermont water; domestic malts and hops; and its own top-fermenting yeast. In 2005, Otter Creek Brewing produced approximately 30,000 barrels of beer and distributed in 22 States. The Otter Creek Brewery offers daily tours of their facility.
Otter Creek brews three year-round beers and several seasonals. Their year round beers are:
- Black IPA began as a seasonal, but became a year-round beer.
- Copper ale
- Stovepipe Porter
In 1997, Wolaver’s (based in Nevada City, California) became the first USDA-certified organic brewer. The Wolaver's line only contains organic beers. The company started in Santa Cruz, California but was brewing their ales in several locations several locations including the Mendocino Brewing Company in Ukiah, California, Goose Island Brewery in Chicago, Illinois and Otter Creek in Vermont.
About two years later, Wolaver's moved to Nevada City, California and began looking to buy a brewery in 2001. Wolaver's purchased Otter Creek in 2002 to consolidate production. The brewers worked with the organic barley and farmers in the area to create a market for organic hops. All the Wolaver’s styles are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers, and feature wheat and oats grown locally in Addison County, Vermont. Since 2002, all Wolaver’s Organic and Otter Creek Ales have been brewed in Middlebury, Vermont.
Wolaver's brews three year-round beers and several seasonals. Their year round beers are:
Shed Brewery line
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