I was wondering what other people from outside New England thought of the brewing scene in Vermont and, well, New England as a whole. Vermont has become a beer mecca for the Northeast as it has the highest ratio of breweries to people out of any state in the nation. This resurgence in brewing has resonated throughout New England–breweries are exploding here. In the state of CT, my home, 14 new breweries are applying for permits in 2012 alone. CT is the third smallest state in the Union–something is happening and it is significant.
When good Pacific Northwest, Rockies, Upper Mid-west, etc. breweries become available in my neck of the woods I happily seek them out. There’s a regional nature and I love finding a new beer at my store from Colorado or Maine alike.
As a New Englander I’ll admit the best American IPA’s I’ve had come from the west coast. However, I wonder what others think about our local beers. I’m especially curious about Belgians and Stouts. We’re a stubborn bunch and the old world holds a lasting influence: I think this is a place where old styles thrive. This revivalist approach to beer has trickled down a lot. I see college kids quaffing Long Trail Double Bag (an Altbier!) and Allagash double in my neck of the woods now.
If you are from another part of the country, what do you think of beers that emerge from New England, whether it is Vermont, Maine, Mass., etc?