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Best Beer Geek Enabler: Meg Schultz

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Meg Schultz, owner Meg's Events - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Meg Schultz, owner Meg's Events
Age: 38
Occupation: owner, Meg’s Events
Town: Moretown
One afternoon, many winters ago, Meg Schultz sat at the bar at Mad River Glen enjoying an après-ski brewski with Lawson’s Finest Liquids brewer Sean Lawson. “We should plan our own beer fest,” Schultz recalls one of them saying. The following September, the event planner — a social butterfly and beer lover who had previously focused more on private events and weddings — cooked up a homegrown little brew fest at the base area of Fayston’s cooperative, skiers-only, no-snowmaking mountain. Dubbed SIPtemberfest, the event was small, but Schultz had persuaded some of Vermont’s finest brewers to participate, and the music was great, the vibes good, the setting beautiful.

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This fall will be the event’s eighth season and, in the interim years, Schultz has forayed further into festival territory — to the delight of Vermont’s craft beer scene. Hop Jam, a larger summer soirée at Bolton Valley Resort, has been a hit since 2014, and 2015 brought Betty’s Beer Fest, an intimate celebration of women in brewing. While Schultz enjoys bringing the best brewers in the Northeast together for a fun party, she says her favorite part of the job is “looking out on the crowd and seeing all these people having fun and thinking: I did that. I made this happen.”

Go-to Vermont beer:​ 

​At the moment, Lawson’s Super Session or Zero Gravity Little Wolf.

Regular watering hole: ​

If I’m in Waterbury, I’ve been really enjoying Blackback Pub and the Prohibition Pig Brewery. In Waitsfield, the Mad Taco — that place is like a damn vortex; it just sucks you right in.​

Unexpectedly great new brewery: 

I’m digging Foam, Frost and Upper Pass right now. There are a lot I haven’t had the chance to try yet, too!​
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