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Side Dishes: Montbeerlier returns this Saturday; Vermont Butter & Cheese cofounder recognized


Published May 2, 2012 at 6:53 a.m.

This weekend marks the third annual Montbeerlier, a cask and anniversary party at Montpelier’s Three Penny Taproom. This year, the event will take over a block of Langdon Street and include a special treat: Three Penny Especiale, a “massively hopped and dry-hopped” IPA brewed during a visit that Three Penny’s three owners made to Sean Lawson at Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Warren.

To balance out some of the higher-alcohol casks on offer, the trio intentionally gave their beer a low alcohol content, 3.5 percent. Half of the batch will be bottled and sold in all the usual places you find Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and $1 from each sale of Three Penny Especiale will go to Rural Vermont.

Montbeerlier kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, both in the street and inside the pub.


Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery products taste good, but the company is making itself a name for doing good, as well. Cofounder Allison Hooper has just won the Terry Ehrich Award for Social Responsibility in Business from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

“Allison Hooper has been a skilled and tireless advocate for fostering sustainable economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors here in Vermont,” writes Andrea Cohen, executive director of VBSR, in a press release.

Terry Ehrich, the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, is the namesake of the award given to those who share his commitment to the guiding tenets of sustainable business.

The award will be presented to Hooper on May 14 during a reception at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.