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Leftover food news: New pub in Montgomery Center; Hill Farmstead hits Vanity Fair

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Tiny Montgomery Center is on its way to becoming a tourist destination — and, perhaps, a culinary one. When the Inn opens this weekend at 241 Main Street, it will give that building a very different character from its predecessor, the Inn on Trout River.

Scott Pasfield, the photographer behind the book Gay in America, and his partner, Nick Barletta, purchased the inn last spring and worked on renovating the space into something worthy of a Travel + Leisure photo shoot. They recruited New York consultant Wil Crutchley to assemble a small-plates pub menu that the public can taste this Saturday. Pasfield says to expect the opening of an additional, fine-dining restaurant as soon as next month.

For now, the pub will serve what Pasfield calls “reinvented, worldly comfort food.” On a given night, fare might range from Cabot cheddar fondue and chicken livers with deviled eggs to pad Thai and potstickers, he says.

— A.L.

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It’s hard to fathom, but Hill Farmstead Brewery beer may be even more in demand now that the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair, featuring brewer Shaun Hill, has hit the newsstands.

In “Setting the Bar,” a grinning Hill appears alongside pictures of both his brewery and his beers, which writer Spike Carter says are “delicious enough to win over wine-and-spirit lovers” because some of them, such as the bourbon-barrel-aged porter Birth of Tragedy, blur the line between wine and beer at first sip.

Carter is clearly smitten; maybe Vanity Fair’s 1.2 million subscribers will soon be, too.

— C.H.

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