- Hannah Palmer Egan
- Leo Foy at Dog River Brewery
Good golly, Miss Molly, more beer! On the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin, Leo and Kelly Foy opened Dog River Brewery just over a month ago. Meanwhile, at the Spa at the Woods at 53 Village Circle Road in Killington, Mike Philbrick and Vince Wynn began pouring hop-forward IPAs and bold stouts by Killington Beer Company in mid-January.
Philbrick is the brewer-owner behind Long Island's well-regarded Port Jeff Brewing and the forthcoming Patchogue Beer Project. Killington Beer's tasting room is open daily, and kegs are available for restaurant distribution, Wynn said.
In Berlin, Leo Foy had been brewing at home — mostly mild, easy-drinking ales, rather than big, juicy IPAs — for the past six to seven years. So, a year and a half ago, when he lost his job as an engineer, he chose to see the setback as an opportunity. "I like to put machinery together," he said, standing behind the bar at his brewery at 1400 Route 302 last week. "It was a chance to do something for myself."
At Dog River — named for the waterway behind the Foy family home — visitors will find four ales rotating through the tap lines. Last week, a sip of bright Berliner Weiss was tart and fruity from being aged on sour cherries, while a sample of Dog Pail Ale took its lovely floral character from a blend of four aromatic hops varieties. All the beers are available as samples, flights, pints or crowlers to go.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, Dog River Brewery has board games to pass the time, along with popcorn, hot dogs and pretzels, and visitors are encouraged to bring in outside food.