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We’ve teamed up with the Vermont Foodbank for the 2014 Feast of Fools Release Party! On Friday, November 7th from 5:30 to 7:30, the Artifactory will be packed with celebratory revelers, eager to sip our fabled Feast of Fools Holiday Raspberry Stout. 

We’ll have live music from The Growlers, heady pints of ale and dessert pairings from Mirabelles, Island Ice Cream, Lake Champlain Chocolates and My Little Cupcake

Proceeds from pints and bottles sold at the event will benefit the Vermont Foodbank.

Just what IS the Wilhelm Scream, anyway? 

Inspiration for our beers often comes from the least expected places. In the case of our new fall seasonal, Wilhelm Scream, it was our love of film (specifically sci-fi geekery and adventure). 

The Wilhelm Scream is a stock sound effect created in 1951 for the film “The Distant Drums” and has since been used in more than 200 other films. Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Kill Bill, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Spaceballs and many, many more lay claim to this amazing clip. 

Steve Lee wrote a solid history of the Scream and it’s uses, the link to which can be found below. A good read if you’ve got a good pumpkin ale in hand. 

Probably the best $30-ish bucks we’ve spent in the last couple months was on a book of rock ‘n roll photos by Jay Blakesberg titled JAM. For years, Blakesberg has been capturing the energy of the greatest rock and jam bands ever to grace the stage. From the Grateful Dead to String Cheese to moe. to Soundgarden and Jane’s Addiction, he’s got a knack for closing the shutter at that moment we wish we could see forever. Thanks to him, we can. 

Each photo is accompanied by a short paragraph of the musician featured where they describe what it’s like to be in the middle of a moment that seems to transcend space, time and consciousness, both the band and its audience. It reminds us of Jeff Tweedy’s great rant on “Sunken Treasure Live” where he says, “…you feel yourself being in a room full of people with all their hearts beating, and all of their thoughts and feelings, and you’re a part of it. You’re not just you, you’re a part of a group of people. In a really beautiful way. It’s a really wonderful thing to be a part of. … It’s what you do when you go to a concert. You’re a part of it.” 

If My Morning Jacket on the cover doesn’t sell you on it, there may be no hope for you.

JAM is still available over at Rock Out Books so hop to. And Like Jay on Facebook, too, because he’s constantly posting shots from shows he’s been to over the last four decades. 

Tis the season

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Welcome to April, folks. It’s finally beginning to warm up a bit, and before you know it, it’ll be 80, sunny and loud outside. Yep, music festivals are just around the corner. For those of us who are veterans of the festival circuit, you most likely know what’s required for a guaranteed good time out there. For those of you who will be heading to your first, be sure to go prepared. Good, cleanable shoes, sunblock, water, cash, homies, tent, hand sanitizer, some TP. Those are just the basics. A solid state of mind, a good schedule, some Immodium, no cares and canned beer are some others. Here’s a nice little list that may help. We’ll be at a bunch of festivals this year, slingin’ beer and dancing around. If you’re hitting any, let us know which ones. 

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