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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. 

The Wilhelm Scream is a legendary sound effect heard in more than 200 films since its creation in 1951, for the movie, Distant Drums. Since then, it’s been used in Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Team America: World Police, Poltergeist, Tropic Thunder, Man of Steel and many more. 

This could be a good time to post up in front of the TV with some friends, a case of Wilhelm Scream and a list of your favorite movies in which this famous call is featured. 

Since the Scream is typically heard with a bad guy present, make a little game out of it and take a sip from your Wilhelm every time the bad guy appears. 

As summer comes to an end, so, too, does its magical subset: Festival Season. This year, we hit the road for several tours of the east coast, hitting festivals big and small, from Florida to New York. Of course, there were dozens of festivals we couldn’t make, but whose performances will nevertheless live on in music lore for years to come. 

Among our most talked about experiences and heard-about hearsay, here are 5 that stand out:

1. The Hudson Project - a wonderful mud-filled experience. Kendrick Lamar and The Flaming Lips proved why they were headliners, and we got to party a little bit in the Dreamatorium with The Soul Rebels and Lettuce. Yes, the festival’s final day got rained out, but the Hudson Project is going to be a musical force to be reckoned with in the Northeast in the coming years. 

2. Bonnaroo - It’s tough for such an established festival to keep improving, but in our humble opinion, Bonnaroo does each year. This year saw Elton, Kanye, Jack White, Phoenix, Sam Smith and more. One of our favorite new features at this year’s ‘Roo was the Kalliope Stage. Once the sun set, the party started. Lights, lasers, bass, CRYOGENICS. It was a trip.

3. Wanee - One of the earlier festivals of the year, Wanee went down in Florida in April because, well, they can get away with things like this in April in Florida (we still have snow here in VT). Wanee’s lineup reached from the Allmans to Trey Band, Electric Hot Tuna, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and The Blind Boys of Alabama. 

4. WYSIWYG Festival - This small music-and-food festival just finished its second year, taking place on the grounds of Burlington College in Burlington, VT. Although it’s very much a local festival, WYSIWYG (short for What You See Is What You Get) threw down with memorable performances from Anais Mitchell, Shaky Graves and TONS of local food, beer and cider from Vermont’s best restaurants, breweries and cider makers. 

5. Newport Folk Festival - The granddaddy of them all. Newport was where Dylan went electric for the first time. It’s been around for 50 years and in the last five has seen a huge revival of spirit and performance. The Rhode Island oceanfront bared witness to Ryan Adams (touring for the first time in several years), Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy’s band with his son, Spencer, on drums), Mavis Staples, Dawes and more. The bands seem to love playing here as much as the fans love attending the festival. If you missed out, NPR usually streams a bunch of performances each year, and archives some as well. Check them out here. 

There are a few more left to go, and we’re looking forward to them, because each one, while totally unique and exhilarating, full of friendly faces and dancing feet, has a familiar feeling to it. It all starts with a car ride and a playlist, and then a camp set-up and a setlist. As memories face over time, we made a little video to keep them fresh. Check it out above. 

The Wall to Canvas urban art competition is this Saturday! 12 amazing artists will transform blank canvases before your eyes and then give them up to a live auction where half the bids go to the artist and half to the Shelburne Craft School. We’ll have an outdoor beer garden with special casks, food, music, an interactive art project, artist merch tent, tours and more from 12-5. Come on over! www.magichat.net/walltocanvas #btv #vt #graffiti #art

This piece is by Nicholas Heilig, a native-born Vermont artist and Burlington-based MC. He combines his passion for visual art and music by painting live at concerts and festivals throughout New England. Heilig’s process is rooted in illustration, but also includes elements of woodblock motifs and street art aesthetics.

Three days until Wall to Canvas takes over our brewery! Starting at Noon on Saturday, the 12 competing artists will get prepping for a timed creative event. They’ll each have 2.5 hours to transform a blank canvas into a work of art before your eyes as the beer flows, the DJs play and the food cooks. A love auction takes place immediately after, open to anyone who attends, and each canvas’ $ take gets split between the artist and the Shelburne Craft School. http://ift.tt/1rRvJRk #btv #graffiti #vt #craftbeer
This piece is by artist and art teacher Ashley Anne Veselis, who works with many mediums, but identifies mostly with painting. Her process involves layering colors, patterns and textures to create a base layer, to which she continues to add layers until the painting comes to fruition, usually depicting themes of nature and/or human anatomy. http://ift.tt/1z22xIK

This Saturday, we revel in the annual Wall to Canvas urban art competition at our brewery. 12 artists, 2.5 hours, unlimited creative possibilities. Come see what canvases they create while strolling the grounds and drinking some beers. The party starts at noon and goes til 5. All pieces will be auctioned off at the end of the day with the money being split between the artist and the Shelburne Craft School. http://ift.tt/1rRvJRk #btv #graffiti #craftbeer

This piece is from Tom Ryan of Naugatuck, Connecticut. Tom attended the Paier College of Art. His work and interests span art, graphic design, typography, fashion, antiques, retro, and gaming. His current work includes digital art, “geek-inspired” posters, and paintings, including paintings on skateboards. http://ift.tt/1vdYfxo http://ift.tt/1w615c2

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