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Last fall during SEABA’s annual South End Art Hop, the art-loving public of Burlington’s South End voted Maria Sengle the winner of our Labels for Libations contest.
The time has come for Maria’s label to grace 22-ounce bottles of our limited-edition Art Hop Ale! We’re throwing a release party, complete with the wonderful artist herself, at our brewery on Thursday, June 5th, from 5-7pm.
Come join us for pints, prints, music and the grand revealing of Maria’s work on our tour ramp’s Art Space!
In 2010, shortly after the completion of our brewery expansion, Eric Fitch and PurposeEnergy of Arlington, MA, finished installing a monumental piece of machinery in the back of our parking lot. It’s called a Tribrid-Bioreactor™ (the Digester), and Magic Hat was the first brewery in the world to install one.
The waste water from the brewery used to get flushed into the sewers, and that would leave us with a wicked waste water bill, and it also put a strain on the municipal wastewater treatment plant. Today, our wastewater (wash water, floor drains, yeast, trub) is piped into the Digester where bacteria converts the organic material into biogas (methane). An on-site generator converts the methane into electricity to produce about 30% of the brewery’s power (enough to power around 200 Vermont homes).
The cleaned water is then able to be flushed down the drain, far cleaner than it started, which helps to keep Lake Champlain clean and reduces the algae blooms that feed on organic waste material. (If you look at the third photo, of the black goop, that’s what the waste looks like before it’s cleaned. The water in the glass below is after filtering.)
Every eight weeks or so, we “decant” the solids that have broken down and settled inside the Digester. We usually pull out about 20 tons of the stuff, enough to fill about 2 40-yard waste containers, and it looks like rich potting soil. These solids go to a farmer outside Burlington who uses it as fertilizer on his corn and bean crops (it’s super rich in slow-release Nitrogen and Phosphorous).
Since we installed our Digester, other breweries have taken interest and more Digesters are on the way. Fitch and his team are constantly making improvements to the process. It’s an amazing technology that creates renewable energy while saving money and reducing our carbon footprint. For more information on PurposeEnergy, visit their website and read some of the articles out there on our Digester.
Dress your hair-raising best, for the best group costume will garner the winners $500. Plenty of beer and even some local eats will also be available.
Tickets to the party are $20 in advance and $25 at the door the night of the show and can be purchased via FlynnTix.org.
The second annual Oktoberfeast is nearly here! On Saturday, October 5th, our brewery will be overrun by a delicious medley of Vermont-made foods from over 25 Vermont vendors in a fabulous farmers market-style set-up.
Join us from Noon to 5pm and sample some foods, buy some foods, dance to the Blind Owl Band, drink some great beer and help benefit the Vermont Foodbank with your $5 entry fee and numerous raffles throughout the afternoon. Last year Oktoberfeast attendees helped to raise over $10,000, and we’re looking to do the same again this year!
Our second annual Labels for Libations contest goes into voting mode this Friday and Saturday behind the Maltex Building at 431 Pine St. in Burlington. Check out the finalists up top.
Be sure to stop by the Magic Hat booth behind the Maltex Building at to vote for your favorite label! Polls are open Friday night from 5-10pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm and 6:30-10pm.
We’ll also be slingin’ some beers out back of the Maltex on Friday night, for Hopapalooza, featuring an outdoor beer garden and live music from Funkwagon, Serotheft and Blowtorch.
On Saturday, we pour some more during STRUT, the Art Hop’s annual epic fashion show.
See you in the beautiful South End!
The 4th annual Wall to Canvas live art competition hits the brewery tomorrow afternoon, from 12 to 6pm!
While all our brewery events are spectacular, this one is probably the most unique. 12 artists from around the region have been selected to paint, spray and play their way through the day, creating a work of incredible art while revelers watch, drink beer and get their groove on.
Come on down for some cold brews, including special cask offerings, Chubby Muffin eats and good vibes. Check out the poster above for details, or visit the Wall to Canvas page at magichat.net.
The Artifactory ArtSpace is getting ready to usher in a new exhibition of art, beginning this Friday, August 2nd. After a great few months, Haley A. Bishop’s work will come down and pieces by Shaun Boyce (top image) and Emily Heath (bottom image) will begin grace the ArtSpace walls.
The art show begins with a soft opening this Friday, during which we’ll be serving pints and snacks, to September 30th. The official reception for both artists will take place in the Artifactory on Tuesday, August 6th from 6-8pm. Learn more about the artists here on the ArtSpace page.
Next time you visit the brewery, take a moment to walk up the tour ramp and check out their amazing works.
The Vermont Brewers Festival is, in our humble opinion, the best there is. Waterfront Park, a fancy view of the Adirondacks and dozens of the best brewers in the world make this an absolute treat for any beer lover.
This year, we’re locked and loaded with a bunch of great beer, including Elder Betty, #9, Over the Pils, Meatwhistle aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, Seance, Honey Wheat IPA and a special collaboration beer we brewed up with the Vermont Pub & Brewery: A Sour IPA. Hopefully we’ll see you on the waterfront drinkin’ some beer!
The First Annual bARTstool Pub Crawl takes place this Friday, June 21st, in downtown Burlington, VT!
We asked some local artists to take a bar stool from different bars downtown and to transform them into works of art. What they came up (photos above) with has truly blown us away. We’re stoked to be crawling from bar to bar, drinking beers and bidding on these amazing pieces during a live auction at each stop. Proceeds will go to the artists and to the South End Arts & Business Association (SEABA).
Meet us at Church St. Tavern at 6:30, and get ready to start crawling through downtown starting at 7.
Burlington-based artist, Haley A. Bishop, takes over The Artifactory ArtSpace on Friday, June 7th! Haley’s exhibition is part of her reward for winning the 2012 Labels for Libations contest, for which we teamed with SEABA to ask local artists to design a label for our brewery-exclusive Art Hop Ale.
To celebrate the release of Art Hop Ale and the hanging of Haley’s work, we’re throwing a little party at the brewery from 6-8pm. Join us for pints, music, snacks and more! All proceeds from the sale of Art Hop Ale will go to SEABA, our partners in the Labels for Libations contest. We hope to see you there!