Fri, Sep 6, 2013 12:42 PM
WOODSTOCK - There's something brewing at Woodstock Farmers'
Market - Farmers' Simcoe IPA, a special edition ale made in a
collaborative effort between Rock Art Brewery and Woodstock
It began a year ago when market owner Patrick Crowl approached
Rock Art Brewery to request a collaborative artisan beer, The
Farmers' Ale, to be sold as a commemorative item celebrating the
Farmers' Market's 20th anniversary. It was such a hit with
customers that Crowl decided to do it again and Rock Art
"Rock Art is a small microbrewery whose absolute commitment is to
artisan, small batch and seasonal brews," explained Crowl. "They
make outstanding ales and are able to make small enough batches for
it to be affordable for us. Most importantly, Rock Art and Farmers'
Market have shared visions of attention to detail, outstanding
quality and great service. So it wasn't like we decided to simply
throw a label on any old beer or ale. Matt (Rock Art's co-owner) is
a laid back version of a mad beer scientist-so fanatical about his
beer we know that putting our label on Rock Art's craft will be
always be an instant winner," added Crowl.
The Farmers' Simcoe IPA, which comes in a 22-ounce, dark brown
bottle called "The Bomber" uses only a single type of hops - the
Simcoe hops - which distinguishes it from most craft beers that
feature a blend of several hops, primarily for the bittering and
aroma stages of brewing. The result is a Farmers' Simcoe IPA that
is dark and rich, with citrusy, grapefruit and piney notes.
"I love collaborating with my neighbors," said Renee Nadeau,
co-owner of Rock Art. "The Simcoe hops is becoming so popular with
brewmeisters that it is becoming difficult to purchase."
Steven Panoushek, deli leader at the market and artisan beer
enthusiast, oversaw the collaborative brewing project and
recommends pairing the beer with Vermont cheddar cheeses and local
apples from Emily's Orchards. He adds that it also pairs perfectly
with several of the Farmers' Market's most popular sandwiches all
made with bread from Vermont's Klingers Bakery Company. The
sandwiches pair beautifully with the robust, Farmers' Simcoe IPA
and together make a perfect quick solution for a Fall picnic,
For more info visit www.woodstockfarmersmarket.com.