Note: I recently finished the Rolling Stone article on the heroin problem in Vermont. The article opens with a heroin addict from my hometown of Milton. This poem emerged from the rush of nostalgia and visceral thoughts that the article broke open in my veins. A Letter Home Milton, Vermont, the dirty poem from … Continue reading After Reading of the Heroin Epidemic in Vermont, I Write a Letter Home
No world class beer comes without a storied journey. Whether it's a Pliny the Elder being smuggled to the east coast in a suitcase, a trip to the heart of Vermont's North East Kingdom for a taste of Hill Farmstead Abner, or a well-packaged six-pack of Zombie Dust arriving in the mail, getting your mitts … Continue reading Lawson’s Double Sunshine IPA Completes the Holy Trinity of Vermont Beers
It's 2004. The spring of my first year of teaching. I work at a rural school in Vermont's North East Kingdom. The school serves the children of the hardscrabble loggers and hippy back-to-the-landers who both try and have a go at this beautiful, but relentless landscape. The savage winter is giving over to warm spring … Continue reading What Nelson Mandela Means to Me
You find yourself in Burlington, Vermont, and you don't know why. You're not frightened. You're where you're supposed to be. It's night. You walk down Church Street and get a Bombay Grab IPA at Vermont Pub and Brewery. This is delicious, you think. After tipping the angelic woman behind the bar, you walk up St. … Continue reading Hill Farmstead Brewery is a Microbrew Dream
Since it came to my attention two weeks ago that Heady Topper has been named the best beer in America and the best IPA in the world by some beer rating outlets, it became my unbridled mission to get my hands on a can during my Vermont trip. As a Vermont ex-pat living in Maine, … Continue reading Is Heady Topper the Best Beer in America, Nay, the World?