Lunch at Worthy Burger

Worthy Burger

The Worthy Burger topped with egg, caramelized onions, bacon and bleu cheese.

Worthy Burger, located in a old freight house alongside the railroad tracks in South Royalton, VT has been on my radar for awhile now. The premise behind owners Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger fame (which has a cult-like following in the craft beer community) Jason Merrill and Kurt Lessard’s business is simple: pair wood fire grilled grass fed burgers with locally source Vermont ingredients and homemade condiments, with a side of beef tallow fries all for a reasonable price. Top that off with a great selection of craft beer from Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Hill Farmstead and other Vermont and New England breweries and you have a sure winner on your hands.
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All Day Lawson’s Event at Prohibition Pig [Upcoming Events]

From Prohibition Pig’s Facebook Page:

Our dear friend and neighbor to the south is bringing the goodness and we’re going to go all day with it. Noon to Midnight! Here’s the lineup……

  • Hopzilla
  • Brettzilla
  • Maple Nipple
  • Jade IPA 
  • Jade IPA CASK
  • Collaboration Time #1
  • Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
  • Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
  • Hunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale

Damn, that’s a tasty lineup. Plenty of beers on there I haven’t ticked. Pretty nice excuse to make your way up to Waterbury if you haven’t been in a while. Since let’s say, the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival.

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Prohibition Pig (link) | 23 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT (map) | All Prohibition Pig Posts

Quick Pitstop at Prohibition Pig

— Our time at the Prohibition Pig was quick, but effective. We really needed to get going to our dinner reservation at Hen of the Wood, but we couldn’t help but grab a few libations across the street after our drinks at Prohibition Pig. There was definitely some overlap in the in the beer menu compared to Blackback that made the Pig lose some of it’s luster from when we were there on Independence Day, but we still had some fine drinks while we were there.

  • Holger Danske — Hill Farmstead Brewery
  • Cornemuse — Brasserie Dieu du Ciel
  • Session in the Rye — Lawson’s Finest Liquids
  • Heady Topper — The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Considering the Cannery was out of beers before we even got into town, some Heady Topper on tap was a must.

As I said, our stay was cut quite short as we had to get to Hen of the Wood. We really need to get back here and give one of their main BBQ dishes a go. If it’s anything like the VT Cuban I had the last time, I know it will be exquisite.

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Prohibition Pig (site) | 23 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT (map) | All Prohibition Pig Posts

Pre-dinner drinks at the Blackback Pub

— After getting to the Little River State Park in our laughably overloaded car, setting up our site, and cleaning up a bit, we had some time to kill before heading to our much anticipated dinner at Hen of the Wood. Naturally with Waterbury being so close by, our choices for good beer were plentiful. Our first stop was Blackback Pub.

Blackback is known for having an incredible lineup of Hill Farmstead, more often than not having a better selection of Hill Farmstead beers on tap the the Hill Farmstead Brewery itself! With this being Dave and Jill’s first time having Hill Farmstead, we did our research a couple of nights before, marking off which beers we needed to drink at Blackback Pub and which ones were going to be available for the Harvest Festival, to maximize the number of different Hill Farmstead beers we were going to have during the weekend. Yes we’re nerds.

Between the four of us, we knocked out all of the beers that we were going to miss at the Harvest Festival and even some that were going to be there. I sipped on some James, Society & Solitude #5, and Riwaka Single Hop Pale Ale.

Of course, the Blackback has an excellent selection of other VT brews plus other beers from around the world. I knocked out these, too:

  • Hunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
  • Hopzilla – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
  • Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
  • Freigeist Abraxxxas – Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle (this tasted like rancid bacon)

This was right around the time I was finishing up the bottom tier of the beer tulip rack in my kitchen, and I gotta say I was jealous of how nice their racks looked (har har).

It is called the Blackback Pub and Flyshop, but I didn’t see much gear other than this. Non-fishermen, you are safe going to the Blackback.

Pretty nice Hill Farmstead Wall of Fame here.

At this point we had the tough decision of staying where we were, or heading across the street to the Prohibition Pig. As it was Dave and Jill’s first time up this way and I didn’t think we were going to get a chance to get to the Pig any other time that weekend, we opted to head across the street.

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Blackback Pub & Flyshop (link) | 1 Stowe Street, Main & Stowe Streets, Waterbury, VT 05676 (map) | All Blackback Pub Posts

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Camping

This is without a doubt my favorite part of the BCTC experience. Belgian after Belgian after Belgian gets old pretty quick (for me) these days so it’s good to take a break from it all and start drinking something different. That plus walking around meeting new people who are willing to share a beer and food, dropping in on other friend’s camp sites, watching the movie and the fireworks all make for a really great night.

We started the night drinking some really great beers, eating a shit ton of brats in sauerkraut, and ended the morning around 6AM drinking pretty much anything that still had liquid in it (several times I was chugging a magnum of Jameson, ugh). Yes, we were “those guys” who were being complained to “take it down a notch”. Yeah, that didn’t really work out, and pretty much all of the other stragglers that were still up at any of the campsites within earshot (and further) came over to hang out and kinda just made things louder. Honestly this was the best time I’ve ever had at BCTC and I thank all who were there to hang out.

Thanks to Mike, Jon, Scott Jr., and Adam for sharing!

The lineup of the night:

  • King Henry – Goose Island Beer Co.
  • 2008 Bourbon County Brand Stout – Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout – Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Juliet – Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Curieux - Allagash Brewing Company (not pictured)
  • Imperial Milk Porter (Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged) – Cigar City Brewing
  • Frangelic Mountain Brown – Founders Brewing Company
  • Three Penny Especiale – Lawson’s Finest Liquids
  • Bourbon Barrel Backburner - Southern Tier Brewing Company (not pictured growler)

Hill Farmstead / The Alchemist / Lawson’s DIPA Tasting

- First thing I did when we got home from Vermont (finally) was to round up the troops and break open these Hill Farmstead growlers. It was a no brainer. No point in sitting on them another minute. I also had some Double Sunshine from our last trip to the Waitesfield Farmer’s Market, and I ALWAYS have Heady Topper in the fridge so you know we had to drink all five side by side.

Pretty unanimous results from all of the beer drinkers present, too:

  1. Hill Farmstead Nor
  2. The Alchemist Heady Topper
  3. Hill Farmstead Double Citra
  4. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Double Sunshine
  5. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4

Society and Solitude #4 had this slight sting that lingered on the tip of my tongue I just didn’t love which was the reason for it’s ranking here, but obviously there wasn’t a single bad beer here.

One last pic from Jon: