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Belgian inspired ales made in a wood pellet brewhouse. Renewable energy, less packaging, local ingredients, and barrel fermentation. Read more

Brattleboro, VT Drinks
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Belgian inspired ales made in a wood pellet brewhouse. Renewable energy, less packaging, local ingredients, and barrel fermentation.

Brattleboro, VT Drinks
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About the Brewery

Hermit Thrush Brewery is the brainchild of President and Brewmaster Chrisophe Gagné and his beer-loving friend and Vice President Avery Schwenk. Together, Christophe and Avery are dedicated to providing top quality Belgian inspired ales to the residents and visitors of Brattleboro, Vermont. Through the use of historical brewing processes, oak casks, and new green technologies, we aim to make exciting, yet accessible beer while keeping an eye on minimizing our environmental impact.


Our project will raise funds for a pair of Vermont-made wood pellet steam boilers powered by local, sustainable biomass fuel to craft our product. We will reduce packaging and energy waste by predominantly using refillable growlers for beer-to-go. We are purchasing only renewable solar and wind energy from Green Mountain Power. Our beer will be fermented and aged primarily in oak casks, limiting the use of stainless steel, while providing unique flavors and aging potential.


Hermit Thrush Brewery will provide tasting flights, a local art gallery, brewery tours and beer-to-go for those visiting the brewery, just a short walk off Main Street. We are on schedule to open in early November or December.


About the Brewers

Christophe and Avery met over a decade ago as students at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where they cohosted a radio show featuring their rather eclectic music tastes. After school, they parted ways, but remained close friends. Christophe, a native of upstate New York, remained in the Philadelphia area and acquired the skills and tools of a master brewer, sous chef, cheesemonger and social worker. Avery, born and raised in southeast Minnesota, sated his wanderlust and thirst for excitement with a stint in Canada and training as a paramedic, meanwhile developing a taste for fine beer and food. After Avery relocated back to Philadelphia, they hatched a plan together to open a fine microbrewery and to migrate from the city to a place that fed their desire for community, nature and environmental awareness. Thus, Hermit Thrush Brewery was formed! With Christophe's talent for brewing and industriousness and Avery's persistence and esoteric knowledge, the two have embarked on an adventure that culminates, as all good adventures should, in world-class beer.

About the Project

Pete Noble of Guilford, Vermont was the one to initially suggest looking into the possibilities of using converted oil boilers to generate our process steam. These types of boilers see fairly regular residential use in the area, but have not, to our knowledge, been used in any other brewery in the world. The pellet burners we are raising funds for are made by the local Vermont company Pellergy, and in addition to seriously reducing our carbon footprint compared to typical oil boilers, they significantly reduce our long-term energy costs. Talk about two birds with one stone! For more information about wood pellets and wood pellet conversion boilers, check out Pellergy's site!

How to help

Back our Kickstarter campaign! Help us get beer off oil, and get some cool stuff in the process. In this all or nothing campaign, we only receive funding if we meet (or exceed!) our total goal of $20k, but you can help us get there! Just follow these 4 easy steps:

1. Create a Kickstarter account. It's quick, it's easy, and all you need is an email and a password. No sweat.

 2. Sign in at Amazon.com If you've got an account, go ahead and use that one. If not, it's just as easy as signing up for the Kickstarter account.

3. Back our project. Any level of pledge is helpful, but the more you give, the more you get! Your card will only be charged if we reach our goal by August 16th.

4. Share this project with everyone you know! This includes, but is not limited to: your family, your friends, your coworkers, you drinking buddies, that cute person at the coffee shop you see every morning, but haven't had the courage to talk to yet. Be creative! Even if you can't back us, this step is a huge help to us. The more people who know about us, the better chances we have of getting our project off the ground, and getting beer off oil!

Still need a little convincing? Take a look at some of the great rewards we're offering!

Handmade can/bottle opener in action!
Handmade can/bottle opener in action!
Show your support of environmentally conscious brewing with this snazzy t-shirt!
Show your support of environmentally conscious brewing with this snazzy t-shirt!
Belgian style glassware to unlock the full aroma potential of our beer!
Belgian style glassware to unlock the full aroma potential of our beer!

Feel free to ask us any questions here, or on Facebook or Twitter. Hope to hear from you soon!

Cheers!

Christophe and Avery

Risks and challenges

We're in a good place right now. We have the funding we need to get the brewery off the ground, but we need your help to get these boilers installed and run the brewery the way we want to: with responsible stewardship of Vermont's natural resources. Successful funding of the project will give us the capital to fully lay the groundwork for a green, sustainable brewery and showcase technology that just simply isn't being utilized to its full potential in (or out of) state.

Getting all the necessary equipment installed on time is an art and a science. Currently we're on schedule, but there can be snags in construction, inspection, or permits and licensing. Thankfully, we've built in plenty of time to account for just about anything. There may be some minor delays, but these won't threaten the project as a whole.

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    7 backers

    Item and Event! A handmade thank you card that doubles as an invitation to our opening and barrel signing event. *This reward is included for backers of higher levels as well.*

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    $20 reward

    13 backers

    Item! A handmade can/bottle opener made from reclaimed barrel staves with Hermit Thrush Brewery logo. Comes with free rustic charm, made by the brewers themselves!

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    $30 reward

    12 backers

    Item! "#getbeeroffoil" t-shirt with Hermit Thrush Brewery logo and slogan. We'll contact you regarding sizing.

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    $50 reward

    12 backers

    Item! Mini swag package: Includes t-shirt, handmade can/bottle opener and a set of 4 branded cork beverage coasters.

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    Event! An invitation to one of our cheese pairing events of your choice. This includes a handpicked selection of 5 Vermont artisanal cheeses and a chance to meet the brewers.

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    $75 reward

    5 backers

    Item! 4-piece branded Hermit Thrush Brewery glassware. The right shape to fully appreciate the intricacies of a Hermit Thrush brew.

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    $100 reward

    17 backers

    Item! The full swag package. Get the can/bottle opener, the shirt, the glassware and 4 cork beverage coasters too. Such a deal!

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    $100 reward

    3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)

    Event! Enrollment in Brew School. A full brew day and tour with Christophe and Avery from formulation to cleanup! Walk away with a homebrew-scale recipe generated by the class, a t-shirt and a small part of Christophe's vast brewing knowledge.

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    $150 reward

    3 backers

    Gary's Reward (Item and Event)! Get the full swag package with can/bottle opener, the shirt, the glassware and 4 cork beverage coasters, PLUS an invitation to one of our cheese pairing events of your choice with a handpicked selection of 5 Vermont artisanal cheeses. Thanks, Gary!

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    $250 reward

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Private Event! Private cheese pairing seminar. Christophe will show you and up to three friends the ropes on how to select just the right cheese to go with your beer. And vice-versa! Plus, you get to experience the magic first hand with 5 Vermont artisanal cheeses and some quality time with the brewers.

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    $250 reward

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Limited Item! Come pick up one of the first 25 of Hermit Thrush Brewery's decommissioned barrels complete with our special house yeast. A special gift for homebrewers and pros alike!

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    $500 reward

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Item and Event! Get the full swag package along with a VIP invitation to each and every Hermit Thrush Brewery tasting room event for a year. At this point, you're basically part of the family!

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    $1,000 reward

    1 backer

    Private Event! Work with Brewmaster Christophe 1 on 1 to design and brew a collaborative batch on Hermit Thrush Brewery's equipment. Opportunities like these are few and far between.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Private Event! The very best we can offer. Get the whole swag package, brew a 1 on 1 collaborative batch and Christophe will cook you and up to 5 friends a 7 course Belgian inspired meal in his home. You are definitely family at this point.

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Funding period

- (30 days)