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Flynn on Fire Festival sets the brewery ablaze!

The 2nd annual Flynn on Fire Festival takes last year’s inaugural event to the next level!

Join us at the brewery for a full day of smoke and fire themed art, music, food and beer with art demos, a mini makers fair and a live fire performance from Cirque De Fuego. Music acts include, Nico Suave & the Bodacious SupremeThe Wormdogs and Jacob Green. A full lineup of smoked beers from the brewery’s Flynn on Fire series will be available plus an exclusive barrel-aged beer release. Raffle to benefit the Lake Champlain Land Trustwhose mission is to save the scenic beauty, natural communities, and recreational amenities of Lake Champlain. You can’t make delicious beer without clean water! TICKETS ON SALE HERE: https://flynnonfirefest19.eventbrite.com

EVENT INFO:

WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 3-8PM
WHERE: Switchback Brewing Co., 160 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401
TICKETS: $7 EARLY BIRD (7.11 - 7.24) | $10 ADVANCE | $12 DAY OF
Children 12 and under are free but will still need a ticket so we can keep track of guest numbers.
TICKETS ON SALE HERE: https://flynnonfirefest19.eventbrite.com

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT:
Nico Suave & the Bodacious Supreme
The Wormdogs
Jacob Green
Live fire performance from Cirque de Fuego

FOOD VENDORS:
Bluebird BBQ
Snowcap Cold Brew
Lake Champlain Chocolates Ice Cream Truck

BEER:
Pop up barrel room & educational tent
An exclusive barrel-aged beer release
A full lineup of Switchback’s Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Series 
Non-smoked beers available as well.

ART, MAKERS & DEMOS:
Orwell Glass live glass blowing (DEMO)
New Duds onsite screen printing (DEMO)
Nick Heilig performance painter (DEMO)
Zo Bird Pottery (DEMO) 
Katie Porter Hand-Engraved Wood Burnings (DEMO)
Gerald K. Stoner sculpture garden
Tiny Gang Designs
Djano Wood Designs
Vermont Butcher Shop
Soap Kettle Creations

FOR KIDS:
Green Mountain Henna Designs
Bubble Station

Stop by City Market's tent for membership info and giveaways.
Water stations provided by Clear Water Filtration. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottles

RAFFLE: to benefit Raffle to benefit the Lake Champlain Land Trust whosemission is to save the scenic beauty, natural communities, and recreational amenities of Lake Champlain. More info at: www.lclt.org

TICKETS ON SALE HERE: https://flynnonfirefest19.eventbrite.com

No coolers
No outside food or beverage
No illegal substances
No weapons
No re-entry
This is a rain or shine event.
Sorry, tickets are non-refundable.
Well-behaved dogs allowed but must be on-leash at all times.

EVENT FAQ: http://bit.ly/FAQFlynnonFireFest


FOR ADA ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS & QUESTIONS: Contact Amy at info@switchbackvt.com or (802) 651-4114

SWITCHBACK AT SAVOR: AN AMERICAN CRAFT BEER & FOOD EXPERIENCE
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Last week, 90 small and independent craft breweries came together with hundreds of attendees for one unforgettable night. And, Switchback was there. We joined some of the country’s best breweries in Washington D.C. at Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience where guests were treated to an evening of savory food and beer pairings hand selected by the Brewers Association Chef, Adam Dulye.

Our favorite part of the evening was introducing foodies and beer aficionados alike to our Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative. With us we brought Smoke 40, our smoked IPA, was beautifully paired with a dry-aged rib eye, mushroom crust and shallot.  And Bisou, a smoked French-style Saison, proved irresistible alongside a deviled egg served on a potato chip with Arugula. As an added bonus, we poured our Kansas City BBQ inspired Blackstrap Ale, creating a diverse lineup for guests to try. It was incredible to watch attendees’ faces light up when they tried both the beers and the food pairings, realizing just how approachable, versatile and creative the world of smoked beers can be.

Below you’ll find some photos recapping our highlights of the night. If you missed Savor this year, we strongly suggest you find a way to make it next time around! 'Till next year.

FLYNN ON FIRE MEETS ITS (FOOD) MATCH
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In 2017, we launched our Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative and ever since, we’ve been working hard to bring smoked beers to the forefront of American craft beer culture. So how does a small brewery in Vermont even begin to accomplish this daunting task? One way is to help craft drinkers think about beer from a different angle and to open their minds to the possibilities of how beer can and should be experienced, particularly when it comes to pairing it with food.

On May 17th, we’ll be bringing our Flynn on Fire series to Savor, a craft beer and food experience in Washington, D.C. At this unique event, The Brewers Association Executive Chef, Adam Dulye, blows guests away with his thoughtfully orchestrated craft beer and small-plate pairings. Each pairing is an experience built to illustrate just how well the two can complement each other.

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Chef Adam will be pairing our Smoke 40 IPA (smoked IPA) with a plate containing dry-aged rib eye, mushroom crust and shallots. We asked Adam a few questions to learn more about his thought process when building food & beer pairings and why he felt this was the best pairing for our beer.

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT WHY OUR SMOKE 40 IPA PLAYS SO WELL WITH THE DRY-AGED RIB EYE, MUSHROOM CRUST AND SHALLOT?

One of the core concepts behind the Savor menu is highlighting flavors between beer and food. What can a beer do to a dish so familiar to many? How can food change your perceptions of how a beer tastes? With your Smoke 40 IPA, we took the tasting notes from the crowd sourced tasting and decided to highlight what the richness of umami found in mushrooms can do for smoke and hops. In taking that a step further, a seared rib eye seemed a great way to play off the caramelization found in both a seared steak and malt. In the end the palate should be deciding if the smoke notes came from the beer or the food.

WHAT DO YOU WANT GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY HAVE ENJOY A FOOD & DRINK PAIRING?

Everything! Seems the easiest answer, right? But very seriously, everything. Through food, many will try beers they may not otherwise try and the same for new foods with a beer they know well. The key here is to have some level of comfort, whether the food creates memories, or the beer is well known to the guest. The exploration of new pairings works best when there is something familiar to anchor the palate.

WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE BE THINKING ABOUT WHEN THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO BUILD THEIR OWN FOOD & BEER PAIRINGS?

Tough question. I think the best advice here is to not overthink it. Always start with something you like or something you want to try that’s new. Keep that a constant until you find what you like it with. The other one...pairing is uniquely personal. Don’t spend time trying to make something work you don’t like or trying to find what someone else says is there. Pay attention to your tastes, that’s how the next great beer is found, and the next great recipe written.

We’re looking forward to experiencing our Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Series in new ways at Savor! Keep your eyes peeled on our social media where we’ll be showing our favorite highlights of the event.  

Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative!
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Get excited, folks. Switchback is launching an initiative. A smoked beer initiative. Here at Switchback, we firmly believe that smoked beers have not yet gotten their due. Just like the greatly respected Belgian styles, goses and sours that have made their comeback before, it’s now time for the neglected smoked beers to take the stage. We know it can be intimidating, but we're here to help. We’re here as the shining beacon to lead you through this adventure. To show you that smokiness can be a balanced attribute that, when done right, can provide unique character and complexity.

And so we introduce to you, our Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative. Named to pay homage to the many historical fires that have plagued our little South End neighborhood in Burlington, VT throughout time.

Smoked beers are some of the oldest in the world, and what you’ll learn quickly is that they command respect. It takes great skill to create one that is balanced enough to invite you back for another sip let alone another glass. Typically smoked beers are overdone, and while smokiness is a great contribution to beer, we believe it shouldn’t be the definition of the flavor. Here at Switchback we’ve always been about balance, and our Flynn on Fire Series is no exception.

So where did this all come from? It all started when our Plant Engineer, Gretchen, visited Bamberg, Germany. The mecca of smoked beers and one of the last remaining place on earth where they truly experiment with this. It was here that she had an epiphany. When she left Bamberg, she couldn’t shake the feeling that the other beers she tried just seemed lacking in comparison. That the current American craft beer scene was missing out on something major. Thus our Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative was born.

At first we experimented with traditional German styles creating our Smoked Märzen and a smoked lager, our Gates of Helles. To our surprise, there was a very positive response from our Tap Room customers who, for the most part, were completely unfamiliar with smoked beers.  But because we are an American craft beer brewery, our urge to experiment kept us branching out even further.  We combined our skills and knowledge of full bodied, balanced ales with the subtle nuances of what we believe a smoked beer should be. The result is our Blackstrap Ale, a hugely complex beer utilizing beechwood smoked malt, brown sugar along with caramelized malts to create a truly unique experience. And the creativity doesn't stop there. The future of our Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Series is bright as we explore barrel aging, innovative beer styles and more. 

We believe that it’s now our duty to spread this realization with the rest of the world. We’ve set our pallets ablaze and there’s no turning back. Join us in this new craft beer initiative: The Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative.

Current Beers in the Series:

Smoked Märzen:
5.4% ABV | 38 IBU
A strong dose of old world smokiness adds a whole new dimension to the Märzen experience. Our Smoked Märzen carries an intense smoke flavor that elevates this style to new heights of complexity and satisfaction. Take a few sips and be transported to the cobblestone streets and biergartens of Bamberg, Germany where Rauchbiers are a way of life.

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Gates of Helles: 5.1% ABV | 27 IBU
The perfect way to enter the realm of smoked beers is through the Gates of Helles. A soft touch on the smoke superbly complements this helles-style lager. The result is an amazingly satisfying and refreshing golden lager whereby the smoke brings complexity and depth to the world’s most popular style of beer. Crack open the Gates of Helles and abandon all hope of returning to conventional flavors.

Blackstrap Ale: 5.9% ABV | 30 IBU
This smoky dark ale is inspired by Switchback Founder Bill Cherry’s time in Kansas City. Blackstrap Ale harkens to KC’s iconic BBQ tradition with its combination of sweet and smoke, derived from an outrageous use of smoked, roasted, and caramelized malts with a hint of dark brown sugar. Drink up and dream of burnt ends with this explosion of bold and smoky flavors.

Barrel-Aged Blackstrap Ale: 8.3% ABV
At 8.3% ABV, this is a whiskey drinker’s beer as its delicate notes rise and fall with each sip. The big smoked malt backbone allows for caramel and fig nuances to blend with the oak and vanilla character imparted by four months aging in Stonecutter Spirits heritage cask whiskey barrels.

S.O.S (Smoked Oyster Stout): 5.1% ABV | 28 IBU
Driftwood bonfires on the beach and fresh seafood only need friends and beer to make the perfect party. New England oysters delivered fresh from the boat by Wood Mountain Fish turn this Irish-style stout into a celebration of smoke on the sea. Our Smoked Oyster Stout weighs in at a whopping 76% on the Smoke-Ometer ™, but the oysters and roasted barley tame the intensity turning this beer into a refreshing dry stout.

Smoke 40 IPA: 5.9% ABV | 72 IBU
Smoke 40 accomplishes the impossible by marrying smoke with an IPA. Using a 40% smoked malt base, we complement the malt character with an over-sized dose of Mosaic hops to bring tropical fruit into the mix. Think charcoal grilled pineapple slices as you drink this amazingly complex beer.

Bisou (Smoked Saison): 7.8% ABV | 60 IBU
Transport yourself to the French countryside with our Smoked Saison. We use oak smoked wheat malt as well as beechwood smoked barley malt to add a complex smokiness that is complemented by cracked pink peppercorns and orange zest in this loving nod to the traditional French Saison.