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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.  

Switchback Brewing Co. Beer Heads to the New York City
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BURLINGTON, VT, March 5, 2018 — Switchback Ale, Vermont’s number one selling draught beer for over 10 years, is now available in The Big Apple. Manhattan Beer Distributors will service 16 counties, including New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley. The first shipment arrived on February 28. Up until now, Switchback beers have only been offered in New England states and in New York State as far south as the Albany area.

 “I can’t believe our beer is in the Bronx,” said Bill Cherry, Switchback Founder and President. “For years, many people in New York have been urging Switchback to come to the city and surrounding areas. The brewery is thrilled to finally have its beers available to the five boroughs of New York and its suburbs.”

Switchback Ale is available on draught as well as in its iconic 12oz stubby bottles in stores in and around the city. In addition, Combo 12 Packs that contain six Switchback Ale, three Citra-Pils Keller Bier, and three Extra Pale Ale, will be sold at local stores. Fans can locate the nearest Switchback by searching the beer finder at switchbackvt.com/beerfinder.

Switchback Brewing Co. has been brewing its flagship brand, Switchback Ale, since 2002. The ale was developed as a flavor concept, not adhering to any style guidelines and quickly became popular as “Vermont’s Daily Drinker.” The same yeast strain used in the original recipe is still in use today, having been pitched from every batch made over the past 16 years, now making it proprietary. The brewery is known for its strict attention to preserving the quality, integrity and flavor of every beer it brews.

Switchback Now Available in all New England States

Switchback Brewing Company, Vermont’s first 100% employee-owned brewery, is excited to announce their beers are now available in all New England States. This came to fruition by completing distribution throughout the state of Massachusetts and starting distribution in the state of Connecticut.

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On May 1st Switchback Ale became available in Boston and Cape Cod through a distribution partnership with Horizon Beverage. In addition, Switchback expanded into western and northern Massachusetts with Girardi Distributors of Pittsfield and Athol, completing coverage in the full footprint of Massachusetts. On May 8th Switchback Brewing Co added distribution throughout the western part of Connecticut, in Litchfield, New Haven, and Fairfield counties via partnerships with Star Distributors and A. Gallo & Company. The rollout into the new markets will begin with the flagship Switchback Ale, available on draught as well as the unique 12 oz stubby bottles in package stores.

Additions to the fermentation cellar at Switchback Brewing Co. enable the brewery to keep up with the demand in New England and upstate New York. Switchback Ale is brewed using an original 1964 copper brewhouse from the Brauerei Schmucker in Germany. Like all Switchback beers, Switchback Ale is left unfiltered and 100% naturally carbonated.

Many people in Massachusetts and Connecticut have been insisting for years that Switchback be distributed throughout their states. The brewery is delighted to achieve the goal of becoming readily available in all New England states.

Switchback Brewing Company Expands into Connecticut
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Switchback Brewing Company, Vermont’s first 100% employee-owned brewery, is proud to announce that they are expanding distribution by entering the state of Connecticut in partnerships with Star Distributors and A. Gallo & Company. This expansion now makes Switchback beer available in every New England state.

As of May 8th, 2017, Switchback Brewing Company’s flagship brew, Switchback Ale, will be available throughout the western part of Connecticut, in Litchfield, New Haven and Fairfield counties. The rollout into the state will begin with Switchback Ale, available on draught in kegs, and soon after it can be found in its unique 12oz stubby bottles at package stores.

Additions to the fermentation cellar enable the brewery to keep up with the demand in New England and upstate New York. Switchback Ale is brewed using an original 1964 copper brewhouse from the Brauerei Schmucker in Germany. Like all Switchback beers, Switchback Ale is left unfiltered and 100% naturally carbonated.

Many people in Connecticut have been insisting for years that Switchback be distributed in the state. The brewery is delighted to achieve the goal of becoming readily available in all New England states.

Switchback Brewing Co. Completes Distribution Coverage in Massachusetts

Switchback Brewing Company, Vermont’s first 100% employee-owned brewery, is excited to announce they are completing distribution coverage in the state of Massachusetts, by teaming up with Horizon Beverage in the Boston and Cape Cod region and Girardi Distributors in western and northern parts of the state.

Switchback Brewing Co. beers have been available throughout much of the state over the last few years, starting with Williams Distributing in Western MA, Quality Beverages in Central/Southeastern MA, along with Merrimack Valley Distributing in the North Shore. The response in the state has been overwhelming and the brewery is exhilarated to achieve the goal of complete coverage in the full footprint of Massachusetts.

A new expansion of the fermentation cellar will enable the brewery to keep up with the demand in these new territories. As always, the flagship Switchback Ale is being brewed in an original 1964 copper brewhouse from the Brauerei Schmucker, and left unfiltered and 100% naturally carbonated using a proprietary yeast strain.

As of May 1st, 2017, Switchback Ale will be readily available in Boston and Cape Cod through a distribution partnership with Horizon Beverage. In addition, Switchback will expand in western and northern Massachusetts with Girardi Distributors of Pittsfield and Athol. The rollout into the market will begin with the flagship Switchback Ale, available on draught in kegs as well as the unique 12 oz stubby bottles in package stores. Use the beer finder on our website to find our brews near you and keep your eyes peeled at your local watering holes to see that familiar Switchback Ale branding!