Tag Archives: Vermont

Bier | Let’s talk about New England’s Microbreweries

September 19, 2013

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Ach, wir Deutschen sind ja so stolz auf unser Bier-Reinheitsgebot. Im Vergleich zu manch anderen grossen Brauereien sind die deutschen Biere, neben den Czechischen stets ganz hoch im Kurs.

Wohnt man aber in Neu England, dann kommt man in den Genuss diverser Biere aus den vielen Mikro-Brauereien, die besonders in Vermont fast Tür an Tür liegen. So manches Bier war doch gewöhnugsbedürftig und wenn mit Geschmack oder ausgeprägtem Hopfengeschmackt ist nicht jedermanns Sache. Was sie hier aber können ist Marketing, sei es die Gläser, Fahrrad Trikots, Shirts, Caps oder sei es nur die Verpackung im Supermarkt – einfach herrlich.

Yeah Yeah, Germans are so proud of their German purity law when it comes to beer. Well, in comparison to other countries large breweries German besides Czech beer usually ranks on top of the list.

But when you live in New England you come across a large number of different types of beers brewed in one of the many local micro breweries (but also from other places in the US). Especially Vermont is known for their great variety of beers. Of course, some of them one has to get used to, especially those with flavor or hoppy ones but given the variety there is something for everyone’s taste. What they are great at is marketing, whether glasses, bike shirts, caps, sweaters or simply the packaging – it is great to explore.

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Vermont – the place my hubby likes

July 18, 2013

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IMG_5219My mom and a friend came to visit. Of course it was nice to have your mom around you for 3 weeks and the house is cleaned, the laundry done and most importantly my hubby is happy as his shirts were ironed in time.

One weekend we thought to go to places we like and what comes first in mind? Vermont! As it reminds my hubby of Norway – the landscape, the green, the trees – it provides him a “home feeling”.

So we stopped by at our favorite restaurant in Waterbury: Hen of the Wood – the MUST place to go, when in Vermont and when one wants to enjoy a REALLY good meal. But prior to our evening treat we did a factory tour at nearby Ben & Jerry’s. My mom liked it but with the nice dinner ahead of us we decided to share a small cone. Still, the definition of small is something I have to get used to…

The next day we drove to Burlington and did a boat trip at lake Champlain. Perfect conditions and the boat season had just started. On our way back we stopped in Middlebury, drove these little roads where one starts to wonder whether this is an official road but we made it home with nice memories in mind.

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Farm Stand

June 22, 2013

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Man muss nicht viel sagen, außer: es ist großartig auf dem Land zu wohnen da Gemüse, Obst und Pflanzen stets frisch sind. Und so wie bei Walker’s in Vermont einfach einladen…

I don’t have to do much explanation but: it is great to live in the countryside as produce – vegetables, greens, fruits and plants are always fresh and of great quality. Been at Walker Farm http://walkerfarm.com/ in Vermont (Dummerston close to Brattleboro) and everything looks so appealing so we definitely enjoyed our shopping.

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Bully | The Volkswagen mobil

April 12, 2013

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Männer! Kurz hinter der Grenze zwischen New Hampshire und Vermont gibt es “The People’s Car Company”. VW Busse, VW Kaefer, VW Golf’s und was sonst noch so das VW Herz begehrt, kann man dort finden. Es dient mehr als Ersatzteillager und Liebhaber-Findungstätte als als Neuwagen Paradies. Und somit kam es, dass wir letztes Wochenende dort Halt machen mussten, damit die Jungs im Spieleparadies Spass haben.

Men! Westminster, VT, a small town on the other side of the river separating New Hampshire and Vermont is the home of John’s “The People’s Car Company”. VW Buses, VW Beetle, VW Golf and other older models can be found there. It is more of a spare part and VW lover’s destination then a new vehicle paradise. This was also one of the reasons we had to stop by so that the guys could enjoy moments in paradise.

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Sugar love | A Vermont maple syrup experience

March 14, 2013

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Was in Deutschland Grafschafter’s Rübensaft ist, ist hier in New Hampshire und Vermont Maple Sirup (Ahornsirup). Mit Joghurt, Müsli, als Zuckerersatz oder was auch immer dieser Saft hat es insich. Hab mich immer gewundert warum ein Pint/Gallon so teuer ist, aber letztes Wochenende durften wir hautnah dabei sein und am Ende war klar was den Sirup so kostbar macht.

Wir waren in bei travelnearandfar & In the Company of Stone in Vermont am Sonntag. Schöner konnte ein Sonntag nicht sein, blauer Himmel, milde Temperaturen und einen ganzen Tag an der frischen Luft. 260 buckets – das ist eine stolze Hausnummer und wir durften zuerst bei den meisten den Deckel auf den Metalleimer hängen – im Matsch-Schnee eine kleine Herausforderung. Vom Vortag gab es bereits den Saft des Ahorns und somit war der Boiler schon am brodeln. Das “Sugarhouse” qualmte vom verdampfen des Saftes um ihn auf Sirup Konsistenz zu reduzieren. Das dauert ganz schön lang kann ich nur sagen und von den Mengen Holz, die in den Schlund des Ofens wanderten, will ich auch gar nicht erst anfangen. Aber so wurde beobachtetet, gekostet, gelacht, gegessen und am Ende hatten wir stolze 5,5 Gallonen (1 Gallon = 3,89l) zusammen.

Es war ein toller Tag und ein riesen Dank an die Familie in Vermont!

What for Germans is Grafschafter’s golden sirup in New Hampshire and Vermont no one can pass by without having a taste of maple sirup. Whether with yoghurt, granola, as substitute for any type of sugar this syrup is great. I was always wondering why maple sirup is so expensive but last weekend we experienced how to make syrup and now we know what it is about.

Sunday @travelingnearandfar and in the company of stone in Vermont. It could not have been much better; blue sky, mild temperatures and a whole day outside. 260 buckets – that’s pretty good number. First we had to put a lid on the buckets – I can tell you, to walk in wet snow it’s a challenge – feels like exercise. From the day before sap was already collected and the boiler was simmering. White steam came out of the chimney of the sugar house and sign the reduction of the sap was in progress. It takes a while and I don’t want to go in detail about how much wood the oven has “eaten up”. But it was a fun day with lots of observation of color change, tasting, laughing, eating and at the end we had a total of 5.5 gallon.

It was a great day and a tusen takk / thank you so much to our family in Vermont! 

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