New Brewery Alert: Foam Brewers
It’s not often that a startup brewery knocks our socks off. Generally, it’s the same old, same old basic beers. A red ale, a stout, a pale ale and the obligatory basic IPA that’s usually way too malty. Don’t get us wrong, basic beers aren’t “bad beers.” Basic beers just don’t make us grin from ear to ear and exclaim with every sip how incredibly fantastic they are. They also don’t make us stand up and applaud the brewer out loud while sitting at the bar.
Well, on our recent visit to Vermont we discovered a beautiful gem called Foam Brewers. They’re located in Burlington, Vermont within an eye shot of Lake Champlain. Brewery founders Todd Haire, Robert Grim, Dani Casey, Sam Keane, and Jon Farmer got this place so very right. It’s knock your socks off beer served in a modern yet rustic, comfy environment.
Foam is housed in a historic brick building with beautiful old beams throughout, concrete floors, lots of stainless steel eye candy and shiny things. The outdoor courtyard is spacious with patio tables so you can enjoy your brews and gaze at the lake. How relaxing!
Only four months old and already Foam is starting to get rave reviews from beer critics in the great Beer Mecca that is Vermont. They are certainly living up to their Instagram description: Brewing imaginative beers for enlightened palates. Yes. Yes, they are.
The Tap List
You can expect juicy, crushable haze bombs like their ‘Built to Spill’ Double IPA with low bitterness. It’s a sneaky 8.0% ABV. This one was my favorite of the evening. But really, it was tough to say one brew was better over another. ‘Pavement’ Double IPA was equally great.
You can order beer in 8 oz or 12 oz pours as well as in 750ml growler bottles for take out.
‘Disco Lemonade’ was delightfully tart and creamy. Loads of lemon acidity with a toasty finish in this opaque wheat ale. We couldn’t help but love the name – a nod to Marcy Playground’s song Sex & Candy.
What we liked about ‘Saison de Foam’ was the complexity of flavors and smooth mouthfeel. A perfect balance of funk and tart – not just all funk.
Derek and I both were thrilled with each glass of brew we tried!
‘The Purple One’ was super fun and tasty. This black currant saison seriously matched my cherry colored hair! (Yep. I changed my orange locks to a black cherry!)
The style of brewing, the flavor profiles and beer quality was very much in the vein of Tired Hands Brewing (Ardmore, PA) – one of our most favorite breweries. We actually both said it several times during our visit. Two of the folks serving up brews behind the bar heard us saying just that and gave each other a high five… a well deserved high five.
Note that the tap list is ever-changing. You should hit up their website to check out the Offerings of the day when planning your visit.
Not into beer? They also serve a rotating selection from Citizen Cider, House of Fermentology’s kombucha and Death Before Decaf’s nitro cold pressed coffee.
They have a snack menu at the bar with things like:
- Charcuterie Boards with high end meats and cheeses
- Bazzini Mixed Nuts
- Marcona Almonds roasted, salted and tossed in olive oil
- Marinated Sicilian Olives
- From time to time, Food Trucks roll in with more eats
Special Releases & Happenings
Stay in the know about visiting food trucks, live bands and special beer releases:
Coming up this Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 at Noon… House of Fermentology Sour – Wild ale aged for a year in Stonecutters gin barrels with lavender, chamomile, and elderflower. 5 bottle limit per person. $15/bottle.
What is House of Fermentology? It’s a stunningly, delicious project between Foam Brewers owner Todd Haire and his friend Bill Maires. Also located in Burlington, VT, House of Fermentology is a small beer blendery that ferments and ages its beers slowly in oak barrels with a variety of live cultures. All of the beers are alive, unfiltered and 100% bottle conditioned.
SPECIAL THANKS goes out to fellow craft beer gurus @LipstickNLager and @HopSnobbery. They knew we were headed to Burlington to explore and said we had to check out Foam for a quick drink with them. So glad that we did! The extra bonus? This was our first time meeting them in person. It was like we were old friends, chilling and having a beer (or two, or three, who’s counting?). Good times. And, that’s what craft beer is all about – or at least it should be!
Check out some other breweries we visited during our Vermont Beercation: