QCB Steinbier Release Party – Friday 12/5 2-9PM

Graywacke over a beechwood fire.

Graywacke over a beechwood fire.

This coming Friday, we will celebrate the release of our Vermont Steinbier. Steinbier is an ancient alpine beer style in which the wort is heated with hot rocks to reach a boil. The resulting unique flavors of smoke, caramel, and mineral notes cannot be achieved in any other way. We only make it once a year, so stop by the brewery and try it. You’ll never taste anything quite like it!

Queen City Brewery’s First Annual Steinbier Day – Sunday, October 19th!

The brewers at Queen City Brewery on Pine Street in Burlington will revive an ancient beer style when they use hot rocks to brew their Steinbier this coming Sunday. “The beer takes on a wonderful subtle smokiness and caramelized malt flavor”, says brewmaster Paul Hale. “It’s truly unique. You’ve never tasted anything like it!”

Reviving an old brewing technique: graywacke heated by a beechwood fire.

Reviving an old brewing technique: graywacke heated by a beechwood fire.

Steinbier (“stone beer”) harks back to days when brewing vessels were made of wood, and could not be heated directly over a fire. Instead, hot rocks were lowered into the unfermented beer to bring the liquid to a boil. The style is associated with southern Austria, although examples from Germany and Scandinavia have been identified. Steinbier died out in the early 20th century, but was revived in 1986 by German brewer Gerd Borges and is now made by only a handful of commercial brewers worldwide.

Queen City Brewery will brew 500 gallons of Steinbier at their brewery at 703-B Pine Street in Burlington’s South End on Sunday afternoon, October 19th. The Vermont-sourced rocks will be heated over local beechwood in the brewery parking lot, and then lowered into the wort in a metal basket. The finished Steinbier will be available at the brewery and in Vermont pubs and restaurants in December.

It’s Time for Burlington’s South End Art Hop (and a Pint at QCB)

A proper pint of Landlady!

A proper pint of Landlady!

QCB’s tasting room will be serving pints this weekend during the South End Art Hop! Our expanded hours are: Friday 3PM – 10PM, Saturday 10AM – 10PM, and Sunday Noon to 7PM. We will have City Beer, Saint Amandus, Duchess of Antwerp, Landlady ESB, and Yorkshire Porter on tap, and some great art on the walls. 703B Pine Street, right behind Swish.

Queen City Munich Dunkel Is Here!

We have SIX beers on tap at QCB this week, including our newest offering, the classic dark German lager, Queen City Munich Dunkel, just kegged today! It’s brewer Paul’s personal favorite – give it a try and it may become yours! Tasting room hours this week:

Thursday 3 – 7
Friday 3 – 7
Saturday 1 – 7
Sunday 1 – 5

On tap: City Beer (Kölsch), Duchess of Antwerp (Belgian Blond), Saint Amandus (Belgian Amber), Landlady Ale (ESB), Yorkshire Porter, and Munich Dunkel. World-class beer without the jet lag!

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Expanded Tasting Room Hours

Our tasting room will now be open on Thursdays! We will be serving flights of samples and filling growlers on the following days/times:

Thursday 3-7
Friday 3-7
Saturday 1-7
Sunday 1-5

We hope to see you soon!

QCB's City Beer, our refreshing interpretation of Kölsch, the great beer style of Cologne, Germany.

QCB’s City Beer, our refreshing interpretation of Kölsch, the great beer style of Cologne, Germany.