Queen City Announces New Head Brewer

We are pleased to announce that Lillian MacNamara, our former Assistant Brewer, has been promoted to Head Brewer of Queen City Brewery. Lillian started with us in 2014 after nearly a decade of experience in the craft brewing community, including brewer positions with Hop’n Moose Brewing Company, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Otter Creek Brewing Company, and Oregon Trail Brewery.

As Head Brewer, Lillian will be responsible for all aspects of production and packaging of Queen City’s broad array of European-style ales and lagers, as well as developing further our “Pint Street Barrel Project” series of barrel-aged specialty beers.  She has already been working on some new recipes – her Saison is now aging in wine barrels!

Lillian has been instrumental in the early success of Queen City Brewery, and we are confident that her continued dedication and leadership will allow us to grow while maintaining our commitment to producing top-quality classic beer styles as accurately as possible.


QCB’s Second Anniversary Weekend

It’s hard to believe that it has been two years since Queen City Brewery opened (with over 2,000 barrels produced and 30,000 sample flights served). Please join us here at our “Pint Street” tasting room on June 17th and 18th to help us celebrate. We will have 14 classic European beers on tap, including two brand new offerings: Queen City Vienna Lager and “Basic Ale,” our traditional dry-hopped English Bitter.

Specials include $3 pints of our City Beer, as well as $2 off all growler fills and 22 oz. bombers. And a few surprises…

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Queen City Brewery’s New Beer Release: Old Monty Barleywine

This Friday, March 4th, brings a new beer to the QCB lineup. Old Monty is an English-style Barleywine made from a double-mash of four British malts and generous additions of East Kent Goldings hops. Fermentation with a classic English strong ale yeast has produced intriguing stone fruit and madeira notes, and aging in oak Chardonnay barrels has created a truly satisfying sipping ale.

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Sophisticated, like the old gent himself!

Beer Release Weekend at QCB – Winter’s Bock

Winter's Bock

It looks like winter is finally here! Join us at the brewery this weekend for the release of our latest seasonal offering: Winter’s Bock. This “winter warmer” is a smooth, copper lager produced from the finest German malts. Modeled after the classic celebration beers of Bavaria, Winter’s Bock has a gentle, understated hop character that just balances its distinctive toasted malt profile. (ABV 7.0% IBU 28)

Queen City’s New 22 oz. Lineup

Have you checked out Queen City Brewery’s bottle offerings at your local store? We now have nine of our European-inspired ales and lagers available: Landlady ESB, Yorkshire Porter, Gregarious Scotch Ale, Barge Canal Oatmeal Extra Stout, Munich Dunkel, South End Lager (German Helles), Hefeweizen, Rauchbier (Smoked Amber Lager), and our classic Steinbier. They are also available at the brewery – stop by for a taste!


Halloween Weekend at QCB = New Dunkelweizen Release

Join us Halloween weekend for the release of our new seasonal beer, Queen City Dunkelweizen. This dark wheat beer has many of the characteristics of our popular Hefeweizen, such as its creamy, long-lasting head, and yeast-derived banana and clove notes in both the aroma and flavor. The addition of several dark malts provides pleasant toasty and chocolate-like notes (ABV 5.8%, IBU 25). Click here to view our Facebook event page.

Queen City's Dunkelweizen - perfect for the season!

Queen City’s Dunkelweizen – perfect for the season!

New QCB Beer Styles Coming Soon!

Here at Queen City Brewery, we have a couple of new classic European styles nearly ready for release. These will be available on tap at the brewery (with growlers and bumpers to go) and in 22 oz. “bombers” at QCB and your favorite Vermont craft beer stores. Look for both styles later this month.

Queen City's new strong Scotch ale.

Queen City’s new strong Scotch ale.

Gregarious: Unabashedly malty and rich, Queen City’s Scotch ale is made from the finest Scottish malts. Kettle caramelization of the malt sugars combined with cool fermentation temperatures produces a smooth, full-bodied strong ale. (ABV 7.5% IBU 26)

The flavor and strength of a foreign extra stout with the creamy texture of oatmeal stout - we think you will like it!

The flavor and strength of a foreign extra stout with the creamy texture of oatmeal stout – we think you will like it!

Barge Canal Oatmeal Extra Stout: Made from Scottish and English malts with a generous proportion of oats and flaked barley, Queen City’s Extra Stout is silky-smooth and rich, with a coffee-like roastiness, hints of toffee and dark fruit, and a warming alcohol finish. (ABV 6.8% IBU 24)

And to top things off, our annual Oktoberfest lager will be released in mid-September. It’s just delicious…and it too will be available in 22 oz. bottles.

Last year's batch didn't last long, so we brewed twice as much this year.

Last year’s batch didn’t last long, so we brewed twice as much this year.

Queen City Oktoberfest: Full-bodied, yet refreshing, Queen City Oktoberfest is a traditional German Märzen-style lager, with a complex, toasty malt profile. (5.5% abv, 30 IBU)

QCB’s Summer Release of Its Authentic Steinbier – This Friday, July 17th!

Back in 1990 or so, a six-episode series called “The Beer Hunter” was broadcast on the Discovery Channel. In one episode, author Michael Jackson visited what was then the only steinbier-producing brewery in the world, Rauchenfels Brewery in Franconia (see the 17:09 mark of this link).

Just a few years later, we began to recreate this unique beer in small batches (20-50 gallons). Here’s our old friend Rich Evans (aka the Monk of Underhill) dunking some hot rocks back in ’98 during our fifth or sixth Steinbier brew session.

The Monk of Underhill knows how to handle those hot rocks!

The Monk of Underhill knows how to handle those hot rocks!

Now, at Queen City Brewery, we hope to bring our Steinbier to you in a somewhat regular way, perhaps 3-4 times each year. We are pleased to note that the latest batch is ready, and it is delicious! Please join us this weekend for a taste, a pint, or a growler to go. It will go quickly, and the next batch won’t be available until October or November.

Pine Street Is Now Pint Street

We just celebrated our first anniversary here at Queen City Brewery, and our second year is off to a great start. This week, we received our Vermont first-class liquor license which allows us to serve full glasses of our beer in the brewery’s tasting room. So every night is Pint Night here at QCB!

A beautiful cake made by our own Sara and Sue.

A beautiful cake made by our own Sara and Sue.

So come on down to 703-B Pine for a pint of Queen City. Or look for us in your favorite restaurant or tavern. QCB is sold throughout Vermont and in the greater Boston area.