Celebrating the Heritage of Beer

Every recipe created by Queen City Brewery is based on extensive research of each beer’s unique history, cultural significance, specific ingredients (types of malt, hops, and yeast), regional water chemistry, mashing procedure (where the barley’s starch is converted to fermentable sugars), optimal fermentation temperature, and numerous other details. This research has required travel to other countries to ensure the sampling of fresh examples (for instance, our Landlady Ale and Queen City ESB recipes are the product of sampling and profiling over 60 fresh ales throughout England).

We envision Queen City Brewery’s tasting room as a place where customers can learn about the significant heritage that underpins each of our offerings. Three of the company founders are nationally ranked members of the Beer Judge Certification Program (www.bjcp.org), and each welcomes the opportunity to discuss the details of individual beer styles. For those who wish to delve further into the intricacies of beer and beer-making, we intend to offer brewing chemistry (and beer flavor chemistry) seminars, as well as beer and food pairing events in collaboration with local partners. The tasting room will also serve as a welcome destination for the local homebrewing community, which the founders have supported for many years.

Location, Location, Location…

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We are presently seeking space in the Pine Street corridor of Burlington (south of Maple Street, north of Flynn Avenue). This area of the Queen City has witnessed extensive economic and cultural invigoration in recent years. Led by companies and institutions such as Dealer.com, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Champlain College (satellite site), and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the area has become a vigorous hub of business activity. In fact, according to the South End Arts and Business Association (www.seaba.com), “the South End has grown to accommodate what is now the largest concentration of incubator businesses per square mile in the entire State of Vermont.”

Cultural events such as the South End Art Hop and the rapid growth of art galleries and specialty coffee and food enterprises are drawing more and more local residents and tourists to this neighborhood. Working closely with the City’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) and its Planning & Zoning Department, we hope to soon identify a facility that is amenable to our brewery operation, with easy public access, ample parking, and high visibility.

A Potential Line-Up

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One of the primary goals of Queen City Brewery is to provide traditional world-class beers that are difficult or impossible to find locally. We haven’t yet finalized our initial line-up, but it will likely be something like this:

Queen City Landlady Ale: In the spirit of the complex, elegant ales of Yorkshire, England, Landlady Ale displays a multi-layered interweaving of malt and hops that belies its lower alcohol content (4.2% abv). Its unique character, derived from Golden Promise malt, a blend of Styrian Goldings and Kent Goldings hops, and a distinctive West Yorkshire yeast strain, provides a rich, inviting drinkability.

Queen City ESB: With a malt sweetness that typifies the finest Yorkshire ales, our smoothly rounded ESB provides a mighty depth of flavor, an aromatic fruitiness, and a flowery, hoppy elegance in the finish. Using a combination of high-quality English pale and crystal malts, as well as wonderfully aromatic Styrian Goldings and Kent Goldings hops, this refined amber ale is deeply satisfying. (5.2% abv)

Queen City Helles: Helles, the classic beer of Munich, was until recently the most popular beer style in Bavaria. Prepared under the guidelines of the Reinheitsgebot (the German Beer Purity Law of 1516) with German malt and hops, Queen City Helles is a gentle, delicate malt-accentuated blond lager, with a refreshing crispness and a pleasing noble hop finish. (5.0% abv)

Queen City Dunkel:  Our Dunkel (“dark”), crafted in the traditional Bavarian manner, is a deep mahogany hued lager.  Soft and elegant, with a rich, nutty palate and a malty, rounded finish, this beer is full-bodied, with a chewy texture and a firm, creamy, long-lasting head. Made from a blend of five high-quality German malts and delicate noble hops, Queen City Dunkel is distinctive yet eminently drinkable. (5.0% abv)

Queen City Rauchbier: With this beer, Queen City Brewery is proud to bring the rich tradition of Bamberg, Germany to Vermont. Fresh Rauchbier, the wonderfully smoky amber lager (essentially a smoky version of the Märzen beer style), is notoriously difficult to find in North America. In our recipe, top quality German malt is gently smoked over beech wood embers and then blended with Pilsner and Munich malts to produce a beer of startling complexity. (5.4% abv)