Some of our local suppliers and friends include —
In North Ferrisburgh, Vermont Andrew Peterson is malting Vermont grown grains — two-row barley, rye, and wheat — to provide the backbone of Hired Hand’s hyperlocal beers.
Vermont once the second leading producer of hops in the United States is having a hops resurgence. On Route 17 in Starksboro Kelly and Kathleen Norris grow acres of some of the finest hops Vermont has to offer today.
Just down the road New Haven Junction, Misty Knoll naturally-raised turkeys and chickens have become the world standard for healthy and tasty poultry. By allowing their turkeys and chickens to roam in an un-crowded environment, they afford them the natural, stress-free life and healthy diet that nature intended.
In Bristol, Vt. Lu • Lu crafts farm to spoon ice cream featuring locally grown and crafted ingredients. Each flavor is made in small batches to assure quality.
With hundreds of barrels aging and more filled every month, you can certainly say Stonecutter is passionate about the art of aging craft spirits. In the 1800s their town of Middlebury, Vt. was home to talented stonecutters, masons and entrepreneurs who spent their lives dedicated to quality, innovation, and above all, patience. Stonecutter Spirits proudly combines barreling techniques from around the world to age their gin and whiskey right here in Vermont. In a short period of time, their spirits have won awards worldwide.
Hired Hand and its sister restaurant Antidote source their
meats from Weybridge, Vermont farm Duclos & Thompson. Tom Duclos and Lisa Thompson raise their animals with great care and without antibiotics to provide the most flavorful local beef and pork.
Norris Berry farm raises fruits and vegetables only a short stones throw away from Hired Hand in Monkton, Vermont. Ian sources everything from vegetable and berries to liven his drinks, salads and deserts.
Appalachian Gap Distillery is an artisanal distillery in the heart of Vermont making gin, whiskey, rum and "VTquila". Few things give the Middlebury-based distillers as much pleasure as being able to say, "We made this."
Since its inception in 1978, Black River Produce’s focus has been distributing quality locally grown product throughout New England. Black River partners with over 600 growers and producers in Vermont and throughout New England to bring the freshest produce, meats and seafood to restaurants and their tables.
Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Charlotte, Vermont started with a conversation across a fence and has grown from there. Their love of good tasting healthy food and the land where it grows has a much longer history. Seven generations of the Barnum family have farmed fields in and around the Champlain Valley. From an ancestor who fought and died at the Siege of the Shelburne Blockhouse to protect hearth and home in the 1770's to the grandparents with the 'top-notch crops' in Addison County in the early 1930's, today's descendants - Tom Kenyon, his children, siblings, and friends - carry on the Vermont farming tradition.
Once Vermont was second only to New York in the production of hops. Just down the road from the Hired Hand Tap Room, Addison Hop Farm is helping to revive that tradition raising organically grown cascade, perle, centennial, newport, zeus, magnum, pride of ringwood, brewer's gold hops.
In the southern Vermont town of Bennington, Maplebrook Farms crafts award-winning mozzarella that is hand stretched the old world way, in small batches, using house made curd. Using rBGH & rBST-free, 100% Vermont Milk with a specific fat and protein level results in a rich, creamy flavor unparalleled in the mozzarella market.
A short drive from HH in Shoreham, Vt. Shacksbury ciders are made from Lost Apples of the Champlain Valley. By Lost Apples, we mean apples that homesteaders planted for homemade hard cider over 100+ years ago. Colin, David, and the Shacksbury Team, with the help of Michael Lee from Twig Farm and Brad Koehler from Windfall Orchard, forage through cow pastures, meadows, and forests of Vermont to harvest, then press and ferment these apples into a one-of-a-kind ciders.
Smugglers' Notch Distillery® is a father/son partnership in Jeffersonville, Vermont. The distillery was founded in 2006 at the foot of the famed Smugglers' Notch, site of many a clandestine bootlegger's run through this rugged Vermont mountain pass during prohibition. Using the finest ingredients blended with pristine Vermont spring water, Smugglers' make, barrel age, blend, and hand-bottle remarkably distinctive, award winning spirits one small batch at a time.
A Little Help From Our Friends
Vermont is a unique place. Where others might see competition, we in Vermont see kinship. And that couldn’t be more true of the generosity of Erin and Sanderson Wheeler of The Bobcat Brewery and Cafe who extended their brewery to Ian and Hired Hand Brewing Co. to brew. Hired Hand is eternally grateful for not only that, opening their taps to our beers. We are honored.
We are also grateful to our fellow local brewer Kevin Hanson of Hogback Mountain Brewing in Bristol, Vermont. His wisdom and beer we praise.
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