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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tap Handle #119: Long Trail - Double Bag

A whimsical tap featuring conjoined cows, hence the name Double Bag. The detail and painting are excellent.

Long Trail Brewery was founded in 1989 in Bridgewater, Vermont by Andy Pherson. He started the brewery in the basement of the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill in Vermont’s Green Mountains. His goal was to brew and sell beer that would be an American-made alternative to imported German and English ales. At that time, the brewery was called the Mountain Brewers. While contemplating new names, Pherson passed a Long Trail hiking trail marker. The Long Trail is a 272 mile hiking trail that runs the length of Vermont, and would be a great marketing tie-in to the brewery. In May 1990, Long Trail obtained a Vermont distributor, and Long Trail Ale has been Vermont’s best selling amber ale. The brewery outgrew the mill site and moved to the current location along the banks of the Ottauqueechee River in 1995, with a brewpub and visitor center on site. The visitor center has an estimated 72,000 visitors each year, making the brewery one of Vermont’s most frequented attractions. Pherson retired in 2006, but Long Trail is still privately owned. They make a number of different styles of beer, and seasonals as well, and Long Trail is now distributed in 13 states in the Northeast. . In 2010, Long Trail Brewing Company acquired Otter Creek Brewing and with it Wolaver's Organic Brewery.

Double Bag is a "Stickebier" Strong Ale (a "secret brew" that is a close cousin to an Altbier), with a malty body balanced by 3 noble hops. Recommended food pairings are smoked meats, pork, sausage, and grilled meats. Weighted average on is 3.49 out of 5.

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