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Beers by Bill: Connector IPA

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  Making a good IPA isn’t particularly difficult. Making a great IPA is, though. We have been experimenting with how we add hops to get specific characteristics from them. In effect Connector is the result of all these trials. We pull out all the stops to create a truly exceptional hopping character in the beer, manipulating hot-side and cold-side additions to maximize characteristics we desire and…
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Beers By Bill: SwitchBOCK

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SwitchBOCK is another example of what happens when you’re having fun.  We started our lager program after upgrading our original 15 BBL brewhouse to be able to conduct more sophisticated brewing techniques like those used for many lagers.  With our Märzen Fest Bier as our first lager, we added Citra Pils last spring.  Always a fan of keeping our yeast in house and acclimated to our brewing conditions,…
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Beers by Bill: Dooley's Belated Porter

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I can still remember the day I walked up to Chris Dooley as he was cleaning parts at the sink to ask him what kind of beer he’d like to make next.  As our first employee Dooley got to choose.  He wanted to make a porter, and happily we both agreed to use Deschutes Black Butte Porter as our gold standard for what a porter can be.  Switchback’s porter is on the hoppy side, being a 100% Simcoe beer. …
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What is a Keller Bier?

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We are proud to announce that in 2017, Citra-Pils Keller Bier and Switchback Ale will stand side by side as the brewery’s only full-time offerings. Born as a classic pilsner lager, we brew Citra-Pils Keller Bier in the most traditional way, using only Light Pils malt and Saaz hops in the boil. We then dry hop with more Saaz and also Citra hops to create a special “twist” on the classic pilsner style,…
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Citra-Pils' New Label: Citra vs. Citrus

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We are proud to announce that as of 2017, Citra-Pils Keller Bier and Switchback Ale officially stand side by side as the brewery’s only full-time offerings. While many may incorrectly call it ‘Citrus-Pils’ there are absolutely zero fruit or citrus flavors added. The citrusy notes are 100% derived from the Citra hop variety used during the brewing process. And it’s not a coincidence that the name ‘Citra’…
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Switchback Brewing Company Now Employee-Owned

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BURLINGTON, VT— Monday morning at Switchback Brewing Company’s annual meeting, owner and Brewmaster, Bill Cherry, announced to the brewery’s 30 employees that they had become partners in ownership of the 14-year-old company. Cherry, who will remain as Brewmaster and President, said about the transition, “I wanted Switchback to be Vermont-owned forever. Entrusting the brewery to the employees ensures…
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Beers by Bill: LEM

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LEM (affectionately nam ed after its striking resemblance to the Lunar Excursion Module) gives us incredible flexibility in how we utilize hops. It is built for both whole cone or pelletized hops. We have been currently working with whole cone hops in our Extra Pale Ale. We devised a system of using hops in their natural whole cone form so that we could extract an obscene amount of aroma and flavor…
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