• Waterbury, excerpt of a scenic photograph by Nathanael Asaro-Shimaitis.
  • Representatives of the beverage companies on Middlebury's Exchange Street (p. 24). Photo by Ken Burris.
  • Bike Recycle Vermont (p. 46), in Burlington's Old North End, works with people in need of basic transportation. Photo by Bear Cieri.
  • Rare in Vermont, a custom sailmaker forges a business on Lake Champlain (p. 34). Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur.
  • Big Picture (p. 52) in Waitsfield is a movie house and eclectic community hub. Photo by Daria Bishop.
  • Danby, excerpt of a scenic photograph by Allen Karsh.

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Cheers! Drinks From Middlebury

Written by Sky Barsch on . Posted in Recipes, Taste of the Landscape

In our Spring 2016 issue, we told you about a beverage boom happening in Middlebury. Some of the featured brands include Appalachian Gap Distillery, Aqua ViTea Kombucha, Stonecutter Spirits, Vermont Coffee Company and Woodchuck Cider. 

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Mountain Breeze, a cocktail featuring Aqua ViTea Kombucha and Stonecutter Spirits Gin.

“The concentration of beverage companies in one area is a big plus,” says Appalachian Gap co-founder Chuck Burkins. “When you’ve got this many tasting venues, you’ve got synergy.” 

Here are a few recipes to try from the businesses mentioned in the Spring 2016 article.

Addison Julep Cocktail (Stonecutter and Aqua ViTea)

Bee’s Knees Cocktail (Appalachian Gap Distillery) 

Black Widow Cocktail (Appalachian Gap Distillery) 

Buried Treasure Cocktail (Stonecutter)

Julius Cocktail (Stonecutter)

Mountain Breeze Cocktail (Stonecutter and Aqua ViTea)

The Sap Sucker Cocktail (Woodchuck Cider)

The Ultimate Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee (Vermont Coffee Co.)

Big Calendar

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Web Exclusives

VL Spring 2016 260Our Spring cover story, “Seeing the Big Picture,” tells the story of Big Picture Theater and Café in Waitsfield.

The Big Picture is at once a restaurant, cinema, meeting place and watering hole, hosting a near-constant stream of locally oriented events such as art exhibits, farmers markets and literary presentations. When Waitsfield is coming up on an election, the town books its candidates forum at the Big Picture. In its plethora of roles, the enterprise has come to occupy both a new and a traditional part in the Mad River Valley: a town hall for the 21st century.

If our story inspired you to check out this community hub, this calendar of events will help you plan your visit.

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