Co-owners of Brattleboro’s Hermit Thrush Brewery, a recent entrant onto Vermont’s sizzling craft-brew scene
VL: How did two Swarthmore grads with degrees in music and psychology end up starting a brewery in an old car dealership in Brattleboro?
AS: We’re just too creative for our own good (chuckles).
CG: I started home-brewing after graduation and quickly grew to love drinking and making sour beers. It’s very satisfying to see people really enjoy something you’ve produced. I think there’s been a resurgence in our generation of appreciation for craft-made things, a trend for jobs that are more real. You can stand at the computer all day and do a lot of work but not be able to hold it in your hand.
AS: I was working as a paramedic in Philly and looking for a change. I’d been drinking Chris’ beers since he started brewing. I wanted a stronger community and more independence. Vermont had community, a