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A few questions for Christophe Gagné and Avery Schwenk

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Q&A, Taste of the Landscape 1 Comment

Co-owners of Brattleboro’s Hermit Thrush Brewery, a recent entrant onto Vermont’s sizzling craft-brew scene

Avery Schwenk (left) and Christophe Gagne, owners of Hermit Thrush Brewery in Brattleboro. Photo by Bear Cieri.

Avery Schwenk (left) and Christophe Gagné, owners of Hermit Thrush Brewery in Brattleboro. Photo by Bear Cieri.

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

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