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glenn_birthday.jpgThe idea of doing a pub tour of Vermont had cropped up now and then over the years, but it was Don Taggart who made it happen. Our pub, grub and wine tour actually started the Friday night before when we all arrived at the lodge for this adults only weekend. Beer, wine, and various other spirits flowed as we gathered in the dining room to just kick back. As it so happened, it was Glen DeSantis’s birthday so of course we had to sing “Happy Birthday” and share some birthday cake. One would think that would be enough, but as the night progressed several more choruses of “Happy Birthday” erupted.

Needless to say that by the next morning, several individuals who shall remain nameless were suffering from too much partying the night before and one individual ended up at the hospital. It seems Chuck Emory fell out of his bunk, hit his nose on the chair on the way down, and needed stitches. The doctors worked quickly when they realized the urgency of patching up Chuck so that he could get back in time to board the bus.

tn_dsc_0284_taped.jpgAfter making sure that Chuck was secured in his seat on the bus, our tour departed from the club lodge. Our first stop was the Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury where we received a personalized tour that explained the finer points of beer making. Afterwards we tasted various samples of their beers and browsed through the store for souvenirs and beer to go.

Our next stop was the Shelburne Winery, which overlooks Lake Champlain. Our group gathered outside next to the vineyards where we spent time sampling the winery’s various wines and snacked on cheese and crackers.

The Magic Hat Brewery in South Burlington was next. We did not take a tour, but went straight to their company store called the “Artifactory,” where the interior décor looked like a snowboarder hangout. Is there any coincidence that they are in Burlington, VT, home of the original snowboard manufacturer, Burton? We hung out for a while for more beer sampling and T-shirt buying.

Next was Switchback Brewery. We were again fortunate to receive a brief talk on their brewing process and sampled their product. The bus ride from place to place was never dull. Just when things would get a little quiet, someone would start to sing “Happy Birthday” to Glen and we’d all join in. This happened quite a few times throughout our journey.

On to the heart of Burlington! We stopped for lunch at the RiRa-Gaelic Pub/Restaurant, which is located in the Church Street Marketplace. The buffet lunch we enjoyed was quite the feast. We had a couple hours to ourselves to shop, walk around, hang out, or visit the nearby Three Needs Brewery Pub and Vermont Pub and Brewery. Then it was back on the bus for the hour ride to our final destination.

The last stop on our tour was for dinner at the Peavine Pub/Restaurant in Stockbridge where many of us dined on their famous flat bead pizza. Glen was surprised once again with a birthday cake and a chorus of “Happy Birthday” from all of us.

d_tag.jpgDon Taggart proved once again that Craigmeur Ski Club is more than just a ski club. The trip was fluid, well organized, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. A big thank you and kudos to Don Taggart for doing such a terrific job on his first organized event for the club. And by the way, Glen…. Happy Birthday!

Written by Sue Ticotin

The following is from Larry Ticotin:

As webmaster, I often receive suggestions, comments, and complaints about the Craigmeur web site. One such comment revealed that too many photos of one individual always seems to dominate our photo galleries. As I explained to this individual, I spend sometimes several hours to sort through and select the best photos, but I can only work with what people give me. As it turns out, it is usually the same folks that are taking pictures. So if you want more variety of photos, please remember to bring your camera to our events. Snap away and I will gladly post your photos. Please click here to view this special photo gallery.

Photos by Larry Ticotin, John Generoso, Wendy Brescia, Susan Priore
Photo Gallery and Video by Larry Ticotin

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