Hear, hear for local beer

A growler of Abner for later. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

by Bethany M. Dunbar, May 30, 2010

Congratulations to Shaun Hill and the rest of the folks at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro for a wonderful grand opening party yesterday.

We tried Edward and Abner and got our T-shirts, glasses and even took home a growler for later.

The live jazz music was great, and we had a good time visiting with all kinds of people who turned out to give the new brewery a try.

It definitely felt like the start of something good.  Waiting in line for a glass of this beer reminded me of waiting in a line in college back at the University of Vermont in the late 70s when a couple of guys were making ice cream.  Okay, I know, it’s making me sound old, but those two guys were Ben and Jerry.  The ice cream was worth the wait and everyone knew it.  Everyone in those lines was happy to be there it felt the same way yesterday.

The food at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, made by Laura Thompson of Parker Pie, was incredible.  I have never had a trout cake before, but I sure hope I get a chance to have another one someday.  That was just plain amazing.

Parker Pie is another great local phenomenon, and if you haven’t been there yet, what are you waiting for?

The Chronicle’s story about Hill Farmstead Brewery is up on our web site, so I hope you will check that out.

Memorial Day weekend is the first long weekend of the summer.  For news reporters it’s a long work weekend, but I got kind of lucky this year and did not have to work Saturday or Sunday, just Monday.  And Monday’s work will be really enjoyable — covering Memorial Day ceremonies in Barton and working on processing all the photos everyone else takes.  The weather is pretty great.  I’m hoping everyone is having a wonderful long weekend.

Are you putting in a garden?  Having some kind of awesome local food?  Kayaking, hiking, riding bikes?  How are you spending your first long weekend of the summer in this wonderful weather?  I hope you are having a great one.  The summer feels full of potential right now.

Thanks for reading.

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