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I sit here, at am, drinking a draft Sixpoint Bengali Tiger with Dan Suarez, following a very long day of brewery preparation (including an excursion to the Alchemist to introduce Dan to Vermont's Finest...) Tomorrow we will brew an India Pale Ale... Thank you, everyone, that has supported me on this journey - emotionally, spiritually, financially.... Our barrels will be en route from the Russian River Valley. We'll have a 2 faucet draft system in place for retail/sampling (and post-work brewer libations). In Denmark and Europe, Grassroots Brewing remains active.It is difficult to believe that "the Day" is finally here... We will place our first bottle and growler order... Our Broken Spoke Blackened IPA will be on draft in Belgium at the Pre-Zythos festivities - Ryan is personally transporting a keg for the event.

Tomorrow I'm off to the airport to pick up Anders Kissmeyer in Burlington - returning here to the Farmstead to plot out and brew our Maple Smoked Baltic Porter...

However, having just received a dozen or more text messages (and a phone call from Anders) from Chicago - I had to take a few seconds to update all 37 of you followers that 3 of my Nørrebro Bryghus beers have taken medals at the World Beer Cup.

Hey Folks - yet again a very late night here in northern Vermont...

but just wanted to write a quick note before retiring for the eve.

It's amazing to win the American style Imperial Stout category...

with a beer brewed in Denmark with 6 other Danes =) In fact, all of our categories were in "American" style beers, brewed or barreled in Denmark by an American =)3 batches of beers in the fermenters.Speaking of Italy - Mikkel, Ryan, and I are finalizing a Mikkeller/Grassroots Collaboration for the Ratebeer Summer Gathering in Italy. and Wilco - and one of my last weekends of perceived and relative "freedom." I'll now get back to dreaming... The to-do-list here at Hill Farmstead continues a steady path of consistency - evolve, dissolve... However, in the spirit of productive rambling and megalomania, I'll proceed in an effort to entertain you with silly metaphors and delusions of grandeur...Cheers my friends - here is to a successful future!My friends and fellow readers - Today - Monday, March 29th, is our first brew day. Perhaps I will be left with no other choice than to start another brewery in the near future... The top ten reasons why a brewery is or is not better than a girlfriend?Let's hope for a great fermentation and to many, many more flawless brew days. The first of March (my long envisioned "first brew day" date) is quickly approaching and the brewery is but moments from operational. the kettle burner will be fully functional and the cooling system will be virtually complete. The first pallets of the beer have arrived in Italy and will be on draft at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa' within the coming week.Pallets will ship to Copenhagen by the end of next week. I could easily vault into a relatively cliche treatment on the nature of american bureaucracy and over taxation (which would be marginally more entertaining than watching the lackluster women's olympic snowboarding halfpipe finals...).