Geek Things for May 12th

  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Lunafest 2011, 6:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $14-20. (Films)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Karl Decker & Nancy Levine – “The Tour Buses Don’t Stop Here Anymore: The Impacts of and Responses to Social, Economic or Environmental Change on Small Vermont Towns,” 6PM, Pierson Library, Shelburne. Free. (Talk)
  • Keith Pillsbury – Vietnam War and 2008, 3:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (History)
  • Roberta Harold – “Vermont and New York in the Gilded Age,”, 7PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (History)
  • Tim Brookes – “Disappearing Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word,” 7–8PM, Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield. Free. (Language)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12-5:30pm, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. (Blood Drive)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for March 17th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–5:30PM, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Mt. Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • Newt Night, preregister, 6:30PM, Phoenix Books in Essex. Free. (Kids)
  • Booked for Lunch – “Back-to-the-Land in Vermont: The 1930s.” 12–1PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Talk)
  • Paul B. Jaskot – “The Nazi Party’s Strategic Use of Art History and Antisemitism in the Weimar Republic: The Case of Heinrich Wölfflin” 7:30PM, Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Art History)
  • ‘Reflections on Democracy’, 7PM, Middlebury Union Middle School, Middlebury. Free. (Current Events)
  • ‘Underneath the Lintel’, 7:30PM, FlynnSpace, Burlington. $24.30-32.50; special $10 tickets available at the door 10 minutes before curtain. (Awesome Librarians)
  • ‘My Zombie Romeo’, 7PM, Enosburg Opera House, Enosburg Falls. $3-5. (Theater, zombies)
  • National Theatre of London Live Broadcast Series: Catamount Arts Center – Frankenstein, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $10-23. (Frankenstein)
  • National Theatre of London Live Broadcast Series: Lake Placid Center for the Arts – Frankenstein, 7PM, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid. $12-18. (Frankenstein)
  • NEFCU Vermont Distinguished Writers Series – Archer Mayor, 5:30–6:30PM, New England Federal Credit Union, Williston. Free. (Authors)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Art Opening – “Chernobyl: Life on the Edge” photographic exposé by Gabriela Bulisova. 6pm, City Hall, Montpelier. Info. 476-3154. (Art)


The Alchemist Expands

After a long history of saying that they would remain a bar in Waterbury, GeekMtnState’s favorite watering hole, The Alchemist (because honestly, who can’t love a pub with a mad scientist?) has announced that they would be opening a cannery in Waterbury, where they would be canning and selling their popular Heady Topper in cans. From their official blog:

Sorry it has been so long since my last update, but we have been very busy starting our new brewery. WHAT!!!! You heard me right.

The rumours are true, we are in the process of starting a 15 barrel production brewery right here in good old Waterbury . After some searching, the perfect location became available to us, and we decided to go for it. Our new brewery will be called The Alchemist, and it is located at 35 Crossroad, a stones throw from Ben and Jerry’s. I have already began the process of converting the space into a brewery. The floor drains have been cut, the electricians are working their magic, and the floors will be poured in two weeks.

My equipment is under construction at various locations. The kettle and mash tun are being built by Stainless Steel Specialists of Quebec, the same guys that built my new kettle at the pub. My fermenters and bright tanks are being built by Wine Country Stainless in California . My canning line is being built by Cask Brewing Systems in Canada.

Yes, that’s right, a canning line. We will be producing only one beer, Heady Topper, and it will come in four packs of 16 ounce cans. Pounders of Heady!!!! I can hardly believe it myself. We are very excited about taking our business to the next level. The can presents us with a unique opportunity to put a very special beer in a container that will protect it from the harsh realities of leaving my loving embrace.

The decision to put it in cans and not bottles rests on several reasons. First of all, the recyclability of the cans; add to that the non-issue of breakage, the superior protection from UV light, and the low levels of oxygen uptake. All of these factors will play a part in providing an unsurpassed hop experience to you, our loyal customers.

The project will be in full swing for the next several months, and we hope to be brewing in May, with the first cans for sale in late May to early June. There will be a retail shop at the new brewery that will be open seven days a week, with self-guided tours and tasters of Heady Topper on draft. Stay tuned for more details, and don’t even THINK about coming by until the construction is done. The little video you can watch was filmed during my visit to Baxter Brewing in Maine. Ours will look just like that one.

Now, on to what is coming up at The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. I am releasing Heathen this weekend, a beautiful batch of American IPA coming in at 7% abv. I should be getting the new batch of Farmers Daughter on tap in the next few weeks as well. Petit Mutant is due to come on very soon also. I also have a batch of Sterk Wit, and a batch of Heady Topper coming on soon as well. All in all, this blog has brought you a lot of good news if you are a fan of our beer. Stay tuned to our Twitter account, and the web site for updates on when exactly all of that goodness will be available.

Thank you, John

I for one, can’t wait. The Alchemist is an exceedingly good place to get a beer, but very crowded at the same time, especially on the weekends – hour long waits are common – and this provides another option to get their fantastic beer. After their experiment last year, where they bottled 600 bottles of beer and sold out in the same day, this seems as though it would be an inevitable move for them.

Vermont is fortunate to be the home to a number of fantastic breweries: Magic Hat, Long Trail, Otter Creek, and others, and hopefully, the Alchemist will be able to join them somewhere down the line without sacrificing the quality and experimentation that we’ve come to expect from them. I say, bring back the Fluxcapacitor, or at the very least, some new scifi style brews.

Photo by Susan Ujka Larson Collection

Spotted: Little River State Park Graves

Taken at Little River State Park:

Little River State Park. We followed the history trail which went past the ruins of settlements from the 19th Century.

Photo by Rich_PA.

From the state website:

In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. The hard demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. Today, old cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of a past community.
On November 3 and 4 of 1927, torrential rains caused local rivers to rise and drove residents to their roofs. A second flood in 1934 spurred the construction of Waterbury Dam. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed Waterbury Reservoir. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak. Now, half a century later, only a few solitary chimneys and concrete foundations remain.
Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont. Waterbury Reservoir is particularly favored for boating with a portion of the reservoir devoted to quieter uses. Angling for bass and trout is as popular here as water-skiing.Enjoy swimming beaches, play areas, boat rentals and a launch, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area.
Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites, 20 lean-tos and three cabins. This is central Vermont’s largest and most popular campground. Three of the four restrooms include hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available, but no hookups. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball field, nature museum and programs, and boat rentals. Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails (open for day use) that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

Geek Stuff for January 26th

Geek Stuff for January 26th

‘Grow Your Own Mushrooms’, 5–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $10-12, Preregister. (Food)
‘Finding Neverland’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Film)
‘Living Downstream’, 7–9PM, Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Film)
Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
‘Star Wars’ Club, 3:30–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids, Star Wars)
Brown Bag Lecture Series – Will “Chip” Sawyer, (How our state has changed in the last decade by analyzing numbers from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey), 12:30–1:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Data)
Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series – Mark Breen: “Snow Under the Looking Glass” in an investigation of ‘flakes and how snowstorms work. 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Weather)
Waterbury Historical Society Meeting – Brian Lindner on the five ski areas of Waterbury and Duxbury — and what happened to them, 7PM, Wsley United Methodist Church, Waterbury. Free. (History, Skiing)
‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
Getting to Know NOOK, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
Weekly Storytime, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon. (Gaming)

Gaming, Kids, eReaders, Writing, Theater, History, Skiing, Weather, Data, Star Wars, Film, Foog, Montpelier, Hanover, Fairfax, Burlington, Essex Junction, St. Johnsbury, Stowe, Waterbury, White River Junction, Johnson, South Burlington, Bennington, Lebanon, New Hampshire, Vermont, Geek,

Geek Things for January 20th

  • Transition Town Montpelier – “Vermont Climate Change and the Great Transition.”, 6–8PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Climate Change)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Waterbury, 12–5:30PM, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Groton, 12:30-5:30pm, Groton Community Building, Groton. (Vampires)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Indoor Garden Workshop, 6–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $10-12, Preregister. (Gardening)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, 5–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • ‘The Dragon Wall’, 7PM, River Arts Center, Morrisville. $5 suggested donation. (Dragons)
  • ‘Snug In the Snow’, 10–11AM, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Café Scientifique – Genetic engineering of our food supply and disease research, 6:30–8:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. Free; for ages 21 and up; cash bar. (Science)
  • Scott Borg, (The chief economist for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit on the value of cyber security), 7PM, Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington. Free. (Cyber Security)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Booked for Lunch, the basics of reading and writing biographies, 12PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Reasearch)
  • Story Time, 11AM, Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph. Free. (Reading)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Situating Sustainability in Curriculum, 12:30 – 2:30pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Sustainability)
  • Geography Recruiting Lecture, Geospatial Approaches to Water Resource Geography and Undergraduate Education, 4:15, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 104, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Geography)
  • Panel Discussion, Athletics and Arts as Agents of Social Change, 7:00pm, Wright Theater, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Social Change)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00pm, Borders, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00pm, Borders, Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)


VT Geek People to Follow

On Twitter? We’ve come across a number of people who’ve caught our eyes when it comes to Vermont geek-folk. Here’s a couple whom we’ve seen lately: – Frank Miller: Raised in Montpelier. Miller is best known for his Batman, Sin City and other numerous comics, some of which have been made into movies. – The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in White River Junction offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels and other cartoons. They’re currently accepting applications for the Fall 2011 term. Here’s their website: – The Alchemist in Waterbury. One of the best places to get a drink in the central Vermont area, their logo features a mad scientist and occasionally, a geeky brew such as ‘The Flux Capacitor’ or the ‘Petite Mutant’. – Smalldog Electronics is the place to go in Vermont for all things Apple, in Waitsfield and in South Burlington. Their website: http:// – Mike Luoma. Radio personality, podcaster and author in the central VT area. Check out his website: – Green Mountain Paranormal Society. They seek to explain the unexplained through strict research methods and an objective approach. Website: – Rick Powell, of the Book Garden in Montpelier. He’s also an artist, and has a fantastic selection of books in this great downtown shop. – Anais Mitchell, singer/songwriter out of central Vermont, responsible for the 2010 album Hadestown, a masterpiece of indie-folk opera and greek myth. Here’s her website:

Who else should be followed?

(Oh, and we’re here on