My sister’s boyfriend, Norty, grew up in Massachusetts and went to school in New Hampshire at Keene State College. During his last visit to the east coast, Norty brought me back a few regional beers to sample from his ol’ stomping grounds. The “Sick Day” IPA was one of the beers that I got to try. Long Trail, Vermont’s largest brewery, has been around since 1989 when it was known as Mountain Brewers. It was renamed Long Trail Brewing Co. in 1995 when they moved to its current location in Bridgewater Corners. Unless you have a friend on the east coast, Long Trail beers are tough to come by in California. They distribute to eight states in the northeast with 45% of its consumption in Vermont. And, in case anyone is wondering (‘cause I was), Long Trail is a hiking trail that runs lengthwise throughout the entire state of Vermont. That’s approximately 250 miles of hiking trail weaved throughout Vermont’s Green Mountains. Sounds like a great place to visit any time of year.
At 6.8% ABV, Long Trail’s “Sick Day” IPA would be a great hooky beer. The piney, forest smell of the hops makes you want to get off the couch and do something active like, I don’t know, go for a hike! But, its smooth malt finish and relatively low ABV for an IPA, makes the beer drinkable enough to have a few.