September 21, 2019

The Hub: Willistonian opens new brewery

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Vermont’s newest brewery has been decades—and countless batches of home-brewed beer—in the making.

“The idea of opening a brewery was planted in my head probably 25-plus years ago,” said Williston resident Garin Frost, who is set to officially open Frost Beer Works this Saturday in Hinesburg.

“The types of beers we focus on, for better or worse, are the types of beers that I like to drink,” Frost said. “I really love IPAs. I was late to join the IPA bandwagon, but since I did a few years back, it’s been hard for me to brew anything else.”

Frost Beer Works features three flagship beers—a pale ale, an IPA and a double IPA—though Frost plans to extend into other varieties. While they are hop-forward, Frost said he strives for balance in all of his beers.

“The IPA is fairly bitter and fairly hoppy, but extremely smooth,” he said. “They’re all really well balanced beers.”

After years of brewing with friends and relatives, Frost decided to strike out on his own. Four years ago, he built what he called a “professional-level pilot brewery” in his basement, perfecting his brews.

He began moving into a space on Commerce Street in Hinesburg over the summer, and began brewing his first batch of beer for Frost Beer Works on Valentine’s Day.

Frost—who works full time at Caradigm, a healthcare analytics company—hired University of California, Davis Master Brewers Program graduate Mike Lieser as his full-time brewer, though Frost will continue to be involved in the brewing process. The brewery will sell kegs, growlers and 22-ounce bottles out of its Hinesburg location, as well as in select retail stores.

Frost held a soft opening last week for friends and supporters, and said his beers were hits.

“We had a lot of people here and everyone was very, very stoked,” he said. “It was just a really good vibe… We’re pretty excited.”

Frost Beer Works is located at 171 Commerce Street in Hinesburg. For more information, visit www.frostbeerworks.com.

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