An eclectic group of industry professionals shared the same appreciation towards brewing as they did for music, culture, art, and science, and thus, Foam Brewers was born in Burlington, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Foam Brewers founders Todd Haire, Sam Keane, Jon Farmer, Robert Grim, and Dani Casey found an unconscious calling towards brewing, something they had always been fascinated with.
All five founders have a different story to tell when it comes to starting their brewery, but they have one common ground – their love for brewing. The founders, especially Haire, Keane, and Grim, went through a lot of hoops before Foam Brewers was established and officially opened on April 28, 2016 on Burlington’s scenic waterfront.
The brewery started by serving artisanal small-batch beers that were all brewed on-premise, in a state-of-the-art brewhouse from Bennett Forgeworks. Within a few years, they have come a long way from brewing small batches to a wide variety of interesting beer with carefully constructed food pairing.
What makes them one of the best?
Foam is an important part of beer, as great beer has always sat under a thick layer of foam. Foam is not an ingredient of strength, but in fact, it is simply a visual excitement above a structure of strength. The foam makes it all better – the visual excitement that it provides is like an unconscious calling towards a cool beer on a hot Sunday afternoon.
Foam Brewers believe that the beer foam is a sign of a great beer. Every beer that comes from their tap offers you the visual effect and the excitement that foam offers. The pleasure of watching the thick layer of foam floating over the freshly brewed beer poured into a glass is mesmerizing, and Foam Brewers offers just that, with an ambiance and music that you would never want to leave.
What is the best part of their brewery?
Everything about Foam Brewers is an invitation to a time that will be etched into your memory forever. The owners have made sure that you will find ample parking anytime you visit their brewery. But if you want to hitch a ride instead of driving, you will be glad to know that almost every cab driver there is also very familiar with the place. The best part is the location. Imagine a historic brick building overlooking the Burlington bay, sipping your favorite beer that is paired with the right food, and watching the sun glistening on the water. That’s how you must spend your Sunday afternoon.
Which is the best beer they brew?
Every beer brewed in Foam Brewers is so unique and interesting that, most times, new releases are sold even before they are announced. They have made more than 180 different types of beer to date, and only a quarter of them have been repeated more than once. Foam Brewers believe in experimenting and offering new tastes and flavors to keep their customers curious and excited. They do have some popular beers that are always in demand though they are not brewed regularly, such as New England Style Indian Pale Ales and fruited sours. Some of their best brews till date include:
- Dead Wax: It has a citrus and tropical aroma and puts forth tasting notes of pineapple, tangerine, and creamsicle.
- Canvas: It is one of those beers that is brewed on a semi-regular basis.
- Pop Crimes
- The Fruit That Ate Itself
- Moon Duo
- Built to Spill
- Desolation Angles: Scene One
- Desolation Angles: Scene Two
What to expect when you get there
A person who walks into Foam Brewers brewery just for a beer, as well as the one who walks in to have a good time, will not be disappointed. Foam Brewers offers attractive beers and everything to go with it to ensure that you enjoy your time there. Some describe the patio there as some sort of a mirage, while others become a part of it. The place is always bustling with friends hanging out, couples enjoying a date, and even individuals sipping some beer and enjoying the music or an interesting book.
They offer a variety of fine cheese and charcuterie with assortments of accouterments and freshly baked bread. Like the different beer they offer on different days, their food choice also differs. Often the cheese and charcuterie are supplemented with food trucks. If you are curious about the food choice, give them a call.
What do the customers have to say?
Customers like everything about the place, starting from the location, to the ambiance and the amazing beer that they offer. Customers have reviewed positively on every aspect of this brewery and call it a “must-visit brewery.” To customers, the brewery is appealing for its tasty and interesting brews. Due to increased interest in their brews, Foam Brewers also organizes several events, especially for new beer releases. Their events are always updated on their website for their customers to plan. All in all, customers are indeed treated as king in Foam Brewers, which makes them loyal to the brewery.