Originally founded in 1996, Vermont Beer Makers is one of 10 original Vermont craft breweries still in operation today. Formerly Trout River Brewing Company, Vermont Beer Makers has evolved into a brewery that is simultaneously steeped in history and driving the cutting edge of craft beer innovation
Kelen Beardsley, Gabe Streeter and Trevor Billings bought Trout River in 2014 and moved it to their hometown of Springfield. Paul Belogour, owner of the Guilford-based maple-syrup operation Viking Farms, bought the brewery in February.
The name change kicked in with an official relaunch Aug. 15. Vermont Beer Makers is setting out to make its own unique and experimental beers, according to McLaughlin, but has kept a couple of Trout River holdouts, the Pebble double IPA and a red ale available on draft at the brewery’s taproom.