Move over Magic Hat, there’s a new brewery in South Burlington. Earlier this year, Glenn Cummings and Murray Seaman began brewing new Vermont beer at Infinity Brewing Company located at 80 Ethan Allen Drive. The brewery will open to the public in mid-to-late February 2014.
When the tenant adjacent to Cummings Electric vacated, Glenn saw the perfect opportunity to bring in his friend, Murray, and realize their dream of starting a brewery. The two owners will share brewing responsibilities and duties. With 25 years of home brewing experience, Murray will take the reign as head brewer.
The brewery uses an American made seven barrel brewing system that was custom built and hand crafted by Portland Kettleworks of Oregon. With success, the brewery has enough space to also support additional fifteen barrel brite and fermentation tanks. The tasting room offers six taps for samples, pints, and 64 ounce growler fills. Additionally, the tasting room provides limited quantities of 22 ounce bottles available for purchase. The tasting room hours are currently planned to be open three weekday evenings and Saturdays to accommodate customers.
The first three Infinity Brewing beer offerings will be an Irish Red Ale, IPA, and a Belgian Saison Golden Ale. These will be available on draught at the brewery and Leunig’s Bistro & Cafe in Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace, Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern & Restaurant in Colchester, and McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House in Williston.
The brewers haven’t decided which beer will become their flagship beer. Instead, their malt-forward and moderate hoppy Irish Red Ale and the floral, citrusy tasting Mallet Bay IPA offerings will compete for that honor as a pair of dueling flagship beer. If a single beer is ever declared the victor and gains the official flagship beer status, then it will be based upon feedback from their loyal customers.
The Golden Ale is the third initial offering which is brewed in the style of a Belgian Saison. The gold colored ale has a sweet malt flavor which is balanced with hops and spice.
For other beer offerings, Belgian, English, and Scottish styles are among the head brewer’s favorites styles. In addition to brewing, Murray is ardent gardener and loves the seldom seen Gruit ale style which typically includes ample herbs and spices such as heather, juniper berries, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon with little-to-no hops in the recipe. While a Gruit ale isn’t currently in planning, it sounds like something we can expect to see from the new brewery over the next year.
One of the brewery’s goals is to highlight Vermont and American made products and ingredients. The tasting room will showcase locally produced items from artisans and craftsmen. Furthermore, the brewery will use as much locally sourced hops and malts as available. To show their commitment to locally produced ingredients, Glenn will convert ten of his fifty acres near Jay to use as a hop farm. Initially, they’ll start with one acre of hops, which may take a couple of years to achieve a full yield. Within the next several years, they hope to steadily grow the hop farm in the goal of producing enough hops to use for all of their beer and sell any remaining hops to home brewers.
It’s easy to hear the passion shared by Glenn and Murray about craft beer and their brewery. The two brewers are focused on having fun creating great beer, providing home brewing classes, and giving back to the community through brewing special limited beer releases and donating proceeds to local charities.
For more information about Infinity Brewing, you can visit their website at infinitybrewing.com, Like them on Facebook, or follow @InfinityVermont on Twitter. Their tasting room is located at 80 Ethan Allen Drive, South Burlington, VT.
This article will appear in the April 2014 issue of South Burlington Life, a hibu community magazine covering South Burlington and Chittenden County, Vermont.