1. En route to New Hampshire last February, the day they all voted, I stopped off in a little town in Vermont when the sign for Long Trail Brewing caught my eye. First, the name: The Long Trail is a hiking trail running the length of Vermont, 272 miles from the Massachusetts line to the Canadian border. The Green Mountain Club started building the trail in 1910, making it the oldest long-distance footpath in the U.S.A. The trail crosses most of the higher peaks in the state, including Killington Peak, scene of some good downhill skiing back in my younger days.
The brewery is about eight miles from the entry to Killington. Founded in 1989, it has grown in a quarter-century to be a regional presence, sold as far west as Ohio. Their standard line is heavy on the hoppy ales, IPAs, pales, etc. I should pause to praise their Double Bag, a nice dark double alt (7.2% abv, 39 ibu). They do put up some more unusual brews in 22-oz. bottles, while the 12-oz. six-packs get the mainstays out to market.
2. On down this valley and across the Connecticut River into New Hampshire, the first town is Lebanon and one of the first sites there is the 7 Barrel Brewing Co.
No candidates were campaigning here on election night. My server said Bernie Sanders could have picked up thirty votes if he had stopped in earlier. Maybe he figured he didn't need to, Bernie carried the state by a big margin.