By: Randy Summarsell, Visitor Center Manager Published:
A lot has changed over the years at our brewery in Vermont, including the food. When we first started brewing in Windsor, the place we now know as the Riverbend Taps & Beer Garden was nothing more than a big empty room with a dirt floor. We called it the “mud room”. As more and more visitors came to see us in Windsor, we decided it would be a good idea to offer a simple food menu for folks while they enjoyed our beer. We started with a single, small panini press for our five sandwich options and a skillet for our bratwurst.
We quickly came to realize that we needed a bigger space, so in 2008 the mud room was spruced up (i.e. totally renovated) and became the Riverbend Taps & Beer Garden. Our dining room and kitchen were significantly expanded to include a grill, deep fryers and several other pieces of equipment so that we could expand our menu. We now serve up a wide variety of fresh eats like burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, Buffalo wings, salads, soups, and more. Many of our menu items feature local ingredients, including cheeses from right next door at Vermont Farmstead and bread from King Arthur Flour!
We are VERY excited to announce another significant kitchen renovation. The new kitchen design will allow us to serve homemade, freshly baked pretzels! The doughy love knots you’ve come to adore in Boston will now also be available at our brewery in Vermont!
We’ll be celebrating the newest addition to our menu Memorial Day weekend so grab some friends, come hungry, and we’ll see you soon!
By: Erin Grigsby, Anchor Leg Coaching & Harpoon Brewery Published:
Here at Harpoon we are all about loving beer and loving life. That’s why we are the proud beer sponsor of various road races like the Newport 10-Miler, Reach the Beach Relay, Rugged Maniac 5Ks, and more! To help get you get excited and ready for your upcoming race(s), our friends from Gray Matter Marketing asked Erin Grigsby from Anchor Leg Coaching to share some road race training tips. So read on and get pumped! And don’t forget Harpoon’s #1 training rule: Every run deserves a great beer. We can’t wait to see you at the finish line of one of our sponsored races!
So you’ve signed up for a long distance race and have been putting in miles of training to get prepared! Don’t let your excitement for training for a longer distance turn into worry and apprehension. Here are five tips to help you keep your running confidence.
- Long Runs at Conversation Pace: You have begun to build up your distance and mileage. This is a great accomplishment! You need to make sure your long runs are at a “conversation pace”. The easiest way to determine this is to run slow enough so that you can carry on a conversation. If you're running with someone, that means you should be able to speak in complete sentences, not just give "yes" or "no" answers. If you're running alone, you should be able to sing "Happy Birthday" without gasping for air.
- 10 Minute Rule: When I am struggling to get myself out of the door for my runs I give myself the “10 minute rule.” When you don’t feel like running, give it ten minutes. You owe it to yourself to at least try for that short period of time. Most people find once they start running, they want to keep going and finish their run!
- Chunk Long Runs into Smaller Pieces: Instead of looking at the long run number as one whole piece, break it up to help it seem more manageable. If you have a 6 mile long run, break it up into your mind as two 3-mile runs. This will help put your mind at ease and make it seem more controllable.
- Stay Hydrated: You need to practice staying hydrated before, during, and after your runs. You will need water! Rehearse carrying and drinking water during your training; make this a habit long before race day.
- Reward Yourself: Goal setting and achieving those goals needs to be fun! You are accomplishing lots of goals when training for a longer distance race. Make a list of the things you might be motivated by and see how they fit into your goals. When you reach a goal, whether it is a little one or a big one, why not give yourself a reward!
Any questions? Contact Erin Grigsby at firstname.lastname@example.org!