We Take Care Of The Beer!
Prost! We’re Vermont Beer Shepherd.
Vermont Beer Shepherd is a new wholesale craft beer distribution company hailing from Waterbury, Vermont in the heart of the Green Mountains. We are a small independent, family owned distribution co. committed to providing an outlet for the small independent craft brewer. The craft beer market is exploding, and discriminating beer drinkers want access to what’s new, fresh and exciting. Vermont Beer Shepherd’s mission is to corral and protect a diverse floc of craft brands from around the globe ensuring a safe passage from independent brewer to beer lover so the consumer has the best beer experience possible.
We are Mark and Indy Ewald, Vermont Beer Shepherd owners, and we share an unshakable passion for craft beer. After tasting one too many old or mishandled beers – and armed with Mark’s extensive beer industry experience to guide us – we decided to take action to provide other avid beer lovers like us with consistently fresh, quality craft beer. By closely tending to each step of the journey, we assure every beer will reach the beer lover’s lips exactly as the craft brewer intends. Each beer is unique and has its own shelf life. Our ever changing, small batch approach guarantees you can count on Vermont Beer Shepherd’s selection to always be current, seasonally appropriate, high-quality and in it’s prime.
We are proud to be shepherding these great breweries in our flocc to VT:
Our 1st VT brand! The Shepherds are very proud to bring Four Quarters Brewing into our flocc of awesome indie breweries. A 4 barrel brewery, Four Quarters has been producing artfully crafted, responsibly sourced beers since 2014 in downtown Winooski. Owner Brian...read more
A pioneer in the Northwest style sour beer movement, Cascade Brewing is truly artisanal. In their blending house with more than 1400 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels, plus 9 foudres, these beautifully crafted beers are created from imagination...read more
We are pumped to shepherd Boneyard Beer to VT! The 1st state to pour their super high quality brews east of the Rockies. Boneyard’s home is Bend, OR, head shepherd Mark Ewald’s old stomping ground. Mark has been a dedicated fan of their hoppy, well balanced IPA’s like...read more
Hailing from Queens, NYC this fiercely independent brewery holds the bar high for themselves, making some of the finest IPA’s on the East Coast. We welcomed Mo’Shuggie IPA, Bon Bon IIPA and a few ½ barrels of Billy Half Stack IPA in our first two shipments. At their...read more
Brewer Arne Johnson is well known and admired throughout the brewing community. Since 1995 Arne has brewed award winning classic ales for Marin Brewing like Mt.Tam Pale Ale, 3 Flowers IPA, and Tiburon Blonde and so many more. We love the high quality, well balanced,...read more
With beer names like Maui Waui, Dank Row and Ganja Juice, you know these beers will be loaded with hops. Altamont’s west coast IPA’s are all uniquely aroma filled and flavorful. Although hops dominate at Altamont, they brew non hoppy winners like Berry White- a low...read more
Berryessa is a 20 barrel craft brewery located in Winters,CA about 25 minutes west of Sacramento. Award winning brewer Chris Miller is brewing top quality, super drinkable beers. Known for their Double Tap IIPA, their low abv Mini Separation Anxiety Session IPA and...read more
Voted the best new brewery in Portland in 2015! Culmination Brewing opened in May 2015 after years of thoughtful and methodical planning. Owner and master brewer Tomas Sluiter has built Culmination Brewing around the idea that sustainable manufacturing and building...read more
Almanac Beer Co. Farm-to-Barrel owners/brewers Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan are at the forefront of the sour movement. Committed to supporting California agriculture, Jesse and Damien partner with small family owned farms to blend fresh fruit like peaches and...read more
My passion for great beer began with a Guinness at age 18, in Italy of all places. The idea that beer could have so much flavor inspired my personal study of craft beer, its origins, its traditions, its unique nuances for the last 30 years. Soon after my awakening to real beer I was determined to make my own and started home brewing in Chico,CA in the early 90’s. The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, in Chico, is where I met Indy. She came to the bar, by herself, to sample Sierra Nevada’s first India Pale Ale. From this point on, we loved beer together. My beer industry experience in VT includes consulting to craft breweries and craft beer bars, teaching classes on the brewing process at NECI and leading educational trainings and tastings for the VT beer industry. Read more about us >>
Living in Chico, at the foot of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co between 1987-1996, fed my growing appreciation of craft beer. Back then, and in Chico, you either preferred the green or blue labels (Sierra Pale Ale or Porter). Then one day, Sierra announced a new beer- India Pale Ale. I remember being so excited to try it that I went to the bar by myself even though my friends had all bailed on me. Thanks to Mark’s insatiable desire for beer knowledge, I have gleaned a lot over the years. From growing hops, to the brewing process, to beer industry trends, and exposure to outstanding brews from around the world. Read more about us >>