Rise in Vermont Distilleries Spawns the Return of the Cooper

July 30, 2018
Man building an oak barrel grain cooperage

Over the last 14 years, Vermont has seen the number of distilleries grow from three to 28–an 833% increase. Such successful growth naturally leads to growth in related businesses. More distilleries means there’s a big need for oak barrels, and Vermont is now home to a new cooperage. Green Mountain Grain & Barrel, founded by three veterans in 2016, is the first such business to open in the state in 20 years. The laborious craftsmanship that goes into building barrels is a labor of love for the owners. And with help from the state’s Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, Green Mountain Grain & Barrel is preparing to grow. Read the whole story.

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