VERMONT (November 2011) – Otter Creek Brewing Co, LLC of Middlebury, Vermont is pleased to announce that an agreement is in place with Ken and Kathleen Strong, the founders of the legendary The Shed Restaurant in Stowe, VT- to have Otter Creek Brewing acquire The Shed Brewery and the award winning Shed brand family of ales. The change is effective immediately. Plans are underway to transfer The Shed’s existing brewing equipment to Middlebury, Vermont- home of the Otter Creek Brewery and Wolaver’s Organic brands, so that there is no interruption in supply to the marketplace.
Brian Walsh, President of Otter Creek Brewing Co. said, “We are extremely proud that Ken and Kathy Strong have entrusted their beer brands and the rich heritage of The Shed Brewery to us. We look forward to working with them as ongoing ambassadors for Shed Mountain Ale and the entire brand family.” The Shed recently closed the landmark location on the Stowe Mountain Road. Walsh went on to say, “The Shed family is a Vermont treasure. Otter Creek Brewing is proud to be able to continue the brewing history of The Shed.”
Mike Gerhart, Brewmaster at Otter Creek, has been working closely with Ken Strong on the details with The Shed recipes and equipment. The brewing traditions and additional capacity at Otter Creek is well positioned to continue the heritage and quality of an iconic Vermont brand.
Ken Strong said today, “Kathy and I are very pleased that Otter Creek Brewing, a Vermont brewer, was willing to assume the operation of The Shed Brewery and brands. It is terrific that Shed Mountain Ale will continue to be brewed and served throughout Vermont.” As for future plans to reopen The Shed Restaurant Ken Strong said, “We are continuing to evaluate choices and locations to reopen The Shed as soon as possible.”