by Bernie: I am pleased to report that I was the winner (citizen science survey prize) of three 22 oz. bottles of Lawson's Finest Liquids Bit O' Balsam IPA brewed in honor and support of VCE's Bicknell's Thrush Conservation work.
Sean Lawson and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies joined forces at Lawson's original Warren, VT. brewery to collaborate on the Bit O' Balsam IPA according to the Lawson's Finest Liquids website. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Vermont Center for Ecostudies and their efforts to conserve the Bicknell's Thrush.
How cool is that? I won a locally brewed, very special limited-edition / quantity beer, and even met the man (Mike Sargent) who collected some of the ingredients - balsam tips from high up the Green Mountains.
And there is more. I received the prize beer at The Taproom in Waitsfield (an incredible site both inside and out, and the surrounding boardwalk as well) and met several of the VCE staff. It was an honor to meet these dedicated and talented folks including, Susan Hindinger, Karen Bourque, Sarah Carline, Nathaniel Sharp, Mike Sargent, and Chris Rimmer (second from left on second photo).
All this while listening to Chad Hollister strum guitar and sing to the large audience both outdoors and inside.
Seeking to live a life of greater simplicity closer to nature.