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Hop Rhizomes Available Monday 4/1

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

If you pre-ordered hop rhizomes, or if you want to pick some up to plant, they will be available for sale starting Monday April 1. See our previous post for pricing and varieties. Extra rhizomes are sold on a first come, first served basis. We can’t put any aside long-term. Planting and care instructions are available in the Home Brew Department.

Hop rhizomes 2013

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Hop rhizomes will be ordered on March 20. I will be able to get the following varieties (from Oregon):

Brewers Gold, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Fuggles, Galena, Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood, Northern Brewer, Nugget, Sterling, Willamette and Zeus.

Pre-ordered rhizomes will be $4.50 each, others will be $5. I will order a few extra of each variety but not as many as last year as we got stuck with about 30 unsold rhizomes.

Email me at with orders (by 3/19) or for more info.

We do not ship.

New: Honey-based Wines

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Scott Russell, the Market’s home-brew expert, is now in charge of our wine and beer department, too. He’s created a new honey-based wine display featuring

  • Honeymaker meads, based in Portland, ME
  • Hardwick, VT’s Caledonia Winery honey and fruit wines.

The Honeymaker meads are made with local Maine wildflower honey. Flavors include strawberry, blueberry, dry-hopped, and ‘reserve’, aged in bourbon barrels. Scott is enthusiastic about all of these dry meads. Prices range from around $17 to $28.

Closer to home, Caledonia Winery in Hardwick makes a honey-blueberry and a honey-elderberry wine. Scott describes their flavor as ‘fruity’ — not a big surprise, but worth knowing. Price: around $16.

Homebrewers will be interested to know that Scott has started a Facebook page directly related to the Market’s homebrew department. You can find him and friend him at: SoRo Homebrew.

National Homebrew Day, May 5th

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Today only – Saturday May 5th – National Homebrew Day – all homebrewing equipment and hardware 5% off if you wish us a Happy National Homebrew Day in person in the Market!

Hop rhizomes 2012

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

We have received our annual shipment of fresh, ready-to-plant hop rhizomes (from Oregon). Available for sale starting Friday afternoon, 4/6 – $5 per rhizome, 13 different varieties to choose from. Planting and care instructions available, or email Scott at homebrew@soromarket if you have any questions!

The Science of Brewing

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Home Brew Department Manager (and Guru to many) Scott Russell will be teaching a basic brewing class at the Montshire Museum on Sunday, February 12.

Details on the class can be found at

The Point radio station ran this “Montshire Minute” on Wednesday 2/1…

Home Brew Bottles Available – Free!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Attention all Homebrewers!

Just got word from an old friend, a homebrewer who also has some professional and commercial brewing experience, who is moving and can’t take all his stuff with him – and can’t bear to trash it if he can avoid it. He has MANY MANY clean, delabled bottles of various styles and sizes, and would love to give them to someone who can use them. If you are interested and can arrange to pick them up in Norwich (VT), call Ward at 802-299-6278. He also has some brewing equipment he is willing to sell at a reasonable price, so again, give him a call and see what he has.


Gift Ideas

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Spring and summer bring many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. Whether it for Mother or Father’s Day, graduation,  birthday, or a hostess present, the Market has many thoughtful gift ideas.

Make your own selection, or call ahead (763-2400) to order a gift basket, or buy a gift certificate at the register.

Here are some ideas to get you started …

  • SoRo made or raised: chocolates from the Chocolate Moose, beeswax candles from Honeyknoll Farm, in-season fruits, vegetables, popcorn
  • Vermont made or raised: special-occasion cards, garden seeds, farmstead cheeses, smoked pork and buffalo sausages, salad dressing, jam, maple syrup and honey, beer, hard cider, and wine, baking flours from Butterworks and Beidler Family farms, ice creams and gelatos
  • Fair trade: colorful woven baskets, coffee, chocolate, tea
  • Personal items: all-natural and organic body care
  • Bulk snacks: colorful and tasty sweet and savory
  • Books: cooking, gardening, canning & freezing
  • Durable items: tote bags, personal item bags, t-shirts, water bottles. New! artful refrigerator magnets
  • Home brew supplies: the best selection in central Vermont and the greater Upper Valley

Hop rhizomes are in!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The Home Brew Department will have a fairly good quantity of hop rhizomes available for sale starting Wednesday, 4/20. If you pre-ordered rhizomes, they will be tagged and put aside for you. If you didn’t order any, don’t worry – there will be plenty available. For more info or to reserve rhizomes from what has arrived, email Scott at Rhizomes will sell for $4.50 each.

Hop Rhizomes

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I will be ordering hop rhizomes after this weekend. If you would like to plant your own hops, we will have a pretty good selection available in about 3 weeks or so. If there is a particular hop variety and/or quantity you would like to grow (from the list below) email me ( and I will do my best to save it/them for you. Once they arrive, rhizomes will be sold on a first come, first served basis except for those reserved and pre-ordered. Rhizomes will cost $4.50 apiece.

Available varieties:

Brewers Gold
Fuggle (limited quantities)
Kent Golding
Mt. Hood
Northern Brewer

Instructions and advice on planting, care and harvest will be available.


Scott, Home Brew Guru

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