Weird Window Brewing hoped to open it's doors in March, but with COVID-19, the team now hopes to open its doors in the summer of 2020. The brewery is owned and operated by Jack and Emily Droppa, residents of South Burlington, VT. Jack manages the brewing operation and Emily manages the taproom, merchandise and events.
The team at Weird Window Brewing strives to deliver an approachable and diverse selection of beers. Instead of just focusing on one style of beer, the hope of Weird Window Brewing is to have a beer for everyone who visits the taproom. The taproom holds up to forty five guests with up to ten beers on tap, including a selection of IPAs, Pilsners, Brown Ales, Red Ales, and Stouts
Weird Window Brewing has a three barrel pilot system and a fifteen barrel production system. The brewhouse is customized so that both of the systems are on the same brew deck. In addition to the three barrel and the fifteen barrel fermenters, Weird Window Brewing also has a seven barrel lagering tank, which makes it possible to brew and age lagers in the traditional way. All of the brewing and cellaring equipment was purchased from Alpha Brewing Operations in Lincoln, NE.
Why Weird Window Brewing? The name of the brewery comes from the slanted windows located throughout the Vermont and the New England areas. The windows are called “Vermont Windows," “Crooked Windows," “Witch Windows," and even “Coffin Windows." The windows are commonly found on old farmhouses in rural Vermont. Jack and Emily started to call the windows “Weird Windows"and, well, it just stuck. Jack and Emily like the story behind the windows and the connection to Vermont, so, why not Weird Window Brewing!
Jack is originally from Ellicott City, MD. Jack has lived and brewed in at least four different states, including his home brewing experience in college at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Upon graduating from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s in History and a Minor in Educational Studies in 2011, Jack moved to Utah to work as a Ski Patroller at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Snowbird, UT. Jack, of course, continued with his home brewing hobby during this time! Jack worked as a Ski Patroller for just over three seasons before deciding to move to Vermont to be with his girlfriend at the time, Emily, in 2015. Jack knew he wanted to work for a brewery instead of at a ski resort in Vermont, but without any “official” experience, Jack decided to do an internship at Anacapa Brewing Co. in Ventura, CA before he moved to Vermont. Jack moved to Vermont once he completed his internship, and Jack was quickly hired on the Packaging Line at Otter Creek Brewing in 2015. While at Otter Creek Brewing, Jack worked his way up to be Lead Brewer in just over three years. In 2018, while working at Otter Creek Brewing, Jack heard of an opening for a Brewer at Frost Beer Works in Hinesburg, VT. Jack was offered the position and worked at Frost Beer Works from 2018 - 2019. It was during this time that Jack thought about what it would be like to, one day, own his own brewery. In 2019, while still working at Frost Beer Works, Jack took a fall skiing and blew out his knee, which resulted in some needed time off from brewing. It was during this time off that Jack learned Canadian Brewery, Farnham Ale and Lager, was looking to sell their South Burlington location. Jack put in an offer, and, after some back and forth, the offer was accepted and Weird Window Brewing was a reality!
Originally from Ogdensburg, NY, Emily met Jack in college at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 2007. Emily and Jack dated throughout college, and Emily even bought Jack his first home brewing kit as a Christmas present in 2010! Upon graduating from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Minor in Educational Studies and a Masters in Counseling and Human Development (and some school counseling AND bartending experience!) in 2011, Emily moved to Utah with Jack. Emily worked as a Middle School Counselor in Herriman, UT for two and a half years before deciding to move to Vermont to be closer to family and friends in 2014. Emily worked as an Elementary School Counselor in West Pawlett, VT for six short months before deciding to move closer to some friends in South Burlington, VT. It was around this time that Jack moved to South Burlington, VT, too. Emily and Jack soon closed on a house in South Burlington, VT, and were married at Stowe Mountain Resort with some of their chosen craft beer on tap in 2017! Recently, Emily worked as the Elementary School Counselor in Vergennes, VT for five years, at which point Emily decided to leave her position at her school to help Jack pursue his dream of owning a brewery in 2019. Emily manages the taproom, merchandise and events at Weird Window Brewing, and helps Jack keep everything clean, organized and running smoothly!
Citra is an (almost) two year old Apricot Standard Poodle. Emily and Jack adopted Citra from a breeder in Colebrook, NH in 2018. Even before Citra was officially adopted, Emily and Jack knew they would name their dog Citra, obviously after one of their favorite hops. Citra loves to play, run around like crazy, say hi to everyone, give hugs and kisses and visit craft breweries!
82 Ethan Allen Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403
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