Rock Art Brewery

 

Rock Art is owned and operated by Matt and Renee Nadeau. They started the brewery at their home in Johnson, VT in 1997, making them one of the oldest craft brewers in the state. They have grown slow and steady, preferring to keep family and lifestyle first. Having spent time living out west, they chose Kokopelli as their logo, an ancient Anasazi and prominent figure in Hopi Legends. You have probably seen the image, a hunched back flute player who represents a mischievous trickster or minstrel, the spirit of music and considered the symbol of fertility wellbeing and success in crops, hunting and fertility.

When they started Matt would do the boil in the backyard of their home and then gravity feed the wort to the basement where it would be fermented and aged. He’d keg it and then carry the kegs up to the garage where they would sell growlers. You can imagine that would grow old quickly. They did that for four years until he created Ridge Runner, a bold ale at 7.2%. Back then that was a big deal and very different from what was on the market. Ridge Runner was an instant hit and enabled them to move to an industrial building and create a real brewery. They stayed in that location for 10 years creating many great beers and building a strong following. In 2011 they purchased a building a mile or so up the road and built their current brewery.

They continue to make great beer and do great things. The brewery now has 200 solar panels on the roof and is totally solar. The place is filled with local art (all of it’s for sale) and makes it feel as much like a gallery as a brewery. Rock Art is always fun to visit. It’s not too big, not too small, comfortable, with a great and friendly staff. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet Matt and Renee!