It's no secret to Vermonters when they look upon any hillside dotted with lovely houses that most are owned by someone from elsewhere, often Massachusetts. As one anonymous Vermonter said, "they came for our land; now they are coming for our beer."
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In a deal that combines two of New England's most longstanding craft brewers, the parent company of Harpoon Brewery has agreed to buy Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing Co.
Mass. Bay Brewing Co., headquartered in the Seaport District, will add Long Trail, as well as its Otter Creek and Shed brands, to a growing portfolio of beverages, including Harpoon, UFO Brewing, and Arctic Chill Hard Seltzer. The deal's financial terms were not disclosed.
Long Trail was planning to consolidate from two breweries to one, and Fulham asked whether Harpoon could produce a few of its beers — which have been brewed in Vermont since its founding in 1989, long before the recent explosion of craft brewing.