BURLINGTON – On the evening of Friday June 2nd, Williston resident Aaron Green sat down to dinner at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, and he is still there as of press time. The waiter presented him with a list of their local craft beers, and he hasn’t ordered yet.
“I don’t want to make a bad decision,” Green says, “so I need to read through the whole list.” At 9,423 offerings from Burlington breweries alone, this is quite a task. “I actually got through the list late Saturday afternoon,” Green confirms, “but by then I had forgotten what was at the beginning, so I had to start over.” Green told bystanders who had stopped to take pictures of him that he now has a system in which he marks off potential orders with a crayon. He hopes that this will help him narrow down his final drink order.
“It is kind of unusual,” says Jed Davis of the Farmhouse Group. “Usually people get a few pages in, give up, and pick something. Or, they come in with an idea of what they want to order. I’ve never seen anyone actually try to read a list of every craft beer in town. But hey, if he wants to do it, we’ll let him sit there.”
Green says he’ll be done when he’s done. And as other customers have started buying him drinks as a show of support, that might be a long time coming.