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Hermit Thrush Brewery

Founder Focus

February 17, 2017

Founders: Chrisophe Gagne & Avery Schwenk

Company: Hermit Thrush Brewery

Description: Hermit Thrush Brewery is the brainchild of President and Brewmaster Chrisophe Gagné and his beer-loving friend and Vice President Avery Schwenk. Together, Christophe and Avery are dedicated to providing top quality Belgian inspired ales to the residents and visitors of Brattleboro, Vermont. Through the use of historical brewing processes, oak casks, and new green technologies, we make exciting, yet accessible, beer while keeping an eye on minimizing our environmental impact.

Founder Focus - Chris and Avery

Founder Focus – Hermit Thrush Brewery with Chris and Avery

Founder Focus celebrates the brave and creative entrepreneurs in our region whose passions are the products and services their companies provide.



Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

INSTIG8 the region’s center for quality entrepreneurship training, scale-up services, and innovation.

INSTIG8 is a BDCC initiative located in Windham Region and initially sponsored by the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP).

This program strategically fosters a safe environment for creative entrepreneurs to try, fail, learn, build, explore, and connect to other like-minded individuals while developing their business concepts and models.

It’s a series of workshops, events, and co-working. INSTIG8 will be the catalyst for engaging, business-minded, creative community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and instigators.

Why is this work a benefit to the region?

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation leads to new businesses and job creation
  • Higher levels of entrepreneurship gives people employment choices
  • Ideas lead to new combinations of existing concepts which lead to business creation