Welcome to elm brook farm

Literary Dog Vodka & Rail Dog Maple Spirit

Literary Dog Vodka

Our Mission

Elm Brook Farm has one simple mission: to deliver best in class products that make your life a little more relaxing and pleasant. Our products are chosen to bookend your day. Begin your mornings and afternoons with a cup of our flavorful tea and then unwind and relax with a bit of Rail Dog Barrel Aged Maple Spirit or Literary Dog Premium Sipping Vodka when your day comes to a close.

Rail Dog Barrel Aged Maple Spirit
Rail Dog

Distilled from 100% pure maple sugar drawn from the serene maple forests of Vermont, Rail Dog is for the curious adventurer seeking an unique experience. Aged in oak barrels, the aromas of sweet maple, vanilla and almond tantalize the senses before the exceptionally smooth spirit nestles on your pallet in the cozy world between cognac and fine whisky. Dedicated to the companionship of our Braque Français, who journey by our sides with unwavering loyalty, we honor the trust and dedication of our Rail Dogs as we endeavor wherever the tracks take us.
- learn more -

Literary Dog Premium Sipping Vodka
Literary Dog Vodka

Literary Dog Premium Sipping Vodka is handcrafted from pure maple sugar right here on our farm. We distill to an equivalent of 23 distillations in a copper column designed to allow for ultra fine separation, and then blended with naturally pure water originating from our Vermont farm. - learn more -

Elm Brook Farm
Elm Brook Farm

At Elm Brook Farm in Vermont we want you to change the pace. The idea was born from an unexpressed passion for a way of life not available in the cities where we were happy to have called home. Now we've built a sustainable farm that embodies both economic life and stewardship of the land. - learn more -

Braque Français
Elm Brook Hunters

As important as the farm is to our family, our dogs make life here complete. We helped to establish this breed in the United States and they are now well established members of our family. - learn more -

Community Connection
Our Community

Even when hidden away on our farm no man is an island. We’ve been fortunate to have good friends from around the world and neighbors close by who have made the vision and building of our farm something to share. We believe that through interactions between humans and the natural world we can strengthen our community. - learn more -

About Us
Lisa & David at the Burlington Farmers Market

When we first met, we began to plan a business together. Little did we know that two decades later we would have a family, a farm, dogs, and a distillery! With so much going on, it's a wonder that we still have time to read books. But we follow our passion every day and hope you do too. We may be a bit exuberant at times, such as writing a lot about what we care about, but we hope that gives you more reasons to visit our web site often, maybe while sipping your favorite tea or spirit. ~Lisa & David Howe


What's New | August

After many years of research and development we have launched our value added agriculture business. Our distillery on our farm in East Fairfield, Vermont is now open, serving samples of Rail Dog Barrel Aged Maple Spirit and Literary Dog Premium Sipping Vodka, both entirely distilled from only pure Vermont maple! We are a small, craft distillery and as such believe in certain principles:

“We operate in an honest, transparent and non-deceptive fashion. We inform customers truthfully and accurately about the sources and methods used to make our spirits through our labels, materials and communications. We expect fair dealing and respect amongst members. We obey all federal, state, and local laws."
― The American Craft Distillers Association Code of Ethics

2015 PRESS!
Read a blog post on Farmers Market Finds about the fame of the Burlington Farmers' Market!
Read about Elm Brook Farm & Distillery in the Burlington Free Press. April 3rd article by Sally Pollak. Kitchen Wisdom Gluten Free

Our friend Liz Conforti launched her book, Kitchen Wisdom Gluten Free Food & Culture Cookbook, which is a journey into a Kitchen where Gluten Free is so Delicious that those who Can Eat Gluten Choose Not To… Learn how to Transform Southern Italian Recipes to Gluten Free! Now availalbe on Amazon.

Samples of our distilled spirits and sales of our 750ml bottles are available at:

  • the Burlington Farmers' Market located at City Hall Park 8:30am - 2:00pm every Saturday from May 9 to October 31, 2015;
  • the Stowe Farmers' Market located on Rte. 108, Mountain Road about 2 miles from the intersection of Rte. 100 and Rte.108, next to the Red Barn Shops and across from The Stoweflake Resort from 10:30am - 3:00pm Sundays: May 31, June 7 & 21; July 5 & 19; August 2, 16, & 30; September 13 & 27; and October 11 & 18, 2015; and
  • at our distillery on our farm in East Fairfield, Vermont. Please contact us at ebf@elmbrookfarm.com if you would like to stop by the distillery as we do not keep regular hours.
  • Rail Dog and Literary Dog 750ml bottles can also be purchased at the Country Store at Smugglers' Notch Resort and by Special Order through the Vermont State Department of Liquor Control.

Check in from time to time as we expect to update the What's New section frequently. Remember, always drink responsibly.

May - At the Vermont Library Conference
June - A companion for summer reading
July - Elm Brook Farm's summer booth at the Burlington Farmers' Market