Welcome to elm brook farm

Literary Dog Vodka, Rail Dog Maple Spirit & Dirty Dog Maple Syrup

The 3-Dog Pack

Our Mission

Elm Brook Farm has one simple mission: to deliver best in class farm-based agriculture products that make your life a little more relaxing and pleasant. Our products are chosen to bookend your day. Begin your day with a sumptuous breakfast by drizzling Dirty Dog Barrel Aged Maple Syrup over your favorite pancakes, French toast, hot oatmeal or yogurt. 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.
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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 in a copper column designed to allow for ultra fine separation, and then blend with naturally pure water originating from our Vermont farm. On those lazy afternoons and quiet evenings when there’s nothing better than spending time with your favorite author, Literary Dog is your welcome companion. Enjoy simply by itself sipped at room temperature or slightly chilled as an unadorned martini. Literary Dog will be as welcome as the engaging story that’s waiting for you.- learn more -

Dirty Dog Barrel Aged Vermont Maple Syrup
Dirty Dog Syrup

Rail Dog, an unanticipated pleasure when first experienced, is born from Vermont maple sugar. In a pleasurable twist, Rail Dog now gives back to maple. Introducing Dirty Dog Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. Dirty Dog is pure Vermont Maple Syrup infused with Rail Dog’s floral blend of vanilla, almond and spices.
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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

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What's New | March

Our devotion to maple continues with our unwavering dedication to exceptionally handcrafted maple products. We remain a boutique distillery committed to bringing our customers the best spirits in the world. Our research and development is focused on innovative maple products that will surprise and delight you in new ways. Our products are sold on our farm and at the Country Store at Smugglers' Notch Resort.

We release each barrel of Rail Dog Barrel Aged Maple Spirit after it has aged in American Oak barrels to a smooth liquor with a beautiful amber color and flavors and aromas similar to Cognac. We just bottled barrel #17 and are selling it in 375ml bottles only. The price of the 375ml is $68.50. We will reserve up to two 375ml bottles per person. Please email us at ebf@elmbrookfarm.com and we'll set aside your Rail Dogs.

Our Literary Dog Premium Sipping Vodka is available in both 375ml ($38.50) and 750ml ($58.99) bottles. Every batch has our signature "essence of maple" aroma and smoothness from our unique ultra fine distillation. The latest batch is made from this year's maple harvest. Our sap had a higher than average sugar content this year and the resulting vodka is fantastic. It's a Martini all by itself!

Dirty Dog, our first non-alcoholic maple product, is our maple syrup aged in our Rail Dog barrels. After we bottle a barrel of Rail Dog, we fill the barrel with our maple syrup. The result is sublime! The price is $29.99 in a 375ml bottle. Imagine Crème Carmel with Dirty Dog in the bottom of your ramekins instead of carmel. The flavor of the Rail Dog and maple intertwine with the cream custard.

Also check out our new Euro stickers when you visit us.

Literary Dog Euro
Rail Dog Euro

Samples and sales of our distilled spirits are available at:

  • our distillery on our farm in East Fairfield, Vermont. Saturdays & Sundays we're open from 11am to 5pm November, 2017 through April, 2018. Come join us for a free sample! Snow tires are a must on our driveway and 4-wheel or all-wheel drive is recommended depending on the weather. If you'd like to stop by the distillery at a different time, please contact us at ebf@elmbrookfarm.com to make those arrangements; and
  • the Country Store at Smugglers' Notch Resort, open daily.


  • On Saturday, March 17, 2:00pm - 4:00pm join us for a St. Patty's Day tasting located by the fire pit table in the courtyard at Smugglers' Notch Resort, VT. We'll have samples and bottles of Rail Dog, Literary Dog, and Dirty Dog for sale. Other Vermont Maple products will also featured and sampled.
  • On Thursday, March 22rd and 29th, from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, we'll be at the Smuggs MapleFest Sampling located by the fire pit table in the courtyard at Smugglers' Notch Resort, VT. We'll have samples and bottles of Rail Dog, Literary Dog, and Dirty Dog for sale. Other Vermont Maple products will also featured and sampled.


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

Rail Dog aging in the barrels!
Sharing Rail Dog & Literary Dog with friends at Locust Walk
Snow Day!