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GREGORY JOHN NOONAN BURLINGTON - Gregory John Noonan, 58, died at his home in Burlington on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer. Greg, the son of the late Edward J. Noonan Jr. and the late Dolores Donlin Noonan, was born in Springfield, Mass. on March 4, 1951. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield and St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. and resided in Burlington since 1988. He leaves his brother Christopher Noonan, Acworth, N.H.; his sister and brother-in-law Martha and John Murtaugh, Manchester, Conn.; his sister and brother-in-law Regina and Joseph Hitchery, Niantic, Conn.; and his brother and sisterin-law Jerome and Maura Noonan, Longmeadow, Mass. He also leaves two stepchildren, and several nieces, nephews. Greg was the proprietor and co-founder of the Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, the author of several books on brewing and a scholar of Irish antiquities. He was also well known in the U.S. brewing community as a judge and a winner of many brewing awards over the past twenty years. The entire VPB staff and many friends will miss him greatly. A memorial service to celebrate Greg's great humor and engaging spirit will be scheduled by the family for a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT. To send online condolences please visit

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 13, 2009.
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October 16, 2009
Hello to all family and friends of Greg. I am so happy I got to see Greg this summer and perform at the Vermont Pub & Brewery, coming up from New Orleans. Greg was always a supporter of mine, before I moved, after Katrina, right up to this summer. I will always be grateful for his generosity of spirit, his love for music, and help for NO when we needed help. Greg and Steve came to stay with me in NO for St. Paddy's weekend several years ago...a very memorable time. Never forget.
Chip Wilson
October 16, 2009
Greg was a wonderful man. He taught me many things about beer and dazzled me with the details of his historical knowledge. He was always a caring, warm & welcoming man; Once offering me some of his own delicious corn beef and cabbage, last St. Patties day, when his kitchen ran out. My condolences to his family.
Vermont has lost a visionary and a scholar. May his memory be an inspiration to us all.
October 16, 2009
I first met Greg in Montpelier, of all places, where we both were working on beer issues at the Statehouse. While from somewhat different sides of the coin, we easily worked together to fix the issues with the law for the benefit of beermen (and beerwomen) throughout Vermont. He was respectful, always a gentleman, and was empathetic to others while not giving up on his beliefs. In business he always treated us with respect, dignity and was a customer of the highest regard. My condolences to his family and friends.
Mike Baker
October 16, 2009
The world has lost a great brewer, and one of the leading lights of the craft beer movement. He will be missed but well remembered when a good beer is shared. My condolences to his family and friends.

David Nitzsche
St. Louis Brews
October 16, 2009
Greg was such a caring and wonderful man, employer and friend. He always had great advice to give and he offered it with spunk and enthusiasm. I will miss that famous smile and booming laugh. The community he loved has lost a great friend.
Rebecca McCarty Copans
October 16, 2009
Jerome and Maura

Our prayers and condolences to you and Greg's family during this sad time. May you find strength and solace in remembering his life well lived.
Bill Cirino
October 15, 2009
My sisters, mother and I shared a evening at Gregory's brewery in Burlington..He delighted us with his charm, humor, wit, and knowledge....I enjoyed that evening greatly.. He will be remembered fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you Chris & family...
Jackie Kearney
October 15, 2009
Carol and I will miss Gregory. He was a great friend. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Henry Millett
October 14, 2009
So sorry to hear of Greg's passing...every year a trip to Burlington met a night at VPB, a Burly and chat with the man...I'll miss that. My thoughts are with Greg's family and friends.
David Covey
October 14, 2009
Hi Chris , I am very sorry for the loss of your brother ,He was , as I remember a very good kid and from the condolences, continued to be. Sincerely , Your cousin , Jim Croken
James Croken
October 14, 2009
I knew Greg "B.B" (Before Brewing) in the long ago past in Springfield via his younger brother Jerome who is my age. Greg had a great outlook on life. I was shocked to learn of his passing and express condolences to his families (of origin and current) as well as all those who obviously cherished his friendship.
Tom Driscoll
October 14, 2009
My we never forget the sound of your laugh, it was the best! I learned so much from you, Nancy & Steve that has kept me in the business all these years.
Bo (Brenda O'Shea)
October 14, 2009
Greg Noonan was one of those people who was so open, so engaging, so approachable and so reachable. I could send him an email at 10:30 pm, and he'd respond that night! Anyone who came into contact with him felt that they could count on him as an authority (on beer and many other subjects), as a resource and as a friend. He was an expert at making each of us feel like a VIP. His life touched and influenced many others. I shall not look upon his like again. Farewell, my friend.
Paul Kowalski
October 14, 2009
As a brewer, Greg touched the whole beer community, but it was as a friend that he will be remembered. Greg always smiled. He found humor even in the tribulations of running a brewery and restaurant. For Greg, everything had some joy to it. Hell, he even thought I was funny! If I walked into his joint unannounced, he would crack up when he saw me. And then we’d sit and talk and drink. The guy just loved life. Everyone was a friend. Forget that he personally moved the industry light years with his work, he simply was the best of the best. He left us way too early and will be missed for a very, very, very long time.
Daniel Bradford
October 14, 2009
So sorry to hear the news. I truly enjoyed working for Greg at VPB and then developed a deeper respect for him when we began brewing our own beer. It was always great fun to run into him on the town and share a few stories and a few beers. His enthusiasm and free spirit were contagious. Janet Lavigne Lussier
Janet Lavigne Lussier
October 14, 2009
Words can't describe the sadness I feel when I realize Greg's smiling face will no longer grace this earth. Whenever I asked him how he was doing he always answered with "Excellent. Couldn't be better. Can't complain" ...such an upbeat man and so generous and personable. The VPB is one of my daughters' and my favorite lunch destinations and it certainly won't be the same without Greg joining us for a bit to catch up on our lives and add some good humor.
My condolences to all the family and friends of Greg.
I'm sure going to miss you Greg. Put a good word in for me...I'm going to need it!!
Marjorie Emmons
October 14, 2009
Rest in peace, Greg. I will never forget the five years I spent under your employ as a cook at VPB. Your humor, compassion and kindness to me will always be remembered.

Kris Heath, Concord, VT
October 14, 2009
I was very saddened to learn of Greg's passing. My condolences to all of you. Sandy Noonan
October 14, 2009
Greg always had a way of making those around him comfortable. He will always remain close to those who knew him, as his spirit will live on forever.. I raise a glass in honor of Noonan.
Brian Tomlinson
October 13, 2009
Dear Greg, I will never forget - we will never foget - the love and energy you shared with us all! The VPB - we thank you and will always remember you - what you stood for - your laugh - and the way you lived - in peace... You affected and effected so many - Thank you for everything!
Hannah Friedman
October 13, 2009
On top of his tremendous contributions to brewing, the world has lost a great publican and a most genial host.

Greg, it was always great to see your smiling face. We will miss your friendship greatly, and heaven will be all the richer for your presence.

Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Terry Atkinson & Charlie & Kenny Olchowski
October 13, 2009
WIth many thanks for all Greg did for those of us in the brewing community. Most of us never met him in person, but we all benefitted from his knowledge and generosity.
Saint Paul Homebrewers Club
October 13, 2009
I had met Greg on about three - maybe four occasions and always found him warm, friendly and a great conversationalist. You will be missed and left the brewing community, which you helped to create, far too early. If there is an afterlife may you reside in good company and enjoy good cheer with Michael the "Beer Hunter" who also left the beer party too soon. Cheers.
Gary Spedding.
October 13, 2009
Greg you will be deeply and profoundly missed.
October 13, 2009
Greg introduced me to fine beer and was always a gracious host when I visited his pub. My sincerest sympathies to his family. I was very sorry to hear of his passing.

Someone I will never forget.
Heidi Amlaw
October 13, 2009
You will be sincerely missed not as a not only for your contributions to the brewing community but as a compassionate man. Your spirit will remain in the growlers I will continue to obtain.
Will Yakubik
October 13, 2009
Greg was a very kind soul, who always took the time to say Hi if he saw you and was always willing to help you in any way possible. I had the privilege to meet him many times over the years and enjoyed his laughter and share some beers. He was one of the Good Guys! Prosit Greg!
Gary Klopfer
October 13, 2009
Greg was always so very kind to my husband, Dave Cavanagh, and I when we visited the Pub. Someone would bring beer to the table and say "It's on the house." There would be Greg winking from behind the bar. We were among his first enthusiasts when The Pub opened. So sorry to hear this sad news. A huge loss to his personal loved ones and the community.
sharon webster
October 13, 2009
Greg, your absence is felt all the way in the Lone Star state. Here's hoping you're knocking back a cold one inside the Pearly Gates.
Scott Birdwell
October 13, 2009
I am a huge fan of VPB and of Mr. Noonan. He was talented, unfailingly humorous and friendly. My condolences to all who loved him. I met Greg on our shared birthday some years ago and despite meeting thousands, he never forgot I was his birthday buddy.
Cindy Groseclose
October 13, 2009
I am so very sorry to hear the news of Greg's passing. My band and I played at VT Pub & Brewery way back, and he was always such a nice guy and great to do business with. There aren't many like him, he was honest and easy going and a pleasure to work for. My sympathy to his family and friends.
Joanne"Little Joyce" Cooper
October 13, 2009
When someone who gave a bit of himself to so many leaves us, we all have lost something precious and yet, in another sense, all those whom Gregory touched will carry a pice of him with them forever and so we all will continue to feel his influence and be the better for it.
Jim Jennings Five Star
October 13, 2009
The true essence of Greg can never be fully interpreted through words, for there is no words that can describe a man who was so much a father, role model and teacher as he was...Much love and respect...You're time was greatly appreciated and you're missed more than anybody can know...
Lucian Benway
October 13, 2009
It was with heavy heart that I read of Greg Noonan's death just now. Everybody needs heroes, and he was one of mine. I met Greg briefly at the American Homebrewers Association Conference and Great American Beer Festival in 1988, just before he opened the Vermont Pub & Brewery. He was an enthusiastic inspiration. Years later in the mid-90's, Brewing Techniques Magazine flew Greg to Eugene, Oregon, to speak at their first technical conference. I was the lucky local who got to entertain Greg for a whole day. He chose to go to the coast, so I we hiked the Hobbit Trail down to my favorite sandy beach. Spending time with this amazingly intelligent man was reward enough, but Greg thoughtfully sent me some high-quality watercolor brushes to say, "Thank you."

We connected at various beer events over the years, which was always a treat. In 2007 when I took my long RoadBrewer trip, Greg let me park my trailer on his front lawn for two weeks. I flew home for one week in the middle, but the bookends I spent having dinner with Greg. Always a generous soul, he treated me to lobster dinner he boiled on his propane camp stove on the back porch. He encouraged me in whatever I did, including my mustard experiments. When I toyed with the idea of opening my own brewpub, he invited me to visit for a week to work with him and his best friend and business partner, Steve Polewacyk. I treasure the knowledge and friendship Greg gave to me. He was always full of fun, adventure, smiles, and the most amazing conversations about ancient Irish migrations, moon cycles, and a deep appreciation for all that life in Vermont and a Jet Ski on Lake Champlain could offer. I will miss him terribly. Farewell my friend and mentor.
Teri Fahrendorf
October 13, 2009
Life is a torch we have the privilege of carrying for a given time. Greg, thank you for burning yours so bright, carrying it so high and helping so many to emulate and do the same. You have and will continue to touch many souls. God Bless.
James Ottolini
October 13, 2009
A good man. A true renaissance man. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace Greg.
Edward Boettcher
October 13, 2009
Farewell my friend. You never acted as if you knew it all although you so obviously did. It was a privilege to work with you, to share honor with you, and to know you.
Steve Parkes
October 13, 2009
The brewing world will miss the gentleman rogue from the Green Mtn. state, an Irish lad with a love for beer. I first met Greg in 1990 on a visit from the Northampton Brewery where I was working. His humor, sarcasm, wit and kindness were the same then as when I shared a beer and a side-splitting laugh at the CBC in Beantown this April.Rest well, I raise a glass to you, Sir!
Chris O'Connor
October 13, 2009
The winds of Lake Champlain have taken our captain; the crew misses you. You were my first boss in Vermont and I'll never forget what you taught me. May your winds blow up College Street forever........
Michael Woods/Bartender VPB
October 13, 2009
It comes with great sadness to hear of Greg's passing. He was a funny, happy, generous person who had many friends everywhere. I had the priviledge of knowing and working for Greg at the "7 Barrel Brewery" in W. Lebanon, N.H. for many years. His great humor and love for life brought him many friends from all walks of life...and his beer too! He will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.
William (Harvey) Aldrich
Doreen Wyatt
Margarete Aldrich
October 13, 2009
Greg was an insopiration to us all. His loss is deeply felt within the home brewing community. Pat "The Janitor" Babcock - Home Brew Digest
Pat Babcock
October 13, 2009
I'm lifting a glass in your honor, Greg. You'll be deeply missed by so many.

Rick Snyder
October 13, 2009
You were the first and the best; the Dean of Vermont brewers. What you have done for all homebrewers, and for me personally, will never be forgotten.
Thank you, and rest in peace.
Dan Marshall
October 13, 2009
We already miss you Greg. Thank you for the opportunity to get to know you. Mike & Patty
October 13, 2009
Regina, Martha, Chris and Jerome,

I am so very sorry to hear about Greg's passing. I'll always remember his sharp humor and engaging personality.

Pat Philbin
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