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February 1, 2012

Heady Topper

Today's post features one of the most sought after cans of beer in recent memory, The Alchemist's Heady Topper. This photo was submitted by Kyle Park of Hops and Circumstance, so thanks Kyle!

For those of you unfamiliar with Heady Topper, it's forged all the way up in Northern Vermont. Waterbury to be specific. The Alchemist started as a restaurant/brewpub in downtown Waterbury, but unfortunately in August of last year, Hurricane Irene flooded them and the business was totaled. On the brighter side, The Alchemist was already a few weeks away from opening a canning line just up the road when Irene hit. So now, if you're willing to travel to Vermont, the only place it's distributed, you can get your hands on 4 packs of Heady Topper at the new canning facility.

I had the chance to visit The Alchemist just a few months before Irene took them out, and it was one of the best beer experiences I've ever had. The owners, Jen & John Kimmich were among the nicest people I've encountered in my beer travels and even let us see the basement brewery which later came to be overcome with flood waters from the hurricane. I'd wish them luck in their canning operation, but just based on trade buzz and how many people I know who have taken or are planning on taking the long trip to Waterbury just to bring home some Heady, i'd say they're doing just fine.

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