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Where To Get Vermont Brews?

Discussion in 'US - New England' started by josephwa, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. josephwa

    josephwa Advocate (595) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012

    I've got a friend (non beer expert) that is willing to bring some brews back from Vermont and I'm hoping to get some local gems, such as Heady, Hill Farmstead, Lawsons, etc.

    Can someone let me know of a great beer store in any of the cities below to do so?

    Essex, Essex Jct, Burlington, and South Burlington.

    Thank you!
  2. pjl44

    pjl44 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Oct 3, 2008

    Check out each brewery's website, as they have all the specific information you could need about how, when, and where they distribute.
  3. Hill Farmstead @ the brewery
    Lawson's @ the Warren Store (largest outlet, call first), Hunger Mt Co-op (limited), Winooski Discount Bevy(limited)

    These are not shelf beers, so don't approach it as such.
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  4. yasky

    yasky Aficionado (215) New York Dec 21, 2008

    youbrew is spot on. The Warren store usually has a limit of 4 Lawsons bottles per person. They can disappear pretty fast as the weather gets nicer.

    Most times I've been to Winooski their limit has been 1 bottle per person for each different Lawsons' they have. Both places have limits on Heady Topper as well, though not as strict.

    For Hill Farmstead you'll likely be setting the GPS and hitting the farm.
  5. SupremePie

    SupremePie Savant (310) Vermont Sep 30, 2012

    If your friend is unwilling to leave the area, you more than likely are not getting any Hill. Your best bet would be to send him to Beverage
    Warehouse in Winooski which is in between Burlington and Essex. They get Heady Topper in on Weds and Lawsons in on Fri though they do implement 1 case/1 bottle respective limits
  6. josephwa

    josephwa Advocate (595) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012

    Thanks a ton for your help everyone!!
  7. Brad007

    Brad007 Advocate (620) Vermont Mar 28, 2007

    There is no "1 case" limit on Heady Topper. I watched several people with NJ plates load up 2 shopping carts worth of cases at one time.
  8. SupremePie

    SupremePie Savant (310) Vermont Sep 30, 2012

    Sometimes they don't enforce the limit, sometimes they do....
  9. Trackim

    Trackim Zealot (85) Vermont Aug 18, 2012

    They recently just started a stricter one case limit because of supply. They are not getting as much as they were because alchemist is keeping more at the cannery and spreading it over VT more.
  10. celfan

    celfan Savant (465) Vermont Jul 4, 2004

    more at the brewery equals more in NJ.

    they should set the stores up more.
  11. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    they should become a normal company and make enough for everyone- and boost the crappy economy in Vermont- god knows they need it. Providing they can keep up the quality (something the British and Germans had been doing for 500 years).
  12. In total agreement here. Especially if we're to believe Kimmich in this article that they won't grow past 9,000 bbls. I can understand not wanting to grow massive, but it would be nice if they grew enough to supply New England
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  13. jamvt

    jamvt Savant (470) Massachusetts Aug 5, 2005

    What exactly is a "normal company", grumpy?
  14. franklinn

    franklinn Savant (440) Vermont May 29, 2012

    Lets all whine some more
  15. celfan

    celfan Savant (465) Vermont Jul 4, 2004

    ok

    i thought this batch of Double Sunshine was off
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  16. franklinn

    franklinn Savant (440) Vermont May 29, 2012

    The last batch definitely had more sunshine than this one
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  17. howopeeps

    howopeeps Aficionado (175) Ohio Mar 7, 2011

    Does alchemist have a case limit
  18. Trackim

    Trackim Zealot (85) Vermont Aug 18, 2012

    Yes. 6
  19. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Build a larger base, influence new customers, hire more employees, have your suppliers hire more employees- heck make the liquor stores hire more employees to handle the rush- instead of sitting back and saying "I make great stuff dude- drive up here and get it if there is any left."
  20. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (530) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    Maybe John Kimmich doesn't want to have a giant brewery and wants to run the brewery at a capacity, that he feels will give him the best quality of life. Not everyone wants to get filthy rich running some giant company. The bigger they get, the bigger the headaches get.

    For now, he does have the luxury of sitting back and letting people come to him. Nothing wrong with that. Seems like an optimum business plan.
  21. jamvt

    jamvt Savant (470) Massachusetts Aug 5, 2005

    Sorry grumpy, this business model is not realistic nor what the Alchemist ever intended to be.
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  22. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Successful?
  23. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Long lasting? You want the list of breweries who have made excellent beer for centuries...to a large audience...it's hard unprecedented. Of course I am grumpy, I just spent $25 on a four pack of Bourbon County (which I don't think I really like above half).
  24. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Advocate (515) Vermont Mar 10, 2006

    I believe you have them confused with A-B.
  25. No, not A-B, but any craft brewer that can consistently put out enough beer to distribute either to: their region, or an even larger market.
  26. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    sorry, meant to say "and long lasting!" and "hardly unprecedented."
  27. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    In-Bev says "I make great stuff dude- drive up here and get it if there is any left."
  28. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Stone makes enough incredible beer and ales to cover the US.
  29. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (530) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    I like Stone, but they don't make anything as good as Heady.

    Why are you so aggitated that Alchemist doesn't want to have tremendous expantion? You even live in Vermont.
    youbrewidrink likes this.
  30. ...and you're from Vermont. 90% of business in Vermont are small... should they, too, do what you THINK is the right way to run a business? Shame on him for doing what he wants with his company. You should write him a letter to take on multi-million dollar expansions and putting up his business and other personal assets as collateral. Make him understand how he should now follow your vision for what all craft breweries should be. While you're at it, tell him what and how to brew, too. /rant
  31. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Advocate (515) Vermont Mar 10, 2006

    He's pissed that they don't deliver to his house:D
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  32. jamvt

    jamvt Savant (470) Massachusetts Aug 5, 2005

    Grumpy...I'm pretty sure Stone didnt grow anywhere near as fast as the Alchemist has in their first 18 months as a production brewery.
  33. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Advocate (515) Vermont Mar 10, 2006

    Point taken. And Sierra Nevada is even better; stellar quality and cheap.

    But I think John is like one of those cranky old VT farmers you profess to love... he'll do what he wants.
    youbrewidrink likes this.
  34. Because he's not from here, and he doesn't get it. Read the article in the Free Press about why John does what he does, and maybe you will get it - it's not all about what YOU want. Surely you've heard this mantra?: "I'm a Vermontuh, and I do what I wantuh." I.e. Dont' tell me how to live my life or run my (very successful) business!" 'Course John isn't from here either, but he's successfully adopted the native attitude - woot, I say!
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  35. And remember, don't pronounce the t's.
  36. telejunkie

    telejunkie Savant (305) Vermont Sep 14, 2007

    At my local bottle shop I can get Long Trail, Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Harpoon, Rock Art, Switchback & Trout River if you're having a hard time finding any of those...
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  37. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    HT was available in Southern Vt and after expansion it no longer is?! He can do what he wishes with his company- but why can't the make just a little more and send it this way. So the owner is happy by staying small- but depriving tens of thousands of beer drinkers of his product- hardly fair- "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."
  38. howopeeps

    howopeeps Aficionado (175) Ohio Mar 7, 2011

    Any good breweries to visit besides alchemist Lawson's and Hill farmstead
  39. Trackim

    Trackim Zealot (85) Vermont Aug 18, 2012

    Fiddlehead. Long trail. Magic hat.
  40. SupremePie

    SupremePie Savant (310) Vermont Sep 30, 2012

    Bobcat Cafe
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