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Anyone else getting bombarded with Heady Topper messages?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by aasher, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    I've already had like five people try to trade me Heady Topper for my Rare, King Henry, etc. They have all had 2012 join dates. Has anyone else seen an influx in requests for bottles with Heady Topper as the only thing they offer (due to its ascension to #1).

    What do I need Heady Topper for when I can drink Zombie Dust whenever I want?
  2. Levitation

    Levitation Aug 7, 2009 California

  3. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Not sure that ZD equals HT but HT for stuff like that is crazy. 4xHT for 6xZD yeah but not stuff like Rare and KH
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  4. Pahn

    Pahn Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    eh, if you like your beer big and bold, heady > zombie dust. me, i'd take zombie dust every time because i prefer my hop blast to come in lower alcohol packages.

    re: trade influx, get ready for more as the craft boom continues to grow. meh.
  5. paulys55

    paulys55 Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    This is why my regular trading partners are the only ones who know my 'real' gots.
    jegross2, SpdKilz, MarkF150 and 2 others like this.
  6. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Jan 2, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    Part of the reason I blocked my cellar link. I would have people responding to a trade saying deal, and at the last minute asking if I would swap my DDG for the kern Citra that they just happened to notice was in my cellar...
    CORKSCREWFISH likes this.
  7. KevSal

    KevSal Oct 17, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    You didn't hear? Topper is the best beer in the world evers!!

    (It is pretty tasty tho)
  8. KevSal

    KevSal Oct 17, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    Apparently I didn't read your entire post haha

    Well topper is ahead of rare on the list, so logically it must be a better beer and you must want it.

    On a completely serious note, the same could be said for Pliny when it was number 1 too. Actually I've had people solicite me offering killer brews for some fresh Pliny. I imagine people with topper are being solicited heavy so theyre going for big fish

    Btw to all you fine folks who have sent me topper as an extra, you guys fucking rock!
  9. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    But Rare isn't on the list, it's retired.
    KevSal likes this.
  10. jmarsh123

    jmarsh123 Mar 31, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Semantics. If it were so good, it'd defy its retired status and be on the Top 100. It's just a shelf turd.
    Shagtastic, KevSal and Kaydogg like this.
  11. Kaydogg

    Kaydogg Jan 5, 2011 Pennsylvania

    honestly header topper is one of the strangest beer to trade for... I put an ISO up and had offers from Rare to tough Cantillon to RR sours, locals to some dude goingtopickitupformebro for cash
    the generous guy that grabbed it for cash for me I sent a thank you box that he really appreciated so hopefully a trade partner for future..

    shelf wale to many locals who are new trying to maximize trades
    islandboi8204, jegross2 and ASUBeer like this.
  12. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    And this is where you lost me.
    smutty33 likes this.
  13. mcintire78

    mcintire78 Dec 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    There may be another element--the Alchemist is almost done building its additional facilities, which is going to make HT a good bit less rare. Maybe people are trying to dump their hoard before the value goes down.
  14. JM03

    JM03 Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    I cant answer why you've gotten multiple offers recently, but I personally prefer quantity to rarity. I'd rather have a Heady Topper to drink every day for a month than a single bottle that I can enjoy for 1 day. That's just me though.
  15. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    We here in New England do not have access to many good beers.
    HT and HF are about it.
    So that's what we have to trade. :(
  16. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Cry me a freakin' river.
    YaKnowBrady, je1129, JulianB and 2 others like this.
  17. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Jun 7, 2005 New York

    Haha....what? You must be joking....
    Shilt, Gosox8787 and Etan like this.
  18. Envelopes

    Envelopes Aug 26, 2012 Ohio

    At least you aren't in Washington.
    Sarlacc83, Rempo, Pahn and 1 other person like this.
  19. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Value is retail cost.
  20. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    NH is VERY limited thanks to state regulations.... I am NOT kidding :(
  21. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    I heard they don't have any rare beer there.
    vurt and MordorMongo like this.
  22. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    While Rare and King Henry are ludicrous, HT is a bitch to get right now. Between its rising popularity, the growth of craft, and the busy winter season, it is selling out immediately. I was up there a couple of weeks ago and went on a Friday at 2pm and it was already sold out with people apparently waiting in line for the place to open on Friday morning. And that's with a one case per person limit. In the past I've rolled in there at my leisure on a Saturday and bought 2 cases with no problem.

    Unless you're a true local or can go up midweek, it's getting very hard to acquire. Expansion plans are in the works so hopefully that will rectify the problem, but we'll see. It's just a particularly bad time to trade for HT... Not to mention, nobody should be shipping out of Waterbury right now anyway. It gets below zero at night these days...

    As for blind offers... I'm extremely skeptical of them, and I purposefully only keep an assortment of locals in my gots.
    MasterCraft likes this.
  23. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Jun 7, 2005 New York

    New Hampshire, sure....

    However, stating that New England (as you had in your original statement) is lacking in great beers and pin-pointing Hill Farmstead or The Alchemist the only trade-able options is a bit near-sighted, don't you think?
    Gosox8787 likes this.
  24. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    HT and HF have comprised maybe 10% of the beers I have traded. There are tons of great stuff to trade in New England - you have to realize that the stuff you take for granted like Dogfish Head, Allagash, or Goose Island don't get sent to half the country. Jack's Abby alone has been hot trade shit for the last few months for me...
  25. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    well then don't say new england when you mean new hampshire
  26. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    Yes Jack's Abbey is awesome, but again not in NH.
  27. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    You are correct. My Bad;)
  28. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    Yes, you are 100% correct.
    Hanzo likes this.
  29. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Where in NH do you live? You're never really more than 2 hours from MA, and most people are within an hour. Not so far that you can't make the occasional weekend day trip for a beer run...
    Gosox8787 likes this.
  30. JM03

    JM03 Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    You may not have much, but ONLY having HF and HT is not a terrible problem to have. Most would kill to have access to HF offerings.
  31. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    This is truth, unfortunately as I posted above, not so easy anymore. I was able to get the usual trunk full of HF on my last trip, but zero HT.
  32. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    I'm in Portsmouth, within walking distance to Portsmouth Brewery, which has plenty of good beer on tap.
    We have lots of great beer available in the area, however, it is limited by state regulators. That's why I've started to trade. Only 4 trades under my belt, but looking to do more.
  33. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    See: Three Floyds six pack availability outside of Munster.

    Also, I don't even have any Gots listed!
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  34. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Psh, everyone knows the city of Indianapolis got like 20 cases of Zombie Dust, bro! Stop acting like it's not just sitting on shelves getting stale since they don't bottle date!
  35. codysjb

    codysjb Jun 16, 2010 Prince Edward Island (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    This is one of the reasons I've stopped posting my cellar link in ISO's. While I like being able to offer my cellar for trades and see if people want something that I have that I'm willing to part with; every trade ends up being the typical "I see you have blabaer and mimosa, I'm happy to trade you some bcbs/pliny/heady for those". Even when several beers have *'s next to them and a note saying don't ask about them.
  36. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Reading is a lost art form :(

    Kind of ironic in a forum
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  37. Number45forever

    Number45forever Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    The word is out on Heady.

    Six months ago I used to be able to cross the street from my office and pick up a case after work if I wanted to...any day of the week. Now, I have to drive to Waterbury (a little over an hour away) on Monday or Thursday night if I want to get any. I went on a Friday night and a Saturday to get some at different points in the last couple months and I struck out both times. I haven't even had a can of Heady since November. HF has been easier for me to get lately.

    I will never understand people saying 99% percentile IPAs like Heady aren't worth giving up good stuff for.

    I just landed a Rare for a case of Heady (part of a slightly larger trade) and in the past I've gotten Black Tuesday, CBS, Better Half, more Bruery stuff, a Rose de Gambrinus, BCBS, Bramble and a bunch of CCB stuff mainly just for Heady. In every one of these trades, both sides are very happy. (Someone receiveing like 12-20 cans of Heady Topper in the mail is not going to be someone lacking joy in their life.) And if I made a trade without involving Heady, I sure as heck included it as extras....back when I could even get it;)

    If I lived close to Russian River and had easy access to their sours, to Beat, etc. then I'd be trading them for beers I want to try. If I lived near HotD, I'd do the same with beers I could get there. If I lived in Tampa, I'd pick up a case of Imperial Sweet Stout or BA Big Sound or MZ at release and use that.

    Enjoy the beers brewed in your local area, and then, if you trade, hopefully you'll find people who enjoy your locals.
  38. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I'm kind of puzzled then, because you can drive into MA in 20 minutes and it opens up a giant world of awesome and trade-able beer. :confused:
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  39. Archemedies

    Archemedies Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    There are many great stores in Massachusetts and Maine within an hour of you. I'd make a day trip every month and just stock up on awesomeness.
  40. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    I joined recently and also live in New England. Headies are delicious and much easier to come by than Hill Farmstead or the Lawsons Finest beers. With the current ranking and all it is easy for me to drive 2 hrs to VT and grab a few cases thinking that it shouldn't be too tough to work out a trade for most things I'm looking to try. Went up yesterday, grabbed a couple of cases and am going to trade for some hopslams and maybe plinys/zombie dust if I can find a partner.
    The individual batches of headies are all subtlety different and having varying degrees of hop explosion. Mondays batch was probably the most smooth and creamy of all the ones(30ish batches) I've tried. That being said, I prefer the hoppier batches that almost have a hop sting before rolling off into quenchability.
    If you haven't been able to swill 8-12 super fresh headies with the powerhop taste its difficult to really judge them. Personally have killed dozens of cases and didnt completely fall in love with it until having a few days with a case and really getting to know them. After only drinking them for a few weeks it was tough to go back to Firestone or whatever ipa/ double ipa that you were drinking before. They just weren't measuring up.
    This week marked the first batches that are being brewed since tripling their capacity. Sometime in mid feb the first cans will be ready and you should be able to go up anytime for cases instead of just on Mondays and Thursdays. Niiiice!
    Kaydogg likes this.
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