Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Buying Heady Topper

Discussion in 'New England' started by MVP09, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. MVP09

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2012
    Posts:
    2,051
    Likes Received:
    834
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Can it be bought with any consistency in VT not at cannery?
     
    RKing44 likes this.
  2. wdarcy77

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Posts:
    125
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    Massachusetts
  3. brownswisscow

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    441
    Location:
    Vermont
    short answer is no
     
  4. jamvt

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2005
    Posts:
    794
    Likes Received:
    640
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    should be easier to find at stores in northern vt once their capacity increased beginning in february. the accounts that typically get it, should get more of it.
     
  5. MVP09

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2012
    Posts:
    2,051
    Likes Received:
    834
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Any place close to Stratton? Dover/Willmington area?
     
    RKing44 likes this.
  6. Flashy

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2003
    Posts:
    2,086
    Likes Received:
    1,189
    Location:
    Vermont
    No way Jose.
    But try Apre Vous in Wilmington. Best beer bar in the area by far.
     
    sandman3479 likes this.
  7. ajthegreat

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Posts:
    191
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Vermont
    Deliver to Montpelier on Friday mornings to two diff stores. Limit of 2 four packs at each.
     
  8. BeerCosmonaut

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Posts:
    81
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Vermont
    Where do they deliver in Montpelier besides the Co-op?
     
  9. ajthegreat

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Posts:
    191
    Likes Received:
    122
    Location:
    Vermont
    Uncommon market
     
  10. LostTraveler

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Posts:
    771
    Likes Received:
    396
    Location:
    Maine
    I have attempted to get it atleast 10x going thru Vt over the last yr and a half without success... have to be there on Tues or Fri depending on which way the delivery goes. I believe it is south Tues and North Fri. I may be wrong but if you call a couple stores according tho the availablility on the gooogle maps they can give you details when they get it in.
     
  11. celfan

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    Posts:
    1,163
    Likes Received:
    4,340
    Location:
    Vermont
    It's Wednesdays in the Burlington area. around noon at Healthy Living. about the same at Winooski Beverage Mart and Beverage Store in Richmond.

    I believe it used to be Fridays up here.
     
  12. iwantmorehops

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2010
    Posts:
    340
    Likes Received:
    332
    Location:
    Vermont
    Its available in the Mad River Valley at the Warren Store, East Warren Community Market, Mehuron's, and The Waitsfield Wine shop, for a few hours on Fridays.
     
  13. SpeedwayJim

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Posts:
    556
    Likes Received:
    933
    Location:
    New York
    I'm planning on being in VT on Sunday early morning to early afternoon, any thoughts on where my best bet for Heady might be or am I SOL?
     
  14. brownswisscow

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    441
    Location:
    Vermont
    SOL most likely
     
    OtisCampbell likes this.
  15. BeerLover99

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Posts:
    561
    Likes Received:
    2,670
    Location:
    Illinois
    I wish just available throughout New England, currently in north JERSEY, but don't mind making fun day trip
    to grab great beer, hike, etc.

    :oops: I'm ashamed, bought a 4 pack off of ebay and it was delicious.
     
  16. SpeedwayJim

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Posts:
    556
    Likes Received:
    933
    Location:
    New York
    Thanks, same for HF and Lawson's bottles?
     
  17. celfan

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    Posts:
    1,163
    Likes Received:
    4,340
    Location:
    Vermont
    Lawson's Paradise ale hasn't been moving quickly at all. I believe today's delivery was Paradise and Chinookered.
     
  18. TheRealPour

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2009
    Posts:
    288
    Likes Received:
    1,402
    Location:
    Illinois
    Had zero trouble finding HT in Woodstock and Rutland last summer, but I can see that the distribution list seems to have grown considerably smaller since. Ah, gotta love supply and demand!
     
  19. SpeedwayJim

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Posts:
    556
    Likes Received:
    933
    Location:
    New York
    Ok. Thanks for all the info. So is the statement that pretty much if you're in VT on Sundays, there's no HT, HF, or Lawsons to be found (I've heard really bad things about Paradise Ale) accurate?
     
  20. Dirtinabottle

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2012
    Posts:
    140
    Likes Received:
    143
    Location:
    New York
    My wife is heading up to Burlington tomorrow morning (Friday). It looks like she might be SOL ehh?
     
  21. sandman3479

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Posts:
    1,575
    Likes Received:
    4,912
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Follow the Twitter feed, they post when it's sold out.

    You might be in decent shape. Sold out on Saturday last week with the increased capacity...
     
  22. lostsurf24

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2007
    Posts:
    127
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I plan to be up in Waterbury VT this thursday by like 11AM for the start of a long ski weekend. I'm assuming I wont have any trouble getting me a four pack? Anyone know how early you can buy cans at the brewery on Thursday?
     
  23. Dirtinabottle

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2012
    Posts:
    140
    Likes Received:
    143
    Location:
    New York
    Will do, thanks. From making a few calls, all the distributors in the Burlington area are already sold out from yesterday's shipment. I may need to convince her to go out of her way a bit and visit the brewery.
     
  24. Dirtinabottle

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2012
    Posts:
    140
    Likes Received:
    143
    Location:
    New York
    They open at 11am. I just called and you should be just fine getting as much as you want on Thursday from the brewery.
     
  25. lostsurf24

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2007
    Posts:
    127
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Awesome! thank you very much for the info!

    The only worry I have next week is that Portsmouth Breweries Royal IMPY stout goes on tap while I'm gone and I miss it. If someone can somehow bottle that if it does and save it for me I'd gladly trade them a heady 4 pack for it. Obviously I need someone Boston based for in person exchange. But I'm pretty sure RIStout wont be available at all for take home.
     
  26. Dmbphoenix

    Joined:
    May 17, 2012
    Posts:
    77
    Likes Received:
    51
    Location:
    New York
    Just got the following text from my friend after I told him I was heading thru Waterbury this sat:

    "I have not been to the Mecca known as hill farmstead yet. I plan on going in late summer.
    Re heady, good luck. From what I read, they can on Mondays and either Wednesdays or Thursdays and they are sold out usually a day later! I don't know if they will have it on Saturday. What day are you coming back? Might work out better to try that day."

    I was just going to hit the alchemist on Saturday on the way up and then head back on weds and pass thru Hill Farmstead. Is it likely heady would not be there at its own cannery on Sat?.??
     
  27. BeerCosmonaut

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Posts:
    81
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Vermont
    Highly doubt Heady will be there on Saturday. Last week they sold out at ~2pm on Friday and this week, with Biere de Norma being released at HF I assume it'll be gone even sooner
     
  28. brownswisscow

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Posts:
    468
    Likes Received:
    441
    Location:
    Vermont
    I wouldn't depend on it being around saturday, more often than not, it isn't.
     
  29. skivtjerry

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Posts:
    1,790
    Likes Received:
    1,477
    Location:
    Vermont
    Heady is now available at the Village Market in Waterbury too. It looks like distribution is slowly beginning to expand.
     
  30. sandman3479

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Posts:
    1,575
    Likes Received:
    4,912
    Location:
    Connecticut
    My guess is that it'll be gone Thursday since so many people are coming up early for Norma and Lawson's Market
     
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe