heady topper

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  1. cpjtr9559

    cpjtr9559 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2007 New York

    going to get some heady topper tomorrow
    is it worth a drive of 2+hours?
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  2. honkduh

    honkduh Aspirant (272) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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  3. OldCrustacean79

    OldCrustacean79 Initiate (188) Jan 20, 2012 Connecticut
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    Yes very worth the drive!
  4. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,536) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Of course it is, while your there look for HF and Lawson's too. Nice drive, leaves are changing you can grab a brew in one of the local pubs. If I was two hours away I'd make it a once every 2-3 month trip. I could stretch a case two months without getting burned out.
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,454) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Shoulda done this poll style.

    I vote maybe.
  6. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    ohhh yes.
  7. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    If you have to ask you might as well. If you don't you may always wonder what if. Arguing what is best is pointless but Heady is one of the best DIPAs I have had. I have driven further for less, I would make a two hour trip for Heady if I could.
  8. ewright

    ewright Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2007 North Carolina

    I would make that drive every time I ran out of HT.
  9. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    No beer is worth a 2 hour drive in my opinion. There are plenty of great beers out there.
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  10. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (226) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    It's a great beer, but be sure to call the brewery before heading over to be sure there's some available. I've been in the area a few times and stopped at the brewery to find out that they've sold out for the day. Would be kinda crappy to drive 2 hours for no reason.
  11. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    It depends on what else is available within two hrs. I wouldn't do it, but I have stuff I like as much or more within 15 minutes.
  12. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I've driven two hours to buy\drink beer nowhere near as good as Heady, so I'd say yes.
  13. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,606) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Depends on how much of it you buy.

    Oh hell, who am I kidding. Yes.
  14. stonermouse

    stonermouse Devotee (487) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts
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    A two hour drive is nothing, unless it's solely for the beer. Make a weekend out of it. The area is spectacular for hiking, camping, skiing, or for touring breweries. Make a weekend out of it, and a two hour drive is a no-brainer. We go 2-3 times a year to the Stowe area to hike (will be there in 2 weeks)- 3+ hour drive that's worth every minute.
  15. stonermouse

    stonermouse Devotee (487) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts
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    although, since you said you are going tomorrow (Monday), it'll be hard to make a weekend out of it... in any event, it would be worth spending a couple days up there.
  16. eagles22

    eagles22 Aspirant (251) Sep 7, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I would drive 5 hours for this beer! its one of my favorite DIPAs
  17. GarthDanielson

    GarthDanielson Poo-Bah (4,736) Nov 6, 2010 Virginia
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    check ahead of time...they tend to sell out fairly quickly, from what I hear
  18. dumpstation

    dumpstation Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2011 Vermont

    no brainer. should probably just get a case while you're at it. you will be happy you did. looks like the route might take you in to Burlington which would make for a nice lunch stop/break. Waterbury has plenty of
    cool spots to grab a bite/brew too. great time
    of year for a little VT drive no matter what.
  19. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    He'll yes. Wish I lived 2 hours away, takes me 6.
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  20. bld81

    bld81 Aspirant (221) Mar 9, 2009 Missouri
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    This is the right idea. Get up early and drive, have lunch and load up the trunk with those silver cans, take a nice hike, then drive back. I can see doing this once a month!
  21. RochesterAaron

    RochesterAaron Initiate (68) May 24, 2007 New York

    I took the 6+ hour drive with my wife and "made a weekend of it" twice this summer. Definitely worth it. All of the people warning of "running out" are a bit misguided if you're going tomorrow. They release cans on Mon/Thurs - you should be find. Grab a bite to eat in Waterbury and you should be able to get some HF/Lawson's on tap as well. (Food is great at both Pro Pig and Resevoir). I'd make that drive in a heartbeat.
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  22. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,480) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    yes, it's worth it. i'd stop for lunch/dinner in waterbury.

    honestly, if i kept my heady topper supply up i'd probably stop buying other IPAs (other than the rare treat hill farmstead and NEBCO stuff).
  23. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    If heady topper was within 2 hours of me, I'd be typing this from the car because id be on my way there. Go get it!
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  24. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    I make a point, without hesitation, to drive 3+ hours to the VT breweries every time I'm back seeing my family in southern NH...so 2 hours is almost an ideal situation.
  25. Stormfield

    Stormfield Initiate (171) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Even if they sell out at the cannery, they will be more than happy to point you to one of the stores in the area likely to have it. But yes, calling ahead is very good advice.
  26. sbrotschul

    sbrotschul Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2011 New Jersey

    Go leaf-peep and pick up a few cases. It is worth it. Call a distributor before you leave.
  27. Kinsman

    Kinsman Champion (873) Aug 26, 2009 California

    Two hours each way really isn't that bad for a day trip. Lots of options in Waterbury and Burlington to grab lunch/dinner and find Hill Farmstead and/or Lawsons on tap as well. Once you crack that first can you'll know whether or not it was worth it.
  28. MDDMD

    MDDMD Poo-Bah (1,823) Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    yes, no brainer. get a case--my faorite DIPA!
  29. dpetersen

    dpetersen Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2009 New York

    Take some time out and head up to Hill Farmstead as well. Then loop back around at 4pm when the Blackback Pub opens for their epic beer selection. Also stop by the Hunger Mountain COOP in MontPelier, you can sometimes get Lawsons there.
  30. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    100% yes for a stock-up run, don't go to somewhere like a bar for one can.
  31. dumpstation

    dumpstation Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2011 Vermont

    in thinking about it more the mere fact that you are only 2+ hrs away is pretty darn cool. I'm sure there's tons of folks all over the country that would love to give heady topper a try and it's pretty far out of their reach. there's so many beers I've read about on here that I would love to try and would if I know they were within a few hour drive. so i say go for
  32. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,019) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    That is really a questions to ask yourself, if driving x amount of hours is worth it for a beer you may or may have not hand.
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