Looking for Heady Topper in Boston

Discussion in 'New England' started by jkane, Jan 30, 2013.

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  1. jkane

    jkane Initiate (144) Feb 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Does anyone know where I can buy Heady Topper in the Boston area? Bars, restaurants, or Liquor stores, doesn't matter.
  2. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Gotta go to Vermont.
  3. Kiwi

    Kiwi Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2004 New York

    Someplace North of Waterbury VT.Doesn't seem to make it to Bennington or Brattleboro..
  4. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    on occasion, some bars (Lord Hobo/Eastern Standard) have it. otherwise, northwest VT :stuck_out_tongue:
  5. jkane

    jkane Initiate (144) Feb 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Thanks for the replies. Reading through all the other Heady posts, I am beginning to realize finding it down this way is very, very unlikely. Sucks to be us I guess.
  6. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Dude, it's less than 4 hours away.
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  7. brikelly

    brikelly Aspirant (269) Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    From Medfid, it's probably do-able in 3 1/2 hours.

    It would be worth driving more than that.
  8. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Someone from The Publick House was posting on twitter that they were up at the cannery today. Wouldn't be surprised to see cans available there soon.
  9. ajthegreat

    ajthegreat Initiate (178) Nov 11, 2010 Vermont
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    I'm bringing a few four packs with me from Montpelier to south Boston sat. Will be at Cambridge brewing company sat afternoon and hanging in the city for the day.
  10. celfan

    celfan Disciple (327) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    better bring pepper spray
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  11. BeerCosmonaut

    BeerCosmonaut Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 Vermont

    If you guys in MA are lucky it will begin showing up in southern Vermont soon with their expansion and you'll be able to come just across the border to get a fix (if you time it right, I'm sure...)
  12. Drufus

    Drufus Initiate (47) Apr 23, 2007 Connecticut

    drive to VT, then be prepared to drive around to find it. I was at the brewery on Sunday and there were no cans to sell. The trip was not for nothing as I got to taste the stuff, and I can say that it is indeed amazing.
  13. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    wonder if HT will not taste as good once it's easier to get.
  14. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Depends on how long it sits around on the shelf.
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  15. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    As some have mentioned, it pops up randomly in Boston (Deep Ellum, Publick House and Eastern Standard). Best bet is to drive up on a Monday - though unfortunately HF is closed that day. Good luck!
  16. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (955) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    People said the same thing when they bottled it. And again when they canned it.
  17. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (516) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Many isolated pockets selling bootleg HT around town. Just don't cringe at some of the prices - $12 per can at some joints.
  18. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Thought HT was excellent when it was around during the summer- but come on folks wise up. I guess we all need a purpose.
  19. jamvt

    jamvt Disciple (386) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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  20. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    I don't..... understand.... the words ....coming out of your mouth.
  21. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Well I did go to Ireland once just to try Beamish. Wise up as in driving around VT to find a beer that is so hyped up is silly- but if that is what makes you happy, then do it. There was after all the Ireland trip for me.
  22. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    I guess Patriot fans are looking for something to do this weekend.
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  23. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    I'm gonna put on a white suit and travel to Vermont. I'm going deer hunting. No guns, I'm just gonna stab em.
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  24. MyIronLung

    MyIronLung Aspirant (259) Oct 28, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I heard he was a Giants fan.
  25. FoamyMustache

    FoamyMustache Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2009 Rhode Island

    doesn't fade much with age. if anything it takes a couple weeks after canning to really shine. picked up 2 cases in late october, was at its best early-mid december believe it or not. only a 4-pack left and its still drinking REALLY good.

    Finally got my hands on some Sucks last week and was able to taste heady and sucks back-to-back. expected them to be close from what i remembered of sucks last year, but heady was FAR superior!! not even close
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  26. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Green Flash is pretty close in my book, but I am no expert.
  27. nathanjohnson

    nathanjohnson Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2007 Vermont

    This is obvious.
  28. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,494) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    It's available illegally throughout the area for upwards of $10 or more a can. You just need to keep an ear open and know where to look.
  29. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Zealot (523) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    John Kimmich has said he likes it best about 4 weeks after canning.
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  30. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Isn't it $8 at Publick House?
  31. mendonjoebeer

    mendonjoebeer Aspirant (258) Nov 9, 2010 New York

    After drinking many cases of Heady, I would say I agree with your statement about it drinking really good after many weeks. I enjoy it a day old or 6 weeks old, but it is a different beer as it sits for a while. One of the true joys in life is trying to decide which heady is best. Sometimes it was the previous one, sometimes the one i am drinking at the moment, but the best feeling is that i still have more to taste.

    Although sucks is no heady, it is a wonderful beer and maybe the best west coast ipa/dipa after pliny.
  32. patrickcmcd

    patrickcmcd Aspirant (202) Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Is last years Sucks completely different than this years? This year seems sweeter.
  33. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Sucks is a fine beer, but I find it one dimensional. It lacks the body of an IPA and is nothing at all like Heady.
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  34. cappy201

    cappy201 Initiate (170) Mar 25, 2012 Massachusetts
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  35. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (516) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    A Chinese restaurant near me is offering it for $8.50, have heard PH has it for $8. But many other places have it for over $10 as Todd stated.
  36. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Now we are all looking for something to do.
  37. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Did you figure out the words coming out of my mouth yet? We might start remedial night for BA's- or we can read or type slowly.
  38. emannths

    emannths Initiate (188) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Is all the stuff MA bars is still bootleg?

    $9/can at Lord Hobo, iirc.
  39. masterob8

    masterob8 Initiate (185) Oct 6, 2009 Massachusetts

    Vee Vee in JP tweeted that they have some to celebrate their 5th anniversary this week.
  40. Aaron58

    Aaron58 Initiate (195) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    I dont understand these bars that advertise that they have it. Its highly illegal for them to be selling it, no?
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