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Discussion in 'New England' started by Sheppard, Jan 6, 2019.
Oh wow: ISO!
Yeah this is when the calendar helps out, I think.
Great video though. I liked the extra swirl or two.
Hello all, just wanted to let folks know that Heady and Focal are now getting distribution to the Brattleboro Food Co-op on Thursdays, 3 4pk/person limit on each, $14.99 per 4pk. I believe this is the farthest south they are currently distributing regularly!
I noticed today that a store in San Diego that gets Heady is actually advertising the hops:
I'm curious if this info actually came from The Alchemist. I'm a bit skeptical given the description as a northeast IPA when Kimmich has said he doesn't particularly care for the style and because it seems kind of random to reveal the hops after all this time. I'd also be pretty surprised if it didn't include Simcoe.
Also, citra is absolutely not used in Heady. Kimmich has stated such.
The old product description said that it was a proprietary blend of six hops. The only hop he specifically admits to is, in fact, Simcoe...
“This isn’t some magic formula,” he says, though Heady’s exact composition is of course a secret. John will reveal that Heady is made with British barley and American hops, and that the beer is a tribute to the hop variety Simcoe in particular.
He’s said there is Amarillo in there as well
Was going to say the same thing.
Is San Diego getting shipments of Heady Topper legally? As a Bostonian, my heart is broken.
Yes. We've gotten maybe 3 different drops of topper, focal banger, and crusher over the last six months. Bottle shops and my local dive bar have gotten cans, of course with no dated cans. I really don't understand why breweries don't date stamp cans, really frustrating from a consumer point of view.
Yeah, it's terrible. I remember when Commonwealth first sent cans up to MA, Big Papi didn't have dates. I was like "is this really how you want to enter a market?" Nobody wants their market to be treated like a dumping ground. At least I don't.
Yep socal is a dumping ground for toppling goliath, maine brew co, and lord hobo among others. Getting cans already a month old does not bode well with a town that has 160+ breweries (san diego) and it shows as the cans just sit on shelves.
Out of curiosity, what are they charging per 4 pack or can?
usually $5.5-6.50 a can. 4 pack around $22. Lucked out and my local bar was serving up cans for 6. Had my fill and they were definitely fresh, fortunately!
Cans for $6 is cheaper than VT at bars, I think I usually see it at $8/can. I paid $15.99 in southern VT for a 4 pack a few weekends ago.
With those prices I think you need to look around a bit more.
Kimmich is anti-can dating and to some extent I see his point. He stands by the beer at any age and wants to avoid the date hunters and playing into the hype. And doesn't the Alchemist can condition Heady for some weeks before releasing? Thought I read that somewhere.
I would agree that Heady stands up better than any hop intense IPA I am aware of. Fresh is preferred but Heady is still solid 6+ months out. I don't think Crusher and Focal hold up as well (personally).
Regardless of quality of beer, it deteriorates with time and that statement is a cop out
Personally, I prefer six month-old Heady to fresh. (Just don't drink the bottom of the can). It goes crystal clear and smooth as glass and drinks like a dream.
I'm pretty sure that I remember that Focal started out as the same base beer but that Mr. Kimmich substituted Citra and Mosaic (for the above-referenced six-unknown-American-hops-but-including-Simcoe-and-Amarillo). Focal starts to fall off significantly for me after about a month or so.
Go figure. The more I know, the less I understand.
I totally prefer HT to have some time on it. It’s become a bit too intense for my taste over the past few years
My folks have a basement fridge set at just above freezing and I keep a stash of assorted beers there for emergency purposes. I had a heady last night for the first time in a while that was at least 4-5 months old.
Poured bright and hazy after I rolled the can a bit and was superb. Zero chunkies.
I’ve had this experience consistently, it’s probably the most consistent IPA of its ilk
The point of not needing can dates makes sense to me when your footprint is an Uber small pocket of Northwestern Vermont. Makes less sense the farther out you go.
That said, 3 one-off drops of heady topper hardly sounds like a dumping ground for old product. My guess is they just made some connections out there and wanted to do something fun.
Some new beers on the rise!
I had the Squidgy Black on draft for Montbeerlier at Three Penny Taproom. It is absolute fire. One of the smoothest BA Impy Stouts I have had with ZERO trace of any alcohol whatsoever. Very dangerous stuff.
Excited to hear people's thoughts on this.
Looks like it might be a regular offering too.
Has Rapture been for sale yet? I have not seen it on the website yet but may have missed it if it was only around for a few days.
It's being released on Thursday.
Great, thanks. Been hoping they would release this one.
Galaxy-citra IPA from The Alchemist. What's to think about?
Maybe the only new IPA I'd ISO.
Anyone get up to Stowe for Rapture yet? Pretty excited about this one.
Answered my own question. Bangarang. Seek this one out.
So, @robNSB just posted this to his InstaStory
Whoa! If I could get Heady at my local packie, that’s all I would ever drink.
Most likely the same deal as NY, bars/restaurants get cans fairly regularly; on-site only.
Just got Pliny in MA, now maybe heady?? Nice.
PA permits off-site purchases, so there's potential for MA