The Alchemist (2020)

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  1. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (469) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Good to see HotW reopen last week. No HT on tap yet but cans are fresh and tasty.
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  2. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    What’s HotW? I must be more out of the loop than I thought (?)
     
  3. Piels25

    Piels25 Aspirant (237) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Hen of the Wood.
     
  4. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Dammit! Can’t believe I didn’t figure that out. I will now store said acronym in my memory banks for use at a future time.
     
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  5. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,264) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    A Heady/Focal can with a little bit of condensation is a sight to be seen.
     
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  6. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (469) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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  7. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    That's a beauty.
     
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  8. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,264) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Had a Heady yesterday and it's still a perfect beer.
     
  9. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (309) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    I will also say that the recent batch of Rapture is excellent.
     
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  10. Bradledj

    Bradledj Initiate (61) Aug 4, 2016 South Carolina

    Everyone is over here trading for trillium, tree house and monkish and all I want is some crusher and HT. Nobody does it like alchemist.
     
  11. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (469) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Glad someone like Trillium somewhere - everyone here hates ‘em.
     
  12. Bradledj

    Bradledj Initiate (61) Aug 4, 2016 South Carolina

    When I tried them a few years ago they were decent. I know people have complained lately about quality, but the hype is still there. I just need to find someone to send me some crusher since a vermont trip is not in the books for me any time soon!
     
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  13. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    Just got 2 each of heady and focal by total surprise. Wasn't hunting. Was grabbing a bottle of wine to gift for a friend tomorrow. Saw the cooler full of them. Seemed plenty left too.

    Don't normally drink during the week but had to crack the heady when I got home. So good.
     
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  14. Greyvtrayn

    Greyvtrayn Disciple (308) Feb 17, 2017 New Jersey
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    Does anyone else consider it 'bad form' when not mentioning where you found your humble brag beers in these types of messages? Drives me crazy. Just say "stumbled on Heady and Focal when I popped into Stuckey's Booze Palace in Woonsocket". Surely there are some who would appreciate it.
     
  15. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    Yeah, fair. Bacon's in Hudson.
     
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  16. pointbreak

    pointbreak Initiate (53) Dec 16, 2017 Massachusetts

    Wegman’s in Natick got a drop, you gotta ask the guys behind the counter.

    No date stamps on them this time. Last few drops around here all had them.
     
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  17. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    It seems to have dropped in a bunch of places all over MA. Provisions in Northampton. Jimmy’s Pub In Mansfield got a case. I saw a couple of other places on social media have it.
     
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  18. celtsfan33

    celtsfan33 Initiate (39) Nov 12, 2019 Massachusetts

    The south shore must have been in on this drop as well. Just ran to my local here in Hull, and after talking to the beer guy for a bit he asked me if I wanted some Heady and grabbed me a four pack from the back. Makes for a happy National IPA Day!
     
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  19. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Poo-Bah (5,458) Dec 20, 2001 New Hampshire
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    Luscious kicks ass ... if you can get it...
     
  20. lic217

    lic217 Savant (924) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    I have drank a lot of beers. Many of them are fantastic. None of them are heady topper. It is one of those beers that is perfectly made and also so unique it makes it distinguishable from the rest. I enjoy it every time. That mix of these incredible peachy tropical fruit taste of the yeast Astors mixed with the citrus and piney hop flavor is incredible. That is the difference between these other New Age beers. Most of them are tropical fruit flavors on top of tropical fruit flavors. There’s a lot of complexity in the heady topper beer that many of these New Age IPAs miss. Most of them only have a tropical fruit flavored punch without some of the other bitterness and citrus/piney hoppy flavors.
     
  21. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Lets add earthy hop flavors into that mix. I get a touch of earthy soil near the end, in a good way. The beer really contains a lot of different hop flavors, and it doesn’t ever taste or smell like rotten fruit, or as some breweries call it, “overripe fruit”.
     
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  22. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,052) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    No dates on the cans in VT either, on the deliveries received this week.
     
  23. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (276) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I remember many years ago on the BA forums when people chased Heady trucks. People would brag about their haul and never tell anyone where they snagged their beer. I got into a “fight” (LOL) with someone who wrote a post along the lines of, “Grabbed the last case. I was lucky too. The guy behind me drove from like NJ to buy Heady and walked away empty handed.”

    I responded like, “And you could’ve been a good person and sold him a four-pack in the parking lot.”

    That is when I first found out that you don’t question a “beer advocate” on his ethics.

    Wild times.
     
  24. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    Fwiw, I think it's bad form to post "does anyone else find it bad form.." If you disagree with something just say so.

    Anyway, not gonna lie I'm boozing fairly hard during the pga championship. My friend gifted me some Torch & Crown brews from NYC, which I had 3 of and all were actually very nice. Definitely a great brewery.

    But after Morikawa made an unreal EAGLE, decided to crack my last Heady, drinking from the can as instructed. It's head and shoulders above what I've had so far today.
     
  25. Greyvtrayn

    Greyvtrayn Disciple (308) Feb 17, 2017 New Jersey
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    Fair enough, although the implication was pretty clear that I thought it was bad form. I see it a lot on the forums that I follow and call it out pretty much every time I see it. No biggie.

    Glad you are enjoying the Heady and the PGA Championship!
     
  26. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (276) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I also boozed pretty hard during yesterday's final round. I am disappointed I drank my final two Lawson's pilsners after the wine. Very little appreciation for them at that point. But, hey, my Morikowa top five bet came in and I'm $90 richer! That's like two Trillium four packs of exploding beers!
     
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  27. lic217

    lic217 Savant (924) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Sounds like a blast!
     
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  28. another_beer_in_the_wall

    another_beer_in_the_wall Aspirant (223) Jun 9, 2019 US Minor Outlying Islands
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    If you are in northwestern RI it appears we had another drop. Chepachet Village Wine and Spirits has 4 packs of heady and focal. Awesome!
     
  29. Minipork

    Minipork Initiate (166) Dec 11, 2010 Illinois
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    How strict are they on the heady limits? Does my wife need to be there also or an she just wait back at the hotel
     
  30. vtcraft

    vtcraft Initiate (187) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont
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    Heady is very easy to find in local stores these days so I would not worry about any limits
     
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  31. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (250) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Despite less demand for beer right now, I’d be surprised if the alchemist let you go over the limit.
     
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  32. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (472) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Are they still dropping in Metrowest massachusetts?
     
  33. 1009

    1009 Zealot (523) Jan 20, 2019 Massachusetts
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    Was up in VT back in the Spring and bought a bunch at a local beer shop. Was told they weren't being as strict during pandemic as they're trying to move the product rather than flood the market.
     
  34. woodchipper

    woodchipper Poo-Bah (1,539) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    Local store in south central Connecticut had 1-case each of Heady and Focal this week. Gone before I got there though.
     
  35. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (798) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    You should’ve posted this in the “shelves in CT. thread”, maybe someone would give you a heads up on a store that still had some left. Supposed to be a drop once a month. fyi.
     
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  36. Griffin2

    Griffin2 Meyvn (1,035) Aug 22, 2014 Virginia
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    My sister brought me back some Heady Topper from her recent trip to Vermont. I forget how good Heady Topper is. What a great beer.
     
  37. robo55

    robo55 Initiate (64) Oct 29, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Correct. In a league of its own
     
  38. Rysk22

    Rysk22 Zealot (545) Nov 12, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Heady is a brewing marvel in my book. I'm sure there are some minor inconsistencies between batches but it always tastes like the same incredible beer every time I have it.
     
  39. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Poo-Bah (5,458) Dec 20, 2001 New Hampshire
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    Personally, I think Crusher is better. . Fwiw....

    Prosit!!
     
  40. bring

    bring Initiate (86) Aug 17, 2005 Greenland
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    It’s not (for me), but Focal may be (not to denigrate Heady at all).
     
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