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The Alchemist is closing the cannery to the public on 11/15

Discussion in 'New England' started by BoldRulerVT, Nov 5, 2013.

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  1. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Champion (856) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    http://www.alchemistbeer.com/a-difficult-decision/
     
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  2. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    wow that sucks

    Heady's trade value just shot up
     
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  3. amp138

    amp138 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Rhode Island

    Oh god. Panic mode has just set in for me.
     
  4. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Champion (856) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    This will be a day of butthurt unseen in modern times...
     
  5. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (309) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    You gotta be shitting me
     
  6. codysjb

    codysjb Devotee (423) Jun 16, 2010 Prince Edward Island (Canada)
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    Do not want. I wouldnt mind if this meant that retailers got cases to sell but dealing with the bullshit from some of The stores(ie Hunger mountain co op which seems to argue with me every time about whether the limit is one lawsons bottle total or one of each) is just a pain In the ass.
     
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  7. SupremePie

    SupremePie Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2012 Vermont

    Growler fills lasted long..
     
  8. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Hopefully this cuts down on the amount of Heady threads in this subforum.
     
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  9. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    My first thought too. Wonder what they'll do with the beer they have already brewed for growler release.
     
  10. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Should cut-down on 14 hour round trips from the Mid-Atlantic for the purpose of buying/trading the beer.
     
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  11. brikelly

    brikelly Aspirant (269) Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I bet some poor sap will show up on 11/15 not knowing the news and stand there for hours anyway.
     
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  12. devkitt

    devkitt Initiate (0) Aug 27, 2012 Indiana
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    lmao
     
  13. nolanz14

    nolanz14 Aspirant (286) Aug 31, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Wow. I guess I better delete my FT threads and keep my Heady.
     
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  14. amp138

    amp138 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Rhode Island

    Honestly one of my first reactions was "what about their growler fills?" How are they going to facilitate those now, or is that investment DOA?
     
  15. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    If they wait long enough do they let him in like Jared Leto in Fight Club? Is this just a test to see how dedicated people are to Heady?
     
  16. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Aspirant (252) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois
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    I can't believe this means I probably had my last Heady back on freakin' Memorial Day! I'm so pissed now...
     
  17. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (252) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    This'll suck for a few years, until they expand or open an additional facility.
     
  18. jbdpsu82

    jbdpsu82 Devotee (406) Aug 28, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Well I guess I won't be sending out Heady as extras anymore...
     
  19. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Send it to FX Matt!
     
  20. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (457) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    This is why we can't have nice things.
     
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  21. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (788) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    talk about a heads up
     
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  22. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (319) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Forgive me if it's been discussed elsewhere, but does anyone know the backstory here? Were neighbors complaining? I know when I've gone it's been crowded before, but I didn't think it was that big an issue...

    Just seems strange to me that rather than expand in a new location and increase production, they'll only sell to their current accounts at this time and close the cannery, which was a big reason for my frequent trips to Waterbury. And I wonder how this news will affect the markup in retail shops... or will there conceivably be more beer there to purchase?
     
  23. MattOC

    MattOC Aspirant (216) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    On The Alchemist FB someone asked your exact question. Answer: "We will post about growlers when we have more info. But hang on to your your growler."
     
  24. Bond111

    Bond111 Aspirant (228) Feb 14, 2011 Minnesota
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    This sucks, especially to someone whom has never had heady...is it too late for a ISO for someone to hook me up?!?

    Is it just because there is too much traffic for such a small spot, with a small parking lot?
     
  25. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    The mark-ups are going to be insane.
     
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  26. gregkoko

    gregkoko Initiate (69) Mar 12, 2010 New York
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    The retail shops know the golden goose they're sitting on. Markup will shoot up
     
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  27. ommegoodness

    ommegoodness Initiate (170) Apr 21, 2010 Massachusetts
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    So if they are not cutting back on production and not serving any new accounts, who is getting the windfall of a few hundred extra cases of HT/week to sell in retail? Given how careful Kimmich has been with his product, I can only assume they will make sure their authorized retailers are not marking it up to seriously.
     
  28. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (237) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    Do I have to compete with the folks trolling our local stores every delivery day now? Aaaargh!
     
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  29. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Champion (856) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    The Kimmichs keep an eye on prices in retail stores and have said they will pull the account if the mark up is deemed excessive.
     
  30. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Meyvn (1,041) Oct 19, 2010 New Jersey
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    With the Alchemist's recent announcement that they will no longer be selling cases at the cannery, and will no longer be open to the public, and the only place to buy Heady Topper will be from a local retailer...

    Do you think it is still worth it to make the trip up to Vermont from wherever you are to buy the Heady? What if there is a 4pk or two 4pk per person limit? What would you be willing to spend, if retailers are allowed to set their own prices?
     
  31. BeerGreg

    BeerGreg Devotee (444) May 17, 2013 Illinois
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    Crazy. Glad I was fortunate enough to score some HT from the cannery on my visit a few months ago. Though that stuff is long gone now.
     
  32. gpugliese

    gpugliese Initiate (152) Mar 22, 2011 New Hampshire
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  33. AaronF

    AaronF Initiate (182) Jun 23, 2012 Connecticut
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    Absolutely. There are plenty of retailers that would like the product, so I am sure that will help control mark-up. Self-distribution can be a wonderful thing!
     
  34. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (457) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I'm going to go out on a limb here......But if I was a beer retailer in VT and I knew that every week hundreds of cases of one of the most popular beers in the world was being picked up at the brewery, many of which by people from out-of-state, and I was had to fight for the leftovers, I think I would be a little annoyed with the situation. Alchemist might have been facing some backlash from retailers that they still have to depend on to some degree.
     
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  35. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Part of the reason is probably because they get cleaned out every canning day, with tons of out of state plates in the lot. Now all the cans will go to stores, and stores will have WAY more now.
     
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  36. MacQ32

    MacQ32 Meyvn (1,188) Mar 5, 2010 South Carolina
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    You could hit 5 different stores within a 20 mile radius so the 1-2 4pack limit doesnt bother me, just call the stores in advance and see if they have it still. I'd be willing to spend $16 a 4pack all day every day. And more if it was an occasional thing
     
  37. DrinkSlurm

    DrinkSlurm Poo-Bah (1,927) Oct 3, 2007 New York
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    They are making it less and less easy for people to get Heady and at therefore making its "stock" rise and rise...suddenly the "#1 beer in the world" became a bit more difficult to get. Seems like they are keeping demand high on purpose... that's something I cant get behind. (and an opinion as only they know whats going on). There are so many delicious DIPAs out there than I can get with may more ease.

    Or perhaps they will distribute more and it will become more widely available outside of the, beautiful yet remote, northern VT area. - im all for that.

    Only time will tell...
     
  38. RichD

    RichD Champion (806) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I'd be willing to go up to Vermont again to visit Hill Farmstead and if Heady Topper happens to be available in a store then I may pick it up for the right price. To me, people gobbled up Lawson's/Otter Creek Double Dose for 18 bucks per 4 pack so I'd say that my cap would be 20 bucks a 4 pack. For those who live in VT it's a much different story though.
     
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  39. jomobono

    jomobono Disciple (350) Mar 12, 2012 Massachusetts
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    It will only increase with people asking where to get it.
     
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  40. bribo

    bribo Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 New York

    This will suck but it's temporary. They'll figure something out I'm sure. Maybe a separate location to sell Heady and growler fills. Somewhere where the neighbors won't complain. Heady is just too damn popular for this to be anything but a temporary blip.
     
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