Heady Topper’s Brewer Just Won Craft Beer Christmas

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Vermont’s The Alchemist tells the story of a beer-lovin’ Grinch.

As craft beer goes, there’s not much craftier than The Alchemist. The brewery’s production is limited, their distribution is tiny and so the only way you can get a hold of their beer is to head to Burlington or to know someone who is.

Here in Rhode Island, there’s no “legal” distribution, which makes our craft beer fanatics green with envy. In fact, the video above basically tells the story of how Rhode Islanders would run a great Alchemist caper at Christmas, while all the Vermonters are played by the Whos of Whoville. Of course, if you know the story of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, you know that he ends up returning all that he stole…while we’re not sure if our crew would encounter such a moral crisis.

Now, one thing we have to admit is that the beer is…a tad overrated. Heady Topper is a great IPA, but it became a legend when great IPAs were a very rare commodity. The craft beer world has changed and evolved and there are literally thousands of breweries gunning to make an IPA as good as Heady Topper or Russian River’s Pliny The Elder and there are a lot who are getting close…and a few who are winning.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Beer Correspondent


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