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Heady Topper to hit Massachusetts

Posted by Steve Greenlee  February 1, 2012 03:43 PM

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Thumbnail image for heady topper 001.jpgSweet hops of joy! If you are a lover of world-class India pale ales, this is going to make your day: Heady Topper is coming to Massachusetts next week.

The incredible canned beer from Vermont -- which many of us consider to be the world's greatest double IPA (here's my review) -- is about to hit restaurants and bars in the Bay State. Brewed by The Alchemist, the beer had been available for sale only in Waterbury, Vt., since the brewery began canning it last summer.

Arborway Imports, which is distributing Heady Topper in Massachusetts, is getting 160 cases that will go to bars and restaurants -- that's so much beer that it should be easily found in the better craft beer bars and pubs. The suggested retail price is $7 to $8 per 16-ounce can. (Four-packs sell for $12 at the cannery in Vermont.) There are no plans yet to sell Heady Topper in stores.

"We are thrilled to add The Alchemist to our beer portfolio in Massachusetts," Gregg Berman, owner of Clown Shoes and Arborway Imports, said in a statement. "Their IPA Heady Topper is one of the best beers in the world, and to be able to offer it alongside the other great beers we carry is an honor."

The Alchemist's brewpub in downtown Waterbury was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irene last summer and will not reopen, but its cannery across town, which had opened only weeks earlier, was unharmed. More on that here.

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Gary Dzen

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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