Grateful Hands went out of business Jan 1, 2014.Grateful Hands
Sorry, it's been awhile since I went to Vermont and that list was compiled from both memory, and good things I'd heard from a friend who lives there.Grateful Hands went out of business Jan 1, 2014.
Which VT border? You mean near Canada, NY, Mass, or NH? There's a huge difference in what's available in different areas of Vermont. Southern Vermont has very little distribution outside of a couple breweries.
If you're talking NY border, then Burlington Beer Company and 14th Star cans should be around there. Then the bigger guys Otter Creek/Shed/Wolaver's and Long Trail. You're not going to find any Hill Farmstead - they only sell from the brewery, but you might find it on tap at Whestone in Brattleboro (if you're in SE corner of VT). Alchemist and Lawson's doesn't distribute to Southern VT. Fiddlehead has distributed a couple of times, but now that they are selling out at the brewery, they only send a couple cases per store out to distribution - so it's hard to find.
Other under the radar breweries are Foley Brothers and Hermit Thrush.
Sure it's overrated. It's like 10x harder to get than most specialty beers, even if you live in the area. Of course it's not 10x better. But in my opinion it's a damn fine beer, and anyone who likes IPAs and has the opportunity to try it should do so.Personally, I think Heady Topper is one of the most overrated beers out there. With all the buzz about this beer, I couldn't wait to get my hands on some. When I finally got a can, I was left very underwhelmed. My wife had some and agreed. We've both had many far better IPAs that didn't have nearly the fanfare that this one did.
I'm not saying that it was a bad beer, because it wasn't, but it's not one that knocked my socks off either.
For Heady, definitely check The Alchemist's website for retail locations and delivery dates. I would not even bother going to a place except on the day of delivery (unless you are literally driving right by it). I have never seen Heady for sale on a non-delivery day. Most stores have a limit of two 4-packs, although a few will sell cases (never tried to buy a case so I don't know how difficult that is).I'm in Stowe today through Wednesday. Think I'm going to try and got to hill farmstead Wed. What would be my best bet for finding heady or sip of sunshine to buy enough to bring back home to people? Can would be interested in going to Burlington on Monday or Tuesday, but don't want the beer hunt to consume the day