Monday, November 13, 2017

The Alchemist

The Alchemist's brewery and visitor's center is located on Cottage Club Road in Stowe, Vermont.

Yup, another brewery bucket list item. For a few years, The Alchemist only had their original headquarters in Waterbury, a spot that eventually was closed off to the public due to the high demand of Heady Topper. Finally, a spot in Stowe opened up, where patrons could visit to drink samples, buy cans of beer, and purchase merchandise. Spacious parking lot, too.

Note that I said you could only drink samples of beer there. While The Alchemist now had the space to sell various types of beer (and not just Heady Topper), they limited the area to just drinking samples of three different beers. And you know I had all three.

  • Heady Topper: Long one of the top Double IPAs, and The Alchemist's flagship Double IPA. I had it before, thanks to Randy Santel. Hazy orange-golden appearance. Balanced hoppy grapefruit aroma and flavor. It's as tasty as when I had it last year.
  • Focal Banger: While not as well-known as Heady Topper, this one has also been critically acclaimed. Hazy orange golden here, with easy-drinking juicy grapefruit aroma and flavor.
  • Crusher: A newer Double IPA with the same hazy orange-golden appearance. Apropriately named because it's very easy drinking and not as hoppy as the other two. Still has the grapefruit aftertaste. It's one that I can drink all day - along with Heady and Focal. So basically I'll be a tipsy panda by the end of the day.

The Alchemist also sold a hot sauce with Heady Topper in it. Expect a review of this on my channel.

While I would have liked to enjoy more beer at their Stowe location, I did check off "Drink Heady Topper at The Alchemist" from my bucket list. This is a must-visit for beer fans. 8.75/10

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