Heady-Topper: The black market beer people kill for
Sold only in cans and available for purchase solely within a 25-mile radius of its Waterbury, VT birthplace, the Alchemist Heady Topper is one of the world's most coveted beers. Sitting at the very top of the Beer Advocate rankings with its perfect 100 rating, this beefy hop-filled double IPA has apparently been spotted on the D.C. black market going for $18 a can.
Even in Burlington, VT — a city within the delivery radius — a black market has popped up. Seeking to take advantage of the high demand for Heady Topper's limited supply of 180 barrels, a woman sold five cases for $1,250 on Craigslist. Unfortunately for her, the buyer was the VT Department of Liquor Control, and she was promptly arrested after talking her down to $825. With its bold flavor of six different hops, a touch of malt, and 8.0% of succulent alcohol, it's definitely worth the drive up to VT, but not time in the can.