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Why Heady Topper fans may be out of luck

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One of Vermont's favorite brews is closing its doors to the public-- and sooner than expected.

The news was too much for Heady Topper fans to swallow last week. The Alchemist Brewery announced it was closing its Waterbury doors to customers Nov. 15-- that's Friday. But Wednesday was the last hurrah for Heady Topper lovers to buy the beer directly from the brewery because they ran out!

Owners told WCAX News that since last week when it announced it was closing the tasting center business has been out of control. Since Monday, the Alchemist has sold more than 43,000 cans of Heady Topper. The Alchemist expected the beer to last until Friday, but a surge of fans showed up and waited in record long lines for the brew. People were only allowed to buy one case each.

Sales of Heady Topper have grown 600 percent in two years. Lines and parking problems prompted the brewery to close the tasting center in the first place. We've also learned the brewery is coming close to securing a location in Waterbury Center to build a new tasting center with better access and better parking. It hopes to secure the space in four to six weeks.

Until then, Alchemist fans will have to buy their beer in stores and restaurants.

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