Alchemist Brewery: Waterbury, VT

On the way back from the Hill Farmstead 2nd Anniversary party I figured that I might as well check out the Alchemist cannery. I heard reports from people at the Anniversary Party that all the cans were sold out. But being so close, I thought that it can’t hurt to just check it out anyways. I had spent the night at a hotel in Burlington, and took Route 89 all the way over to the cannery. The brewery wasn’t too far off the highway and was a great quick pit stop.

They keep it pretty simple at the cannery. You walk inside and the tasting room and shop is the first thing you see. They have a few taps set up in the corner to the left side with a refrigerator behind them. Unfortunately the refrigerator was empty when I showed up. Apparently, with the Hill Farmstead event going on that weekend, a lot of people had the same idea I had – and they all stopped in to grab a case. Although I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to get a full case, I was still able to try Heady Topper fresh from the source. It was incredible to try this beer so fresh.

While drinking my sample, I took my own self-guided tour of the cannery. They didn’t allow anyone to walk around too close to the tanks, but there were small signs set up to explain what everything was. I was pretty interested in watching the canning machine at work, but it wasn’t running.

It was a quick stop and although disappointing that Heady Topper was sold out, I couldn’t regret stopping by since it really wasn’t out of the way at all. Although I wouldn’t drive out to Vermont specifically for the brewery, it’s still definitely worth going to if you’re in the Burlington area.


About Erik

I started this blog in 2011 to share my experiences traveling across the country visiting different bars, breweries and other beer related places. Check out the blog if you would like to read about some awesome places visited and beers I've tried.
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