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Woman Arrested for Selling Black Market Heady Topper

Alchemist Heady Topper

One of America’s most sought after craft beers, Heady Topper by The Alchemist has been spotted on the black market before. The Waterbury, Vermont based brewery produces one of the highest ranked IPAs that doesn’t get distributed very far from the cannery.

A lady was recently arrested for selling cases of the brew on Craig’s List for upwards of $700 dollars ($825 in one instance). A case of Heady Topper usually goes for $72. It wasn’t long before the Feds got wind of the illegal operation.

If I were John Kimmich (founder of the brewery) I’d have to feel pretty baller right now. I mean, what started as a homebrew recipe is now sold in parking lots and back alley deals like high end narcotics. I’m pretty sure no one ever did that for one of the big 3 brewery’s beers.

Illegal sale or resale of alcoholic beverages can get you a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. Pretty steep compared to a plane ticket, a rental car and the cost of a few pints in Vermont, right? [AP]

  • Jeff A. Taylor

    A festival of idiocy. Idiots buying, idiots selling, idiots arresting — and I’m afraid too many idiot brewers worrying about this practice. Nothing you can do about it, so let it go. Concentrate on your product — not how lunatics misuse it. And of course the po-po loves finding dirty, bad things afoot on Craigslist, eBay, etc. They live for that.

    • Reid Ramsay

      I’m with you my friend. Brewers, brew. Just note that Kimmich didn’t go hunting this person down. The Feds did. P.S. Meet me the Kroger parking lot for some Heady Topper cases and Xbox Ones. (Joke. I have neither.)

      • Jeff A. Taylor

        You are correct, but Russian River Brewing did waste time hunting down eBay sellers. Natalie Cilurzo seems more than a little dim when it comes to liability.

      • HasbeenBernanke

        What’s to joke about buying products from your fellow countrymen? If you aren’t wise enough to differentiate the crooks from the innocents how is that anyone’s fault but your own?
        What happens when you put too much trust in the system and the system isn’t there for you one day?

    • HasbeenBernanke

      Dirty bad things afoot, like unopened cases of headdy topper, or used baby walkers, or God forbid they find a quart or two of mobile 1 left over from a previously sold vehicle, they should totally shut those scamsters down, lock em all in the state pen for years, never to see their loved ones again!!

  • Dan

    Coors was notoriously bootlegged across the Mississippi before they started pasteurizing it. Smokey and the Bandit is all about bootlegging Coors.

    I hate BMC as much as the next guy, but their beers have been sought after in certain situations.

    Also, surely you’ve seen the commotion over the BCBS series lately. Remember that’s an AB product now.

    • The Truth

      “I hate BMC as much as the next guy”

      This in one sentence is what is wrong with almost the entire craft beer scene. You see, you are not a beer lover. A beer lover isn’t necessarily a huge fan of macro beers but if I’m traveling on business and I’m in some tiny town and they have nothing on tap but macro beer you better believe I will have one. People like you will not. I’m a beer lover. You are a snob. The current group of “craft beer enthusiasts” are just another version of hipsters.

  • ChiliSauce

    It’s all because the Feds didn’t get there cut.

    • HasbeenBernanke

      Umm actually they did on the original sale. Since these consumables haven’t yet been consumed it’s arguable if the woman was even in the wrong. We think it’s a free country but without free enterprise there isn’t much freedom.