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Craft Beer Continues to Struggle With Size

Just how big is too big for craft beer?  The most recent story of a brewery being too big for its craft business came from a surprising location: Vermont.  Specifically the Alchemist, which shocked the New England beer scene by increasing it's hermit-like withdrawal from the Craft Beer community.  Quite possibly to increase engagement, or at least tolerance within its own community of Waterbury.  With an output of less than 10,000 barrels a year, all a single flavor the alchemist grew too big to maintain its focus on its craft.  The line of case-buyers and growler fillers was too great a distraction, and certainly an irritation to its neighbors.
Heady Topper is a double IPA with such a reputation, and exclusivity, that some guy in Bangor, ME had the audacity to offer a pair of 16 oz cans as a fair trade for tickets to a Phish concert.  The headyness of this coveted elixir is apparently equivalent to a single set of Vermont's finest.  History repeats its self. Just as Hurricane…