“America’s most loved craft beer:” Heady Topper DIPA from Vermont

John Kimmich of The Alcheist. (photo courtesy of Corey Hendrickson)

Sam Riches writes about Heady Topper and The Alchemist brewpub in Waterbury VT in Food & Wine Magazine with quotes from our own Jeff Alworth:

Jeff Alworth has a different opinion. He draws a line between Heady and Pilsner Urquell, which was first brewed in 1842 and still largely follows the same recipe. “If you can do a founding beer like this, one that defines a style, it will last and carry a brewery on for decades or even centuries and continue to be really well regarded,” he says.

“I don’t think any Americans think in those terms,” Alworth continues. “They don’t think, I’m developing a beer that will be here 100 years from now, and the beer geeks, riding around in their space packs, will be praising this beer and consider it the hallmark of the style. But that could happen. Heady could become that beer.”

Jeff Alworth at Pilsner Urquell Day at The BeerMongers. (FoystonFoto)