Vermont Brewery (and former brewpub) The Alchemist has had a wild year. Just a week before they were about to cut their ribbon on a brewery up the road from their location in Waterbury, Vermont, flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Irene gutted their brewpub. It was a total loss, but given the lauding they had already received from beer geeks, the craft beer community came out in full force to support them (and the town of Waterbury) after the disaster. And as the cleanup began, so did canning of their well-respected double IPA, Heady Topper, and the buzz around The Alchemist never stopped. Even Vermonters go out of their way to find this beer at stores across the state. And now, it’s coming to New York City.