Beer brewing and its recipes were first noted on scrolls dating as far back as 5000 BC. The process and flavors progressed during the Middle Ages throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia up to the present day. From the ancient Egyptians to medieval monks and through U.S. Prohibition, beer has long been revered as a delicious and refreshing beverage. We are fortunate at the Co-op to have an expansive and excellent selection of beers with a focus on Vermont breweries. Many of these harken back to old recipes that have been brewed for thousands of years, while others bring forth new and unimaginable creations. One of the leaders pushing the limits on the Vermont beer scene is Burlington Beer Company.
As of a couple months ago, every Thursday we get a delivery from The Alchemist of their Heady Topper and Focal Banger beers, two starlets of the booming craft brewing industry. So now, instead of the old answer to the questions that arose when customers wondered where to buy Heady Topper (“Can I get Heady Topper at the Brattleboro Co-op? Where can I get it?”) which Tony used to have to say about 500 times a day (youcan’tgetitinthispartofVermontyouhavetogotoMontpelier) we can all now say “YES. It’s delivered every Thursday. Limit 3- four-packs per person for each beer, Focal Banger and Heady Topper. Come early, it goes fast.” The first time we got a delivery of the stuff, one of our local newspapers was here with a camera, and a photo of a mega beer geek with a four-pack in his hands landed on the cover. It was newsworthy.