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Inside The Alchemist Cannery

The craft beer nerdery knows that Heady Topper is that it is almost impossible to buy outside the state of Vermont. Most of its sales are from its own cannery, in Waterbury half an hour from Burlington.  Even for those who buy direct at the cannery, there is a one-case-per-customer limit. You can see where this is going — and begin to imagine why the view below, of case upon case of Heady Topper, is for many beer enthusiasts the equivalent of seeing Walter White with his big barrels full of money in the recent episodes of Breaking Bad.

Inside, where the beer becomes itself.

Part of a $100,000+ automated canning line has benefits both for the company and for the beer-drinker. The cans come down the line from the left, get rinsed and flipped over, then get purged with CO2. Then, inside the glass case with the tubing, they are filled with their precious cargo.

A little further down the line, where the can-tops are put on:

Reflecting on a satisfying work day:

And here’s what a one-case limit looks like:

Source Article: The Atlantic

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