I've done it multiple times. If you plan it right yes it's worth it. And my round trip was about 700 miles.
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You can go about it a few ways...I havent done the whole hunt for heady. I went up and got it from the source or skipped out entirely on trying to get it a few times. (But I believe there is a list of places on their website that sells it)
Where are you coming from because the route may be slightly different.
I would recommend going on a wed or thursday and calling a few of the stores first to see when they typically get their shipments. But for me it works best if you start at hill farmstead at 12 and work your way south. Id show up around 11:30 if you go wed and thursday 11 on friday or sat.
Id then go to waterbury for lunch (pro pig or blackback)
Id then hit up warren store for lawsons and more heady.
Again call some places first to see when the delivery times are, this could change things entirely.
the co-op in montpelier is the best place if you just want a case of heady. give their beer department a call to ask about timing. there are 3 or 4 other retailers where you can pick up supplementary 4 packs in that city, as well as the wonderful pub three penny taproom. i personally would make the trip out to hill farmstead, load up on whatever they have in bottles, even if its not your style, the stuff is easy to trade for things you would potentially want. bring all the 2L and 750ml flip top growlers you have as they fill others with their delicious pale and hoppy offerings. personally wouldn't bother with warren store for lawsons, the best way to get lawsons is the farmers markets he attends once a month.
Agreed, would not do try for both Lawsons and HF in one day trip, especially if you live in New England/NY. Two separate trips.
I did this back in oct, and left a little bit later than I wanted and didnt get out of the farmers market until around 11:30. After lunch and ben and jerrys...(gf insisted) We didnt get to HF until 4:15 and it was PACKED. 2 hours in line there and didnt get back to waterbury until after 7 for diner and old stage coach check in. If I had another 3 hours of driving home it would have made for a 18ish hour day...without hunting for heady.