Popular Beer Stopping Traffic In One Vermont Town

Nov 6, 2013 10:47 AM

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - A popular Vermont beer is in such high demand that its makers are shuttering their retail operation to head off the trouble brewing with its neighbors.

Sales of Heady Topper have grown 600 percent in the two years since Jen and John Kimmich opened their microbrewery on the outskirts of Waterbury.

But it's been a tough fit with the neighborhood. Jen Kimmich says heavy traffic and people turning around in neighbors' driveways have brought the concerns to a head.

The couple is closing the retail portion of the business on Nov. 15 until a better location can be found. But the brewery will stay in business and its 25 employees in their jobs.


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