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11/6/2013
Vt. beer's fans are trouble for neighbors
In this Sept. 4, 2013 photo, cans of Heady Topper roll off the line at the Alchemist Cannery in Waterbury, Vt. The company announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013  that they're closing the retail portion of their business on Nov. 15 until they can find a better location for it. While the retail end of the business is closing until a new location can be found, the brewery will stay in business and its 25 employees in their jobs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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In this Sept. 4, 2013 photo, cans of Heady Topper roll off the line at the Alchemist Cannery in Waterbury, Vt. The company announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 that they're closing the retail portion of their business on Nov. 15 until they can find a better location for it. While the retail end of the business is closing until a new location can be found, the brewery will stay in business and its 25 employees in their jobs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
n this Sept. 4, 2013 photo, visitors watch beer productio2 at the Alchemist Cannery in Waterbury, Vt. The company announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013  that they're closing the retail portion of their business on Nov. 15 until they can find a better location for it. While the retail end of the business is closing until a new location can be found, the brewery will stay in business and its 25 employees in their jobs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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n this Sept. 4, 2013 photo, visitors watch beer productio2 at the Alchemist Cannery in Waterbury, Vt. The company announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 that they're closing the retail portion of their business on Nov. 15 until they can find a better location for it. While the retail end of the business is closing until a new location can be found, the brewery will stay in business and its 25 employees in their jobs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

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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