The Alchemist: Heady Topper

There is a brewery located in Stowe, Vermont called The Alchemist. This brewery is pictured here:


This brewery produces some amazing beers from what I have been told.  One of these beers is a beer that is again rated in the top 20 list pretty consistently at BeerAdvocate, of which I have now tried three (Julius by Treehouse Brewing Co. the third (and Pliny The Elder reviewed last week) which I will likely do a Flashback review for at some point).

Surprisingly, I did not think Heady Topper lived up to the hype. There…I said it! It was a pretty bitter taste that just stayed and hung around. It didn’t finish up with nice sweet, soft after taste that I generally enjoy.  It wasn’t  a bad beer by any means, and I could easily see drinking 5 or 6 of these poolside in the summer, but I would not go out of my way to stock up on it.  I am glad to have tried it, and look forward to may trying some other beers from The Alchemist, but overall, Heady Topper has been checked off the list and put on the back burner for now.

Now this kind of got me thinking about how subjective certain things are (foods, booze, movies, books etc) and I think it is a good reminder to me, and all clinicians to remember that we are all individuals and have different likes and dislikes and certain things that work in healing some people may not help others (and could even flare them up).

ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY: Stay objective my friends! Not everyone is going to like the same things, and that is perfectly fine.  If you are every trying a treatment method that has been shown to work, and it is just not working for you…don’t worry about it…you tried it, now move on and try what works for you.  At the end of the day, its your health, and only you know whats really working, and never be afraid to voice that!

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