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December 9, 2013

Black market blooms for coveted craft brews

  • Some people are asking hundreds of dollars for top-rated beers that are hard to find, in short supply, expensive or illegal to ship.
  • By LISA RATHKE
    Associated Press

    MONTPELIER, Vt. — Fancy a pint of Pliny the Elder or Heady Topper double India pale ales, but can't find it in your neighborhood? Get out your wallet.

    As craft brews gain an intense following, a black market has bloomed in which some opportunists are selling for hundreds of dollars top-rated beers that are hard to find, in short supply, expensive or illegal to ship.


     
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