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Beer lovers line up in the parking lot of the Alchemist Brewery Visitor’s Center in Stowe, Vt., to wait to purchase cans of Heady Topper, Focal Banger, or a seasonal beer on July 22, 2017. Long lines, especially before the brewery opens at 11, are not uncommon, and beers sell out quickly daily. (Sarah Priestap/FTWP).

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