With Buffalo Whiskey Guild recently naming Heady Topper as their 2013 Craft Beer of the Year, I’ve been on the hunt for anything that can come relatively close to matching this Vermont exclusive brew. I think I may have found a suitable substitute in Victory Brewery’s DirtWolf Double IPA. It shares Heady’s balanced flavor, citrus and hop notes and scary drinkability. Best of all, it’s locally available. So if you’ve been hankering to try some Heady but haven’t made the trek to Vermont yet, I highly recommend giving this Double IPA a try. While you’re at it, may I suggest pairing it with this Charlie Parker Double LP I recently picked up at Record Theatre. Victory indeed.