5 Best Breweries for "Hazy" New England IPAs

Check out these hazy brews for a new twist on your favorite hoppy beer

If you love beer, you may have heard of the "haze craze," the chase for craft breweries to develop their own version of what's now known as the New England double IPA, an unfiltered and unpasteurized beer marked by its slightly cloudy, opaque appearance (its "haze").

What's so great about the haze? Haze is really about hops, or flower buds that give beer its bitter, zesty, or citric notes depending on the kinds of hops used. IPAs (India Pale Ales) are known for their "hoppiness," which means that the hops are steeped in the beer long after fermentation, a method originally used by British sea voyagers who discovered that hops preserve beer for longer. Double IPAs, which originate in New England, up the hops content, meaning hazy beers are packed with some intense and oftentimes very complex flavors.

To experience what's happening at the forefront of the craft beer world, visit these 5 New England breweries making the tastiest, hoppiest, and of course haziest double IPAs around.

The Alchemist (Stowe, VT)

Heady Topper is credited as the first "hazy" IPA

Credited with creating the first hazy IPA, called the Heady Topper, Alchemist is a must on any New England brewery tour. Heady Topper is a double IPA with a nutty, slightly funky flavor and aroma that drives beer enthusiasts mad. In fact, when the brewery first released this unusual beer in 2011, at the time only available on tap, beer lovers desperately attempted to can the beer themselves in pub bathrooms. Thankfully, the beer is now professionally canned, and Alchemist even insists that beer drinkers experience Heady Topper this way, since the pungent hops flavor is apparently better preserved in aluminum. Pick up a case at the brewery or enjoy at a nearby bar (they're only sold within a 25-mile radius of the brewery), like the Matterhorn.

Beers to try: Heady Topper, Focal Banger

Lawson's Finest Liquids (Warren, VT)

Sip of Sunshine has garnered a serious cult status

Lawson's brews the cult favorite Sip of Sunshine, described as a "tropical vacation in a glass" for its bright, hoppy flavor and pleasant hints of tangerine. The unicorn of hazy IPAs, Sip of Sunshine is only available in Vermont and Connecticut and on a rotating basis that is, even to purveyors, entirely unpredictable. When cases do show up on shelves, enthusiasts will likely have already checked their beer apps and scooped up a four-pack (you can only buy two four-packs at once—if you can find that many!). Rather than join the rat race, try enjoying the beer on tap at the tavern at Mad River Glen ski area in Lawson's hometown of Warren, VT, open year-round.

Beers to try: Sip of Sunshine, Session #8

Hill Farmstead (Greensboro Bend, VT)


Hill Farmstead offers great beers in a beautiful setting

For some picturesque scenery and truly unique beer, making the trek up to Hill Farmstead, located in a remote area of northern Vermont by the Canadian border, is entirely worth it. The brewery is, as its name would imply, at the top of a hill on an actual farm, and includes a general store and lovely café with flights, oysters, and charcuterie. The beers are the real draw, which, in addition to their beloved double IPA Susan, also include those with notes of Earl Gray tea or a hint of mimosa. The flavors are precise and refined, the closest beer has ever come to wine.

Beers to try: Susan, any version of Civil Disobedience

Battery Steele Brewing (Portland, ME)

Battery Steele is one of several "incubator" breweries in Portland

While there's been plenty of hype about Portland's Bissell Brothers brewery, Battery Steele, the best of several excellent breweries in an "incubator" lab just outside city center, certainly deserves more attention from haze fanatics. The double IPA to try is Flume, which is fruity and less funky than the likes of Heady Topper, though the brewery also has an "experimental" series, where they brew IPAs with unique flavors like passion fruit for limited periods of time. Make sure to also visit the other incubator breweries, all of which share space in a large, long-defunct industrial building. Battery Steele is a great place for IPA fanatics to meet and nerd out.

Beers to try: Flume

Trillium (Boston, MA)


Trillium is prized for its quality ingredients

Trillium has three brewing facilities in Boston, though there are only two where you can try draught beers, in Canton and Roslindale. Trillium is known for its high-quality hops and grain ingredients, as well as some very bold flavor experimentation (including a double IPA brewed with pinot gris), and one needs only to look at their daily lines to see that this family-owned brewery has staked a formidable claim in the craft brew world. Trillium's most celebrated hazy double IPAs are Congress Street and Mettle, both of which have discernable murk and distinctive flavor. Mettle, the more intense of the two and a cult favorite, has hints of nectarine and grapes to offset the not unpleasant bitterness from double steeping three types of hops.

Beers to try: Vicinity, Mettle, Congress Street

The great thing about a New England brewery tour is that it's perfect for any season; enjoy a beer on tap at Mad River Glen apres ski in the winter or sit outside and enjoy the scenery at Hill Farmstead in the summer. Note to the wise: double IPAs have a higher-than-average alcohol content, with ABVs ranging from 8 to 11%, so be sure to bring along a trusted designated driver.

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Best Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.


A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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Mt. Rainier

For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.

What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!


Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.