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Beer black market sells craft brews at high prices

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

Craft brews are gaining an intense following, and a black market has bloomed for top-rated beers that are hard to find, in short supply or expensive or illegal to ship. Brewers say they've seen some offered for hundreds of dollars.

In Vermont, a Burlington woman was charged recently with selling five cases of the popular Heady Topper for $825 on Craigslist.

An executive at California's Russian River Brewing says she found hundreds of posts on eBay last year selling hard-to-get beers at high prices. But she says that brewers told eBay, and the website now notes that sales of containers with alcohol aren't allowed.

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