Thu, Jan 9, 2014 11:54 AM
BURLINGTON (AP) - The criminal case against a Vermont woman charged
with illegally selling a popular, hard-to-find beer online has been
referred to a confidential court diversion program, the woman's
Burlington attorney Stephanie Hoffman was scheduled to be arraigned
Monday on a charge she tried to sell the popular micro-brew Heady
Topper to an undercover liquor control investigator.
Hoffman's boss, attorney Peter Langrock, told the Burlington Free
Press that Hoffman's case was referred to court diversion, the
details of which are confidential.
There's "nothing surreptitious or secretive about it; that's just
the procedure," Langrock said.
Hoffman's lawyer did not return a call Tuesday seeking
If Hoffman successfully completes the diversion program, she will
have no criminal record.
Hoffman, an attorney at the Vermont law-firm Langrock, Sperry and
Wool, was cited last month by Vermont Liquor Control agents after
she tried to sell 120, 16-ounce cans of Heady Topper for $825 via
The case highlighted what some consider the growing problem of
black market sales of hard-to-get craft beers across the
Langrock said Hoffman had no intention of doing anything
"It was a matter of, in her own way, trying to promote a very
special Vermont beer (and) have fun doing it," Langrock said. "If
she'd ever realized that it was illegal, of course, it wouldn't
have been done."