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Get a Fat Tug in Public

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Congratulations are due to Driftwood Brewing, who have managed to get their grubby hands on that mythical beast, the fifth BCLDB SKU slot. For most small breweries, the LDB rather oddly limits them to four products, and only four products. This makes getting seasonal releases onto the shelves awkward at best. Howe Sound, for instance, seems to keep three permanent beers in stock and rotates in a seasonal for the fourth. Other breweries, like R&B, seem stuck at four permanently.

Thus, I was very very pleased when, starting a couple of weeks ago, Driftwood’s Fat Tug IPA began making it’s way onto store shelves next to White Bark, Crooked Coast, Farmhand, and their eponymous ale. Of course, Fat Tug then just as quickly made it way off said shelves and into the bellies of delighted beer fans everywhere. I’m not kidding; actually finding an LDB with Fat Tug in stock has proven rather difficult. I have been confronted with an empty slot on the shelf 3/4 of the times I try to buy it, and have to walk away disappointed.

And who can blame beer geeks? Fat Tug is at the LDB for a cheap, cheap $5.00 a bottle. Now that’s a product/price point I can get behind. Again and again. And really, isn’t over consumption what the LDB is all about?

With the addition of Fat Tug, the LDB Great BC Beer List has grown to a healthy five in my opinion:

  • Red Racer IPA
  • Phillips Hoperation Belgian IPA
  • Lighthouse Deckhand Saison
  • Driftwood Fat Tug IPA
  • Driftwood White Bark Wheat Ale

The addition of Fat Tug means that CC’s Red Racer should be feeling a bit nervous in its position as Best Beer Available At The LDB. I know I’ve gone on record saying it’s the better beer of the two, even if only marginally. However, I haven’t had a Red Racer v Fat Tug drink-off in a while, so perhaps I’ll re-evaluate things this weekend. Man this is a hard job. Red Racer ESB used to be one of my go-tos, but honestly I think the canned variety has gone downhill in recent months, and if that same deterioration is found in their IPA, well, let’s just cross that bridge when we get there.

Any other great, non-seasonal BC-based brews that should be on the shortlist?

Written by chuck

October 5th, 2011 at 11:31 am

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6 Responses to 'Get a Fat Tug in Public'

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  1. My loyalty to Red Racer IPA is being seriously threatened by Fat Tug as well. I’ll never stop drinking either beer, of course, but it’s a real struggle these days to decide which I love more.

    Why don’t we each do a Fat Tug vs. Red Racer IPA head-to-head, and compare results on our respective blogs?

    I just did a Battle of the Hands; Farmhand vs Deckhand:

    Ben Coli

    5 Oct 11 at 12:02

  2. @Ben. I see you reached the same conclusion as I did on Farmhand/Deckhand. The “Small Brewery/Big Taste” bottles are so completely different from the regular dreck lighthouse puts out I almost wonder if they’re two completely different breweries a la GIB and GIB Taphouse.

    As to the challenge… an excuse to drink two of the best beers in BC? Repeatedly (multiple measurements required for accuracy, you see)? You’re on.


    5 Oct 11 at 14:11

  3. It’s on.

    Let’s be honest: we’re both going to end up drinking both of those beers anyway; we might as well make a big deal about it.

    I’ll post my review next week.

    Ben Coli

    5 Oct 11 at 16:37

  4. I agree. I love both IPAs but Red Racer has a reason to be a little nervous.

    While we’re on the topic of Red Racer IPA, have you noticed the big grapefruit flavour isn’t there anymore? I’ve had this discussion with other people who feel the same way, but we weren’t quite sure whether our palates have gotten so used to it, or if the consistency of the beer is slowly deteriorating. I just don’t get that bold cascade grapefruit anymore.

    Anyways, good for Driftwood Brewing.


    8 Oct 11 at 13:07

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  6. Hi Leo,

    Yup, the citrus is definitely much less pronounced, and ultimately that’s what I loved about that beer. I wonder if the move to the new brewery and subsequent ramp-up in production volumes had anything to do with this?


    11 Oct 11 at 15:36

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