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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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