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January Beer of the Month

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Yup, it’s a new year already. You can tell because people are hauling their groggy asses off of the floors of their apartments before noon for the first time in a few weeks. Another good tip-off that a calendar rollover of some sort has recently occured is that I’m taking a whole post to laud praise on whatever seasonal release Driftwood is throwing our way this month.

Now, I didn’t get into the blogging business to be a credible journalist. In fact, those of you that know me probably spit up your coffee a bit at that sentence (or threw up a bit in your mouth, it’s really a matter of how well you know me). And, as such, I’m not overly interested in being considered an objective eye on the beer scene. However, my near-ubiquitous and nigh-constant shovelling of acclaim at a certain brewery in Victoria has even gotten me suspicious of my own motives.

But what’s a beer geek to do? They keep producing good beer, and I keep liking it. So here goes. The January Beer of the Month is, of course, Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller 2011.

But this is the 2009 label. Yeah, I’m just that lazy.

This is a great barley wine, and one that will improve for years to come. I recently did a vertical tasting of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 OCDs, and the ’09 came out on top and provided a great preview of what the ’11 might be in two years time. (The ’10, which still a great beer, just couldn’t keep up)

And the best part is that Driftwood made giant freaking buckets of this stuff, so it’s not hard to find like their other seasonals, and it doesn’t sell out very fast, if at all. Get out there, buy it, and drink it folks.

Now, as a personal favour, Driftwood, if you’re listening, could you guys produce something completely horrible, just so I can sound more balanced? I dunno, perhaps decant a single 650ml of Fat Tug just after the boil and call it the “Barley Mowat Journalistic Integrity Special Release” or something.

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January 4th, 2012 at 11:26 am

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  1. Haha no doubt. That last bit reminds me of a old post of yours where you were complaining about them making too many good beers and taking up too much space in your cellar.
    I really like this year’s OCD. I think this will age better than last years too. This year’s seems so much more smoother and not as intense. Great beer.


    4 Jan 12 at 19:15

  2. “Now, as a personal favour, Driftwood, if you’re listening, could you guys produce something completely horrible”

    Pretty sure they did that with the Twenty Pounder. It made me happy, as it reassured me that they are, in fact human.


    6 Jan 12 at 00:50

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