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October Beer of the Month

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It’s a new month, and that means it’s time to shine my beery, Barley Mowat-y light on a deserving and interesting beer. But this isn’t just any month, it’s also BC Craft Beer Month! So you’d better believe October’s Barley Mowat BotM will be something special.

Now, I know what you’re all thinking: that I’m going to do what I usually do, and dance around the subject for a few paragraphs before slapping the gold star on whatever release Driftwood has out. And that thought did cross my mind. This time of year is Driftwood Sartori’s release, and damned that’s a fine ale. However, Sartori was released on Thursday the 27th of September and sold out, well, about 3 hours later. Been here and gone in September doesn’t qualify.

So here goes. October’s Beer of the Month is: Vancouver Island Iron Plow Harvest Marzen.

Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did ya?

Those of you that know me well just spat out whatever you were eating while reading this (side note, guys, don’t eat over your computer; it’s gross). VIB isn’t one of my go-to breweries, and honestly they generally produce large piles of insipid dreck.

However, even the staunchest dreck-factory cannot ignore this whole “craft beer” thing, and VIB definitely has taken notice. Flying Bomber White IPA was their first foray into good beer a few months back, and while a 66 over at Ratebeer isn’t Hair of the Dog territory, it is very promising for a brewery’s whose non-Hermannator beers average 27 points.

I personally think Iron Plow is an improvement on that high-mark of 66. Maybe not 80+, but definitely movement in the right direction, and that my friends, is an effort that deserves notice and acclaim, which is exactly what this column is for.

Iron Plow is available at both the LDB and your favourite LRS. Go forth and consume, my loyal legions!

Written by chuck

October 1st, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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  1. But what does it taste like?

    Stephen

    1 Oct 12 at 18:44

  2. Hey Chuck!

    Thanks for making Iron Plow the BotM! We appreciate that you are recognizing our fresh, new “beer efforts”! We have made a conscious choice to make some different, interesting beer styles in our 650ml releases as well as in our seasonal 6-packs (Beachcomber and Storm Watcher). We have a few more fun beers up our sleeve and look forward to your thoughts on them as well!

    For now, Happy Oktoberfest and Ein Prosit!

    Jeff

  3. @Stephen I guess you’ll just have to splash out $5.50 and find out 🙂

    Seriously, though, it’s good. A nice balance between spice and pumpkin. I’d love to do a side-by-each of this and Parallel 49 Schadenfreude!

    chuck

    2 Oct 12 at 09:35

  4. Um. Chuck?

    I’m pretty sure that there are no pumpkins or spices in this one.
    It’s just a straight-up Marzen, as far as I can tell.

    David

    2 Oct 12 at 14:19

  5. @David You, sir, are 100% correct. I was sampling this beer mid-pumpkin session and my memory got a bit, er, muddled 🙂 So sub in “malt” for “pumpkin” in my previous comment.

    I’d still love a side-by-each with Schadenfreude, though. If only because that means I’d get to have some Schadenfreude.

    chuck

    2 Oct 12 at 14:21

  6. […] Brewery: Vancouver Island Brewery of Victoria, BC Released: September 2012 Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/5.8% ABV Availability: Limited Release Purchased @: BC Government Liquor Store Webpage: http://vancouverislandbrewery.com/default.aspx?PageID=1049Other Reviews: http://partingglassblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/what-the-heck-is-marzen-and-why-you-need-to-try-it/ & http://barleymowat.com/2012/10/01/october-beer-of-the-month/ […]

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