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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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