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GIB CDA Is Coming

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I’m back! Did you miss me? I’m working on a couple pieces relating to my recent journey through South America. One is about the growing craft beerscene in Bolivia, which most of you will be stunned to know exists at all. The second is a wine-centric piece on Chile. Sure it’s not the focus of my blog, but I have a soapbox and I’m going to use it. Look for those two streams of consciousness to appear in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Granville Island Brewing has gone and done something interesting: They’re releasing a Cascadian Dark Ale. Chris from LoveGoodBeer wrote decent summary a few days ago, and even includes a picture of the label. You can read his summary here.

Last fall, when Steamworks was all “no Cascadia for you” they rather explicitly singled out Granville Island and tried to make the whole issue into a David v Goliath story. The feint didn’t quite work, but all that is in the past as Steamworks has rather generously conceded that anyone can use Cascadian Dark Ale as a descriptor without license.

So, now the first brewery to drop a major CDA release into the market since all this kerfuffle is none other than Granville Island, the brewery whose previous CDA Steamworks cites as the spark behind the whole of Cascadia-gate. That sound you heard was every pair of eyes in BC Craft Brewing focusing on the corner of Water and Cordova, waiting to see how Steamworks reacts.

If SW holds true to their story, they should be fine with this new release from GIB. Heck, GIB even made a concession to Steamworks here by giving a name to their previously-nameless special release, even if “Cloak and Dagger” is a bit tongue-in-cheek. The goal here is to be able to absolutely, 100% point to a name on the bottle and a totally separate style descriptor.

Personally, I think Steamworks will do the classy thing here and let this one slide. GIB has met them half way, afterall.

Written by chuck

April 8th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

5 Responses to 'GIB CDA Is Coming'

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  1. As someone who works at the SW liquor store, I’m glad this whole Cascadia thing has worked itself out. CDA’s are a northwest phenomenon and it’s good to see the correct beer style on the label.


    14 Apr 13 at 09:38

  2. […] anyway) "Cloak and Dagger" – I love it. This should be the end of the Cascadia trademark bull***t: […]

  3. Hahaha! “This should be the end of the Cascadia trademark bull***t”… Ummm, guess again! Steamworks liquor store has pulled all GI products and is getting ready to stir everything up again. I guess old Eli just never learns.

    Nucking Futs

    18 Apr 13 at 14:34

  4. @Nucking Futs — Went down to Steamworks’ bottle shop on Friday to talk to Amanda about this. While I was there I bought some GIB DIPA, so they haven’t pulled any stock.

    SW *is* selling down their existing stock of GIB to open up more space for other breweries, but they assure me it isn’t politically motivated or coming from Eli (which you would expect if this was because of GIB CDA).

    Time will tell if they’re okay with Cloak and Dagger.


    21 Apr 13 at 17:14

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