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This Just In-ier

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Remember that Craft Beer Market taplist that was leaked last week on reddit? (Hat tip to a few folks for email me about that one, including Rob Ardies) I re-posted it here and generated a bit of comment about whether or not it was legit. Well, it’s legit. CBM has now soft-opened, so feel free to head on down to check things out. If you’re too far away, too busy to make it, or (like me) are just holding out for the official launch, here are some spy shots of the final menu.

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(Spy photo credit: Thomas Milne)

There’s not a lot of new information there, though, because the leaked list was basically 100% accurate, right down to which beers go in which categories, and where those appear on the menu. And yes, for those that are interested in such things, this means that Alexander Keith’s was indeed slotted into the IPA category. They did, though, at least put down an IBU rating for each list IPA, and Keith’s is curiously lower than any of the other entrants at 28 (12 lower than the English IPA’s minimum of 40 by style).

The sole change to the early menu is a cider swap-out that saw Foundry get left behind and Sommersby get the nod for game time.

One detail that was missing from the leaked list was the composition of the 13 rotating taps. Wonder no more, my friends (pic):

  • GIB Collaboration Brew*
  • Wolf Red Brick IPA
  • Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
  • GIB Pumpkining
  • Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout
  • American Brewing Breakaway IPA
  • Steamworks Pale
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
  • New Belgium Pumpkick
  • Stiegl Radler Zitrone
  • Elysian Oddland Spiced Pear
  • Big Rock Life of Chai
  • Lighthouse Tasman

* This isn’t my beer as it hasn’t been brewed–or even conceived–yet

Lastly, here are some tidbits for you:

  • 0.4l of Fat Tug is priced at $6.25, or ~$0.46 per US oz. This is fairly pricey according to the famous Fat Tug Index. Aside: why US ounces, Paddy?
  • For those wondering what that would be for a proper pint (and let’s be honest, at least one of us seems to wonder about very little else), that’s about $8.88
  • The rotating taps aren’t pouring yet (UPDATE: Some are; see comments), and won’t be in time for next week’s official opening.
  • Tuesday is cask day. While I applaud having a cask at all, I am very disappointed that one of the rotating taps simply isn’t a cask all the time.
  • Tuesday is also discount beer day. All beers are $2 off. That change modifies Fat Tug above to be ~$0.31 per US oz, or about the same as the Charlatan every day.
  • gives this list an average of 60.2 overall, 66.67 by style. That’s a marked improvement from their Calgary location (53).
  • Worst Beer (according to Bud Light, which gets an “n/a” for overall, and 1 for style
  • Best Beers (according to Ayinger Celebrator, St Ambroise Oatmeal (100/100)

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October 30th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

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  1. Just a correction: Some* of the rotating taps aren’t pouring yet. GI, Wolf, Jolly Pumpkin, and Elysian were all pouring (only ones I ordered/saw ordered)


    30 Oct 13 at 14:18

  2. hmmm…want to be excited about this place, but I’m just not. Some interesting/exciting stuff, but a lot of meh choices as well. (I get that there are constraints when you are trying to be huge and consistent) Seriously, they should lose the “Craft” if they are going to stick with that lager section.


    30 Oct 13 at 14:43

  3. @Dave – Yeah, I’m with you. Once I go in and sample the rarer Euros (at least, rare on tap) and get my Bam Biere I won’t have much cause to return.

    However, it’s not meant to bring folk like you and I back time and time again. That’s what The Alibi is for. This place is more meant to bring in the “Curious about Craft Beer” crowd.


    30 Oct 13 at 14:49

  4. Man is it ever getting expensive to go out and drink beer. I know you’ve covered the cost of beer fairly recently, and how in relation to say wine it is a bargain, but still, when I look at a menu and see $9 for what is essentially a 13.5oz glass I can’t help but think I’d rather just head down to the liquor store and drink a bottle at home. Especially when said $9 glass is hardly unique or not hard to come by.


    1 Nov 13 at 08:27

  5. Not sure what you are referring to in regards to US oz Chuck. I measured with Imperial oz (28.4ml)



    1 Nov 13 at 13:58

  6. @Paddy… huh. it’s just the 14oz/414ml that has the US measurement in it. If I’d bothered to read the new few lines I would have seen the tell-tale “568ml” surely indicating Imperial oz…


    1 Nov 13 at 14:33

  7. […] I finished my sampler bat quite early, I was left with a dilemma..drink another beer? With the knowledge that it was by far the priciest Driftwood Fat Tug in town? Ah why not, it comes in a nifty CRAFT branded Spiegelau IPA glass. Strangely, Janiced pointed out […]

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