I was at GCBF last weekend and I have a substantial amount to write about it, but thought I’d first share this juicy little tidbit. I was in a long line for the ATM at GCBF (no beer tokens included?) behind one of the sales managers of Victoria’s own Lighthouse Brewing Company. We got to talking when he wondered aloud at what extortionate banking fees we might be charged for that extra $20 we needed for tokens. We struck up a conversation and talked about his beer, Lighthouse breaking into the Vancouver market, competitive beers, and the like (it was a really long line). I quite like Lighthouse beer in general, but my one beef with them is that they don’t do anything special. I asked him why Lighthouse didn’t do any seasonal releases. He said it was because Lighthouse was only equipped for canning until recently and that cans had to be ordered in minimum batches of 10000. He said that with their new bottling line (Race Rocks Amber and Riptide Pale are now available in bottles) that seasonals were now a possibility and that the brewers were clamoring to do something Belgian. I pushed to know the particular style, but all I got was ‘something Belgian’.
There you have it, the first bit of beer news (or speculation) broken on LoveGoodBeer.com, a potential upcoming limited release from Lighthouse Brewing. If they were to do a seasonal release, and I hope they are, I think it would be great for Lighthouse. Nothing generates more buzz than something new or special and I think Lighthouse’s beers are worth hearing about.