You might already be too late. Today is the day Driftwood Sartori Harvest IPA hit the shelves, sometime around eleven this morning. Brewery Creek has a three bottle maximum and were already down four of fifteen cases within an hour of shipment at noon today. Viti has a two bottle maximum and were down two cases out of six when I got there at one. Yeah, I was on my game today. Anyway, the point is, fly like the wind to your nearest quality beer store or miss out and lament.
If you don’t know, Driftwood Sartori is the consensus best beer in BC. It’s brewed once a year with still-wet hops freshly harvested from Sartori Cedar Ranch. It’s also brewed with barley malted by artisanal maltster and islander Mike Doehnel. And then partial proceeds are donated to the Land Conservancy of BC, making this beer all sorts of local and rad.
Get out of the way milk!
I’ve delayed tasting this year’s batch to send you this alert, but I expect it to be as good as previous years. If you’re wondering how good that is, it’s seriously excellent. Check out some past reviews. Also, for more info checkout the Province’s recently posted interview with the brewer.
Here’s hoping you get some!
That’s right, 100th beer list, not beer, but beer list. I find that impressive and am planning on stopping by for the celebration, which is tomorrow, Thursday the 3rd of December at the Alibi Room. I’d heard rumors that an event of this sort might be taking place and the CAMRA newsletter confirms:
This Thursday will be the 100th rotation of the Alibi Room’s beer list. To mark the occasion owner Nigel Springthorpe will be replacing the regular lineup with a special selection featuring great current BC beers along with signature beers from many BC Brewers. Some kegs will be new, others may be kegs collected over the years and aged in the Alibi Room’s cellar. Highlights include a cask of Driftwood’s wet-hopped Sartori Harvest IPA, the last of Swan’s Legacy-Ale barleywine, and Steamworks’ Blitzen & Yaletown’s Le Nez Rouge Belgian-style tripels.
As if that wasn’t enough, The Alibi Room will be releasing the aged bottles they’ve collected and aged in their cellar.
I am pretty excited to give the fresh hopped Sartori Harvest IPA from Driftwood a try. I missed out on the bottled release when I was away in October, but the cask version promises to be even better. One friend of mine has gone on record as saying it is the best IPA he’s ever tasted and he’s a certified hophead. Should be good times, be sure to stop by if you can make it.