As reported on The Bar Towel, Garrison Imperial I.P.A. has at long last hit the shelves! After a slight snag with getting it released due to a pricing discrepancy with the LCBO, things were worked out and the bottles have been shipped to the participating stores. At the link above you can find some kind words written by others about the beer plus the full list of LCBO stores that will be receiving Garrison IIPA for sale.
I reviewed this beer already, just sixteen months ago. Why mention it again? Because Cass Enright, as part of his examination of the weird system of beer in Ontario called “Free Our Beer” has imported it into the province. Yee-umm.
See, the FOB project is sort of like a business meets performance art meets beer meets the wall of silence, inertia and regulation that is the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Usually I don’t go for performance art. Too many unitards. But I like this one because it has resulted, along with Cass doing a great job pointing out the system’s senseless, in this great beer being down the road at my local store. Peppery pine hops meet thick malty sweet goodness. Heavy as marmalade.
Thanks Alan for your support of Free Our Beer and of Garrison IIPA. Hopefully this performance art can result in some positive beer-related change in Ontario at some point in our lifetimes.