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Ontario Can Now Enjoy Garrison IIPA

October 6th, 2010 · 5 Comments

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.

Today Alan McLeod posted up about Garrison IIPA on his Good Beer Blog mentioning the Free Our Beer project:

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.

Tags: Government · Importing · LCBO · Site News

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt // Dec 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Apparently the LCBO has already discontinued this product, and it’s unavailable in Windsor.

    Free our beer.

  • 2 admin // Dec 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Matt,

    Actually, it was a one-time purchase just for the LCBO’s Autumn seasonal release. It was not a permanent release.

    It sold very well so there’s a very good chance it will be back again.


  • 3 Chris // Dec 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    It better be back. I was fortunate enough to visit the brewery in Halifax and it was the best beer I have had hands down and not a lie. Some may shame me and disown me in my native Halifax but I dare say I enjoy it better than Keiths. Away with the watery big brangs and in with Garrisons, it has tatse!!

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