Oddbits – Fat Tire in cans here, 21st Amendment IPA, Watermelon Wheat in cans, Rogue Yellow Snow in big cans
By William Brand
Monday, September 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm in Uncategorized.
Oddbits...New Belgium Fat Tire in cans? Tim White our ace Hayward correspondent reports that he actually saw a can of Fat Tire at the Bistro in downtown Hayward. Prioprietor Vic Kralj told him New Belgium’s distributor said canned Fat Tire would be on sale in the Bay Area in a week or two… New Belgium began canning Fat Tire, their best-seller (and far from my favorite New Belgium beer) this summer…Meanwhile, at 21st Amendment in San Francisco, Shaun O’Sullivan says their canned Brew Free Or Die! IPA is really selling. You can buy this champion beer at Beverages & More stores in the Bay Area…
They’re also selling Hell or High Watermelon Wheat in cans. But the real kick is to walk into 21st and see the way they serve the beer. It comes in a pilsner glass with a wedge of watermelon, sort of a wry takeoff on Widmer’s Hefeweizen and the lemon wedge. What’s really funny was a burly guy in black sitting across from me slurping his Watermelon Wheat with the watermelon wedge. I looked over and then he removed the wedge. What the hell, it’s a very good wheat beer. I’ll drink it with the wedge too.
Back to Hayward for a moment…the launch date for Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale is Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m. This is the brewpub’s version. The natinally distributed, bottled version’s made under contract by Pyramid. Meanwhile, Tim White says Buffalo Bill’s has put its Christmas Blueberry Stout on tap. They brewed a batch to enter at the Great American Beer Festival next month, so they’re gonna’ sell the rest at the pub.
And back to the canned beer beat…Rogue is going to ship their Yellow Snow IPA this year in five liter cans. Here’s Rogue:
And oh yes, dedicated, I guess to what guys do out there in the snow when nature calls…
Gotta’ love Rogue for their honesty as well as their sense of humor.. They always provide complete specs on their beers. Here’s what they say about Yellow Snow:
Yellow Snow IPA is created from 6 Ingredients: Two-Row Pale, Cara Foam & Melanoiden Malts; Amarillo Hops; Free Range Coastal Waters; Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast. Pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complimented by medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet. It finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness.
Yellow Snow IPA measures 15º PLATO, 70 IBU, 76 AA, 14º L.