Fat Tug is not a new beer, Fat Tug is not a trendy beer, in fact if you asked most craft beer enthusiasts what their favourite IPA was, they would likely not even think of Fat Tug. But the allure of Fat Tug remains, and it continues to be one of the most important BC IPAs on the market.
To understand why Fat Tug is important, you only need to go back a few years. Back when craft beer was still an outlier, reduced to select liquor stores and enthusiasts. Then along comes Driftwood with Fat Tug, a big, bold, in your face IPA that pulled no punches. This was an unabashed love letter to hopheads, and it gained a reputation as one of the best examples of the West coast style. For years, when IPA was mentioned, Fat Tug was the defacto king.
And it’s easy to see why. Fat Tug is the complete definition of what makes a Northwest IPA. It’s a traditional clear IPA with intense hop profile featuring notes of grapefruit, mango, melon and passionfruit. It’s a high 7% abv and 80+ IBUs, making it one of the hoppiest IPAs available.
Nowadays, tastes have shifted to the East coast style, juicy and unfiltered IPAs that overshadow their West coast counterparts. But despite the change in tastes, Fat Tug remains one of the most recognizable BC beers on the market. It’s know across North America and is practically synonymous with BC.
For that reason alone, and it’s incredible staying power, Fat Tug is our Beer of the Month. If you haven’t tried it yet, grab yourself a can or bottle and be prepared for an experience.