2.13.2009

Fat Tire


One of the great things about traveling west is that I know I will be likely able to get my hands wrapped around one of my favorite beers, Fat Tire.

I was put on to Fat Tire about four years ago by a former co-worker when we were at a conference. One of the great things about her is that she is a beer connoisseur like myself. So after spending eight hours setting up our booth, we hit a restaurant for dinner. Once we were seated and the waitress came around, the first thing we would ask is, "what do you have on tap?" When the waitress said, "Fat Tire," my co-worker got excited and ordered it immediately. So I asked her what all the fuss was about and she explained it to me.


Fat Tire is brewed in Fort Collins, Colorado and is only available west of the Mississippi River (with the lone exception being Chicago).

The reason she was excited was because we can't get it in Maryland. Her excitement was all I needed to give it a try and I ended up being a fan from the first gulp. So now I get equally excited every time I go west and find it on draft or in a bottle.

If you're really into beer, then you know there are numerous categories of beer (for example, an ale) and those classes can differ based on origin. For those that don't speak beer, that means you can have an English-style ale and a German-style ale that taste very different due to the ingredients and the brewing practices used by the respective styles. Because I like my beer dark and heavy, most of my favorite beers fall in the stout or porter categories. On occasion, I will find an ale that I really like. Fat Tire is a Belgian-style amber ale that features, "toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors." I also seem to sense a little bit of chocolate flavor in the finish.

In my opinion, these flavors give you a taste reminiscent of a stout without the weight and heaviness of drinking one. So if one of the reasons you don't like Guiness is because of it's darkness and heaviness, but like the malty flavor, Fat Tire is made for you.

The next time you head west or if you live in the west and are looking to try something new, give Fat Tire a spin. Most places will even let you taste it before you purchase, so you have no excuse not to at least try it. Once you try it, I'm sure you'll like it. If not, I'll refund you the cost of reading this post.

For more info on the inspiration behind Fat Tire, check out this video.


And if you've had it before or once you try it, be sure to hit the comments section to let me know what you think.

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