In what must be the worst kept secret, Great Lakes Brewery, the 2013 & 2014 Canadian Brewery of the Year and 2014, 2015, 2016 Ontario Brewery of the Year*, is set to officially announce that their much beloved Octopus Wants to Fight IPA will be joining their core line-up of beers, keeping it in year-round rotation.
The 6.2% American style IPA will join Canuck Pale Ale, Pompous Ass English Ale, Blonde Lager and Red Leaf Lager year-round and will continue to be packaged in 473ml cans and kegs of all sizes.
“Personally, I’m very excited about this beer joining our other year-round brands,” said Owner Peter Bulut. “It was always one of my personal favourites in our Tank Ten series of beer and I looked forward to each release.” He continued, “We’ve heard from thousands of GLB supporters over the years hoping we’d consider making Octopus available 365 days a year and it’s a great day for us to be able to commit to it.”
Octopus Wants To Fight, which first made its debut as a one-off limited release in 2015, quickly graduated to the Tank Ten series of beers. Based on customer loyalty and a cult like following, Octopus joined the rotating IPA LCBO release schedule in 2016. As one of the more popular IPAs in a vast portfolio, customers from Thunder Bay to Toronto, Windsor to Ottawa, and places in between, have asked repeatedly over the years to add Octopus to the brewery’s line-up full time, and the brewery listened.
It pours a beautiful burnt gold edging into a dull orange complete with a tight white head. Lots of tropical fruit (pineapple, orange pith) abound from the glass with each whiff, followed by a walk in the woods as pine, evergreen and some herbaceous notes are picked up. The first sip provides a touch of sweetness, some dank grass combined with pine needles, and then right into “juicy fruit”. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel gives way to a memorable dry yet bitter finish.
Octopus Wants to Fight will continue to retail for $3.25 a can at the GLB retail store and in over 300 LCBO retail stores across Ontario.
A fiercely independent owned and operated brewery, Great Lakes recently celebrated 30 years in the craft beer business, making them one of the oldest craft breweries in Ontario. Great Lakes specializes in producing flavourful beers that will be sure to awaken your taste buds with each sip. From unique seasonal ales and premium lagers to our 7 Barrel and Tank Ten Series beers, we produce a variety of products to be enjoyed by everyone! Based in Toronto at 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. we invite you to visit our brewery for a taste of our award-winning beers.