Fat Tire

Can I, or can I not, get a Fat Tire in Atlanta?

Used to live in Denver, drank Fat Tire, loved it, lived it, but have kind of blocked it out in pain and frustration and overwhelming loss.

Someone mentioned Fat Tire today, and now I have a hankering. Help a girl out.

12 Comments so far

  1. Andrea (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    My fiance’s dad mentioned this the other night at dinner, and I couldn’t believe it — I just assumed there must be another beer with the same name or something, since New Belgium’s been pretty adamant about not shipping their beer out too far. But now I’m dying to find out the truth.
    He mentioned it being served at Taco Mac. Probably a good place to ask about it.

  2. Jonathan (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 4:50 am

    I’m fairly sure that you cannot buy a Fat Tire in Atlanta, at least in normal retail channels. You might be able to find one “hot” on craigslist.

    If you’ve got the time or inclination, New Belgium released its Fat Tire yeast this year, so you might be able to recreate it yourself. But honestly, if you’re going to the trouble of brewing your own beer, you might as well brew your OWN beer.

    P.S. On a semi-related note, I found out yesterday that New Belgium is 100% wind-powered. Nice.

  3. Annie (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 8:22 am

    Thanks, Andrea. I also heard that they might have it at Brickstore in Decatur. But then I have long heard that you couldn’t get it east of the Mississippi.

    Jonathon – Interesting about the wind power. And I am too lazy to brew my own beer.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    I still don’t think that it travels further east than Chicago. When I visited Chicago in 2006 the bottles had a message announcing the beer’s arrival there. It’s this generation’s “Coors”.

    I know that it is available in Arkansas (my friend had her parents bring some as they passed through). Perhaps that’s why Petrino took the job there?

  5. Cletus McNirtny (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    I hear there’s two guys who will go to Texarkana and get Fat Tire for you in 18 hours, but it might cost you.

  6. Chintan (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    You can’t AFAIK. On the other hand, you can get much better beer than Fat Tire (in the same style) here. Three Philosophers, Chimay or Duvel, for instance. Don’t get me wrong, everytime I go to Chicago, I hit Pequod’s for some deep dish and we get a pitcher of Fat Tire. But there are better Belgian Abbey-Style Ales out there.

  7. Ed (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    Fat Tire can not be bought in commercial establishments east of the Mississippi, Chicago excluded.

  8. Ed (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    straight from them, I was slightly mistaken.

    I do know i just bought some Fat Tire when in Chicago three weeks ago…


  9. jcburns (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    It’s just like (believe it or not) Coors in the 1970s. People went to great lengths to get out to where Coors was sold and bring it back to where it wasn’t.

    Amazing how a mystique gets created when distribution is limited.

    We have a buddy from Michigan who tests cars in the Colorado Rockies, and he always returns with pickup trucks full of New Belgian stuff.

    So yes, we have three Fat Tires in our refrigerator in 30306-land right now. Ahhh.

  10. J S (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    Hmmm, I love fat tire.
    I told friends about Fat Tire while I lived in OH, back from a recent trip to CO. We went to grand opening of a “party store” that claimed to have over 500 beers from around the world and the country. Guy was showing us around and said, I challenge you to name a beer, I guarantee we have it… I say, FAT TIRE, he slouches and says, we don’t have that one.
    Subsequently, my friends thought i made it up… In their eyes the beer didn’t exist, until years later, it was seen advertised in a magazine, and sent the web page.
    We need to get a truck to bring us some Fat Tire.

  11. Kevin (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    I repeat, Coors is not “just like” Fat Tire! Coors = made/distributed by a huge corporation. Fat Tire = made/distributed by a micro (or maybe small) brewery. One is good , one taste like the cheap beer it is. I love Mirror Pond Ale (Deschutes Brewing), but like Fat Tire it’s not distributed here. I was out in WY this summer and loved the availability of both Fat Tire and Mirror Pond, some of which came back with me on the plane too.

    While we’re at it, you can’t get Pyramid here either. But you CAN in NC…what’s up with that?

  12. ed (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 1:16 am

    kevin–ga has really draconian laws about selling beer, NC much less so.

    they also have popped the cap on liquor laws which we havent yet

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