Originally released as part of the Tank Ten series, My Bitter Wife IPA met such great reception that it has returned – and will continue to return each year – as a Spring seasonal brew from Great Lakes Brewery. It is named for Carrie Nation, an American woman who was a radical member of the temperance movement in the United States before prohibition.
She was particularly well known for getting her message across through vandalism, using her trademark hatchet to destroy the property and stock of bar owners. She was arrested a total of 30 times between 1900-1910 for her “hatchetations.” A large woman, she stood almost 6′ tall, had a stern countenance, and was self-described as “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn’t like.” During her campaign against libations she published The Smasher’s Mail, a biweekly newsletter, and The Hatchet, a newspaper.
A strong and bitter beer, My Bitter Wife IPA became a fast favourite throughout Ontario and this year’s limited run appears to be moving quickly. If you get a chance, try it. If not, there is always next year.