Earlier today while I was wasting time at work I stumbled on a couple articles about a new year round pale ale from Widmer. So, after doing a search and not finding anything about it on BA I posted this thread: http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/widmer-brothers-alchemy-ale.78314/ introducing Widmer Brothers Alchemy Pale Ale. Even though one of the articles I found mentioned that it was replacing Drifer Pale ale I held out hope that this wasn't true.... But I emailed the brewerery and got the follwing response: "Yes, Alchemy Ale will replace Drifter Pale Ale in our year round line up." I know Alchemy Ale comes out in the begining of April so I am hoping the Drifter I have now dated January 30th isn't the last shipment. This beer has been special to me ever since I had it on draft in a bar while on vacation about 4 years ago. Since then I have drank more of this beer than any other. It replaced SNPA as my "go to" pale ale and has basically been in my fridge ever since. I have had a lot of wolrd class beer since then but have never gotten sick of Drifter. Ive always thought that at $6.99 a six pack it's one of the best values in beer (along with SN Celebration). The reason I set my avatar to Drifter a while back was because I never thought it got the respect it desvered and I wanted to recomend it with every chance I got. It's not even close to being a hop bomb, and I am a hop head, but I have IPA's for that and this was my perfect pale ale, perfect session beer, and favorite value buy. Despite drinking several cases of it there is nothing I have ever wanted to change about it. The beer is well balanced but I think the unique flavor comes from some sort of euphoric mixture of Nelson Sauvin and Summit hops. I am new to homebrewing (on my 4th batch) and I havn't yet tried to clone this yet. Since I thought it was already pefect I didn't think I could match it. Now, even If I brewed up my first batch tonight, it is doubtfull that I would be able to try it side by side with a fresh Drifer. Enough of my ramblings. All of you may not apprecaite Drifter the way I do but I am sure you have a beer that is your Drifter or you can remember when one of your favorite brews was discontinued. Good things don't last forever. I raise this glass of Drifter to.....Drifter Cheers!