The second incarnation of the Overcast Island Ale is the newest attempt to create the ultimate Island beer; the beer for all seasons, even if they happen all in the same day. This beer was conceived one rainy winter's day in Victoria as the brewer drank a pint of heavy stout while contemplating the vagueries of life. The black drop was perfect until, as often happens on the Island, the rain decided to stop, the clouds parted, and the sun began to shine. Suddenly, the beer no longer fit the mood, but seemed heavy under the heat of the new rays. It was then that it dawned on me that a new beer was needed, something to fit any circumstance, to drink in the sleet or hail, the rain or snow, the heat and sun. Something that was indeed, an Island Ale. And thus Overcast Island Ale was born.