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lagunitas taproom and beer sanctuary

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

inside the taproom at lagunitas

after leaving russian river brewing the weekend before last, TM, JVG, JC and I cruised down to petaluma to check out the new taproom and beer sanctuary at lagunitas.

  • I had high expectations for this place, and as soon as I walked in I knew they were going to be met.
  • the taproom was great – it had funky (3-D) local artwork on the walls and a laid-back bartender pouring one of lagunitas‘ many offerings into ball jars.

3D artwork in the taproom

pouring a brew at the taproom

  • the outside beer sanctuary was just as nice – a ton of people were hanging out at enormous picnic tables under canopies and umbrellas beating the heat and enjoying a local brew.

at the beer sanctuary at lagunitas

  • to top it off, a local BBQ joint was serving up food outside, and a band was jamming on a stage in the corner – it was awesome.

one of the bands at the beer sanctuary

digging in to some BBQ

  • I scanned the tap list and immediately ordered up a bourbon barrel-aged hairy eyeball, which I wish I could have on a weekly basis.  it was malty and strong, with a boozy bourbon note infused throughout.  in hindsight, I should have ordered this up as a finisher, but I got antsy and scared that the keg would kick before I had ordered up my glass.

bourbon barrel hairy eyeball

  • everyone else ordered up a variety of brews, from ruben and the jets to brown shugga.  I tasted the brown shugga and it was was the best I’ve ever had – it had an intense hoppy finish that blew my mind.  I wonder if they tweaked the recipe or if it was just a young batch, either way I need to get my hands on some more.

brown shugga

  • I finished up the day with a classic lagunitas IPA fresh from the source, and with that, we took off toward novato, but not before I looked back longingly towards lagunitas and vowed I would return ASAP.

one charity raffle hopeful at lagunitas

the big red conical at the taproom

true multitasking

one side of the lineup in the taproom

lagunitas hop stoopid

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

hop stoopid in the glass

I recently pulled out a bottle of lagunitas’ hop stoopid, a double IPA, while cooking up some BBQ.

  • this was originally called “sonoma farmhouse” hop stoopid, which confused me when I first saw it a year or two ago.
  • I kept passing this bottle by until I got into a discussion with an employee at a bevmo in LA who swore to me that hop stoopid and avery’s maharaja (one of my all-time favorites) were one and the same and that I should switch to hop stoopid for financial reasons (it is a couple bucks cheaper).
  • although the brews are somewhat different, hop stoopid is amazing in its own right.  it has an intense hop aroma that puts a smile on your face and enough malt (@8% abv) to keep the hop bitterness in check.
  • I wish I would have started picking this up earlier, since it’s price point beats out many inferior double IPAs (it’s less than $5 for a bomber, and surprisingly, many local liquor stores around here carry it).
  • I also just read that lagunitas uses hop extracts in this batch??  interesting, that’s probably how they get it up to 102 IBU on a reasonable budget, but I’m not sure how excited I am about hop extract use.  hell, it tastes great, they must be doing something right.

hop stoopid bottle

lagunitas lumpy gravy

Friday, October 16th, 2009

lumpy gravy in the bottle

last night I cracked open a bottle of lumpy gravy, a beer brewed by lagunitas to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album of the same name.

  • lumpy gravy is classified on beeradvocate.com as a 7.2% brown ale.
  • however, the beer has a dark ruby color, with a malt nose and molasses and raisin flavors.  it also has a thick, coating mouthfeel and a hint of alcohol warmth.
  • I’m no BJCP judge, but if it had a little stronger malt backbone I would call it a belgian-inspired barleywine.
  • as it stands, however, the beer is pretty much outside any classic beer style (not unlinke other lagunitas offerings) – I love the creativity!
  • for me, this was definitely a departure from lagunitas’ traditional offerings, and anyone that complains that “all lagunitas beers taste the same” (it’s the yeast!) should definitely try this out.  I should have grabbed a few more bottles of this before it disappeared.
  • as for the zappa series, tony magee was quoted as saying: “We will be doing a label every nine months or so as the other (Zappa album) anniversaries come up.  Next, Absolutely Free next summer, then Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money, Uncle Meat, Hot Rats and so on and so on and so on. … Fun, it is!”
  • however, I thought I read somewhere that they were calling it quits on the tribute series, but I can’t find the source…

lumpy gravy label

glass of lumpy gravy

aerial lumpy gravy shot

dry hopped st. rogue red

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

dry hopped st. rogue red in the glass

I spied a bomber of rogue’s dry hopped st. rogue red on the shelf last week at bevmo while on a staple beer run (i.e., grabbing as many bombers of stone 13th and lagunitas little sumpin’ extra I could get my mitts on), so I figured I’d give it a shot.

  • the brew had a great rocky head that lasted for quite some time, along with a strong ruby color.
  • however, it had a mild, grassy hop aroma and flavor and a mediocre malt backbone (although the pacman yeast kept the overall beer pretty clean).
  • I have a strong hunch this beer had been sitting around for quite some time before I got my hands on it.  I mean, a dry hopped beer with little hop aroma??
  • I’ll have to try this guy again.  it was on draft at their pub last time I was there

dry hopped st. rogue red bottle

pint of dry hopped st. rogue red

lagunitas 2009 correction ale

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

2009 correction ale

last night I cracked open a bottle of 2009 correction ale from lagunitas, an IPA that had been released in april but that I had been sitting on for months.

  • after popping the top and taking a sip, I immediately regretted not doing this earlier so that I could have stocked up on more of this brew.
  • this IPA has a huge hop aroma and bite (even after sitting for half a year!) without leaving any lingering bitterness on the tongue.
  • it is also balanced and quite drinkable at 6.3%.
  • although I regret not having this as a go-to beer of the summer, I can at least have a little solace after stocking up on some bombers of a little sumpin’ extra (review to come).

2009 correction ale bottle

2009 correction ale in the glass

rogue ales public house

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

the bar at rogue ales public house

last night I rode down to rogue ales public house in north beach with CB (you’d think I live in north beach with all these reviews lately!)

little sumpin/ extra and latona

tap list at rogue

denogginizer and 200m IPA

columbus cafe

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

at the window at columbus

I’ll never turn down a request for happy hour at columbus cafe in north beach.

  • they have 26 beers on tap, mostly usual suspects, but they have a great west coast IPA selection.
  • last friday I met up here with AP, AP, and TM.  I started off with a lagunitas IPA, then finished off with a bear republic racer 5 IPA – 2 of my favorite “session IPAs.”
  • all seats were taken when I got there about 6:30, but it wasn’t crowded.  however, I have been here after 9 or 10pm and the place was shoulder-to-shoulder, so proceed with caution.
  • columbus cafe’s happy hour runs from 4-8 (although I thought it stopped at 7 last friday – better double-check).
  • the happy hour is 2-for-1 beers, which they give you a token to redeem.  this is a great idea since you don’t have to use the token that day, and can redeem it another time.
  • another great element here is golden boy pizza down the street, which turns out awesome slices.  columbus and golden boy are the north beach equivalent of rosamunde and toronado – they were meant to be.
  • also, FYI, rogue, la trappe, and church key are also within walking distance of this place.

taps at columbus cafe

happy hour token and friends at columbus

lagunitas lucky 13

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

mondo red

Lagunitas Brewing has got to be my favorite overall brewery.  I’m a huge fan of their beers as well as their approach to brewing and their overall mentality.  Plus, beers like their IPA, Brown Shugga, and the Kronik got me hooked on craft beer.  When their 13th anniversary beer, lucky 13, came out, picking it up was a given.

  • from what I hear, the beer is based off their very first beer, a red brewed in 1993.
  • I thought this beer was a one-time deal, but when I was up in Guerneville for the 4th of July I saw it in a local liquor store cooler and did a double take before grabbing a couple as fast as I could.  Sipping on that brew while watching fireworks go off from the bridge over Johnson’s Beach made my night.
  • I found out later that I actually got a hold of a new batch that they brewed again in 2009.
  • once my pour warmed up a little, the hop aroma and malt backbone in this beer really went nuts.  lagunitas has a great, unique yeast that ties all their brews together, and it goes perfectly with this brew.
  • I think I still have an original bottle sitting around somewhere.  Is it really from 2006?  That might make for a good future side-by-side tasting…

the pour

lucky 13 bottle