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Lagunitas is pitting hops against each other with their Vol. 1 of their Stereohopic series. This round is Nelson Sauvin vs. Mosaic. It is a slight twist on the single hop beers. I think these two hops should be distinguishable from each other which should make it interesting.

Still Sucks

One of the formative beers of my beer drinking life was being so disappointed that a beloved seasonal Brown Shugga was not going to be on shelves. I was not the only one and in response, Lagunitas sent out Sucks. And I loved it. Since then, other IPAs have caught my fancy but I cannot think of a more appropriate time to be drinking one of these than now.

On the Agenda

Two things SoCal’ers don’t often see. Bock beers and Moonlight Brewing. So I would grab a bottle or sixer if you see it but you don’t have to keep it a secret. Light up the social media with some BockLove!

1st Visit – Lagunitas Azusa

I rode the rails to Azusa a few days back to check out the current state of the mega complex that Lagunitas is building since they now have opened up a temporary taproom, to taste their wares in.

Here is my report in photos….

No room for Azusa on the barrel tables.

It’s a bit purple inside.

A bit purple this side too.

Waldo’s was tapped but the bartender quipped that the menu would not be reprinted.

I will talk more about my OK first visit on Food GPS.

Lag Time

Pop-Ups are not just for restaurants and fashion, they can also be for beer as Lagunitas is proving with their Azusa Pop-Up TapRoom which opens April 8th. This will be the temp while the permanent space is being constructed with a hoped for opening date of August this year.

Here are the details….
– TapRoom hours: Wed-Sun 3pm – 9pm
– Live music begins at 4:20 and goes til 7:30-ish
– Local food trucks will provide tasty food until our kitchen in completed

No news on whether brewing is happening yet or is also set to begin later this year.

Born Again

It seems that IPA’s have well defined life cycles now. It starts with an IPA. That IPA then becomes unfiltered. (Case in point, see above). Then the IPA gets draft only special dry hops. Then it gets fruited.

I have been impressed with the Born Yesterday beers that I have had and I can’t wait for Lagunitas to open in Azusa but I fear that blood orange Born Yesterday is coming down the pike.

Scotch One Hitter

The cities listed on the label for the next One Hitter beer from Lagunitas Brewing tell me that the upcoming Azusa location is still down the road…

…but at least we have these new beers to enjoy while adjusting our countdown to new brewery clocks.

(Which seem to be resetting a lot what with all the newbies coming around)

Review – TuberFest from Lagunitas

This isn’t my first rodeo with a tuber themed Oktoberfest beer. Widmer Brewing did one a year or two ago, but this is one that makes the connection of spuds to Idaho to the new Idaho 7 hop.
Let’s see what Lagunitas has cooked up….

The Tuber pours a clear orange color and right off the bat there is some hops to it on the nose. It tastes to me of a beer with two minds to it. There is a hoppy red half and a Germanic Marzen half. New World meets Old World. The hops add a juicy quality that works against the malt to me. The lingering bitterness is a bit more off putting to me. One of those beers that is working right up until it makes a turn. Maybe more spuds are needed?

Lagunitas Day – 13th of Never is Next

One day, I will look up who coined the term 12th of Never.
It is so catchy that I am surprised it hasn’t been used for a beer name before 2016.

But now Lagunitas has claimed it for their very first canned beer. Something the Azusa facility will no doubt be canning. The brewery describes the beer in their usual oblique fashion as a “bitter-esque, pale-isa ale”.

Which basically means IPA. It will start showing up on shelves in July.