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Friday, November 25, 2011

Lagunitas Brewery Is the First to Say "Lagunitas Sucks" This Winter

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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​The team at the Lagunitas Brewery says "Lagunitas Sucks."

They're in the process of installing a shiny new 250-barrel brewhouse which will make the brewery an even bigger prescence in the national market. So, sales aren't sucking. Lagunitas' newer releases have garnered widespread praise, so quality isn't on the decline. 

And with the release of their new comically menacing 'butterfly' bottle opener, we know the crew hasn't lost their sense of humor. So why is there a new beer on the shelves called "Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale?"

The self-depricating brew stems from the brewery's decision to cancel this year's production of the popular Brown Shugga seasonal beer. 

The nearly 10% ABV warmer is a staple in Lagunitas' lineup, but it takes a long time to make and ties up brewery resources. Owner Tony Magee noted that for every case of Brown Shugga produced, the brewery was shorting 3 cases of their regular production beers. With their impending production increase, this shouldn't be an issue next year. In the meantime, however, the brewery offered this gold nugget of an apology: "There is no joy in our hearts and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it all to be over." 

Thankfully, there's a silver lining to this sad holiday tale. The Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale: Brown Shugga Substitute. The beer purports to be "full of complexishness" from the addition of 4 grains -- barley, rye, wheat, and oats. Like many other Lagunitas products, the beer's signature is a floral, citrusy hop aroma and flavor. 

Fans of IPAs with notes of tangerine and grapefruit will be pleased. Bottles are on shelves now, or you can try the beer on draft at a Lagunitas Holiday Party at City Beer Store next week. Ugly holiday sweaters welcome.

Nobody Does Christmas Like Lagunitas
Where: City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St. (at 8th St.), (415) 503 1033
When: Thursday December 1st, 6pm
Cost: Pay per drink
What: Taste a selection of Lagunitas beers, including the Lagunitas Sucks brew, paired with holiday cookies.

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