Back in late July, I told you about a special brew day I attended at the Lagunitas Seattle Taproom & Beer Sanctuary. I joined Lagunitas and a whole host of their hop and barley farming partners to brew what would become the first Seattle exclusive beer to come out of the brewery since they took over their space in Ballard from Hilliard’s.
From what I could tell, this was a rather experimental brew with no strictly set recipe. In the end, it wound up including Caliente, Ron Mexico, and Galaxy hops, giving it a burst of tropical brightness on top of a smooth, blonde, 2-row malted barley backbone.
I’ve always enjoyed the beers coming out of Lagunitas Brewing Company. I even used to live in Petaluma, CA but I moved to Seattle just a few years after they opened and never had the opportunity to visit the brewery there (it was also before I started writing about craft beer). That’s why I was excited when the news broke last year that Lagunitas would be opening a brewery right here in Seattle – taking over the space formerly occupied by Hilliard’s Brewing.
After a media/friends/family sneak peek, The Lagunitas Seattle Taproom And Beer Sanctuary opened their doors back on January 12th. At the time, there was a rumor going around that the new Seattle location would be producing some pilot batches of new, unique beers that would only be available in the Seattle market. Those rumors were quickly confirmed, but no date was set for when those Seattle-only brews would begin.
Last year, Lagunitas Brewing Company introduced 12th Of Never Ale, their first ever canned beer. This assertive IPA is citrusy and full-bodied yet still light on the palate. Like so many other beers from Lagunitas, it became an instant hit and Summertime favorite for many craft beer lovers. Lagunitas was even nice enough to provide an ample supply of 12th Of Never Ale for a local, private fundraising event I recently attended. Thanks guys!
Well, 12th Of Never Ale is back for 2017. This time, however, there’s one big difference – the size. Those cute little 12oz cans of 12th Of Never you’ve been drinking? Yeah, they have a new big brother: the 12th Of Never 19 oz tall boy. That’s right. This Summer, when you take 12th Of Never along for your adventures, you’ll be able to bring it in a new container that will give the other beers people have packed in a serious case of can envy.
Last night, I was fortunate to attend a sneak peek preview party for media and industry friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company‘s newest location in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. As you’ve probably heard, they took over the space formerly occupied by Hilliard’s Brewing, which was purchased last year by Odin Brewing. Lagunitas treated us to food, live music, acrobatic and sideshow performers mingling among the crowd and, of course, great craft beer from one of my favorite California craft breweries.
Lagunitas has made some small but significant changes to the space, including a new, spacious island bar in the middle of the taproom, large, sturdy beer hall style tables with bench seating and brand new, restaurant-quality bathrooms. They want to open to the public as soon as possible and, from what I saw last night, they’re just about ready. You should be enjoying your favorite Lagunitas beers there before the end of this month.
Last year, I told you about a new idea Lagunitas Brewing Company had for bringing new meaning to the word ‘Fresh’. They had released a new Fresh Hop Pale Ale named Born Yesterday. Just as the name implied, Lagunitas wanted to brew a Fresh Hop Ale, and then have it delivered to their main markets by the very next day.
The delivery to most markets was a success. Unfortunately, the deliveries to Washington got delayed and took a day or two longer. Hopefully, that won’t be the case again. This year’s batch of Born Yesterday was brewed and bottled yesterday, 10/26/2015, and should begin arriving today in select markets across the nation (including Seattle).
All those other airlines suck. Fly Lagunitas! How would you like to win a Labor Day weekend trip for two to visit Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California? I know I’d like to. I actually used to live in Petaluma several years back, but I moved away at just about the same time Lagunitas was just getting started there and never had the chance to check them out. I tried to visit last year but, due to some unforeseen circumstances, I had to cut my trip short and wasn’t able to visit. Even so, they’re still one of my favorite breweries and make some truly amazing beers.
Lagunitas Brewing Compnay produces some amazing beers. You’ve probably heard me say before that they’re one of the few breweries for which I can honestly say: they don’t make a single beer I don’t like. Some of my favorites from Lagunitas include their standard IPA, Maximus Imperial IPA, Hop Stoopid (their over-the-top hoppy Imperial IPA), Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, Cappuccino Stout, Brown Shugga’ and The Hairy Eyeball. I’m always looking forward to their next release.
Even though I used to live in Northern California, I’ve never actually visited the Lagunitas brewery. I moved to the Seattle area just a few years after they were founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California (they moved to Petaluma, California just 1 year later in 1994). I tried to visit them just this past September on a trip I took down to the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife, but we ran into some unfortunate problems and had to cut our trip short. I was very disappointed.
I’ve been living in Washington state since 1998. Upon my arrival from Northern California, I was pleased to discover that leaving the Bay Area definitely did not mean leaving craft beer behind. Indeed, some of my favorite breweries in the World are right here in the Puget Sound (Two Beers (CBM Sponsor), Black Raven (CBM Sponsor) and Fremont, just to name a few).
Before discovering any of the amazing breweries the great Northwest had to offer, however, I already had a small stable of favorite breweries from Northern California. Lagunitas Brewing Company out of Petaluma, California (and Chicago, Illinois) has always been right near the very top of that list. Simply put, they don’t make a single beer I don’t like. The quality and consistency of their beers is absolutely top notch, which is why I’m looking forward to trying their latest offering: Born Yesterday.
Welcome to the second in a series of arttcles, where I search my soul to share with you some of my favorite brews. In the extremely diverse world of craft beer, picking a single favorite beer is virtually impossible. So why limit your ‘favorite’ selection to just one beer? In this volume, which is a bit ‘late’ (I meant to post this last month) I’ll be talking about Some of my favorite Fall and Winter time craft beers.
Welcome to the first in a series of articles, where I will search my soul to share with you some of my favorite brews. Every few months, there will be another volume, where I’ll keep adding to the list of my all-time favorite beers.
Pick Just One? Good Luck!
It’s a question I get asked a lot: What is your favorite beer? or What is your favorite brewery? Really? Do I have to pick just one? I mean, isn’t one of the joys of craft beer the fact that there are so many choices? It would be a pretty boring World if you were only able to select a single beer to drink for the rest of your life. Most people I know have an extremely difficult, if not impossible time answering this question.