This Beer Was a Mistake
But sometimes wonderful, delicious things come as a result of mistakes.
Lagunitas is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the United States. Not only are they starting to grow in reputation, with people nationwide falling in love with their hoppy and perfectly-crafted beers, they’re growing in size. They’ve got a brand new brewhouse in Chicago (in addition to the original in California) and they’re pumping out tons of incredible beer:
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But unfortunately, sometimes when you’re moving, things don’t go so smoothly. Here’s the story from the brewery itself:
This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday 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 to be all over…
So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.
And that is how Lagunitas Sucks was born. The good news? Lagunitas Sucks… doesn’t suck. In fact, it’s absolutely delicious.
People loved it so much it’s become a Lagunitas staple. True to the brewery’s style, it is hoppy goodness for all you hopheads out there. Not only have we given you an IPA to enjoy, it’s a big ol’ double IPA. So get it for half price while you can at Half Time in Poughkeepsie!