Thursday, August 24, 2006

Beer O' the Moment - Lagunitas Shut-Down Ale

Lagunitas Under Investigation Shutdown Ale

We also think this is a rather clumsy name for a fantastic beer. Lagunitas has quickly become one of our favorit breweries, even though it is located in California. Even Slick's has their PILS on tap. Good stuff. We're almost prepared to say these guys do beer better than Stone (though the art may be slightly inferior). In fact, we had an all Lagunitas night recently: a couple PILS at Slick's, as well as a bangin' Maximus IPA (fantastic beer, but not all that different from their regular "flagship" IPA) and Sirius Cream Ale back at the ranch. Damn, son, if that ain't L-I-V-I-N! No, honestly, very impressive stuff. Believe, 'cause we hate everything west of Cleveland!

Read on for more stolen "journalism"...

The Lagunitas St. Pat's Day Pot Bust

Back in the saddle again...Lagunitas Brewing got fined last year and not allowed to sell beer for 20 days after three people were arrested at the Petaluma, CA brewery's regular Thursday night tasting party for possession of marijuana. This came after an eight week undercover investigation by the California Alcohol Beverage Controld Board.
Two agents repeatedly tried to buy marijuana from people at the tasting. It was offered free, but no one would sell it to them. There's a lot more to it. [Ed. - there likely is, but we're here for the beer, not pot smokin' retards. Also, it seems to have resulted in a fairly kick ass beer.]

Anyway, the brewery's new seasonal is Undercover Shut-Down Ale. The funniest part is what founder Tony Magee wrote on the label in very small print:

``We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick's Day Massacre and in celebration of our 20 day suspension back in January of this year.


Shhh. Be vewry vewry qwuiet. We're sneakin' around lookin for grownup taxpaywers dowin tings we don't appwoove of. Be wery kwiet. Dare awound here somewhere.....Shhhhhh.Be vewry vewery kwiet..


From the day of the first congress at the moment of the passage of the first law, we became weaker. The extra-large B.Franklin said it well that you can tell the strength of a society by the paucity of the pages in its book of laws. Today we are all surrounded by laws – tax law - civil law - criminal law. Statutes and Bills. Laws that make large and small criminals of us all.

And sometimes just doin' something that you like to do and hurts no one is also criminal, or at least strongly discouraged. Seems we can't be trusted to live well and safely on our own. On our own we would all probably descend quickly into mayhem, cannibalism and ultimately shoplifting and jaywalking.If only we all could be trusted. It's good having such wise fathers looking out for us isn't it. Whatever. 707-769-4495. CHEERS!

And...we're back! Let us all bear in mind that what is important here is that this is a damned fine beer. Bitter, sweet, strong, fun, and 9.9% ABV. We laughed, we cried. Highly recommended. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up, fine holiday fun.

It cost us about $3.29 for a 22 oz. bottle. Do it if you can.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Uncle Sam Wants You (to Help Choose)

Sam Adams will be adding a new brew to their Brewmaster’s Collection next year, and Sam wants you to make the pick. The brewer will be sampling two craft beers nationwide at dozens of local bars in key markets. Called the Beer Lover’s Choice program, tasters like you can cast your vote for either Honey Porter or Smoke Lager. You can visit the website to see the times and locations for the samuel_adams.jpgtasting events in Boston, Chicago, Charleston, SC, Colorado Springs, CO, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York City, Phoenix, Washington, DC, and other locations. The winning brew will join the 12-pack Samuel Adams Brewmaster’s Collection in January 2007. This is actually the second annual tasting event, and Marketing Blurb regrets we missed joining 11,000 beer enthusiasts at more than 430 tasting events to select Samuel Adams Brown Ale over Samuel Adams Bohemian Pilsner for this year's Brewmaster's Collection. Okay, now—we have already forgotten which beer is which, so serve us another round of each—thanks. Cheers to Promo Magazine for bringing this to our attention.