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Grab a Lagun-ey?

2015-09-08 16:56:46.891644+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

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#Comment Re: Grab a Lagun-ey? made: 2015-09-08 21:10:15.564939+00 by: ebradway

Heineken? F*ck that sh!t... Pabst Blue Ribbon!

#Comment Re: Grab a Lagun-ey? made: 2015-09-08 22:28:16.296056+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh, awesome for that reminder! Yeah, there's some local folks gonna get that clip...

#Comment Re: Grab a Lagun-ey? made: 2015-09-09 02:42:38.72553+00 by: Jack William Bell [edit history]

I discovered Lagunitas IPA years ago while at a friend's 90'th birthday party in Gualala CA. A few years after that it and other Lagunitas brews showed up in the stores here in Washington State and became a regular in my fridge. (There's a bottle of Hop Stoopid there now.) Clearly they have managed to expand past the limits of what I would normally think of as a 'craft' brewer.

Related; in Amsterdam I toured the Heineken 'Experience', as it has always been one of my favorite lager-style beers. That's when I discovered they followed the German purity laws even though they were a Dutch company. The gentleman running the tour was very patient with my questions and quite knowledgeable. Later during the tasting he told me he had worked on the brewery floor for years and had done most of the jobs there.

So, if a craft brewery HAS to hook up with a big outfit, I can't think of a better matchup. But I still worry that success will lead to a general drop in quality.

Edit notes: I validated my memory with Wikipedia and ended up fixing things twice trying to get it right. Basically the Amsterdam brewery was originally Amstel, but was taken over by Heineken, who later converted it to an 'experience'. I hope I have it right now.