Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Brewing Company

I always look forward to getting the newspaper on Wednesday morning because the Food section is published in the Wednesday edition of the Washington Post. I love the Post’s Food section for a couple of reasons.

First, I enjoy reading Greg Kitsock’s beer column. Sure, it’s easy to keep up with the Food section through the All We Can Eat blog, but I like thumbing through the print edition to find Kitsock’s column. Lately, the focus of the column has been on Beer Madness, “The Washington Post’s annual suds showdown.”

Second, I look for the Magruder’s ad to find out about their weekly specials and Beer of the Week. The Beer of the Week features a particular brewery, whose line-up of beers is on sale that week. Every Friday and Saturday, a brewery rep or distributor is in the store pouring samples of beer from the featured brewer. I drive by Magruder’s in Chevy Chase Circle everyday on my way home from work. Their convenient parking (for DC), low prices, and friendly service have made it my go-to beer store. And I always try to stop in on Fridays!

Magruder’s Beer of the Week is the inspiration behind this new series of posts on the Boa Beer Blog. First up: Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California.

I bought a case made up of four different 6-packs of brew from Lagunitas Brewing Company. The brewery rep pouring the samples didn’t need to sell me on Lagunitas, which has become one of my favorite breweries. Their beer descriptions are the best!

My mixed case included:

  • IPA (6.2%), Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the imperial qualities of the Malt foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!
  • Pils, a Czech Style Pilsner (6.2%), Like Adam and Eve, Issac and Ishmael, Mao and Confuscious, Good and Evil, Day and Night, Hittites and Visigoths, John and Lorena, or Groucho and Moe, Ales and Lagers are as different as can be. Still, we must love each other for who they are, separately but equally, with liberty, and justice, for all. Cheers!
  • Pale Ale (6.2%), We at the Lagunitas Brewing Company hope you enjoy this genuinely handmade ale. A lot of hard work and enthusiasm go into every aspect of brewing this Mondo Ultra Mega Super Premium Ale. From building the brewery itself to putting the cap on each and every bottle, virtually every step was done by hand. Thanks for your trust and as always: Think Globally, Drink Locally
  • Censored, a Copper Ale (6.75%), The original name of this original ale was originally derived from an origin so heinous that we cannot reveal its aboriginal oregeny. Sorry. Actually, it’s an easy drinking malty Copper Ale that goes easy on the hops. Whatever.

The Lagunitas brewery rep told me the story behind Censored and the label. It was originally called Kronik, but when the brewery submitted the label for approval, the name was rejected. So Lagunitas slapped a Censored label on top of the original name, and resubmitted it for approval. It came back approved, so the name stuck.

I also picked up a 22 oz bomber of Hop Stoopid Ale, a double IPA (8.0%) that is “built for everything hop heads desire.” Take the virtual tour with Lagunitas below, then do yourself a favor and try it for yourself.

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