Podcast: Lagunitaken

Lagunitaken - Will this acquisition mean that Lagunitas is no longer CRAFT?

Lagunitaken – Will this acquisition mean that Lagunitas is no longer CRAFT?

In their comeback episode, the Scotsman and Drew try the 3 available hard root beers on the market in a blind taste test, and let you know what the best of them are.

They also discuss some great places locally to find amazing beer and good food, as usual.

Finally, they discuss Lagunitas and the 50% acquisition by Heineken. What does this mean for craft beer. What does craft beer even mean, these days? All this and a packed beer calendar for September on the next Ale Evangelist Show.

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More Questions Than Answers: What is Craft Beer?

So we are a podcast dedicated to discussing craft beer in the Central Valley. It’s a pretty straightforward statement…or so I thought when I started this whole thing. After all, we have an “official” definition of what constitutes craft beer, right? It’s set forth by the Brewers Association, and it’s pretty easy to understand, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Bueller? So what makes thing so darn complicated? Well, in case you hadn’t heard, Lagunitas agreed to have Heineken International acquire 50% of itself in an effort to bring Lagunitas world-wide.

So is this good? Bad? Ugly? I suspect Drew and I will delve into this subject on the Ale Evangelist Show this week. We may come to different opinions.  I will tell you this.  I currently have five Little Sumpin’ Extras hanging out in my fridge waiting for me to enjoy them. I also have an Equinox chilled and waiting. Is Lagunitas craft? Is Heneken International an “evil brewer”?

What do you think? This is what Tony Magee thinks. Stay tuned to the next Ale Evangelist Show (Saturday 9/12) to find out what we think.

Beer Review: Lagunitas Brewing Co’s Imperial Red is like a liquid hop! HOW??

Listen up, congregants.  There is a beer out there (I found it at Sunflower Market), and you need to go get some…now…like, I would forgive you for finishing this post at a later time if only you were instead on the way to your favorite craft beer establishment to get some of this beer. Are you on your way?  Good.  You can read the rest of this when you come back.  If you already have your hands on some of this amazing stuff (Name’s in the title, guys), please, hit the jump to read more about it. Continue reading

Beer Review: Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

One of the flavors you’ll often hear attached to stouts is “coffee”. This is justified, as the roasted barley used in its creation lends all sorts of roasty flavors which are very reminiscent of coffee. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout takes this a lot further with intense coffee flavors competing with a wonderful, malty sweetness, and a great base of thick mouthfeel to complement it all. It really is quite tasty. Now for the details of the brew! 
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From the Ale Evangelist’s desk – Sermon Snippets and Review Bits

Wow, I’ve been busy the last week or so.  We’ve been putting a new roof on the ol’ residence, and it seems like there’s been one thing after another to worry about lately, and I’ve not had a chance to write full reviews or posts since……WHOA!  Last week!  As William Wallace’s uncle said in Braveheart, “Well, that’s something we shall have to remedy, isn’t it?” Continue reading