In 1971, the Waldos met one afteroon at 4:20 in the front courtyard of their school near the statue of Louis Pasteur. They set out in a ’66 Impala armed with a “treasure map” on a journey to find a secret garden near Point Reyes. They met there at the same time every day and continued their quest. They never found the secret garden….But they keep lookin’. The dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas was made with help of the Waldos for all treasure hunters.
The new ingredient is lactose, a.k.a. milk sugar. When Velvet Merlin is brewed with milk sugar to create Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, the effect is similar to adding cream to your dark roasted coffee. The result is a stout that is still dark and roasty, but now with a mellow sweetness and added roundness of body.
Weisser Rauch, or White Smoke, is a marriage of a traditional German Hefeweizen and a Rauchbier. The smoke is more restrained than in some of our other offerings in order to allow the weizen yeast character to come forward. The smokiness plays on the spicy phenols and the fruity esters to both increase complexity and to fully integrate itself with the beer’s more familiar flavors. This beer is for the connoisseur and the smoke beer novice alike
When the temperature hits 100, this beer will be your best friend. When it hits 109, six of these will be your girlfriend. It has a bright hop character with a finish so clean it will pick up after itself. It’s Crisp, Refreshing, and Clean. ABV 5.3 – Three before you start trying that annoying accent.
Lady Bird American IPA is a beer inspired by endless fields of bluebonnets and slow drives through the rolling Texas hill country. An elegant yet blunt IPA, Lady Bird blossoms with dank and tropical hop aroma, finishing with a smooth floral flavor to balance against its malty complexity. Best enjoyed on a patio at the lake, or wherever you can bask in the natural beauty of Texas. Lady Bird American IPA reminds you thank wherever hops bloom, so does hope.
A true bohemian-style pilsner. Crisp and refreshing, this beer is perfect for a hot summer day. Saint Arnold Summer Pils has a delicate, sweet malt taste complemented by an abundant hop aroma and flavor. This beer is brewed with fine German malt, and a copious quantity of “noble” hops imported from the Czech Republic. Saint Arnold Summer Pils is best consumed at 36° Fahrenheit.
Silver Medal, GABF, Munich-Style Helles, 2014
Silver Medal, GABF, Munich-Style Helles, 2013
Gold Medal, GABF, Münchner-Style Helles, 2009
Silver Medal, GABF, Münchner-Style Helles, 2008
Silver Medal, GABF, Münchner-Style Helles, 2005
Silver Medal, GABF, Münchner-Style Helles, 2003
Gold Medal, Colorado State Fair, Pilsner, 1997
Single Hopped Saison Ale. Brewing single hopped Saisons gives us the opportunity to focus on the unique qualities of one specific hop and the ability to accentuate the best characteristics of that ingredient. Galaxy hops are known for their predominant passion fruit flavors but can also produce peach and citrus flavors and aromas. With that in mind, we added passion fruit purée at the end of fermentation to play off of those delicious tropical fruit flavors.
Local Coffee Stout brewed with Freetail’s neighbors at Merit Roasting, it was then added sweet Kentucky Bourbon barrels to age the results of the collaboration.
Mature American oak adds depth and complexity, creating a subtle shift in flavor and overall perception. Vanilla, resin, char and warmth resonate with the nutty coffee and roast character,presenting a fresh, yet familiar palette of flavors for the palate to peruse.
We’d like to start the new year with a special present to everybody. Our January 2017 microseasonal release is a brand new IPA, simply titled, Friday IPA. This beer is everything you ever hoped for in an IPA. It’s dank, hoppy, and juicy. Friday is brewed with a hefty amount of Mosaic, Chinook, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. This beer is a flavor bomb! Fans of Northeast style IPA’s are sure to enjoy it’s hoppy aromatics and hazy appearance. Friday IPA clocks in at 6
Fortem is a new-age imperial IPA that draws upon a range of influences, all while exhibiting DNA from our own forays into the IPA style. As such, it blends newer hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau, Germany along with pale malt, wheat malt and flaked oats for a full body and rounded mouthfeel. Fortem has been left unfiltered for a full hop impact.
MAYCASEIt’s the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, and to celebrate we’ve drawn inspiration from the sights, sounds and experiences of 1967 California to brew the Official Beer of Record Store Day – a perfect liquid soundtrack for welcoming warmer weather. This tropical mashup prominently features hibiscus flowers, inspired by the unofficial theme song of the 1967 movement – San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) – and kiwi juice, an ideal flavor complement grown in California, the epi-center of the Summer of Love. These flavors intermingle to deliver a quenching tropical blonde ale with strong citrus fruit and floral notes with a crisp, dry finish
Venture down the rabbit hole to experience White Rabbit, a delightfully hazy Belgian-style White Ale delicately spiced with orange zest and coriander. It’s medium-bodied with a slightly fruity, refreshing tang and a clean, zesty finish. A pleasure to imbibe and a wonder to behold, White Rabbit demands that you think and taste for yourself.
Petrus 50/50 is a blend of 50% Aged Pale and 50% Aged Red. Aged Pale is 100% “Mother Beer” aged in Oak Foeders. The gold standard for sour beers in the USA. Aged Red is 85% Dubbel Bruin base with 15% Petrus Aged Pale added to give it a sour essence. Fresh cherries are added to complete the sweet and sour balance.
With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, this slightly sweet, malty session ale is conditioned with nitrogen to impart a smooth, creamy texture and the classic “cascading effect” leading to a silky finish. With its unique flavor profile, it has become affectionately known as the “cream soda for adults”.