Lagunitas Brewing Company
|Headquarters||Petaluma, California, USA|
|Production output||106,000 US beer barrels (12,400,000 l; 3,300,000 US gal; 2,700,000 imp gal) (2010)|
The Lagunitas Brewing Company is a brewery founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, USA. They are known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on their packaging. The company is the sixth top selling craft brewery in the US.
Since the mid-2000s, Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010. As of March 2011, the company has 92 employees with distribution in 32 states. The brewery announced a $9.5 million expansion slated to begin early 2012 which will increase its brewing capacity to 600,000 barrels. On April 9, 2012, Lagunitas announced plans for a new Chicago-based brewery equipped with a 250 barrel brew house which will also have a 600,000 barrel capacity. The brew house is to be completed by July 2013 with the first mash in slated for late 2013. In May 2012 it was announced that owner Tony Magee had signed a lease for a location in the city's Douglas Park neighborhood, "that will put him in a space owned by film studio Cinespace...for at least 20 years." Magee stated that Lagunitas plans to have the Chicago taproom open by November 2012, saying that "The point of trying to get the taproom open early is to allow visitors to actually watch the whole darn brewery being built all around them."
IPA (India Pale Ale)
The IPA is Lagunitas Brewing Company's flagship beer; it is described as moderately hoppy and well balanced. Copious Cascade and Centennial hops with Crystal malt. "An IPA built to make you want another sip." On the bottle label: "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!" India Pale Ale has an ABV of 6.2%.
Censored (Copper Ale)
Originally named The Kronik, which was rejected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a "Censored" sticker was placed on the label, which was accepted. It is an American amber/red ale with a 6.7% ABV and 35 IBU, generally described as good, with a balance between malt and hops.
Pils (Czech Style Pilsner)
On the bottle label: "Like Adam and Eve, Isaac and Ishmael, Mao and Confuscious [sic], 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 for who they are, separately but equally, with liberty, and justice, for all. Cheers!" Pils has an ABV of 6%.
Lagunitas "Hop Stoopid" is an American Imperial (or Double) IPA. Hop Stoopid has an alcohol content (ABV) of 8% and comes in at 102 IBUs. It is made with hop extract and oils rather than flowers for stronger hop flavors.
The bottle label begins with lyrics from Steely Dan's 1976 single "Kid Charlemagne":
" 'Clean this mess up else we'll all end up in jail... those test tubes and the scale... just get 'em all outta here...' "
"He was referring to the complex super-critical-CO2 hop extraction equipment set up on the table in the lab across from the brewhouse. Hop extracts are for the BIG brewers, he thought - suitable only for crummy sub-standard and barely passable industrial lagers, not the subtle and elegant craft beer made here. But wrong he was. The New Brewer does not eschew any possible inputs. In this case the extract will replace the mountains of hop vegetative material in the kettle thus creating cleaner hop flavors and preventing the otherwise spinach-like mess of a kettle full of super-hopped wort from clogging up a pump or worse. The sensuous honey-like amber ooze was administered intravenously to the wort kettle and the sacrament was complete. Another kettle of Hop Stoopid is once again raised up and fermented on high. Call us @ 707-769-4495 Cheers!"
[70 IBUs] A "bigger" IPA than the flagship Lagunitas IPA. "More hops, more alcohol and more body... Similar hops of the IPA, just more of them... spicy finish with s lot of rose petal with just a increased emphasis on the hops. 8.2% ABV (sic).".
On the label is the following:
"We believe this Special Ale is Something Unique. Feeding Brown Cane Sugar to otherwise Cultured Brewery Yeast is a'kin to feeding Raw Shark to your Gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without Human Intervention. And it looks weird besides. But it has happened and now it's too late."
Imperial Red Ale
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale has an (ABV) of 7.8%, and is described as having more of a malty flavor than a hoppy one.
Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale
Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale has an (ABV) of 9.7% and is described as rich and smooth with a defined hop snap.
- "Top Craft Breweries In America: Brewers Association Names 50 Best-Selling Companies". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- Cynthia Liu (2004-09-24). "Lagunitas Brewing Co. says pit bull label proving no dog". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- Digitale, Robert. Lagunitas Brewing undertakes big expansion. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa). March 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-3-21.
- Quackenbush, Jeff. Lagunitas plans $9.5 million expansion The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa). March 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-5-18.
- Adam Nason (2012-04-09). "Lagunitas Brewing to open new brewery in Chicago". beerpulse.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- Noel, Josh (22 May 2012). "Lagunitas signs Chicago lease, targets November taproom opening". Chicago Tribune Entertainment. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Censored - Lagunitas Brewing Company".