I’ll be brief. Well, I’ll at least be as brief as any of us Aleheads can be. Lord knows we love to ramble on endlessly about the most useless of subjects. Some say that’s a strong suit, the ability to profess wildly opinionated views on topics that we feel passionate about. Others may say we just like to talk to ourselves, which is completely true in my case. Since we’re speaking of me, my favorite topic, there’s one more thing that I like to do when it comes to beer and opinions. I like to make absurdly outlandish statements with no backing about what I consider to be the best this, the best that, the top 10 of whatever the hell I feel like talking about. Subjectivity is the key here. Who doesn’t like to throw out statements that receive immediate argument? I know I do. So, with that in mind, let me drop this one on you. Lagunitas Brewery is the best brewery in the country. Want to argue? Read on.
Ah, looks like you do want to argue with me. Maybe I’ll rephrase the statement a little so it makes more sense within these pages. When I say Lagunitas is the best brewery, I’m talking purely by my taste standards. Quite simply, if you don’t like aggressive, West Coast IPA’s you probably won’t peg Lagunitas as the best in the land. That’s perfectly fine. I’ll just assume though that anyone reading this site probably appreciates a good IPA from time to time (Your also probably fairly drunk right now, which will certainly help in understanding my prose). Even if you like IPA’s though, West Coast “San Diego” style may not be your cup o’ tea. Maybe you like piney, resiny, hops with a caramel malt backbone. I do too, but not as must as I like the fruit-forward, citrus bombs that pucker the lips and burn the enamel right off your teeth. I also like variety, which is why Lagunitas is the best brewery in the country. There, I said it again. Lots of breweries have a varied lineup, but how many can say they have several distinct IPA’s, one just as delicious as the next? Not that many, and that’s why my argument ends there. OK, I guess it doesn’t end there. How about some bullet points? Here’s why Lagunitas is the best:
- Exhibit A – Hop Stoopid (See “The” Best Imperial IPA’s for a description)
- Exhibit B – Maximus
- Exhibit C – A Little Sumpin’ Extra!
- Exhibit D-Z – You get the point. A fantastically sessionable beer in their straight IPA, two amazing Strong Ales in their Brown Shugga and Undercover Investigation Shut-Down , a bunch of other variations on every IPA they’ve ever done, an Imperial Red, Cappuccino Stout, etc, etc, etc.