Category Archives: Microbrews

Brown Shugga’

I had a Lagunitas Brown Shugga the other night, partly on the recommendation of my boss, Tim, and partly because it’s called Brown Shugga and why the hell would I *not* get a beer named that? Also, Lagunitas, for all their hair-on-fire-crazy-owner’s rants, make a pretty decent beer. Their IPA is really good.

Brown Shugga’s an interesting one. It’s “originally a failed attempt at our 1997 batch of Old GnarleyWine Ale”, which was a Barleywine style beer (high alcohol content, fruity, sweet, thick, and on the darker side). It came in a Lagunitas glass, not a typical pint or snifter, and was a deep caramel color, with a nice hop scent to it.

First sip was that it was appropriately named. It certainly was sweet, but not overpoweringly-so. It was also very smooth; I expected something this sweet to be a lot thicker, almost syrupy, but nope. The sweetness didn’t linger, either, not a lot of aftertaste, which is a good thing.

I liked it. I certainly wouldn’t make it a daily driver, but it would be a fantastic introduction to the barleywine style, I think. Check it out.

Bad Beer

My wife Julia (you’ll hear that name a lot) and I went out to do some errands today, and when we got home, we treated ourselves to a Foolproof Raincloud Robust Porter. I’d bought a six-pack to bring a couple on my annual Guy’s Trip To Canada (more about that in a later post) and with today being a rainy shitshow of a day, I figured this’d be a nice beer to warm us up in this raw, crap weather.

Nope.

When this came out of the can and into the glass, it was all foam. I mean, a craft beer glass that was 9″ high had 1″ of beer and the rest foam in it – and only half the can was poured in. I was very disappointed, since this is one of the better local beers I’ve got in my stable. I can only surmise that this was just a batch of badly-canned beer.

Bummer. Oh well – I’ll just have to get another six-pack to let them prove me wrong. 🙂