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Do Sumpin’ for Puerto Rico

By Dan Clarke

It’s known that beer has been the inspiration for more than a few good ideas. Such was the case earlier this month in Sacramento.

Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:33

May 31, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week


Censored Pickmonkey 2




 Producer: Lagunitas Brewing Co.

 Location: Petaluma, CA

 Style: Red/Copper Ale

 Alcohol: 6.7%

 IBUs: 39

 Serving Style: 12 oz. bottles and draft

 Availability: Year-round in California and 37 other states.


Appearance:  “Like a bright, well-used penny,”

Aroma:  “Very light malt nose.”

Taste:  “A full-bodied, surprisingly crisp malt flavor with a very gentle finish.

Food Affinity:  “Would go with barbecued foods—ribs for sure, maybe pork tenderloin.”

General Background:  Brewery says this beer was originally named “Kronik,” but federal authorities deemed that to be a marijuana reference and put the kibosh on it. As a joke they resubmitted with new “Censored” identity and the BATF accepted that label. Ah, bureaucrats.

Michael Mallett Mug May 2013 Picmonkey 

Reviewed by Michael Mallett, a trans-personal astrologer in Sacramento.


Friday, 15 March 2013 18:27

March 15, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

Lagunitas Fusion 16 image Picmonkey

Fusion 16


Producer: Lagunitas Brewing Company

Location: Petaluma, CA

Style: Grandslammer

Alcohol: 4.9%

IBUs: 34.20

Serving style: draft only

Availability: A seasonal beer, available for a short-duration throughout California and in many markets in other parts of the U.S.



Appearance:  Clear, straw-like in color

Aroma:  Light, hoppy, but without the IPA sting.

Taste:  Mild, for an IPA. Pleasant. Doesn't seem very alcoholic.

Food affinity:  Would go pleasantly with anything that's light—a salad or maybe chicken.

General Background:  Fusion 16 is the latest in a series of quasi-experimental seasonal offerings produced by Lagunitas. The brewery tells us they were thinking of winter turning to spring when they decided this would be an appropriate beer for spring training baseball, hence their “Grandslammer” definition.


Colin Aiken Picmonkey 2


Reviewed by Colin Aiken, a musician who plays keyboards with Home by Dark.

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